Between the Lines

Random reflections from the youth in a juvenile correctional facility.

Monday, September 24, 2007

International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace (September 21)

United Nations Declaration

“…the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day…”

If you VALUE PEACE, you will live your life in a way that reflects that value. List three ways in which you can achieve peace in your family, your community, your school. Describe how this will be done. (example: Resolution of conflict, Respect others, listen to all points of view, help others, volunteer for community projects, model peaceful behavior.) BJB
I can achieve peace by the way of my thinking. If I think of better things then I won’t have negative thoughts that would get me in trouble. Another thing you can achieve peace is by religion or God because it helps people with problems and issues. Last is the pace in the way your behavior is because if you act up people in your community aren’t going to like you to live there. And your family is not going to like the way you acted. CR

List 3 ways you can achieve peace in your family, your community, and your school: helping out elderly people; helping out the homeless; cleaning up the community. NC

Clean up all trash in the community; let school know if any harm is going to be done in school; in my family, look out for one another and treat each other with respect. AS

Peace in my school is like not bothering each other and getting along, not fighting. My family with peace like the same thing, but with respect and treating each other like family. Peace in my community is getting it quiet and no crime no shootings people getting along show respect help each other. DH

Change for my family; Not go back to my negativity; Be a better person in the community. I will change for my family so they could trust me again and be respectful to them. I will control my anger and handle it in a good way, not taking it out on anyone. I will be a better person in the community by doing volunteer work, community services and trying to help my friends change the same way as me. SR

Peace is something that I want for me and my family and the way to do that is to stay away from guns, bad people and probably move from your community. Go to church close to home and try to go to school every day for a diploma to help your family out and having better friends to be with. JC


How I can bring peace to my family is do good in this placement. I will help my community by cleaning the streets. I will be peaceful when I go to school. I will do all my work in school. That is why I will be peaceful. I will not be bad in school and know more and I will be peaceful when I go home. JF

I will make sure my family is doing the right thing. I can go pick up stuff from the street for my community. I will put signs for stuff everywhere to make sure we are safe from dangers. JG

Talk to people about violence and how it influenced my life. If I talk to gang members of not skipping school and stop gang banging maybe they might take it into consideration. If I don’t get into problems and not get locked up maybe my family will be a little better. JW

You can try to help others instead of hurt others. You can be part of the solution instead of the problem. You can show care and love to others. Well, when you talk to others you be friendly and respectful. Watch your body language and present a positive attitude. Be willing to share and care for others. MC

One way to achieve peace in the family is to talk out things instead of arguing and fighting all the time. My community is already violent and I know the people so I be like, let’s go to the gym and play ball or something. I would lead by example in my school. If kids see me doing positive things they will most likely follow me. DR

I am honest to my family. I also help out the community. I help other people when they need help and make friends with them. When people are arguing I help them solve the situation. LR

The way I can stop negativity in my family or community is by showing respect and helping people that need help and showing positive people relationships and letting my family and friends know I will never put them down. I will be there at good times as well as bad times and show love when needed and not needed, being a loving and caring friend. AM


I would talk to people that want peace and hold a peace concert and raise money to do so. In school I would talk to the teachers and principal for me to become a student president and talk about peace and how it will help our school. I would talk to my family at a reunion and tell them fighting and arguing is not going to get us anywhere so peace will keep us together. KT

In my family I could encourage the interaction between each other, instead of always arguing over dumb stuff. The community has to come together and everyone has to come to an agreement. In school we really don’t have any say so, but the board can fix the problems. RG

I could participate in a gun violence prevention program. I could help start an anger management class. I could start a soccer night at the community center. It would give people something better to do with their time. TS

Peace means to me a lot. If everybody helps each other the world will be good. There’s still violence, but not as much. We have some peace. So that is why I’m trying to help the community out and so that the world could be great! Help pick up garbage. Do some kind of group, etc. DR

International Day Of Peace: I can bring peace to my family by not getting locked up again and the way I can bring peace to my community by doing the right thing when I leave here and use what I was through and complete school. CS


