A huge OoRah to the first grade students of Puster Elementary School, Fairview, Texas for a wonderful Christmas video. A second big OoRah goes to Emma McDonald Library Media Specialist for sharing this Christmas Video. In this video the first graders tell how their families celebrate holiday traditions. These elementary students reflect the traditions of families throughout out our beautiful United States of America.
Dream World is about a young free runner named James Paul. James makes a visit to London where he is reminded how friendship and companionship are essential values in life and shares what freedom is to him.
Oorah James and the Free Runner’s of the World
Kids Speak for America salutes our arm forces on Arm Forces Day 2011 and every other day. Please enjoy this video from the Kentucky Baptist Convention in recognition of our United States military and their families.
OoRah Arm Forces.
In Florida I went on an airboat ride. We went out on a swamp got covered with bugs but we saw an alligator and lots of neat colorful birds. After the airboat ride I got to hold a small alligator and it felt like leather on top. I learned that the top front part of their head will deflect a bullet.
I went to Busch Gardens and rode roller coasters. There was one called the SheiKra that went about 200 feet up and held you over a 90 degree drop for 4 seconds before dropping you off this 200 foot vertical drop. I got really wet when we went on the riverboat ride. The riverboat is fun but it wasn’t my favorite ride.
My favorite ride at Busch Gardens was Montu that was named after an Egyptian god of war. This is one of the world’s tallest and longest inverted coasters. On this ride you went up really high, did a lot of flips and curlicues so that a lot of the time you were upside down. It takes you out of a loop, into a curlicue and into an immelmann. An immelman is a loop and a twist where it takes you up high in the air and you come down in a different direction.
I went to Walt Disney World where I rode Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and several others. I am not sure which one was my favorite but Big Thunder Mountain was fun.
At Epcot I really liked Tests Track. Test Track is a high-speed car simulation ride. If you go to Tests Track get in the single rider line because it is really fast and that day looked even faster than the Fastpass line.
We also went to 3 animal parks including Sea World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Busch Gardens. My favorite of the animal’s parks was the one at Busch Gardens. As far as rides at animal parks the Montu at Busch Gardens and the Kraken at Sea World were my favorites. The Kraken is a ride is the highest, longest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando. You go up about 150 feet in the air and get turned over several times.
We also rented go-carts. My dad and grandpa had better go carts than me because you had to be 16 to have the fastest go-carts. I power slid around a corner and the go-cart broke down on me. Still, it was a blast and I rode over 10 miles on it. At the go-cart track they had alligators that I got to feed.
At the condo I did lots of swimming, something I don’t get to do in Oregon this time of year because I don’t have a pool and it’s too cold. In Florida it is hot and humid around 70 to 80 degrees and I got sun burnt but the heat still felt really good.
Next we are going to be going to the Kennedy Space center and then flying back home and it is back to school.
The night I get back from Florida I have my first Babe Ruth Baseball game of the season and can hardly wait to start playing baseball again.
I hope you haven’t allowed politics to ruin your spring break. Have lots of fun, don’t worry about politics or school just kick back and relax. That’s all, I just wanted to say hello to all of you.
OORAH for spring break
I like my school because it is very laid back for the Science Fair and for the fair there is a lot of kids that have projects about weapons that we would usually get in trouble for if we just talked about them.
Most schools would throw a wild crying hissy fit about a project about guns or cannons and I think that kids should be allowed by their schools to have a project about weapons such as guns, cannons, bows, etc as long as it is not about killing humans.
In my opinion if you block a kid off from certain things they will think it is really bad and be scared of it or learn about it on their own and not get the proper instruction. I believe that schools and parents should allow kids to do projects about guns, bows, etc that is my opinion.
Specifically, one of the gun projects was the type of dent or a hole different guns would leave in different targets and the kid used a 38, BB gun, 22 and Airsoft gun. One of the bow projects was what type of arrowhead would do more damage to a deer. One of the cannon projects was mine and it was about what angle would launch a tennis ball the farthest or in simple terms distance over trajectory. Another bow project involved how angle affects distance. Another gun project was about how what you eat affects your aim with a bb gun.
Since I enjoy weapons it made the science really fun.
OoRah to my school for allowing us to discuss weapons.
Okay kids Presidents Day is more than just a day when we don’t go to school. On Presidents Day we celebrate the Presidents that have led our nation. Presidents Day is a day that helps to reunite the people of the United States. Presidents Day gives us some heroes such as President Lincoln and President Washington and one of my favorites President Reagan. This video honors all of our Presidents. Since George Washington’s election in 1789, 43 men have served as President of the United States. We may not agree with them but each of them was elected and on Presidents Day we should recognize them. Happy Presidents Day to America from Kids Speak for America.
