The DAR youth citizenship award program was designed to offer a concrete tangible plan for training in American citizenship.
According to DAR, education of youth in American citizenship is of supreme importance. The medals may be given to boys and girls in any school and are presented to those, who by their personal acts and attitudes, have proven themselves the most outstanding citizens in the class.
The requirements for the award of the medal to a boy or girl are based upon the five qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.
Honor: honesty-high principles, trustworthiness, loyalty, truthfulness, punctuality, moral strength and stability, cleanliness in mind and body.
Service: cooperation, meritorious behavior bringing honor to school or community, kindliness, unselfishness, true Americanism-individual responsibility to Home, to Country to God.
Courage: mental and physical, determination to overcome obstacles.
Leadership: personality, originality, ability to lead and hold others, good sportsmanship-responsibility.
Patriotism: fundamental Americanism.
“In promoting this worthwhile project, the chapter is manifesting its belief that attention to the patriotic education of our youth means building a stronger nation for the future,” said Lori Smith. “This project should be an incentive in a school for greater appreciation of the qualities of citizenship needed by our nation if it is to retain sovereignty and independence of action. Challenges face our youth, and every chapter has the opportunity of emphasizing the ideals of citizenship for a normal American childhood.”
The winners were: Sixth grade, Colin Schindler, Frankford; seventh grade, Sophia Hartwig, Middletown; eighth grade, Ariana Young, Bowling Green.