Lima Chamber of Commerce Offers Civics Bee for Graders 6-8

Our schools, our town, our community are built on the foundations of civics. We want to help students in our community appreciate the importance of civics in our everyday lives.

The 2023 National Civics Bee is an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition in Lima/Allen County, Ohio will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions.

Middle school students from across our district are invited to take part in the first-round civics essay competition. A cross-section of community leaders (including government officials, business leaders and educators) will review each of the 500-word essay submissions. The top 20 students will be selected to move on to the final round of competition: a live quiz event to test their civics knowledge. The finalists and top winners will receive various prizes, including $500 cash for the first-place student. The top 3 winners will then have a chance to compete at the State level.

Can we count on your support to help promote the National Civics Bee with the students in your school district? You can use the attached flyer to email staff, parents, post information on district blog posts, and make in-school announcements to promote the Bee with your students.

The Bee gives your students an opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and voices about our community. It is also a way to increase their knowledge of civics. If a student from your school is a Finalist or Winner, your school district will also be receive recognition. For more information on the essay topic, competition rules and prizes, and for students to submit essays, visit: