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  • Welcome to the maiden edition of the Crayon Magazine. This magazine is designed to provide an opportunity and space for all children in primary schools in Ghana to write. In this magazine, you would find short stories, jokes, riddles, cartoons, poetry, personality profiles and lots more interesting, educative and entertaining articles.The unique attribute of the Crayon Magazine is that most of the content are creative writings from children in primary school. And the good news is that the Crayon Magazine is FREE.We take this opportunity to invite all children in primary schools to be a part of the Crayon Magazine family by sending, short stories, jokes, riddles, rhymes, puzzles, poems, songs, tongue twisters, and any interesting and educative stories and articles they would like to share with others. Remember this magazine is for children and by children.We look forward to receiving all of your contributions.

    Enjoy

    PUBLISHED BYPRINTAID FOUNDATION

    PRINTED BY TYPE CO. LTDP.O. BOX KN854, KANESHIE ACCRA

    [email protected]

    EDITOR Nana Bonsu-Amoako

    DESIGN DIRECTORS Mavis Osei-Boakye

    Sarah Ell-Gabel

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR Steven Aniagyei

    ASST. CREATIVE DIRECTORS Victor B. BorluJerry DuncanDivine Senyo

    Christabelle Tsekpo

    ILLUSTRATIONS Smartline Publishing

    GRAPHIC DESIGN Type Co. Ltd

    EDITORIAL TEAM Elorm Amadotor

    Kwabena Owusu-AmoakoKukua Zophia Palmer

    CONTRIBUTIONS/FEATURES FROM THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:

    Alsyd AcademyNorth Ridge Lyceum

    Alpha Beta Educational ServicesJack and Jill School

    Morning Glory Montessori Child Devt Centre

    DISTRIBUTION Type Co. Ltd

    Crayon Magazine. 2011 by PrintAid Foundation. All rights reserved. No part of this publication

    may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted into any means, electronic,

    mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the publishers except as provided under the Copyright Law.

    Except for use in the classroom, no part of this publication can be used for any commercial purpose except with the express permission of the publishers.

    PRIVACY NOTICE The views expressed in the Crayon Magazine are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Crayon Magazine, its employees or their families.

    Any remaining errors are the authors responsibility. While every effort and care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information contained

    in this publication, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors it may contain. The

    publisher reserves the right to edit contributions from authors to suit our young audience.

    DISCLAIMEREvery attempt has been made to contact

    copyright holders. Should your copyright be infringed, do not hesitate to contact us.

    ALL CORRESPONDENCE, SUGGESTIONS, SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES CAN BE SENT TO:

    [email protected] [email protected]

    ORThe Editor

    CRAYON MAGAZINEP. O. Box KN854, Kaneshie, AccraTel: 030 223 2252 / 030 225 4011

    Fax: 030 225 4578

    ISSN: 2026-6154

    Mini Stories

    Poetry

    Short Stories

    Jokes and Riddles

    Books to watch out for

    Activity Page

    Our Health With Dr. Isabella Sagoe-Moses

    Photogallery

    News Spelling Bee Champion

    Respectful Akonoriwaa

    School In Focus - Alsyd Academy

    Feature Story

    Cartoons

    Culture

    Colouring Page

    GHANAS HIGHEST CIRCULATING FREE CHILDRENS MAGAZINE

    Editors Corner

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    Nana Bonsu-Amoako

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  • The Childrens Writing Project is an initiative of PRINTAID FOUNDATION, an NGO based in Accra, in partnership with TYPE Co. Ltd, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme. This project aims to publish and distribute this free quarterly childrens magazine to selected primary schools who have agreed to be a part of the project. The objective of the project is to usher in a new generation of young and creative writers in the country through the accessibility of a dedicated magazine, at the same time spurring them to hone their writing skills during their formative years.

