Ellie Roibal pic“So Be That Person Who Stands Up”

Being a good citizen is not something small. It’s working hard to leave a place better than it was before. It’s putting others before yourself. When someone is getting picked on, you don’t do the same just to fit in. You stand up for that person.

Good citizenship affects the people around you greatly. By trying to set a good example, others will be influenced. Maybe they will try to do the same. Many people say that they don’t know how to set a good example, but that’s because they haven’t really tried. It’s amazing how one person can make such a positive difference to the society.

Even the smallest things can make life better for you and for others. Like helping an old lady with her groceries or inviting a new kid to sit with you at lunch. You will know that you did something good for someone, and they truly will appreciate it. If you’re afraid to do something just because no one else is doing it, stop and think: what would you do if someone else did it first? You would probably join in with them.

Starting a fundraiser is a great example of good citizenship. Maybe you want to raise money for homeless people or children in need of food, clothing, and shelter. Maybe you want to help abandoned or unwanted animals. Whatever you do, it’s most likely going to pay off.
So be that person who stands up to bullies or tries to set a good example. Be the one who makes friends with a new kid or starts a fundraiser. Because once you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything.

Ellie Roibal is a sixth grade student at Freeman Middle School. A member of the Math is Cool team, Ellie has served as a student leader and is continuously encouraging and mentoring her fellow students. She is well-liked and well-respected by members of the Freeman community. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm are infectious! Ellie is a 2014 PACE Awards recipient for consistently demonstrating exceptional character.