Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest offers students in grades K-12 the opportunity to compete for 8 prizes based on an essay of about 1,000 words.  First prizes are $1,000 savings bonds.  (Not nearly as valuable as $1,000 cash, but still a nice prize.)

Students will compete based on their essay on the theme “The Second Amendment to the Constitution: Why it is important to our nation.”  There are two categories for judging and awards purposes: K-9 and 10-12.

The deadline to enter is December 1, 2010.  Students can find complete information and download the entry form on the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund web page.

What a great opportunity for parents of elementary and middle school students to introduce the idea of competing for a scholarship!  The only thing that I'd like even more is if they could break down the K-9 category a bit further.  I can't imagine a first grader competing with a 9th grader, and I REALLY can't imagine trying to judge the work of a first grader against the work of a 9th grader.

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