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10 Ways to Gain Recognition for Your Projects and Your Students

Those of us who are involved in the National History Day program know it is an exciting educational program with numerous benefits for students. While there are thousands of us who share this knowledge, millions have never heard of National History Day. We need your help to spread the word about National History Day and gain recognition for the work your students have done. Below is a sample press release and several strategies that can not only generate publicity, but may also lead to funding sources for the student's trip to National History Day:


1. Write a letter to your local newspaper editor
2. Send an NHD press release with your student's information
3. Write an opposite editorial (op-ed) for your local newspaper
4. Email your local television or cable access station and tell them about your child's project. Attach a press release and photo if you have one.

You can find a sample here: National Contest Press Release Template 

Community Outreach

5. Display your child's project at a local school board meeting
6. Ask your bank if they will display your child's exhibit
7. Ask your employer if they will display your child's exhibit in the lobby
8. Ask your local library to display your child's exhibit

Other Recognition Outlets

9. Write your congressional representatives and tell them about your child's success
10. Post pictures of your student's project on a website

Prepare a good answer to this question: Why is this story interesting or newsworthy?  Include your answer in all of your communications.