George Washington Carver National Monument’s Extends Deadline for Annual Art and Essay Contest

Image Credit: George Washington Carver National Monument

(Diamond, MO) – George Washington Carver National Monument, in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Carver Birthplace Association, have extended the entry deadline for the George Washington Carver National Monument’s Third and Fourth Grade Art and Essay Contest. The new date is Thursday, March 9 and all entries must be received by this day.

Open to third and fourth grade students, Art and Essay encourages artistic expression and trait-based essay writing centered on the theme kindness, which is derived from George Washington Carver’s advice that a kind student “…takes his [or her] share of the world and lets others have theirs,” from his Eight Cardinal Virtues letter.

An awards ceremony will be held on April 2, 2022. Roary the Lion from MSSU will be there to congratulate the students. And new this year: each first place winner will become a park ranger for a day and work with the park rangers in the visitor center!

Teachers can access the information packet online here.

For further information, or to schedule a virtual visit with a park ranger, please call 417.325.4151 or email

About George Washington Carver National Monument: 

Administered by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior, George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, scientist, educator, and humanitarian. Please call the park at 417.325.4151 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm for further information. Visit our website at and Facebook page. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then south ¼ mile on Carver Road.

About the National Park Service: 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 423 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, and on YouTube at


Diane Eilenstein, Park Ranger
George Washington Carver National Monument

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