School briefs

August 29, 2005

Students could win trip, scholarship in essay contest

Local middle school and high school students could win a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship through the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936 and Ladies Auxiliary sponsor the scholarship program locally. Middle school students compete in the Patriot's Pen essay-writing competition and high school students compete in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

Students begin by competing at the post level. Post winners advance to district competition and winners there compete in the state competition.

The state winner wins a four-day tour of Washington, D.C., along with the winners from every state, the District of Columbia, the Pacific areas, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe.


For the Patriot's Pen competition, students compete by writing a 300- to 400-word essay on this year's theme, "Who Are Today's Patriots?"

Students competing in the Voice of Democracy will write and record a three- to five-minute audio/essay on the theme "How I Demonstrate My Freedom."

Entry forms and all other information will be provided for each school. The deadline to enter is Nov. 1.

Central Office casual day benefits Children in Need

Children In Need, a nonprofit organization that provides used and new clothing, personal hygiene items and school supplies to families in need, will benefit every time a Washington County Public Schools central office employee participates in casual day, according to a school system press release.

Every Friday is designated casual day at the central office. Employees make a donation to participate and the money is given to Children In Need, according to the press release.

Schools employees gave $1,700 to the organization during the 2004-05 school year, a $400 increase over the previous year.

Many schools in the system also conduct similar fundraisers.

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