|First place essay, middle school category
A Way of Life
‘If you want to be happy for an hour; watch TV. If you want to be happy for a day; go to an amusement park. If you want to be happy for a lifetime; go out and help others.’ My social studies teacher, Mr. Bisanz, is very inspirational. His life is based upon this quote.
Following in Dr. King’s footsteps, Mr. Bisanz has touched many lives with his dream to help others. He has taught many of his own students his vision of
leadership through service. Through his actions, all of his students understand how helping out can be fun as well as satisfying.
He has taught us how easy it is to be apart of service learning with his
classroom projects. For example, some of his projects have included; knitting
newborn blankets and beanies for less fortunate families, also making Halloween
cards for the terminally ill children in hospice care. By combining service
projects and teaching, he has shown us how service learning can be a way of
In all, Mr. Bisanz has taught his vision of leadership through service to many people. Inspiring those people to want to touch a life and get a feeling of
satisfaction. Service learning is a way of life; because of his teachings, all
of Mr. Bisanz’s students understand how that can be fun and easy to do.
Therefore, if you want to be happy for a lifetime; go out and help others.
Amy Tamowski, 8th grade, Poston Jr. High, Mesa