The Wisconsin Labor History Society offers two great opportunities for students who want to learn more about organized labor.
The 2016-17 Wisconsin Labor History Society Annual Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Cash prizes of from $100 to $500 are available to winners. Students must organize their 750-word essays around the theme of “Unions have been important to my family and my community because…” Entries are due February 15, 2017.
Also, the Wisconsin Labor History Society supports some $1,000 in prizes for entries on the theme of “Taking a Stand in History” in the National History Day competition for middle and high school students in Wisconsin. The prizes go to the best entries in both regional and statewide contests.
Teachers of social studies and English are especially encouraged to promote the contests to students and consider building lesson plans around the contests.