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Winning essay benefits Sierra Middle School

PARKER – Sierra Middle School seventh-grader Kate Padrnos was recently selected as the winner of a nationwide "Generosity" essay contest.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation awarded Kate with a Kindle Fire and earned a $1,000 grant for Sierra's Library Media Center. After reading The Messenger by Lois Lowry, Kate wrote about the book’s character Matty, and how his traits of compassion and generosity touched her.

Kate concluded her composition with a statement of commitment for how she plans to live her life.

 “I want to try to make the world a better place and be accepting. I will DO and expect nothing in return and I will give up more for others willingly. Above all, I will try to be a better person.”

Follow this link to read Kate’s essay.

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.