    The idea of creating the free and educative Crayon Magazine, solely dedicated to children and by children is the conception of Mr. Coby Asmah (CEO, Type Co. Ltd). Inspired by the Africa Leadership Initiative (A.L.I.), of which he is a proud fellow, Mr Asmah, has been a strong advocate for the establishment of the Crayon magazine. His dream is that Crayon Magazine as a social medium becomes a catalyst that would unearth talent and give primary pupils the space and platform to exhibit and improve such talent. This maiden edition is a testament of a dream-come-true for Types CEO.

    Crayon Magazines focus is to serve the needs of primary school pupils, however, Mr Asmah has alluded of another publication solely for

    FROM THE PUBLISHER

    kindergarten and pre-schoolers in the offing. His passion is to see deserving brilliant but needy children are not denied access to quality education to the highest level, and he promises the institutionalisation of a scholarship scheme for the less-fortunate children in our society. As the writing project expands, more schools will be featured, and frequency and circulation will be raised to meet the needs of children especially in the rural and deprived areas of the country.

    The aim of establishing a publication such as Crayon Magazine is also to fill the vacuum created by the absence of a widely circulated educative publication for children. The Crayon magazine promises to be a great resource in school and at home for parents as well children. For this reason, and being the first of its kind with the highest circulation, Crayon Magazine will be available at no cost and will be freely distributed to our partner schools.

    We look forward to the cooperation of parents, schools, NGOs, and corporate organizations for this project and the Crayon magazine to succeed. We welcome and encourage comments, views and questions that would foster a better and improved magazine for our children in subsequent editions.

    Did you KNOW?

    that young children compose before they know much about the conventions of writing and reading or having the skill to control the formation of letters?

    The process of learning to write begins in infancy.

    Coby Asmah

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  • Juniper

    Juniper walked inside the class with a crystal bracelet on. She said hi to her best friend Amanda. Mrs Overpure walked into the room. Juniper walked to her seat. Not seeing her crystal bracelet drop, she carefully pulled out her chair and dropped the books on the desk. On your feet; Homework inspection, now! shouted Mrs Overpure. Juniper and her classmates stood up. Everybodys name was mentioned except for hers. She wished her fairy, Lizzy wasnt there. Then suddenly, really mysteriously, her name was mentioned. She was very surprised. Later at recess, her best friend, Amanda gave her back her bracelet because she saw it drop. Juniper thanked her and told her she was the best best friend ever.

    By: Ewura Ama Tandoh & Ivy Agyemfra

    The Little Farm

    Once there lived an old man and his wife. They were very poor. Their only and loving property was their farm. The old man was known as Opanyin Kwasi Mensah. They had a magical farm, but they were not greedy and selfish so they kept it a secret. the old man and his wife farmed on the farm and treated it well. In return, the farm granted them a wish. The old man had a very wicked friend but didnt know his friend was such a wicked one. One day when the old man and his wife were working on the farm, the wicked friend was passing by and observed what was happening. When the old man and his wife had left the farm, he decided to go and work on the farm so that the magic farm would grant him a wish. But since he was such a wicked man, he treated the farm badly. So instead of granting him a wish, the farm opened up and swallowed him.

    Nana Yaa Dufie AsamoaClass 5A

    Jack and Jill

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  • Poetry

    My dearest father,I love you so much,You took care of me when I was little,And brought me up to learn good things,You trained me to be a bright star,I thank you so much for this

    My dearest father,I love you so much,You send me to school to learn,And provide me with all that I need,So that I will make a living in the future,I thank you so much for this

    My dearest father,I love you so much,You correct me whenever I go wrongYou provide me with good food to eat,So that I will be strong.I thank you so much for this

    Priscilla ManteawClass 6AJack and Jill School

    A Alpha Beta, Alpha BetaL Learning very hardP People like Alpha BetaH Honour and sincereA All teachers teach very hard

    B Best of all schoolsE Ever bestT Talented headmistressA Always the best

    Lois Owusu BanaheneAlpha Beta School

    I like the colour pink,Because it helps me think,I like the colour blue,Because it always gives me a clue,I like the colour green,Because it helps me not to be mean,And I like the colour yellow,Because it helps me to be a good fellow

    Renee Judy Achere AdjaayiClass 6 Syd

    Alsyd Academy

    When I was a childI always went to schoolYou taught me how to workYou had compassion on meA gentle motherI am happy you are my motherA caring and loving motherYou had great care for meYou gave me work to doWhen I grew upI knew how to workI love you motherMay the Lord bless youAmen

    Philma Osrah

    Jack and Jill School4

  • Father, Oh! Father,How nice you are to your children,You are one in a million,When Im in need,You give me what I need,When I go wrong,You teach me the right thing.Oh! What a great one you are.

