Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Check it out!

Check it out! Cami's in the Washington Post today!

A few weeks ago the Washington Post announced an essay contest for kids to write a 100-word essay about how their teacher is inspiring (in honor of Teacher Appreciation week). On a whim, Cami decided to enter and labored over how to keep her thoughts under 100 words.

Out of over 350 entrants, Cami ended up being the elementary school age winner for the entire DC region. Her teacher and principal (and us) were invited to accompany her to an awards ceremony downtown where Cami and her teacher were presented with a sundry of awards from the varying sponsors of the contest (inspiredteaching.org, 96.3 radio station, Barnes and Noble, and the Washington Post). She came home with several armloads of goodies and a nonstop smile!

Here is the winning essay:

"Mr. Stephens has taught me many important lessons that I needed to know. My favorite is, 'Everybody is good, but nobody is perfect.' This helped me understand that everybody makes mistakes, and we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves; but at the same time [he] encourages us to try our best. He makes sure that everyone understands what is expected and helps everyone to succeed, even if they need another chance. He makes learning as exciting as it can be by telling interesting stories from his life to go with each lesson. He is an honorable person who[m] I admire."

Click here if you'd like to read the entire online version, which includes Mr. Stephens' comments but not the pictures.

Way to go Cami!!!!


Denise said...

Oh Lara how awesome!

Cami, way to go!

It is so wonderful so see kids who like school and are doing a good job and setting a good example.

We are proud of you Cami!

Lara said...


Charlene said...

WOW!! I can't think of any word that can describe this great experience for Cami and you. I agree with Denise, it is nice to see kids still love their teachers and love being at school learning! WOW!!!

K said...

Congratulations Cami! You are famous now! You wrote a fabulous essay! Way to go!

I also enjoyed reading your teacher's comments about you! You're a star!

annalisa said...

cami, that is awesome! good job on the essay!

Deanne said...

Congrats Cami! Way to go!

Grandma said...

Congratulations Cami! How about buying a couple extra Washington Posts and sending one to us as we would love to see the whole thing. Wish we could have been there for the ceremony.

Steve-Rosanna said...

Wow Camikins!!

That is so cool. We are all very proud of you.

Love, Grandpa-Grandma

Anonymous said...

Cami - we are very proud of you. You did a great job on your essay and it is fun to see your accomplishment get recognized like this. Your pictures in the paper look great - not bad for a two hour photo shoot!

We love you!


Lara said...


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