To celebrate, the Daily Ledger is giving area students a chance to share their family’s history in the state with our readers.

To celebrate, the Daily Ledger is giving area students a chance to share their family’s history in the state with our readers.


Students in elementary, junior high/middle school and high school are asked to send in an essay describing how their family came to the state and the county, when and where they came from and what they did when they got here. Essays may also include family traditions or anecdotes that have been shared through the generations.


Essays will be accepted from all public school, private school or home school students. Essays may be submitted by the schools or individually. Only one essay per student will be accepted.


Three essays — one each from elementary, middle/junior high and high school students — will be named grand prize winners. A special prize will be awarded to the winners and the Ledger will print the essays as well as a photo of the winners in the final edition of 2018.
The Ledger will also print all essays received.


Essays should be between 250 to 300 words. Essays from middle/junior high and high students should be typed. Essays from elementary students may be handwritten or printed. No changes will be made to any essays, including content or grammatical changes.


The Ledger reserves the right to accept or reject essays received.


Essays may be emailed to the Ledger at leskridge@cantondailyledger.com, mailed to 53 West Elm, Canton, IL 61520, faxed to 309-647-4665 or brought in to the office. For more information, call the Ledger office at 309-647-5100 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The deadline for entries will be noon Wednesday, Nov. 21.


The Ledger is excited to join with readers in marking the anniversary of Illinois as a state and we look forward to hearing from you.