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Op-ed: First grade tips

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My name is Isabella Taxilaga and I am in the first grade at P.S. 122 in Astoria.

My favorite things to do are reading, writing and drawing. I love to write poems, songs and stories about my family and what I feel. I really love doing this job and I’m very happy and proud to write for everybody. Anyone can write as much as they want and become really good — I did that, too.
Writing makes me really happy, I hope it makes you feel wonderful, too!

If you are in first grade and you need some help, read my list of helpful tips:

1. When you have a math test, make sure to work a little bit slower because you don’t want to skip a lot of pages or questions. You should look at the page clearly and then you can get a few or all the answers right.

2. When you are cleaning out your desk every week or putting your supplies away on the first day of school, keep it neat and organized so you could find what you are looking for easily and fast. This one is really important, especially when you need a book.

3. When your teacher calls you to the meeting area make sure you go to the bathroom before. You should go when you are in the middle of working or when the class is busy working on something else. When you are at the meeting area it’s the worst time to go because when you come back you will not know what to do. You will miss something important that the teacher said. This one is important, too!

It is almost the end of my year in first grade, and it has been great! So these are the tips that I learned. You might feel nervous sometimes, but you can have a great year, too! If you are in first grade or you are going into first grade next year (like my brother), I wish you the best and I hope you find these tips helpful. So smile and have a good year!

Isabella was the grand prize winner of The Be Kind People Project’s national student writing contest.

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Astoria first-grader wins national writing contest

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Photo courtesy of The Be Kind People Project

One Astoria first-grader has a prize-winning way with words.

Isabella Taxilaga, a student at P.S. 122 Mamie Fay has been named the $1,000 grand prize winner of the nonprofit The Be Kind People Project’s national student writing contest.

The “Kindness is the Key to Unlocking Good Character” competition was open to public, private and home-school kindergarten through eighth-grade students across the United States. Each student was asked to write an essay on how deciding to be kind can help them develop good character and make a positive impact on classmates, family, friends and the whole community.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that kindness becomes a vital and ongoing part of students’ lives,” said Lisa Hartsock, CEO of The Be Kind People Project. “The national writing contest provides a unique opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in language arts while demonstrating their commitment to kindness.”

Isabella’s essay, called “Kindness Is…,” included a colorful drawing of two girls smiling with a large red heart between them. She ends her essay with“Kindness makes the world a better place. Kindess is…everything!”

Along with taking home the grand prize, the Isabella ’s essay was also a winning entry in the first-grade category of the contest. Isabella and her teacher, Stephanie Lupoli received Amazon gift cards and P.S. 122 will get a personalized congratulatory Be Kind Pledge banner for the school office.

Isabella’s classmates will also have the chance to participate in an online chat with members of the young urban dance performance group called The Be Kind Crew.

“Students from Sacramento to Delaware participated in this year’s contest, which is part of a comprehensive program to help young people acquire the character skills they need to be respectful, positive and encouraging to others,” Hartsock said. “We believe that it’s essential to take every opportunity to acknowledge and reward acts of kindness whenever they occur.”

To read Isabella’s essay and other winning entries, click here.