Chris Miller, owner of Leighton’s Jewelers, traveled to seven different elementary schools in the Madera Unified School District on Friday morning to present strands of pearls to sixth grade essay contest winners. The students were tasked with writing an essay on why they think their mother should receive a strand of pearls for Mother’s Day.
This is the second year that Miller and Leighton’s have presented the pearls. The essays are delivered to the school district office where Miller takes them to his store for him and his staff to read each one and make a decision.
“They are really enjoyable to read, but some require that my staff have a box of Kleenex close by,” said Miller.
Winner and sixth grader Leo Rivera, a student in Jeff Bessey’s class at Monroe school, wrote of his mother, “It will be her first Mother’s Day present and she will be deploying in the military right after. I hope she will wear it to remember me.” ...