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10 Stories of Doing Good, Helping Others By Young, Emerging Writers in the Caribbean

An award winning project of the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020


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A MESSAGE FOR OUR READERS Hello! We hope you enjoy this book of stories written by young authors of the Caribbean Islands. This book has been produced by Rotarians of the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020.

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Rotarians believe in four important ideas, and we remind ourselves about them every week when we meet.

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TRUTH – You should always speak the truth. FAIRNESS – Always be fair when playing and working with others. FRIENDSHIP – When you want to help your community by collecting food for those who don’t have it, or picking up trash around your school, bring your friends along and you’ll have twice as much fun! HELPING OTHERS – It is important to help those around you who are not as lucky as you are. Ask around your school to find out what you can do to help out! Rotarians meet every week to learn more about what is going on in the world and what we can do to help. We hope you will help to make your community better by studying hard, and doing all you can to help your school and community become a better place! From Your friends at The Rotary E- Club of the Caribbean, 7020


CONTENTS This book is printed in four of the languages spoken in the Caribbean region

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A Magical Christmas

Joshua Callendar

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Isabella Cottone

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Alex Glabach

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The Pebble

Nathaniel Harlow

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Try To Change

Tyler Ingram

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Courage


CONTENTS This book is printed in four of the languages spoken in the Caribbean region

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The Grateful Stingray

Gabriella Lulu Mills

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Sacha Tobias

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Diamond White

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The Dance Competition

Shakimbewha White & Jalea Benjamin

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The Madras Doll

Tashani Williams

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The Gift Of Dancing

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A Rare Encounter


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A MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

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JOSHUA CALLENDAR AGED 11

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A Magical Christmas By Joshua Callendar Long ago, Christmas in the Virgin Islands was spent with family and friends sharing with each other. People visited houses in the villages, ate ham and tart and drank guavaberry wine. They went from house to house singing songs of the season. They were a very happy people, who loved to share.

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As time went on people changed. Their ways became selfish and no one shared. Some families had very little, but no one cared.

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The Winter family lived in the country in a very small cottage with very little furniture. They had one small pot to cook meals and the family of three had only one bed to sleep on. They were so poor they could not afford anything new for Christmas.

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One day a stranger knocked on the cottage door. The funny little man gave Mrs. Winter an invitation to a grand Christmas party. She wondered why anyone would invite her to such a fancy affair. She had nothing to wear to the party, but the little man would not listen. He told her that she and her family must come. The Winters put on their best clothing and headed out to the party. They walked for a long time before they got to the Botanic Gardens where the party was being held. When they got there, they were surprised to see that they were the only ones there, yet there was a large table filled with enough foods to feed the entire village! There was a tall century tree garnished with lights and tinsel and gift boxes of different sizes lay beneath. The strange little man was there with a big smile and welcomed them. He told them they were the guests of honour


and the party was for them. They could eat whatever they wanted and all the gifts belonged to them. They were very excited, but felt it was wrong. Mr. Winter told the little man they should call all his neighbours and let them enjoy the feast. The little man smiled even bigger. He was pleased that the Winters were such kindhearted people. He agreed for the neighbours to come as well.

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They ran and called everyone in the village. Those who had plenty and those who had very little. Everyone came and enjoyed the feast. There were gifts for everyone and everyone was happy. They started talking about how Christmas was and they agreed it should be that way again.

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At the end of the night the little man was nowhere to be seen. No one knew who he was. Not even his name. No one had ever seen him before that night. But all the people in the village were happy he came and helped them to see the magic of Christmas once more.


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ISABELLA COTTONE AGED 9

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Courage By Isabella Cottone

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Sunny High School was in St. James. Jamaica. It was on a hill which had a good view of the sea which usually was calm and where you could watch the seagulls flying around and the jumping dolphins. By the school parking lot there was a small river with a little bridge over it and this was in front of the main entrance to the wooden building. Next to it was a big Bombay mango tree and also breadfruit and starfruit trees by the windows. Some of the children used to build a fire and roast breadfruits under the tree for their lunch.

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Ten minutes away from the school was a small, old house where fourteen year old Emma lived with her mother.

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“Listen to you teacher today, Emma. Later I will cook chicken and rice for dinner,” said Mama as she hugged her daughter and rushed out of the house to go to work.

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In the morning Emma went straight to class to do Language worksheets which she was good at. At lunchtime she sat next to her two best friends Conroy and Jacob and they ate cheese patties and ackee and salt fish. They planned to go swimming after school. In the afternoon they worked on a Geography project of Africa. After a few minutes, Emma turned to Ryan and asked, “You feel hot?” “What!!!! I sweating like crazy and I smell like something burning,” replied Conroy.


Suddenly they saw thick, black smoke coming into the room through the open window. Children started to cough. Then fire ran from the door on to the teacher's desk. Bits of wood were falling as it spread quickly. “Aaaahhhhh!!!!” Screams filled the room.

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The children ran as fast as Usain Bolt! Emma tripped and fell on the burning floor and sprained her ankle. Her arms and legs were burned. She was so frightened and she felt numb. Then Conroy and Jacob noticed she was not outside and they ran back to the classroom, their hearts beating fast with fear. They could not see her at first because of the fire and smoke but then they found her crying, lifted her up and pulled her quickly out of the room. Her eyes were swollen and she had so much pain that she was shouting at the top of her lungs. The children ran and ran away from the hot flames and choking smoke.

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Some parents who lived nearby saw the smoke and heard the screams and they ran up to help the children and also to use water from the river to throw on the fire. They were glad to see their children and to know they were not burned. Emma's mother arrived a few minutes later. She was crying with tears of joy that Emma was not badly hurt. She hugged Emma and did not want to let her go. “Is Conroy and Jacob save me Mama. I almost dead!” Emma told her. The boys felt satisfied that they had done something special for their friend. Thank you, thank you with all my heart. I was so scared. You are two strong boy! Thank God the children alright. I going


take Emma to the Doctor now. But how all this start?” Mama asked. “Every time the children roast breadfruit for them lunch they make the fire too close to the window. Teacher talk to them all the time and they won't listen! Today they don't pay attention to the fire and they leave without outing it. It catch up and burn the wood.”

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“Where they going have class now?” Mama asked the teacher.

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“We don't know but from now they have to take the breadfruit home to roast!” Teacher Kenya replied. “And best of all those boys have so much courage even though they were really afraid. They still saved their friend out of the fire. Today we learned a good lesson from this.”


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ALEX GLABACH AGED 10

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Dominick By Alex Glabach It was a rainy day in St. John and a girl named Colleen and her friend Julia were walking home from school. They found a baby donkey laying in a patch of soft, green grass on the side of the road. Colleen thought he looked very slim. Colleen and Julia called their parents.

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"We'll be right there! What street?"

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"Mom, Dad, we need help! We found a baby donkey on the side of the road," cried Colleen.

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"Seagrape Avenue," answered Colleen. Colleen's parents got there in a quick snap of their fingers. "Is he okay? Will he be fine?" the girls immediately started asking questions. We don't know yet," answered Colleen's dad.

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"Why don't we name him Dominick," said Julia. "I absolutely love that name!" Colleen shouted. Julia's mom is a paramedic. Julia and Colleen thought that she could come with an ambulance, or a big enough vehicle to fit Dominick. "Why that's a great idea, let me call her," said Colleen's mom. Suddenly they heard a loud siren approaching.


"Hi!" screamed the two girls to Julia's mom.

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"I'm here to help! What can I do to help?" questioned Julia's mom. Colleen told her what was going on and how she could help to put Dominick in the ambulance and bring him to Canines, Cats and Critters on Centerline Road. They got to Canines, Cats, and Critters. Julia and Colleen walked into the cold building. She saw a parrot and a very nice lady sitting at a desk. Julia started shouting, "EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY!" Julia's mom and another doctor rushed in with a loud bang from the doors. It was almost night time and they were sitting in the waiting room waiting to hear something back from the vet. Suddenly a vet came walking out of a room. "The baby donkey needs to stay here for a couple of days, but he's fine," the vet said. "Oh thank goodness. Girls let's go get some sleep. We will check on him in a couple of days," Colleen's mom said. "OK" replied Colleen. So they went home and got some sleep.

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Two days passed and they heard nothing about Dominick. Another day passed, still nothing. "OK, I'm worried sick! Let's just go to the vets." said Colleen's mom. The girls got to Canines, Cats and Critters where there was a lady wearing a green dress and it looked like she was waiting for them. "Hi the donkey ........ the donkey, HAS RECOVERED! He is doing excellent! You can take him back out if you would like," exclaimed the kind lady. "Yes yes!," cried Colleen and Julia. "I guess that's a yes," said Colleen's mom. Later that day, after feeding Dominick, Colleen, Julia, and Colleen's mom tried to find a group of donkeys. Luckily they found some. They took Dominick out of the van they were


driving to see if the other donkeys recognized Dominick. They all walked up to him and cuddled him like family. "I think that's his family," said Julia.

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"We better leave him with his family," said Colleen's mom. So they did. A few days later they celebrated all their hard work to help Dominick. They celebrated at Gibney Beach with good food like pates, johnny cakes and fried chicken. They danced to carnival music all day long! They still really miss Dominick. They think about him every day! They learned that helping out and giving care that was needed is always good! It is great to give!!


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The Pebble By Nathaniel Harlowe The storm was getting stronger. CRASH! Thunder roared!

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It looked like Lightning ripped the sky in half! The huge storm was getting stronger and louder as the night went on! The sound rang through my head. I ran through the darkened corridor rushing to my room, I hopped into bed and tried to get to sleep. It was hard, because the thunderous claps were still ringing in my ears, but I managed eventually.

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I woke up in my bedroom as usual. My room is a cosy place. It makes me feel safe. I clambered out of bed to look out of the window. The sun was shining bright over the lawn in the garden below. Steam was rising rapidly as the rainfall began to evaporate.

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This Friday was special. We had arranged to go to Granny's house today. My sister, Lizzy, shouted “Three hours until it's time to go to Granny's!” We were so excited because Granny has a gorgeous, fluffy dog and we hadn't seen her for what felt like years! I went for a quick walk along the deserted beach to amuse myself for an hour. There was so much seaweed, it looked like the whole of Australia had been washed up on our tiny island. The waves must have been lashing at the shoreline. Suddenly… I tripped! I looked to see what I had stumbled on and saw a sparkling, tawny brown rock in the shape of a heart with the fossil of an anemone right in the centre! Wow, that's special, I've never seen anything like it before, I thought; I could give


that to Granny, she's special, she deserves it. I scooped it up and slipped it into my pocket. I glanced at my watch and realised I needed to run home!

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We could see Granny waiting for us right outside her house. I grabbed the pebble, rushed out of the car and gave her a HUGE hug. “Come inside, it's starting to rain again.” she said. Granny had prepared pound cake and delicious coconut and mango cookies, made from fruit picked fresh that morning!

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“It's stopped raining, should we go for a walk? Granny asked, after a while. “We could go past the Park on Bel Air Drive and down to Red Bay Beach.” “Yeah, sure!” I replied.

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When we were half way down the one hundred and eighteen steps, I remembered to give Granny the special pebble. “Granny this is for you!” I said as I handed her the pebble. She smiled happily. We went snorkelling in the sparkling turquoise ocean. SPLASH! Granny dived down to the bottom of the ocean and came up with a silver pebble in the palm of her hand. After a while we swam up to shore and she handed it to me. I felt overjoyed and so lucky! When we arrived home Granny went in her huge cupboard and took out an old dusty box. I closely observed the container. It


was carefully decorated with pictures about 60 years old. Granny opened the memory box. Inside there were old pictures, letters, and artifacts. We sat looking and reading each individual piece for about two hours. It was very interesting because Granny tells the best stories!

