Giving Tree Story Competition 2015 - Winners

The Giving Tree Story

Chen Rui (Grade 1, Pudong)

 

That day was when the Giving Tree gifts finally arrived! As soon as we walked into the classroom, we immediately noticed the blonde-haired, green-eyed foreigners. They brought an armful of gifts, which consisted of warm clothes and scarves, school bags, school supplies, and even my favorite doll!

 

When my mom came to pick me up from school, I showed her the gifts I received. In the same way a shopkeeper would slowly wrap up each gift feeling a sense of unspeakable joy, my heart could burst with the merriment I felt towards the beauty of such presents! Once we arrived home, my mom asked me what my thoughts were in regards to the gifts I received. I looked at the presents, immediately feeling a sense of gratitude for the foreign sisters who brought us an endless supply of presents and was inspired to do the same good as they did, spreading and sharing the gifts, love, and happiness we have to others in the world. Similar to the song my mother would often sing, “If only people shed a bit of love, will the world become a better place.” Only if we have love in our hearts can we make our Giving Tree grow even taller and bigger and multiplying the happiness we feel in our lives!

 

爱心树小故事

    那天,期待已久的爱心树送礼物的日子终于来到了!只见走进教室的是几个金发碧眼的外国人。她们给我们带来了许多礼物:有保暖的衣服和围巾、有书包和一些学习用品、还有我最喜欢的洋娃娃!

    放学妈妈来接我的时候,我的喜悦之情难以言表像个小售货员一样把礼物一件一件展示给妈妈看,心里那叫一个美呀!回到家里妈妈问我收到爱心树礼物后有什么想法?我看着礼物心里想:首先感谢外国的姐姐给我带来了这么多精美的礼品,然后,我要向他们一样把自己的东西与他人分享,把喜悦和快乐分享给他人。就像妈妈经常哼唱的一句歌词:只要人人都献出一点爱,世界将变成美好的人间。”只要我们心里有爱,我们的爱心树就会越长越高,我们也能在爱心树下快乐成长!

一(1)班  


Giving Tree Short Story

Dong Hui Qiao  (Grade 2, Pudong)

One day many foreign uncles and aunts came to our school. I was very happy that these foreign uncles and aunts were all very nice, enthusiastic, and kind-hearted. They showed a lot of concern, care, and warmth. Therefore I want to applaud these foreign uncles and aunts.

This was too good! We unexpectedly received many presents. I was very touched. This was my first time receiving presents that other people gave me. No matter what the present was, I liked all of them because these kind-hearted foreign uncles and aunts allowed me to understand thanksgiving.

On TV, I often see many children from the mountains not eating their fill and not dressed warmly. They are very pitiful. After I grow up, I will also learn from these foreign uncles and aunts. I will go and help the children who need help. I will give them toys, food, and clothes that I like, to let them be able to feel this concern, care, and warmth too.


I am a Giving Tree

 

Luo Hai Xin (Grade 3, Pudong)

 

Despite the fact that it’s already winter, with the rain coming down in a drizzle, I don’t suffer from the ice chill of the wind because today, I received a bag of presents from the Giving Tree.

 

Once all the gifts had been given out to my classmates I impatiently opened my bag of gifts, which contained a mesmerizing sight! There were an infinite number of gifts: thick jackets, Transformers, scarves, hats, gloves, a brand new backpack, a pencil case and many more… One by one, I placed the gifts onto my desk, beginning the long process with my classmates in which we discussed over the items we’d received, swapped them for another, admiring the beauty of them, filling the room with endless chatter. After a while, the teacher asked for us to quietly pack the presents back into our bags. During this time, I suddenly came to the realization that I’m a foreigner to Shanghai, a student at a migrant school, yet I have the privilege to receive love and care from the society and to receive the teacher’s care and patience. We haven’t been abandoned by society, never labeled as outcasts, and have never experienced loneliness. We’ve been blessed!

