We are delighted to announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions for 2016. 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. You are awesome.
To see the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the 28th Celebration of Youth essay contest, click here.
The 2016 Essay Contest Theme is: Life brings change. What change has happened in your life that has made a big impact on you? Tell us what happened and how you are changing as a result of this experience. How can what you are learning serve you in the years ahead?
Entries are due by May 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. For contest details, click here.
THANK YOU to the many volunteers, assistants, and donors who have made possible the annual Christmas Caroling Event with families from Community of Hope. Your generosity, trust, and compassion have been vital and are much appreciated. Bringing together homeless families and the elderly could not have been done without you and your support.
Every holiday season for the last 25 years, 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. 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. Global Harmony Through Personal Excellence was able to provide a beautifully decorated bag full of useful and fun gifts for each member of every family from Community of Hope as the event ended. One mother wrote us to say that her children had their best Christmas ever because of the generosity of everyone who supported this event. Our donors are awesome and generous.
We would be honored and grateful for your support for our 25th year. Cash donations, gift cards, new toys and games for babies to 18 year olds, and volunteers are welcome and necessary. Please click here for additional details.
“When you yell at someone and make them feel bad about themselves, you are bullying…I think people are bullies because they might not get loved at home…People do things to others because they might be getting treated the same way. When you are being treated by someone with no respect for you…it hurts you and makes you act out…We can solve these horrible things by getting help.”
by Paris Wheaton 6th grader at Kelly Miller Middle School in 2013
Pearl of Widsom
“Jason...asked me for a pen. ... ‘Get away from me you racist skinhead,’ I said. I could tell from the look in his eyes that I had made a mistake. ...He said it was okay and asked me why I thought he was a racist. I told him. He said he was bald because he recently finished chemotherapy. Jason has leukemia. ...Today I try not to judge others because not doing so can help me become a better person.”
by Erick Whitaker 9th grade student at Jefferson Junior High in 2003