PTA Men's Essay Contest - Men Making a Difference
This program recognizes the important and different contribution that men make in children's lives and in their education.

PTA Men's Essay Contest - Men Making a Difference
This "ready to go" program is a statewide essay contest that explores the important and different contributions that men make in the lives and education of children - from our children's perspective. All men involved in a child's life - fathers, uncles, grandpas, brothers, step-fathers, mentors, neighbors, pastors, coaches, and friends - impact the children they care about. Research clearly shows that male involvement positively influences academic success at all levels of schooling - preschool through college! When male figues are involved with student's schooling, they enjoy school more and perform better in and out of school. This statewide essay contest has multiple age divisions and reaches out to every local PTA, council, region, and ultimately every family in our state.
Scorecard and application
Men's Essay Contest Poster

In an effort to help promote male engagement around the state of Washington, the objective of this contest is for students of all ages to write an essay about a male role model that has had a profound impact on their life. These essays, from a student's perspective, will serve to inspire positive male engagement.

When writing their essays, students can consider many questions including (but not limited to):
  • Why is this male role model important in your life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills have they taught you?
  • Why do you look up to him and appreciate having him in your life?
  • How would your life be different without this person?
  • How would other kids benefit from having a similar role model in their life?

  • Special Author - Elementary (kindergarten through 5th grade)
  • Special Author - Secondary (6th grade through 12th grade)
  • Grades 1 & 2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

    Essay Contest Highlights
  • Essays will be scored on the Common Core Standards for Writing and will be scored on content, organization, language/conventions, and style per the attached judging form.
  • Deadline for submissions: postmarked not later than March 1, 2017.
  • Entries must include completed and signed entry form, be typed or handwritten legibly on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper and be no more than 650 words.
  • One entry per student; multiple entries from one student will be disqualified.
  • Open to all Washington State children K-12 in public, private, or home-school settings.
  • Each entry must be an original, not written by parent or professional, has not previously won a prize, and does not infringe the copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party.
  • Awards will be presented at the 2016 WSPTA Convention, held April 28-30 at the SeaTac Hilton.

  • 2015 Essay Contest Winners
    Kindergarten Division
    Priyanka Peruma from Challenger Elementary PTA 2.6.6 in Issaquah
    Click here for Priyanka's essay.

    1st - 2nd Division
    Gavin Gillins from Port Gardner/SequoiaPTA 7.3.90 in Everett
    Click here for Gavin's essay.

    3rd -5th Division
    Caden Davis from Cedar Wood Elementary PTA 7.3.3 in Mill Creek
    Click here to read Caden's essay.

    6th-8th Division
    Carolyn Filley from Canyon Creek Elem PTA 6.1.7 in Bothell
    Click here to read Carolyn's essay.

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