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By A.R.

All my life it has been fun in the sun
I wonder what it will be like with the coronavirus
I wonder if it will be fun since we got a curfew
I don’t know if it will be fun

I pray to God
Let it be fun so I can have a good summer
Let the coronavirus leave
And bring back a good life
Bummer, bummer, summer this summer
Been so boring I wonder
What will it be like with corona outside

Being in this program with corona is very upsetting
So let the bummer bummer summer be boring
But it’s not going to stop me 
Not from having a good summer 

 
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Students of Miami Youth Academy

The students at the Miami Youth Academy wrote these stories for their newspaper Titan Tribune, a collaborative effort by the facility, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Exchange for Change, a Miami-based non-profit group that supports writing programs in youth commitment and adult correctional facilities. The students work on the paper in a journalism class taught by retired journalism teacher Henry Unger. The writers are identified by their initials to protect their identities.