The deadline has been extended for the third-grader archeology essay contest. Hosted by the Lassen National Forest, 3rd-grade students across seven counties can compete; these include Lassen, Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Plumas, Siskiyou, and Modoc Counties.
Because Archaeology is the study of things left behind by people from the past and are then used to learn how people lived in specific times and places, students are asked to write an essay on a site that is at least 50 years old that means something to them, why they like it, how old it is, and why it should be preserved.
Acting Forest Archaeologist Jennifer Norton said, “We want to encourage the development of writing at a critical age where children are making the transition from learning to read to reading to learn,”
The Shasta Historical Society has donated a First place prize of a one-year family Pass to Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding and a runner-up prize of a copy of “Can you Dig It” by Amanda Baker.
Forest Supervisor Deb Bumpass said she looks forward to seeing what students create.
Teachers and parents can submit their children’s essays no later than December 10th with the entry form to [email protected]