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Cottonwood News: Speech, essay contests open


Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

— Everyone get your flags out for Flag Day today, June 14. Let’s show our patriotism for our great country. And don’t forget your father gets special treatment on Father’s Day, Sunday. The father in our house has a birthday also, so he really gets to be spoiled.

Entries are now being accepted for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions. Both are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, and to help foster patriotism among today’s youth.

The theme for this year’s Voice of Democracy asks high school students to describe “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” This is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12.

The Patriot’s Pen writing competition is open to students in grades 6-8. The subject of this year’s competition is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Students are asked to submit their entry along with a completed entry form to their local VFW Post. The deadline for entries in both contests is Oct. 31. Contact Cottonwood VFW Post No. 4902 at , or visit for entry forms and rules.

The 2018 Haiti Mission Team is asking for your help to fund their trip next year where they will be serving in an orphanage and a home for the elderly. If you would like to contribute to their trip you can choose an envelope from the bulletin board with the dollar amount you would like to contribute and put it in the collection basket or drop it off at the parish office.

Attention all Catholic young men entering grades 9-12. You are invited to attend the Third Annual Boise Quo Vadis Days camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. It will be held from June 26-29, at the Nazareth Retreat Center in Boise. The cost of the camp is $50, and includes food lodging and T-shirt. If you are interested contact Fr. Caleb Vogel, the director at 208-521-5695 or email at

The Summer Reading Program starts June 14 at Prairie Community Library under the leadership of Sydney Bruner for her senior project. All first through sixth graders are invited to the library on Wednesday, June 14, 15, 28, 29 and July 5 and 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The theme this year is all about sports and the Olympics. She asks you to join her in “Reading for Gold” as you’ll learn about sports with books, crafts, activities and snacks. Contact Sydney at 507-1972 with questions.


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