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					Molly	
  was	
  so	
  excited	
  she	
  couldn’t.	
  sleep.	
  She	
  tossed	
  and	
  turned	
  and	
  watched	
  the	
  
clock	
  tick	
  away.	
  She	
  beat	
  the	
  buzzer	
  and	
  lept	
  from	
  her	
  bed.	
  
	
  
She	
  made	
  her	
  way	
  over	
  to	
  her	
  desk	
  and	
  grabbed	
  a	
  thick	
  red	
  marker	
  from	
  the	
  
drawer.	
  Molly	
  had	
  been	
  marking	
  the	
  days	
  on	
  her	
  calendar;	
  finally	
  she	
  had	
  reached	
  
the	
  25th.	
  She	
  made	
  a	
  big	
  red	
  circled	
  around	
  it,	
  threw	
  the	
  marker	
  in	
  the	
  drawer	
  and	
  
ran	
  down	
  the	
  stairs.	
  
	
  
Today	
  was	
  beach	
  day!!!!	
  Molly	
  loved	
  going	
  to	
  beach,	
  especially	
  Horton	
  Lake	
  beach.	
  
Her	
  mom	
  called	
  it	
  their	
  secret	
  oasis,	
  because	
  they	
  were	
  always	
  alone	
  when	
  they	
  
went	
  there.	
  
	
  
Molly	
  loved	
  its	
  sparkling	
  gold	
  sand,	
  and	
  crystal	
  clear	
  waters.	
  She	
  loved	
  the	
  way	
  the	
  
sun	
  set	
  over	
  the	
  horizon	
  and	
  cast	
  a	
  pink	
  light	
  across	
  the	
  sky,	
  and	
  today	
  she	
  was	
  
going	
  to	
  get	
  to	
  enjoy	
  all	
  her	
  favorite	
  things	
  again!	
  
	
  
Molly	
  and	
  her	
  mom	
  packed	
  up	
  the	
  car	
  and	
  hit	
  the	
  road.	
  Each	
  mile	
  that	
  brought	
  Molly	
  
and	
  her	
  oasis	
  closer,	
  made	
  Molly	
  restless.	
  
	
  
Molly’s	
  mother	
  put	
  the	
  car	
  into	
  park	
  and	
  Molly	
  was	
  out	
  the	
  door.	
  She	
  grabbed	
  her	
  
bag	
  and	
  ran	
  down	
  to	
  the	
  beach.	
  When	
  Molly’s	
  mother	
  came	
  over	
  the	
  hill,	
  she	
  found	
  
her	
  stopped	
  dead	
  in	
  her	
  tracks.	
  
	
  
Molly’s	
  face	
  was	
  white	
  as	
  a	
  ghost.	
  Tears	
  welled	
  in	
  her	
  eyes	
  as	
  she	
  raised	
  a	
  piece	
  of	
  
garbage	
  from	
  the	
  sand.	
  Molly’s	
  golden	
  beach	
  was	
  rattled	
  with	
  trash.	
  The	
  crystal	
  
clear	
  water	
  was	
  brown	
  and	
  thick	
  with	
  sludge.	
  
	
  
Molly’s	
  sadness	
  turned	
  to	
  anger	
  when	
  she	
  noticed	
  the	
  absence	
  of	
  wildlife.	
  The	
  
familiar	
  hum	
  of	
  birds	
  was	
  replaced	
  with	
  the	
  loud	
  sound	
  of	
  machinery.	
  Molly	
  reached	
  
in	
  her	
  bag	
  and	
  grabbed	
  her	
  camera.	
  She	
  walked	
  through	
  the	
  trash	
  and	
  documented	
  
every	
  terrible	
  detail.	
  
	
  
On	
  the	
  drive	
  home	
  Molly’s	
  anticipation	
  was	
  replaced	
  with	
  questions	
  and	
  
disappointment.	
  
“Mom,	
  where	
  did	
  all	
  that	
  trash	
  come	
  from?”	
  Molly	
  asked.	
  
“I	
  don’t	
  know	
  honey,	
  I	
  really	
  don’t	
  know.”	
  Her	
  mother	
  replied	
  bleakly.	
  
“I’m	
  going	
  to	
  find	
  out.”	
  
