Students Honored for Penning Exceptional Essays Inspired by Jackie Robinson

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders Nirmal Butt, Salva Dad and Muhammad Sufyan in Karin Savino and Maria Neckonoff’s class were recently recognized for their writing submissions in the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball. The students received a Certificate of Merit and a letter from Sharon Robinson, daughter of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League baseball in the 20th century.

The essay contest gives students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 the opportunity to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson’s nine values of citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork to overcome their own barriers in life. The letter from Ms. Robinson indicated that out of 13,000 essays submitted from students throughout the United States, the three Shaw students’ essays reached the finals. 
 
“We are so proud of the students’ enthusiasm in writing these essays and feel honored that they entrusted us with their stories,” said Savino. “All of the students who participated should feel very proud of themselves for rendering such great pieces of writing.”