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Eventually she picked up a plastic bag containing special rocks, shells, and fossils. She picked up the special pebble I had given her and she put it in her bag. She put the bag in the box and put it back in the cupboard together with all her other special memories.

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'I feel really special that you chose to give me your pebble' said Granny. 'I feel special to have such a special Granny', I replied.


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Try To Change By Tyler Ingram

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In the town of Redtown, which was near Ocho Rios in Jamaica, there was a little house where a family of six people lived. From the house they saw the beautiful, blue of the Caribbean Sea. Beside the house was a magnificent breadfruit tree whose branches covered part of the house and there were also mango trees close to the house. In the little vegetable garden there were carrots, corn and tomatoes. Father was a farmer and Mother worked in a shop. Roy and Ty were brothers in the family and they were best friends.

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One day Roy and Ty left home to go to the football field. They saw the bully of the school, whose name was Bobby, coming towards them. He would always hurt people by calling them names and pushing them. He took their ball away, and said,” You are two foolish little boys.” They became angry and were sweating with fear and then they started to cry.

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Bobby's big sister saw what was happening and ran home and told their mother. She came right away and shouted at Bobby,” Why you doing that to these two little boys Bobby? I am angry with you! You must learn to treat people better than that.” She made him give back the ball. He felt bad and said, “I'm so sorry Roy and Ty and I'll never do that again. But I don't know how to change.” “Try to be kind to everyone. Try to do good things for people. Don't hurt their feelings again,” said his mother. Roy and Ty decided to help Bobby and so they asked him if he wanted to play with them. He was so surprised that they


wanted to play with him. “YESSSS!!!� he shouted. He was so happy. Then they all played football together and laughed together as they told each other jokes. They had so much fun that they decided to play again the next day and the next. Roy and Ty found out that Bobby was feeling sad and left out and lonely. That made him angry especially when he saw other children playing.

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THE GRATEFUL STINGRAY

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The Grateful Stingray By Gabriella Lulu Mills

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Once upon a time, deep in the Atlantic Ocean, there was a stingray who was called Ben. Ben was a lovely stingray who was caring, friendly and thoughtful. There was also a little stingray called Tiny. Tiny was sad and lonely. Tiny had no friends because she had no tail. Her mother and father died when she was only a baby. One day, Ben went to the seashell park, where there were pretty and colourful coral flowers and sea urchin balls to play catch with.

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Tiny went to the park too, but she went to be sad. She was so sad her tears fell like a waterfall. Ben and Tiny bumped into each other. Ben noticed that Tiny was crying and that she had no tail. Ben said, “Are you all right?” Tiny whimpered, “No. I wish I had a tail like everyone else. That's why nobody likes me.”

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Ben felt very sad for Tiny. He thought he should give Tiny his tail. So Ben told Tiny he would give his tail to her. Tiny jumped up with excitement and said, “Oh, thank you very much!” So the next day Ben got the dolphins, clownfish, squid, swordfish and needlefish to help him get his tail on Tiny. The dolphins and clownfish were there to make her laugh because Tiny was crying. The squid was there to suck out all the nervousness. The swordfish was there to cut off the tail of Ben. The needlefish was there to sew the tail on Tiny. After it was all done, Ben said to Tiny, “Can I take you out to lunch for some squid?” Then Tiny said, “Yes! How can I repay you?” “Oh, no you don't have to do that,” Ben said.


The next day, Ben went to the Queen, who was a queen angelfish, and asked, “Your Majesty, may I adopt someone?” “Of course. Choose any creature you would like. Do you have anyone in mind?” “Oh, yes, your Majesty. I have one in mind. She is a stingray. Her name is Tiny.” The Queen said, “Oh, yes, Tiny. She is one of my favourite animals.”

