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.
“I think coaches and parents should teach their kids how to show good sportsmanship to all that are playing. This would make everybody feel good while they are playing. I want kids to have fun, play the game, and support each other. I also would like for people in the crowd to appreciate the players because they are playing hard and doing their best.”
by Bryant McClary 5th grader at Thomson Elementary in 2013
Pearl of Widsom
“I learned that you always have resilience. … You have to look inside yourself…you have to be able to face the truth and be able to grow and evolve every time. That’s what true resilience means and is. It does not necessarily have a ‘bounce’ to it … nor does it have to happen all at once. It’s all about being yourself, or a little better self, and learning from an experience… That way, things are never a strikeout, but always a homerun.”
by Clara McCurdy 7th grader at Alice Deal Middle School in 2010