During a May Kiwanis Club of Mariemont meeting, the writers of the winning 2016 Memorial Day essays read their written works of art. All of the winners are currently in 6th grade and all of the winners were offered the opportunity to read their essays during the Memorial Day ceremony in each district community.
"I am grateful for all of the things we do with and for the kids and the community, but I always look forward to hearing our students read about what Memorial Day means to them," said Todd Keyes, Kiwanis member. "It's crucial for us to have this day, Memorial Day, to support and honor those who serve and protect us."
The essay winners are Rachael Dronsfield from Terrace Park Elementary; Ellison Van Scoy from Mariemont Elementary, representing Mariemont; and Izaak White from Mariemont Elementary, representing Fairfax. Erika Dewey, from Mariemont Elementary, was named runner up at Mariemont Elementary.
"This is a great opportunity to have our students find the real meaning of Memorial Day," said Linda Lee, principal at Terrace Park Elementary. "They brainstorm and research what Memorial Day means while making personal connections to the lives of people who have served."
The essays focus on the bravery of all of those that have protected or currently protect our country, the sacrifices people have made for freedom and other patriotic anecdotes and historical facts, including the celebrations of and reflections on the life and impact of a soldier or veteran.
If you would like to hear the essays read aloud or would like to participate in the Memorial Day parades, everyone is welcome to attend. The Mariemont parade starts at 8:30am in the Mariemont Parish Center parking; the Terrace Park parade starts at 10am in the elementary school parking lot; and the Fairfax parade starts at 11am in front of the police station on Hawthorne Avenue.
Congratulations to all of the essay winners!