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Parent and teacher participation is crucial to a successful History Day program.

Students require adult support and assistance during the research and creation phase of their projects. The help adults provide can be directed in many positive ways while allowing the students to have ownership over the end result. A good rule of thumb to remember is: Adult advisors can do things with History Day students, but not for them. Prepare your child for the History Day path—don’t pave the path for them. Remember: A History Day project must be the work of the student.
Adults may:
    • Give consistent and continual encouragement, support, and guidance. Realize the main goal of History Day is to help your child use and strengthen critical study skills and learning habits
    • Help narrow a topic or be a sounding board for ideas and research
    • Provide transportation to research sites (such as libraries, archives, museums, historic sites) and to History Day competitions
    • Guide students as they consider different institutions, research sites, and resources that might have information concerning their project (e.g., a maritime museum or a fisher for students doing research on Northwest fishing)
    • Assist with creating a timeline to avoid the last minute scramble. Consult with your child’s teacher to better understand the project schedule
    • Familiarize students with rules and requirements
    • Operate dangerous equipment, such as power tools
    • Assist with transporting exhibits and props
For more detailed information on assisting with student projects, see the Contest Official Rule Book. (Spanish version) as well as the pages for students and teachers on this site.