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What did you do for summer vacation?

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Posted: August 23, 2010 8:39 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The following is a collection of essays fifth-grade students at Live Oak Elementary school, sharing what they did over their summer vacation.

First Place
During my summer break, I went to camp. It was so much fun. I played dodgeball, capture the flag and went swimming. Also, every Wednesday all of Camp Clarita went on field trips.

We are separated into groups. Kindergarten-through-third-graders are Rangers and fourth-through-sixth-graders are Explorers. If you’re in 7th grade and up, you’re a Voyager and you get to go on field trips everyday.

My favorite field trips were Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Raging Waters and Disneyland.

On almost every Tuesday — we call it Tasty Tuesday — we make some tasty dessert.

The best thing to do there was the tank wars and the talent show. The tank wars is something where you and your team make a tank of out cardboard.

The way to win is to make your tank the strongest one while the counselors throw water balloons. That was my summer.
Darrel Sare
Second place
During summer, I didn’t really do anything except play video games. All the fun came at the end.

While I was on the computer, I found out on Facebook that my favorite soccer team was playing here. I asked my dad if we could go to the game. My dad said that he had some tickets at his store, The Tapa. He bought some tickets, and we went to the game. My sister, my cousin and my dad went with me.

It was such an exciting game. My favorite team Real Madrid won.

It was my little cousin’s birthday so we went to Disneyland. It was really fun. I went on all the rides like Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Mickey’s Roller coaster and Space Mountain. I also went on Finding Nemo.

The last thing I did was go to the beach. We went in the ocean and there was lots of seaweed. Then we went to go eat at the Rainbow Cafe.
Santiago Torres

Third place
During summer vacation, besides sleeping in, I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. I had to fly to Florida. Then I had to sleep at the airport for more than 27 hours.

It was fun on the cruise. After going home right away we needed to go to Santa Cruz for my brother’s wedding. I was the flower girl. It was romantic and fun. Boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as boys. Wow, what a vacation.
Breeana Maus

During summer vacation I went to Venice Beach and rode bikes with my dad, then we went home. The next day, it was the Fourth of July, and we decided to go on the Queen Mary to see fireworks.

A couple of days later I went to the YMCA for the rest of the summer. At the YMCA, I saw my friend Lauren at lunch. That is the end of my story.
Jessica Lerma

This summer I slept over at my uncle’s house and went to the pool afterward. I went with my cousin to ride the bikes. We went down a big hill. The bike that I had did not have brakes, so I had to jump off. I remembered another way to brake, but you have to use your shoe.
Danny Rodriguez

For my summer vacation, I went to four different parties for my teammates and me.

I even went swimming at my friend’s house after winning a ball game. It was fun sleeping in and playing video games all the time. I love summer break because I can play all day. I’m thankful to the person who invented breaks in the middle and after school. I think recess is the best part about school, just relaxing and playing dodgeball. The only three things I have to say: I went to a baseball game; bye, bye summer break; and hello 5th grade.
Christos Stefanos

During summer vacation, I went to Utah to see my family members and it was my cousin’s birthday. She turned 1 year old. I played with my cousins, we played video games, and in the jumper we wrestled. And I went to the Val Verde pool and I went to the beach. My cousin pushed me all the way in, and I saw crabs and a baby stingray. My sister got a big sunburn, and that’s my summer vacation story, the end.
Oswaldo Razo


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