Rand McNally and USA TODAY Education invite students in the 7-12th grades to tell our President what’s on their minds via Rand McNally’s “Dear Mr. President” essay contest, running from August 15 through November 27, 2012. Maybe it’s climate change, or the challenges of managing our scarce natural resources. Or is it health care, the cost of college, or possibly the economy? From the submitted essays, ten finalists (five from 7-9th grade submissions and five from the 10-12th grade submissions) will receive a three-day, two-night WorldStrides DiscoverNOW! trip for two to Washington, D.C. The trip is sponsored by WorldStrides, the global leader in accredited educational travel programs. Two Grand Prize winners will be chosen, one from the 7-9th grade finalist entries and one from the 10-12th grade finalist entries.  Each Grand Prize winner will receive a $5,000 529 Scholarship.  The schools for the Grand Prize winners will each receive $5,000 of Rand McNally product.

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