“Love. Forgiveness. Compassion. Honesty. Perseverance. These are universal values, timeless ‘Laws of Life’ that transcend all cultures and religions.”
These words by Sir John Templeton form the basis of the Peachtree City Rotary Club’s “Laws of Life” essay contest. Originally founded in 1987 as a high school contest started by the John Templeton Foundation of Franklin, Tenn., the local Rotary Club tested the waters in 2002 with Booth Middle School, its Partner in Education. This annual event has become a highlight of the year for students, faculty and Rotarians.
Recently, the winners of the 2015 contest were presented at the club’s regular weekly meeting. The first-place Booth Middle School winners this year are: sixth-grader Aliza Tharani, with her essay entitled “Thankfulness is the Key of Life”; seventh-grader Magdalena Gullick, “My Life with Dyslexia”; and eighth-grader Dane Kinamon, whose essay was entitled “Importance of Family.”