Star Bright, Star Light

Posted January 20, 2020 & filed under mentor text, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

I looked up into the sky,

And saw a young star.

I asked the star to speak to me

of freedom,

And the star replied,

Nothing in the world will

ever be given to you, Gabe.

Everything, you must fight for.

You see…the world will put

chains with locks on you…

And everything you love.

To find freedom, find the key.

To find happiness, overcome depression and anxiety.

To find yourself, accept your identity.

To love your family, accept your culture.

To be free, find the key.

Fight for your freedom.


by Gabe, 12th grade

Working on Your Dreams

Posted January 20, 2014 & filed under Notebook.


MLK Day Google Doodle 2014

Drop your homework,
and pick up your dreams.
Put away the bills,
and spread out your arms.

Go outside
and feel the wind while looking at the leaves
as though they are saying, “Bring it on.”

I always visualize the light.

Stop working
and focus on
living your dreams.

If you don’t know what your dreams are,
then start working on them.

By Keyon, 6th grade

[originally published on this blog March 2010]