Since 1999, I have assisted several teens to compete in the NHDP in various ways. When I am contacted for my advice, I make sure that I clear all communications with the child's parents in a personal phone call at the onset of our work.
I do not alter the child's project, but I offer ideas on how to do research, obtain photographs, and sometimes create their own costumes. I have loaned “props” and sent encouraging messages as they progress from their school, regional, state and then national competitions.
During 2000 and 2001, several teens in different states made it to the National contest in Washington, D.C. In 2006-2007, I assisted a brother/sister duo in creating their own documentary on Harriet. To date, none have won the “big prize” at the national level, but all have won my heart and admiration for their creative ideas and keen sense of history.
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