National Grand Prize Winner

Chosen from thousands of entries!

 

What Would You Miss About Immigrants,
If They Didn’t Come to America?

 

By Erin Stark

Enetai Elementary School, Bellevue, Washington

 

Would you miss the food?

The potstickers, sushi and dumplings,

Pizza, spaghetti, curry or crepes?

Just think about it for a

minute or two,

Could you survive eating fish at every meal? Could you?

Immigrants are coming every day,

Variety is what they bring with them in every way.

Would you miss the holidays?

Day of the Dead, and Chinese New Year

Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan

too?

Why did the Christians travel the distance,

Was it to share their beliefs and Christmas?

Immigrants are coming every day,

Variety is what they bring with them in every way.

Would you miss their art,

Painting, literature, and music

.

Plays, sculpture,

and design?

Life would be dull without art,

People might become sad and would get broken hearts.

Immigrants are coming every day,

Variety is what they bring with them in every way.

Would you miss the things they made?

Railroads, canals, communities, and

skyscrapers,

Schoolhouses, highways, churches, and businesses?

What would kids do without schools?

We might turn into fools!

Immigrants are coming every day,

Variety is what they bring with them in every way.

Immigrants are coming every day

.

They bring recipes, celebrations, talents, and skills.

Variety is what they bring with them in every way.

USA would be bland without immigrants,

Now our nation is colorful and the joy is infinite.

 

©American Immigration Council 2013

 

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Erin Stark won the national grand prize and was invited to read her winning poem in San Francisco with her family.  The three day trip was filled with adventure- all expenses paid!  She was featured in the Seattle Times and was a speaker at a naturalization ceremony in Seattle.

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