Guest Author - Donna Ledbetter
President-Elect Barack Obama and the inauguration team would like to make it possible for local Washington, DC area students to be part of the inauguration ceremony. All they need to do is write an essay of 500 words about how they can contribute to their neighborhood through community service. One hundred winners will be allowed to bring one parent or guardian and a guest. So, even if you don't live in the DC area, but know of great young person who does, he or she may help you get to the inauguration up close. Good luck!
A letter from the presidential inaugural committee explaining the details of the writing contest follows:
This Inauguration, President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden are calling on all of us to renew America's promise. They believe that this renewal begins with service to our own communities, service that can begin at any age.
Do you know a student who's active in the D.C. community? What about one who would like to attend the inaugural parade and have seats right in front of the White House?
You can help him or her be there.
We're asking students throughout Washington, D.C. to answer in 500 words or less, "How can I contribute to my neighborhood through community service?"
Submit that student's essay and he or she could be among those selected to attend the inaugural parade.
Here are the basics: the essay must be written by a D.C. middle or high school student. It should be 500 words or less, and the student's parent or guardian must submit the essay by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 11th.
We will select over 100 essays that offer interesting ideas on service. The student, a parent or guardian, and one other guest will come to the inaugural parade and sit in prime seats: in front of the White House, right next to the presidential reviewing stand.
At every inaugural, after the swearing-in, the new president joins a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, from the Capitol to the White House. He invites marching bands, dance troupes, military units, and other organizations to be part of the parade.
It's a tradition that illustrates the best of America -- people from across the nation coming together to celebrate the promise of the next four years.
Help a student in your life be there to see it by submitting his or her answer to the question, "How can I contribute to my neighborhood through community service?"
To comply with legal guidelines, we ask that you be sure it is the parent or guardian who submits the essay on behalf of the student.
The day before the Inauguration, the Obama and Biden families will join other Americans in renewing a commitment to service in our communities. Thousands of students will be part of that effort.
Help a student get to the inaugural parade, too.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee