Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest

Meet the 2019 First Place Winner

We are proud to announce that the first place winner of the American Immigration Council’s 22nd Annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest is Kate Jentz, whose poem was submitted by the Indiana AILA Chapter. Kate's poem reflects why it's important for immigration stories to get passed down through generations.

 

About the Contest

The Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest challenges fifth graders across the country to reflect on and write about one of two themes: “Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants” or "What Does It Mean to be A Welcoming Nation?"

The contest begins at the local level, with regional contests run by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) chapters. Each chapter sends its first-place winning entry to the American Immigration Council for the national contest.

The national contest winner and their parent(s)/ guardian(s) will attend the American Heritage Awards hosted by the Council.

Participating in 2020

The contest begins at the local level, with regional contests run by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) chapters. If you are an interested student or parent, please email us.

The Coordinator Guide provides the national contest requirements, detailed timeline and checklists, as well as sample letters, tips, and forms that may be of use for local contests.

The contest flyer and selling points may also be useful during outreach.

This PowerPoint, which offers a short lesson plan and contest information, may be used by the contest coordinator or teacher during classroom visits.
In order to be eligible to compete in the national contest, the winning local entry along with following completed forms must be emailed by AILA chapters.

In the past, some local contests have coordinated for AILA lawyers to visit fifth grade classrooms to discuss the benefits of immigration. For sample lesson plans, you may consider using the following websites as resources.

 



 

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