South Jersey SAR School Programs
Engaging Students and Educators
Our local chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) proudly takes part in several prestigious awards programs annually, aimed at engaging students and educators more deeply with the period of the American Revolution. These awards programs, brought to you by the national SAR, are dedicated to fostering civic duty and responsibility, promoting innovative and effective teaching methods, and facilitating a more profound comprehension of the intricate matters related to America’s war for independence. Each year, our youth programs commence at the grassroots level here at our local chapter, progressively advancing towards the society and national stages throughout each competition. The awards season culminates at the esteemed annual SAR Congress.
Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award
Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will be able to choose a trip to one of the following seminars:
• Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pa.,
• Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg, Va.,
• Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.,
• SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.
The award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 – 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current accepted curriculum requirements.
The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
The program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. At Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels, students must submit an original essay, with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Cash award.
The Americanism Poster Contest
This contest is open to students in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, depending on when the American Revolution is taught in their school system. This includes public, private, parochial, charter, and home-schooled students. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Cub Scouts, and Brownies who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based on the portrayal of the theme, originality, evidence of research, neatness, artistic merit, and creativity. The permanent themes are “Revolutionary War Events” in school years ending in an even number and “Revolutionary War Persons” in school years ending in an odd number. National winners receive a ribbon, certificate, and a cash award. Prizes on the state and chapter levels vary.
The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest
The Rumbaugh Oration contest, open to all students in grades 9-12 supports the Secondary School and SAR education objectives by perpetuating the stories of patriotism, courage, tragedy and triumph of the men and women who achieved the independence of the American people. These stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each generation as it is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions. The Orations Contest has the endorsement and seal of approval on our web-site of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Our Chapter members are the primary drivers in stimulating students to participate. They work through teachers of all subjects in the school system and the Home School Associations. The contest culminates in an inspiring National Orations Contest held each year, with State winners representing their respective Societies and Districts.
C.A.R Activity Award
The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) is an organization of persons through 21 years of age who are lineal descendants of a patriot of the American Revolution. The C.A.R. is an independent organization which looks to the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and General Society of the Sons of the Revolution (SR) for its leadership and financial support. The C.A.R. needs adult leaders, financial support, and members. An SAR member may hold a “Senior Leader” office in a local-, state-, regional-, or the national-levels of the C.A.R. Direct descendants of SAR and DAR members (from birth to 22 years of age) are eligible for C.A.R. membership.
The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest
This contest is open to middle school students, depending on when the American Revolution or Government is taught in their school system. This includes public, private, parochial, charter and home schooled students. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based upon content, creativity and correctness. The permanent theme is “The Founding Documents of the United States.” National winners receive a ribbon, certificate and a cash award. Prizes on the state and chapter level vary.
News & Happenings
Greetings South Jersey Chapter members, The first order of business is to announce that “This Saturday’s, January 20, 2024 meeting of the South Jersey Chapter of the SAR has been cancelled due to potential serious weather conditions.” Sorry for the late notice;...
The South Jersey Chapter of the SAR celebrated its 100 th Anniversary in September. In order to commemorate the event, a luncheon was held at Ramblewood Country Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The event was well attended and well received by eighty-two participants...
Rich Serfass, president of the SJC SAR, had the honor of presenting the Sons of the American Revolution Navy Sea Cadet bronze medal to a cadet from the USS Battleship New Jersey Sea Cadets on the Battleship’s main deck. Dressed in a uniform that mirrored that of a...