Education is something that is very important to me and that I feel very strongly about. Education is what separates the third world countries apart from ever growing countries such as Canada. This is why I thought it would be a great idea to participate in Celebrity Reading!

One of my best friends’ mother, Ann, teaches a kindergarten class at one of the local elementary schools in Cornwall. Every May, for education week, they have a celebrity come into the classroom to read a book. Normally they get the principal, or the janitor, but this year, I was their celebrity.

A week before I was due to read, Ann told the kids that the reader coming in next week would be wearing a crown! The kids got very excited and got lost in their imagintions. “Is it going to be the queen?!” they asked.

I don’t think I was too much of a disappointment compared to the queen. The kids very much enjoyed the reading, and asked lots of questions about myself and the pageant! They couldn’t wait to get up and give me hugs after the book was finished. Although some of the shy kids only wanted a handshake, you could tell by their faces that this was something that would leave an impression on them, as well as myself.

One thing I have learned so much about through the pageant and having a leadership role, is compassion. Being seen as a role model in society has taught me to open up to all sorts of people. Whether they are young or old, boy or girl, whatever race, I’ve learned that everybody has their own opinions and views of different things. Before I thought that doing communtity service would be boring and not enjoyable for my part, but being with the communtity has brought a lot of joy into my life. Even when my year is up, this will definatly be something I will want to continue to do a lot of. I had a lot of fun with the kids, and I hope that one day I can go back for more!

Thank you, lots of love,

Kelly Ouderkirk,
Miss Teen SD&G Couties World 2012

Written by: Kelly Ouderkirk
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