My way to achieve peace with my family is making everyone feel good in the family and communicate with the family so we could have conflict resolution so it could keep peace in our family and also use empathy looking at other people’s point of views. I would also keep peace in my school by talking to peers about their problems and have a conflict resolution group in school if the school allows it and my community would also be the same. I would put up peace signs, show peers a lot of respect and would also do cleaning around the neighborhood to show my peace. That’s what I would do to show and keep peace in my life. DJ

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Constitution Day - What freedom means to me

Constitution Day is September 17, 2007. One American value is FREEDOM. What does FREEDOM mean to you? Write a thinking paragraph on what FREEDOM means to you as a citizen or resident in the United States. Reference the Constitution (We the People) and/or the Bill of Rights if you can.

What does freedom mean to me…A lot cause I don’t think anybody wants to be locked down people want to do things when they want to and how they want to. I love my freedom cause you can live your life without nobody telling you anything and that’s why freedom is special to people as well as my self. AM

Freedom means to me we need to be free. We can’t live with people telling us what to do every hour of the day. We need to have space, work alone not being beat. If it was for war we wouldn’t be free. We would be slaves and busted. It means a lot to me but people don’t understand what freedoms means. They take advantage of it. LR

I think of freedom is doing anything you want to do anytime you feel like doing it without having any consequences for it. I hate being told what to do and when to do it. We are guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Here we only have life. We have no liberty, or a pursuit of happiness. We can’t do what we want and we can’t be happy here. TS

Freedom means the world to me. The world to me means that probably I’ll be a slave. They fought for my freedom and many people die for me so I don’t need to throw it away. I need to treasure it and keep it. CS

Freedom means a lot to me. Without freedom life is boring. I don’t want people telling me to go use the bathroom or anything so I need to take my freedom more seriously. My freedom means a lot because people went to war to fight for my freedom so I need to treasure it. DR

Freedom don’t mean anything to me. I think freedom is fake. There really is no such thing as freedom. It’s just another trap the government uses to make you think you’re fine, but then they lock you up. I don’t think there is an ounce of freedom in the U.S. NC

Freedom means: go where I want to go without question being asked, without being confined, not being told what to do. BR

To me freedom means surviving because once everything is become free it is more things that you will have to deal with like criminals getting out of jail or winning a war soon or later it will come back and bite you on the back side and you will regret it all of it. AS

To me freedom means when you could do what ever you want to do. You don’t have to follow authority and people who think they’re the boss. But while you in a place like placement or prison, you got no freedom. That’s when you have to follow through. Freedom is what I wanna stay having so I won’t go to my past behavior and when I get out I could start over good. SR

Freedom means to me being able to do you like going outside not being locked up. And being able to make friends and hang out. Being able to eat what you want. That’s freedom is to me and I’ll have freedom if I do good being able to see my mom and be home. That’s freedom. DH


Freedom to me is waking up everyday and walking in this world. Also saying food things and learning more things. Freedom is not doing what you want, it’s doing what is good for your life, Like now I have freedom here so that is good for me so I can look at things better. DA

Freedom means that I am able to express my feelings and that I have the right to freedom of speech. I like it because people in other countries are jealous of us because of the way we live and so they want to attack us because they feel it’s not right that we get to have the things that we want and like the way we want. MC

To me freedom means everything. A person’s freedom is their life, what life do you have without freedom? I don’t think there’s no point in living without freedom. Freedom is everything. LF

Freedom means a lot to me. When I go home I’m going to have a lot of freedom. I can’t wait until I get my freedom back. In here I got a little of freedom, but not a lot of freedom. I can’t wait to go home then I will have freedom to play football. JF


Freedom means to do what you want when you want without people making you do anything else. Me being a citizen of the United States there is more freedom here (the freedom of speech and religion and press). That is why I enjoy my freedoms. CR


Freedom is very important thing to me. It’s being able to wake up in the morning and go eat and listen to music without being told what to do. Fredom is going to the movies with friends. Freedom is being allowed to go to the bathroom without asking. That is what freedom means to me. DR

Freedom means that I am able to express my feelings and that I have the right to freedom of speech. I like it because people in other countries are jealous of us because of the way we live and so they want to go after us because they feel like it’s not right that we get to have the things which we won’t and like the way we want. MC

Freedom to me means that you have the right to do what you want without anyone saying something. Freedom to me is maning the boss of me and no one else or having the right to go to any school I want without someone saying racial comments. JW

Freedom is being free to me and make life a lot easier for people and something you will always want and need and to be able to be trusted not mocked up and it is something we all love. JG


I think freedom is being able to do something without someone telling you otherwise. I think freedom is when you’re allowed to say how you feel. I think freedom is being able to live anywhere you choose to live that’s what freedom means to me. DJ

I would always love to have my freedom, but, in the same sentence you shouldn’t break the law to get your freedom taken away from you. If someone murders someone then I feel as if they should have the freedom taken away forever. RG

To me I think freedom means you can’t do what you want and when too. I also think it means you can say what you want and not get in trouble for speaking and talking about what you think and your idea. KT

Monday, September 10, 2007

Three Wishes from the Genie with the Magic Lamp

You have found a magic lamp. When you rub the lamp a genie appears and gives you three wishes. You cannot wish for more wishes. Write your three wishes in sentence form in your journal.


1. I would wish for a better world with no crime, no problems, no poverty, no violence, a Walgreen world: a perfect world.
2. I would wish for every time I would buy something I would have the amount of money I need to buy it.
3. I would wish to own some good business in the world, to never die, to have kids and people never die, and my family would come together. KT

My first wish would be to have a successful life. My second wish would be to be rich. My third and final wish would be to be famous and have a healthy relationship with kids. DR

1. I wish I could have my daughter back from heaven.
2. I wish for a credit card with no limit.
3. I wish I wasn’t in the system. GG

1. My first wish would be to go back in time and fix all my mistakes.
2. Next I would wish to enjoy life as much as I could.
3. And my last wish would be to make world peace. LF

1. I wish we can all live in peace.
2. I wish that I’ll always have my family.
3. I wish my sister was alive. JG

1. I wish I can get out of Loysville.
2. I wish I can buy my mom a house.
3. I wish I can be a football player. JW

1. I wish I was home.
2. I wish I was a good person.
3. I wish I had a million dollars. TJ

My three wishes would be I would wish for a new house for my family. Then I would wish for a new car for my family. Then I would wish to go home to my family. JF


1. I wish to be home.
2. I wish my family was better because they are all sick.
3. I wish I never got locked up. NC

1. I first wish for me and my mom to be able to live forever.
2. Then I’ll wish for a billion dollars.
3. Then I would wish for all my loved family to have another chance to live. DJ

I would wish for
1. a car – a nice one all hooked up and I would wish for
2. My dad to come back in my life because I don’t know him and I would wish for him and I would wish for him to come back and the third thing would be
3. a million or more dollars. DH

1. I would wish for the end of world hunger.
2. I would start world peace.
3. I would wish for one million dollars. AA

First I would wish for freedom to get out of jail and never go back. My second wish would be to be the richest person alive and never be hurt because of it. And finally my last wish would be to die of old age like 115 but still look young and healthy. AS

1. I wish I was the richest guy in the world and never go low on money.
2. I wish there was no such thing as jail and probation.
3. I wish I would be treated like a king. SR


1. I wish to live to a hundred.
2. I wish there was 100 women and they was my wives.
3. I wish to have a model celebrity to be my wife. RG

1. I wish for a million dollars.
2. I wish for a big house.
3. I wish for a bunch of cars and girls. AM

1. I wish my mom lives till I die.
2. I wish that I have a good life.
3. I wish to have a good beautiful wife. LR

1. I would wish to be free.
2. I would wish for 999 sextillion dollars.
3. I would wish for a peaceful world. MD


1. To get out of here and be free.
2. Have all charges dropped.
3. Be able to live on my own. TS

1. I wish for my grandpop to be alive.
2. I want to have money.
3. All my sisters and brothers to go to college. DR

I would like to wish for a billion dollars. Another thing I would wish for to own an island. My last wish would be a 1,000 different cars. DM

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

What is Art?

