Student Voices Contest Winner
For the second consecutive year, the Elementary•Middle School participated in the Sandy Hook Promise, Start With Hello initiative. This week-long, free program is designed to raise awareness and prevent the impact of social isolation. According to Sandy Hook Promise, students who feel isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and depression. Start With Hello helps organizations, especially schools, foster greater inclusion and acceptance.
Sandy Hook Promise sponsors a Student Voices contest each year recognizing participants who share messages of inclusion and violence prevention in three categories: Writing, Art, and Speaking. This year, EMS eighth grader Lindsay Pitkin, elected to enter the contest by submitting an essay reflecting her thoughts and aspirations related to helping build a welcoming and nurturing school community. She was surprised to learn, three months after she sent in her essay, that she was selected as a second place winner in the Writing component of the contest earning her a $100 prize!
This year the Student Voices contest received 268 submissions overall and awards were granted in each of the three main categories (Writing, Art, and Speaking) at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
Deb Telep, Lindsay's tutorial teacher said, "This was all Lindsay's idea. She proposed it during tutorial one day and was motivated to write and edit the essay with very little help. I'm really proud of her."