Editor’s note: Here is the winning essay in the Boston Celtics RE/MAX essay contest by Lawrence 5th grader Luisangel Almanzar. He won a basketball court and all sorts of Celtic gear. I feel like I deserve the basketball court because where I come from, times are tough.
I live in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence has a really bad reputation. There are drug dealers, gangs, abuse, criminals, etc. The public schools in Lawrence have been taken over by the state. I go to Community Day Charter School, one of the only schools that hasn’t been taken over by the state. On my MCAS I achieved an advanced on mathematics and English. I’ve been getting straight A’s on my report card and my parents have done lots of things to keep my grades up.
I recently joined a group called the Start Something. We help out in different places all around Massachusetts.
For example, we cleaned up a field of trees in Lowell that used to be a walkway. There were hundreds of golf balls, considering that the field in front of it is used for golf. In 2011 I helped create a walk-a-thon that raised money for all the kids in Japan who suffered from the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant explosion. It was such a success that we raised $4,500 dollars total!
We may be in a bad city, but we’re in a great school.
When I was about 4, I suddenly had an interest in basketball. I pleaded to my parents to get me the equipment to play.
Ever since, I’ve been playing constantly day after day. Once I was having so much fun that when my mom told me it was time for dinner I refused to go inside and sat on the ground. She picked me up and brought me inside, but I ran back out and started playing again.