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Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: Running Past the Trees

  Illustrated by: J.D. & Abby K. Written by: Alex   I like going to my aunt’s house but this day was not so good. I was running past the trees on the gravel while racing my big brother and sister.  All I could hear was my brother and sister telling me to hurry up. […]

Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: A New Friend

I made a new friend, let’s just call her A. She’s been with me for a while now. She’s a bit of a homebody, and I guess I wouldn’t want her as anything else. A service-learning project I had worked on in fifth grade, which was called pizza bingo, was something we had decided on. […]

Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: Waiting…

Illustrated by: Ethan Written by: Day   It’s not that I don’t wanna tell you how I feel, it’s just that I can’t…I’m at a loss of words, the pain I’m in, you can’t describe it. I can tell you what’s going on all day and all night but you still won’t get it. I […]

Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: A Big Mistake

Illustrated by: Kaitlyn Written by: Rayvon I had a pretty dull childhood. But, there is this one memory I remember in great detail. I was four years old. Me and my dad had gone downtown, near Walmart, in his old truck. My dad had stopped at a loan office, leaving me in the back seat. […]

Facing Childhood and Adolescence in Iowa’s Cedar Valley: Hometowns

Illustrated by: Denae Written by: Dedra When I was younger I went to live with my cousins in Mankato, MN.  I went to school there for awhile. I went there because my cousin and her husband worked late at night, and they needed someone to watch their daughter. Also, my other cousin Kim needed somebody […]