Fifth Graders Inspire Kindness with their Essays and Actions

  • Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis sponsors an annual Kindness Essay Contest for 5th grade classes throughout our school district. Students are encouraged to share a story about kindness – either something they’ve done for others, or that others have done for them.  After reviewing hundreds of submissions, Kiwanis members selected 12 winners, along with several runners up. To announce the lucky winners, Kiwanis representatives visited classrooms, asking the winners to read their stories out loud to their classmates. The winners each received a certificate and $50 cash from Kiwanis, plus runners up received a certificate and a new game as a prize.


    This year the Snoqualmie/North Bend Fire Department also enjoyed reading the essays and selected five student authors to reward $50 cash prizes. Together, the visits to our schools from Kiwanis members, fire fighters, and police officers made these celebrations extra special, while promoting empathy and kindness throughout our schools.


    Below are the Kindness essay contest winners and runners up from participating 5th grade classrooms, sorted by school alphabetically. 


    Cascade View Elementary

    • Kiwanis winners Aala Hamidani, Lauren Rounsaville
    • Fire Dept. winner – Lauren Rounsaville
    • Kiwanis runners up Amelia Huntley, Rohini Joseph


    CVES Kindness Essays -1


    CVES Kindness Essays - 2


    CVES Kindness Award - with Fire Dept.


    Fall City Elementary

    • Kiwanis winners Emily Lunde, Layla Pena Ramos
    • Kiwanis runners up Charlotte Gabryjelski, Hannah Guo


    FCES Kindness Essays


    FCES Kindness essay awards 2023 - 2


    Kiwanis Kindness Essay winner - 3


    North Bend Elementary

    • Kiwanis winner Otto Burin
    • Fire Dept. winner Presley Fullbright
    • Kiwanis runners up – Ryan Casto, Alexandra Crim


    NBES Kindness Essays 2023


    Opstad Elementary

    • Kiwanis winners Mirabel Crowley, Maya Lord
    • Kiwanis runners up – Indi Bennett, Charlotte Clements, Olivia Hayes, Sloan Perry


    OES Kindness Essay winners 1


    OES Kindness Essays - 2


    OES Kindness Essay - 3


    Parent Partnership Program

    • Kiwanis winner Natalia Anderson
    • Fire Dept. winner – Natalia Anderson
    • Kiwanis runner up – Cash Eenhuis


    PPP Kindness Winner 2023


    Snoqualmie Elementary

    • Kiwanis winners Zoe Cyr, Ishita Deb
    • Fire Dept. winner – Daisy Sanchez
    • Kiwanis runners up – Liem Dak, David Panev


    SES Kindness Contest 2023  1


    SES Kindness Contest 2023 - 2


    Timber Ridge Elementary

    • Kiwanis winners Rachel Bartholomew, Charlene Kate Guimba
    • Fire Dept. winner – Rachel Bartholomew
    • Kiwanis runners up – Parker Henderson, Nathan Razzano, Nysa Thakur


    TRES Group photo 2023