The Greatest Day Of Robert
Fullfilling a Dream
The Bucket List
4 Traveling Bucket List By Eva
What is a Bucket List ? By Aria
My Bucket List By Asher
1 Lucky the Cat By Eva
A Bear's Love By Adeline
Why the government should
spend more time and
resources on renewable energy
Poem of the Month
Letter from the Editors
(First Place for Creative Writing)
The Greatest Day of Robert Johnson
By Eva C.
He looked, smiling, eyes brimming with reminiscent tears, at the ragged
piece of paper. It was full of crossed-off things. His bucket list- no,
theirs. All finished, he looked at the paper, something he regarded as
proof of a life well lived. Two lives. Each word brought back a vivid
memory, each full of joy and suspense. Each unique. He held them close
to his heart, more precious than anything that was, or would ever be.
After all, they were all he had left of her. “Do something that has killed
someone before.” He twisted his mouth in a small smile, remembering
when he and Evelyn had ridden the Superman roller coaster at Six Flags.
The ups and downs were breathtaking, and he had no idea what would be
next on the ride, even after watching it go around what seemed like a
thousand times in a nearly endless line. It was like Evelyn, really. Up and
down, exhilarating, unpredictable. She was a spur of the moment
person, and he remembered how with her, every day had brought a new
adventure. He caressed the photo next to his hospital bed, one of he and
Evelyn, after a particularly terrifying voyage to sea, both soaked to the
bone and grinning wide like children. At least, he thought so. He wasn’t
as brave as her, so while it had been thrilling to Evelyn, he had found it
absolutely petrifying. He looked down the list, recalling every event,
until he came to a fold in the paper. Something obscured. Frowning, he
opened it up- “Sneak out.” Those two words almost broke him. He
hadn’t finished. Even if he wanted to- how? He couldn’t. That much he
knew. “Do it, Rob.” He could almost hear his late wife egging him on.
Then he grinned, even wider than in the photo, if that was possible. He
slowly lifted himself off the uncomfortably stiff mattress. Looking out
onto the hospital’s amazing view of the pier, he knew exactly what his
Leaving the hospital was relatively easy. After all, no one really expected
someone to try to escape. The hard part was not getting noticed. He
saw a group of costumed tourists, joining in with them. As they passed
Lu’s Popsicle stand, he remembered how it was Evelyn’s favorite treat
stand on the boardwalk. When he saw a ten dollar bill flutter down from
someone’s pocket, he realized his chance. He took the bill and walked
over to the stand. “Mint chocolate chip please.” Recognizing him, the
storekeeper replied “Evelyn’s favorite, huh?” He could only smile and
nod, while she scooped ice cream into the cup. “Thanks, Ms. Lu.” The
storekeeper waved him goodbye. As he took big bites, careful to finish it
before he returned to his room, he remembered something fresh in his
mind, from the first time they had visited the stand. “Mint chocolate
chip, please.” He remembered his confusion with her order. “I didn’t
know that was your favorite.” “It is. Because it’s minty and fresh, just
like me.” She had waggled her eyebrows playfully. He had rolled his
eyes, mouth shut tight so one of the eager chuckles waiting inside him
wouldn’t slip out. But Evelyn saw through it. She always did.
On his return to the hospital, he was sure to cover up his tracks. He then
tucked himself into bed, made sure to cross the last item off his list, and
then made sure to act as if nothing had happened.
“See! I told you, Mr. Johnson was missing!” A frantic nurse burst into
the room. “Hello. Did I miss anything?” he said in the crinkly yet joyful
voice of a innocent, slightly senile old man with a cheery disposition.
“María, stop making things up. Maybe you should have your own room.”
the other nurses teased. “Shut up, Yamini.” she grumbled. “You
did it,” Evelyn said proudly. And with that, he knew he could
"She's at a friend's birthday party."
"Not done with work yet."
Ivy sat down at the table with her mother. "How's your Bucket
"Still thinking, Mom. Haven't gotten a clue what to be my first
"Maybe Niwi can help you."
Niwi was Tracy's cat, which they had just gotten a week ago.
"Mom, I wouldn't want to borrow Niwi right now, when she
hasn't taken her bath yet. Remember? She rolled in the grass
Ivy's mom had nothing more to say. Then, a tiny whimper
sounded across the room, startling them. It was the onemonth-old
Kiwi, Ivy's kitten. They just got Kiwi yesterday, and
nobody thought she would help much. But Kiwi believed in
herself, and plus, Kiwi was lonely. By this rate, Ivy just had to
let Kiwi sit on her lap. They both were thinking of goals to put
on the Bucket List, and Kiwi helped vey much. One by one
Ivy's dreams came to view, and arranged themselves neatly
from 1 to 10. Finally, Ivy's heart was set at peace. But not for
so long. DING DONG! DING! DING! The doorbell kept ringing.
