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Each week, The Sentinel publishes stories we receive to prompts in Kids World and on www.cumberlink.com. This week’s Kids Speak Out prompt was “I found a secret door at school and it led to ...”

“I found a secret door at school and it led to the teachers’ real lounge. In one corner there was a long table full of desserts. In another, there was a disco dance floor. Along the side were comfy couches and board games. I ran to the dance floor and started disco-ing. Then, I ate all the desserts and played some games against myself.”

Helen Shine, 9

Grade 4

LeTort Elementary School

“I found a secret door and it led me to a place of one color ... white, the most plainest color ever in the world. But then a blue button opened in front of my eyes. I pushed it. ‘Oh no,’ I said. But it actually led me to a magical place with roller coasters. It was awesome. I had so much fun. But then I got stuck there for days. There was no exit—just a highway.”

Calleigh, 10

Grade 4

Elmwood Academy

“I found a secret door at school and it led to a world like no other. It had fairies, trolls, elves, princesses . . . you get the picture. The world had a list of rules: be a proper young princess, never ever lie, and don’t marry a swineherd. Well lucky me I am a princess. Nine other girls all wanted to go to the other world. We met Queen Cinderella II and another Prince Charming brother. Magic works in strange ways because in six seconds my nine princess pals were part of the family. I never got back to the other world again but I got to keep a magic wand.”

Elanor Oelkers, 9

Grade 4

Bellaire Elementary School

“I found a secret door at school and it led to a weird world. The world was made of gold and silver. When I walked in, I almost got blinded by the treasure. I took some silver and gold and became rich. Once I was rich, I bought the school. I installed more trap doors at the school and became famous.”

Vivian Barbina, 9

Grade 3

LeTort Elementary School

“I found a secret door at school and it led to outer space. I closed the door and made a space suit so I could live. I opened the door and went out. It felt awesome. I felt alive, and then door or was gone! I was thinking [about] how to get home. Then I saw the nearest planet, it was Mars. It took a lot of work. Two hours later, finally I am home and no school. Now I know a lot of stuff. There are rocks in space. Space is awesome!”

Joseph B.

Grade 2

St. Patrick School

“I found a secret door at school that granted my wish, which led me to Colorado where my family, and I mean all my family, is. When I went to Colorado, I played with my cousins, cooked and hung out with my grandma, going on a drive and talking. I watched TV with my grandpa and did some other fun stuff. I loved the secret door.”

Jazleen Rodriguez

Grade 3

LeTort Elementary School

“I found a secret door at school and it led to Mars. My first thought was about air. I noticed I was still wearing my regular clothes: an orange T-shirt, blue pants, a gray jacket and a metal necklace. Then I noticed I was breathing and alive in space without air! The door behind me had disappeared. Then, I saw the Mars Rover. I’ve always wanted to see it, though the most important worry is to get out of here! But how?”

Gabriel Cooper, 9

Grade 4

LeTort Elementary School

“I found a secret door at school and it led to the middle of the Earth. On the way down I yelled, ‘Aaahhhhh!’ I yelled for a long time. The middle of the Earth is very hot. Ouch! So I started running as fast as I could. I was stuck there. I yelled as loud as I could, but nobody could hear me. I found a random ladder. I started climbing up the ladder. I didn’t know where it led, but it led back to school. My teacher never knew I was missing, so [I] sat down and did my work.”

Brandon W., 8

Grade 2

St. Patrick School

“I found a secret door and it led to a llama pen. It had over 6 million llamas. And llamas do not spit. Llamas may look like big sheep that sometimes need [to be] sheered, but they don’t spit. My favorite haircut that llamas get is the afro one. People shave the llamas whole body and leave the hair on the top of the llama’s head. They shave the llamas [because] 1. so they can use the fur, and 2. so that the llamas won’t get hot. I couldn’t imagine how hot it would be with all the fur.”

Nora Smith, 10

Grade 4

Elmwood Academy

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