Shiny Makes Me Happy 2

“Shiny Makes Me Happy,” a poem written by Oakland Elementary School third grader Jaylene Park, shown her with her dog Shiny, was selected as one of the best in her grade division in a nationwide poetry contest.

This past summer Jaylene Park, the daughter of Ho Ryong Park and Su Jin Lee, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for student writers throughout the United States. Jaylene is in currently a third grader at Oakland Elementary School.

Jaylene’s poem, “Shiny Makes Me Happy,” (see below) was selected from thousands of entries as one of the ten best in her grade division. The contest was held for students in grades K-9. The top ten writers in each division (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9) are each receiving special recognition in the poetry anthology, A Celebration of Poets. Each Top Ten winner receives a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $25 check. Poems are selected for their literacy merit, creativity, and social significance.

Creative Communication sponsors this contest to offer a creative outlet that honors our youth. Too often the efforts of young writers are unrecognized and they lose their motivation to express themselves. Creative Communication awards thousands of dollars to schools each year in classroom supplies with its Classroom Rewards Program to further encourage young people’s writings, and over the past 20 years has given over $1 million in grants and awards to students, schools, and teachers. Teachers, parents, and students alike have been universally pleased with the impact this contest has on student writers. 

The upcoming poetry contest deadline is Dec. 5, 2019 ( This is not a contest where every entry is accepted for publication. Poems of high merit will receive an invitation to be published in an anthology.

Shiny Makes Me Happy


Shiny makes me happy

Because she barks so much

She loves to lick my face a lot

And doesn’t break my trust.

Shiny is so beautiful

She’s covered in white fluff

She has a flower in her fur

And feels much like a puff.

Shiny is so curious

She likes to poke around

She always puts her nose in things

But she always gets found.

Shiny makes me grateful

For all the things she’s done

For staying by my side all day

And running in the sun.

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