Students Learn Importance of Generosity in Essay Contest Hosted by Charles Lafitte Foundation

Winners Announced from Schools in New Jersey, Colorado and Washington

Brielle, NJ – April 9, 2013 – The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) is pleased to announce the student winners in its Kid’s Corner “Season of Generosity Essay Contest.”

The winners are Madison Zimmermann, Grade 5 of Brielle Elementary School (Brielle, NJ), Kate Padrnos, Grade 7 of Sierra Middle School (Parker, CO) and Delaney Foster, Grade 9 of King’s High School (Seattle, WA). Each student will receive a Kindle Fire, plus $1,000 for their school library. Winning essays are available for viewing here.

The “Season of Generosity Essay Contest” invited any student in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. to submit an essay. To enter, students had to read a book listed under their corresponding grade level, and tell CLF how the characters’ traits of compassion and generosity impacted them.

“By identifying these traits through an age-appropriate and educational exercise, children and teens can learn to act in ways that will help them to grow into compassionate and generous adults,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner. “We received so many insightful and talented essays from the contestants – the competition was intense.”

CLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. Kid’s Corner is run by kids for kids, placing the power of change directly in their capable hands. Every child is invited to join with CLF and become a grant maker by telling the organization which non-profit organizations are important to them and how CLF can help.

Kid’s Corner will host a “Summer Break Essay Contest” with details to follow in the coming months. More information is available at

About The Charles Lafitte Foundation
The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas:
education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact. In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit


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