Toledo 7-year-old named first-prize winner in Red Robin's "How Do You Make a Difference" Kids' Poetry Contest

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

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:

"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