October 5, 2006
USA Patriotism! (http://www.usapatriotism.org) announces its new Students Patriots section at http://www.usapatriotism.org/students/ . . . where students through the 12th grade can share expressions of love and pride of America through poetry, essays, and short stories.
David Bancroft, founder and owner of USA Patriotism! explains...
“Since I founded USA Patriotism! shortly after the tragic, mind numbing attacks on September 11, 2001 . . . expressions of love and pride of America from students from all levels through the 12th grade has always been welcomed. However, I came to realize that developing Student Patriots as a separate section devoted just for America's young learning generation was needed . . . with the hope it would encourage teachers, school districts, and parents to become more involved, especially where parental permission is required for students under 13.
And that has been the case from the start with Student Patriots! In fact, the School District of Lee County in Florida (Ft. Meyers) has already provided poems from many winners of its 2005 patriotic creative expression contest and will be doing the same for 2006 in a few weeks . . . which will include poems and essays . . . After the contest, teachers can then submit patriotic poems and essays directly to USA Patriotism! with students 13 and over being able to do so on their own.
Needless to say, every teacher involved with lesson plans that cover any aspect of America is invited to encourage their students to share the love and pride of America at Student Patriots. The same invitation goes to the person in charge of the respective school district's curriculum that would cover what the School District of Lee County is doing . . . I also know there are many educators, including in college, who teach about patriotism (love and pride) in America, as many have requested use of various poems of mine.
Student Patriots will also be a wonderful visit down the road for the contributing students and their loved ones. Just imagine as an adult reading your expressions of love and pride of America on one or more subjects when written in one or more grade levels. (It would be emotional for me to read one written by my child who was now an adult.)
And all who visit Student Patriots will be moved and inspired by the heartfelt words of each student! These young ones are America's future . . . and what a wonderful way for us older ones to glimpse it through Student Patriots.”