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WZM Award



WZM Award presented to Evelyn Castillo - Garfield High School










Having compassion to me means being selfless and helping others in as many ways as I can whether it's through a simple compliment or helping the less fortunate. And nowadays a lot of people forget to be compassionate because they only care about themselves or don't care enough to help. I believe that we shouldn't forget to be compassionate because compassion is what's most needed at this time of our lives. As a society, we are going through a lot at the moment like climate crisis, war, injustice, and much more. We as a society need to spread compassion because it is what will keep us going into the future.

Ever since I was a young child I was taught to be compassionate not only in school but by my parents. My parents have always been humble and kind and have taught me how to be such as well. I grew up watching my parents being compassionate to others. One of these instances was when I was about 7 years old. I vividly remember my father purchasing food for this elder man who had no money. He not only bought him food but also had a conversation with him. This act of kindness showed me as a child how I could also help others in my daily life. From those memories, I've been compassionate to others in every possible way that I can.

The ways that I've been compassionate have been through simple kind actions, clubs, and community service. One of my favorite things to do is to compliment people on their accomplishments or their appearance. I've noticed that whenever I compliment someone it makes their face light up with joy. Giving someone a compliment whether it's over the smallest thing can create an impact on someone's day. You never know what someone is going through and a compliment or kind words can really go a long way.

Another way I have shown compassion is through community service and club work. I love helping others so whenever an opportunity comes up I will take it. My school holds yearly food drives in which I participate and donate non-perishable food and cans. I also have been in an environmental justice club and organization since sophomore year where I have done multiple community services. One of those services that I am most proud of is testing lead contaminated soil in my neighborhood. I was able to test soil and do door-knocking to educate community members that lived within the contaminated zones. Actions of kindness like these are what make the world a better place.











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