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Bridging the Generations Essay Contest: An Elder I Know

  • Mia and Dennis Dalton, Honorable Mention 2010, Forest Park
  • Jonathan Haunt, India Jobelman, and Mrs. Calvillo, 2009 winner, Duniway
  • Paris Butler, 2010 winner, Duniway
  • 2008 Essay Participants
  • 2008 Awards Ceremony
  • 2010 Participants Mia Dalton, Julia Espinosa, Savanah Stokley, Christina Valeur

  • 2012 Second Place winner Maya Claire Messinetti and grandmother.

  • 2012 Honorable Mention Alina Michelet and "Oma."

  • 2012 Third Place winner Ainsley Van Hook and "Steve."

  • 2012 Third Place Essay

  • 2012 Honorable Mention Essay

  • 2012 First Place winner Lucy Purvis and family.

  • 2012 First Place Essay

  • 2012 Second Place Essay

  • 2012 Honorable Mention winner Alina Michelet with Mr. Graham.

  • 2012 Second Place winner Maya Claire Messinetti with Mr. Graham.

  • 2012 Honorable Mention Essay

Bridging The Generations Essay

The 2014 Essay Contest Is Underway!

4th & 5th Grade Students in the Portland Public School District are invited to submit an essay in the 8th Annual Essay Contest, Bridging the Generations: An Elder I Know

To enter, students submit an essay (500 words or less) about a grandparent or other older adult who has been an inspiration and who has made a difference in the life of that student.  Essays should reflect the ways in which the older adult has made an impact on the student and how/why the student values the relationship.  Three winners will be selected and receive prizes (e.g.. gift cards, books).

The deadline to receive essays is March 21, 2014


Prior years essays have been inspiring as students described the special relationships they have with grandparents, neighbors, teachers, coaches and friends who are six decades or more older than the students.  In these essays, students describe how older adults 
!. Provide inspiration your best - keep trying - work hard - be grateful - love reading - try out for sports -                                                                                                      
2. Help students learn....history - sports - to play an instrument  3.Serve as role be strong - to laugh and enjoy life - to be caring  4. Help get through hard lessons, like....sickness and death - helping out when a parent losses a job - helping through other hard times  5. Have making everyone's favorite dessert! - kayaking - making a snow fort - going "exploring" which can include getting donuts - taking trips together - going to OMSI or the zoo
                                                                                                                                    These essays have inspired students, families and teachers, as students describe the meaningful and special relationship with older adults in their lives.

Congratulations Again, to Our 2013 Winners!


First -Riley Thayer, "My Grandpa"  - Ms. O'Shea, Duniway Elementary

Second - Henry Walker, "Elder Essay" - Mrs. Dulcich, Atkinson Elementary

Third - Alaina Keller, "Nonna Carmella" - Mrs. Calvillo, Duniway Elementary

Honorable Mention - Claire Avenoso, "Mrs. Muller" - Mrs. Calvillo, Duniway Elementary

Honorable Mention - Henry Alexander, "Mrs. Muller" - Ms. Levine, Duniway Elementary