Art is Powerful

By: Kaylin B.

“Watch out!!! CAR!!! CAR!!!” my mother yelled.

It was too late. I was in the middle of the street with my bike. The strong, fast car crashed into me. I flew off of my bike and crashed onto the ground. That’s all I remember. When I woke up, I was in the hospital.

“Mom, why can’t I feel my legs?” I asked.

“I don’t know dear,” she said, trembling.

When the doctor came, he had news for us.

“I am sorry to tell you, but your daughter will stay an invalid for the rest of her life,” he told my mother with a very sad face.

I cried for hours.

How could this happen to me, I thought to myself.

Slowly, I started to calm down. My mom gave me some tea and cake and we watched a movie. That cheered me up. But then, I realized that if I am an invalid, then I can’t go to places. Or, even if I could, it would be very hard.

“Would you like to draw?” my mom questioned.

“I guess so…” I said, not really wanting to draw.

“Let’s do it together,” my mom said.

“Okay,” I answered.

I wanted to draw a horse. I was in love with horses. It took some time to draw it, but it ended up perfect.

“Now close your eyes and imagine you are there,” my mom said.

I closed my eyes and imagined I was riding on that beautiful, glossy horse that I drew. My face immediately lit up. I could imagine I could be in places, even if I couldn’t be there for real!

I found out that ART IS POWERFUL!

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The Lady Who Knows Everything

By: Lillie G.

An old tale tells of a lady who wanders the earth.

The Lady Who Knows Everything.

A beautiful lady who has found every answer,

All meaning,

All purpose,

And all that was ever sought.

 

And here I am,

a feather.

Lost adrift the sky, victim of the currents of the wind.

 

Day after day, I search.

I search with little hope, knowing legends don’t exist.

But when all else has failed me,

When all others have turned away,

The legend is all that remains – the last dim star glimmering in the twilight sky.

 

Until one day, the wind ceases to blow.

I fall.

And I fall and fall, and fall even more.

Gentle as a feather,

A dry quill, expressionless.

 

But a hand catches me, between the thumb and forefinger,

The hand of a beautiful lady.

I look into her eyes and find no end to her gaze.

 

The Lady Who Knows Everything knows what I am thinking.

Before I can speak, she responds in a hollow voice,

“I have found every answer, all of which amount to nothing.”

“There is no meaning.”

“There is no purpose.”

“And we seek the impossible.”

“I am not your legend.”

“Your legend does not exist.”

And with a breath, she blows me back afloat, and I pick up a gust of wind.

Coca-Cola Aviation Museum Exclusive

By: Patricia L.

On January 29th, I was privileged enough to go on a field trip to the Coca-Cola Aviation Museum in Columbus, Georgia. If you love to learn about astronauts, this is the place for you! They have several interactive activities for kids of any age.

One is their Dome, where you can watch and learn more about astronauts and what they do. We learned about NASA’s plan for Mars and several constellations.

There is also another activity that makes you feel like you are really flying a space shuttle to the moon. They have another where you can try to land a space shuttle, which is very hard because you crash a lot before you get the hang of it.

The thing that I like the most is you can tell the weather. They have a green screen and they have a TV screen in front of you where you can see yourself and what’s happening.

Last but not least, if you’re in the mood to read about some history, they have several different things on display and places where you can read more about astronauts.

If you are in the mood to spend some money, they have a gift shop. They have drones, lamps, shirts, hats, and special bags that have surprises in them.

Staircase of Success

By: Bruce I.

Don’t regret the choices you can’t take back

Because those choices add steps

To the building we call life.

Those steps are how we learn to fight, strive, and thrive

And the last step you’ll take is the biggest one of all.

Not because it’ll determine if you’d rise or fall,

But because it’ll reveal where climbing all those steps will take you.

Will you still be on the ground floor or will you be high on the roof?

It’s up to YOU to choose.

Just remember, if you take two steps backward,

Take one step forward and think about what you can do onward.

Spring Fever

By: Ava C.

The warm spring breeze kisses my cheek.

The tall green grass, long and sleek,

tickles my feet and bends carefully.

The entire yard seems to welcome me.

 

Young tree saplings begin their dance,

Never ending, as if in a trance.

Soft and floaty, like a dream,

the minnows race along the stream.

 

A disapproving squirrel chatters away,

making the leaves and branches sway.

Dandelions gather in colorful crowds

as I lay down to watch the clouds.

Not Today

By: Claudia S.

Ladies, it’s time for us to speak up. It’s time for us to call out the people who need to be called out. It’s time for us to quit abusive relationships. It’s time to take a stand. This is not just for my ladies out there. Men, it happens to you, too, more than one would think. You are stronger than the person controlling you and violating you. You are worth more than that. I can’t exactly tell you to trust me, you don’t know me after all, but we’re in this together. You are not alone, I promise you that.

Do you want to be saved? People, ladies, and gentlemen, you can remove those shackles around your mind. Around your heart. Around your legs. Around your soul. You can remove them if you try. When you try, you’ll realize those weights that were holding you down are just twigs that snap so easily. Break them and walk away. Speak up! Tell someone! Take control! Don’t let yourself continue to be hurt; that’s not what you were made for.

Trying the World’s Hottest Pepper

By: Kaylin B.

The pepper was hotter than the Carolina Reaper. It was small but extremely hot. There was an eat-the-hottest-pepper challenge. I agreed to participate in the challenge, just to get the newest Apple iPad model.

I took a seat and took the tiniest pepper they had, unaware that the smallest peppers were the hottest, as I later learned. Thirty minutes later, it was time to start the contest. To get it over with, I put the entire pepper into my mouth. It was hard to chew and it was hot! I couldn’t control myself! I jumped and jumped all over the place! Steam literally came out of my ears.

“Would you like some ice cream?” someone asked me.

“No thanks, I am allergic to dairy,” I said.

“Okay,” she said, and ran to get me some dairy-free ice cream.

She was so nice! She brought me the flavor that I wanted.

“Thank you,” I said.

“You’re welcome,” she answered, “So what’s your name?”

“My name is Palina Kodrovskaya,” I said.

“Nice to meet you,” she answered.

With her help, I passed the challenge. I thanked her and asked her if she wanted my prize, the iPad.

“I’m okay, thanks,” she replied.

This was such an adventure!