The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and the VFW Post 11517 have the following youth essay contests available for youth.

The theme’s for 3rd grade is "I Love America Because__________"

The 4th grade is "My Favorite Freedom is ______________"

The 5th grade is "How do We Show Our Pride in America?"

The 6 - 8th grades is "What Patriotism Means to Me " Patriot’s Pen Essay

The 9 - 12th grades is "Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future" Voice of Democracy Essay.

Deadlines for the essay contests is Nov. 1. The Patriotic Art is March 1.

The Ladies Auxiliary also has a Patriotic Art contest.

The state winner of the Voice of Democracy will have an all expense trip to Washington D. C. and will be competing with the other 49 state plus four National winners. A $30,000 scholarships is available for the first place winner.

Those who need further info please contact Beverly White, 515-369-9096 or go on the for assistance.