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.

• 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 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