TOWNSEND -- The Ladies Auxiliary to Townsend VFW Post #6538 is locally sponsoring the Department of Massachusetts Ladies Auxiliary VFW Essay Contest for students in grade 5. The theme is "America, the Beautiful." The essay may contain up to 300 words.

The student's name should not be visible on the front of the essay but should be clearly printed on the back.

All grade 5 essay contest entries should be submitted to Townsend VFW Post #6538 Ladies Auxiliary President Betty Mae Tenney by Friday, Feb. 14. Hawthorne Brook Middle School students should submit their entries to Miss Tenney through their classroom teachers.

The Townsend VFW Ladies Auxiliary will award $25 to its first-place essay contest winner, $15 to its second-place finalist and $10 to its third-place finisher.

The Townsend Auxiliary will submit its first-place winning essay into the state competition. The Department of Massachusetts Ladies Auxiliary will award $100 to the first-place state essay contest winner. Additionally, $75 will be given to the second-place state winner and $50 will go to the third-place state winner.