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2018 Why I Love Lakewood Essay Contest Winner

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Ruby McEwen and Chamber CEO Patty Ryan

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce sponsored the 2018 “Why I Love Lakewood” 4th grade essay contest in conjunction with Light Up Lakewood. This year’s winner was Ruby McEwen of Emerson Elementary. Ruby receives a cash prize of $100, a ride in the Light Up Lakewood Parade, a chance to read her essay in front of thousands of Light Up Lakewood fans, AND she’ll help ‘flip the switch’ on December 1st to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood. Here is her winning essay.

“Why I Love Lakewood”
By: Ruby McEwen

What makes a good hometown great? Beautiful parks? Great schools? People from all walks of life? Magnificent libraries? Century-old homes? How about shopping, restaurants and entertainment? Well, Lakewood has all of that, it’s my home town, and it’s where my heart is.

When I first started Emerson Elementary School in kindergarten, there were kids my age that spoke a different language. I was fascinated. I loved hearing a new language that I didn’t speak. My dad said there are 25 different languages spoken in Lakewood City Schools.

We have lots of diversity and we’ve got lots of books. We also have not one, but two libraries. When I go to our libraries, I feel transported to a magical, adventurous place, imagination comes alive and dreams come true. I leap from book to book finding scary, funny, adventurous, and magical stories.

Lastly, I’m a big fan of our city’s historic homes. Many of them are more than a 100 years old, like mine, crafted by artisan laborers. Our historic architecture is one of the reasons why our city remains popular.

What are the things that make a home? Some people say home is where the heart is.
My heart is in Lakewood.