Cedar Springs Rotary Club
"Service above Self"

Rotary 4-Way Test
Essay Contest

By Tom Noreen
 
Each year, as part of Rotary Internationals effort to improve literacy, the Cedar Springs Club conducts a 4-Way Test essay competition with the 5th grade classes in Cedar Springs Public Schools and the Creative Technologies Academy. Students are asked to write on one aspect of Rotary’s 4-Way Test:
 
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?
 
Rotary 4-Way Test
Essay Contest Winners
By Tom Noreen
 
On March 27, the CS Rotary Club held its 4-Way Test awards ceremony. Each year the Club conducts an essay writing contest with the 5th grade classes at Cedar View and Creative Technologies Academy. This year eight classes participated and three essays were chosen by a committee of Rotarians that included Donna Clark, Carolyn Davis and Darla Falcon.
 
Prior to the awards, the Cedar View 5th grade teacher point of contact, Mrs. Jennifer Kahler, related the tenants of the 4-Way Test:
 
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendship?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
to the Cedar View “HAWKS” behavior model:
 
H-Honesty
A-Accepting
W-Working hard
K-Kind
S-Safe

She said, “The essay is a great opportunity because of its correlation between the 4-Way Test and HAWKS the behavior model. It showed that positive behavior is not just expected at Cedar View, but in the community as well.
 
This year’s 1st place winner was Ava Mead. Chase Arniak’s essay was chosen for 2nd place and Alexis Tharp placed 3rd. All three essays were well written and the students did an excellent job of reading them to the Club and guests.
 
 


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