"What's wrong, Tracy?" Ivy asked Tracy, who was soaked at
"I. Saw. A. Dog. On. The. Road. And. I'm. Afraid. Of. Dogs. But.
You. Can. Help. Me. Save. It." she huffed.
"Tracy, show me. Now."
"There!" Tracy pointed to a wet baby poodle on the road.
No cars were on the road, but one gigantic truck was coming
towards the poodle, and it didn't move one bit. As far as Ivy
could see, the baby poodle had a hurt leg. She quickly ran
towards it, grabbing the poodle while turning to the driver,
knocking his damp windowshield.
"Yes?" he asked.
"Sir, just so you know, you almost drove into this baby
poodle, but it's nothing to worry about. I saved it. But of
course, my older sister, Tracy, actually told me about this, so
she did the telling and I did the action."
"That was very brave of you, young lady. And I am sorry that I
didn't see the poodle."
"No worries, Sir."
"Thank you for saving it."
"Your welcome, Sir. I have to go, Sir."
Ivy ran to the sidewalk, and the girls waved at the driver. He
waved back, yelling, "See you sometime later, brave young
ladies!" as his truck roared away. Ivy and Tracy stood there,
stunned at what they did. They both ran home, Ivy's heart
singing in her chest. She had just completed a goal—one on
her Bucket List. Peace, real peace, at last. She completed her
homework fully, and snuggled under the covers, dreaming of
tomorrow, a new day yet to come.
(3rd place CW)
The Bucket List
I’mgonnadie, I’mgonnadie! I’M GONNA DIEEEEE!!
I was plummeting to my death. A parachute blasted into the air,
slowing me down. I gracefully landed on the landing pad, body on
“Mom, I don’t think I can do that again.” I moaned, getting up. I
unhooked my gear and me and my mom walked toward the
station next to the landing pad.
“That’s okay, Izzy. We can have lunch if you’re hungry.”
So Mom and I sat down at Peppiginos’ Pizza and ate some lunch.
“So, what’s next on the list?” I asked Mom in the middle of a bite.
“Next, we go to Six Flags!”
“WOOHOO! That place is amazing!” I screamed in joy. “When can
“How about tomorrow?”
I nodded, grinning.
Me and my mom were completing her childhood bucket list. I
thought that maybe she wanted to enjoy it with me before she
gets old and can’t do it anymore. Or so I thought...
The next day, me and Mom drove out to Six Flags. Once we
reached, we put on our sunscreen and headed inside.
“Which ride do you wanna do first?”
I pointed at one of the rides. “ThunderBolt.”
One by one, each ride was completed. Even one of the scariest;
Goliath. It went crazy fast and after the ride, my neck pained
like a needle rapidly being stabbed into my neck on all sides.
After eating a delicious meal including burgers and french
fries, we headed over to the Lazy River. It was a nice and
relaxing river that had a slow current, unlike The Wave
Pool-which sounds just like its name. It has waves that are
the size of the OCEAN! It’s pretty fun when you jump over
each wave. If you haven’t yet gone to Six Flags, I would
The next time on the bucket list was pretty easy.
“Wait, so all we need to do is play hide and seek in the
house?” I asked my mom.
“Yep.” Mom replied.
“Alright. I’ll seek.”
I closed my eyes and heard receding footsteps. “10
mississippi, 9 mississippi, 8 mississippi, 7 mississippi, 6
mississippi, 5 mississippi, 4 mississippi, 3 mississippi, 2
mississippi, 1 mississippi! Ready or not, here I come!”
I ran over to the couch in the living room and looked
behind it. No one there. I looked everywhere in our kitchen,
living room, bedrooms, bathrooms-Mom was nowhere to be
“OKAY, I GIVE UP, MOM!” I screamed, making sure that Mom
could hear me. No answer. I waited a few minutes. My mom
wasn’t coming to me or anything. I raced through the house,
checking every place I knew. I opened the closet in Mom’s
bedroom and there she was. Eyes closed and forehead
(1st Place for Essay Writing)
What is a Bucket List?
Do you have a bucket list? Bucket lists are lists of things you want to
do, or want to happen. Bucket lists can be extremely helpful.
