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American Mothers, Inc.® Announces 2017 National Fifth Grade Essay Contest

APRIL 10, 2023

“What My Mother Means to Me”

Washington, DC:  American Mothers (AMI) annouced the launch of their 2017 National Fifth Grade Essay Contest.  AMI, a non-profit organization that aims to support mothers through educational programs and outreach, has held the annual contest since 2004. The contest theme is “What My Mother Means to Me.”

The competition centers around writing a 150 word, handwritten essay on “What My Mother Means to Me”  and encourages students from around the country to celebrate their mothers at an age where they may lose awareness of the important role moms play in their lives. The contest is open to all fifth graders (or equivalent education level for homeschooled students) and students may enter their state competition individually or as a class project.

Entries are being accepted from now through January 15, 2017.  Each state will select a essay, which will then be entered into the national competition, where monetary prizes and an invitation to the AMI National Convention in Washington, DC to accept their award will be given to the top essay winners.

State winners will be announced February 15th and  National Winners, March 15th.   Parents or teachers who would like their fifth grader’s class to participate are asked to contact  or visit the website for complete rules and information at

“Besides giving children a chance to express their feelings and learn through creative writing, this contest asks students to reflect on their mom and the impact mothers have everyday,” says Dianne Dain Callister, American Mothers Inc. National President. “This is an event everyone at American Mothers looks forward to reading.  It’s nice to see the simple things in life that really impact these amazing children.”

The 2016 National Winner, Cole Henry from Apison, TN won a $300 cash prize sponsored by the Confidence Foundation and a trip to Washington, DC with his parents, Christa and Kevin Henry, sponsored by American Mothers.  He read the essay at a national luncheon and meet his Senator.

The national contest was founded by former California Mother of the Year, Irene Blore, as a living memorial to her mother, Blanche V. Edwards.  Each year since, American Mothers has held the essay contest for all fifth grade students in the United States and receives thousands of entries each year.

About American Mothers, Inc.®
American Mothers, Inc.® is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and outreach.  Founded in 1935, American Mothers, Inc. is the official sponsor of Mother’s Day.  It is also the organization responsible for annually selecting the National Mother of the Year from candidates across the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  To learn more, visit

Media Contact:
Andrea Ball, Executive Director
877-242-4264 or 301.335.2715 – Mobile


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