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PEN TO PAPER Fourth grader Violet Powers wrote this in the WITS (Writers in the Schools) program at her school, Travis Elementary. WITS is a nonprofit that works with schools to engage children in reading and writing through activities like workshops led by professional writers.
Shenandoah National Park: a pretty, out of the way, forestry place. We stayed at a cabin right off the side of a hill with an amazing view. The sunshine gleaming in the sky. Golden light shining down on my skin. After a night of restful sleeping on a soft, silky, pillow. When I awoke the sun had not come up. It was still dawn. Ten minutes later the sunrise started. It was beautiful to watch as light poured into the deep blue sky. Once everyone awoke, we had a lovely, yummy breakfast with bacon, eggs, and “healthy brownies.” Once we were full we decided to go on a long, beautiful, hard, hike. As I walked through the amazing meadow down to the river where there were lilies and daisies all over, I felt as though there was a swing lifting me off the ground and swinging to the tip of the universe. As we were coming back I saw a stunning mammal, a vicious cat. The rest of the way was a bit like the symmetric other side of an unusual object. I was sweating when we finished the hike. A jubilee started joyous and fun. That’s how we went to the cabin lifted of our struggles. We soaked our souls in the warm water of the hot tub. Watching the sun set. Our cousins arrived a little later, around... Dawn. That night we went out to a fancy restaurant. Where we had (where my parents had) bright living red but still dark wine. A fancy, fresh, flavorful, charcuterie board with the greasy smell of salami. When we got home we went straight to bed (I didn’t want to. I wasn’t sleepy). When I woke up I was so tired. I had a restless sleep. It was a horrible morning, but I tried my best to have a positive morning. That evening we went out on a short hike and found a stunning waterfall. As we tried to get down, my foot slipped and I fell in the soaking cold water. Everyone was laughing and having a good, fun, time.
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