Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spencer's Winning Choices Essay

The 5th Graders are required to contribute an essay to the County's Winning Choices contest where they describe something that describes one or more desirable attributes. Spencer wrote his about his good friend and classmate, Vivian:

Not Your Average Fifth Grader
By Spencer Martin
Ms. Smeltzer, Grade 5

The American Dictionary defines caring as, “To be concerned or interested.” I believe that my dearest friend, Vivian, exhibits that nearly every day.

In fourth grade, Vivian gave me a gift. It was a handmade pillow with the symbol pi embroidered on it. She chose that because it was meaningful to me, not her. It was a very special gift. The best gift is a gift made with care.

Then, on the Tuesday before fifth grade began, Vivian was teaching me how to embroider. I knew how to stitch, but that was all. She gave me the right fabric. She helped me choose the right thread. She even helped me put the fabric in the embroidery hoop. Because of her, I learned to embroider. The next time I came to her house, I helped her embroider a quilt square with little to no help. We both had lots of fun while showing care, accountability, fairness and a lot of great things. This goes to show you that you can have fun while making winning choices.

At school, Vivian encourages her classmates to follow instructions and is always open to other students. She shows respect towards adults and students alike. She enjoys going above and beyond in everything, whether it be intricate cursive or extremely easy addition. She puts her head and heart into everything.

Vivian shows care towards not only me but everyone in the school. In only the previous two examples, she exhibited commitment, loyalty and a whole lot of positive attitude. Just think, that’s one tiny bit of her life her life. Think of the rest of the great things she’s done for all the rest of her life and years to come. Because of this, I look at her and smile. I know she’s a role model for me and one for you, too.

Dedicated to Vivian Lawrence

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