Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest: WASHINGTON DC/BALTIMORE


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2014 Winner


By Elena Rubens Goldfarb

My country is full of immigrants

Different people everywhere

People of all shapes and sizes

People of all colors.


My country is full of immigrants

People from different places

People of different heritage

With different stories to tell.


My country is full of immigrants

A country with many religions

Each religion brings a new belief

New beliefs to share with my country.


My country is full of immigrants

They bring different things to learn

Each new extraordinary thing we learn

That is different from what we know

Helps our minds to grow.


My country is full of immigrants

It is unique

We come together because of the relationships

Between one another

That make us a community.


My country is full of immigrants

Each state is different in its own way

Each person helps contribute to make each state individual

But also a part of a whole.


My country is the United States.


© American Immigration Council 2014


2013 DC Area Winner

Revanth V.  5th grade

Green Briar West Elementary School

Centreville, VA



Have you ever thought about why there are so many different races in America? It is because of immigration as people believe this is a land of opportunity. Over one-seventeenth of the population was born in a foreign country. In 2009 12.5% of all business were owned by immigrants. What does that statistics mean? They mean that immigrants are an important part of American life. They have helped strengthen and enrich the very fabric of American life. Immigrants are the reason why America is like what it is today.

Immigrants are the pigments that are used to color America. America is like a field of gophers. Each new gopher is an immigrant. It is not hard to see but immigrants are the very reason that American food, architecture and economy are not the same as they were 50 years ago.

One example of a story of immigration was my own grandfather. He started his life as a menial worker under British rule in India. He faced many atrocities during the Indian Revolutionary War. He immigrated to America and got a job as a clerk. He wanted to have a better future for his kids. He toiled very hard, saved money and provided good education for his kids. He knew they would have a bright future here if they worked hard.

Diversity is glue that binds us all. It allows me to play with different kinds of people. It lets me experience different cultures and food. I celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Kwanzaa with equal fervor as I celebrate Diwali. America is truly a land of opportunity. They can always have a better way of life. Some immigrants could become celebrities. One example is Patrick Ewing. Diversity is what makes America the most beautiful country the world has ever seen.

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