National PTA has recognized both Peter Kirk and Norman Rockwell Elementary schools as 2021-2023 Schools of Excellence.
Poetry for the soul – Redmond Elementary second grader lands in top ten nationally for poem
Anika Piskala Srinivas, a rising third grader at Redmond Elementary, wrote a poem about changing the world. Not too long after that, her poem was selected in the top ten nationally in the kindergarten-third grade division in the Creative Communication poetry contest. Her entry, entitled I Can Change the World with What I Own, earned her a $25 award, a free book and free classroom supplies for her teacher.
According to its website, Creative Communication is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing. The intent of the student writing contests is to motivate student writers. The top entries are published in an anthology that will record the creative insights of today's student writers.
Anika’s poem is listed below:
I Can Change the World With What I Own
I wondered how do I change the world?
Boom!! My brain gave me an idea
It said that,
I have two little eyes to see all people equally.
I have two little ears to listen to my elders and friends instead of arguing.
I have one little nose to smell the scent of fresh air instead of smelling smog.
I have two little arms to plant more trees rather than grabbing plastic bags.
I have one little mouth to smile and spread joy.
I have one little tongue to create kind words instead of using rude words.
I have one little stomach to breakdown my problems without bloating it up.
I have one little heart to spread love instead of hatred.
I have two little legs to walk and feel the beautiful world which I can create.