“Sonic and Robert” – A Short Story by Second-Grader, Kamarion

Ahoy! Greetings from Captain Tanny’s Adventure Store. This past week, our Afterschool Adventurers listened to Ginger and Petunia  by Patricia Polacco. In this very silly book, a piano teacher named Ginger goes out of town for the week, leaving her beloved pig, Petunia, behind. In the absence of a pet sitter, Petunia is forced to fend for herself. She cooks! She cleans! She even teaches piano!

In response to the story, our adventurers were asked to a) research an animal and b) write a story about what might happen if said animal was left alone for a weekend. Here’s what second-grader Kamarion had to say about a dolphin named Robert:

Sonic and Robert

“Once upon a time there was a dolphin [named Robert] whose owner was Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic had to go make more movies, so he left the dolphin at home for the weekend. He called a babysitter, but the babysitter had to go to the hospital. The dolphin had to go get some food because he was starving! He dressed like Sonic–red and white shoes, blue skin, and he had spiky hair and a black nose. Sonic had left him some bath water, so he could go for a swim, but [Robert] didn’t do it because Sonic wasn’t there. At the store, the dolphin got fish [for himself] and fruit and vegetables [for Sonic]. Then Robert had to teach people how to run fast since Sonic wasn’t there. And then he had to teach piano lessons. Sonic gave Robert a call that he was coming home, and when he got there, Robert jumped to him. Sonic hugged Robert, and he finally got to go in the tub.”

Kamarion’s story demonstrates not only his retention of the book he read, but also his ability to write an analogous story using his knowledge of dolphins.

On behalf of Captain Tanny, great job, Kamarion!

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Volunteer Spotlight–Meet Denise!

Do you wonder what makes the CYC tick? Who are those amazing people helping out with our programs? Every week, Grand Rapidians donate their time and talents to our various programs. Denise volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Afterschool Adventure program! Here is what Denise had to say about her experience at the CYC:

Q: What is your favorite part about volunteering for the CYC?

A: When I see a student get excited about what she is reading or writing, I also get excited! My favorite part of volunteering is when a student gains confidence in his abilities and watches his language arts skills improve.


Q: When you aren’t at the CYC, what do you do?

A: I also tutor in the adult program through the Literacy Center of West Michigan. Last year, I served in Americorps as a Family Literacy Teacher through the LCWM. I sing in the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, and I travel to see my three adult children who live out of state.


Q: What’s your favorite animal at the zoo?

A: I like the penguins the best. I love to watch them swim through the water as well as walk on the ice. I love to read about penguins.


Q: What’s the best adventure you’ve been on?

A: I earned a TESOL certificate in Barcelona in the summer of 2012. I had the opportunity to do some traveling in Spain, and I loved being a student teacher in that magical city! The Alhambra in Granada was memorable.


Q: What is your favorite place to read or write?

A: I read anywhere! The downtown library is one of my favorite spots. I write anywhere as well! There is a little place on Leonard NW called the Story Cafe that I frequent.


Q: Do you have any favorite spots in Grand Rapids?

A: Meijer Gardens is at the top of my list! I take all of my out of town guests there! It offers so much in every season. I like Lamoreaux Park on the Grand River, as well as the White Pine Trail.


Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: I have always wanted to be a belly dancer, an ice dancer, or a symphony musician!


On behalf of Captain H. Tanny and adventurers everywhere, thanks Miss Denise!