Thursday, May 8, 2014

The American Immigration Council Announces Winners of the 17th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest




The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce that the first place winner of our 17th Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest is Charlotte Leigh from the Carrollton School in Miami, Florida.  Charlotte’s poem was chosen from among thousands of entries nationwide. Her piece chronicles a family’s journey to America and their transformation upon their arrival.  Inspired by research done in class about immigrants, the novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff, and her own family’s immigration story, Charlotte writes:

Ten years past for our family, it’s a different story,
They are settled in America and living in glory,
Their minds have cleared of nightmare past,
They are living their dreams at long last,
The daughters are in college with brains full of knowledge,
One wants to be a teacher, the other wants to be a preacher,
Dad went to night school to become a lawyer,
Mum is working as an apprentice joiner,
Who would have thought this family with such a terrible start
Could live their dream and become extremely smart?
To read the entire winning entry, click here..

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