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Shirley M. Gilkeson: Kanawha DAR chapter offers programs for teachers, students

Aug. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Since its founding in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution has promoted historic preservation, education and patriotism in communities across the nation. From essay contests to educational materials to youth programs, scholarships, and awards, the DAR has something to offer to students of all grades in every community.

All students in public, parochial, private and home schools are invited to participate and learn more about the educational programs the DAR offers.

Some of the educational programs available are:

American History Essay Contest: An annual essay contest established to encourage young people to think creatively about American history.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest: An annual essay contest held to honor Christopher Columbus.

The weeklong annual celebration of the U.S. Constitution was established by the DAR in 1955 and materials are provided to schools and the chapters have public displays on the Constitution.

Scholarships: Open to all students, the DAR offers numerous scholarships for a large variety of different programs and areas of study.

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship: An award and possible scholarship opportunity for high school seniors who possess the qualities of good citizenship.

Flags and the Flag Code: The DAR leaflet about the U.S. Flag Code is a useful tool for students studying the U.S. Flag.

Good Citizenship Medal: A medal given to students who exemplify the qualities of good citizenship in grades five through 11.

ROTC Medal: An Award given to student cadets for their dedication to their ROTC programs.

Junior American Citizens: All students are invited to get involved in this program that promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American history.

Teachers, students and parents interested in any of these programs for their students may contact Carol Linger, Regent of the Kanawha Valley Chapter by email at olinger@suddenlink.net or by telephone at 304-756-1418.

Shirley M. Gilkeson is an Honorary Regent of the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. She can be reached at SGilkeson@aol.com or 304-342-3087.

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