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American Legion offers youth scholarships for patriotic education

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Published on August 09, 2017 with No Comments

Fourth grade student, $1,000 college scholarship recipient Drew Pancake from St. Paul Lutheran School, sponsored by American Legion Post 82 in Fort Wayne, reads his winning Flag Education and Etiquette Essay and receives his award at The American Legion, Department of Indiana 2017 Spring Conference in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 8.

The American Legion’s Flag Education Test program was started in the Department of Indiana in 1996.  By 2004, more than 300 elementary schools in the state of Indiana ordered in excess of 18,000 tests and comic books. The Division of Student Activities of the Indiana Secondary School Administrators approves the American Legion Flag Education Test.

The Flag Education Test is to be given in participating elementary schools during the month of November to coincide with Veterans Day, which is when the tests are issued to the local American Legion Posts.  The test is open to fourth-grade elementary students in all public, private, and parochial schools.

Each student participating in the Flag Education Test Program takes the same test. The answers on the test are scored against a standardized answer sheet. The “Our Country’s Flag” comic book is used as a study guide for the closed book test.

The test consists of 20 questions, which vary from multiple choice to true and false, and a short essay. There will be two state winners who will each receive a $1000 check.

Test papers may be ordered by contacting local American Legion posts. The sponsoring post will provide the test to school officials on the day the test is to be given. The sponsoring post will participate in giving and grading the test.

The Flag Education Test Program is administered by and is under the supervision of The American Legion Department of Indiana Flag Education and Etiquette (FE&E) Committee. For more information about this program, contact the FE&E district chairman for one’s county of residence.

Interested parties may also contact Butch Miller, program coordinator for The American Legion Department of Indiana, at 317-630-1391 or email bmiller@indianalegion.org.

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