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Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest


The Americanism Poster Contest is sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and is intended to stimulate interest in American History in support of the elementary school curriculum.  The contest is designed to let the students express, through pictures and words, what they have learned about an event in the American Revolution.  More information is available at the National SAR site.

This year’s theme is “THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE”.   It is our hope that the whole class would study the declaration as part of their American History lessons.  Students could then draw the significant things they learned, adding brief comments on the events.

The contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades, including ecumenical and home-schooled students.  The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest. 

Posters rules are:

1.        Students are encouraged to discuss plans for their posters, but the final poster    
      must be the work of a single student not a group;

2.        The final poster must be standard poster size (22” x 28" to 24” x 36");

3.        The artwork must be original and not copies of another artist or published
      work (no clip art);

4.        Computer printed text CAN be used and pasted to the poster, but the words
      must be the students;

5.        All entries must have the following information on the back of the poster (the
      front of the poster must not be signed or labeled):
Student’s data: Name, Address, Home Phone Number, Age, and
            b.   School/Troop data: Name of Teacher/Scout Leader, Name of

Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

1.        Does the poster express the annual theme?

2.        Does the poster show originality by the student?

3.        Does the poster show evidence of research?

4.        Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?

5.        Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?

6.        Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?

Awards may be given on each of three levels:

·       Each local school or group may be awarded a prize by the local Chapter to their 1st, 2nd,
    and 3rd place winners.  Each of the Chapter 1st place winners will be forwarded to the
    State level competition;

·       The State Society will select their winners, and award 1st place $200.00, 2nd place
    $150.00 and 3rd place $100.00.  The 1st place winner at the State level will compete at
    the National level. 

·       The National Prize & Awards are:  1st Place - $200, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place: $100.

Submission of a poster to the contest: 

Submission of Posters for this year’s contest must be completed by April 22, 2022.

·    When the poster is completed, you can arrange for pick-up by contacting the Chapter Poster Chairman or the State Committee Chairman 

·    You can contact the State Committee Chairman, George M. Clarke, at
 poster@passar.org  or call (484) 410-4436



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