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VAIL, Colorado – Some paths to a better world are not lined by artillery.

Beaver Creek Resort Company and Blue Creek Productions, Inc. invited local poets to put pen to paper and submit a poem to the annual poetry contest they put on.

Every year is a different theme. This year it was, “How you would like to make the world a better place?”



“It’s a nice way to kick off the holiday season,” said Brian Hall.

Hall founded Blue Creek Productions and the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre and runs the annual poetry contest.



The winning poet, Sylka Snyder, a 5th grader at Edwards Elementary School, read her poem at Friday night’s Beaver Creek tree lighting ceremony, and got to throw the switch to light the Christmas tree in the Beaver Creek plaza, which is good. She also received a $100 savings bond, which is better.

“It is such a joy to read these contest entries,” Hall said.

Hall invited local schools to be part of the poetry contest. This year, for the first time students from surrounding communities submitted poetry. It rolled in from Breckenridge, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.



“We started this contest for kids, to get their thoughts,” Hall said.

It turns out kids have all sorts of thoughts, such as:

“We can all work together and have a say,

A say is all we need …”

And,

“I wish the world would listen to me.

I want to put wars to an end,

And get people to be friends again.”

Many poets gave a nod toward taking care of our environment, pointing out that recycling is good and oil spills are bad. A few pointed out that while most of us want to love and be loved, it’s good that we really are different.

“We are all glad to come here tonight,

To celebrate how we are not the same.”

Beaver Creek’s Powers that Be used to have celebrities or local luminaries do the honors of throwing the switch.

“The shine wanes on celebrities, but the light never dims on children,” Hall said.

So, for the past several years the poetry contest winner has had the privilege of strolling with Santa up to the giant switch and lighting the Beaver Creek Christmas tree. They have a beautiful live tree in the middle of the plaza.

This is Beaver Creek’s 30th year and they’ve done a tree lighting every time. This is the 24th year for the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre.

It’s a big deal and a big crowd. The event usually attracts about 2,000 people and they all have candles. They sing, and laugh and have a great time. Afterward there’s free ice skating at the Beaver Creek ice rink.

“The creativity and insight of children warms my heart every time,” Hall said. “It’s a magical moment to see the winning child read the poem in front of 2,000 people gathered at Beaver Creek during the tree lighting ceremony. The crowd goes wild and the child is just beaming.”

My Wish for a Better World Poetry Contest 2010

First Place

“One Day”

by Sylka Snyder, 5th Grade, Edwards Elementary School, Edwards.

Maybe, just maybe one day,

We can all work together and have a say,

A say is all we need,

All we need just like a seed,

A seed that grows and grows,

Into a community,

A community that works together,

To make a better earth,

A community that grows and grows,

Into an earth, an earth with no gunshots, no screams of pain,

A lush green earth,

Every birth a better earth,

More caring people in this world,

Maybe, just maybe, one day.

Second Place

“My Wish for a Better World,” by Brynn Wedlake, 4th Grade, Edwards Elementary School, Edwards.

I have a wish you see,

I wish the world would listen to me.

I want to put wars to an end,

And get people to be friends again.

I wish for people to recycle, reuse and reduce

To help the world to much better use.

No more fights, remember, either,

Black, brown, yellow or white,

All people have rights!

Please, please listen to what I have to say,

Maybe you’ll thank me someday!!!

Third Place

“A Wish for a Better World”

By Rebecca Fahy, 4th Grade, Upper Blue Elementary School, Breckenridge.

Came to Colorado,

So far away from home.

I sounded a little different,

But I knew I wasn’t alone.

Everyone welcomed me here,

If everyone could be like this,

The world would surely be a better place,

Filled with love and bliss.

Honorable Mention

“My Wish to the World”

By Page Schlegel, 4th grade, Upper Blue Elementary School, Breckenridge

My hopes and wishes for a brighter tomorrow are these …

I wish that everyone would look towards our planets future.

Everyone must hear your powerful voice

To care for our planet we have no choice

I wish we had a peace with all nations

A planet where no ones culture or skin color are looked upon as wrong

Our differences can make us strong

I wish that no nations had disease or starvation

All countries deserve medicines and food

Health and well being could change millions of moods

So now you can see

That if before me a genie should appear

These are the three wishes he would hear.

“Oh, I Want a Wish”

By Ciara Kate Knott, 4th Grade, Upper Blue Elementary School, Breckenridge

Oh, I want a wish,

A very special wish,

For all of us in the world to hear;

We are all here.

Gathered at the tree,

In our hearts is joy,

My wish is to celebrate how we are different,

We are all how we are different,

In different ways;

All around the tree tonight,

Are lights to show how we are all different,

In different ways;

All around the tree tonight,

Are lights to show how we are different,

We are all glad to come here tonight,

To celebrate how we are not the same.

“My Wish for a Better World”

by Piper Russell, 4th Grade, Edwards Elementary School, Edwards.

My wish for a better world,

Is a wish that would make happiness,

I wish that everybody,

Could celebrate holidays,

Holidays like Christmas,

And holidays like Thanksgiving,

I wish the whole world,

Could celebrate holidays,

As a united community,

Not just people who are rich,

Poor people too,

It would be good,

If the world could celebrate holidays,

A world full of smiles,

And a world full of laughter,

Celebrating would have,

Lots of surprises and happiness,

That is a world I would want, I would want,

On Christmas packages tied with bows,

On Thanksgiving a feast spread out,

This is my wish for a better world.

“My Wish For a Better World”

by Hannah Heckman, 4th Grade, Edwards Elementary School, Edwards.

My wish for a better world

Is anyone – boy or girl,

Black or white,

Will not have to fight.

And do a good deed

for people in need.

Maybe donate food

To put them in a good mood.

My last wish

Is to save the fish

From the oil spill

And keep animals from being ill.

“Wishes for the World”

by Sylvie Westerhoff, 5th Grade, Upper Blue Elementary School, Breckenridge

I wish for everyone to be culturally proficient,

To understand we are not the same,

But our differences are worth more than anything.

But are all closet to God’s heart.

We all smile in the same language, even if we don’t live together.

I wish for love, Love to the polar bears and

Love to the children who have suffered so much,

I wish for hope of one day everyone will look over the world

And say, “Wow! That’s Hope. That’s Love, That’s a wonderful place to live!”

I wish for appreciation for those who serve out country.

They go out and risk their lives for our liberty.

I wish for a lot, so do you,

When we work together, we will make our dreams come true.


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