Art is your imagination and also your character. Art is a way to escape the world that you are in and to enter an imaginary world. You can also define yourself through art and drawing. Art is a thing you have to be patient and let it come to you. Art is a beautiful thing. DR

I think art is your imagination of what you really care about and it is an image on what you like or what you and some one you love. Art is also a way you communicate with people you love and care about. KT

Art shows an emotion or a sight and brings character out and it can tell you things. And another one is you learn patience and passion if you put a lot too the picture and it relieves your mind and it opens your heart up. JG

Art is something beautiful that I like to draw and to see. JC

What is art? Art is something to look at. Art is good for a lot of people. I like art very good because it is good for me. A lot of people like art like me. You have to be a good drawer to be an artist. It takes a good artist to be as good as they can be. It takes communication to be a good artist. I know a lot of good artists. It takes a lot of ideas to be a very good artist. It takes a lot of writing and drawing to be the best artist in the world. JF

Art is a way of communicating. Art is used to express emotions. It is for people to be themselves. Art is a very unique way of communicating. You can draw, paint, and most of all use colors. NC

I think art is another way to communicate your thoughts in a non-verbal way. I feel this is a very good way of doing so. You can’t come off wrong to a person when you are drawing. You can also use art as a coping skill. When you are feeling a certain type of way you can draw and express your feeling on paper. You can draw and write a song or a poem. These are all parts of Art. BJ

I think art is something people use to describe their feelings. Also instead of taking them out in a negative way. Also art is a way to communicate with others . AS

Art is a way to express your emotions. Drawing shows how you feel. Using color is the way you feel too, like dark colors show upset or sadness. Light colors are happy. Art helps with many ideas with pictures and thinking. How ever you feel you could draw it out and show an expression. SR

Art is the way you express your self and it’s all about communication like talking, listening and things like doing projects. I like art. That’s what I think art is and doing projects you learn how to draw and stuff. DH

Art to me is how you feel about art and it helps people express their feelings and what they are seeing and how they admire the world. I like to express feelings in my art work. LR

Art is a way to communicate and to express your feelings. Using art can help you a lot with depression and sadness. Art can also help someone who is lonely and has no one to communicate with. My definition of art is depression therapy which helps me calm my nerves and keep me focused on the things I need to complete. KB

Art is a variety of many different things. Art could be music, painting, drawing, movies, sculptures, and animation. KS

What is art? Art is what people perceive. Everything is art because it is from someone’s perception/ There is no bad art, only opinions and points of view. MC

Art is a way to show how one feels. People use art in many ways. It can be used as a pastime or as a hobby and otherwise just enjoy art. There are lots of kinds of art. But I use art as a hobby and to show how I feel. It’s just something I like doing as well as many others. LF

Art is communication. Art is hard for me. Art is my best class. Art is fun to me. TJ

Art is communication and the way people show their feelings. Art’s special. Different people draw different things and different ways. I think art is wonderful and is a good way to talk without words. JP

Art to me is a way of expressing yourself and your feelings like dancing, drawing, painting, music, and cooking. Art to me is being creative with images and ideas you have. That’s what my definition of art means to me. DJ

Art is happy to do. It helps you stay focused. It clears your mind at bad times. It’s something to do when you are bored and I just like art because I like to draw. CS

Art is a happy thing to do and is lovely. You can make stuff you love and treasure so you should communicate with people and take your time to do your work. So do art. Art is good and quiet and is a good thing to do. So I love Art. DR

Art is a way of communicating. It uses drawings and shapes along with colors to express feelings and emotions. Different colors express different emotions. You can draw different things to portray certain messages. Art is more than just drawing and painting. It is a way of communication. TS

Welcome to a new school year at LYDC!

The plans for this school year are to offer the students opportunities for journaling each week. My students and I look forward to your comments. Posting to this blog gives them the chance to have an authentic audience. YOUR comments are much more meaningful to the students than anything I could ever say! If you have any suggestions for topics, please forward them to us.

The first post poses the question, What is Art? I think you'll find some rather interesting reflections on this.