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December 7, 2009

The stories this week are written by students with the Halifax Community Learning Network ( HCLN is part of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and offers programs at the Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman, and Spring Garden Road branches of the Halifax Public Libraries.

The "Rock-A-Thon"

by Dougie Jamieson
Spring Garden Road Library Adult Learning Program

This is a story about me when I was a young boy in the boy scouts in Dartmouth. We went camping in the winter at Miller’s lake. It was cold out there in the wintertime. We dug a hole in the ice to get our water.

When I was a boy scout I won an award for the "rock-a-thon."

We had to sit and rock in a normal rocking chair for many hours. I only took washroom breaks.

Before the "rock-a-thon" we had to go door to door to get pledges for sponsorship in the community. I was not shy asking for pledges. It was up to the people how much they wanted to sponsor me. Some gave 5 dollars, some gave 10 dollars and some gave 2 or 3 dollars or 1 dollar. My mom sponsored me 20 dollars. I raised more money in pledges than the other boy scouts and that is why I won the award.

The boy scouts gave me an award because I got so many pledges and did not stop rocking in the chair. They called my name and said "and Dougie come on up," just like, "Come on Down..." on the Price Is Right. I heard my name and I was shocked and happy. My Boy Scout leaders shook my hand and said good job. One leader was Peter Brown, and the other leader was named Mike. There is a picture of me holding my award.

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