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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...21366.22164.0.222126.96.36.199.0.0.0.68.188.8.131.52...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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