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DAR Picks Letter-Writing Winners

To help commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, young writers from grades 5-8 were invited, by the General Van Rensselaer chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR – Indiana), to submit fictional essays based on the persona of an early settler.

Students were instructed to compose a letter, as if they were actually this person, communicating with family members who remain in England. In the letters characters gives witness to activities and hardships involved with helping to establish the new settlement.

One winner in each grade level was chosen. Winners for this year’s contest were Emma Messman (grade 5), Miranda Retzlaff (grade 6), Elizabeth Martin (grade 7) and Taylor Meyer (grade 8). This article contains the letters, which are just too good to pass up.

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