    Father, Oh! Father,What a superhero I have,You shout for help, when I am sick.Father how lovely you are.That is why I call you Superhero!

    Augusta AgyemfraClass 6AJack and Jill School

    I see poverty! I see poverty! I see poverty almost everywhere I go!I see poverty when peopleLive on kenkey day and night!I see poverty when children Go to school without shoes!I see poverty when children hawk for money!Poverty is destroying our land!Poverty makes us hopeless!I see poverty almost everywhere I go! By Araba N. T. ManteyJHS 1Alpha Beta

    Monday morningSooo squeaky and so boringWe find it hard to wake upBecause we feel lazyIt is only the quick brown foxThat jumps over the lazy dog

    By: Victoria Osei Alpha Beta School

    Education is the key to success.Education improves our ability to workEducation helps us to acquire knowledge and skillsEducation helps us to develop our potentialEducation prepares us for future workEducation helps us to develop positive attitudes to workOh! EducationOh! EducationMy best friend for life

    By: Maame Esi Annor ApafloJack and Jill School

    Rabbit, RabbitYour ears are strangeWe can use it to sleepYou are fast and quickYour eyes are so bigYour meat is sweetYour soup is nice

    By: Victoria OseiAlpha Beta School

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  • The SmarT GirlThere was a girl called Ama who was very good and smart. She lived with her parents happily because she always did the right things. The girl was also good in school. She was always first in her class. Her teacher also always compared her good behaviour to some good people. People soon got jealous of her.

    Many people went to tell their parents who got angry. Those parents all gathered together and made a plan to go to the witch doctor.

    The next day, their parents went to the witch doctor. They asked the witch doctor to stop Ama from being first in class. The witch doctor said that This shall be done, but they had to bring certain things. The items are: two cows, a dead antelope, and a young virgin. He also added that if these items are were not brought before the seventh day, all of them would confess and become mad. The people agreed to the terms of the witch doctor.

    The next day, their children went to school and they had a test. The teacher realised that something had gone wrong because Ama did not do well in the test. So the teacher called her when school closed and asked her what was wrong with her. She told the teacher nothing was wrong. The teacher then told her that she failed the test.

    Six days later, the four parents brought the items but the fifth parent was unable to bring the cow along so they all confessed and instantly became mad.

    This teaches us a lesson that we should not be jealous of people.Abigail ManteyClass 6 Syd

    Alsyd Academy

    JOrDaNJordan was the first dog I ever had. One Saturday morning, my dad went out and returned with a sweet puppy in his car. A truck followed him, carrying its kennel. I was very happy because I always wanted a dog. Jordan was 3 months old when he was brought. He was a Doberman, but he was dull and wouldnt stand up straight.

    I spent a lot of time with him and in a short time he became stronger and fond of me. He would jump at me anytime he saw me. I grew very fond of him. After a while, he caught a strange skin disease. Because of that, no one went near him. I felt sorry but I didnt abandon him. I didnt care whether the disease was contagious or not, we still carried out our usual daily activities. The veterinarian applied a black liquid substance on his body to help his skin get better. After applying it, Jordan was chained under the sun.

    While sitting in the living room watching television, I heard Jordan barking continuously, so I went to unchain him. This time he didnt jump or lick me. Instead, he ran under the shade. I was so scared I ran to the kitchen to get some food for him. After two minutes, I came back to find that he had overturned his bowl. He grew so weak that he lay as if he was dead. When my dad arrived, he called the vet for instructions. He did everything the veterinarian asked him to do, but Jordan didnt survive. It felt like my heart stopped beating when my daddy said he was dead. I burst into tears and said that Jordan would be my first and best dog I ever had and he would also stay in my heart forever. I dont think I would ever find another dog like Jordan.Mawuse AkwayenaJack and Jill School

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  • As I sit here to put my experience on paper, my eyes are swelling with tears. This part of my life has created an indellible mark on me; therefore, it can never depart from me.

