AILF/AILA Recognizes Mr. Bob White for his Contribution to the 2006 Chicago Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest for Fifth Grade Students

The American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chicago Chapter recently recognized and thanked Mr. Bob White of the firm's Immigration Group for organizing and coordinating the 2006 Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest. AILF sponsors the Essay Contest through AILA chapters nationwide in order to raise the awareness of how important immigrants and immigration is to our nation with our youth, their families and their communities. Every year, AILF and the AILA Chicago Chapter sponsor an essay contest for fifth grade students. This year, a record number of fifth grade students participated in the contest. More than 1,850 fifth grade students from 52 schools in the Chicagoland area wrote essays, poems and/or stories about "Why I Am Glad that America is a Nation of Immigrants."  The author of the highest rated essay was Mr. Ben Groselak, a fifth grade student at St. Cyril and Methodius School. Ben wrote a poem entitled "Immigration to Our Great Nation."  The poem in part stated "How lucky I am to live in this land that is free! How fortunate I am to know that I don't have to leave! America is just where I plan to stay!"  For writing the highest rated essay, Ben received two Chicago Bulls tickets, Motorola walkie-talkies and a Borders gift certificate. Ben's poem will also be entered into the national AILF essay contest. The highest rated author of the national competition will be honored at the AILF's national benefit being held this year in June in Orlando, Florida.