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The next day, Ben went to Tiny's house and told him he just adopted her. Tiny said, “Thank you, Daddy.” And they went out for cookies and milk.


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THE GIFT OF DANCING

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The Gift of Dancing By Sacha Tobias

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My mom told me that my cousin fell off her bike and broke her leg and that we were going to see her at the hospital. We went to see her during the visiting hours. She was lying on the bed and her leg was in a white cast. She looked unhappy and she said she was in pain. There was another girl in the hospital as well and she did not look happy either. I felt that I wanted to cheer them up. So I imagined that I had music in my head and I started to dance for them. After dancing for them they told me that they liked the dance. Their faces did not look unhappy anymore. I stayed a while longer and talked with my cousin and the other girl.

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I went home with my mom that day and I thought of my hospital visit to see my cousin. I suddenly had a brilliant idea. I could dance for the children who are sick in the hospital. I like to express myself through dance. Since I like to dance both ballet and hip- hop, I thought I would do both. I can make a dance joyful, or sad. But the dance has to be lively though, but it cannot be too loud because I do not want to annoy the patients. Dancing would be something special that I can give to someone special like my cousin and other sick children in the hospital. So I told my mom about my idea and she liked it. She told me before dancing in the hospital for the sick children, I would need to get the permission from the persons who are in charge at the hospital. So my mom wrote a letter to the director in charge explaining what I wanted to do. She mentioned in the letter also that she would always accompany me and that we would always get the permission from the nurse that is in charge at that time. The nurse will let us know whether it


would be okay. I will go on a Sunday afternoon once a month and dance during the visiting hours. We waited for the reply and I was surprised that they said yes. Maybe they said yes because I am a child and they actually liked my idea.

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My mom took me to the hospital on a Sunday afternoon in the month of October. I greeted the children that were there and told them that I would like to dance for them. I was a bit nervous but I danced a hip hop dance for them that I learnt in dance class. After the dance I saw the happy faces. A little girl clapped for me and she told me to dance again. So I did. This time the girl moved her head to the beat of the music. After the dance I spoke to them for a short time. I told them that I hope they will get better soon. I thanked them for watching me dance. They thanked me also for coming. I said goodbye and I left. It went better than I thought and I was happy. I wanted to do it again.


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A RARE ENCOUNTER

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A Rare Encounter By Diamond White

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The next day was sunny and pleasant, yet George was as nervous as a mouse in a mouse trap. The forecast for that day called for a few clouds and a lot of sunshine. George was shivering all over from nervousness. He wished he did not have to go to school. He still had to face the school's many bullies. The walk to school became an obstacle course, turning a fifteen minute walk into a thirty minute walk with each step overflowing with fear. As he made ninja-like movements towards the school in a zigzag pattern, thoughts of what the bullies would do to him danced in his head.

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George just couldn't bear it, so he closed his eyes. But the whole room went silent so he had to open them up. It was over, the student had already taken his seat. George tried to enjoy the day but it was impossible since there was an extra weight on his shoulders. It was almost snack time even though it felt like hours away to him. When it finally came George didn't think he had the energy to out-run an extra bully today. Sure enough, when snack time came he found himself in the same running position. He ran and ran but the new student was just too fast. He did the only thing he could do, close his eyes and wait for the inevitable; but it never happened, instead the student introduced himself. “My name is Sam, what's yours?” he asked. “Uuum! I'm George,” he replied nervously. For the rest of snack time they talked to each other and had fun.

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From the first time George met Sam; he realized he was different from all the other green iguanas. Since Sam was not teasing him like the others, George decided to tell Sam about the problems he's been having with the bullies and hope he will be able to help him. It turned out he did not just have bad luck after all. Sam knew that since he was a green iguana the other green iguanas would listen to him. After a short while, all George's bully problems were over. He was now a fully confident blue iguana and was no longer hiding in the dark. All George needed was a special friend who would stand by him and help him out. Sam was also happy to do something special for his friend George whom he thinks is special and rare.


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THE DANCE COMPETITION

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The Dance Competition By Shakimbewha White & Jalea Benjamin

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Shak and Jay were best friends. They did everything together. So it was not surprising that they were members of the same dance team. They were both very athletic and enjoyed doing cartwheels, handsprings and splits. One afternoon while on their way to dance practice, the girls decided to take a stroll through Queen Elizabeth Park to feed the turtle doves that gathered there regularly. This day it was different. While feeding the birds Jay noticed a shadowy figure hiding behind the oleanders. It was a little boy. He was about their age, but he was very thin and wore torn clothes. The girls were very worried about him, but he ran away when they got close to him.

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It was getting late and the girls knew they had to hurry on to dance class. But the strange little boy was on their minds. They knew they had to find him and help him in some way.

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Two afternoons later Shak and Jay left school and hurried down to the Park. This time not only were they looking for turtledoves, they were hoping they found the little boy. You see, they both packed extra snacks in their lunch bags, and wanted to give them to him. Shak spotted him by the swings. She ran up to him and asked if he wanted a push, but he said no and tried to leave. Jay came over and asked if he wanted one of her snacks. At first, he seemed hesitant but he took the snack. He told Jay and Shak that his name was Andrew. He also told them about his life and how he and his mom ended up homeless. The girls wished they could do more than just a few snacks. When the girls left Andrew, they felt even sadder. They knew they had their warm beds to sleep in while he had nowhere to call home.


Every day the girls went to find Andrew and took snacks for him. Then one day at dance class Ms. Cindy told them about a dance competition for pairs. The first prize was $5000. All the girls could think about was how much groceries and new clothes Andrew and his mom could get. They had to win the competition. Andrew was depending on them.

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They practiced day and night. Harder than they had ever practiced before. They practiced so much that they hardly got to see Andrew. He thought they had forgotten all about him.

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The night of the competition came. The other teams were good. Shak and Jay were nervous, but they couldn't back down now. Then, it was their turn. The lights dimmed and the audience in the Cultural Centre was hushed. When the music started playing the girls danced as if their lives depended on it Shak tumbled and flipped, while Jay did hand stands and splits. They sashayed and even two-stepped. It was an amazing performance.

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The girls stood on the side and waited for the judges' decision. They won! They couldn't wait to find Andrew to tell him the good news. They did it! The best part about winning was that they would finally be able to help their new friend in a big way.


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THE MADRAS DOLL

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By TASHANI WILLIAMS AGED 11

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The Madras Doll By Tashani Williams

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In the Virgin Islands, on the small island of St. John, lived a little girl named Yana. Yana loved to play with dolls. It was her favorite thing to do. She had six dolls and she knew each one by name. There was Suzy, Brandy, Emily, Tasha, Kim and Kishma. Each doll was unique and special. Suzy was a gift from her grandmother in the United states. Brandy was a gift from her mother; she was a beautiful porcelain doll with a lace dress and a painted face. Emily and Tasha were Barbie dolls that her auntie had given her for Christmas. Kim was a pretty rag doll that her dad gave her for her birthday. Kishma was her favorite doll. She was made right in the Virgin Islands and she had been given to Yana by a very special friend,

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Yana remembered when she got Kishma. She was very sick. The doctors said that she had Leukemia. She was very sad and did not feel well at all. She didn't even want to play with her beautiful dolls. Every day blurred into the other. It was nothing but hospitals and treatments. One day she got a visit from a special girl. The girl's name was Tashani. Tashani felt very sorry for Yana and all the pain that she felt. Tashani started to visit Yana in the hospital often. Her visits made Yana feel better. When Tashani came to visit, they would play with Yana's dolls. That made Yana happy. Tashani noticed that Yana was happiest when she played with her dolls. The only thing that Yana loved almost as much as playing with her dolls was going to Carnival. Yana loved playing the games during Carnival like Popping the Balloons and Basketball. Every year, she would get her face painted and her daddy would buy her sno-cones and cotton candy. On the last night, she would sit


on her daddy's shoulders and watch the fireworks. But this year was different. Instead of going to the Carnival, Yana would be in the hospital. She would not get to enjoy any of the things that she loved about Carnival. As Carnival got nearer and neaer, Yana got sadder. Not even visits from Tashani could cheer her up. Everyone was worried about her.

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Finally, it was Carnival. Tashani went with her mom to enjoy Carnival. They had some cotton candy and sno-cones. Tashani remembered Yana and how much she loved Carnival. She wanted to bring her something very special to remind her of Carnival, but she didn't know what is would be. Then she remembered how much Yana loved dolls. Her mom agreed that they should get her a gift. One afternoon, they made their way through the booths looking for something special. Tashini had almost given up when she saw it; a beautiful madras doll. It wore a beautiful madras dress in reds, greens and yellows with white trim. It had a towering madras hat on its head. Its brown skin shone in the Virgin Islands' sun. It was the perfect mixture of the Virgin Islands' carnival culture and the dolls that Yana loved. Tashini and her mother bought the doll and wrapped it up nicely. They went to the hospital and gave Yana her gift. When Yana opened her gift, she was very surprised. She began to cry. Tashini was worried that she didn't like her gift but Yana told her that she loved it. Yana named the doll Kishma and it became her favorite of all her dolls. Tashini felt really happy that Yana liked the doll. It made her feel really good to know that she had lifted someone else's spirit. One day, Tashini got a call from Yana. She had beaten her leukemia. It made Tashini very happy to know that her friend would be ok.


OUR THANKS To the following Rotary Clubs who held local story writing contests

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Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands Grand Cayman Central, Cayman Islands Grand Cayman Sunrise, Cayman Islands May Pen, Jamaica Montego Bay, Jamaica Montego Bay Sunrise, Jamaica Nassau Sunrise, Bahamas Port au Prince, Haiti Road Town, British Virgin Islands Sunrise of Road Town, British Virgin Islands# Saint-Barthelemy, French West Indies Sint Maarten, Sint Maarten St. John, United States Virgin Islands St. Martin Sunrise, Sint Maarten Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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To the schools which encouraged their students to participate

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Liceo Montessori de Jamaica ** Althea Scatliffe Primary May Pen Primary Methodist Cayman Prep & High ** Agogic Center ** Century House Montessori Montessori By the Sea ** Enis Adams Primary ** Prospect Primary ** First Impressions Primary Ruby Labega Gifft Hill School ** Sainte-Marie Colombier Gladys A Abraham Elementary St. George's Primary Isabella Morris Primary St. Joseph School Joyce Samuel Primary Ulla Muller Elementary Julius E Sprauve ** Learning Unlimited Preparatory Yellow Elder Primary L’Institution du Sacré-Cœur de Turgeau **Schools of the children whose stories have been published


WHAT IS ROTARY? Rotarians are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT? Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages: We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways. We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions. We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change. We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

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HOW DO WE WORK? Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles. HOW DID WE GET HERE? We've been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we've taken on some of the world's toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started. Learn more about Rotary at www.rotary.org 24


The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020 would like to dedicate this book to the 204 children living in the Northern Caribbean who participated in the Butterfly Story Writing Contest 2016. Without their time, effort and talent, this book could never have been produced. We hope that each one of them will continue to enjoy the art of story writing and of reading.


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The young authors who contributed to this StoryBook have received a gift of books in recognition of their efforts.

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We have printed this book so that children worldwide have an opportunity to read the stories

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The publishing of this book in four languages is made possible by the generosity of The Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020 Professors and Students at The Faculty of Applied Linguistics, State University of Haiti

Cover design by Drawing The Line

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