Earlier this year, the San Ramon Valley Exchange Club held an essay contest with the topic being "How 9/11 Affected Volunteerism in America."
Students of all grade levels participated and last month the winners were honored at a San Ramon City Council Meeting.
The winner at the elementary school level was Sophia Kraskowsky, a third grader at Bollinger Canyon Elementary School. The Exchange Club (with permission from her parents) were kind enough to share her essay with San Ramon Patch.
Here is her essay:
Ways To Help
By Sophia Kraskowsky, Bollinger Canyon Elementary School third grader
There are lots of different ways you could say thank you to first responders. First responders are people who are the first to be at a scene. Firemen, policemen, and some doctors are first responders. You want to help them because they help our country. I am going to name a few ways to help first responders.
You could give a policeman or policewoman a freezing cold drink on a blazing hot day. Police get really hot in their black uniform! Maybe you could make dinner for firemen. I am sure they would love a delicious meal one night! You could surprise your doctor by giving them a thank you card filled with a beautiful picture and awesome things about them. With lots of love, creativity, and care you could send an army troop a special gift. You could send them an extraordinary gift like 1,000 paper cranes, or a nice new gallon of chocolate ice cream.
Some other ideas are inviting a Girl Scout you know to dinner, or giving cookies and lemonade to policemen. You could invite a Girl Scout over to dinner and say thank you for all the things they have done for our country. Maybe you could make homemade cookies and lemonade and share it with all of the police.
There are many different ways to help first responders. I hope everybody will help first responders. Helping first responders is important to me because they helped our country. Remember to do good deeds for people!
Do you like Sophia's suggestions? Do you have another idea on how the community can support first responders?