—My brother and I walked to the playground at his elementary school, and they were tearing down the building. We didn’t even know that they were going to do it so soon! We ended up watching the destruction of the building, and I took some pictures. It was exciting to watch the school get torn down but it was also sad. I think that they should have taken down the art first because a lot of little kids watched from the playground as the school building went down.
It was at Cornerstone Elementary School in Wooster, OH. We live a couple blocks away, and the dust settled onto our lawn. The building had to come down because there aren’t as many kids in town anymore, and also the town has less money now.—
Maeve Florence-Smith attends Wooster High School in Wooster, OH, where she is a reporter and editor for the school newspaper. She has won Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards and an NAACP essay contest and placed third in the It’s All Write, Ann Arbor Writing Contest. She volunteers at the local nature center and tries to spread awareness about the environment and foster a love of reading and writing at Alice Noble, the nonprofit summer camp at which she works. She is currently working on a horror novel about bees and climate change.