The Virginia PTA is pleased to announce the 2017 Citizenship Essay Project with the theme "We the People.... Why Vote?" This essay allows students to express their views and opinions on "Character or Citizenship". Virginia PTA and Virginia529 are committed to promoting a sense of citizenship and responsibility in the lives of our children---tomorrow's leaders. It is important to note that this should be an original work of the student and not tied to any in-class graded asssignment.
Who Can Enter?:
   All Virginia students in grades K-12 presently enrolled in schools with active PTA/PTSA units in Good Standing. A PTA in Good Standing is one who has paid state and national dues by December 1st, abd whose bylaws are current, having been revised withing the past five (5) years.  
   The Special Writer Division is non-graded and limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet ADA guidelines. Qualifiying students entering this division create their own essay but may recieve non-artistic accomodation and assistance from an adult. 
  • Students in grades 9-12 must write a minimum of 750 words, typed and double-spaced with Times New Roman Font and 1" magins.
  • Students in grades 6-8 must write a minimum of 500 words, typed and double-spaced with Times New Roman 12 Font and 1" margins.
  • Students in grade 3-5 may submit a maximum of 250 words typed or handwritten.
  • Students in grades K-2 may submit a maximum of 100 words, typed or handwritten.
  • Special Writers may submit entries typed or handwritten.
  • In all catagories, adherence to the theme, originality, clarity, thought, and skill in standard written english will be judged.
  • The theme MUST be used as the essay title and cannot be changed or altered in any way. 
   Awards in all age groups (Primary Grade Division K-2, Intermediate Grade Division 3-5 and middle school grades 6-8, High School grades 9-12 and Special Writers). Winners will be notified in April and will be featured in Virginia PTA's Official Publications: VOICE and the website at 
Winners could recieve:
1st Place $250.00
2nd Place: $100.00
3rd Place: $50.00
   Applications for the Citizenship Essay Project can be found at the following locations:
Virginia PTA website at
Virginia PTA Local Unit Toolkit
Contact Virginia PTA at
Click Here for an Application
Send essays and completed applications to your District Director Julie Simpson-Preston for district judging. Contact your District Direct for mailing infomation at: Submissions to the District Director are due no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2017!!