NSDCW annually sponsors an essay competition open to 5th through 8th graders. Each year a new topic is announced. Essays are 250 to 500 words. They are judged on subject matter, interest, spelling, and punctuation. State winners are forwarded to compete in the national level competition. Each child who participates will receive a certificate of appreciation. There will be monetary awards and certificates presented at the NSDCW Annual Assembly in April for the first, second, and third place National winners.
Purpose: To make our youth aware of the past and the great sacrifice that was made by the first men and women who came to America and founded this great country.
Subject for 2016-2017: “Compare and Contrast Jamestown Colony and Popham Colony”
- Use your local library
- Maines' Lost Colony http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/maines-lost-colony-106323660/
- Popham, Maine's 'lost' colony, to get its modest due http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0815/p13s01-ltr.html
- The Little Colony That Couldn't - Archaelogy Magazine Archive: http://archive.archaeology.org/0603/abstracts/maine.html
- Historic Jamestowne https//www.nps.gov/jame/learn/historyculture/a-short-history-of-jamestown.htm
Deadline: 1 January 2017 - essay submission to State Chairman for the Patriotic Education Essay Contest
If your school is interested in participating, contact the DCW State President for your state.
2017-2018 Imagine you are a young man among the Colonial settlers in Popham Colony. Write about your life in that colony.
2018-2019 Virginia of Sagadahoc