The 2015 Essay Contest Theme is: Write about a personal situation in your own life that you experience as unfair. Sharing your thoughts and feelings, show us why this experience is unfair. What qualities do you have to deal with this situation in a constructive way? In your eyes, is there a way to bring fairness to the situation?
Entries are due by May 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. For contest details, click here.
Thank you to all the volunteers, assistants, and donors who made the 24th Annual Christmas Caroling event possible! Your generosity is much appreciated.
This year over 45 people, including families affiliated with Community of Hope and volunteers from Global Harmony through Personal Excellence, sang Christmas carols and holiday songs to the elderly at the Washington Center for Aging Services, a nursing home in northeast DC. As we caroled through the halls, the children visited the elderly and handed out homemade holiday cards.
The carolers then gathered to eat lunch, play games, and share stories. We were able to provide a beautifully decorated bag of useful and fun gifts for each of the families from Community of Hope. One mother wrote us to say that her children had their best Christmas ever because of the generosity of everyone who supported this event. Once again, thank you for making this event possible!
We are delighted to announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions for 2014. Congratulations to all the students, teachers, parents, and principals. We could not be more pleased. We are very proud of you. We received quality essays from both DCPS and Public Charter schools. THANK YOU to all the students who submitted essays and shared your stories of courage. You are awesome. In June, there will be 25 more awards given out. These are called Special Mention awards.
To see the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the 26th Celebration of Youth essay contest, click here.
“I lived in Honduras and I am here in Washington, D.C. because I had not seen my mother in 10 years and because here they will give me good medicine. … All that I have been through – cancer, hepatitis B, and liver infection – has been very difficult for me and for my whole family. But, I have faith that …someday, my illnesses will rapidly disappear.”
by Andere Rosa 6th grader at Whittier Education Campus in 2010
Pearl of Widsom
“For me, immigrating to the U.S. has given me many opportunities for my future…But during the time I have been here, I have had a nine-year separation from my mom, grandmother, brother, and a sister born I left behind…I have really needed my mom’s advice, affection, warmth, and care. This has created a hole in my heart…I hope someday they will get the chance to come to the United States legally.”
by Jonathan Fuentes 8th grader at Raymond Education Campus in 2013