People Making a


in Children's Lives

This statewide essay contest explores the important and varied influencers in the lives and education of children – from the children’s perspective. Every day children are exposed to a variety of people and each one has an opportunity to influence the path a child decides to take. Whether it is someone that sparks an interest in a new topic, helps them work through a problem, shapes the kind of person they want to become by modeling behavior, simply listens to them, or any number of other actions, this is the platform for students to share their appreciation.

Students may consider many questions when writing their essays including (but not limited to):

  • Why is this role model important in your life?
  • What life lessons, ethics, or skills has the influential role model taught you?
  • Why do you look up to this role model and appreciate having him or her in your life?
  • How would your life be different without this role model?
  • How would other kids benefit for having a similar role model in their lives?
  • For WSPTA Essay Contest application form, click here.
  • Submissions must be mailed or emailed directly to the Washington State PTA:
    Mailing Address
    Washington State PTA
    Attention: WSPTA Essay Contest
    15 Oregon Avenue, Suite 202
    Tacoma, WA 98409-7463

    Email Address
    [email protected]
  • Deadline for submissions: postmarked no later than March 1, 2021.
  • Essays will be scored on the current state learning standards for writing and will be scored on content, organization, language/conventions, and style per the program judging form.
  • Entries must include a completed and signed WSPTA Essay Contest application form, typed or handwritten legibly on 8½” x 11” paper, and be no more than 650 words.
  • One entry per student; multiple entries from one student will be disqualified.
  • Each entry must be an original, not be written by a parent or professional, has not previously won a prize, and does not infringe upon the copyright or other proprietary rights of any third party.
  • Awards will be presented at the WSPTA Student Celebration in the Spring.

More information can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]