Selected readings on US charter schools
Celebrating 20 Years of Colorado Charter Schools
How it Works
There are four age categories. One winner will be chosen from each age group and will receive a scholarship award from S&S Worldwide. Winning students will be honored at the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday, April 11, 2013, during the Colorado Charter Schools Rally. During the event, winners will be presented with their scholarship prize by a representative from S&S Worldwide and the Colorado League of Charter Schools, as well as by a representative from the Colorado State Legislature or other Colorado elected official (name of legislator to be announced). Winners will be notified via a phone call to their teacher and/or parent/guardian at least one week prior to the rally so that they can make appropriate arrangements to attend the event.
How to Enter
Please click here to submit your essay online, or send a completed entry form (with parent and/or teacher’s signature) and essay by Friday, March 15, 2013, via mail or email to: Colorado League of Charter Schools, Attn: Sarah Pearman, 725 S. Broadway, Suite 7, Denver, Colorado 80209 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Please no fax submissions.
Age Categories / Submission Requirements
Grades 9-12 – Prize: $500 Scholarship
Topic: In 1993, a law called the Colorado Charter Schools Act was passed. This legislation allowed for a new type of public school called charter schools to open in our state. The legislation was sponsored by then Senator Bill Owens (who went on to become governor) and Representative Peggy Kerns. Write a letter to former Governor Owens and former Representative Kerns letting them know what your charter school has meant to you, thanking them for the legislation and letting them know how you’d like to see charter schools evolve over the next 20 years. Be sure to personalize the letter with stories about your charter school and how it has changed you for the better, and/or how it has prepared you for college. (700-1000 words).
Grades 6-8 – Prize: $250 Scholarship
Topic: Charter schools are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013. Write a letter to former Governor Bill Owens and former Representative Peggy Kerns (who helped pass the Colorado Charter Schools Act) thanking them for bringing charter schools to Colorado, telling them what you like best about your school, and telling them how your charter school has prepared you for high school. (300-500 words).
Grades 3-5 – Prize: $250 Scholarship
Topic: Write a letter to your teacher or principal thanking them for your school. Tell them what you like best about your school. How would you make your school better? (200-400 words).
Grades K-2 – Prize: $250 Scholarship
Topic: Write a letter to your teacher or principal thanking them for your school. Tell them what you like best about your school. (100-200 words).
1. Essays from Grades 3-12 must be typed and double spaced. K-2 essays may be hand-written or typed, but must be legible. Parents may help their students by typing their essay, but essays must be the original work of the student (essays suspected to be authored by parents may be disqualified).
2. Students must be currently enrolled in a Colorado charter school in order to enter.
3. Only one entry per student.
4. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013.
5. Winning students must be willing/able to travel to the Colorado State Capitol for presentation of their award on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
6. Entry forms must be signed by either the student’s teacher and/or parent/guardian.
7. Essays will become the property of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and may be used in marketing materials by the Colorado League of Charter Schools and/or S&S Worldwide.