Editor's note: These letters were written by students in Stacey Knight's fifth-grade class at Keyes Elementary School. The children are studying business and persuasive writing.
More sports in schools
I'm seeing more and more kids out of shape. I think we should do something.
Some kids at my school like playing sports, including me. But other kids don't play. They just sit and watch other kids play. Every year I see kids out of shape.
What I think we should do is contact every principal and then put sports into their school. Then kids might not be so out of shape. Put this in the newspaper if you think this is a good idea.
Food here is nasty, unhealthy
What I want to change in my school is the food. I want the food to change because it is very nasty. It is not healthy either.
When I get my food, it is all mixed around. It sometimes makes me sick. Did I mention the other kids don't like it either?
I think we should get more salads, goldfish crackers, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I think we should get that stuff because most kids like that. Did I mention most kids don't like ravioli? The kids at our school also don't like bologna.
ALEXA N. MARTINEZ
End dress code for students
I think there should be no dress codes.
All the teachers get to wear what they want to, so does the staff. The principal says if we are allowed to wear what we want, all the kids won't pay attention. They're wrong. Most of the kids think about why we can't wear what we want and what am I going to wear tomorrow since we can't wear what we want. All kids express their feelings by clothes.
Some girls have long legs and have to wear boy shorts. Kids are not allowed to express their feelings on shirts. Girls and boys aren't allowed to wear hats that are some colors. Girls can't wear jeans that have holes in them. Then why would a store sell them?
I have provided many reasons we should be able to wear and do our hair they way we want. Please end school dress codes.
Build animal shelter in Keyes
There are no animal shelters in Keyes. Dogs and cats are on the streets.
These animals don't have owners. No people that give them love. They don't have food. There are a lot of animals that have to go to the pound, and if they don't get adopted they get killed and that is sad.
I would like it if the community made an animal shelter. We also need to help the animals around the world. Give these animals some love, shelter, food and care.
Keep dogs leashed at parks
I would like people to leave their dogs on leashes at parks. I was at the park one day when a family brought a huge dog on a leash, but they let it go. The dog ran everywhere and chased little kids. I have not gone since that happened. Now I can't play.
My suggestion is to leash dogs at the park and put up signs.
Time to ban dog fighting
I am very concerned about dog fighting, especially the pit bull breed. I'm worried about these pit bulls and the discipline these pit bulls get. These pit bulls think they're being loved but are actually being used.
These pit bulls need the community to help them. They're like so many pit bulls in the United States who need help. When pit bulls refuse to fight, bad things happen, like being killed, starved or used as a bait dog.
The community should help build a pit bull shelter. In Keyes we have lots of stray pit bulls, and we all can save them. We should also do this to the help the people who hate pit bulls to understand what they're going through. If you can, please make my wish come true.
Get gangs off our streets
I would like to tell you about the streets because there's a bunch of gangs out there. With these gangs in the street, we do not leave our house.
They're not just hurting themselves, they're hurting other people that don't bother them.
One reason to get the gangs out of the street is because they have killed over 1,000 people by shooting them and by murdering them and giving drugs.
So please take the gangs off the streets because I do not want my family shot by the gangs.