Noah Munsinger received the laptop as part of an essay contest on community service. His teacher had asked students to write about their experiences with helping people and community service and then heard about the contest at the dental office.
Dr. Petersen at the Hemet West Dental Office began his Good Deed Contest two years ago to recognize children who did good deeds. The contest asks them to write about what they have done and then turn in the essays to the office for a chance to win a laptop.
Munsinger’s essay was titled, “Grandma Lady’s Flowers,” and was about his granny and a tree in her front yard that she loved that unfortunately had recently died. He wrote that he didn’t like seeing his granny so sad, so he wanted to help her because he felt that was what a grandson should do. So, he wrote about how he helped her to find some beautiful flowers to plant where the tree had once been.
Dr. Petersen said he chose the essay because he thought it was considerate and humorous.
His parents and teachers kept the fact that he was a winner secret until it was announced at the eighth-grade assembly in front of his fellow students. Noah, 13, said he was very surprised he had won the award.
His grandmother was there to see him get the award and said the flowers were doing well and that she really thought it was a nice thing for him to do.