Third Place, Junior Essay Contest 2010
Madeline Slunt, 3rd Grade
Teacher: Tiffany Smith
School: Wilderness Elementary School: Spotsylvania, VA
"Take Action: Save Civil War Battlefields"
These battlefields we see driving down the road look dirty and they have trash all over. It does not even look like a battlefield at all, it looks like a trashy old field that nobody has any time or just does not want to help by taking actions and picking up a couple pieces of trash. I know scout troops have been taking actions by picking up trash and they do a great job at it and I appreciate it but the battlefields just keep getting dirtier. I think my brother's Boy Scout troop has been out there at least five times at the same battlefield doing the same thing, picking up trash. Three ways you can take action are learning, listening, caring, teaching and speaking. The more you learn about the battlefields and how to save the battlefields and the more you listen to other peoples advice about the battlefields and how to save the battlefields and the more you learn and listen about the battlefields the more you care about the battlefields and the more you care about the battlefields and the more you care about the battlefields the more you will give that advice that you once heard yourself from other people and the more you get other people to do the same thing you did. Another way to take action is to go to meetings to fight for people to stop trying to build stores, markets, houses or other buildings on the battlefields. You could also be a tour guide and teach people about the battlefields and how to save the battlefields. If you have any time off go on down to a battlefield and pick up some pieces of trash go on a tour, listen to some advice or learn more about Civil War battlefields.