On Thursday, October 28, 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland was on hand in New York Harbor for an afternoon ceremony to unveil the new Statue of Liberty. In the following 120 years, "Lady Liberty" has seen a lot changes in America. She has seen the arrival of millions of immigrants on their way to a new life in America. During the generations since, those same immigrants have shared stories of their arrival (and of the great statue) with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. These personal stories have given the Statue of Liberty a special place in the family stories of millions of Americans.
In celebration of her 120th birthday, the Status of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is sponsoring a picture contest for elementary school children.
According to the Foundation, "Many young students will learn about immigration for the first time in a classroom setting. Others will build upon what they have learned in previous years, but we're certain that in nearly every case - The Statue of Liberty will be mentioned."
The contest is open only to elementary school students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth during the 2006-2007 school year. Submissions must be coordinated through a parent or guardian of majority age. One submission per student; multiple entries will be disregarded. There is no purchase of any kind necessary to enter or win.
There is much more information available on the Statue of Liberty web site at http://www.statueofliberty.org.
This sounds like a great opportunity for you to spend time with your children or grandchildren and perhaps to instill a sense of their heritage at the same time.