    It all began one hot afternoon, during rest hours, as I rested my back on my bed, my so called best friend, Tracie, walked in with a mischievous smile on her face, We are going to play the largest prank on the Math teacher, Mr Appiah. He embarrassed me in front of the whole class. Can you imagine! Being the respectful child I was, I encouraged her to rain insults on this humble teacher. Thus, this was the conversation that went on between us. How I wish I had avoided it!

    The prank was scheduled for late that evening after prep. We were to glue all the pages of Mr. Appiahs Math textbook and notebook, so that he would not be able to teach in class the following day. We had laid down our plans so well it seemed impossible for us to be caught; but little did I know my accomplice was plotting against me and not Mr Appiah. She asked me to hold the adhesive to be used for the operation. She then asked me to go on ahead, adding that she needed to visit the washroom.

    The compound prefect who was going on her nightly rounds, quickly stopped me to question where I was going to. I could not answer and was driven to the headmasters office. She looked at me with a mixture of emotions. Beads of sweat began to form at the four corners of my forehead, the adrenalin flowed through my system quickly. All my saliva escaped to the corners of my mouth, not a drop was to be found. I flung into a state of asphyxia.

    I woke up only to find myself in the hospital. The doctor said I was in that condition for 72hours (three days). After I had regained consciousness, I was brought out at assembly and expelled from the school. My best friend reported the case and gave false information. I got home and my mother rained insults on me. The news spread like wild bush fire. I did not eat, I did not go out or laugh, I was always cooped in my bedroom weeping and applying for a school. Luckily for me, I was admitted and wrote my examinations. I passed with flying colours.

    This incident happened 5 years ago but till date I can never forget it and I might never forget.

    Isabelle QuayeClass 6 Syd, Alsyd Academy

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  • TEACHER: John, why are youdoing your math multiplication on the floor?

    JOHN: You told me to do it

    without using tables.

    Late ForSchool

    The DiningHall Pledge

    I promise on mycutlery set to be faithful

    And loyal to my dining hall prefectsI promise to be

    punctual at the dining hallWith my cutlery set and plate

    I promise to hold in high esteem my white napkin

    And not talk in the dining hallI pledge myself in all things

    to uphold and eat all the food

    So help me Chief Matron

    Kaka was fond ofgoing to school late

    One day she crawled into the classroom when the teacher was busy

    teaching.The following ensued between

    teacher and student:Teacher: Why on earth are you

    crawling on the floor?

    Kaka: Because you told me never to walk into your class when I am late

    There was a Kayayo called Esiwho went to town and met a lady graduate.

    She asked her to be her friend. The following conversation took place:Kayayo: I want you to be my friend.

    Lady: I also want you to be my friend if only you have travelled abroad before.

    Kayayo: Oh! That is no problem. I have been to Canada, Japan and other countries.

    Lady: Wow! Then you know your geography very well.

    Kayayo: Good, that is the very place I bought my dresses, shoes and other clothes

    Kayayo

    TEACHER: Maria, go to the mapand find North America.

    MARIA: Here it is. TEACHER: Correct. Now class,

    who discovered America?

    In The Class Room

    CLASS: Maria.

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  • Q. Why did the skeleton go to the movies alone?

    Q. What is the most dangerous city in the world?

    Q. What do you call a nurse who sells fish?

    Q. What do you call a story written in capital letters?

    Q. What can be a liquid, a solid and a gas?

    Q. Where is the longest wall in the world?

    Q. There are three brothers, they chase each other around all the time but they never catch themselves. Who are they?

    Q. What beats till it dies?

    Q. What breaks but does not fall, and

    what falls but doesnt break?

    Q What tables can we eat?

    Q What has a trunk but is

    not an elephant?

