Northport community is so very proud of our essay contest winners for the recent writing opportunity for our sixth graders. The American Security Council Foundation offers a program that teaches good citizenship called “Step Up America.” Northport has made the program an integral piece of educating students about the many aspects of being a great citizen and how to become aware of their surroundings. We have dubbed that program “Step Up Northport.”
The essay topic was titled “What Freedom Means to Me and What Protects Our Freedoms in this Country.” The prizes for the essay contest were awarded to John O’Rourke, third place, who received a gift card for $50; Lahela Cornett, second place, who received a $100 gift card; and our first place grand writing champion is Jayden Diago who will visit Washington, D.C. with a parent or guardian. Expenses are paid for this trip which includes a tour of the city to visit important monuments and places and to attend the National Wreath Laying held on December 16, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Jayden closed her essay by saying, “When I become an adult, I will do my best to become a good, productive and law abiding citizen, pay taxes, pay kindness forward, support law enforcement and military, exercise my rights, especially to vote so I can have a voice and help the government continue to uphold the Constitution. We must work together to retain freedom and acquire peace.”
We are extremely proud of our partnership with the American Security Council Foundation and with Step Up America. The students who participated in the essay contest were a spectacular representation of the wonderful teaching and learning that goes on at Northport every single day.