America, the Beautiful Took Center Stage During WoodmenLife Video Contest

May 24, 20215/24/2021

Community

Students across the country displayed their patriotism in a video contest that showcased how much artistic talent fills our classrooms, and how much American pride fills our students’ hearts.

The 2021 WoodmenLife “America Is …” video contest received all sorts of entries that were inspirational and meaningful. Patriotism was at full-staff in many ways, from little ones celebrating American pride in rhythm, to students honoring their service member parents, to kids saluting their country in slice-of-life vignettes, and more.

America, the Beautiful on Display

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade were encouraged to enter the contest. They submitted an original video up to 60 seconds long illustrating the theme, “America, the Beautiful.” Voters on the WoodmenLife Facebook page selected the top three videos.

Video Contest Results

  • Grand Prize: $2,500 — Coopers Elementary, First Grade, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Second Place: $1,500 — Desertaire Elementary School, Kindergarten to Fourth Grade, El Paso, TX
  • Third Place: $1,000 — Pink Hill Elementary School, Kindergarten to Sixth Grade, Pink Hill, NC

America, the Beautiful in Rhyme


Coopers Elementary Teacher Michelle Jackson loves America’s historical places. She was devastated when COVID-19 prevented her from traveling in 2020. Her fix? Decorating her classroom as a symbol of patriotism. She believed reassuring images of American pride would help her students get through the trying times.

When she heard about the “America Is …” video contest, she knew she and her students could use parts of the classroom to show their patriotism. They were driven by a quote from President Ronald Reagan: “America is too great for small dreams.”

Jackson composed poetry to go along with three scenes, keeping it simple for her first-graders. A resounding chorus of “CHICKA BOOM!” anchored each stanza.

Jackson said she’s overwhelmed by winning first place.

“This is a teacher’s dream!” she said. “Teachers are overjoyed if they ever get any amount of money for their classroom, so I am humbled and grateful.

“Thank you so much, WoodmenLife, for caring about educators and students!”

For starters, Jackson plans to use the money to buy leveled readers for her guided reading library, language arts curricula to enhance her lessons and a few subscriptions for the classroom. She’d also like to purchase digital writing tablets for the students.

America, the Beautiful in Uniform

Do you know what America looks like from the eyes of a military child? Having been one, Desertaire Elementary teacher Lorena Fonseca does. And she wanted military children in her class to show their vision of our nation.

Those students developed a script that reflected what makes America beautiful to them. They showed their patriotism by standing with their parents in uniform and expressing appreciation of their service.

For the video, school staff members jumped in to help make the backgrounds, and the IT teacher assisted with technical support.

“Our students took this project seriously and shared the same goal in honoring America,” Fonseca said. “Each student demonstrated confidence and leadership throughout the process.”

She said the school will use its cash prize to hold a modified ice cream social and a movie for students. Leftover money will buy replacement supplies or equipment for students.

“We haven’t been able to do much for them due to COVID,” Fonseca said. “So, we felt that this was a safe way. The P.E. Department and I will be hosting this social during P.E. time, and all grade levels will participate.

“I appreciate you taking the time to recognize our Desertaire students.”

A Vision of America, the Beautiful


Pink Hill Elementary student Layla T. composed her school’s patriotism project in a classic one-person band approach. She imagined it, wrote it and championed it. She saw the video as a way to honor her vision of America, the Beautiful, along with her school and classmates, said teacher Jodi Stocks.

Layla created her footage in Keynote, created the effects and picked out the music. Then, she and Stocks worked together to turn it into a video.

“It was nice to be able to work with a student to turn their idea into a reality,” Stocks said. “Layla wanted me to tell WoodmenLife thank you for supporting our school, and that she really enjoyed the process.”

Stocks said the prize money will buy art supplies to pair with the grant Pink Hill recently won to create an outdoor art classroom.

See America, the Beautiful

The “America Is …” video contest is just one way WoodmenLife looks to celebrate our American pride with others across the U.S. That’s because we value our American freedoms, and that’s why we’ve presented more than 3.5 million flags to nonprofit organizations, schools and communities nationwide.

We understand the importance of patriotism. And our members1 are bound together by a shared commitment to family, community and country. Since our founding in 1890, we’ve provided opportunities to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy and thank those who protect them. Visit WoodmenLife.org/Patriotism to learn more about WoodmenLife and its commitment to patriotism.

  1. An individual becomes a member by joining our shared commitment to family, community and country, and by purchasing a WoodmenLife product.
WEB717
130 years strong shield with words 130 years strong with stars

We’ve been helping to protect the financial future of families like yours, making a difference in hometowns across America and honoring our country since 1890. As a not-for-profit life insurance company, we put money back into the community. We’re here when you need us most.

Learn More About WoodmenLife

Connect With WoodmenLife

Fill out the form below to have your local Representative contact you about our life insurance and retirement products, or about getting involved in our local community service efforts.

To protect your privacy, we do not provide quotes over email.

  • Required
  • Required
  • Required ###-###-####
  • Required #####
  • Optional

This is a solicitation of insurance and an agent may contact you. By submitting the above request, I consent to receive phone calls from a licensed insurance producer on behalf of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society (WoodmenLife) and its affiliates at the phone number(s) above regarding WoodmenLife products and services. I understand that I can contact a Sales Representative directly to make a purchase.

Customer Service: 1-800-225-3108
Monday – Friday | 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)

© 2020 Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
Omaha, Nebraska

This is a solicitation of insurance and an agent may contact you.

Securities are offered through Woodmen Financial Services, Inc., 1700 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102, member FINRA/SIPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society (collectively “WoodmenLife”). Securities other than the WoodmenLife Variable Annuity are issued by companies that are not affiliated with Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.

Benefits are available to members. An individual becomes a member by joining our shared commitment to family, community and country, and by purchasing a WoodmenLife product. These fraternal benefits are not contractual, are subject to change and have specific eligibility requirements.

Some fraternal benefits include additional membership requirements including length of membership, number of qualifying members in household and/or a qualifying event.

Check out the background of Woodmen Financial Services, Inc. on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Business Continuity Plan | Products are not available in New York and all products may not be available in all states. | Not all Representatives are licensed to sell all products.

Fraud, Ethics and EEO Reporting Hotline: 1-844-339-3053
WoodmenLife.ethicspoint.com

A+ Financial Rating

This company was issued a A+ (Superior) rating by the A.M. Best Company, click for additional details. WoodmenLife has been awarded a rating of A+ (Superior), the second highest ranking out of 15, for its financial strength and operating performance in 2020 by A.M. Best, an independent rating company that is nationally recognized for its objective reporting and rating of insurers.

International Use

This Site is not intended for access outside of the United States, including those individuals who reside in the European Economic Area (“EEA”). WoodmenLife makes no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in locations outside of the United States, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access the Site from outside of the United States do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.