5th Grade Creative Writing Contest

What is the annual 5th Grade “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest?

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Southern California Chapter is a proud supporter of the American Immigration Council’s (AIC) annual “Celebrate America” creative writing contest for 5th grade students across the United States.

The Chapter sponsors the local contest, which draws participation from hundreds of 5th grade students from both private and public schools across Southern California.  With the writing prompt of, “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants,” students are invited to discuss their personal immigration experience, learn about and share family histories or write about the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land.

The creativity forms of entries received range from essays, to short stories and poetry. Local winners are honored an annual awards luncheon each summer and the top winner’s entry is entered into the National Competition sponsored by the American Immigration Council where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists.  Winning entries are to be printed in the Congressional Record. The winner and two guests receive an all expenses paid trip to The Council’s Annual Benefit Dinner where he/she is honored and reads his/her winning entry aloud. For additional information about this exciting contest, please visit the AIC’s website at www.celebrateamericawritingcontest.org.