Maria Hilton of Canyon View Jr. High won 3rd place in the Utah League of Cities and Towns Essay Contest
According to the dictionary, community “is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” I live in many different communities, including the community of Orem. I also live in the community of Canyon View Jr. High School, and the community of my neighborhood. Most importantly, I live within the community of my own home.
First, Orem is an amazing place to live. There are many places to go, and Orem is close to Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, along with gorgeous mountain ranges. Orem’s citizens enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view, and often go out for hikes on nice summer days. Utah is also known for its snow, and people come from all over the country to ski or snowboard here. One of those ski resorts is only ten minutes away from my house! Orem’s community offers education, safety and fun.
Second, I feel safe in the community that Canyon View Jr. High provides. The teachers support their students and encourage them to do better. There are rewards and prizes for students who are well-behaved. For example, teachers will give out stamps to students who attend school with a positive attitude. Every other Friday students can spin the wheel if they have twenty stamps. Prizes on the wheel include candy, chips, drinks, coupons, and much more. Every term we also have a party where students with all passing grades can come to the lunch room and snack on donuts or ice cream! Canyon View also provides lots of extracurricular activities. You can do basketball, volleyball, battle of the books, or the chess club. Living in the community of Canyon View, students can learn and excel in all sorts of amazing ways.
Next, being in my neighborhood means that I’m living in a loving community. We help each other, and enjoy socializing with each other. My neighborhood is a home outside the home. For example, I love being with my nextdoor neighbor, Christie Lewis. She is always so fun to be around. We chat together and she will let me walk her dog, Charlie. I also enjoy being with another neighbor, Tracy Larson, who teaches me voice lessons. I love being with the other youth in my neighborhood. My neighborhood community creates a wonderful surrounding of love and friendship.
Finally, the most important community that I am in is the community of my family. My home is surrounded by a bubble of calm. I love being within the safety of my home, and I know that no harm will come to me there. There are so many things that we have done as a family, and no one can ever be as close to you as your family. Even if family members are annoying at times, you still have a unique relationship because they are your family. I have loads of fun just laughing and talking with my family, and I love playing board games or card games with them. I have gone on so many vacations with them. For example, my family went to China twice, each for a period of a month. I have also gone to Mexico multiple times with my family, each time creating new memories of fun and adventure. The family community also includes all of my extended family, like grandmas, grandpas, and cousins. All of them I feel safe around because they are family. Family is home, and home is love, friendship, and laughter. The community that I admire most.
In conclusion, communities are very important because of the feeling of safety and home that they create. People come together in unity and friendship. They learn to accept others the way they are, and not to judge them. Each of the communities that I listed-city, school, neighborhood and home- each have an important part to play in the community of our country. I am glad that I live in so many communities where I feel safe just being me. I hope that one day all of the communities in our country will provide a feeling of safety and happiness. That day will draw steadily closer as people strive to make their community a place like home. This is what we should all be working for. Working for a community that lets people be who they are. A community like I have inside my own home. A community of love.