Two fifth-graders at East End Community School were honored May 21 for their participation in the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest.
Rowan Slater and Arius Ahmad both wrote essays on the theme: “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.” At the ceremony, the two students read their essays aloud to the audience and their classmates.
Each student wrote an essay based on what it would be like to go to Ellis Island for the first time, explained fifth-grader teacher/instructional coach Karen Fream. “Arius wrote about facts about Ellis Island and what it was like. Rowan wrote from the perspective of a child getting off the boat and what she saw and heard, as well as felt about this new situation,” Fream said.
The Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the event. The guest speaker was Alexander Champoux, graduate student teaching assistant at the University of Maine, who teaches writing.