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A program of the Elks' Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee, this contest is geared towards students 3th through 5th grades to promote patriotism among young people.


Use this as the core theme of your essay.


The contest is open to all 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students.

Poster paper: Ideally, posters should be submitted on 8½ x 11 inch paper. However, posters submitted on paper up to 11x24 inches in size will be accepted. Please contact your lodge for additional information, as some areas might have additional criteria.

Judging will be based on the following:

  • Closeness to the theme

  • Neatness

  • Originality

  • Correct grammatical structure

Each entry must have the following information on the back of the poster:

  • Student’s full name

  • School, location, grade

  • Elks lodge name

  • Must also be accompanied by Hold Harmless agreement

Copyrighted characters are prohibited. Entries containing copyrighted material will be disqualified.

Due date: Contact your local Elks Lodge or Elks State Association for more details.

Winners: Each lodge will select a winner, using the criteria listed above. The lodge will notify winners. Winning posters will be forwarded to District Competition. District winners will be forwarded to State Level Competition. All winning entries become the sole property of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and may not be returned.

National recognition: Each State Drug Awareness Chairman will choose one overall winner. This winning poster will be submitted for entry into the annual National Elks contest and for inclusion in the Elks DAP Coloring Book. Winning Posters may also be featured on the website - online coloring book and/or in ENF or DAP publications.

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