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6th Grade Student in Rivers wins Regional Essay Contest


A student from Rivers Elementary School has a chance to have her essay win a national recognition.

6th Grade student, Sera Gilbert, won the Manitoba and Northwest Ontario division in a Remembrance Day essay contest.

Gilbert tells CKLQ that she wrote about the value of life and how much we don't appreciate how lucky we are.

"We take life for granted than people back in time, people used to work for food and if you didn't work, you didn't eat, now before don't work and still get their fill, "

She said she was surprised when she found out she won.

"When I found it was the legion, I was super excited and glad that I have made it this far,"

The 11 year old's essay will now be sent to Ottawa where it will go up against contest winners for national recognition.

This is Sera's Essay:

Taking Life For Granted

By Sera Gilbert

We think of life as a simple and easy to achieve – a thing that can't be wasted. We normally think of ourselves, but it's time to change that. We have Remembrance Day for a reason. Let's remember the fallen soldiers who risked their lives for ours. They prevailed in many wars, but sometimes they did not. They spent many days and weeks in the trenches, the ocean and in the air, so we didn't have to live a life of servitude to other countries.  Many died and we don't think twice about it. We think if war doesn't affect us we don't have to care.

 Most people think everything is going to be handed to them on a silver platter. Back then, during World War One and Two, lots of people lived on a farm and if you didn't work you didn't eat. Half of the time now, we don't work but we still eat. Once the war started food was even more scarce than it already was. Today we see our families all the time. Back then, family members went to war and sometimes they would never see their families again.

Most of us only care or remember on Remembrance Day. It's time to care every second of every day. Think of all those wars and all those soldiers.  Maybe you knew them, maybe you didn't, but every survivor and every fallen soldier was somebody's significant other. Whether it was your grandfather, uncle, mother, father, grandmother, aunt or someone you don't know, they cared about the future of our country. War is not a laughing matter. It's a serious thing. We have poppies and a special day to remember for a reason. In the past and present, some of us have taken life for granted.