To The Honorable Scott Stringer,
I am a 13-year-old student who lives in Brooklyn, a city, which as you know, was one of the most affected cities by COVID-19. My dad who works as a taxi driver cannot work because he does not want to get the virus. This has caused our budget for food to become a bit low and it has been really tough to make ends meet. It is my understanding that the New York City police are getting more funding while social services which aim to help people during the quarantine are getting its budget halved. Reducing the NYC police budget and re-allocating those funds to social services will make quarantine much easier and less frightening since people won’t have to worry about how they are going to get food or other resources without a job.
If you cut the budget of the NYPD it would benefit my family and other families as more money put into social services will allow fewer families to worry about what to eat and instead focus on being safe from Covid-19.
I know you’ve considered freezing hiring, cutting police overtime, and improving officer discipline. This would be the right choice and by using your influence as Comptroller you will have a better impact on improving New Yorker’s lives.
Jeem J. Rahman
8th Grade Student
Achievement First Apollo Middle School
By: Naeem Chase Williams, 8th Grade
Everyone is now so far apart,
Ever since the virus had its start.
I continue have to wait with patience,
For I can't wait to be rid of this isolation.
The nice summer days, carnivals and the beach,
But now all we can do is stay home and watch TV.
It's so frustrating not being able to talk face to face
Since we now have to stay apart with a mask on our face.
On the news the government says they are trying to fix this disaster,
But everyday as I stay home I wait for that to happen.
Now all we can do is wait,
While we stay on our homes,
Forced to isolate.
By: Isabella Torres, 8th Grade
For some reason whenever I ask a question about what's going to happen next in the world now the answer is
I Don’t Know.
Hey when are we going to be able to go outside again? I Don’t Know.
When are we going to be able to go to school that's not online? I Don’t Know
No one knows anymore,
It’s like we all bumped our heads one day and all we can say is
I Don’t know.
I want answers but all it seems we can say in these uncertain times is
I Don't Know.
By: Emmanuel Ebegbe, 6th Grade
Before, people could hear the noise of the street.
Now, you can barely hear the pit pat of your feet.
Before, you could get chips by going to the store.
Now, it's not that simple anymore.
Before, you could look on the street,
And there would be people here and there.
Now, nothing but fear everywhere.
Before, people could go to Disneyland.
Now, some people call the city bland.
But the City is still going,
No matter how it looks.
The City is still full of people,
And the Library still has its books.
People are still working,
No matter what background they are in,
And now people are seeing,
How much they value their kin.
It's still the same hustle and bustle,
This city has not yet lost its muscle,
People are still working all day long,
No matter what, New York City stays strong.
Things may look a little strange,
But it's going to be okay,
Because then again,
Who hasn't seen things change?
By: Savannah B., 6th Grade
Today I’m scared.
Scared for my life...
People at risk,
People who lose their family,
Scared ill never see my friend again,
Scared that they will never see me again,
Scared about life after this,
Scared about the impact.
Scared…will we rise up?
Today will mean more,
Today will mean more,
More than yesterday did,
Today will be more,
More than the day before that came,
Not the day after,
Today is the day,
The day that will be history.
By: Shania Browne, 6th Grade
If coronavirus was a restaurant, I would give her a solid One-Star rating.
She would only get One Star because she is not only killing humans but she is also keeping us trapped inside our houses. This is stopping us from learning, getting snacks, and celebrating events.
But I won't give her Zero Stars because in some places she isn't affecting people as badly as she is here -- in New York City. The only reason Coronavirus would ever get over "Three Stars" would be if she stopped hurting humans forever.
Coronavirus is also on my bad side since she affected my grandfather and almost affected my mother. Luckily she didn't affect my mother too badly, but because of this we are not the best of friends. Not only is Coronavirus dangerous, she also comes with coughing and shortness of breath.
I have one more bad review for Coronavirus. She attacks people with bad immune systems and since I have asthma, I feel in danger every day.
Someone Who Isn't A Fan
By: Mariama Bah, 7th Grade
April 1st 2020
“I’m so tired. I’m so bored. I want to go outside.” You mean you want to go outside and catch the virus? No way, Jose. Everyday these are phrases I hear. Most of them I have said before (okay maybe all of them), but now I somewhat “regret” it.
This is my life now: Wake up at 8:00 am and get ready for online classes. Try typing in the non-existent class password into Zoom that you received from someone at 9:00 am (for a class that starts at 9:00am). Wait for them to allow you in. At 9:15, wait five minutes for your next class that is an hour long. Repeat 3 times. Makes 98 servings. That's it, that's my schedule.
All I can say is… I MISS SCHOOL! But why do I miss it so much? Most people hate school. Well, what happens at school is that people are able to interact with other students and talk to their friends. Now that we are locked here in our houses as quarantine, we aren’t able to do that. But why are we doing this?
Well, once upon a time, an unknown disease began spreading from a food market in China. Within days, or weeks, people in the area were becoming infected with something called the coronavirus, or COVID-19. So far it has been spreading all over the world and has caused the world what feels like permanent lockdown. Yeah, it's pretty sad.
But what I’m really disappointed about is that a few days before school got shut down, I was informed that I was able to go on a trip because I met my reading goal. I also figured out that about 2 or 3 of my best friends were also going to be going on that trip. Also, the closing was totally unexpected (right before it got closed down we got a paper saying the school wouldn’t close down ;). And last but not least, my YouTube channel is literally dead. I haven’t posted for about a month and I’m kind of losing subscribers. I have no motivation to draw or make videos besides my comic strip I started working on. I think I’m getting used to these video call meetings now.
Most importantly, life is short. Don’t waste it complaining 😑.
By: Zaima Rahman, 7th Grade
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
It was announced 2 weeks ago that school will be closing due to the current coronavirus pandemic. I’m not going to lie, at first, I was really excited because this meant that I could stay home for the next month and coming, and I didn’t have to wake up early or go to school for a whole 9 hours. However, a couple of days have passed, and I am not enjoying this “vacation” as much as I thought I would. First of all, everyone in my house is panicking about the spread of the virus, which means that my paranoid mom is making the whole family wash their hands literally every ten minutes.
Seriously, my mom is so paranoid, she started wiping EVERYTHING with disinfectant wipes, from the doorknobs to my notebook and even the bananas. Also, I thought that one of the best parts about not having school was that I could go outside to the park or hang out with my friends, but because of social distancing, I can’t even do that. I was also looking forward to attending a concert in May with a couple of my friends, but that event has been postponed to who-knows-when.
To add on to tall of this, I now have to attend online classes, which is not really that bad, but it is kind of stressing me out because I don’t exactly have a definite space to study in my super-cramped house. Did I mention how hard it is to be stuck at home? With nine people in the house, the TV is always being hogged by either my four year old cousin or my grandparents. I feel like I’m a prisoner locked up in a jail cell. I found myself laying on my bed and staring up at the ceiling fan 3 times today already. I want to go outside so bad now. A couple of weeks ago, I would have done anything to be able to stay home in my bed and sleep all day. How the tables have turned!
Apparently, I also miss school. Over the past few weeks, I realized that school is the only place that I am really able to socialize since I don’t really like people and the few friends that I do have at school are the only people my age that I am comfortable talking to. I miss messing around with my friends and playing UNO during lunch and insulting each other for the mere purpose of humor.
I guess all of those Disney Channel movies were true; You really don’t realize how much you appreciate something, until it is gone.