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Youth Programs

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

Chairman: Jim Leming


The Americanism Poster Contest is sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution and is intended to stimulate interest in American History in support of the Elementary School curriculum.  The contest is designed to let the students express, through pictures and words, what they have learned about a participant or event in the American Revolution.

The topic for this year’s poster is*:

  • Declaration of Independence

                   * on school years ending on an even number year the subject is an event;

                       but if ending on odd number years the subject of the posters will be a person


It is our hope that the whole class would study one of these individuals or events as part of their American History lessons. Each student could then visualize and draw the significant things they learned, adding brief comments on the events as part of the poster.

The contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades, including ecumenical and home-schooled students.  The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.

Posters rules are:

  1. Students are encouraged to discuss plans for their posters, but the final poster must be the work of a single student, not a group;

  2. The final poster must be standard poster size (22”x28” to 24”x36”);

  3. The art work must be original and not copies of another artist or published work (no clip art);

  4. Computer printed text CAN be used and pasted to the poster, but the words must be those of the student;

  5. All entries must have the following information on the back of the poster (the front of the poster must not be signed or labeled):

       - Student’s data: Name, Address, Home Phone Number, Age, and Grade.

       - School/Troop data: Name of Teacher/Scout Leader, Name of School/Organization.  


Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Does the poster express the annual theme?

  2. Does the poster show originality by the student?

  3. Does the poster show evidence of research?

  4. Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?

  5. Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?

  6. Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?  


Awards may be given on each of three levels:

  • The Philadelphia Continental Chapter will award a prize to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in this area.  Each of the Chapter 1st place winners will be forwarded to the State level competition;

  • The State Society will select their winners, and award 1st place $200.00, 2nd place $150.00 and 3rd place $100.00.  The 1st place winner at the State level will compete at the National level. 

  • The National Prize & Awards are:  1st Place - $200, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place: $100.  


Submitting a poster to the contest:

  • Submit your Poster for this school year’s contest by April 12, 2024

  • When the poster is completed you can arrange for pick-up  by contacting the Chapter Poster Committee Chairman:


Jim Leming


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