Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kids Corner

(Olive Press/Phoenicia Times November 19, 2009)

Every kid knows how horrible cleaning your room is. You just find how messy your room is, and you say to yourself, “now what are you going to do?” Usually, I just sit there for a while and think about what I’m going to clean first. Most of the times it looks like a Laundromat puked all over my whole room. Then I start thinking, “how could I be so lazy? If I had just picked up the clothes I’d worn I wouldn’t have to be cleaning my room in the first place.” The next step is to mope around and say, “oh, I don’t want to clean my room” just loud enough for my mom or dad to hear it.” My mom or my dad usually just say, “you can do it.” Then, I start to pick up some things and I feel like I’m getting somewhere. Next, I get distracted and start to play with items I’ve re-discovered from cleaning my room. That’s about the time that my mom comes in and says, “keep on cleaning!” I say, “I am cleaning,” even though she can clearly see there’s a toy in my hand. Eventually I think to myself about how having a clean room is a thing I really mostly love. So, I clean my room. Finally, when I finish my whole room I do a little decorating. Today, I put colored pencils, crayons, and regular pencils in Mason jars and set them on my desk. I loved when all the pencils were in the jars they made a swirly around the rim. This made it definitely worth cleaning my room.

Kids Corner

(Olive Press/Phoenicia Times November 5, 2009)

In my class we learned today about Fair Trade. This is when farmers get paid a fair wage, enough money to maybe get a safe factory, and not force children to work, and pay all their workers what they deserve so they don’t have to live in poverty. Think about a Kit Kat bar. It tastes so good, except you don’t know how it’s been handled. It could have been made by children my age (and younger) who were forced to do the jobs of adults! Maybe that Kit Kat bar wasn’t the best idea after all. Maybe next time you should try a different chocolate. My teacher’s friend gave her some information about Reverse Trick Or Treating to give to our class. The idea is: I say, “trick or treat” and someone hands me a Hershey Bar and I say, “no thank you.” Then, I hand them a piece of Fair Trade chocolate. I’m going to try to do this every Halloween until all chocolate is Fair Trade.
I guess for some kids, it’s not a problem eating chocolate that’s not Fair Trade because they don’t see children being forced to work. What if your friend and you had to get up at 5:00 every morning, and work, work, work, and get no school? Before you say, “wow, those kids are lucky that they don’t have to go to school” think about this: education is like stilts that keep you above and able to see where you’re going. Without these stilts, you would be like these kids—flat on the ground where you can’t see your future.