The 5th Grade Board of Legislators Trip

The 5th Grade Board of Legislators Trip

By: Parth R.

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The fifth grade went on a trip to the Board of Legislators on October 26 and 27. Two classes went a day. We left in the morning at around 9 o’clock. Both buses were there waiting to take half of the 5th grade. The Board Of Legislators was in White Plains so it was not too long before we got there.

Right when we walked inside there was a security guard and there were a bunch of offices. It was so quiet you could hear a mouse. We all squeezed into the elevator and went into a place where the seventeen legislators meet up every once in awhile. We met with the person who was doing our field trip. Her name was Mrs. Ortiz. She first talked a little bit about the districts in Westchester County and the population.

Then we went to the place where they vote and debate on issues. There the 5th grade pretended they were legislators, debated on real issues, and sat in the legislators seats and used the same microphone the legislators use! Some of the issues we debated were the age for smoking, whether restaurants should be required to show the calorie count of their food, and whether Indian Point should be closed down. There was a chairman for each committee. The 5th grade loved debating issues and loved using the same format that the legislators use to debate!

The 5th grade had a great time at the trip. Everyone had so much fun being legislators!       

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The Blackout

It all started on September 19th. The road to the school was packed with cars, caution tapes were hung up along the sidewalks, and traffic cones were lined up on parts of the road. It was a little creepy and students wondered what was going on. Teachers said to come inside and go right to the gym.  

Once inside the gym we saw most of the school crammed up together in the tight space. Every single child that attended Greenacres was sitting down, and looking around in the darkness.

A branch had fallen on one of the electrical cables in front of the school on Huntington Ave. This caused much of the school to be blacked out.Con Ed trucks were out there, trying to fix the problem.The Con Ed had unhooked all the power so they could fix the problem, Greenacres was in the dark. Some kids had been hoping this was an excuse for a day off, but sadly, their wish had not come true. They went back to their classrooms and worked in the dark. Some teachers and students had flashlights, and workers were climbing on and off a big ladder to fix the cables.

Soon, the hall lights were bright again, and most classrooms were lit. Some classrooms still had no power though, like Mrs.Cooper’s fourth grade classroom.

The workers finally stepped down from their ladder and folded it up, a few moments after all the light was restored to the school around 10:30. That was a day to remember.

By Parth R. and Zoe G.