Lackawanna County Sets Guidelines For Armed Forces Drawing & Essay Contests

2015 armed forces contest announcement (MN)

Lackawanna County is once again sponsoring its patriotic drawing and essay contests for students in the public and parochial school systems focusing on our veterans, founding fathers and presidents.

Last year’s contest generated some 200 submissions.

The categories for the contest are as follows: kindergarten to second grade involves the youngsters preparing a patriotic drawing; third to eighth graders will be asked to develop an essay on the topic of “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans;” and ninth through twelfth grade students will reflect on the topic of “Which President played the biggest role in the Armed Forces.”

The drawings should be done on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.  The essays for grades 3 – 8 should be no less than 100 words but no more than 300 words.  The upper grades essays should be no less than 300 words but no more than 500 words.

The format for the writing contests can be a traditional essay or a poem.  Each entry must include the student’s name, grade, school district, address, telephone number or email along with a parent’s name and contact information.

All participants must be residents of Lackawanna County.

Submissions should be sent to the Communications Office, Lackawanna County, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503 by April 17, 2015.

Visit the County’s website at to print off a flyer.

There will be a winner from each grade and prizes will be awarded.

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Non-Profit Fund Raising & Volunteer Management Focus Of Workshop

The latest fund raising techniques and methods for managing volunteers will be the topics for the first Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department and Arts, Culture and Education Council workshop on March 19.

Tonyehn Verkitus, Senior Vice President of Non-Profit Engagement for GiveGab, a social media site, will present “At the click of a Button: New Tools for Crowdgiving for Fund Raising and Volunteer Engagement by GiveGab” on Thursday, March 19, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at the Entrepreneurial Launch Pad, 507 Linden Street, Scranton.

Ms. Verkitus will be presenting on how local non-profits can benefit from GiveGab’s latest fund raising tools by managing key fundraising activities in addition to organizing volunteers.

The GiveGab site started in Lackawanna County and now has a national and international presence.  It connects donors and volunteers with organizations that match their interested and offers tools that allows organizations to manage volunteers and donations.  Information on the company can be found at

The workshop is free of charge.  Participants may register by either calling the Arts and Culture Department Program Coordinator at 570.963.6590, ext. 106, or emailing