February 17, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Women in History Writing Contest

Virginia students in grades 6-12 are invited to honor outstanding women in Virginia history by participating in Encyclopedia Virginia and the Library of Virginia's Virginia Women in History student writing contest.  Four winning essays will be chosen, two from students in grades 6-8, and two from students in grades 9-12.  Prizes include a Kindle Fire for each student winner and $250 for each winner’s school.  Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 10, 2017.  For contest rules and other information, please visit http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/essay.htmThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.

The 2017 Virginia Women in History honorees’ names and biographies are available at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/essay.htmThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.  Educational resources including Using the Primary Resources Associated with the Virginia Women in History Program is available at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/vawomen/2017/educators.htmThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.

For more information about the Virginia Women in History Program or Writing Contest, please contact the Library of Virginia education team, by email at education@lva.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 692-3999; or Betsy Barton, Specialist for History and Social Science, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by email at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.

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