DAR essay contest open to area students

Each year, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution offers an American Essay Contest to promote American history for students in grades 5-8.

In celebration in 2010 of the 275th anniversary of the birth of Paul Revere, pretend you are Paul Revere writing your memoirs. Relate various accomplishments for which you wish to be remembered in the annals of American history. Title of essay (to appear on the title page): "Memoirs of Paul Revere."

In addition, the DAR sponsors an essay contest for students on the theme of Christopher Columbus. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12 in public, private or parochial schools, or those who are home-schooled.

The topic: What lessons from Christopher Columbus' life can we draw on today to bring clarity to our decisions in the face of an uncertain future? Title of essay (on the title page): "Lessons from Christopher Columbus' Life" and the essay should be between 800 and 1,200 words. Deadline for submission for both contests is Feb. 15.

For children living in Kennewick, Pasco, Finley and Burbank, send essays to: Kennewick Chapter DAR, c/o Kim Stephens, PO Box 2836, Pasco, WA 99302-2836.

For children living in Richland, West Richland and Benton City, send essays to: Columbia River Chapter DAR, c/o Joretta Heath, 10318 W. Argent, Pasco, WA 99301.