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Grade Level: 5-6
Region: 1
Student: Sungum Sogani
Teacher: Dana Wendt
Chapter: Fremont Unified Dist. TA

César Estrada Chávez – A Role Model

 

César Chávez inspires me to always think broadly on how my actions will benefit my community. Our life is influenced everyday by surrounding environment and the people we live with. In order to have a healthy atmosphere, everyone in the community should be pitching in to make it a better place.

One way I can help my community is by picking up littered trash, recycling, and reusing, wherever applicable. At school, during the recess, I glance around to see if there is any garbage thrown on the ground. If there is, I scoop up the scraps and toss them in the garbage.

Recycling is another way I can help my community. Whenever I am finished using a piece of paper or another recyclable item instead of putting it in the trash which is shipped to landfills, I put it in the recycling bin where people process the item so that we can reuse it. César Chávez helped the environment by trying to take away harmful pesticides from crops so that farm workers would not get sick and have a healthy community. I am following César Chávez’s principles of helping the environment by promoting cleanliness and recycling.

César Chávez perfected the art of public speaking by holding house meetings when working for Community Service Organization (CSO). He believed that the best way to master a skill is by explaining it to others. I help my community by helping students with their math skills by the use of ST Math, a nonverbal math program used by our district. I have been staying after school for about an hour a few times a week to help the students who need help in math academics. As César Chávez did, I am mastering my own math skills by explaining the topics to other kids over and over again.

I saw opportunity knocking to help the community when I found out that I could run for our school’s student council. I wanted to make my school a better place so naturally I ran for a post. When I won, I decided that I would put effort into making my school the best place it could be. I was not just helping myself but my whole school. I followed what César Chávez said, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sake and for our own.”

On the day after Halloween, two burly sixth graders were bullying a measly 2nd grader trying to force the second grader to give them his candy. I told the sixth graders to stop bullying the second grader, but they would not listen to me. I realized that I could not stop these bullies alone so I asked some of the kids close by to help stop the menacing sixth graders while adult help came. I used non-violence to solve a conflict, and in that moment, I felt very close to César Chávez and the work that he did. Even though I am just a kid, I was putting to work the principles of non-violence that he stood for.

César Chávez stood alongside Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela in using peaceful protest to change the world. César Chávez reminds me that all of us are called to make our world a better place, not just for ourselves but for future generations.

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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