Stu­dents: Kind­ness makes com­mu­nity a bet­ter place

Downes El­e­men­tary 4th-graders win es­say con­test

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

What makes a good neigh­bor? Ap­prox­i­mately 40 lo­cal kids weighed in on the topic of kind­ness and its im­pact on the com­mu­nity as part of a re­cent es­say con­test spon­sored by the Newark Area Wel­fare Com­mit­tee. The con­test was part of NAWC’s an­nual Good Neigh­bor Day cel­e­bra­tion Oct. 28, which also in­cluded the group’s well-known bean soup mix sale.

On Tues­day, the win­ners re­ceived a visit from Mayor Polly Sierer and Good Neigh­bor Day co­or­di­na­tor Katie Hughes, who pre­sented them with gifts card from the Down­town Newark Part­ner­ship.

First-place win­ner Natali Go­go­ladze, a fourth-grader at Downes El­e­men­tary School, wrote about a neigh­bor who is teach­ing her to speak French.

“I think she does it for free be­cause she sees how much I en­joy it,” Natali wrote. “To make it up to her, in the win­ter we sweep the snow from her car and my se­nior neigh­bors’ cars.”

Kind­ness can make a big dif­fer­ence in the world, she added.

“For ex­am­ple, if you do­nate clothes or toys like I do, you can make some­one so happy,” she wrote. “Here is a dif­fer­ent one. In­stead of talk­ing or tex­ting on a phone, talk­ing in per­son. It can make your friend­ship stronger, plus you will be hap­pier be­cause you may not have seen each other in a while.”

Run­ner-up Au­drey Nel­son, also a fourth-grader at Downes, wrote about go­ing to Main Street and see­ing peo­ple show kind­ness to the home­less peo­ple who fre­quent the area, such as giv­ing them a bot­tle of wa­ter or a restau­rant al­low­ing them to keep warm in­side.

“I think when peo­ple do things like when restau­rants give them some­thing to eat or drink, it will make more kind­ness,” Au­drey wrote. “When we choose kind­ness, we make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live.”

NEWARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Downes El­e­men­tary fourth-graders Natali Go­go­ladze (left) and Au­drey Nel­son pose with Mayor Polly Sierer after win­ning the Newark Area Wel­fare Com­mit­tee’s Good Neigh­bor Day es­say con­test.

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