Letter to Representative Written with Port Leyden Elementary Students10:59 AM
This is a "letter to the representative"--in this case, written to the Honorable John McHugh--that I wrote with students of Port Leyden Elementary through videoconferencing. They came up with the idea for a four-day school week, by the way.
Dear Honorable John McHugh,
We are writing today to bring to your attention an issue which we believe is very important.
Do you want the kids of Port Leyden getting good grades while at the same time helping out with chores around the house, participating in extracurricular activities, and getting a good night’s sleep? If you do, please consider our proposal. We believe that schools should run on a four-day week, rather than the traditional five. This would allow students to have more time for sports and recreation; to sleep; and to help out with domestic chores around the house.
America is facing a health problem; so many people these days are not getting enough exercise and physical activity. By enforcing a four-day school week, you would give the children you represent a chance to participate in sports and other healthy recreational activities.
Many different studies have shown that sleep deprivation is bad for adults and especially growing children like us. Sometimes, we stay up until 11:00 PM to 1:00 the next morning—and then get up early for school, sometimes as early as 5:30 in the morning.
If you’re a parent, you know how annoying it is for kids not to do household chores. The truth is, kids are just too busy. 27 out of 30 students in our classroom believe that they are too busy for chores. A four-day school week would give them more time to help out around the house—giving their parents time for more serious things.
You are in a position of unique power at this moment. Why don’t you give us the chance to regain our sleep, become more active citizens, and assist our beloved parents or guardians in their natural employment? Make a decision; we will be watching.