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What does it mean to be a good citizen?

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Posted: January 25, 2010 9:33 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.
First Place
I think we can all be good citizens by picking up litter. The less trash that's lying around, the cleaner our own city is. No one wants to live in a trash heap. We can also be good citizens at home by taking care of other peoples' things. If someone asks you to hold their ice cream cone, don't eat it! Things like these can help you be a good citizen.
Matthew Deegan
Grade 5

Second Place
I think I am a good citizen around my home because I like to help. I help by cleaning up any extra trash I find at the park or at the beach. And I love to help animals like baby ducks that once got stuck in our patio and couldn't find its way back home. I also like to help my friends when they don't understand or if they need help trying something that they don't know how to do. I also think I am helpful when I listen to people's problems and try to fix them.
Isabelle Dextre
Grade 5

Third Place
Good citizenship at home starts with respecting the rules. That includes doing the chores, going to bed on time and just helping out. Whether you got the newspaper for your dad or helped out with the front lawn, one small favor can make a big difference. I help my mom with the cleaning because her arm hurts. It's good to be a good citizen.
Allison Hawkins
Grade 5

In the classroom, I can be a good citizen by getting my classwork and homework done when told to. I can also stay longer after school and help clean up. I can also be a good citizen at home by helping my mom do the laundry, feed the dogs, clean my living room and bedroom. I can help my whole community by recycling, picking up trash that's not even mine and riding my bike to school. I can help the whole world by saving at least one minute of water from the sink and I can do it without drugs. We can all do it together. Help the world.
Victoria Kunelis
Grade 5

You can show good citizenship at home in a lot of ways. One of the ways is to respect your parents by listening to them, not backtalking or arguing and by not throwing tantrums when your parents tell you no. Also, you respect your brothers or sisters (if you have any) by not fighting, ignoring them, mocking them or just all around bugging them. So when you're at your house you should always behave properly.
Ben Kaufman
Grade 5

I, for one, think good citizenship is when you see someone throw or kick something on the ground, you should go over, pick it up and throw it away. If everyone does that we can all help the community and we could all be good citizens. Just think, if we all pitch in, we could all win big time! But most of all, we could send it on to other communities in the USA!
Bry Romeo
Grade 5

In my opinion, I think to be a good citizen for my classroom would be being kind to people, helping people out, cleaning up the classroom, helping the teacher and always paying attention. To be a good citizen for your community, I think you should pick up trash. At home, you should help around the house like wash the clothes or take out the trash or vacuum the house and most importantly, clean your room.
Nolan Bodeau
Grade 5

Good citizenship occurs in many situations, like at a fire. Firemen show citizenship when they put out the fire and save all the people. But I feel that recently, people have been lacking citizenship by not helping people when they get pushed down but instead laugh at them and make them cry. Another example of lacking citizenship is when your best friend asks your desk partner who is not so kind to help her out on a math concept. But sadly, he teaches her the wrong way so once she doesn't get it right she wouldn't ask him for help ever again because that's exactly what he wanted. Even though people can sometimes be mean and greedy, there is the other half of the world that knows how to have good citizenship to everyone. If an elderly person fell down, that loving, caring hand of a person would call 9-1-1 and wait for its arrival. In conclusion, people need to have better citizenship so when a situation like that comes up again, they will do the right thing.
Nicole Davis
Grade 5

I think that I could be a good citizen by helping out around the house more often, as in helping my sister with her homework and doing more chores. Another way I can be a good citizen is by helping the community. I could help the community by picking up trash whenever I see it. One other way I could be a good citizen is by helping out around my classroom. One way I could help out around the classroom is I could get all my work done on time. That's how I can be a good citizen.
Connor Eck
Grade 5

How will you help save the earth? You can gather with friends and pick up trash from the beach, streets or anywhere. We can all save energy and water. All of us can plant plants and make the earth better. This is how you can heal the earth. Together, we can make a difference.
Kevin Marroquin
Grade 5

I am a good citizen at school because I recycle paper instead of throwing it away. I am a good citizen at home because we have three recycle bins. One is for paper, one is for bottles and cans and one is other trash. I take my recycles to the recycling center to help my community. All of these are ways I help my school, home and community.
Sam Hites
Grade 5

There are many ways to be a good citizen. These are only a few examples. When you are walking around town and you see a piece of trash, just pick it up. Hold the door open for people. Another way to be a good citizen, this one is for kids, is to help your parents do the dishes. There are many other ways to be a good citizen, so as you think of them, just try them.
Jordin Morrill
Grade 5

Anyone can show citizenship - from a child to our country's father. One way you can show citizenship is by following the Golden rule: "Treat others the way you would like to be treated." For example, if you are angry at a person for stealing your eraser, don't yell at them because I'm sure that you wouldn't want to be yelled at. Instead, ask nicely to give it back. That rule is so important and it's in our nation's law. Just by doing something that is so, so simple can help the world be a better place.
Nina Hernandez
Grade 5


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