Fifth grade students from all five Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools submitted 271 essays for a Kindness Essay Contest. The annual contest, sponsored by the Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis as part of “Pay It Forward” week, encouraged students to perform acts of kindness and to share their stories.
Participants were provided this essay topic: Tell us about something kind that you did for someone and how it made you feel when you did this. Describe what you did and who it was for. You can also talk about why you did it or why you thought it was a kind thing to do.
As a result, 10 students were recognized by Kiwanis for their extra-ordinary actions and essays. Congratulations to the 2015-16 Kiwanis Kindness Essay winners, listed alphabetically by school:
Cascade View Elementary — Ruth Woodland
Fall City Elementary — Kaylia Jackson, Paige Wilkins
North Bend Elementary — Calvin Cole, Treyden Daniel, Tanner Swanson
Opstad Elementary — Maya Falodia
Snoqualmie Elementary — Jake Moore, Eli Otto, Serena Wolf
Families of the winners were invited to school, as a surprise to the student, to see their young writers honored by a Kiwanis representative. The students read their inspiring essays to classmates and each received a $50 cash reward from Kiwanis.
“It always warms our hearts to read about the great acts of kindness that students share. And selection is always difficult, since there are so many good ones,” explained Kiwanis member Debby Peterman.
North Bend Elementary students Tanner Swanson,Treyden Daniel, Calvin Cole pose with
Debby Peterman from Kiwanis, and their 5th grade teachers Tom Fladland and Julie Gardunia,