Bucket lists help you remember important things that you want to do like
going camping or traveling to New York. They also help you remember
goals that you have such as planting a specific flower in a garden.
You make amazing memories with a bucket list. No matter if you're just
getting a pet or flying out of the country, checking something off your
list will always make you memories. You’ll feel happy and proud after
checking off your list.
For me, first on my list is that I would like to have a good, sunny trip to
New York. My family is going to the American side of the Niagara Falls,
and I hope there won’t be bad weather.
Second on my list is to get a pet bunny. I want a lop eared bunny because
they’re cute and smart. Third is to go hiking, as I really like it.
I will soon complete the first thing on my bucket list if the weather is
good. My trip will be fun no matter if I complete it or not though.
(2nd Place for Creative Writing)
My Bucket List
Over the last couple of years, every time before summer starts I
create a bucket list. This list that I make includes everything from
finally cooking a recipe, to taking a trip to Australia (which I would
love to do). The smallest things that just take 20 minutes or lifelong
goals. Every year despite me telling myself “I’m going to have a
productive summer” or “I’m going to complete everything”, inevitably I
end up doing a couple of things and just being lazy for the rest of the
summer. But over the years I’ve grown to realize that it’s okay to be
bored over the summer and not doing anything because as you get
older school gets more difficult and your only time to rest well will be
over the summer. So I still do something constructive but also allow
myself to chill. My summer bucket lists change every year. I learn
about new destinations to visit, new restaurants to try, and new books
to read. But since last summer I wasn’t able to do much because of
the Pandemic, I’ve taken advantage of this summer and tried to make
the most of it. I’ve also accumulated a list of places I’d like to travel in
my lifetime, many of these places I’ve already visited with my family
including Yellowstone, Virgin Islands, Smokey mountains, and much
more. But besides a list of places I want to go, here is a bucket list of
things I’d like to accomplish before I die. I’d learn to speak french
fluently, meet Taylor Swift, visit every National park, go bungee
jumping, go skydiving, go cliff jumping, do a flip in the air, learn how to
write cursive, go to space (most likely won’t happen). In conclusion
this is my bucket list which seems bountiful to me.
L U C K Y T H E
B Y E V A
“Look, everyone! Lucky’s wearing that cheesy red bandana again!”Danbi said,
laughing alongside his calico friends. “Hey, Lucky. Just so you know, you look
like a dork. And you’ll never make it to the Red Team.”
My ears droop as everyone started to laugh. “See you tomorrow, Un-Lucky!
And mind the hat,” Danbi jeered, swiping it off of my head. He and his buddies
run off in a crowd of high-paws and teasing expressions.
“Are you OK?” Aiko said, She looked concerned.“Did they steal something from
you again? What’d they take? Maybe we can catch up to them if it’s not too
late.” She gave her wings a vigorous flap.
“It’s fine. See you later,” I said. I forced my ears back up and gave her a
shiny smile. It hurt the edges of my mouth as I trudged towards the
direction of home.
“If you say so. . .” she said. I could tell she was still curious on
what had happened, but I wasn’t in the mood. “I’m still getting
that hat back for you.” She took off into the air. In the distance,
I heard annoyed growls and a surprised yelp emerge from the
clowder of cats as she snatched the hat right back from their
greedy claws. She landed down next to me, hat in her beak.
“Here you go, Lucky. Let me know if anything goes wrong again,”
she said. I stuffed it into my backpack, spirits lifted, and gave
her a thumbs-up. She mock-saluted me. “So long, Lucky.”
“So long, Aiko.”
Waves are crashing against my boat as I panic. “Oh, no. What do we do?” I say,
turning towards the boatsman. He’s sound asleep. I shake him violently just as
another wave barely misses the sail. My stomach lurches as we rise up and down.
“Captain!” I shake him again, harder. This time, he wakes up.
“...Huh?” he yawns. “What’s going o-” A crack of lighting hits the waters near us. He
immediately recovers from a daze. “Hurry, you! Grab the tiller! We can’t let her
tip!”I leap for the wooden lever just as the boom swings over our heads.
“I heard the Tengu had a legendary fan that could blow away any storm, but he’s
always fast asleep during any storm! It’s only a very rare occasion that he wakes
to the lighting and thunder!” I blurt out as I grip tightly onto the slippery
mast.“We’re going to sink!” I wail. In the gray distance, I see the outline of a…
A sudden whoosh emerges out of nowhere, and I see a beautiful green fan flap as
the majestic giant continues to wave it towards us. One by one, the storm clouds
are pushed towards the mainland of Koji, where we set off from.
