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