First-grader Esha Zahid explains her ideal school to Treasurer Steven Grossman.
First-grader Esha Zahid explains her ideal school to Treasurer Steven Grossman. (Ben Garver / Berkshire Eagle Staff)
Saturday June 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Esha Zahid wasn't able to go to Boston last month to receive an award that she had won in a state wide school contest. So the organizers held the awards ceremony for her in Pittsfield instead.

On Friday, Steven Grossman, state treasurer, personally presented Zahid with the award she received for being one of 12 sectional winners in the Massachusetts School Building Association's seventh annual My Ideal School Contest.

Zahid, a first-grader at Crosby Elementary School, received the award from Grossman in front of her peers and other assembled dignitaries who gathered in the art room.

The contest was open to first-graders across the commonwealth, and participants were required to submit both a picture and an essay of what their ideal school would look like.

"What we value in our young people is creativity and imagnation," Grossman said following the ceremony. "We came to make a statement about creativity in schools."

Zahid didn't attend the original awards ceremony in Boston on May 3, because her older sister had competed in a science fair in Boston the day before. Her father, Parvaiz Zahid, said he thought it would be too hard for his children to go back and forth to Boston on consecutive days.

"I'm grateful," he said, referring to the contest organizer's decision to bring the award to Pittsfield.

Zahid received stickers and cards that were emblazoned with her photograph, along with a $100 savings bond from Sovereign Bank from MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy.