"God Gave Us The Gift Of Life. It Is Up To Us To Give Ourselves The Gift Of Living Well."
CHAPPELL HILL CULTURAL HERITAGE GROUP
The Chappell Hill Cultural Heritage Group (CHCHG) in Chappell Hill, Washington County, Texas. is an all volunteer non-profit group made up of former residents of the community. We have proudly served the Chappell Hill community since 2007 with annual Black History exhibits, essay contests and Memorial Day celebrations.
Each year, we present a Memorial Day program that includes volunteer guest speakers, musical tributes, a wreath laying ceremony, student essay readings and the sounding of TAPS. The organization is committed to honoring all the lives sacrificed in order to preserve our freedoms.
Among the most important purposes of our organization is to help students of all ages understand the true meaning of Memorial Day and why it is celebrated. We estimate that approximately 25% of the youth in our town are unable to answer basic questions about this important holiday. Many students are unaware of why this holiday is celebrated, or the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and equally important, the symbolic meaning of our American flag.
CHCHG established an annual essay contest as an opportunity for students, grade 4-8, to participate and learn through writing essays and creating drawings. We believe that this kind of participation helps reinforce a deeper understanding of the holiday, builds self confidence, strengthens communities, and encourages patriotism.
A 5th grade student wrote these words as part of his essay:
"For some years now, my family and I would go to the cemetery to stand over a piece of land with a stone at the top of it. While standing there in silence, no one talked, and as I watched my dad with tears in his eyes, I would wonder, what are we doing here, why do we have to come to such a place? After my parents explained to me that my grandfather, Fred Douglas Witchet, was buried there, not because of his age, but because he was killed in the Vietnam War. (My grandfather served in 3 wars, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.) Now, I understand why my father had tears in his eyes."
We are very proud of the efforts of CHCHG to make our community a better place. We invite you to be a part of this American tradition. We are asking for your financial support because we believe that everyone has a stake in the youth of America.
Your sponsorship will help provide each grade level from 4th through 8th grade with 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards for Patriotic Essay Competition winners: The 2016 Essay Theme: "The Cost of Freedom, What this means to me"
Grades 4-5 Awards:
First place: $75
Second place: $50
Third place $25
Grades 6-8 Awards:
First place, 100.00
Second place, 75.00
Third place, 50.00
All participates will receive a signed certificate of participation.
Please give serious consideration to this opportunity to give financial support to these students, and be a part of something that helps students grow in patriotic pride, gain respect for our military, and succeed as future leaders. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Madelyn D. O'Brien
CHCHG Founder & Executive Director
Your sponsorship allows us to give cash awards as part of our annual Patriotic Essay Competition. Your donation is tax deductible.
We thank you for your generosity.
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