Americanism Essay. Educating students about U.S. history and helping them develop a sense of
patriotism is another way Elks are helping schools. Local Elks Lodges provide teachers and classrooms
with U.S. Flags, replicas of important historic documents and the Pledge of Allegiance kits, all at no
cost. In addition, the Elks sponsor an annual Americanism Essay Contest for fifth through eighth graders.