Thursday, April 10, 2008

CWPT Contest!

Spring is the time for great contests! Here is the one I was telling you about in the last post. Contact information is included.

2008 Poster and Essay Contest: PRESERVE THE SPIRIT OF HISTORY
For Grades 4 through 12, by the Civil War Preservation TrustImagine you are in a town meeting between a developer and a Civil War battlefield community. The developer wants to put a strip mall and housing development on the Civil War site. Why should this community fight to protect its Civil War site? There are many arguments – money and history are only two! How will saving the Civil War site benefit the community – and future generations? Why does preserving a Civil War site make us better people in the long run?The 2008 motto is PRESERVE THE SPIRIT OF HISTORY. Use and develop this slogan while you create either a poster or an essay to remind Americans that Civil War battlefields are endangered national treasures. Show the country how to get involved in protecting these endangered Civil War sites!
POSTERS: Elementary, for students in grades 4, 5, and 6Junior, for students in grades 7, 8, and 9Senior, for students in grades 10, 11, and 12
ESSAYS:Junior, for students in grades 7, 8, and 9Senior, for students in grades 10, 11, and 12
PRIZES: First -- $200Second -- $100Third - $50
Students receive money; teachers win gift certificates in equivalent amounts. Due to its generosity and its concern for students and teachers, The History Channel has graciously donated the prizes!
DEADLINE: All entries must be received in our office by May 15, 2008.
RULES: Students may enter either the poster contest or the essay contest in their age group, but not both. (Note that there is no elementary essay contest.) There is no group entry category – one student per essay or poster. Each entry must be labeled with the following information:*TEACHER NAME*SCHOOL NAME *SCHOOL ADDRESS *SCHOOL CITY, STATE, ZIP *SCHOOL PHONE *TEACHER EMAIL
(Teachers who do not want to provide emails on the back of each entry can send it via separate letter. This is to be sure I can contact you quickly if necessary.)

We respect your privacy and information will not be shared or used in any manner other than to contact winners.
POSTERS will be judged for creativity, quality of artwork, visual impact, and strength of message.

*May not be larger than 14" by 22"
*May be made with markers, crayons, paint, paper cutouts, pen and ink, or any other media that will not smear and will leave the finished poster flat and easy to handle.
*May not use copyrighted materials such as comics, TV characters, professional photographs, etc. The use of Internet pictures is not preferable. The poster should consist primarily of student artwork, not pictures.

ESSAYS will be judged for creativity, persuasive quality, clarity, and strength of message.
*Must be approximately 300 words long.
*Must use proper grammar and spelling and consist primarily of the student's own words.
*All quotations from diaries and texts must be properly cited.
*Preservation of Civil War battlefields is the main idea to be expressed.

Entries will not be returned and become the property of CWPT. Entrants will be notified of contest results in June of 2008 via letter and Hallowed Ground magazine.
Mail Entries To:
CWPT Poster and Essay Contest
Civil War Preservation Trust
11 Public Square, Suite 200
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Need More Information? Call 1-888-606-1400 or email

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