 

When I got home I eagerly showed my presents to my mom. As my mom looked over what I’d received, she gave me words of advice that would forever change my view. She said, “Child, these gifts are symbols of warmth, care, and love. You have to learn to be grateful, to know how to cherish. Learn this well and use this information in the future, to give back to society. Do you understand?”  Listening to her words had moved me, causing tears to flow from my eyes. I put on my new thick jacket, wrapped the new scarf around my mom, gave my dad the hat to wear, placed my pencil case into my backpack, and gave the Transformers to my little brother. Regardless of the fact that I ended up with an empty gift bag, my heart was filled with joy and warmth.

 

That night I dreamt a dream, a dream where I was the Giving Tree and that several children played under my branches, chasing after games and dreams.            


To Give is Happiness 
 
Wang Si Yu (Grade 4, Qingpu)
 
To give is happiness, but to give a gift to a beloved, you will feel an infinite sense of joy within yourself. 
 
The uncles and aunts from the Giving Tree gave each and every one of us a large bag of presents. During that time, we were very excited, filled with delight, our hearts bursting with pleasure. When school had finished, my mom came to pick me up and together we walked back home. As soon as we arrived to the house, I impatiently opened my big bag of gifts and couldn’t believe my eyes! The bag was filled to the brim with different presents and items! The entire family formed a circle around me all talking at once. My mom said, “This glue stick is quite strong. It can be used to glue the shoes. Is it possible for you to give this to me?” I happily gave the glue to her. My big brother noticed a watch in the bag of presents, immediately exclaiming, ‘Wow, this watch is really nice! Could I have this please?” I gladly gave him the watch. My little sister whispered to my ear, nervously saying, “Big sister, they have all have gifts. What about me?” I smiled down at her, reached my hand into the gift bag and pulled out the best gift of all. I presented her with the gift, watched as she received the backpack in awe, and the way she admired the beauty of the bag. As I watched her, I felt my heart feel a sense of sweetness that was sweeter than ever honey I’ve ever tasted. After dividing the gifts among my family, I was left with a Barbie doll and a storybook. This Barbie doll was the prettiest doll I’d ever seen, with large round eyes, followed by a flicked up nose and had lips the color of red berries. The doll wore beautiful clothes, giving it a stunning appearance. 
 
Standing to the side was my dad who had witnessed the entire event. He chuckled and said, “You are able to spread your own happiness with others, making those around you feel warmth and happiness. To make others feel joy is an incredibly special and meaningful talent! Today you did an action that cannot be explained by sharing your gifts with the family. What you did was good and kind.”  Once he had finished, I finally understood that to give is happiness. 
 
To give makes others happy as well as bringing joy to yourself. Everyone should learn how to give because you can receive more friends by giving. 
 
To give is happiness! 
 
给予是快乐的
 
给予是快乐的,当你将自己心爱的礼物给予他人时,你将得到更多的快乐。
 
爱心树叔叔阿姨们给我们每个人发了一份大礼包,我们当时都很开心,都很幸福,心里美滋滋的。下午放学了,妈妈来到学校把接我回了家,刚到家里,我就迫不及待地打开了大礼包,“哇塞,好丰富的礼物啊!”全家人围了上来异口同声的说。妈妈说:“这个胶水挺好的,能用来粘鞋子,我喜欢,可以把它送给我吗?”“当然可以,”我高兴地答应了。哥哥看见我从大礼包里拿出一块手表,上前看了看,惊讶地说:“哇噻,好精致的手表啊!可以送给我吗?”“行,可以。”我爽快地答应了。哥哥接过手表高兴的戴在手上。“姐姐,他……他……他们都有礼物了,那……那……那我的呢?”妹妹走上前小声的对我说,我轻轻地摸着她的头,微笑着对她说:“肯定少不了你这个小不点的。”我从大礼包里拿出最好的礼物双手递给了她“给你!”我说。“哇!好漂亮的书包啊!”妹妹接过书包惊讶的说。看着她那样开心的样子,此时我的心里比吃了蜜还甜。我把礼物都分完了,我只留下一个芭比娃娃和一本故事书了,这个芭比娃娃真好看:有一个浓眉大眼,在眼睛的下面有一个小巧玲珑的鼻子,一个樱桃鲜红的小嘴巴,再配上好看的衣服,真漂亮。
 