“Welcome to Nobu, newcomers! I’m Tengu. You called for me? Anyway, nice to
meet you! Head on over to the plaza and choose a team before you do anything
else. Me? I’m a Kappa team enthusiast, in case you’re wondering.” He winks before
soaring off into the distance.
“Wait!” I cry out. But it’s too late. He’s already gone.
“Huh. You were right,” the boatsman murmurs. He’s apparently in shock, because
hes trying to row the boat with a spoon to get closer. There’s a fair wind now, so
I carefully steer it to the shore before making a smooth banking.
“Alright. Where to now, Cap-” I say, turning around. “Captain? Where are you
going?” I say, looking around wildly. There’s no trace of him. I see a figure waving
on the boat. “Why are you leaving? Don’t you want to stay?”
“Sorry, mate. I’ve got a family to take care of. Let
me know when you want a return trip. See you!” he
calls back. A sense of loneliness envelopes me, but as
I look out beyond the sea of cheering people, I see
a familiar face. Maybe, just maybe, it won’t be so
lonely after all.
Do you like the season autumn? Fall is a special
season when deciduous tree leaves turn yellow, orange,
and red and fall off. Many fruits and vegetables become
ripe, and are harvested in fall. Autumn might not be the
best season, but it’s the funnest.
Fall has a great holiday:
Halloween! During Halloween,
homes are decorated in a spooky
theme. Kids dress up in
costumes as fun characters,
then they go trick-or-treating;
going up to homes and getting
candy. Seeing all the costumes is
always fun, the candy is
delicious, but the best part is the
eerie, ghostly, but also hilarious
houses. One street in Belmont is
always covered with funny
skeletons doing even funnier
things, like kayaking. Almost all
homes have jack - o’lanterns;
pumpkins carved into all sorts of
scared, frightening, or even silly
faces or shapes.
B Y A R I A
Another fun thing to do in fall is harvesting! Go to apple
orchards during autumn to pick sweet, crunchy apples you
can eat, or bake. Have a good time climbing trees while
apple picking, and get fresh, ripe apples, to make pie with.
Leave for the stores to get pumpkins, big or small, orange
or white! With the pumpkins, have a fun night carving
them into whatever you want! Afterwards, bake a warm,
smooth pumpkin pie with a crisp, crunchy crust. Enjoy the
rich, sweet, even fruity flavor of the pumpkin blending in
with spicy - sweet cinnamon and the soft, delicate flavor of
The cool, crispness of the autumn air, and the colorful
leaves dancing in the wind, gently floating towards the
ground is enjoyed and the crunchy foliage under your feet
is fun to play with. Try throwing leaves up into the air, and
watch them flutter down. Or, build a pile of leaves and play
There are many more ways why fall is such a nice season.
Just look around in autumn, and find out!
Slowly and slowly nights pass by,
The wind howling into the deep end sky,
Shining stars that appear way far,
Even the Millions of Stars cannot explain the dark.
Some are small that seem invisible,
Some are Big that are possible to see.
The Stars are reflecting the moments of hope,
Night has become the relaxing hour,
Even the beautiful flowers can be rested.
But the light’s call can last on for hours and
Now the shine slowly disappears because midnight is
I was walking in the dark woods so afraid that there
was going to be a humongous monster erupting at any
moment. I looked around me, “Still nothing was there.”
At that exact moment. I heard a “crunch.” I
immediately turned around to see a human with black hair and
a black cape. “Oh no!” I heard that if you ever see a human
with black hair and a black cape, there is one chance that the
human is a vampire. My biggest fear was a vampire! I knew
that this was the complete end of my life. I was only 10
I closed my eyes tightly hoping that this
was a dream. I knew that I was going to be
dead when I woke up. This was a complete
A few seconds later I finally
opened my eyes. I felt a hand touch
my back, “Agh!” I turned around just
in time to see a baby bear cub
trying to cuddle in my warm arms. I
always LOVED baby cubs!
A Bear's Love
But right when I thought everything was perfect, I saw a
gigantic flood rushing My way. That was weird. Floods never appear
in forests, was I in a fantasy or something? Now I know why the
little bear cub was cuddling in my warm arms! But where was his
mother? I turned around to see if there was a path I could take
to the exit of this catastrophe!
There wasn’t a safe path! There was no more time so I brought
the cub with me and ran the fastest in my life.