OoRah to all of our Presidents.
When talking with kids some say I know Ronald Reagan was a President but who was he. Some Kids have heard that Ronald Reagan was just an Actor that became Americas 40th President. And yes he was an Actor but that was just a small part of his life that helped to make him great. Ronald Reagan grew up poor and went to college where he studied economics. Later he became an actor, a spokesman and then Governor of California.
February 6th, 2011 President Reagan would have been 100 years old was he still living. Kids need to know that Ronald Reagan inspired America with sense and purpose. He believed not only in the freedoms that we as Americans have such as freedom of speech and religion but also that all people should be free. President Reagan brought down the Berlin wall.
Kids need to know that President Reagan believed that parents should teach their kids just how exceptional America is. He believed that if parents did not understand these freedoms kids should teach it to their parents. President Reagan was not like some Presidents that want to make excuses and apologize for America for being the great country that it is. Instead President Reagan wanted us to understand how lucky we are to be able to experience our life as Americans.
President Reagan was an optimist, a man that knew how to use the humor of everyday life and he was a man of deep conviction.
President Reagan was called by many names such as The Gipper, Dutch and Great Communicator. To me though he was President Reagan, 40th President of the United States and a great man who still inspires Americans to protect our freedom in America, to seek freedom for the world and continue to make America and even greater place to live.
Some day I will get to visit the Reagan Ranch and the Reagan library where I will get to feel closer to his presence. Until that time I will continue to honor the memory of President Reagan by doing my small part to help keep his memory alive.
OoRah President Reagan
Saturday January 8, 2011 was a terrible day for Tucson, Arizona and all of America. On this day a gunman shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 20 other people. Six died including a 9 year old child Christina Taylor Green an American kid with dreams and a promising future.
Christina Green was born on another tragic day September 11, 2001. She was born when her family was living in West Grove, Pennsylvania, and was one of the 50 “Faces of Hope” representing babies from 50 states who were born on 9/11. Their images were printed in a book and the proceeds of this book were used to raise money for a 9/11 charity.
Christina’s mother Roxanna Green said about Christina, “From the very beginning, she was an amazing child,” “She was very bright, very mature, off the charts. She was the brightest thing that happened that day.” (9-11).
Christina was on the student council at her elementary school. On this day she attended the rally of Representative Giffords the local congresswoman as a means of seeing government in action. She was a kid that was learning about politics, a very good speaker and perhaps one of our many hopes among American kids that could be a future politician.
Christina was an A student who loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian. She volunteered at a children’s charity. Her mother said, “She belonged to Kids Helping Kids charity and tried to help children less fortunate.”
Christina’s mother said, “She was an athlete, a good dancer, a good gymnast, a good swimmer,” Christina loved baseball and was on her Little League team. Her father John Green, is a supervising scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Her grandfather, Dallas Green, had been a manager for the Yankees and Mets and managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1980.
Her mother said on Fox News, “I’m so proud of her. I’m still proud of her today. I know that she’s going to do great things in heaven. She’s my angel.”
Christina will be missed among her friends, family and those of us that did not know her but now know more about her and what a great kid she was.
With sadness Kids Speak for America gives a big OoRah to Christina Green who served as an inspiration to so many kids and adults during her short but active life.
~Kids Speak for America Contributor~
I hope the new Republican Congress sticks to conservative values. If not Kids Speak for America will be just as hard on them in 2011 as it is on the liberals.
Happy New Year 2011 every body and OoRah to the troops!
I am a kid that was lucky to be born in the United States of America. As a kid I am lucky to be able to celebrate Christmas. Yesterday after my baseball practice I went shopping with my grandpa. I didn’t like spending my money because I only had a few dollars. My grandpa reminded me that in the spirit of Christmas it is better to think of giving then receiving. Grandpa explained that giving from the heart is not the same as being forced to share the wealth and that no matter how little one has there were always others that had even less that would be thrilled to have just a little of what we had.
I asked grandpa what he wanted for Christmas. Grandpa told me that the gift he wanted was to see me share what I had with others because I wanted to and not because I had to. I saw a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and put money in the kettle. Grandpa had a smile on his face said Merry Christmas and put more money in the kettle and it made me real happy to.
Merry Christmas OoRah to our Military and the World and a Happy New Year too!!!