The fourth grade is the one that has been designated by state educational authorities to emphasize the study of California history. As an incentive to encourage students in this grade to develop a particular interest in the subject, and to encourage them to improve their writing skills, about one-third of our parlors sponsor essay contests for fourth grade students.
There is a great flexibility in topics that the students are permitted to select, and the parlors are encouraged to be as generous and variable as possible in offering supplementary prizes to help promote student participation.
Each year, an overall statewide essay contest winner is selected. That student’s essay is published in our statewide newspaper, and the young person’s essay is displayed for the coming year at our museum in Columbia State Park.
For specific details concerning the essay contest, contact Jim Riley 800-337-1875 or email firstname.lastname@example.org