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Save Texas History essay
AUSTIN -- Exploring the rich history of the Lone Star State is its own reward, but the Texas General Land Office’s Save Texas History program is also offering fourth- and seventh-grade students a chance to win a fun-filled weekend in San Antonio -- including round-trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 2011 Save Texas History Texas Travels Essay Contest. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 26.
To participate in the contest, fourth-graders are asked to write a 200-300 word essay in which they imagine they are an early explorer of Texas. Looking through the eyes of Cabeza de Vaca, Francisco Coronado, de la Salle or any other explorer who charted what is now Texas. Fourth-graders must explain why they are exploring Texas and what they see as they travel. The winning entry will explain the explorers’ plans to settle the new land and what they have accomplished through their journey.
Seventh-graders are asked to write the story of their favorite Texas city, big or small. The length: 500-700 words, typed. Students are asked to write about the historical significance of the place they choose and give reasons why they think the community was important to the development of Texas.
The Texas Travels Essay Contest is sponsored by the General Land Office Save Texas History program and Southwest Airlines. The contest fulfills the educational mission of the Save Texas History program to promote the study of Texas history and to serve as a teaching resource.
All essays must be postmarked by Feb. 26 and received by March 4. All public, private and home-schooled students of appropriate age for the fourth grade or seventh grade are eligible to participate.
Essays will be judged on originality of idea, historical accuracy and organization. Grammar, spelling and punctuation count.
One grand-prize winner per grade will receive round-trip airline tickets for four to San Antonio from any Southwest Airlines destination in Texas, hotel accommodations for two nights, and tickets for additional attractions provided by the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ten finalists will win Save Texas History backpacks, a Certificate of Appreciation signed by Commissioner Patterson and a historic map replica from the Land Office Archives Collection.
For more information, visit http://SaveTexasHistory.org .
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