MWI'S FIRST ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST "Making a Difference"
Our first annual Essay Contest was a huge success! The topic, "Making a Difference," which is part of MWI's Mission Statement, drew 300 entries from 14 Nassau County school districts. The contest, an essay of 100 words, was open to 4th and 5th graders.
The committee worked hard to select the winning essays; we believe they showcase two children who have done something that has impacted the lives of others. Both of the winners are in 5th grade, one from Lynbrook and the other from Locust Valley. The prizes are $100.00 for 1st place and $50.00 for 2nd.
In September 2012, letters were sent to all Nassau County elementary school districts. Originaly the contest was to run from October 1 through November 15. Because of "Sandy," the Board decided to extend the date, and, coincidentally, we were contacted by some districts asking for more time. The deadline was extended until December 21.
We look forward to even more entries next year. Barbara Meyer, Essay Contest Chair
1st place Essay I know someone who has made a difference in the world, that person is me. I have been an upstander. I also started a club with my friend called "The Bully Busters." It is when a group of people come together to stop bullying and become upstanders. it's really important to me to stop bullying because it hurts people and makes people feel really bad. I think people bully because they want to put people down. "The Bully Busters" also helps people who bully others. We try to stop them from bullying others, so we can all be friends and live in a peaceful world. Let's come together to extinct bullying. Chiara Pantano, 5th grade, Lynbrook
Julian with MWI's Barbara Goldstein & Barbara Meyer (far right,) his mother (far left,) and Locust Valley School Personnel
2nd place Essay Have you ever helped someone? I did after hurricane Sandy, I was at my grandma's apartment with my dad, when we saw a man who needed help. The man was in a wheelchair and needed help to go downstairs but the elevators were broken! My dad took the front end and I took the back end of the wheechair and we carried him down the stairs. The man said "thank you." And I said "Your welcome." This small action encouraged my dad and I to do even more that day. So we went door to door asking people if they wanted food. We spent the day making a difference in my grandmother's apartment building. Julian Correa, 5th grade, Locust Valley