    Q What kind of dog has no tail?

    Q. What does what you do, and

    follows you everywhere you go?

    Q. What flies when it is very hot

    and

    turns hard when it is very cold?

    Q. What kind of door does

    a bull charge at?

    Q. What is the name of a

    Rastafarian with one leg?

    Ans.He had no body to go with him.

    Ans. Electricity

    Ans. Selfishness.

    Ans. Tall story

    Ans. Water

    Ans. China

    Ans. Electric fan blades

    Ans. A heart

    Ans. Day breaks and night falls

    Ans.Vegetables

    Ans. A tree

    Ans.Hotdog

    Ans. Your Shadow

    Ans. Pancake

    Ans. Matador

    Ans.Mop

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  • Mama O mama, come and look at a dog that is looking at me ... Her ears are hearing drums that say that she is free, Her mind is asking just where she can her children see,

    Her nostrils smell out the honey of the forest bee, Her throat dreams of the water in a distant sea, Her eyes are thinking where the road to home must be, She looks so lost like a pawpawon a mango tree.

    Mama O mama, come and look at a dog that is looking at me...

    All the days are not equalSaid the old village wall.

    Sunday starts the week,Then Monday, and Tuesday:Wednesday for mid-week,Thursday to follow.Friday comes after,Saturday to end.

    Each day has hours Of ten, ten and four. But each day is different In one way or more.

    There are days thatare cloudy:They are chilly, they are gray.

    Some days that are sunny, And quite warm all the way...

    by: Atukwei Okai

    For the rest of these stories and more, grab a copy from Silverbird Lifestyle Store.

    Books to watch out for...

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  • Fati paced the side of the road, balancing her little tray of odds and ends on her head. It was only just six in the morning, but Fati preferred to be up very early, before the sun baked the earth and left everyone in a hot and irritable mood. She found that people were just much nicer in the early hours and, since most travellers were rushing to work, many of them would have left behind things they needed. Also, many of those same travellers left their homes on empty stomachs. It

    was to these folks that Fati catered on a daily basis and already people were getting to know and

    remember her youthful, eager face and had begun to stop just for her.

    The traffic lights turned red, just ahead. Fati and the other roadside vendors immediately swarmed into the

    street, weaving this way and that, between the cars as they slowed to a halt. Fati dashed from car to car, drawing the attention of the drivers to her various items, from

    sandwiches and boflot -doughnuts, to shaving sticks and blades, as well as cigarettes and lighters.

    Usually she would make at least one sale each time the traffic stopped. Every now and then, someone would buy a cigarette or a sandwich, and Fati had to be really fast with her service before the traffic moved again. There was a sense of thrill and danger selling on the highway and Fati was proud of her success at it. This kind of high-risk business was not for the weak-hearted, and Fati had proved herself to be almost fearless.

    This time around she had sold two sandwiches to a man in a red Nissan. During the quick sale, another passenger in the car brought out a camera and took a quick snapshot of her. The flash startled Fati, but she had managed to hold onto her money.

    Keep the change, the man had said and, with profuse thanks, Fati wove her way between cars, back to the roadside, before the lights turned green again.

    Back on the sidewalk, pedestrians often stopped Fati to purchase some of her many wares. One woman with a crying baby on her back bought one large boflot for her child, who immediately stopped crying and took a large bite. Fati smiled at the child as she counted the money. ..

    For the rest of this story and more, grab a copy from Silverbird Lifestyle Store.

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  • B S B E W I C E C R E A M C I

    D P K X Y W E U G C I A B O C

    Q S Z N F R I E S F E K B O E

    L I Q V I Z L E T R L G H K H

    U R S S Y R L F C Q U H M I U

    I C U A B F D C O L X U D E H

    E U Y K F U H J Z M U P K S D

    T G B U Q I R S V T N K E S T

    A O R O C J Z G Q W X G M C L

    L T D K N Z V W E U C X C E R

    O Y E A O G I Y W R O A C U Z

    C N M Z O W P M S W S M K I C

    O G Z C B V D C R D Z P K E O

    H V Z Y A O R E N Q W Q K T R

    C Z J F O S T A O L F W E H Y

    BURGERS CRISPS

    CAKE DRINKS

    CHICKEN FLOATS

    CHOCOLATE FRIES

    COOKIES ICE CREAM

    CREAM TRUFFLESBy: Afia Ackaa AsieduAlsyd Academy

    1. One time on

    2. It makes you cry on

    3. Masculine for nun on

    4. When youre by yourself on

    5. A very sweet and sticky fluid on

    6. The kings seat on

    7. A very expensive gem stone on

    8. A rubber bag filled with air on

    9. The best person in a race or competition on

    10. What you get when you go to school on

    ANSWERS

    1. ONCE

    2. ONION

    3. MONK

    4. ALONE

    5. HONEY

    6. THRONE

    7. DIAMOND

    8. BALLOON

    9. CHAMPION

    10. EDUCATION

    SCIENCE1. What force stops a ball rolling on the ground?

    ENGLISH2. Which of these is an animal? Underline

    (a) lion (b) table

    (c) ruler (d) drinks (e) oil

    3. Which is the right word?

    i. We (was, were) late this morning?

    ii. I (saw, seen) the accident.

    iii. John (ran, run) all the way to school.

    Written By: Beryl AryeeClass 4sNorth Ridge Lyceum

    Answer: Friction

    Activity

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  • Your Health Questions answered

    by Dr Isabella Sagoe-Moses (Child Health Co-ordinator, Reproductive & Child Health Unit Ghana Health Service)

    What are the causes of diarrhoea?

    Q

    A Diarrhoea is caused by different types of germs. The type of germ determines how severe the diarrhoea can be. Diarrhoea is most likely to be found and spread in places with:

    y inadequate amounts of treated water, y poor sanitation y poor personal hygiene

    AWhen a person passes three or more watery stools a day, that person is said to have diarrhoea. In Ghana, diarrhoea is one of the common causes of illness that takes people to hospital. It is among the top five causes of illness and death in children below the age of 5years.

    What is Diarrhoea?

    Q

    DIARRHOEA

    What are the signs & symptoms of diarrhoea?

    Q

    A Cholera is a typical example.People with Cholera have:

    y Profuse Watery Diarrhoea y Vomiting y Leg Cramps

    In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

    y In most cases watery stools, but sometimes they may contain mucus or blood or both

    y Diarrhoea may also be accompanied by vomiting or y Other conditions depending on the

    cause of the diarrhoea. It is common for young children who have malaria, ear or other infections to have diarrhoea at the same time. Some types of diarrhoea can be very serious,

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  • How does one get Diarrhoea?

    How can I avoid getting diarrhoea?

    Q

    Q

    AA person can get diarrhoea by drinking water or eating food contaminated with a diarrhoea-causing germ.

    When we shake hands with someone who has diarrhoea and fail to wash our hands before eating or drinking, we can also get diarrhoea.

    The germs than cause diarrhoea can also be introduced by flies when food or water is not covered.

    Frequent Hand-washing with soap and running water is the surest way to prevent diarrhoea. Remind your family and friends at all times.

    y Wash your hands often with soap and clean running water. If you do not have water running from a tap, you can have someone pour the water unto your hands. After washing, shake your hands to dry. It is better than using a shared towel/napkin. It is especially important to wash hands

    y Before eating or feeding a young child

    y Before cooking or preparing food y After visiting the toilet or

    changing/cleaning a young child

    y After playing y (If no water and soap are

    available, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner with at least 60% alcohol)

    y Eat foods that are freshly cooked and served hot. Warm previously cooked food thoroughly before eating

    y Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating

    y Dispose of faeces and household refuse in a sanitary manner to prevent contact with flies and contamination of water and food

    A

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  • Activities From Morning Glory, Alsyd Academy & Alpha Beta

    Prom Queen & King 2010

    of Morning Glory

    Montessori & Child De

    vt Center Art & Craft Exhibition at Alpha Betas graduation day Art & Craft Exhibition at Alpha Betas graduation day

