The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest provides teachers of K-8 NYC students with the opportunity to align a Museum learning experience with Common Core State Standards by submitting essays about their Museum visit to the LeFrak Family Gallery. 


 Contest materials 



Contest Guidelines

Contest open to NYC K-8 students only.

Class must have visited the LeFrak Family Gallery during the contest cycle.

Student essay word length cannot exceed 200-250 words.

Refer to the Essay Scoring Rubric provided in the entry packet for additional essay requirements.

Student work must be done on the Student Entry Sheet provided in the Entry Packet and must have students’ name clearly printed in the space provided on each page.

When submitted, the Entry Packet must include work from all students that participated in the field trip.

When submitted, the Entry Packet must include a class roster.

The entry form must be signed by both the teacher and the principal.


Essay Contest Judging

Student work must use the relevant grade level specific templates and rubric parameters included in the teacher information packet.

Entries will be judged by:

  • adherence to contest rules
  • essays will be judged using the grade specific rubric included in your teacher materials packet.  

Winning Entries and Prizes

All winners will be announced at the end of the contest cycle.

Class of the Month winners will:

  • Be invited to a special end-of-school year celebration at the Museum for students and their families from the winning school
  • Receive a classroom visit from a Museum Educator during which your class will be presented with a certificate and a classroom library set of non-fiction science books worth $2000
  • Have selected winning essays published on the Museum’s Website

Check out some of the student essays from past contest cycle winners!


The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges the LeFrak family’s commitment
to supporting scientific and cultural understanding among the school children, educators, and families
of New York City through the
Richard and Karen LeFrak Charitable Foundation, Inc.


Life at the Limits was organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (

The American Museum of Natural History gratefully acknowledges the
Richard and Karen LeFrak Exhibition and Education Fund.

Generous support for Life at the Limits has been provided by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

Life at the Limits is proudly supported by
Chase Private Client.