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VFW School Based Programs for 2011-2012.
GA VFW District 2 Educational Program Chairman
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As the End of the 2010-2011 School Year is now here, time has come to start looking forward to the 2011-2012 school year. As the Educational Programs Chairman for The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Georgia’s Second District, I would like to announce the themes to the public that the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Competition for students who will be in grades six through eight and The Voice of Democracy Oratorical Essay Competition for students who will be in the ninth through twelve.

With the summer, comes ample opportunity for our students to keep their communication skills sharpened and to do some patriotic writing in order to try and win themselves up to a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond for the Patriot’s Pen; or up to a $30,000 scholarship for the Voice of Democracy.

The Patriot’s Pen promotes the development of a given theme and writing a 300-400 word essay. The Theme for 2011-2012 is: ”Are You Proud of Your Country?”

The Voice of Democracy also promotes the development of a given theme, but this program also adds the skill of public speaking, as the essay has to be recorded and be between 3 to 5 minutes in length. The Theme for 2011-2012 is: “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?”

And lastly there is the National Citizenship Education Teachers Award Program designed to recognize teachers who teach their students about patriotism and Americanism in their classrooms. The Program allows each school to submit one teacher who teaches patriotism and/or Americanism to their students. There are three different grade levels for submission [Elementary (K – 5), Middle (6 – 8), and High School (9 – 12)]. Entries may also be submitted by people outside of the school (Parents and the general public) who know of the teacher’s patriotic work.

For your High School Student to obtain a fillable PDF entry form and official rules for the Voice of Democracy Competition at: http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/

For your Middle School Student to obtain a fillable PRF entry form and official rules for the Patriot’s Pen at http://www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen/

And to obtain a nomination form for the National Citizenship Education Teachers Award, with the detailed rules at: http://www.vfw.org/Community/Teacher-of-the-Year/

The Essay Programs are open to ALL students (Public School, Private School or Home School) residing in the county; and the Teacher’s Award is open to any Public or Private School Teacher who teaches within the county. We kindly ask that each school or Home School Association conduct a preliminary judging of all entries for their entity, and then forward one entry for every fifteen entries completed (or part thereof). The deadline for entries to be forwarded from the schools or Home School Association is 11:59 PM ET on October 31st. VFW Post 9143’s Essay Program Chairman is Joshua Lindsey and Teacher’s Awards Chairman is Richard Knight. Entries and questions about these programs should be addressed to the respective Chairman c/o VFW Post 9143, 1045 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, Georgia 30040-4523.

Michael P. McMahon
District 2 Educational Programs Chairman


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MPMcMAHON commented on Friday, Jul 15, 2011 at 21:07 PM

Any parents having any luck in getting their students to work on an entry for these essay competitions? If not, you might want to consider that in these days where the public is wanting the Federal Government to cut spending, they may want to consider that the days of the Pell Grant and Guaranteed Federal Student Loan Programs' days may be numbered. And the same may become the truth with the Georgia Hope Scholarship Program, as the governments are running into hard financial times, and students need to start looking to finding and winning scholarship money to be able to attend college, and the $30,000 first prize in the Voice of Democracy or the $10,000 first prize in the Patriot's Pen will be a helping hand, but the students cannot get it for nothing, as the days of the free lunch are ending. Students will have to start working to earn scholarships.

If anybody has any questions about the essay programs, feel free to email me at district_2@mcmahon-ga.net.

MPMcMAHON commented on Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 18:45 PM

There are only 3 weeks left until the Schools have to submit their school's entries to the Cumming VFW Post!

If your student has not yet completed their Patriot's Pen or Voice of Democracy Entries, please get them writing and recording, as The First prize in the PAtriot's Pen is a $10,000 Savings Bond and for the Voice of Democracy it is a $30,0000 Scholarship! I cannot think of any student who cannot use $10,000 or $30,000 so I hope that you, as the parent, will motivate your student(s) to work hard and try to write or record the best possible essay for these programs. Deadline to the Post from the School is October 31st!

Michael P. McMahon
Education Programs Chair
GA VFW District 2


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