This year has certainly been different for many students. To give the opportunity for more students to showcase their work, we reached out to Delta Junior High School English Teacher Samantha Bopp who shared some of the stories written by her students.
If you want to have an excellent friendship cake, follow these steps:
Step 1 - Heat the oven:
First, get to know that person who needs a friend at 325 degrees if you are going to use a non-stick mold, or at 350 degrees if you are going to use a glass or metal mold. Remember that you do it for a true friendship, not for interests, because that can burn the cake.
Step 2 - Put the ingredients:
To have the best friendship, you have to put the best ingredients.
- 1 and 1¼ of the main values:
Respect, love, loyalty, unconditionality, and commitment.
- ½ cup of lovingly doing good deeds, such as:
Helping them without wanting anything in return or just listening.
- Put 3 things you have to keep in mind to make it look better:
Not only say how much you appreciate his/her friendship— also show it!
Be sure that person also wants to have a good friendship
Learn to respect the opinion of the others
Step 3 - Mix:
Mix all these ingredients by hand for two minutes or with the electric mixer on medium speed. Remember to mix them with your heart!
Step 4 - Bake:
Pour the mixture into the container and put it in the oven until you see that it is completely inflated, or when you insert a toothpick the center comes out dry.
Step 5 - Decorate:
After letting it cool in the fridge, decorate it! This cake has to be perfect!
And now it’s ready! You already have your delicious friendship cake made; now that you are waiting, enjoy it! And remember, good friends are hard to come by, so don't miss this opportunity.
Letter to the audience
Breethany Melendez Mejias
This project, or recipe, is for those people who don't know how to have a good friendship. In this project I show what are the essential ingredients of a friendship. I put them as real ingredients for a cake, for example: 1¼ cups of respect, love and loyalty. The major influence from the story and my own life is that the best way to have a good friend is to be a good friend. I learned that in one of the stories but also in my own life. My recipe is in summary about that.
In my recipe there are ingredients that are from my own life. I put that you have to get to know the person at 325 degrees because that is the way you start a friendship, or to know how the person is in the way of, is this a good person? And it is like putting it in the oven to heat. I also wrote 1¼ cups of the main values; this is one of the ingredients that you have to put in your cake. These main values like respect or loyalty are important because this way your friend knows that you are a good person. And the last one, put three things you have to keep in mind to make it look better: Not only say how much you appreciate his/her friendship — also show it! Be sure that person also wants to have a good friendship. Learn to respect the opinion of the other. All the other ingredients that are from the stories also are from my own life.
In my recipe there are also ingredients that I learned from the stories. I said, “Remember that you do it for a true friendship, not for interests, because that can burn the cake” I learned that in the story of “The Velveteen Rabbit” when the fairy helped the rabbit without wanting anything in return, because it is a true friendship and she doesn't have interests. I also wrote “½ cup of lovingly doing good deeds, such as: helping them without wanting anything in return or just listening.” I think the reader would know what good deeds are, so I just put two examples, and in the story “Friendship Day” I learned that with good deeds you are going to have a good friendship when the students thought of times when someone showed them what a friendship is. All these themes that I learned from the stories I also learned them in my own life.
In conclusion, many people have good friendships because they do the things that I said in my recipe. For example, I have a very good friendship with my friend because I do those things. You can see my recipe if you also want to have an excellent friendship cake or if you don’t know how to have a good friendship. And remember that the best way to have a good friend is to BE a good friend.