Principals' Memo #1013-11

Department of Education

March 8, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Redskins Read Football Five Writing Contest

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the Redskins Kids Club are hosting a writing contest for first- through sixth- grade students.  The Redskins Read Football Five Writing Contest will run from March 1 – March 31, 2011.  Contest winners will be announced the week of May 2 in conjunction with Children’s Book Week.

Students will write a one-page story about the Washington Redskins that includes the following five words:  COMMUNITY, UMBRELLA, GOLD, JUMP ROPE, and SPOON.  All entries will be divided into two judging brackets by grade (1st – 3rd graders, and 4th – 6th graders).  Students in first, second, and third grades will be judged based on creativity, effort, presentation, and usage of the five words.  Students in fourth, five and sixth grades will be judged on creativity, grammar, paragraph format, presentation, and usage of the five words.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade group bracket as follows:

In addition, all participants will be entered into a random drawing to receive a free one-year Redskins Kids Club membership with one winner selected from each grade. Winning stories will be posted on the Redskins Kids Club Web site (

Entries may be submitted beginning March 1, 2011, by e-mail:; by FAX: (703) 726-7186; or by mail: Redskins Read Football Five Writing Contest, c/o Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, 21300 Redskins Park Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147.

If you have questions, please contact Jordana Taylor by telephone at (703) 726-7497, or by e-mail at