Right then there was an ultimate sunrise. The sunrise was coming
from the highest amongst the sky. Who was controlling this whole
I saw a brown figure walking by, but before I could move a single
finger, everything went completely blurry. Soon, I felt a slimy
thing lick my face, it was the baby cub and its mother. The brown
blurry figure was the cub’s mommy! I couldn’t believe it! The baby
bear was licking its mother the whole time. How cute! Before I
could leave for my path, the mother bear rushed my way. Oh gosh!
Was she going to hurt me? I was definitely wrong about that! She
was just going to give me a big bear hug! The little bear joined
too. All these years I thought that bears were dangerous but
they actually weren’t. Maybe bears aren’t so bad after all
Why the government should
spend more time and resources
on renewable energy
Scary as it seems but the Earth is now slowly dying due to global
warming. This is why the government should use more time and
resources on renewable energy to prevent this from happening.
The government should use more time and resources for
renewable energy because it can slow the effects of global
warming, prevent air pollution, and make generating energy more
One reason why the government should use more time and
resources for renewable energy is because non reusable energy
causes global warming which can have really bad side effects.
When we use non reusable energy, it releases a lot of harmful
chemicals that cause global warming. Global warming is really bad
because it can cause ice caps to melt which cause severe flooding.
But when the government spends more time and resources on
renewable energy, none of this will happen. According to
Wikipedia, it says “The largest driver of global warming is the
emission of gases that create a greenhouse effect, of which more
than 90% are carbon dioxide (CO) and methane. Fossil fuel
burning (coal, oil, and natural gas) for energy consumption is the
main source of these emissions.” All of these harmful chemicals
are released when using nonrenewable energy.
Another reason why the government should spend more time and
resources on renewable energy is because renewable energy is more
efficient than non renewable energy. Non renewable energy, such
as coal and oil, takes hundreds of years to form which isn’t really
efficient. Reusable energy, such as solar power, and windmills on
the other hand is much more efficient because the sun and wind can
be used many times. According to Inspirecleanenergy it says: “When
it comes to energy efficiency, renewable energy is generally more
efficient than non-renewable energy. The energy we get from wind,
the sun, and hydro turbines can be reused without relying on an
exhaustible or finite element." If the government uses more time
and resources for renewable energy then generating energy will be
The final reason why the government should spend more time and
resources on renewable energy is because using nonrenewable
energy creates a lot of air pollution in the air we breathe in.Air
pollution is really harmful to the body because it can cause lung
disease and kill you. According to sparetheair: “ Long-term exposure
to particulate pollution can result in significant health problems
including: Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the
airways, coughing or difficulty breathing. Decreased lung function.
... Premature death in people with heart or lung disease, including
death from lung cancer.” If the government uses more time and
resources for renewable energy then the air would be more cleaner.
In conclusion, the government should use more time and resources
on renewable energy because it can reduce the global warming and
air pollution and make generating energy more efficient.
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F R O M T H E E D I T O R S
Tips to prepare you for the next year of school:
1. Learn time-management! (VERY IMPORTANT)
a. Efficiency is key.
b. Learn how to prioritize.
c. Try not to procrastinate!
d. Make a short to-do list every day.
2. If you have questions or need help with something, don't
be afraid to talk to teachers and counselors.
a. They're there to help you, after all!
b. It's better to ask questions early than wait and be
3. Try to stay organized. (Keep your workspace, notebooks,
etc. clean and neat.)
4. Have fun with friends! (And try to make a few new ones, if
5. Don't worry about following these tips perfectly - even we
Poem of the Month
First Day at School
By Roger McGough
A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don't let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.
And the railings.
All around, the railings.
Are they to keep out wolves and monsters?
Things that carry off and eat children?
Things you don't take sweets from?
Perhaps they're to stop us getting out
Running away from the lessins. Lessin.
What does a lessin look like?
Sounds small and slimy.
They keep them in the glassrooms.
Whole rooms made out of glass. Imagine.
I wish I could remember my name
Mummy said it would come in useful.
Like wellies. When there's puddles.
Yellowwellies. I wish she was here.
I think my name is sewn on somewhere
Perhaps the teacher will read it for me.
Tea-cher. The one who makes the tea.
Letter from the Editors
Thank you for participating in the August issue of the Belmont Times! We
really appreciate all of your support.
We really enjoyed reading this month's submissions, and it was very
interesting to see how each writer approached the theme - "Bucket List"
- in a different way. Your creativity, effort, and skill definitely shines
through the writing. Thanks for taking the time to write submissions!
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