The contest asked kids ages five to 10 to submit poems describing how they make a difference in the environment or their community.
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. the gourmet burger restaurant that is all about kids and families and is committed to supporting the communities it serves has selected 7-year-old, Toledo, Ohio resident Jaedyn Maher as one of two first-prize winners for its first-ever "How Do You Make a Difference" kids' poetry contest.
The contest asked kids ages five to 10 to submit poems (100 words or less) describing how they make a difference in the environment or their community. More than 3,000 kids responded with one-of-a-kind poems highlighting good deeds ranging from cleaning up trash in the neighborhood and helping the elderly, to volunteering their time to help children with cancer.
Maher was selected as a first-prize winner in the 5-7 year-old division of the contest. Maher will receive a $50 Red Robin gift card and a Coca-Cola prize pack. In addition to awarding Maher, Red Robin also selected one grand prize winner and one additional first-prize winner in the 5-7 year-old age range.There were three winners in the 8-10 year-old division as well.
Maher's winning poem titled, My Helping Hands, highlighted how Maher picks up trash to make the world a cleaner place:
My brothers and I love to go out and play
but sometimes trash gets in our way
so I like to stop and throw it away
even though someone else let it lay
Some people don't realize how much this hurts
this wonderful place called Earth
All I know is if I do my part
maybe others will see and want to start
that taking care of this wonderful place
would put more smiles on everyone's face
Picking up trash is the right thing to do
Now how about you join me to
in keeping Earth so beautiful and blue!
"Red Robin's 'How Do You Make a Difference' poetry contest was designed to inspire creativity and celebrate the kind and generous acts performed by some of our youngest guests," said Susan Lintonsmith, Red Robin chief marketing officer. "We thank all of our guests who make a difference in their own communities and who participated in this year's contest. We received so many heartfelt entries, it was hard to pick just one ultimate winner."
For more information about Red Robin, and to read all of the winning "How Do You Make a Difference" poetry contest entries, visit www.redrobin.com.