Students Honored at 17th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition Ceremony

DOVER – Students from across the state gathered Saturday at the Delaware Public Archives to celebrate the winners of the 17th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition and to be recognized for their knowledge of the First State’s influential role in crafting the United States Constitution.

More than 530 students from 19 schools across the state were given two months to prepare informative displays illustrating Delaware’s role in the creation and ratification of the Constitution, integrating creative elements such as artwork, poetry, songs and cartoons. Representatives from the Department of State judged the projects focusing on three main areas: historical accuracy, spelling and creativity.

More than 14,000 students have participated in the annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition since the start of the program in 2001. Delaware Day is observed each year on Dec. 7, the date that Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution.

“Every year, Delawareans make special note of the day that our home earned its nickname, The First State,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “And every year I continue to be impressed by the creativity, knowledge and critical thinking on display in the projects that our fourth graders present to demonstrate their understanding of Delaware’s role in the American story.”

Each year, awards are given to schools with the most creative and historically accurate projects.
Named in honor of Delaware’s five signers of the U. S. Constitution, the awards recognize schools in each county plus the city of Wilmington as well as private schools. Projects also are evaluated by the Delaware Division of the Arts, with the most visually outstanding projects receiving an Artistic Merit Award in recognition of students’ creative use of design and composition.

Click here for a photo gallery from this year’s competition.

The winners of the 2018 Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition are:

• George Read Award: Bunker Hill Elementary School, Appoquinimink School District

• Gunning Bedford Jr. Award: Robert S. Gallaher Elementary, Christina School District

• John Dickinson Award: Lake Forest Central Elementary, Lake Forest School District

• Richard Bassett Award: Laurel Elementary School, Laurel School District

• Jacob Broom Award: TIE – Learning Express Academy, Newark
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Wilmington

• Artistic Merit Awards: Bunker Hill Elementary School
Laurel Elementary School
Lake Forest Central Elementary School
Robert S. Gallaher Elementary School

• Honorable Mention Awards

New Castle County
All Saints Catholic School
Christ the Teacher Catholic School
William B. Keene Elementary School
May B. Leasure Elementary School
Olive B. Loss Elementary School
Joseph M. McVey Elementary School
Etta J. Wilson Elementary School
UrbanPromise Wilmington
Ursuline Academy

Kent County
Fairview Elementary School
Booker T. Washington Elementary School

Sussex County
Lulu Ross Elementary School
Epworth Christian School

Artistic Merit Honorable Mention
Fairview Elementary School
Lulu Ross Elementary School
UrbanPromise Wilmington


Governor Carney Culminates Season-Long Celebration of John Dickinson’s Revolutionary “Letters”

ST. JONES NECK – The celebration of the life and works of Delaware statesman John Dickinson comes to a close with a special program featuring Gov. John Carney and an annual wreath-laying at the graveside of the “Penman of the Revolution.”

The offerings will close out a season of programming to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the publication of Dickinson’s “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies,” the first widely-read treatise laying out the American cause for unity in resistance to British colonial oppression—released in the winter of 1767-68. More information about Dickinson’s “Letters,” his life and times, and scheduled programs can be found at de.gov/johndickinson, presented by the Delaware Department of State.

The final programs include a panel discussion with Gov. Carney at the Delaware Public Archives, and a ceremony at Dickinson’s final resting place in Wilmington.

WHAT: Panel Discussion Featuring Gov. John Carney
Gov. Carney will participate in a panel discussion with two eminent Delaware historians: retired state Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland and former News Journal editorial page editor John Sweeney, author of a forthcoming book on Dickinson’s “Letters.” The discussion will focus on Dickinson’s legacy and how it relates to politics and government today.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, February 10
WHERE: Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dover

WHAT: John Dickinson Wreath Laying Ceremony
A reading of a eulogy and a wreath laying ceremony on the grave of John Dickinson. Refreshments available following the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation and the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, February 17
WHERE: Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West St., Wilmington


Students Honored at 16th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition Ceremony

DOVER – Students from across the state gathered Saturday at the Delaware Public Archives to celebrate the winners of the 16th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition and to be recognized for their knowledge of the First State’s influential role in crafting the United States Constitution.

(NOTE: Delaware Day is observed each year on Dec. 7, the date that Delaware ratified the U.S Constitution and earned its nickname, The First State. This event was scheduled to take place in early December, but was postponed due to inclement weather.)

More than 1,100 students from 22 schools were given two months to prepare informative displays illustrating Delaware’s role in the creation and ratification of the Constitution, integrating creative elements such as artwork, poetry, songs and cartoons. This year’s competition featured 35 separate entries, the most in the program’s history.

