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November 2001

Dear Journal,

Kiwanis Terrific Kid of the Month

I was the Kiwanis Terrific Kid of the Month in my class for October.  I got this certificate and a free kids meal at Chili's.

5th Grade Auction

On Friday, the 9th, Mom, Dad, and I went to the 5th grade auction at Waterford Elementary.  Every year they hold an auction to raise money for the end of the year party for the 5th graders and to give a gift back to the school.  Mom and Dad bought lots of stuff.  They won the assistant principal of the day for me, so one day I get to follow the assistant principal around to see what he does.  The auction raised over $6000.  

Fall Trophy Classic Meet

On Saturday, the 10th, I had a gymnastics meet in Pinellas Park.  Grandma, Poppop, and Nana came to watch.  I scored:

Vault 7.7 (1st)
Bars 8.35 (6th)
Beam 9.05 (4th) My first 9! 
Floor 8.4 (2nd)
all around 33.5 (3rd)

Nana, Poppop, Grandma, and me with all my ribbons and my trophy

Little Shop of Horrors

Dad and Mom went to Dad's fraternity's 20th anniversary dinner on Saturday the 17th, so I went to Grandma and Grandpa's and spent the night.  We went to see the play "The Little Shop of Horrors".  It was really funny.  I liked the way they did the plant and the actor who played the dentist.  The next day we watched the movie (the original version), but I like the play better than the movie. 

Little Shop of Horrors

Juvenile Justice Center

Field Trip

On Tuesday, the 20th, our class took a field trip to the Juvenile Justice Center in Orlando.  All the 5th graders go to see the court and see some of the people who are getting ready to go to court and see what it is like in jail.  I was surprised by how many crimes the people who were there had committed.  It was a very cool field trip.  My teacher said that it is the best field trip that 5th grade goes to.


On the 22nd, we went to Aunt Beth's house for Thanksgiving dinner.  Everybody was there and all the food was really good.  The grownups traded Christmas lists.  I had a good time seeing everybody and playing with Trevor and Alexis.

Juan and Beth
Great Grandma Rhodes, Aunt Helen, Grandpa, and Mom
Trevor and Alexis