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Rotary 4-Way Test

Rotary 4-Way Test
Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

Back row L-R: Donna Clark, Mr and Mrs Dingle, Mrs Gallagher, Mrs Lattimer, Mrs Falan, Mrs. Kahler, Mr and Mrs Moleski, Carolyn Davis, Front row: L-R: Dan Dingle Jr., Carter Falan, Aleyna Moleski, Naliva Clark

By Tom Noreen

For eight years, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club and Cedar View Elementary have partnered on the Annual 4-Way Test Essay Contest. This year we had eight Fifth Grade classes participating. Each teacher submitted the two best essays to Rotary’s review committee from which four were selected! All essays were written in 200 words or less. Carolyn Davis, Bea Hesley, and Donna Clark were on this year’s selection committee,

Students started with two topics:

1.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped to make them a better person

2.  Tell about a time you or someone you know used a character trait or traits that helped make CS a better community.

The committee had 16 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from.  Donna said, “We looked at the writing as a whole with special interest in a clear outcome, such as a lesson learned or character revealed.”

Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Latimer noted, “This essay was a great fit for Cedar View. Our vision this year is “Building better students in our community. What they wrote about relates to the real world.”

This year’s winners are:

1st Place: Carter Falan from Mrs. Latimer’s class.

2nd Place tie: Naliya Clark from Mr. Moleski’s class.

2nd Place tie: Aleyna Moleski from Mrs. Kahler’s class.

3rd Place: Dan Dingle, Jr. from Mrs. Gallagher’s class.

Donna provided some comments teachers and parents have made over the years about the essay:

● “This essay-writing emphasis is so great each year as it gets the students to focus with purpose. It also gives the students great incentives to pay particularly close attention to their writing and their message.”

● “We love it that they get to meet Rotarians, local business people who care and work for the betterment of our community at large.”

● “This mutual project gives our students a glimpse into one organization in their community, which is very worthwhile for them.”

The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and is a code of ethics each Rotarian aspires to live by both in their business and personal lives.

“Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Donna said, “The 4-Way test and the HABITS OF MIND are basically the same. People who live by them have integrity and impact their community in a positive way.”

Carter Falan’s winning essay is printed below:

Building Better People

How I Made Cedar Springs a Better Place

By Carter Falan

One day me and my friends were sledding, and we were just about to go down and suddenly, I saw an old lady shoveling. So we went to my house and got all of the shovels we could find and then went back to her house. When we got there, she only had one eight of the driveway done, and we had been at my house for 20 minutes.

When we got to her, she had been sitting on her porch leaning on the railing. I tapped her shoulder. She looked at me and sat up and then I said, “Do you want some help, mam? [sic]

She smiled and said, “Yes, young man. I would love some,” and we pulled it out in 10 minutes! Every Monday, Friday and Sunday we shoveled the driveway.

After all of that hard work we learned, it feels good to make somebody else feel good.

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