“Delaware Day is our time to celebrate just how important our state was in the early days of the nation,” said Secretary of State Jeff Bullock. “As always, the projects our fourth graders presented were outstanding tributes to this legacy, and I congratulate them for their efforts and the time they devoted to learning about the history of the First State.”

More than 13,500 students have participated in the annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition since the start of the program in 2001.

Each year, awards are given to schools with the most creative and historically accurate projects. Named in honor of Delaware’s five signers of the U. S. Constitution, the awards recognize schools in each county plus the city of Wilmington as well as a private school. Representatives from the Department of State judge the projects focusing on three main areas: historical accuracy, spelling and creativity.

Projects also are evaluated by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Newark Arts Alliance. Select projects are presented with an Artistic Merit Award in recognition of the students’ creative use of visual art as well as design and composition.

The winners of the 2017 Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition are:

George Read Award:
Eastside Charter School, Wilmington

Gunning Bedford, Jr. Award:
TIE – Keene Elementary, Christina School District
Gallaher Elementary, Christina School District

• John Dickinson Award:
North Dover Elementary, Capital School District

• Richard Bassett Award:
North Laurel Elementary, Laurel School District

• Jacob Broom Award:
4-WAY TIE – Epworth Christian School, Laurel
Christ the Teacher Catholic School, Glasgow
Learning Express Academy, Newark
Wilmington Friends School

• Artistic Merit Awards:
North Laurel Elementary, Laurel School District
Bunker Hill Elementary, Appoquinimink School District
Epworth Christian School, Laurel
Gallaher Elementary, Christina School District
North Dover Elementary, Capital School District

For more information, visit the Annual Delaware Day Competition website.


Celebration of John Dickinson’s Revolutionary “Letters” Continues with Programs in Dover and Wilmington

ST. JONES NECK – The celebration of the life and works of Delaware statesman and “Penman of the Revolution” John Dickinson continues into the New Year with programs slated to explore his legacy and honor his contributions to the history of the state and the nation.

The offerings will close out a season of programming to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the publication of Dickinson’s “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies,” the first widely-read treatise laying out the American cause for unity in resistance to British colonial oppression. More information about Dickinson’s “Letters,” his life and times, and scheduled programs can be found at de.gov/johndickinson, presented by the Delaware Department of State.

Upcoming programs include a presentation on African-American history at the John Dickinson Plantation, a panel discussion with Gov. John Carney, and a wreath-laying at Dickinson’s final resting place in Wilmington.

WHAT: Stories of African-American History From St. Jones Neck
Learn about the history of the African American inhabitants of the John Dickinson Plantation in Kent County and Dickinson’s complicated relationship with the institution of slavery. Participants will read copies of 18th century documents to investigate the lives of the free and enslaved people who lived on the Plantation.
WHEN: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 13
WHERE: John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover

WHAT: Panel Discussion Featuring Gov. John Carney
Gov. Carney will participate in a panel discussion with two eminent Delaware historians: retired state Supreme Court Justice Randy Holland and former News Journal editorial page editor John Sweeney, author of a forthcoming book on Dickinson’s “Letters.” The discussion and audience Q&A will focus on Dickinson’s legacy and how it relates to Delaware politics and government today.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, February 10
WHERE: Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dover

WHAT: John Dickinson Wreath Laying Ceremony
A reading of a eulogy and a wreath laying ceremony on the grave of John Dickinson. Refreshments available following the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation and the Friends of the John Dickinson Mansion.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, February 17
WHERE: Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N West St., Wilmington


RESCHEDULED: Students Gather for 16th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition Awards

 

DOVER – The Delaware Public Archives will host students from across the state Saturday for the culmination of the 16th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition. (This program was postponed in December due to inclement weather)

More than 1,100 students from 22 schools across the state were given two months to prepare informative displays illustrating Delaware’s role in the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, integrating creative elements such as artwork, poetry, songs and cartoons. This year’s competition featured 35 separate entries, the most in the program’s history.

Representatives from the Department of State judged the projects focusing on three main areas: historical accuracy, spelling and creativity.

More than 13,000 students have participated in the annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition since the start of the program in 2001.

Each year, awards are given to schools with the most creative and historically accurate projects.
Named in honor of Delaware’s five signers of the U. S. Constitution, the awards recognize schools in each county plus the city of Wilmington as well as a private school.

Projects also are evaluated by the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Newark Arts Alliance. Select projects are presented with an Artistic Merit Award in recognition of the students’ creative use of visual art as well as design and composition.

For more information, visit the Annual Delaware Day Competition website.

What: 16th Annual Delaware Day Fourth Grade Competition Ceremony

Who: Secretary of State Jeff Bullock;
State Archivist Steve Marz;
Students, parents and teachers from across the state

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, January 13

Where: Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover