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32 May 5 – 18, 2012 SanTan Sun kids have K.O.


Dance BY EMILY LENZ


Basha Elementary, Grade 5


I gathered my nerve and took a chance, I packed my bags and went to dance. I pointed my toes and tapped my feet, I started to move to the funky beat. But when I dance, sometimes I fall, But I don’t worry, it happens to all. The first class of the day is tap, My feet go shuffle, slide and slap. The next class I have is jazz, I move around with such pizzazz. Acro’s the next class that I take, I’m careful or my back might break. In ballet class we point our toes, Our hair in buns and shiny bows. Then it’s time to rock and pop, The hardest class I take, hip hop. Musical theatre is the best, Our teacher puts us to the test. I have made a lot of really great friends, Who will be by my side to the very end.


talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry


doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.


Youth


Stories told BY ALLISON GERHART


Homeschooled, Grade 9


Knockout Poem!


Knockout Poem!


Writing in pen, writing in ink Writing in words that no others think Stories of dragons, true love and goodbyes Books are my refuge, in the stories it lies You know you’re not living in the tales that you read But still your heart pounds when the characters bleed The writers create the stories they tell To embed itself in you, deep, like a well The writer and their book, both one and apart Each with their traits, the best works of art An art like any, you can learn with different styles But the pages of this art can cover many miles Plots filled with conflict, also many twists and turns If displayed correctly, phrase is what it earns Writers and their books, many stories told, And like any great work of art, the best never grow old


www.SanTanSun.com Hey Kids!


Remember that the Kids Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.


Kids: Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards


from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that.


To enter, visit www.SanTanSun.com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@SanTanSun.com as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send


submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have


SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email Lynda@SanTanSun.com.


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