站在一旁的爸爸看到这温馨的场面笑呵呵地说:“你能把自己的快乐分享给他人,让别人感受到温暖、幸福,让别人感到快乐,是一件多么伟大而又有意义的事情啊!你今天做了一件了不起的事情,全家都能够分享的礼物,你做的很好。”从那一刻起,我才真正明白了:给予是快乐的。
 
给予让别人快乐,同时自己也感到很开心,很快乐。每个人都应该学会给予,因为给予也会让你有更多的好朋友。
给予是快乐的!

 
Giving Tree
Liu Wen Hui (Grade 5, Jinshan)
 
Suppose that the world is a small house. Love would be the stove fire that warmed it. Suppose that the world is a ship. Love would be light that would navigate it in the dark night. Suppose the world is a picture scroll. Love would be the colors that made it magnificent! I believe that love exists in this world, and that it walks in our direction. December 9, 2015, this marvelous day will always be carved in my memory. It is on this day that a seed was planted in the heart of the young me—a Giving Tree seed.
 
(1) Love’s arrival
The early morning was accompanied by the warm and cozy sun, a pretty picture of a tree and a group of good-natured people came into our school campus. Their arrival brought a pleasantly surprising atmosphere. Who are they? Actually, they are the Giving Tree activity volunteers, coming to give us Christmas presents. Our curiously circled around them. A majority of the Giving Tree volunteers were high school big brothers and big sisters. They were handsome, pretty, and full of energy. There were also several foreign teachers, and they looked very friendly and modest. The big brothers and sisters were especially good at speaking English. I both admired and worshipped them, determining that I myself also have to strive to learn English well. 
 
(2) Love’s story
Regarding the Giving Tree volunteers’ arrival, we prepared a brilliant show to welcome them. The Giving Tree volunteers were also cheerfully interacting with us. However, what moved me the most was the Giving Tree story brought by the volunteers. The story talked about a how a big tree and a boy were together all the time. The big tree and the boy became best friends. The boy exchanged the fruit of the big tree for money and used the branches of the big tree to build a house and used the trunk of the big tree to make a boat. The big tree paid with no complaints. Until the very end, the big tree was only left as a short stump. The big tree felt that there was nothing else it could give the boy, but the boy that always came only wanted to sit on the stump for a while. The big tree’s selflessness and dedicating spirit deeply moved me. 
 
(3) Love’s gift
After returning to the classroom, there was a bigger surprise waiting for us. Every student had a big Christmas gift bag. Inside there was a collection of presents given by many different compassionate people. The friendly and good-natured foreign teachers personally handed out presents to us and also shared the joyousness of the moment together with us. I also impatiently opened my present. Inside there was a piece of fuzzy clothing, a fuzzy scarf, and a schoolbag. In the schoolbag there were many study supplies. But what surprised me the most was receiving the present that I had hoped to have for the longest of times—ultralight colorful clay. After opening the bag with the colorful clay, I saw that there was also a greeting card inside. This was a present sent by a compassionate child from a different country in the world. Although I did not know who this person was and I also did not know his name, his compassion deeply warmed me. I held this card and I said, “Thank you!” silently in my heart. 
 
(4) Love’s continuation
After returning home, I happily and excitedly brought my presents to show to my parents and gave a heart-moving account of today’s unordinary experiences. In the beginning my parents were very astonished. They did not think that there were still so many people in the world who were happy and willing to donate. I told my parents the Giving Tree story. After they heard it they were also very touched, and educated me about learning to give thanks, and use my own abilities to offer compassion to help others. Soon after, we made a big decision. Next autumn we would go plant a Giving Tree and properly nurture it to grow big. This way we can let others cool off in the shade. 
 
