Our Life Stories
by Jorge Aguilar,Montgomery Village M.S.
- This is the summary of my life. I was born in 1988 in Ecuador
in a small city called Machala. In 1990 my brother was born in the
- In 1991 I started kindergarten. When I finished I got a
diploma. The next year I started elementary school.
- In 1991 my sister was born and after one year my grandfather
died. Then in 1998 I graduated from elementary school, and started
to play on a soccer team. I also got a diploma from a drawing
- In 1999 I moved to the U.S.A. When I came to the U.S. I did
not know how to speak English. In the same year I started middle
school and had to learn about another culture. In the future I
want to become a soccer player.
My Country Senegal
by Aida A. Sow, Piney Branch E.S.
- Oh! Senegal
- Beautiful country
- The trees outside
- The houses in the country
- The cars on the road
- The schools are close to my house
- The people are so generous
- Oh! Senegal
- Beautiful country
- I go to school everyday
- And if I see the poor people sitting
- I want to cry
- My school is so sad because
- We don't eat lunch there
- But that's ok.
- Anyway, I love my country!
Aid-El-Fitr and Aid-El-Kebir
by Malick Sy, Montgomery Village M.S.
- Senegal is a Muslim country where people fast a whole month
every year, as many countries around the world are doing
presently. People start fasting on November 27, 2000 because of
the hour difference. On December 28,2000, Senegal celebrated the
Aid-el-Fitr. It is celebrated the day following the last day of
fasting. Men and some women, all beautifully dressed go to the
mosque to pray. There is a "good" food smell in every house.
People pay visits to neighbors, relatives and friends and give "
Zakhat " (it means charity) to poor people.
- Two months and ten days after the celebration of the
Aid-el-Fitr, Muslim countries celebrate the Aid-El-Kebir . On that
day, lambs are sacrificed to Allah. The celebration is even
greater than Aid-el-Fitr. Very early in the morning, the young
boys wash the lambs. When the men return from the mosque late in
the morning, the lambs are sacrificed. Meat is given to people who
could not buy lambs. People spend the day going from house to
house eating and visiting.
- The Aid-el-Fitr and Aid-el-Kebir are holidays when kids
receive a lot of money and presents.
The Story of My Favorite Holiday in My Country
by Mercia Wenneh, Montgomery Village M.S.
- Christmas is different for me here in America. In Liberia we
don't use Christmas trees or decorations. As far as gifts are
concerned, some people give the children money. Instead of wearing
regular clothes, we dress in African attire. We also eat sugar
cane on Christmas Day. For drinks we enjoy orange Fanta, cakes and
Sprite. On this day mother cooks fish soup and potato salad which
is very good. I love this day called Christmas. It's my favorite
My School in Italy
by Kelie Tchouyaleukeu, Piney Branch E.S.
- My school in Italy was called Guiseppe Cesare Abba. It was a
very good school. To go to school, we had to walk or go by car. We
sang, went to PE and at 12 o'clock, we went to lunch. But we had
to wash our hands before we went to eat. We ate pasta with bread
and bananas. After eating, sometimes we went to recess. In my
school, we had two teachers, one for math and one for social
studies. At Christmas, we had a concert and my mom and dad came to
see me. That school was very, very good.
My Favorite Holiday in El Salvador
by Jose Rivas, Montgomery Village M.S.
- My favorite holiday is Christmas because my family gives me
presents. My family buys me new clothes and we go to eat .We give
presents to other people. We don't go to school. We eat pupusas,
. And I like it because the best
Christmas I ever had was when I came to this country. But the only
thing I missed from El Salvador is my grandmother.
by Andrea Onate, Montgomery Village M.S.
- I was born on May 1, 1988 in Quito, Ecuador. I lived with my
parent and my sister Carla. When I began kindergarten, I didn't
want to go to school because I always stayed with my mom at home.
But then I liked the school. When I passed kindergarten, I met a
girl who became my best friend up until now. She is so cool. Her
name is Ana.
- When I was seven years old, my dad told me that we had the
opportunity to go to the U.S.A. I was so happy, but lonely at the
same time because I had to leave my family and friends. My parents
said that if we went to this country, it is for a better life and
I understood. Three days before the trip I had my
- Right now I live in Maryland, U.S.A. and I like this country.
There are many opportunities for everybody in America. But it is
so different than my country. The language, the school, the
people, and everything is so different. But anyway I like this
country and I want to live my whole life here.
- My goals are to get good grades. I will achieve this by
studying hard and doing all of my homework.
by Luis Herrera, Montgomery Village M.S.
- This story is about my life. I was born in 1988 (Peru). Then,
in 1989 was my first birthday. Later, when I was three years old I
started kindergarten. One year later, I started practicing
tae-kwon-do. In the next two years (1994), I started working on TV
as an actor. During 1995 I started elementary school. Then in 1996
my parents got divorced.
- Two years later in 1998, my best friend and I started playing
alto saxophone. After that in 1999, it was my last year in
elementary school. Finally in the year 2000 I came to the U.S.A.
I'm in middle school and I can play tenor saxophone and you know
what! I'm really happy here.
My Neighborhood in Senegal
by Alpha Dieng, Piney Branch M.S.
- When I was in Senegal, I used to live in Mary 'nas. My friends
and I used to play soccer and tag. We played tag around the
neighborhood and sometimes we just raced all around it. Then the
most dangerous of all was a game called "Jump from the Window." We
had to jump from the window of a house that was still being built
and land in a pile of sand under it. The first time I tried it, I
was scared but I still landed in the sand. Then when I kept doing
it, I wasn't scared anymore because I had practice. I miss my
neighborhood in Senegal and I wonder what games my friends are
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