If you have students in 4th or 7th grade, check out this contest from the Texas General Land Office:
One grand prize winner per grade will receive round-trip airline tickets for four to San Antonio from any Southwest Airlines destination in Texas, hotel accomodations for two nights, a tour of the Alamo and tickets for additional attractions.
Ten other finalists will win Save Texas History packpacks, a certificate of appreciation signed by Commissioner Patterson and a historic map replica from the Land Office Archives Collection.
Essays will be judged on originality of idea, cohesiveness of thought and organization. Proper grammar, spelling and punctuation count.
All essays must be postmarked by January 30, 2010. All public, private and home-schooled students of appropriate age for the fourth grade or seventh grade are eligible to participate.