Memorandum- Essay Competition

To: Fifth Grade Faculty
From: John Fabiano, Executive Director
Re: Essay Competition
Date: October 4, 2017

Considering the number of mandated insertions in the Social Studies curricula over the span of primary and secondary education, how often will a student get an opportunity to reflect on their own surroundings? The Historical Commission knows that Monmouth County is a historical place. We encourage visitation of historic sites and present Fifth Graders with an opportunity to write about their experience visiting one. We hope you react similarly to the importance of our County’s history by using the Essay Contest as a class project.

There are so many historic sites in our midst, not only the major ones such as Sandy Hook, Twin Lights, Monmouth Battlefield, Longstreet Farm and Walnford, but lesser-known places in your towns or even neighborhoods. Examples include an old building used as a residence, school, or house of worship or a notable person’s statue or historic monument? A historic place could be a place of business, or even an old farm that is not regularly visited by the public. The “hidden” historic site could be a place that most do not know about. Students should be creative, since originality counts. The discussion should be informative as well as fun.

We find that the recent optional family history topic is popular and we are repeating it. Participation on the two topics runs about half and half. Students often write very moving accounts about their own families’ experiences.

We hope these suggestions help stimulate interest in our County’s proud history. Do you have any ideas which may do the same? Please feel free to send me an e-mail at John.Fabiano@co.monmouth.nj.us and share your thoughts.

Thank you for your interest.


 

ATTENTION FIFTH GRADE TEACHERS

THIS IS A REMINDER THAT THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IN THE MONMOUTH COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION ESSAY CONTEST IS MARCH 5, 2018.  A LIST OF THE CONTEST RULES IS ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS NOTICE FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR REQUIRE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT 732-431-7460, EXT. 7413.

~MONMOUTH COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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