	
  
On	
  Monday	
  morning	
  Molly	
  walked	
  up	
  the	
  her	
  teachers	
  desk.	
  She	
  pulled	
  out	
  the	
  
pictures	
  she	
  had	
  taken	
  and	
  showed	
  Miss	
  Rowley	
  the	
  havoc	
  pollution	
  had	
  caused	
  her	
  
once	
  perfect	
  oasis.	
  
	
  
Molly	
  knew	
  Miss	
  Rowley	
  was	
  an	
  avid	
  environmentalist,	
  and	
  she	
  was	
  delighted	
  when	
  
she	
  asked	
  her	
  to	
  share	
  her	
  experience	
  with	
  the	
  class.	
  
	
  
Molly	
  stood	
  in	
  front	
  of	
  her	
  classmates	
  and	
  passed	
  out	
  the	
  photos.	
  She	
  took	
  out	
  
pieces	
  of	
  trash	
  she	
  had	
  collected	
  from	
  the	
  beach	
  and	
  explained	
  the	
  effect	
  the	
  
pollution	
  had	
  on	
  wildlife.	
  	
  
	
  
Molly’s	
  classmates	
  were	
  shocked	
  at	
  the	
  site	
  of	
  her	
  findings.	
  One	
  boy	
  named	
  Henry	
  
demanded	
  that	
  something	
  be	
  done.	
  As	
  he	
  pounded	
  his	
  fist	
  on	
  his	
  desk.	
  
	
  
“Ohh,	
  Henry!”	
  Miss	
  Rowley	
  exclaimed	
  “What	
  do	
  you	
  suggest	
  we	
  do?”	
  
	
  
“Protest!”	
  Molly	
  Replied	
  
	
  
“Yeah!	
  Yes!	
  Let’s	
  do	
  it!”	
  The	
  class	
  agreed.	
  
	
  
“Well	
  you	
  sure	
  are	
  loud	
  enough!”	
  Miss	
  Rowley	
  chuckled.	
  
	
  
Molly	
  and	
  her	
  classmates	
  spent	
  the	
  next	
  few	
  weeks	
  researching	
  Horton	
  Lake	
  and	
  ot	
  
source	
  of	
  Pollution.	
  They	
  studied	
  the	
  effects	
  of	
  pollution	
  on	
  the	
  lakes	
  wildlife,	
  and	
  
made	
  signs	
  with	
  catchy	
  slogans.	
  Miss	
  Rowley	
  even	
  had	
  some	
  friends	
  from	
  the	
  local	
  
government	
  and	
  DNR	
  to	
  speak	
  with	
  the	
  students.	
  
	
  
When	
  Friday	
  morning	
  came	
  along	
  Molly	
  had	
  her	
  permission	
  slip	
  signed	
  and	
  her	
  
picket	
  signs	
  packed.	
  Her	
  mother	
  joinded	
  her	
  as	
  they	
  climbed	
  into	
  the	
  bus.	
  Miss	
  
Rowley	
  followed	
  them	
  in,	
  and	
  off	
  they	
  went.	
  
	
  
They	
  came	
  to	
  a	
  stop	
  outside	
  GreenCorp	
  INC.	
  The	
  culprit	
  of	
  the	
  Horton	
  Lake	
  
degredation.	
  One	
  by	
  one	
  the	
  student	
  hopped	
  out	
  wielding	
  protest	
  signs.	
  
	
  
For	
  hours	
  they	
  paced	
  back	
  and	
  forth.	
  	
  
“Be	
  part	
  of	
  the	
  solution.	
  Not	
  the	
  pollution!”	
  
“Think	
  before	
  you	
  dump!”	
  
“Keep	
  our	
  oceans	
  blue,	
  and	
  our	
  forests	
  Green!”	
  The	
  students	
  chanted	
  together.	
  
	
  
Suddenly	
  Molly	
  noticed	
  someone	
  coming	
  out	
  of	
  the	
  cold	
  brick	
  building.	
  	
  
“Hey	
  everyone.	
  Look!”	
  She	
  shouted.	
  
	
  
A	
  tall	
  man	
  in	
  a	
  black	
  suit	
  came	
  closer	
  the	
  group.	
  He	
  looked	
  angry	
  and	
  flusted	
  as	
  he	
  
made	
  his	
  way	
  to	
  Miss	
  Rowley.	
  
	
  
“What	
  is	
  all	
  this	
  commotion?	
  Don’t	
  you	
  know	
  I	
  have	
  a	
  business	
  to	
  run!”	
  He	
  scoffed.	
  
	
  
“Well	
  have	
  a	
  duty	
  to	
  fufill	
  her	
  sir,	
  my	
  students	
  are	
  outraged	
  by	
  your	
  actions!”	
  Miss	
  
Rowley	
  said	
  politely.	
  
	
  
“And	
  what	
  exactly	
  would	
  that	
  be?”	
  
	
  
“You	
  are	
  ruining	
  our	
  lake	
  and	
  beaches!!!!”	
  Molly	
  interrupted.	
  “You’re	
  polluting	
  the	
  
water	
  and	
  killing	
  innocent	
  wildlife!”	
  	
  
	
  
“What	
  are	
  you	
  talking	
  about	
  child?	
  That	
  is	
  none	
  of	
  your	
  business!	
  Besides	
  no	
  one	
  
uses	
  that	
  lake	
  anyway,	
  if	
  I	
  want	
  to	
  dump	
  in	
  it	
  there’s	
  nothing	
  you	
  little	
  kids	
  can	
  do	
  
about	
  it!”	
  	
  
	
  
“They	
  may	
  not	
  be	
  able	
  to	
  stop	
  you,	
  but	
  the	
  state	
  of	
  Michigan	
  sure	
  can.”	
  Miss	
  
Rowley’s	
  friend	
  from	
  the	
  capital	
  was	
  making	
  his	
  way	
  towards	
  the	
  suited	
  man.	
  
“And	
  according	
  to	
  this	
  legal	
  document,	
  your	
  production	
  is	
  being	
  halted	
  until	
  you	
  
comply	
  with	
  the	
  safe	
  practices	
  policy.”	
  	
  
	
  
“You	
  can’t	
  do	
  that!”	
  The	
  man	
  screamed.	
  
	
  
“I	
  can,	
  and	
  I	
  did.	
  You	
  can	
  go	
  inside	
  now	
  and	
  leave	
  these	
  children	
  alone.”	
  
	
  
The	
  man	
  retreated	
  into	
  his	
  brick	
  fortress,	
  deflated	
  and	
  defeated.	
  
	
  
“YAY!!!!!!!”	
  The	
  children	
  exclaimed.	
  
	
  
“Molly,”	
  the	
  senator	
  said,	
  “Thank	
  you	
  so	
  much	
  for	
  bringing	
  this	
  to	
  everyone’s	
  
attention.	
  You’re	
  commitment	
  to	
  our	
  environment	
  is	
  very	
  inspiring.”	
  
	
  
“Thank	
  you”	
  Molly	
  replied.	
  
	
  
“I	
  wanted	
  to	
  let	
  you	
  know	
  that	
  we	
  have	
  decided	
  to	
  make	
  Horton	
  Lake	
  a	
  nature	
  
preserve.	
  We	
  will	
  do	
  everything	
  we	
  can	
  to	
  revitalize	
  the	
  wildlife	
  in	
  the	
  area,	
  and	
  
restore	
  the	
  beauty	
  you	
  loved.”	
  
	
  
Molly	
  was	
  shocked.	
  She	
  never	
  thought	
  she	
  could	
  make	
  such	
  an	
  impact.	
  Horton	
  lake	
  
would	
  once	
  again	
  be	
  the	
  oasis	
  she	
  always	
  loved,	
  and	
  would	
  be	
  preserved	
  for	
  
generations	
  to	
  come.	
  
	
  
When	
  the	
  students	
  returned	
  to	
  school	
  they	
  all	
  cheered	
  and	
  congratulated	
  Molly.	
  Her	
  
love	
  fueled	
  her	
  fight	
  for	
  fairness.	
  Together	
  they	
  made	
  a	
  difference	
  in	
  their	
  
community	
  and	
  had	
  learned	
  that	
  no	
  one	
  has	
  the	
  right	
  to	
  ruin	
  the	
  lives	
  of	
  other,	
  even	
  
the	
  little	
  fish	
  in	
  the	
  sea.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
       • 4:00	
  
       • For	
  the	
  Ending	
  you	
  should	
  show	
  what	
  the	
  kids	
  went	
  through	
  briefly	
  but	
  then	
  
              have	
  them	
  back	
  at	
  the	
  school	
  and	
  discussing	
  what	
  they	
  learned.	
  
       • Also	
  explain	
  who	
  the	
  man	
  who	
  came	
  out	
  of	
  the	
  building	
  was.	
  
