One story the I.S. 93 student told was about the time he helped an elderly woman that fell in the snow across the street from his house.
“There was this very elderly person and she couldn’t get up from the ground across the street from me, so I was in the window watching the snow and I saw her,” Singh explained. “I ran out with my coat and slippers and I took her to the hospital.”
He also wrote about the time he took a trip he took with his family to India and met a young boy begging for food on the street.
“I bought him food and took care of him, and I also gave him a little bit of money to take care of himself,” Singh said. “I just don’t like seeing people in poverty.”
Singh’s ELL teacher Diana Rivera first got involved in the essay contest after a regular checkup at Grand Smile Dental, located at 69-77 Grand Avenue in Maspeth, earlier this year.
“I offered it to my students in all three classes,” Rivera said. “He’s a good writer so I’m happy he decided to take the opportunity to do this,” she said.
Dentist Alexandra Khaimov hosted the contest in order to engage the community.
“I’m trying to teach our youngsters to do more and have respect for other people and help out more,” Khaimov said. “I want them to pay attention to other people and help out as much as possible.”
The Maspeth dentist presented Singh with a Kindle Fire for his essays in order to inspire him to continue reading and learning and better his own future.
“I am not doing this because I am a dentist,” she explained. “I am doing this because I am a mom and I am teaching my kids to be good. I also see how kids lately are so careless and I would like to reach out to other parents and teachers to raise a better community.”