People could only imagine knowing Miss Soar on a personal level, yet here I was about to spend a full two weeks by her side in a classroom. Although I knew of Miss Soar, we never had a conversation, but that would soon change. Sitting at my study writing a shopping list my mother had asked for when I heard the doorbell ring followed by a brief conversation. It was Miss Soar! At dinner later that night my mother broke the new, “Honey, Miss Soar has requested your help at her camp this summer.” she said.
Janet Arlene Stroup, at the age of 79, has quite a few stories about her days in school, and lucky for me, she was happy to share them. Janet attended Evendale Grade School from first grade to eighth grade. Every morning she walked two miles to school with her five younger siblings. At the beginning of the day, someone would ring the bell on top of the school and the children had to begin coming in from playing outside. If they weren’t in their seats by the second bell, they were marked tardy.
for the first two years I always complained “It's so boring” and stuff like “don't force me to go again” but I got my stubbornness from my parents, so I kept going. It took a long time for me to stop complaining and realize that nothing is really “girly”. It wasn't until my fourth year that i realized it was something i really enjoyed. the dance shoppe has weekly hour long classes, usually just practicing, learning new steps, and combos and stuff. Then once it hits christmas break, we start to learn our dance.
My writing extravaganza began in second grade when my world was changed, thanks to the teachings of Mrs. Clutter. The most distinct memories I hold from that year includes the colorful, giant list of homophones hanging on the wall, and the purple writing journals we kept throughout the year. The fire for writing that I developed in this class continued with me as I traveled to third grade and the rest of my elementary experience, but quickly died out when it came to middle school. Through a random app that I had learned about from my cousin, that fire easily rekindled and I was back to writing by eighth grade. These memories are just a minuscule fragment of the whirlwind of words that is my writing style.
Twyla- Twyla is introduced at the very beginning of the story as the girl with the mom that “danced all night” (Morrison,1), she is also the Narrator and a main character. Twyla mentions her mother at the beginning of the story. Mary has neglected her daughter which is why she ends up in the orphanage. Twyla’s mother has taught her daughter to be prejudice against people of Roberta’s race saying that “they never wash their hair and they smelled funny” (Morrison,10), throughout the story some of these prejudices disappear and come about again when the two women meet again and again over long time spans. In her teen years, Twyla works at a Howard Johnson’s where she re-encounters Roberta for the first time and thinks to herself that, “She made the big girls look like nuns” (Morrison,35).
Nelly and her friends are in a play called “Queen Ester” they have long practices took them three months to make it right. While reading this it seems that Nelly likes to flirt and have a good time. Nelly talks about how she is going to live in Chicago and get singing lessons and doing different adventure, she tells her friend that she is engaged but does not where the ring on her finger but have it on a necklace. Nelly’s friend moved to Denver for collage but found out that Nelly was teaching sixth grade in Riverbend school when she graduated. Nelly was going to marry a person named Scott during the springtime, she decided to join a Baptist church, and she was going to be baptize.
My Worst Job When I was sixteen, one of my middle school friends named Jessica was a shift leader at dunkin she wanted me to work with her for the summer to have some extra money. It seemed like a lot of fun for the first week or so, but it turned out to be the worst job of my life. My job was the front cash register. This was fun I actually enjoyed it and I learned quite a bit of skills from this. I asked tons of questions about why I was making this particular ingredient, what people were doing when they restocked and so on.
“I recognize you from Mrs. Litle’s class, you were making fun of me for being an eighth grader while you were a freshman” she said back. “I’m sorry, I don’t recall—” I began to say. Suddenly, it all began rushing back, the rain outside the window, the noise in the background, the girl I had seen a year and a half ago—it all rushed back to me. “Oh my god… it’s you” I stammered. I know you too.
At sixteen, however she was forced to quit school to take care of her mother and become the women of the house at the time (Omnics, 2018). According to Omnic’s 2018 article over Rosa Parks, She worked as a clerk and a tailor’s assistant in what little time she had between taking care of her mother and fighting the everyday losing battle of the segregation laws. Rosa met and married Raymond Parks and at the age of twenty-one, went back to high school to acquire her high school diploma (History.com Staff,
Secondly, stories can help with future self. Hearing family stories can help with courage. When listening to a story, it could help make the person feel optimistic about the family in the future. For example, when I was getting bullied in school my parents would tell me the time that they felt alone, and different from others for being bullied. They thought as a teenager they should be like everyone else, that is not the case though.
She only had 7th and 8th grade in her middle school so it was a lot smaller that it is now. “We only had an orchestra, crafts class, and a home EC class.” “We would have a school dance almost every month. All the girls would get to the bathroom after 7th period and spray our hair and put on makeup.” Then after dances, they would get a quarter and call their parents on the wall phone. Some people that influenced Janelle’s life is her Mom, “she was always so kind and really made me who I am today.” Michael Jackson, “he was what we all listened to in my highschool years.” My friends, “they really shaped my attitude and who I am today.” Her first job was at her dad’s optometry office. “ I worked there over the summer and made ok money for the times I would go out with my friends.” A few of her other jobs were in college.
One Summer Plus made impacts on the teenagers who were present for the study. Even if it does not show up in the statistics, these kids were taught responsibility and how to resolve conflict. They will be able to use that for the rest of their life. I believe that it was more than just the summer jobs, but the people who put the program together should be credited for the success that comes from One Summer Plus. But, I ultimately believe that this study succeeded because of this, "Lots of people will write off teenagers, especially if they 've already gotten in trouble with the law," Diaz goes on to say, "We don 't give up on any child."
The stereotypical suburban family. Now as a sixteen year old girl I am more educated and know that everyone 's family situation is different. However, as a six year old it was harder to understand that because having a happy, healthy family was all I ever knew. In second grade there was a girl in my class who came in and told the whole class the her mom was going to be on the show “Intervention”. Little did I know that her mother was
Tara does have a difficulty in completing her homework assignments at school and has had to retake her freshman year of high school due to truancy, however her attendance at school is improving in her sophomore year. Tara has stated that she is sexually active with her boyfriend and practices unsafe sex. This has caused her to obtain Gonorrhea. Environmental Strengths and Weaknesses Strengths— Primary informal/formal supports- Tara has her Aunt Sallys support and although her aunt is not able to take her in and care for her, Tara does remain in contact with her through weekly phone calls. In addition to the aunts support, the most recent foster care mother has expressed that prior to Tara dating her current boyfriend they had a good relationship.
Anyone that drives you to want to succeed and for Wes that was his mother, Joy. She did everything should could for him so he wouldn’t go down the same path a lot of kids his age were going down. She wanted a better life for Wes. “Well, your grades obviously aren’t bad because you can’t pick this stuff up or because you are stupid, you are just not working hard enough” (75-76). Joy is influential to Wes because she knew that Wes had the ability to learn and to be intelligent, she just needed Wes to push himself to be intrigued in school like how he was in music or outside activities.