    Some pupils of Alsyd

    Academy at the

    Graduation and Year B

    ook Launch 2010

    Dignitaries at Graduation day

    2010 at Alpha Beta, Dansoman

    Graduation day 2010 at Alpha Beta, Dansoman

    JHS Graduates 2010 of Morning Glory Montesorri & Child Devt Center

    Some of the pupils performing on stage at Morning Glory Montessori graduation 2010

    Artwork displayed at Alpha Beta during Graduation 2010

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  • Activities From Morning Glory, Alsyd Academy & Alpha Beta

    Some Paintings displayed at Alsyd Academy

    during the Ghanaian Culture Celebration Month

    Some pupils of Alsyd Academy at the Graduation and Year Book Launch 2010

    Some pupils of Alsyd Academy at the

    Ghanaian Culture Celebration MonthGraduation day 2010

    at

    Alpha Beta, Dansoman

    Graduation day 2010 at Alpha Beta, Dansoman

    Distinguished guests during the climax of the Ghanaian Culture Celebration Month (Alsyd Academy)

    This beautiful piece of work was displayed on graduation day at Alpha Beta

    Graduation day for the nursery children of Morning Glory Montessori 17

  • TheSpelling

    Jessica D. Penu

    After a gruelling tense final, twelve year old Jessica D. Penu braved the odds to emerge winner of the 2010/2011 edition of The Spelling Bee competition held in Accra on Saturday 5th February, 2011.

    Jessica D. Penu is a JHS 2 student of Angels Specialist

    School International, Tema. She becomes the

    third female winner of the Spelling Bee Competition after Nana Adjoa Baiden-Amissah (2009) and Maria Isabel Kubabom (2008). This year, the

    winning word for the competition was

    News

    V-E-L-O-C-I-P-E-D-E. For her prize, Jessica wins GHC1,500 Savings Account Deposit from ECOBANK Junior Saver, a return ticket to participate in the 2011 edition The Scripps National Spelling Bee competition to be held in Washington DC, $500 spending money, and some products from Type Co. Ltd, Nestle Gh. Ltd, Indomie and Muscatella.

    CRAYON Magazine congratulates Jessica for her sterling performance throughout the competition, and for claiming the crown back from the boys. We wish her all the best as she prepares to go the United States of America for The Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition which will come off on June 1st 2nd 2011.

    Go Jessica, make Ghana proud!

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  • Ashanti Region Finalists

    Central Region Finalists

    Northern Region Finalists

    Volta Region Finalists

    Greater Accra Region Finalists

    Western Region Finalists

    Eastern Region Finalists

    Spelling Bee

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  • Long, long ago, during the existence of Yaa Asantewaa in the land of Ejisu lived the Bubune family. They were very poor people but were of great determination.

    One day, they went to the farm to harvest their ripe garden eggs. On their arrival, they were amazed at the way the garden eggs had grown big.

    They begun plucking the garden eggs happily. When they were done, the couple told Akonoriwaa their only daughter and child that they wanted to take the lead, so that meant when she was done with her portion she would go home alone.

    When Akonoriwaa finished and set off to her home, she met a man who said to her, Excuse me, please can i have one little garden egg? I need one in my soup but i dont have any money.

    Akonoriwaa being so kind reached out and gave the man a big garden egg.

    By: Maame Sarpong, Alpha Beta School.

    StoryTime

    When Akonoriwaa reached her house, she called out to her parents. Maame, Papa, I am home! They rushed out and helped her unload the basket of garden eggs. They begun counting the garden eggs to ensure that they were intact. When they were done, they took a stern look at Akonoriwaa and asked, Where is the lost one? When she told them that she gave it out to an old man, they pounced on her and gave her a sound beating and sent her out again to retrieve the garden egg.

    When she got to the house of the old man she had given the garden egg to, she walked in without knocking. She greeted him and politely asked for her garden egg. But the old man who gave his name as Sasraku told Akonoriwaa that he had already put it in his soup. He also said to her, since it is getting late, I will like you to spend the night here so that I think of what to do.

