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Good Citizen Challenge 2024: Win a Trip to Washington, D.C.!

The Good Citizen Challenge is a fun and engaging civics project powered by Seven Days that encourages Vermont kids to learn about and help improve their communities.

Published June 21, 2024 at 3:40 p.m.


Good Citizens at the Morristown Centennial Library raised $529 at their bake sale to help the Johnson Public Library in the weeks after the July 2023 flood. - COURTESY
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  • Good Citizens at the Morristown Centennial Library raised $529 at their bake sale to help the Johnson Public Library in the weeks after the July 2023 flood.

Help the kids in your life take the Good Citizen Challenge, a fun and engaging civics project powered by Seven Days. They can choose from 25 activities that encourage them to learn about and help improve their communities.

All K-8 students who complete and submit activities will receive a Good Citizen sticker and will be entered in drawings to win prizes, including $50 gift cards to Phoenix Books, a 2025 Vermont State Parks vehicle pass, tickets to see the Vermont Lake Monsters or Vermont Green FC, and the grand prize — a free trip to Washington, D.C., from Milne Travel. We’ll acknowledge excellent work and give away the grand prize at a Statehouse reception on September 19.

Submit activities to the Challenge by noon on Wednesdays to qualify for weekly prize drawings on Thursday mornings during the 6 a.m. newscast on WCAX-TV Channel 3. We'll be up early and giving out prizes all summer long! The last chance to enter is Labor Day, September 2.

The Challenge has received support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Pomerleau Family Foundation and the Evslin Family. Find activity details, a list of all our partners and submit entries at goodcitizenvt.com.


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Some entries we've received so far:

Activity 1: Design a New “I Voted” Sticker

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— Grace Gillman, 8, Burlington

Activity 2: Borrow Something From the Library

“I borrowed the State Historic Site pass so I could learn about history. I visited the Calvin Coolidge Homestead!”

— Amber Wimmer, 12, Bethel

Activity 11: Connect With Neighbors Via Front Porch Forum

From a Front Porch Forum post: “I am going to make more art and probably a neighborhood lemonade stand to raise money for a cause sometime this summer, too. I like that the contest has different activities to choose [from] and that I can maybe win prizes.”

— Grace Gillman

Activity 4: Read Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont:

A spread from Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont  - COURTESY
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  • A spread from Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont

“I read the civics comic book. I always enjoy reading comic books and graphic novels.”

— Samuel Sanborn, 8, Richmond

Activity 20: Read the News

[Re the June 5, 2024, issue of Seven Days]: “I found the jazz fest article interesting. This year I got to go to the jazz fest for my school’s jazz band, and it was cool to learn about other musicians playing at the jazz fest. I was surprised how well known these musicians were.”

— Jacob Rye, 12, Waterbury

Activity 24: Take a Quiz: Is This an AI-Generated Image or a Real Photo?

“I could tell some pretty easily, but some were hard and I got them wrong.”

— Cole Booska, 13, Vergennes


Find activity details and enter at goodcitizenvt.com.