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Oak Ridge Student’s Poem Earns Top Honors in Contest

Oak Ridge Middle School’s Elizabeth Low accepts an award from Janet Abejo of the City of Cedar Rapids’ Civil Rights Commission for her award winning poemElizabeth Low, an 8th grader at Oak Ridge Middle School, has won first place for a poem she entered in a recent contest.

Elizabeth was presented with the award for her winning entry titled “Won’t you be my neighbor” in the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission’s Fair Housing Poem and Poster Contest.

The award was presented to Elizabeth by Janet Abejo of the City of Cedar Rapids’ Civil Rights Commission.

Congratulations to Elizabeth for her award-winning poem!


 “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

“Won’t you be my neighbor?”, said I.

If you don’t it’ll make me cry.

Age, religion, race, and color,

Even if you are of other


These traits are of human race.

We all have different kinds of taste.

Cakes, apples, lettuce, chicken

What’s in common, don’t be stricken.


They all are foods, it’s not too hard.

Now can you guess what’s our card?

We’re all just human, free and equal

This is just the simple sequel.


Treat each fairly with love and care.

It’s only right to provide and share.

This basic rule is fair and just.

Getting to choose where you live is a must.