5th Grade Contest

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New York City Chapter is a proud supporter of the American Immigration Council’s (AIC) annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest for 5th grade students across the United States.

The Chapter sponsors the local contest, which draws participation from 5th grade students from both private and public schools across New York State and within the Tri-State area. The contest inspires educators to bring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and fifth graders are given the opportunity to explore America as a nation of immigrants. 5th Grade writers use the theme “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants” to discuss their personal immigration experiences, learn about and share family histories or write about the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land.

The creativity forms of entries received range from essays, to short stories and poetry. Local winners are honored at the last annual chapter meeting and the top winner’s entry is entered into the National Competition sponsored by the AIC. There, entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists. Winning entries are to be printed in the Congressional Record. The winner and two guests receive an all expenses paid rip to The Council’s Annual Benefit Dinner where s/he is honored and reads aloud the winning entry. For additional information about this exciting contest, please visit AIC’s website


This year’s annual Local Essay Contest Ceremony will be held in June 2014 at New York Law School. We are always looking for volunteers to go out into our local schools to help encourage children to participate and to work with our liaisons and New Member’s Division to help prepare for the awards banquet and help raise donations and participation. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and welcomed.

Please also visit the American Immigration Council site for more information.