my husband, phil, and i run a faith-based, non-profit youth organization called Summit County Youth (this is our 11th year). this year, we are directly in charge of the program for elementary-school students, which includes our sons, Silas and Lincoln (he gets to come a year early — the benefits of being the child of the ones running the show, i guess)… silas recently wrote an essay for a writing contest through his school about “why i am valuable to my community.” not sure it totally addresses the topic of the contest, but here is silas’ essay. he wrote it with zero help from us. while i love to read anything my son writes, this one is especially meaningful to me. it reminds me why we do what we do.
this is enough for me. April 2, 2012