HELLERTOWN, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. – What if someone offered you a month off from
Sounds really fun, right?
But let me just tell you that you might change your mind when you hear about
what happened to me and the rest of the 1,400 students of Saucon Valley school
Our teachers went on strike in the middle of October and we’ve all been out of
school ever since.
You may have heard about it already. The strike has been on the television news
and in the newspaper. Or you could have heard of it from your friend’s cousin’s
cousin’s friend, or maybe you’re just hearing about it now.
I bet you have no idea what it’s like.
At first, my friends and I loved the idea of not having school for a month. We
thought we were going to have sleepovers and lemonade stands when it was hot
outside and hot chocolate stands when the weather got cold.
We thought we were going to go to zoos, go ice skating, go to parks and go rock
climbing. We planned trips to Dorney Park, a nearby amusement park and an indoor
waterpark, too. I thought my family
was going to the beach and to New York City.
We thought it was going to be a very fun month without school.
We thought wrong.
Some people from other schools have asked me if I like the strike and I tell
them it’s not as fun as they think it is.
At first, staying home is like the first day of school – exciting and different.
But then, it’s really kind of boring.
After a long, busy day in school, I look forward to going home and having a
snack, resting and watching TV. But now that we don’t have school, I have
nothing to look forward to because that’s all I do.
Actually, I look forward to having school and seeing my friends. My mom and dad
are busy, so no one can take me to the places where I want to go. I’m stuck at
home, with nothing to do.
The law says the strike can’t last more than 20 days, so we’ll be back in school
by the middle of November. But then we’ll be stuck there forever, without our
usual holiday breaks.
At Thanksgiving, we won’t be able to travel far away because we only get one day
off. The Friday after Thanksgiving, we’ll be stuffed back into our desks, taking
tests and studying, while kids in other towns are lying around at home, feeling
fat and happy.
On Christmas Eve, we’ll be in school all day and I won’t be able to watch the
Christmas movies and have a big dinner that my family enjoys on that day each
year. Then, when other kids are sledding and skiing during Christmas break,
we’ll be staring out the school windows at the snow.
We won’t have any spring break, either, not even one day.
When summer comes and other kids are out of school, enjoying life on the beach
or at the pool, kids in Hellertown will still be sweating over final exams and
cleaning out our desks and lockers. Our
classes won’t be over until the end of June – about two weeks longer than usual.
So next time you’re in class and bored out of your mind, just remember what I
learned from the teachers’ strike – school isn’t as bad as you think.
The union and the school district settled the strike before the legal deadline.
Middleton and her fellow students went back to school October 30, after missing
12 days of school.