In addition to raising funds to support Veterans, the VFW Post 8053 and its Auxiliary promote patriotism among youth through scholarship programs. Patriot’s Pen is an essay competition for students in grades 6-8. Voice of Democracy is a recorded essay for students 9-12. A different theme is identified each year by the national VFW organization.
This year, Post winners were Chicki S. Penrod, Bogle Jr. High, for Patriot’s Pen while Lena Han, Hamilton High School, won Voice of Democracy. Cash prizes are awarded to Post winners, and their entry is submitted to the District. Lena’s entry also won the District competition and moves on to the State level. Entries for this program are due at the Post level on November 1 of each year.
Another program sponsored by the Auxiliary is the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition. This contest is open to students 9-12. Home-schooled students may also participate. Information and entry forms for this contest can be accessed at www.vfwauxiliary.org under scholarships. Entries must be received by March 31, 2017. Again, cash prizes are awarded at the Post, State and National levels.
It is particularly gratifying to work with students and teachers on these programs. The thoughts expressed by young people and the artistic expression of patriotism makes one proud of our youth—another good reason to become involved in VFW 8053 Auxiliary.
For more information on membership in the Auxiliary, contact President Janae Kemery at 602-339-3192 or Vice President Janice Cournoyer at 480-802-0348.