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Monterey Highlands 3rd Grader Cassidy Chew Likes Mindfulness and Wants to be an Architect

  • Cassidy Chew is the 2nd Place Winner in the 3rd-5th grade category of the Alhambra Source Storytelling Competition. She is a 3rd grader at Monterey Highlands Elementary. Photos by Helen Arase.

  • Chew enjoyed delicious cupcakes courtesy of The Shredded Carrot at the Meet and Greet event with Alhambra Source staff.

  • Cassidy Chew wants to add a Dessert Bar to her cafeteria at Monterey Highlands Elementary School. Photo by Jennifer Chew.

  • The winners of the Alhambra Source Storytelling Competition. (L-R) Top row: Emily Obregon, Una Ibranan, and Cassidy Chew. (L-R) Botton row: Jiantao Yu and Allison Gonzalez. Alisa Sambajon was unable to attend.

  • Una Ibranan is the 1st Place Winner in the K-2nd grade category of the Alhambra Source Storytelling Competition. She is a 2nd grader at Park Elementary. All photos by Helen Arase.

  • Alisa Sabajon is the 2nd Place Winner in the K-2nd grade category of the Alhambra Source Storytelling Competition. She is a 2nd grader at Marguerita Elementary School. All photos by Helen Arase.

  • Emily Obregon is the 1st Place Winner in the 3rd-5th grade category of the Alhambra Source Storytelling Competition. She is a 5th grader at Park Elementary School. All photos by Helen Arase.


Alhambra , CA

The Alhambra Source is publishing the winning entries from its Storytelling Competition for AUSD Elementary School students. This week we publish 3rd grader Cassidy Chew’s story “Why I’m Amazing.”  Cassidy, who attends Monterey Highlands Elementary School, is the 2nd Place Winner in the 3rd-5th Grade category. We will publish the rest of the winners each Thursday over the next two weeks.

The complete list of winners and links to their stories may be found at the bottom of Cassidy’s story.

Why I’m Amazing

by Cassidy Chew

My teacher, Mrs. Kamida, knows 3 languages (Japanese, English and Spanish). She is very helpful to me. I love 3rd grade because I’m learning something new, which is square roots in math. I like the fact that the cafeteria is big enough to hold everyone, and I like that there are lots of things to do during recess, like the mindfulness center and the library games.

The mindfulness center is really cool and sometimes they have computers we can play on! I also think that it is good that we have lunch recess and morning recess. I like the fact that we have 2 parks right outside our school campus, and that the playground equipment is safe and fun. After school my friends and I get to play until my brother complains and then my mom says it’s time to leave. My friends are very nice. They invite me to their parties and have play dates with me. When my friends and I play together, we play cartwheel class and my best friend Kate or I am the teacher. My teacher lets us play Prodigy every Friday which is nice of her.My friends all want to get better in Prodigy and we all want to be members. It’s too bad my school won’t pay for membership for us.

The only thing that I think needs work at my school is the bathrooms. Sometimes I go in and the toilet isn’t flushed. Sometimes there’s toilet paper on the floor. The custodian and principal help, but it’s still dirty. What the students could do would be to clean up after themselves, because otherwise the other kids won’t go to the toilet. In the cafeteria, I wish we had a dessert bar. Other than that, I don’t think my school needs improvement.

Now, when I grow up I want to be a designer of buildings because I would get to draw and make buildings look cool. I would make the school really tall like Wayside School because that would be awesome. I love to read, and I really like the Geronimo Stilton books as well as Dork Diaries. My brownies troop even made a little free library in front of a house in Alhambra, and we got to paint it and fill it with books! It would be good if my school had a library outside of the school so that you could take books and not have to return them.

So the main things you should know about me are that I’m amazing, I have a great family and friends, and even though I don’t like math, I’m learning a lot from my teacher and that’s exciting!

Did you miss the other Storytelling Competition stories? Read them here:

K-2nd Grade:

1) Una Ibranan, Park Elementary

2) Alisa Sambajon, Marguerita Elementary

3rd-5th Grade:

1) Emily Obregon, Park Elementary

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