My City in Flames by Sierra Krueger-Wolf, 16

MINNEAPOLIS—A community at war with those meant to protect and serve, I thought as I drove down Lake Street on my sixteenth birthday, May 26. Breathing in acrid breaths of smoke, this was not the present I had expected, watching businesses I

The Real Value of an Essential Worker by Skye Hoffman, 11

STUDIO CITY, CA—Before the pandemic, people like delivery workers weren’t considered to have very important jobs. Now, they are “essential workers” and even “heroes” and thanked for their service. I spoke with some of these people to see what it’s like to

A Clean(ing) Perspective by Elira Punter, 12

New York City—“Stay home, because we can’t,” is a phrase that is spreading like wildfire to show that while we stay sound asleep in our home or running about through the day, cleaning staff are working their hardest to disinfect and clean

A Cinderella Story by Julia Barney, 11

NEW YORK CITY – One year ago, Zoom was just another app, in another app store, on another device. We scrolled past it, with little thought into what we were doing. Barely anybody touched the blue and white logo. Now, Zoom has


Camp Corona? by Addison Oken, Age 14

BOSTON—Swimming, tennis, arts and crafts; all simple things that, today, carry a huge risk behind them. COVID-19 has ripped many kids away from their second home: overnight camp. However, for the brave few camp owners, summer will not be stopped. Although, opening


Waving and Wavering by Henry Goldrich, Age 13

EDGEMONT, NY—We’re in my parents room, on the bed, watching the news. I see the Confederate flag on the screen and think, “Why aren’t people taking it down if they see that it’s hurting others?” What is the meaning of the confederate

2020: The Best Year Ever? by Noah Houriani, 12

LOCATION—Fireworks. Countdown. Ball Drop. Everyone was on their heels during New Years Eve, waiting for the next decade of 2020. They didn’t know what was about to happen! From the Australian and L.A. fires to Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, the BLM protests,

Will Schools Open? by Nina Rogers, 13

NEW PALTZ, NY—I picked up the phone at 7:30 p.m on a Wednesday night. I was calling Brian Cournoyer who is a member and board president on the New Paltz School Board.  “I have been on the school board for six years,