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The  Highland  Ridge  Explorers:  Chapter  2  

   

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Chapter  2:  The  Best  Way  to  Serve   The  Highland  Ridge  Explorers  were  seated  in   the  TV  room  at  Keiko’s  house.  It  was  raining   hard  outside,  and  they  were  having  their   Wednesday  meeting  there.     Keiko’s  mother  came  into  the  room  with  some   crackers  and  cheese  sticks.  “Would  anyone  like   some  lemonade  to  go  with  these?”  she  asked.       “Yes!”  everyone  answered  together.  Can  we   help  you  carry  it,  Mrs.  Yamamoto,”  asked  Ellie.   “Oh,  that’s  o.k.,”  Keiko’s  mother  responded.   “Benjie,  why  don’t  you  come  out  to  the  kitchen   and  help  me.  I  have  cartons,  so  I’m  sure  you   can  handle  it.”  “Okay,”  said  Benjie,  jumping  up.   The  group  had  only  been  in  the  room  for  five   minutes  and  he  was  already  fidgety.       When  the  juice  was  passed  out  and  everyone   had  had  some  of  the  snacks,  Jake  called  the   meeting  to  order.  “The  first  thing  I’d  like  to  do   is  thank  everyone  for  not  kicking  me  out  of  the   club,  and  for  letting  Benjie  come.  I  told  him  he   had  better  behave!”        

 

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“Oh  he’ll  be  fine,”  Ellie  said.  “I  think  when  we   thought  it  over  we  realized  that  losing  you  in   the  club  would  be  worse  than  having  Benjie   here.”       Benjie  was  just  turning  the  corner  from  the   kitchen,  and  retorted,  “I  heard  that.  I  don’t   know  why  it’s  so  hard  for  you.  It’s  harder  for   me!  None  of  my  friends  are  here  and  I  have  to   sit  through  this  boring  meeting.”     “I  warned  you,  Benjie.”  Jake  shot  him  a  look.  At   this,  Mrs.  Yamamoto  entered  the  room  smiling.   “Benjie,  I  wonder  if  you  would  mind  coming  to   the  kitchen  and  helping  me  with  something.   I’m  baking  a  cake  for  the  parish  bake  sale,  and   I  need  help  with  the  frosting.”     Benjie  flew  to   attention.  “Sure,  Mrs.   Yamamoto,”  he   exclaimed.  “Can  I  lick   the  bowl  when  you’re   finished?”  Keiko’s   Mom  laughed  her   little  tinkling  laugh.  “I   think  that  might  be   possible,  Benjie,  after  you  help  me  ice  the  cake.   Now  come  along.”      


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“Whew!”  said  Jake,  after  they  went  to  the   kitchen.  “Your  mom  is  really  a  lifesaver,  Keiko.   Now  let’s  get  to  work.  We  need  to  come  up   with  our  next  project  today.”       Ellie  raised  her  hand  to  speak.  “I  thought  of   three  possibilities,”  she  said.  “First,  ”  she   began,  “we  could  raise  money  to  buy  books  at   our  neighborhood  library.  Our  teacher  said   she  read  in  the  newspaper  that  they  don’t  have   money  for  any  new  books  this  year.”       “Second,”  she  continued,  but  Jake  interrupted   her.  “Whoa!  One  at  a  time,  Ellie.    Someone  else   might  have  an  idea.  How  about  you,  Manuel.   Have  you  thought  of  anything?”       Manuel  thought  for  a  minute.  “Well,  as  you   know,  my  mom  teaches  in  the  Special  Needs   class,  “  he  said.  “They’re  going  to  have  a  Talent   Fair.  They’re  doing  art  projects,  putting  on  a   concert,  and  also  doing  a  skit  of  some  kind,  I   think.  She  wants  to  get  a  crowd  to  come,  but   other  than  the  school  newsletter,  she  needs   help.  All  of  her  time  goes  to  helping  them  get   ready.  She  wants  a  really  big  turnout  for  the   nighttime  performance.”        “Okay“  said  Jake.  “That’s  a  good  idea  too.   Anyone  else?”        

 

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  “Well,  I  had  some  other  ideas,”  said  Ellie.   “Unless  you  or  Keiko  want  to  suggest   something,”  she  added.       “How  about  it,  Keiko.  Any  ideas?”  asked  Jake.       “Well,“  she  began  shyly.    “We  could  put  on  a   Talent  and  Craft  Fair  with  our  sister  school.   Some  of  us  are  pen  pals  with  the  students   there  and  I  always  wish  we  could  see  them   face  to  face  and  get  to  know  them  better.”       “But  they  are  so  far  away—it’s  over  40  miles   from  here,”  said  Jake.  “It’s  on  the  other  side  of   downtown.  Where  would  the  Fair  be?”       “We  could  have  one  day  here  and  one  over   there,“  said  Manuel.  “It  could  be  fun.  We  would   get  to  know  more  about  them.  The  kids  there   come  from  a  lot  of  different  countries.”     “But  how  would  we  get  there?  There  would   need  to  be  rehearsals  and  joint  projects,   wouldn’t  there?  Otherwise  what  would  be  the   point?”  interrupted  Jake.       “And  remember,”  added  Ellie.  “It’s  only  your   sister  school,  not  ours.  Manuel  and  I  go  to   public  school.”    


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  “These  are  very  good  points,”  said  Keiko.  “It   probably  isn’t  a  very  good  idea.”     Ellie  turned  to  her.  “We  didn’t  say  that,  Keiko.   We’re  just  saying  there  are  a  lot  of  things  we   would  have  to  figure  out.”       “Well,  “  said  Jake,   standing  up.  “The  way  I   see  it,  we  have  three   ideas  on  the  table,  all   good  ones.  Let’s  take  a   vote  and  see  which  one   we  like  the  best.  Can  we   just  do  a  show  of  hands   on  this  one,  or  do  we   need  a  secret  vote  again?”     “A  show  of  hands!”  they  all  answered  at  once.       “Okay,”  agreed  Jake.  “And  remember,  we   shouldn’t  just  vote  for  what  would  be  the  most   fun.  We  should  always  choose  what  will  do  the   most  good.  Is  everyone  ready  to  vote?”   __________   ©  RCL  Benziger  

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