Seventh-grade students at Haldane Middle School were assigned to write a personal essay on the topic of “This I Believe.” Here, some of the students read their essays to their classmates. See our story about the assignment here.Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a donation to support our work. Even $5 a month, charged automatically to your credit card, would be terrific. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.