Each year students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest, expressing their views on patriotism. The theme for the 2021–2022 contest was: “How Can I Be a Good American?”
Gabby Elmore Brown, an 8th grader at New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, was selected as the 1st place winner for Vermont’s VFW District 1 and was honored with a certificate and a prize. She was sponsored by the local VFW Post 1034 Carl M. Dessaint and Auxiliary, from whom she also received a Youth Essay Award Citation. In her winning essay Gabby wrote: “To be a good American you could do many things. For example, you could help your community, which could include cleaning up, helping neighbors or volunteering. You can volunteer by donating, help a nearby school, tutor a child, working at a soup kitchen, help nearby hospitals or help the homeless.”
Well done Gabby and congratulations!