Haller student places second in essay contest
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:21 PM
ARLINGTON Haller Middle School seventh-grader Keely Killebrew won second place out of close to 100 sixth- through eighth-grade students who submitted entries to the 2007 Prodigies for Peace Writing Contest, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration of Snohomish County.
In remembrance of Kings Poor Peoples Campaign, students were asked to write essays outlining suggestions for fighting poverty in America. Killebrew went through a couple of weeks of rough drafts in Patricia Vaughns English and reading block class, before she pointed to Kings three-pronged approach of boycotts, marches and speeches as effective action steps for addressing economic inequities.
Killebrew identified companies that underpay their workers and do not supply them with a sufficient amount of insurance as appropriate targets for boycotts, because such living conditions can lead to debt, which is a starting spark for the flame of poverty, and we should stop giving to the companies who already take too much.
Killebrew also advocated gathering crowds to march through the streets of large cities, chanting protest songs and slogans, not only from the unfortunate and those who wish to help, but also children, since she believes that seems to put a stronger message out to the people who dont normally notice.
There is a way to help our country, Killebrew said. You just have to look for it. Make a difference for those who wish they could. If Martin Luther King Jr. can have a dream, so can you.