This year, Patriotic week will be celebrated September 11th – September 17th. Patriotic week was co-created in 2009 by  Judge Michael Warren and his then 10-year-old daughter Leah, to capture the imagination and support of citizens across the nation. Each day a First Principle and a Founding Father or other Patriots will be discussed. In addition, vital speeches, documents, and flags from America will be covered. For specific details of the week please view this web site

5 year old, Patriotic Kelsey Anne already understands what it means to vote. When planning a family outing, we vote to decide what we are doing! Photo was taken courtesy of Jodi Mercier, owner of Wildflowers Photography located in Lincoln Park, Michigan.

In recognition of Patriotic week, the Department of State is holding an essay contest for students in grades 6– 12 celebrating the right to vote. Winners will be announced during Patriot Week. Winners will be chosen from each of the five Secretary of State regions as well as one grand prize winner. Each winner will receive a certificate of recognition and a patriotic-themed prize.

Michigan Secretary of State Essay Contest Rules

  • Each essay should answer the question, “How does a citizen’s right to vote help make America the greatest country in the world?”
  • Essays must have a title and should be no longer than 400 words.
  • Your essay must include your name, grade (as of September 2012), address, and contact information to notify winners (phone or email).

Michigan Secretary of State Essay Contest Deadline:

All essays must be received no later than midnight on Friday, August 10 to be considered for recognition. Essays may be submitted through the U.S. mail or through email at [email protected].

To submit your essay through the mail, send to:

Michigan Secretary of State Essay Contest

Office of Communications

Richard H. Austin Building, 4th Floor

430 West Allegan Street Lansing, MI 48918

You can read any further details here,4670,7-127-1640_62011—,00.html

Get those essays in soon and GOOD LUCK!

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Jill is a former teacher who is now a stay at home mommy, by choice, of her active 7 yr old daughter, Kelsey Anne, in Livonia, Michigan. On the side, she works as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for a Michigan based Protocol Company with 25 years experience, specializing in creating, managing, and producing gala events for dignitaries, celebrities and non-profit organizations throughout the country. She also volunteers at her daughter's school, has recently started substitute teaching, enjoys entering contests and sweeps, & spending time with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @jillkathan.