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What does it mean to be a good citizen?

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Posted: March 1, 2010 11:15 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
First Place
Being a good citizen is simple if you know how to go about it.
If you want to be a good citizen, first you have to understand what it means. Citizenship is looking after and caring for the place you live.
You can be a good citizen in the classroom by recycling water bottles and picking up pencils, pens and paper off the floor.
Also, you can participate in class activities and contests to get involved.
Citizenship in your community is possible by doing things like recycling and volunteering. You can also help by donating to the food shelter.
Though it seems a bit silly, you can even be a good citizen in your home. You can do your chores when you’re told to.
Also, you can clean your room and help with making dinner. I hope my essay has helped you understand being a good citizen.
Kelly Ficana
Grade 6

Second Place
There are a variety of ways to be a good citizen everywhere.
In the classroom, there are so many ways to be helpful and useful to others. First of all, pick up around the classroom.
Teachers and school janitors strain to keep the schools clean.
Also, help out when you’re needed. It’ll really make a difference. In your community, not everyone is doing all the work.
We need your help. Recycle paper and plastic to keep your town clean.
Also, volunteer in activities such as helping the elderly, and food drives for people who need help. These are all things that show good citizenship.
At home, face it — our help is greatly appreciated. Help out around the house, like cleaning up every once in awhile. Just lend a hand. These are all great ways to show good citizenship.
Cierra Sterling
Grade 6

Third Place
I think that to be a good citizen in your classroom, you would need to participate in class,  respect authority and treat school property nicely.
It would make you a good citizen if you helped classmates and did all your homework on time.
In the community, you could volunteer to help with things like picking up trash, or in a shelter.
Also, you could donate old clothes, old toys, or food to the poor.
If you wanted to be a good citizen at home, then one idea could be to help siblings with homework, but make sure you do all your homework first.
You should respect your parents and do all your chores on time.
At all of those places, a way to be a good citizen is to follow the golden rule and treat others how you would want to be treated.
Madi Hochberg
Grade 6

To be a good citizen you have to have good citizenship at home, in the community and in the classroom.
To have good citizenship at home means obeying your parents, being nice to your siblings and trying to do things that your parents don’t have to tell you.
Now, let’s talk about having good citizenship in your classroom. Always do all of your homework, don’t talk back to your teacher, clean up if you make a mess, don’t be a bully and play fairly, like be nice or be a friend to a new kid.
Lastly, to have good citizenship in your community, donate food and clothes to charities, don’t do graffiti, don’t break the law and lastly if someone is stuck or is lost, lend a hand and help them out.
Kaitlin Hores
Grade 6

I think being a good citizen in the classroom, community and at home would be to be kind and helpful to everyone.
At school, you should always be kind and courteous to your teacher and other students. You should always pay attention in class, so you’d be a good citizen in the class.
At home, you should always be respectful to your parents, and if they ask you for help around the house or if they tell you to be nice to your sibling, you should listen.
If you are a good citizen in the community you’d be well-liked by everyone. You’d be kind and courteous. You’re dependable and helpful.
That’s what it takes to be a good citizen at home, in the classroom and in the community.
Paige Rankin
Grade 6

I like having good citizenship in many places. The first place I like to have citizenship is in the classroom.
Some examples are: treating others like you would like to be treated, paying attention in class and not hurting people.
You could also listen to your teacher — that’s the most important of them all.
If you don’t follow the rules, you can get in big trouble.
Somewhere more important than the classroom is the community. You can pick up trash, follow the laws and help the elderly.
Helping the environment is important because the world is not that healthy. The police are very busy because people are getting in wrecks at stop lights.
This is why you need to be a good citizen in the community.
Good citizenship is important in your house, too. You can have good citizenship by listening to your parents, helping out every now and then, and finally, doing stuff when it is asked of you.
Kyle Butler
Grade 6

I believe that citizenship should be something that everyone experiences in their life.
You might be acting like a good citizen every day without even knowing it. Being a good citizen could be helping your mom make dinner or straightening the books in the bookshelf at school.
There are many things you can do to be a good citizen.
Volunteering in your community is a great way to show citizenship.
If you are in a scout troop, you may already be doing this.
Your parents will be very proud of you if you help around the house, such as doing the dishes and cleaning your room.
Everyone loves being around a good citizen, so you should do your best to meet that goal.
Kaiten Baldwin
Grade 6

To be a good citizen at school you should turn in assignments on time, participate in class, listen, follow directions and volunteer.
Having good citizenship also means, in a community such as Valencia, you could help by cleaning up trash, encouraging more healthy food at grocery stores and schools, making fewer car rides to have better air and taking the stairs more to encourage healthy living.
Citizenship also refers to home. At home, you could do your chores, do what you’re asked when you’re asked to do it, use manners and help your parents when it’s necessary.
Hunter Lubb
Grade 6

What is a good citizen? What do they do? These are the questions many people ask themselves.
A good citizen is a person who goes above and beyond working in the classroom, at home, in the community and even nationwide or worldwide. An example of good citizenship in the classroom would be just following directions. Good citizenship in a classroom would be participating in discussion, helping the teacher and turning in your homework on time.
Another example of good citizenship could be shown at home by helping your parents with what they need help with, and also helping your siblings with homework.
Lastly, you can be a good citizen in the community by picking up litter and helping those who are less fortunate than us.
All of these ways shown are just small steps away from something big that everyone has to offer.
Kennedy Davis
Grade 6


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