As each summer comes to an end, the Education Committee of Post 524 will prepare for the upcoming school year. First on our agenda is the annual coloring contest for the 4th and 5th graders at the intermediate school. The students will receive their pictures around mid to late October and their entries are due back before the Thanksgiving break. The pictures are judged by the committee and prizes awarded before the Christmas vacation. Prizes include tickets to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and to Playland’s Castaway Cove and edible treats from both Shriver's and Johnson's Popcorn. We have wonderful merchants in Ocean City who are always willing to donate to our causes.
After the Christmas break, we start our search for candidates for the Boys State Program. This program gives students the opportunity to spend a week at Rider University involving themselves in the workings of government at the local, county and state levels. We are looking for high school boys that will be juniors this year. I would like to encourage our own members of the Post 524 family to let me know if they have sons and grandsons, or know of anyone else that may be interested in attending.
I will also be reminding our membership, at upcoming meetings, about our two $1000 Annual Scholarship awarded every year to graduating seniors at Ocean City High School. We prefer giving this award to the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of one of our members.
We are alway looking for a candidate for the Oratorical Competition. And while it has been a while since we have had a candidate to sponsor, we are proud to say that we have been successful in the past and hope to see a candidate emerge again this year.
Larry Kelly, Committee Chairman