The essay contest is sponsored by the Optimist Club to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. Winners receive a cash prize, and the opportunity to advance to the district level, where he/she will compete for a $2500 scholarship.
If your student is a budding Optimist, encourage them to enter our annual Oratorical Contest! They will write and deliver a 4-5 minute speech on a provided topic. Winners of the Oswegoland Optimist Contest win cash prizes and the opportunity to go on to Regional and District (State) competitions. Winners of the District contest receive a $2,500 scholarship and compete in the next level for a $5,000 scholarship with the next level offering up to $15,000 in scholarships!
If you student has a significant hearing deficit and a budding Optimist, encourage them to enter the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing! This experience helps students develop the skills and confidence to present in sign or orally to a large audience. The program also provides a valuable opportunity to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.
This incredible evening includes live music, a delicious bayou buffet, silent auction, raffles and dancing.
In addition to approximately 10,000 Easter eggs for two egg hunts (one for special needs, one for general population), we provide games, prizes, bounce houses, a cake walk and pictures with the Easter Bunny as part of the egg-citing event.
Our largest fundraiser of the year selling corn on the cob that is roasted on our custom made grill for one fun filled 4-day weekend. Prairie Fest is always held on Father’s Day weekend.
Is another of our fundraisers. At this one we sell pretzel necklaces
A community event providing kids the opportunity to express their art talent on a square of sidewalk.
A fundraising event where pumpkins are decorated and fitted wheels and axles and raced downhill in downtown Oswego, much like a soap box derby but with pumpkins. We have a 50/50 raffle and local businesses participate in trick-or-treat for the kids in costume.
We provide gifts, food, hats and mittens, and bikes to over 250 kids for the Christmas season. It is our largest community project.
To learn more about these events and the volunteer opportunities that each presents, please contact the Oswegoland Optimist Club at Info@OswegoOptimists.com