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.
“High college costs is an important issue to me because I don’t want there to be obstacles in my future that prevent me from attending and graduating from college. I wish to earn certain degrees because this can help me get closer to my dream career of being a journalist...I want to be able to write stories that my readers can relate to and enjoy…I don’t want my education to end at high school. Graduating from college is a goal I plan to achieve.”
by Jasmin Perrier 7th grader at Raymond in 2013
Pearl of Widsom
“My biggest challenge was maintaining the household while my grandmother fought for her life. ...When the ambulance came to get her, I couldn’t leave with her because I had to watch my siblings and cousins, so she had to go alone. ...she had to stay in the hospital for almost two months. While she was there, I had to cook dinner...and take care of the children. ...This...helped me become a more responsible and independent person.”
by Jamel Moss 9th grader at Jefferson Junior High School in 2001