Dear George Washington Contest

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Dear George Washington Contest


Sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Contact:The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
49 W. 45th St. 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 646.366.9666 ext. 127
Email: (For questions)
Description:The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History sponsors the Dear George Washington Contest for elementary school students. This writing contest encourages students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration on April 30, 1789, in New York City. Letters should be 250-300 words in length and explain what President Washington should focus on in his first term in office. Top contest winners and their schools receive prizes.

Eligible applicants are public, private, and independent schools teaching grades 2 through 5. Winning schools receive a copy of “American History: An Introduction.” Entries must be submitted using the online system.
Eligibility:Public, Private, Charter
Award(s):Awards include the following: first place, $100; second place, $75; third place, $50; fourth place, $25; and 6 students earning honorable mention each receive a US Constitution poster.
Deadline(s):Entries are due March 25, 2019.
Grade Level(s):K-2, 3-5
Content Area(s): Reading/English/Language Arts, Social Studies/Sciences
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