Celebrate America

Creative Writing Contest for 5th Graders

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18th Annual Celebrate America Contest

The American Immigration Council is proud to sponsor the 18th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. The contest inspires educators to bring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explore America as a nation of immigrants.

5th Grade writers use the theme “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” to discuss their personal immigration experiences, learn about and share family histories or write about the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land. Students enter their work in local contests which are sponsored by chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Each chapter forwards the local winning entry to the National Competition where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists.


Over 32 locations have a local contest. Check here to find your local contest . No worries if your community is not listed. Just let us know you are interested and we will try our best to get you started!

How does your coordinator get your community involved

  • Make sure your community has a local coordinator (if they don't just let us know)
  • Contacts your school system and tell them about the Celebrate America Contest
  • Lets the Parent Teacher Association or similar groups know about the contest
  • Shares the information with 5th grade teachers
  • Visits your school in person or via Skype
  • Shares the information with enrichment teachers, librarians, and other educators
  • Follows us on Twitter @immteacher #celebrateamerica15
  • Plans great events like award ceremonies and Naturalization Oath Ceremonies honoring the local winners, teachers and community members who made the contest happen.

Visit our interactive bulletin board and post ideas, photos, or activities your classroom and/ or community is engaged in.

Share the flyer with a school

Go to www.celebrateamericawritingcontest.org and fill out the fillable PDF with your local coordinator's information then share in your community. You can find your local coordinator on the same website or you can contact teacher@immcouncil.org for assistance.
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