Celebrate Commemorate Essay Contest

What makes Waterloo unique? How has our heritage as the Birthplace of Memorial Day influenced the rest of the country? Those are the questions Waterloo students are asked to ponder as they create their entries in the annual Celebrate Commemorate Essay contest. Students in each grade will have a specific task, ranging from designing posters to mini and short essays to writing letters to the editor of a local newspaper. Grade 4-8 essays can be typed (12 font, 1.5 line spacing) while 9-12 must be typed and available electronically if selected as a winner. K-3 will address the reasons for and ways we celebrate. Grades 4-8 essays (1-4 paragraphs) discuss the history of and the importance of celebrating Memorial Day. High School students will write letters to the editor to discuss the history of Memorial Day, encourage participation in the Celebrate Commemorate weekend and encourage people to get involved in their community and country. “We are excited to see how our students rise to this challenge, which has been designed with input from teachers and reflect Common Core Learning Standards,” said co-chairs Lisa Sessler and Janelle Bradshaw.Deadline for entries is May 6 . Entries may be turned in to classroom teachers or submitted at the Waterloo Library.A committee of retired teachers will judge the entries. There will be 2 winners per grade level. Contest winners in grades 3 through 12 will be recognized at an assembly at the Waterloo Middle School on May 21 at 1:20 pm. Winners will receive a Celebrate Commemorate T-shirt and $50 cash.All winning entries will be displayed in Lafayette Park. Work in the elementary grades will be displayed throughout the town.Additional details are available from classroom teachers or by contacting Janelle Bradshaw (Janelle.bradshaw@waterloocsd.org) or Lisa Sessler (lisa.sessler@waterloocsd.org)The essay contest is sponsored by Waterloo Containers. Waterloo Education Association, Waterloo non-Instructional Staff, Waterloo Retired teachers, Waterloo VFW and Waterloo American Legion.The 16th annual Celebrate Commemorate event will be held May 22 through 25 in Waterloo, the Birthplace of Memorial Day. For more information about the events, go to www.waterloony.com.The 149th consecutive commemoration of Memorial Day will be on Friday, May 30. It will include prayer services, and the official Memorial Day parade at 6 pm.

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