The start of a new year means the start of the 2nd semester at school…
And for us 8th graders that started #sugarkills, it is our last. A little over 2 years ago, our 6th grade teacher pitched the idea of this blog to us one day during science class. Since that day in late January, any where from 10 to 30 kids would come up at lunch to work on the blog everyday.
For us it wasn’t just another boring assignment, it was a way to be creative and make a difference. Most people wouldn’t think that a bunch of 6th graders would sacrifice their lunch time to do extra writing, but it was worth it.
A couple weeks later we first published our Natural vs. Added Sugar post. And right now, that post is the 2nd link that comes up when you Google Natural vs Added sugar. We were 6th graders at the time, who would’ve bet that 6th grade writing could be second on Google? It is living proof that middle schoolers can make a difference.
Later in the year we were set up with people from Middle Web, to do a digital interview. Shortly after the interview, we were receiving anywhere from 100 to 300 page views a day. We were astonished, that average 6th graders could have a blog with 100 to 300 viewers per day.
We had made so much progress in our last semester of 6th grade, when summer break came in July, we didn’t want to stop #sugarkills… Right before the summer break we got up our 100th post. Looking back at it, those stats still amaze me. But with the new year, we had a different schedule which meant it would harder to work on the blog. But the fact that we were able to work through our differing schedule should speak our commitment to this project.
As an 8th grader, there isn’t a day where I regret the amount of time I spent up here working on #sugarkills. Excluding sports, #sugarkills has without a doubt, been the best part of middle school. One the best parts of #sugarkills has been being able to be creative, take risks and not worry about grades. It’s as close to real life as you can get while being stuck in a boring old middle school. But the best part has been that we’re a bunch of best friends hanging out, working on a project that is a real world problem.
And that’s why #sugarkills is so special to me.
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