Offering compassion is a very simple matter, a donation of money, help and support, a sentence showing care and concern. There are many small things that are all acts of compassion. Offering compassion is also not a very simple matter because people have to have good and honest hearts. Offering compassion means not asking for anything in return, just like that Giving Tree in the story, silent and selfless dedication until the end of your own life. Think more often with a grateful heart and let the Giving Tree grow fully on all corners of the world.  
 
爱心树
 
    倘若世界是一间小屋,爱心就是让小屋温暖的炉火;倘若世界是一艘航船,爱心就是在黑夜里为它导航的一盏明灯;倘若世界是一幅画卷,爱心就是使它绚丽的色彩!我相信在这世上爱心真的存在,而且它正在向我走来。2015年12月9日,这是永远镌刻在我人生记忆中的不平凡的日子。就是这一天,在我幼小的心灵里种下了一颗种子-----“爱心树”的种子。
 
(一)爱的到来
    伴着清晨和煦的阳光,一个美丽的树形图案和一群和善的人们进入了我们的校园。他们的到来,带来了一丝惊喜的气息。他们是谁?原来他们是“爱心树”活动的志愿者们。来为我们送圣诞礼物。我们好奇的围观起来。爱心志愿者中大多是高中的大哥哥大姐姐们,他们帅气、美丽、充满活力。还有几位外国的老师,他们看起来非常友善谦和。尤其是那些大哥哥大姐姐的英语说得非常好,我既敬佩又崇拜,决心自己也要努力学好英语。
 
(二)爱的故事
    对于爱心志愿者们的到来,我们准备了精彩的节目表演来迎接他们。爱心志愿者们也与我们愉快的互动。然而对我触动最大的是志愿者带来的一个“爱心树”的故事。这个故事是讲一棵大树与一个男孩朝夕相伴,大树和男孩成了好朋友,男孩用大树的果实换钱;用大树的树枝盖房子;用大树的树干做成船。大树无怨无悔的付出。直到最后,大树只剩一颗矮矮的树墩。大树觉得没有什么可以给男孩了,可是老去的男孩只想在树墩上坐一会。大树这种无私奉献的精神深深地感动了我。
 
(三)爱的礼物
回到教室,还有更大的惊喜等着我们。每个同学都有一份圣诞大礼包,里面汇集了各方爱心人士送给我们的礼物。和蔼可亲的外国老师亲自给我们分发礼物,并且一起分享此刻的喜悦。我也迫不及待的打开了我的礼物,里面有一件毛茸茸的衣服,一条毛茸茸的围巾,还有一个书包,书包里有很多学习用品。而最让我惊喜的是那份我期盼已久的礼物-----超轻彩泥。打开彩泥的的袋子,里面还有一张写了祝福的卡片,这是来自世界其他国家的小朋友送出的爱心礼物,虽然我不知道他是谁,也不知道他的名字,但是他的爱心深深地温暖着我,拿着卡片,我心里默念着:“谢谢!”
 
(四)爱的延续
     回到家,我兴高彩烈的把礼物带给爸爸妈妈看,并声情并茂的讲述了今天的不凡经历,爸爸妈妈开始是惊讶,没想到世界上还有这么多乐于献爱心的人们。我把“爱心树”的故事讲给爸爸妈妈听,他们听后也很受感动,并且教育我要学会感恩,也要尽自己的能力去献爱心去帮助别人。随后,我们做了一个大大的决定,明年春天,我们也要去种一棵“爱心树”,好好培育它长大,这样就可以给别人乘凉了。
 
     献爱心是一件很简单的事,一次捐款,一次帮扶,一句关心......很多小事都是献爱心的行为;献爱心又是一件不简单的事,因为献爱心的人要心存善良,献爱心要不求回报,就像那棵“爱心树”,默默无私的奉献,直到自己生命的尽头。常怀感恩之心吧,让“爱心树”长满世界的每个角落。

 

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