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Oct 15

Future president

  Dear future president 

 Although the US does not make up for all of the pollution we play a big part. Global warming is a terrible thing and  it's going to affect the US. 

People from other countries are bound to sneak into the US. Building a wall and deporting people  is not the best way of fixing the problem. 

 I understand that you have to clean the last persons mess and while doing that things may happen but  you should  probably be  careful. 
 
Hunger in America is a real thing. If you were just two dollars over the limit you can't get any help with food stamps or anything else and I think that that's wrong.  Good cheap things you can buy at stores are horrible for your body you can't buy fresh produce for four dollars but you can buy four bags of chips for four dollars. 
 
Oct 15

Future president

  Dear future president 

 Although the US does not make up for all of the pollution we play a big part. Global warming is a terrible thing and  it's going to affect the US. 

People from other countries are bound to sneak into the US. Building a wall and deporting people  is not the best way of fixing the problem. 

 I understand that you have to clean the last persons mess and while doing that things may happen but  you should  probably be  careful. 
 
Hunger in America is a real thing. If you were just two dollars over the limit you can't get any help with food stamps or anything else and I think that that's wrong.  Good cheap things you can buy at stores are horrible for your body you can't buy fresh produce for four dollars but you can buy four bags of chips for four dollars. 
 
Oct 14
essay 2 comments challenge: Sports
BriggsHeffernan's picture

XC


    Less than a month remains of the cross-country season. That means less than a month left of my high school cross-country career. For six years now, I have spent the fall season running. I began this journey in seventh grade and will finish it as a senior, having put more time and energy into the sport than seems reasonable. Though I have countless moments set in my mind, I still count my very first day as my dearest memory of cross-country. It was the first day of middle school and of course, everything had been alien to me. Like everyone else entering a new school, I was terrified and excited in equal measure. But I don’t take change well, and by 2:25 I was shaken. I had made no new friends and was more than a little worried about doing well in school. The last thing I wanted to do was stay in this strange new world, let alone run with a bunch of strangers. Early that day, I had tried desperately to join the team, forcing myself to brave the guidance office and sign up.
Oct 14

The Cabin From Nowhere

Once there was a cabin, in the middle of nowhere. No one knew why it was there or what purpose it served. People came in and out of it. All of them came out with something different. Dark bags full of misery, objects that could bring pain, bottles and bottles of anger, and other things. They all had some type of emotion written on their face. I used to watch them as a little girl. I had always wondered what was inside that cabin. I wondered why for all those years my mother told me I could not go in. She said that even though I was curious, I could not. The closest that I ever got was to the door. I heard it calling me and I was tempted. I remember walking out of my house, a voice calling me. I got to the door and then my mother came an pulled me away. She yanked me so hard off the ground that I sceamed. Then she told me that no matter how old I was, no matter what happened I must never ever go in there. If I did, I would never be the same. I was her daughter and she knew me too well.
Oct 14
keelan durham's picture

Dear Future President

Oct 14
Fiona Ella's picture

Love Letter to Strangers

You are strange. 
I do not know you, 
maybe have never met you, 
maybe never will,
don't have the faintest inkling of all the tiny little details that go into a normal day of your life. 
You're strange, 
and unfamiliar, 
and I love you automatically for it. 

You have memorized the smells of all of your friends' houses but are frustrated 
because you are so used to the smell of your own that you can't identify it, 
but so badly want to know what people smell when they think of you
that you try anyways. 
The staircase is right in front of your door, and is in a partial spiral. 
There are carpet squares on each step, except for the seventh from the top, 
where your little brother tore it away because he'd run out of paper and wanted to draw dinosaurs. 
You set the password to your social media everywhere to "Rabbit" because it was the name of your cat 

Oct 14

Dear President

Dear President,

I think you should ban homework because kids have six hours of school every weekday, as well as after school activities! By the time most kids get home and do their homework and eat dinner, it is time to go to bed. They get no free time to be with their families or to go outside and play. Homework is really stressful and makes it hard for kids to be creative on their own time. It also makes kids not want to learn because all they do is school, school, school!

Sincerely,
A kid that does not want to do this homework assignment


Dear President,
Oct 14
Spirit17's picture

A Message for the President

I would like to say to the next United States president is that I hope you can help do something about women inequality in the world and cuttting rainforests down and forest fires. I hope there will be many positive changes in the world. I hope that there could be free college tuition for two years. I hope that you can help with keeping endangered animals.  
 
Oct 14
joseph.deffner's picture

Best sports moment


I honestly couldn't sleep the night before, I was so excited. When I finally did sleep, it wasn't much. I woke at 6 a.m. to my normal alarm and hopped right up. My fencing gear was already packed and I had food and water. I was running through it in my head, “In the placement round place high, fence good and in the eliminations crush the weak opponents and reserve energy for the people who were harder.” It was all there the plan was set and I was ready.My Father and I loaded into the car. The tournament was an hour away and started at 8 a.m. Since we left at 6 a.m., that would leave me time to warm up. The car ride was long and nerve racking. I listened to music to try to calm down, but nothing worked. When we arrived, I changed and warmed up. While warming up, I scouted out the competition: One kid from Canada I had never seen fence, kids that I had fenced before, and quite a few newbies. There were others, but I didn't know what to make of them.
Oct 13
Izzy_Giesing's picture

You Know It's Worth It


It starts when there’s a gunshot and your move your legs in a fast motion to get ahead of the crowd and to get a good position. You know this course inside and out. You know what will lie ahead but you know the ultimate challenge will be your mind. So you drive your legs and pump your arms with all that you have. You know how badly you want it. You push up those hills even though they hurt, and you try ever so harder down those hills, cause you know that the downhill is not a break, but an opportunity to go faster.

So there you are breathing hard, feeling all of your muscles exhausted but yet the worse part is about to come. It’s when your mind takes over. Your mind tells you to slow down, your mind tells you to stop, it gives you these funny ideas that it is okay to give up when in reality that it is not okay.It is not alright.

You tell yourself, “ I am not giving up, I have worked to hard to give up. I will not give up!”.

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