Editor’s note: The Framingham Homework Center, at the Framingham Public Library, held its 4th annual essay contest. The topic this year, decided by the teens on the Homework Center’s advisory board, was what three areas should Framingham’s first mayor focus her attention towards?
Two middle schools students and one high school student each won $100 for best essay. Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer announced the winners, who were chosen by a blind committee. There was a tie for middle school essay winner.
Below is the winning essay by Anna DeBonis, a student at Cameron Middle School. It is published as written.
Hi, my name is Anna DeMonis, and as you may know, we now have a mayor! It is very exciting to have a new mayor, and since Framingham is now a city, there will be lots of new changes. I think it is important to let our new mayor know what we as a community would like to change and happen in Framingham. These are three improvements I’d suggest to our mayor, Yvonne Spicer.
One thing I would suggest to our new mayor is to have community events that will celebrate racial diversity of our people. Framingham is a city where people can feelc omfortable with their cultures because we have so many different ones. In my school, I have friends from the Philippines, Poland, ireland, and Brasil. I have learne dto appreciate different people’s lifestyles through my friendships. I have part of their lifestyle in my lifestyle because I learmed to adapt to theirs. I feel everyone should appreciate each other’s culture becuase cultures make up who we are. Before, when I lived in another town, people weren’t as open to each other as open to each other as they are in Framingham because they were all just trying to fit in and be like one type of person. In Framingham, everyone is their own kind of person and no one is really judged for what they look like or where they’re from. Having more community events would allow people in Framingham stay connected, while learning about each others culture and lifestyle.
Another thing I’d suggest is to create some beautification projects in downtown Framingham, such as in the Needle Park area, along our shops and streets, and along the train station. Potted and in-ground flowers, greenery, and selct trees would go a long way to create a welcoming atmosphere for both residents and shoppers. Fixing up run down buildings could be another way to make Framingham a more appealing place. So I think it would be a good idea for Mayor Spicer to invest some time into doing this for the betterment of Framingham.
The last thing I’d suggest is for Mayor Spicer is to consider closely what people say they want and need – and to separate those needs from the wants. Part of being a mayor is trying to make sure everyone is happy.
That’s not an easy job. I know lots of people will have ideas for what should happen and change, and I think our mayor should listen, take everything into consideration, and choose what benefits the residents and city the most. This would show the community the new mayor is a fair mayor for all the people and will do her best for Framingham and our future.
I am excited to have a new mayor and to have this opportunity to write to her about my ideas. It is a privilege to be able to have her hear my ideas. It shows that Mayor Spicer is considerate about what all of us want.