       •   The	
  images	
  that	
  were	
  burned	
  into	
  my	
  brain	
  were	
  the	
  beach	
  before	
  the	
  trash,	
  
           the	
  beach	
  after	
  the	
  trash,	
  and	
  the	
  kids	
  outside	
  the	
  building	
  holding	
  their	
  signs	
  
           and	
  chanting.	
  
       •   http://www.co.jackson.mi.us/departments/Parks/parks_description/image
           s/Round_Lake_Beach.jpg	
  
       •   http://www.google.com/search?q=horton+lake&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=i
           sch&sa=X&ei=n10_UZLcMMOa2AXylIGwAw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920
           &bih=883#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=horton+lake+beach&oq=horton+lake+
           beach&gs_l=img.3...21366.22164.0.22275.6.6.0.0.0.0.68.221.6.6.0...0.0...1c.1.5
           .img.LNuLR8bNqCk&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I&fp=424887
           232ad79edf&biw=1920&bih=883&imgrc=OoGMpH8o3LgUtM%3A%3BWcH
           oDYCGiFG4GM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.thecitizen.com%252Fsite
           s%252Fdefault%252Ffiles%252Fimagecache%252FLightboxPopUp%252Fi
           mages%252F13982-­‐news02-­‐06-­‐13lake-­‐horton-­‐boat-­‐ramp-­‐closed-­‐
           signprintweb.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.thecitizen.com%252Fa
           rticles%252F02-­‐07-­‐2013%252Fhorton-­‐down-­‐coming-­‐back%3B800%3B672	
  
       •   http://didacticofscience.wikispaces.com/file/view/sea_pollution/80864361
           /sea_pollution	
  
       •   https://www.elaw.org/assets/images/events/za.2003.shongweni.incinerato
           r/children.protesting.toxic.waste.jpg	
  
       •   http://electronicintifada.net/sites/electronicintifada.net/files/artman2/1/ja
           yyusdemonstration.jpg	
  
           	
  
           	
  
	
  
       •   2:23*	
  
       •   I	
  would	
  continue	
  on	
  the	
  story	
  and	
  talk	
  about	
  how	
  she	
  can	
  explain	
  to	
  her	
  
           classmates	
  the	
  horrible	
  consequences	
  of	
  pollution	
  and	
  talk	
  about	
  what	
  she	
  
           saw.	
  	
  
       •   Pictures	
  I	
  would	
  use	
  include:	
  What	
  the	
  beach	
  looked	
  like	
  when	
  she	
  imagined	
  
           it	
  in	
  her	
  head.	
  A	
  beach	
  full	
  of	
  trash,	
  and	
  the	
  student	
  in	
  the	
  classroom.	
  Circle	
  
           around	
  the	
  25th	
  on	
  a	
  calendar.	
  	
  
       •   http://www.hdwallpaperspics.com/beach-­‐pictures.html	
  
       •   http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Polluted_Beach_of_
           Mumbai._Girgaum_Chowpaty._Maharashtra%2C_India._%281%29.JPG	
  
       •   http://methodstolearning.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/young_student_rea
           ding_in_front_of_the_class_gogoaba02767.jpg	
  
       •   http://paperfections.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b90869e2017d3e659db0
           970c-­‐popup	
  
           	
  
           	
  
           	
  
           	
  
           Time:	
  2:27*	
  
           	
  
Suggestions:	
  Maybe	
  actually	
  make	
  it	
  longer	
  by	
  next	
  having	
  the	
  example	
  of	
  
how	
  the	
  students	
  proteseted	
  
	
  
Images:	
  Molly	
  and	
  her	
  mom	
  on	
  the	
  car	
  ride,	
  a	
  beach,	
  beach	
  polluted,	
  students	
  
in	
  a	
  classroom,	
  a	
  picture	
  of	
  someone	
  with	
  a	
  upset	
  face	
  to	
  show	
  how	
  Molly	
  had	
  
felt,	
  students	
  protesting	
  
	
  
Image	
  Suggestions:	
  
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/ab/Severely_polluted_beach_a
t_Mtoni,_Zanzibar.JPG	
  
http://www.worldofstock.com/slides/PED2293.jpg	
  
	
  
*NOTE*	
  THIS	
  READER	
  DIDN’T	
  READ	
  THE	
  REST	
  OF	
  THE	
  STORY.	
  

				
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