As part of Gaithersburg's "National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week" celebration, elementary and middle school students participated in an “Adult Heroes in OUR Community” essay contest.
Participants wrote about someone who has had a positive, personal influence on their lives related to one or more of the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring and fairness. Of the 135 entries, five winners — all Gaithersburg 5th graders — were selected.
Each day this week, Gaithersburg Patch will share a winning essay from the city's “Adult Heroes in OUR Community” essay contest.
Monday's winner is Gisselle Cruz, of Goshen Elementary School. Gisselle selected her mom, Lorena, as her hero. She wrote:
My hero is my mommy, Lorena Cruz. She is my hero because she inspired me to move on if something goes wrong in your life. My mom always says, “It’s not what you want, it’s what God wants.” That means that you can’t control your life, and sometimes things will happen that you don’t want to happen. In those bad times, she taught me to pray and keep going with your life, and everything will turn out well. Last year, my mom gave birth to my baby brother Emmanuel. My brother is a miracle baby because he was born early, and he was born with Trisomy 13, which means he had severe heart problems and difficulties with development. My mom is responsible because Emmanuel was in the hospital five times last year because the doctors had to fix his heart and other problems. My mommy is very brave and fair because she works very hard to take care of the rest of my family even though she needs to spend a lot of time helping my baby brother. My mom is a great citizen and is caring because her friend was getting divorced and she needed help with her kids. My mom gave up her own time to help that friend have a good future. She is respectful because she treats everyone she meets with kindness. I have a lot of trust and confidence in my mommy because she helps me solve problems so I can be happy.
- Gaithersburg To Celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! Week (Oct. 16, 2012)
- Gaithersburg Announces CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay, Poster Contest Winners (Oct. 17, 2012)