Write about a school trip that takes a turn for the unexpected.
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“Do Not Lick the Glass” by Aeris Walker
“Who are we missing?” Mrs. Clogs looked over her bifocals and scanned the school bus full of third graders, wordlessly moving her thin, wrinkled lips. “We should have five chaperones and I’m only seeing four.”Then thirty children jumped, startled by a loud bang outside. Mrs. Clogs squinted through the fingerprint-smeared window; someone was running along the side of the bus, beating its metal belly—behaving in that uninhibited way one does when tardiness has subdued all sense of propriety.“Wait up! I’m coming!”“Oh, Je...
“Salamanders” by Myranda Marie
The annual sixth grade class trip was approaching, and best friends Rachel and Laurie were equally excited as they were apprehensive. Five days and four nights away from their homes, their families and their own cozy beds made the two twelve-year-olds rethink the decision to attend. However, this particular trip was mandatory attendance with the only exceptions accompanied by a note from a doctor. A rite of passage for ...
“Once Upon a Time on a School Bus” by Ralph Aldrich
My name is Ralph Ferguson, and I’m a tenth-grader at Union High. It’s almost the end of the year, and time to plan our annual class trip. Every tenth-grade class before us has gone to Spencer’s Beach, so we all voted to do the same. It’s a large lake with a small amusement park attached. The food hall serves chili dogs and clam cakes with corn on the cob. For five dollars a student, it’s an all-you-can-eat affair.I’m excited about the trip because the girl I like is also going. She’s a cute little redh...
“Stop trippin' ya'll!” by David Drake
Maybe I can start this journal with some gratitude thought like my counselor, Ms. Crystal New Age Healer etc…that sarcasm is just because I can’t remember her real name…says to do. I can’t think of any other way to put all this down….. I’m grateful that nobody else remembered what happened on last Friday’s class trip. So glad, so gratitude. Now for the literal gory details. Mr. Terrance’s history class...
“The Amber Alert” by Joe Smallwood
Of all the school trips I was ever on, this one was the worst. Everything went wrong. It started with not all the permission forms coming back and got steadily worse from there. The school secretary had to phone three parents.Now if it was up to me, I would never bother to call. Leave them at school! Wouldn’t this be the perfect opportunity to teach children and even their parents that not being responsible has consequences? But no, we had to wait, the bus driver fuming while the secretary called three par...
“Queen Lila” by Abigail Geurts
The trip to King Arthur Park was a yearly treat for the fourth graders of St. Olga Elementary. Lila had been looking forward to it since her brother had gone two years before. Two years felt like a long time for someone so young. It had felt like a long time to her family too, as they had to hear her excited rambling more often than anyone else. It wasn’t often that the kids got to go on field trips. The school ...
“A School Trip and a Sighting” by John Steckley
The school trip to the local observatory did not begin well. It was the first such trip I, as a newly minted high school science teacher, had ever taken my students on. Now when I was a high school student (my classes hate it when I say stuff like that), school trips had students full of energy and sound. We talked and laughed, but at least we exhibited some enthusiasm on the bus ride to our eventual educational destination. This school trip h...
“The best thing about the zoo” by Nathanael Geach
Sam and Tom were best of friends,Always thick as thieves.Outside they'd play. Well Tom would sitWhilst Sam kicked through the leaves.Tom prefers to be indoorsPlaying with his toys.He loves his Lego pirate shipAnd shouting "land ahoy!"In the garden Sam would search for bumblebees and slugs,But there were things he’d rather find than teeny tiny bugs.He’d love to spot great jungle cats or monkeys in the trees,Penguins in the Arctic, ...
“A HUGE ENCOUNTER” by Tim Frater
“What was that!?” My question was prompted by a high-pitched blood curdling sound that disturbed the peace of the night air.“Moose?” suggested Ryan Colquhoun, one of the three roommates I was bunked with in our tent.“Doesn’t sound like any moose I’ve ever heard,” said Cory Bush.“That’s for sure,” added Grant Lewis. My name is Tim Forsyth, a grade 12 student at Pattison High School, Vancouver, Canada. I and fifteen of my classmates, under the watchful care of four of our teachers, had taken the ferry...
“Never Miss A Trip” by Gary Jefferies
“Good morning, Houghton Secondary School, my name's Lisa. How can I help you?” “I certainly hope so. Is Emma Strickland available?” “Just a moment; I'll see if she's teaching. Whom shall I say is calling?” Conrad thought before deciding that honesty was the better option. “It's Conrad Carmichael, and it's to do with one of her students.” “Thank you, tran...
“Trippin” by Monica Sutton
Today is the big day! It is the 8th grade class trip to the Science Museum. Adrian had been excited and preparing for this day for a month. It had finally arrived and he could hardly contain himself. It has always been his dream to be an entomologist because he loves to play with bugs. For Adrian to see all the different kinds of insects and bugs for the 8th time, would make his day. Each and every time, his fascinat...
“The purple talking thing” by Ksenija Rubež
The morning of the trip. As I brush my teeth, I feel those butterflies in my stomach. The bad ones. My mother. Buttons up my shirt. Keeps looking me in the eyes. Smiles. Smile of support. In the car, I look through the window. I try not to think of what is coming. My focus on the trees. On the parking lot. A few meters away from us the bus. My mother. She talks to someone. She is so tall. Her shad...
“A Journey into the Unknown” by Ella James
Hi. My name is Emily Hanshaw. I am 12 years old and I live in Northland. This is my story on how when I took a school trip, It’d take an unexpected turn. It was a crisp autumn morning when our school bus rumbled to life, ready to take us on a much-anticipated adventure. The destination? The sprawling countryside of Northland, known for its scenic beauty and rich historical landmarks. We were a group of wid...
“Welcome to the Jungle, Kids!” by Lisle Durst
After Mrs. Golken had marked on her clipboard for every child who had left the bus, she led them across the sweltering black-asphalt parking lot, through the turnstiles of the entrance of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. The zoo's new indoor rainforest had opened several weeks prior, and by now every kid had seen segments about it on the local news, or heard it surreptitiously mentioned on the radio's nightly hit-song countdown. The kids proceeded in an appearance of defiant indignity that seemed to say, "I'm above this kids' stuff, getting on a...
“Maev and the Destiny of Dragons ” by Daniel Rosas
“Your daughter, King Corliss, is lost!”, the oracle declared darkly. “Consumed by the callous flames of war.” “Bah!”, Corliss said hotly. “I don’t come to you to tell me what I know! Where is her body? We must retrieve it before the humans desecrate her making impossible for her soul to pass to afterlife.” The oracle gave Corliss a look of distaste then waved a clawed hand thro...
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