Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Week at Midland Middle School

Hi everyone!

My name is Valerie Smiser, and this is my very first blog. I am an 8th grader at Midland Middle School, and I’m here to tell you about what’s going on around here for Earth Day!

At school today, everyone wore green shirts. A lot of people rode their bikes to school, too, including me and my friend Ben. You might have heard of Ben, he’s the one who had that trouble last year, with that thing he found in his locker? If not, you can read about it in a book called LOCKER SHOCK! by Pam Ripling.

ANYWAY, after we got to school, we had a special assembly where they passed out energy saving kits. We were supposed to go home and check out our faucets for leaks, lightbulbs for wattage, and unplug things that draw energy when we aren’t using them. We have a water shortage in our area.

At lunchtime, some people came in and set up telescopes in our quad area, and some other groups set up “natural” crafts such as using the sun’s energy to burn your name into a piece of wood. I thought that was pretty dumb, though, because we were also celebrating Arbor Day, and here they were burning holes into tree branches. They did tell us that the trees were already dead, but, I’m just sayin’.

Now I’m at home, and I did find out that the shower in my mom’s room drips. Mom says I’m pretty good with my hands, for a girl (can you imagine a mom saying that?) and she let me tighten up the shower head with a wrench. It seems okay now. Since my dad isn’t around anymore, I pretty much take care of a lot of stuff now.

Our city gave free bus transportation all day. They want people to start riding the bus more and driving their cars less. Since I already ride my bike every day, I’m like doing Earth Day all the time.

Gotta go – time to do my homework!

(as told to author Pam Ripling)

Pam Ripling is the author of middle-grade mystery, LOCKER SHOCK!

Buy it at Quake, Fictionwise or Amazon today! E-book version now available for your Kindle!

Visit Pam at Beacon Street Books.


Alyssa Montgomery said...

Sounds like you had a great Earth Day, Valerie! We celebrated it at our school, too! Cal and I were in charge of our own recycling campaign. We gave talks in classrooms on how people can easily recycle daily in their own homes.

Tell Ben I said hi!

Melanie Ryder
(From Alyssa Montgomery's Where Are You? and 9:53 PM)

Mary Cunningham said...

Sounds like you and Cal been busy, Melanie. Good for you!


Kim said...

That is a great article. Thank you for sharing.

Mary Cunningham said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kim! Glad you enjoyed Pam's article.