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Kachina student wins national writing contest


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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Elizabeth Gielen

Elizabeth Gielen, a seventh-grade student from Kachina Elementary School, recently submitted an essay about kindness for the Be Kind People Project’s national kindness essay contest. She took first place with her two-page essay which illustrates how acts of kindness help common people with problems and struggles.

When participating in this contest students are encouraged to consider how choosing to be kind develops good character and to think about situations where kindness should occur in the classroom, in the home, in the community and in the world.

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Elizabeth Gielen, a seventh-grade student from Kachina Elementary School, recently won first place for her essay about kindness for the Be Kind People Project. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

In her essay Gielen states, “The world would be a better place if we added kindness to our everyday lives.”

For her essay, Gielen won a $100 Amazon gift card and a “Be Kind” logo t-shirt. Her teacher, Diane Trefz, also received a $50 Amazon gift card for submitting the award-winning nomination.

For more information on the Be Kind People Project visit www.thebekindpeopleproject.org.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.”