The following essay was written by “Belinda,” a 6th grader in Ventura County.
As a 6th grader, my friends and I usually go to Skating Plus, instead of going somewhere else where we could be offered a drink, or drinks. A bunch of people in my grade go there and we have a great time. No parents … what could be more fun, right?
We also go to the movies a lot. We sit in the front row, clap, stand up, and dance when the movies over, all that stuff. It’s a lot of fun and it’s way better than going to a party where you could be offered a drink or smoke.
I also play sports. I think that’s a great way to stay away from drinking. You can just focus on the game and having fun. My friends come to my games, or they play with me. They cheer me on, and we eat a bunch of junk food. They love it, and so do I!
I really like music, too. I’m always looking for new songs, then immediately buying them on iTunes. My iPod is loaded with tons of music.
Sometimes me and my friends will go to the mall and go into all of the stores and try on every cute thing we see. One time we went into this fancy dress store and tried on a lot of dresses and pretended like we were in a fashion show. It was awesome.
Sometimes, on a really hot day, well will go and play in the sprinklers outside of the mall. We’ll split a bag of candy, too. It’s so much fun and we all have a great time without alcohol. Although, we do get pretty crazy after all that sugar!
My favorite thing to do is read. I love reading because no matter where you are, you can always read, and you don’t need electricity in order to do it. I have a bookshelf in my room filled with a bunch of books. I have to have book with me when I go somewhere because you never know when you will need one! I read in the car all the time, too. But sometimes my mom gets mad at me because she will be talking to me and I won’t be listening, I will be reading.