Letters to the Editor

Students, staff overwhelm us with kindness

Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis would like to extend our thanks for leadership, cooperation and support to the fifth grade teachers and elementary school principals in the Valley. For the first time ever, Kiwanis created an essay contest for fifth graders.

The topic of the essay was kindness. It was all part of Pay it Forward week sponsored by Snoqualmie Valley Women in Business. Kiwanis awarded 13 prizes of $50 cash for the best student essays. Many of the teachers spent time in their classrooms talking about kindness and promoting it with their students. Almost 300 essays were completed and submitted.

What a treat for our reviewers to read these very touching stories and what a hard job it was to pick the best 13.

Here is what some of the kids told us:

“You see, we need more people to help in this world. We need people to go out there and make a change;”

“When you have a birthday and you are not sure of what you want, sometimes you can give other people something; sometimes it can change their lives forever;”

“If you open your heart and mind to kindness, it can be an amazingly impactful act;” and

“One smile leads to another smile and another smile and eventually that one smile could travel the globe and change the world, even if it is just a little.”

Thanks to all the students, teachers and school staff for making this first contest a great success and thanks too for all your great acts of kindness.

Debby Peterman

Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis


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