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Essay contest among festivities; winner will read entry at Statehouse


STATEHOUSE – Area fourth graders along with their principals, teachers and parents are invited to a special birthday party at the Statehouse later this year – one in which the honored guest will be 193 years old.

Many interesting activities are planned to celebrate “Statehood Day” on Friday, December 11 – the day Indiana officially became this nation’s 19th state in 1816.

This would be a great day to schedule a visit to our historic Statehouse. Interactive displays, special music and a chance to see original copies of Indiana’s state constitution will be part of the fun. This event will bring Indiana history to life for these children as they study our state’s government and heritage.

This day at the Statehouse will begin at 9 a.m. and include interactive activities presented by the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor, the legislature, Indiana Supreme Court, state museum, archives section of the state library, historical bureau, history center and other state agencies. Students will also have a chance to visit many executive, legislative and judicial offices.

At noon, the celebration will move to the North Atrium for a program featuring words of welcome from government officials, special music, installation of original copies of Indiana’s 1816 and 1851 state constitutions into a display case in the Rotunda, and the reading of a winning essay titled “What Indiana Means to Me.”

This essay competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private or home-schooled student and is easy to enter:

Essays need to range from 100 to 400 words;

They can be handwritten or typed;

They must include the student’s name, teacher’s name and the school’s name, address and telephone number;

Essays should convey what living in the state of Indiana means to the student and highlight things that make the student glad to be a Hoosier; and

Deadline is Monday, November 2.

“Statehood Day is a wonderful opportunity for Indiana’s fourth-grade students to celebrate their Hoosier heritage,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett. “The essay contest gives students a chance to showcase their state knowledge and their writing ability. I encourage students to participate and look forward to meeting the winners.”

Questions about the contest may be directed to 317-233-9830. Essays should be sent to:

Jennifer Hodge, Coordinator, State Capitol Tour Office

200 W. Washington St., Room 220

Indiana Statehouse

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Judges will choose first, second and third place winners. Winners will be notified the week of November 23. I hope many 4th graders in my district will take time to enter and share their thoughts on what Indiana means to them.

Schools interested in bringing students to this special day of activities may call the Capitol Tour Office at 317-233-5293. School officials are encouraged to make plans soon, because space may be limited.

Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne) is President Pro Tem of the Indiana Senate. He serves District 16, which includes portions of Fort Wayne.


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