The awards ceremony was held May 2 at Severance Hall. The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage created the annual competition in to encourage middle- and high-school students to focus attention on the corrosive effects of hatred, discrimination and intolerance, while developing critical thinking and communication skills.
There were 88 entries from 17 schools across Rhode Island. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Eighth graders Andrew LoPresti, D. Irvine, Lydia Beal, and Aubrianna Majewski were also named finalists in the annual contest.
Gandhi believed that by living a life focused beyond your own personal needs you are able to better serve humanity and make the world a better place.
He was not alone in these beliefs. Many great leaders throughout history have touted the importance of serving others. Martin Luther King Jr.
He felt that if the world were to change it would take the efforts of many: With the weakening of the global economy, the need for help is greater than ever. There are many people without jobs, children who are hungry, and people without medical services or the basic things needed to get by in life.
In order for the world to be in better balance these needs have to be met. It is our duty as a society to help others.
As individuals we can each do this in our own way, and hope that our actions ripple out and encourage others to do the same. Serving others can start at the smallest level. An action as simple as donating your outgrown clothes or unused toys demonstrates an act of compassion.
That action becomes even more powerful when people work together.
Gandhi believed that as you serve others, not only do you serve yourself, but you come to learn more about yourself and how your deeds can change a life. When asked by a friend if his objective to serve was purely humanitarian, Gandhi replied: I experienced this personally.
Our school requires us to put in 20 hours of community service during the summer after seventh grade. I chose to perform my service at the Community Farm in Jamestown. But as I spent time there, I realized how much I was helping others through my efforts.
I began to look forward to the days I was working there alongside people from my community, and I continued working at the farm long after my community service hours had been met.
It was very rewarding to see that by working together we were able to grow 16, pounds of vegetables, which fed hundreds of people. What started out as something I resisted became something that gave me great internal satisfaction.
The idea of serving can work on a grander scale as well. A friend of our family went to Ghana on a small project to help children learn to read.
She secured book donations and free freight on book shipments to make this happen.
More family members got involved. One of them has started an organization in Ghana to help women make and sell their own jewelry, so that they can achieve financial independence.
The grandfather, a professor at Providence College, learned of the sanitation crisis in Ghana and developed an inexpensive stand-alone toilet stall that uses very little water and can be purchased by individuals or shared by a village.
The project won a grant from the Gates Foundation, which will enable him to produce more toilets for Ghana. This one family has improved the lives of many through their efforts. A good deed can ripple out in many ways; not only through its effect on those being served, but by encouraging others to serve.Host Mo Rocca applauds at center as Thomas Wright, 14, of Milwaukee, Wis., left, congratulates Pranay Varada, 14, of Carrollton, Texas, on winning the National Geographic Bee, Wednesday, May 17, , at the National Geographic Society in Washington.
Apr 29, · Glen Crest Eighth Grader Wins $ in Money Smart Contest. Posted By Jean Jeske, Community Contributor. Sampey entered the essay contest after reading about it . Eighth-Grader Wins at Social Harmony Writing Contest Michaela Fitzsimmons, an eighth-grader at the middle school, recently won third place and a $ prize in the Social Harmony Writing Contest.
Irving 8th-grader wins National Geographic Bee BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press "It was extreme disappointment, to get all the way up here and not win," said Pranay, a year-old 8th-grader with a wispy black mustache.
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Ava O'Gorek, daugther of Jarrad and Johanna O'Gorek and a 7th Grader at Cassville Middle School, won 1st Prize and $ in the Division II (7th & 8th graders) for her word essay entitled " America's Greatest Heroes" The contest for th Graders was sponsored by the Holiday Island, AR Elks Lodge Americanism Committee as part of the.