My name is Patricia Barger and I am the Regent of the Lew Wallace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Every year the DAR sponsors two essay contests on the local, state and national levels for: 1) grades 5 through 8; and 2) for grades 9 through 12. Students who are home schooled are eligible and, in my opinion, are under-represented. That is why I am contacting you.
Please let me know at your earliest convenience whether or not there are any parents/students in your support group who would be interested in working on an essay. The deadline for submission to our Chapter is Monday, January 6. Essays can be submitted electronically or by fax by midnight that day – arrangements can also be made for hand-delivery/pick-up.
Monetary awards, medals and certificates are presented at our chapter meeting the third Saturday in February, state awards are presented at our conference in Albuquerque at the end of March and national awards are presented at the end of June in Washington, D.C.
Following are the 2013-2014 topics for each age category:
Grades 5 through 8 – “American History Essay Contest”. Pretend you are a boy or a girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life. The title of the essay should be: “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution”.
Grades 9 through 12 – “Christopher Columbus Essay Contest”, jointly sponsored with the National Italian American Foundation. Discuss the similarities and differences between the ways in which Christopher Columbus and George Washington dealt with and overcame the challenges and adversities they faced. What can American apply to their own lives from the experiences of these men? Both of these men are considered heroes from whose lives Americans can draw beneficial lessons.
This is an excellent opportunity to augment the American History curriculum in a home school program and to showcase the accomplishments of home schooling. Thanking you in advance for your consideration, I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Patricia French Barger, Regent
Lew Wallace Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution