For the past 2 weeks, us kids have been all over town collecting pledges to raise money to buy new sports equipment for the Community Center. It's a really big deal. The City Council will match all the money we make. That means if we make $50, they'll give us another $50! Isn't that outta site? The boys were gonna shoot hoops and the girls were gonna jump rope. So this Saturday, we all met in the gym at the Community Center, and Shante' explained the rules, (since her dad is the director).
Everyone was gonna work in 2 minute rotations. That meant we'd each have 2 minutes to shoot hoops or jump, before the next person got their turn. (Mr. Crawford didn't want us to get too worn out!) The boys would get a point for every basket they made. Since counting jumps is kinda hard, the girls would get 5 points for jumping for 2 minutes straight without making a mistake. Our pledges were gonna pay by the point. I was so excited! I really wanted to do a super job and gets lotsa points!
Stephanie and Melody would keep score. Danny, Jason and Kyle would shoot hoops, and me, Shante', Susan, Bridget, Robyn and Kim would jump rope. Shante' was up first for the girls, and Kyle was up first for the boys. But the guys would have to switch up more than we would, 'cos there's only 3 of them and there's 6 of us girls.
"Cinderella, dressed in yella, went upstairs to kiss a fella. Made a mistake and kissed a snake, How many doctors will it take?"
"Eevy, Ivy, Over. Here comes the teacher with the big fat stick. I wonder what she's got for arithmetic?"
"Oh my, I wanna piece of pie. The pie's too sweet, I wanna a piece of meat. The meat's too red, I wanna piece of bread. The bread's too brown, I have to go to town. The town's too far, gotta take the car. The car's too slow, I almost broke my toe. My toe's got a pain, gotta take the train. The train was a wreck and I almost broke my neck. Oh my, I wanna piece of pie....."
We all took turns shooting and jumping for about an hour and a half 'til Shante' finally called "Time!"
Water break! Jumping rope makes me really thirsty!
After everyone got a drink, we all gathered around to see how many points everyone got.
I only jumped for 3 turns without messing up. But that's still 15 points. From all the pledges I got, that's almost $30! WOW! We're gonna be able to get some groovy equipment when we put all our money together! Mr. Crawford was so happy, he offered to treat us all to sodas and french fries at Sam's Snack Shack! Far out!
I'm really proud of all of us. We raised money for the Community Center, got a lot of exercise and had a lotta fun! I'd say that adds up to a pretty dynamite day! Do people still do stuff to raise money for school and their community in the future? Maybe you don't use money anymore and have everything you need. But if you still do, I hope you raise lotsa money for other people who might not have everything they need.
Until next time, future readers,