2016-2017 Theme: "We the People . . . Why Vote?"
 
 
Deadline:  February 1, 2017 - postmarked/timestamped to District Director, email fredericksburgdd@vapta.org 

A completed application must accompany your essay! Click here for application
Virginia PTA is proud to sponsor the 2015 Citizenship Essay Project, with the theme "We the People . . . Why Vote?" This essay project allows students to express their views and opinions on "Character or Citizenship". Virginia PTA is committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children—tomorrow's leaders.

Who Can Enter?
All Virginia students in grades K – 12 presently enrolled in schools with active PTA/PTSA units in Good Standing. A PTA in Good Standing is one who has paid state and national dues by December 1, and whose bylaws are current, having been revised within the past five (5) years.

Criteria
• Students in grades 9 – 12 must write a minimum of 750 words, typed and double-spaced with Times Roman 12 Font and 1" margins.
• Students in grades 6 – 8 must write a minimum of 500 words, typed and double-spaced with Times Roman 12 Font and 1" margins.
• Students in grades 3-5 may submit a maximum of 250 words, typed or handwritten;
• Students in grades K-2 may submit a maximum of 100 words, typed or handwritten.
• Special Writers may submit entries typed or handwritten and should follow same rules as "Reflections" Special Artists.
• In all categories, adherence to the theme, originality, clarity, thought, and skill in standard written English will be judged.
• The theme must be used as the essay title and cannot be changed or altered in any way.

Awards
Awards in all age groups (primary grade K-2, intermediate grades 3-5, middle school grades 6-8, high school grades 9-12 and special writers). Winners are notified in April and featured in one or more of the Virginia PTA's official publications: VOICE and www.vapta.org.


1st Place –  $250                                   
2nd Place – $125
3rd Place –  $50