Children of Alcatraz

As I have said in my past 2 blog posts i have been studying the children who lived on Alcatraz. This post will be all about that topic so I hope you enjoy it.

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You may not know that children lived on Alcatraz from when it was open as a prison from 1934-1963. A lot of people thought that it was very dangerous and not appropriate for kids to be living on a island where some of America’s’ worst prisoners were being kept, but really it wasnt that dangerous to live there because of how good the security was. The kids lived on a building right next to the docks called Building #64. This building wasn’t where all the families lived, lined across the edge of the island were small condos and then there was the warden’s house where the warden and his family lived.

Here is a link to an interview with Chuck Stucker, an former resident of Alcatraz.

Here are some questions and answers that I have learnt about:

What were the advantages of living on Alcatraz?

Some advantages of living on Alcatraz include the family community was surprisingly safe and everyone was very close together so everyone was friendly with one another. The island was also a ten minute boat ride away from San Francisco so that is where a lot of the teenagers spent there time. Another advantage told to me from an Alcatraz resident John Brunner was that all the families still get together every year for reunions.

What were the disadvantages of living on Alcatraz?

As well of a lot of advantages came a lot of disadvantages to living on Alcatraz. There were only 2 telephones on the entire island, one in the cell house for the guards, and one in building #64 were the families lived, it cost 10 cents for 1 call. Another disadvantages was that no dogs or cats were allowed. (Although one warden had a dog.)

What were activities for children?

There were many activities for children who lived there and some of them include a baseball cage for kids who wanted to play baseball, a bowling alley, a theatre that showed only one movie a week, there were the parade grounds which was big wide open concrete space where kids could rollerskate and do whatever they wanted. The most prefered activity for older kids were to go into the city and spend a normal day there.

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The Parade Grounds where the children played.

What was the overall experience like for children?

Many (almost all) residents of Alcatraz say that they loved it there and would do anything to go back there and live. Quoted by Chuck Stucker “It was like any other normal kids life,” All residents said that it barely made a difference that there were America’s worst prisoners living on the same island. When kids left the island to go to school or just to spend the day in San Francisco then they were not allowed to talk about Alcatraz so that Alcatraz secrets remained secret.

What type of contact was there between the prisoners and children?

Sometimes the children would have small conversations with the prisoners and the children would help them with laundry that the prisoners were assigned to do. In the courtyard that the prisoners had free time to play baseball and sometimes the prisoners would have a baseball catch with the children. In general there was not much contact between the children and prisoners because it was restricted.

Click here to watch a video of a woman who used to live on Alcatraz.

Thanks for reading my blog post, I hope you enjoyed learning about it.

Bye!

Children of Alcatraz

Hi again,

Continuing of of my other post about Alcatraz I will tell you more about what life was like for children who lived on Alcatraz in this post.

Here is a video about children who used to live on Alcatraz:

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Alcatraz, believe it or not, was actually a safer place to live than on San Francisco because none of the prisoners were allowed near the prison, but when they did get close to the children they were often nice and some even had baseball catches with the children. The children lived on a building by the docks called building #64 and a place where children could play called the parade grounds, where there was swing set and a baseball cage. For the older kids there were lots of parties for celebrations and multiple dances a year.  Building #64 (the building where all the families lived) had 64 apartments and they were small to fit a family, the apartments didn’t get TV’s until the mid 1940’s.

I will be blogging more about this.

Bye!

 

An Introduction to Life for Children living on Alcatraz

Hi,

Recently I have been studying what life was like for children living on Alcatraz and there is a lot of interesting facts that I did not know. I didn’t even know that children lived on Alcatraz until I read the Al Capone Does My……. series by Gennifer Choldenko. If you want to know more about this series than click here.

If you do not know what Alcatraz is then I will tell you. Alcatraz was a prison just off the coast of San Francisco Bay and the prison hosted some of the worst prisoners in the world, such as Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and Robert Stroud. The island was once a army base from 1907-1933 and then was turned into a prison in 1934 and lasted until 1963.

I look forward to blogging more about this topic.

 

Story

My buddy wrote a story about when he went to the Bronx Zoo. He worked on this project for five days and he worked extremely hard on it. He describes how he got there, when he got out of the car and what he saw. At the zoo he saw a lot of animals including turtles, hippos and alligators. His drawings are very colorful (like always). His favorite animal that he saw was turtles because he loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Henry’s favorite part about making this story was describing what he saw.

New York Jets vs Carolina Panthers

Just recently in November my dad brother and I all went to a Jets game against the Panthers. It was a surprise for my brother and I we didn’t know until we saw MetLife stadium. We got their two hours before the game to see the tailgaiters and have a look around the stadium and also watch the players warm up. Our seats were extremely close to the end zone so we could clearly see the touchdowns in front of us, but it was hard to see the plays on the other side of the field. In the game we were rooting for the Jets even though they lost. It was an extremely close game, but the Panthers did end out beating them with a last minute punt return touchdown. One of the plays was clearly a catch and a touchdown for the Jets, but it was over ruled as a incomplete catch that was what lost the game for the Jets. The highlights of the game for me was when Robby Anderson caught a ball one handed while guarded by three people, another one was seeing Cam Newton (the Panthers quarterback) flip over the three defenders for a two point conversion, just seeing Cam Newton would be good enough for me. I hope that the Jets do good this season and I get to see another game. Comment what NFL team you root for.

This is a picture of Cam Newton flipping into the end zone.

 

 

 

Emigration from Brazil

 

Reasons that people left Brazil was that they wanted jobs, so this meant that the Brazilians did not get paid and this affected their family, without money they left to go to America to and find any job.

Buddy Artwork

This is a picture of my buddies art work. I really like what he made because it is unique and creative, I know that his pieces are always very colorful as well which made it better. I know that my buddy worked hard and stayed positive while making this piece. Even though he received help it is still a very good piece. I am looking forward to seeing what he makes and how he improves in the future.

 

 

Henry and Molly spent a total of five days making this, I think that spending that amount of time on a piece of art is automatically a good piece no matter what.

My Buddy

In all of our years at my elementary school we have Buddies. Now we have Kindergarten buddies. My buddies name is Henry. In our first buddy session when I met Henry, he found America on the globe and kissed it, I knew that we were going to have a good time, and I knew he was very cute. One of the things I like about him is that he is always smiling no matter what. An inspiring thing about Henry is that he doesn’t give up and he works very hard. I know that our friendship will grow over this year. I am excited to see how he changes and grows as a student because he is already a good student.

 

Emigration- Puerto Rico

Here are some of the reasons that people leave Puerto Rico

Most of the people today are leaving Puerto Rico because of the hurricanes that have hit and caused a lot of damage to the land and the people. The hurricanes have injured and killed citizens. Another reason that Puerto Ricans left their country is because they wanted to get a better life, they wanted money, opportunity homes and a better future for their kids.

– Puerto Rico