For Irene Blore, the answer to that question was, “The world.” Her mother was the rock she clung to in all her decisions, she said. One thing her mother always stressed, was the importance of education.
“Faith and the education of my children enhances the quality of life for everyone,” said Blore, the 1995 California Mother of the Year, of what her mother taught her.
As a living memorial to her mother, Blanche V. Edwards, Blore founded the Fifth Grade Essay Contest with American Mothers, Inc. in 2004. Each year since, American Mothers sponsored the essay contest for all fifth grade students or the equivalent, in the public, private, and home school environment. The contest theme is "What My Mother Means to Me.”
Fifth grade was chosen as the age for the contestants because that is an age when children have knowledge about writing and can begin to recognize all their mothers have done for them, said Blore. She hopes the contest encourages children to reach out to others and think beyond themselves. The contest rules were purposely set up so that the essay must be hand-written to allow children to set aside electronic devices when working on this project and be clear of distractions.
There has been a national winner every year since 2004. First prize for the national winner is $500. The essays are always poignant and reflective of the great love and care of the mothers of this country.
“Family structure is the most important foundation of our country,” said Blore. “It’s so enriching to see how many have contributed to this mothers’ tapestry.”
The Fifth grade essay contest runs each year beginning in August, with submissions due by the January 15th.
Posted on Tue, January 14, 2014
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