We hope you’re all enjoying the final weeks of summer and that you’ve found some time for beaching, barbecuing and being lazy.

Here at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, summertime means we’re in full swing preparing for the next cycle of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This year, we open the registration system on September 15 and we anticipate more than 200,000(!) submissions from talented young visual and literary artists across the country and in U.S. schools abroad. Read More

This past July 4th there were barbeques, fireworks and visits to the beach. In most places across the United States, the day commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence was celebrated just as John Adams predicted it would be over two centuries ago: “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance; it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

In 1976, on the bicentennial of Independence Day, one student wrote about his views on the celebrations. His opinions are his own, but the backdrop of current events he writes against is eerily familiar today. Read More