|Student Writing 2: Tug Of War|
|Posted by Aayushi Jha, grade 5, Main Street School, Irvington|
|on January 03, 2012|
Aayushi is the elementary school winner of our student writing contest. Entries were read for ideas and voice as well as fluency, grammar, and spelling. Many thanks to the six teachers and site staff who took on the tough -- but exciting -- task of rating the essays and poems received. Next week we will publish the middle and high school winners and throughout the winter and spring we'll post more of the wonderful entries we received. We'll announce a new contest at the end of the summer.
Mrs. Wallace’s and Mrs. Slafani’s class were at Yonkers Pier. We were supposed to sail the Clearwater, but we couldn’t because the wind was striking as fast as lightning.
“Switch!” yelled Jocelyn. My group, King of the Seas, was at the geology station. It was just about time to switch stations.
Our next station was Tug of War, and our leader at the station was Chelsea. The station was based on pulleys.
“Alright everybody, who is feeling strong today?” she asked. Max and I raised our hands. “You two get on this side of the rope.
"Now you four get on the other side of the rope,” said Chelsea. “Four verses two, they are surely to win,” I thought.
“When I count to three and say pull, you tug on the rope. Ready 1……2……3………pull!!” We pulled as hard as our hands can pull. The rope was scratching against my hands, but I kept on pulling. We were pulling really hard. And . . . WE WON!!! I was surprised to know that we won. “Guys, good job!” yelled our leader.
Aayushi's teacher is Susan Wallace. The class expects to sail on the Clearwater this spring thanks to underwriting by THV and the Sloop. The students pictured above are from Horizons on the Hudson in Newburgh.
If you want your students to Explore a Place and Discover their World this school year, consider applying for a Bus on Us grant to visit one of the historic or natural sites in Hyde Park or an Explore Award to visit other significant places in the Valley.
• They scrub the decks with salt water