By Peggy Veljkovic, Arthur J Schwartz, Sir John Marks Templeton

A set of sixty two award-winning essays that captures the values that subject such a lot to children.

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Romaine approached a friend at the local bank, First Bancorp, with the idea of co-sponsoring the contest in Montgomery County, North Carolina. And so the contest was off and running! The first year of the contest drew over 1,000 entries. Each year, a grand prizewinner is chosen along with two winners from each school that participates. In addition to a cash prize, the top winners also receive $500 to donate to the charity of their choice—what a wonderful way to teach young people about the joy of giving.

Living in town we don’t normally see the stars very clearly, but out here in the wilderness of mountains and locks the whole sky seemed ablaze with tiny pricks of light. “The starry heavens above, and the moral order within”(Kant). I don’t know what put these words in my thoughts, but somehow they struck home and my friends and I began to talk about the Scout law and promise, and wondered whether they were like the efforts of physicists to unlock the laws of the universe. on integrity 39 What if the Scout law and promise was an effort to unlock the laws that govern human society?

Again, our world is a better place today because we have had these people of courage to do what’s right and in doing so become role models for us all. However, there are millions of courageous people with whom we come in contact every day that can show us what true courage is. They may never be in our history books, we may never see them on the 7:00 news shows, or we may not read 18 w r i t i n g f r o m t h e h e a r t about them in the newspapers, but their acts of courage are just as inspiring.

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