Lincoln-Irving Elementary School Student Writers

Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 7:10 pm
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Bald Eagle Days
By Briza Alba Martinez
Fifth grade
Bald eagles migrate from Canada and Alaska to Quad-Cities. The eagles make the Quad-Cities their home for the winter. The eagles mostly remain in Alaska and in Canada the rest of the year.
The bald eagle is a symbol for the United States of America. A lot of people like the bald eagles. People say that the eagle is a majestic bird.
The bald eagle almost became extinct because people where hunting the eagles for sport. The legislative branch made it a illegal to hunt for bald eagles. Now if you hunt for bald eagles, you have to pay a fine or go to jail.
If people who live in the Quad-Cities or surrounding areas would like to learn more about bald eagles that migrate to this area, they can go to the QCCA Expo Center to learn facts about the bald eagles.

By Guadalupe Cuellar
Fifth grade
The Iditarod is a dog sled race in Alaska. The race is from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nome, Alaska. The race is 1,000 miles long, the world's longest dog sled race.
The Iditarod was meant to honor Balto and the other dogs who saved Nome from diphtheria, a disease that causes a dreadful sore throat, swollen glands, fever and chills.
The 2013 Iditarod is coming up on March 2, and will begin at 10 a.m. in Anchorage, Alaska. This year the Iditarod will have 52 rules. One of those rules is that a musher can have up to 24 dogs and all must be microchipped.
The mushers and their dogs train for decades before running in the Iditarod. They train mostly everyday if they want to cross the finish line. For training, dogs learn the commands. These are 5 examples: Let's go (start), Gee (right), Haw (left) Whoa (stop).
Mushers mostly use huskies for their dogs. Three common breeds are the Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute, and Siberian. The best dogs aren't purebred because mushers prefer mixtures of dogs.
When running in the Iditarod the mushers will have Iditarod sled dogs eat a mixture of dog food, fresh meat, and vitamins. Sled dogs eat 5 times more than a normal dog would eat.
So who will be the first to cross the finish line in the 2013 Iditarod? Who knows? If you want to learn everything about the Iditarod go to hope you will love the 2013 Iditarod.

How to Stay Safe in Winter
By Mayra Lule
Fifth grade
Winter is a fun season, but during the winter you need to stay safe. Here are some ways you can stay safe.
First, kids can stay safe in winter by wearing warm clothing. They should put on their coats, mittens, earmuffs, boots, etc. before going outside. Only let kids stay outside about 15-25 minutes.
Another way to stay safe in winter is by driving safely and slowly. Make sure you always have your seatbelt on. You also have to make sure your windshield wipers are clean and working well.
In case there is a blizzard, one way to prepare is by making sure you have the right supplies. Flashlights, shovels, food and warm clothing will come in handy during a blizzard. If you are able to watch the news, they will tell you to stay in your house and not go anywhere. It is important that you listen to them so you can stay safe.
You can have fun in the winter too, but you have to remember to stay safe and make sure you stay warm so that you don't get sick.

The Abuse, Rescue and Adoption of Dogs
By Emilio Mendoza
Fifth grade
Why do people abuse dogs? It happens all over the world. Dogs even get killed because of people abusing them because they just don't want to take care of them. They even leave them in the cold and heat. Then the animal welfare people come and rescue all the hurt dogs and take them to the shelter to make sure they don't have any fleas, ticks, and worms. Then they clean them up and help them get healthy again.

After that they put them up for adoption. Dogs get adopted about 300,000 times a year. My parents adopted a dog for my oldest brother when he was 4 and gave it to him on his birthday.

People adopt dogs for company, friends, and care. They are put in loving homes and get fed and cared for. Some dogs get used as seeing eye dogs if people are blind. They walk their owners to keep them safe.

Dogs are great pets. They can take care of you and you can take care of them. Please adopt one if you can. Their great friends.

My Great Grandpa
Damon Weed
Fifth grade
My great grandpa's name was Jim Spicer. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor. He also rescued a lot of other people.

My great grandpa was born on October 31,1916. He was 80 years old when he passed away. He died on November 15,1996.

It's almost the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The attack of Pearl Harbor happened in 1941. Pearl Harbor is in Honolulu, Hawaii. 2,403 people had died. 68 people were civilians. 1,178 people were wounded.

The Japanese were the ones who attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor. They had bombing planes and they flew over Pearl Harbor and bombed us. This got the U.S. involved in World War II.

I would like you to remember my great grandfather for the wonderful man that he was and for rescuing people at Pearl Harbor.


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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