    Soon the soup was ready and Sasraku asked Akonoriwaa, Would you like to take the soup in a golden bowl or a calabash?

    I would prefer a calabash, she replied respectfully.

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  • Later, that evening, precisely at 10pm when everyone was about sleeping, Sasraku asked Akonoriwaa again, Would you like to sleep on a mat or a soft bouncing bed with ten pillows on it?

    I would simply prefer the mat, she answered. He gave her a mat and she slept soundly.

    The next day, Sasraku asked the little girl if she wanted to bath with clean or unclean water, but she chose the unclean water. Which up and till now, i dont understand the reason.

    As she was bathing, she swallowed different kinds of things and since she was scared, she quickly finished bathing and rushed home without informing Sasraku.

    Before she got home, a sparrow flew to the top of her house and begun singing:

    Your child is coming

    Your child is coming

    Prepare for her to eat. (2x)

    When Akonoriwaa got home, without greeting Anowa her mother, started eating her food. She then felt a little pain in her stomach, seconds later she vomited and to her amazement, she vomited lots of money and gold.

    Her mother later apologized to her for being so harsh to her. Anowa later gave out some of the money to people and kept the rest. But there is this family member who became jealous and decided to do everything the Bubune family did, starting from the garden egg harvesting. They also beat their child Adjoa and sent her to bring back the garden egg.

    She did every single thing Akonoriwaa did, she chose the calabash, and mat but with the bathing, she chose the clean water.

    Adjoa jumped into and swallowed something, she rushed out and run straight home.

    Before she also reached home, the same bird came and sang the same song and her mother did just that.

    When she arrived, her mother shut all the doors so they will have all the money to themselves.

    Adjoa sat down, took her time to eat her food. After the third spoon, Adjoa vomited and with great shock she vomited snakes, bees, and all deadly animals you can imagine.

    And because they had shut the door before they began everything. The insects and animals stung and bit them to death.

    However, the Bubune family lived a rich and humble life.

    Many lessons were learnt by the villagers and I believe you have at least learnt one lesson, and that is not to be envious.

    The End

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  • Alsyd Academy Ghanaian Language & Culture

    Celebration in pictures

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  • Ghanaian culture is very rich with various traditions and customs.

    Our culture unites us although we have diverse regional differences.

    Our culture does not only deal with social relations but also

    literature, food, and festivals. Our culture is also our identity and must be respected by all. Children from Alsyd Academy

    proudly display our diverse culture in different forms on this page. We dedicate this page to the rich cultural heritage of our

    motherland Ghana

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  • Audrey Marigold S-Darko is a 15 year old graduate of Alpha Beta JH School, Dansoman who received the 2011 overall best student award at its annual Speech and Price Giving Day held on the 14th of July, 2010.

    She lives in Dansoman SSNIT flats with her parents Mr. John Goodman S-Darko and Mrs Eunice Beatrice S-Darko. She is the last of five siblings. She was born on the 25th of May 1995. Marigold is an all-round student who loves writing, reading and singing. She enjoys games like basket ball, tennis, swimming and football. Marigold attributes all her success to God and self-determination. She hopes to further her education in Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast

    Maame Afia Serwaa Boatemaa Tandoh is a 13yr old JHS 1 student of Alpha Beta School. She lives in Mamas Inn, Dansoman with

    her parents Mr and Mrs Tandoh. Her hobbies are reading, drawing and sleeping. She is the second of three

    children. Her favourite subject is Computer. She loves football. Her favourite programme is Friends. Her favourite colour is red.

    Boatemaa hopes to grow up to be a heart surgeon someday

    Elsie Amoako Kissi won this years academic excellence award. She is a 12-year who lives with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Amoako-Kissi at Ham, Dansoman. She s the first of her parents who loves reading, watching movies and her favourite subjects are Computer and Science. She also loves football. Elsie hopes to grow up to be a doctor someday

    Kesewaa Amo Osimpo is a 10- year old winner of the academic excellence award of her class. Her proud parents are Mr. Kwame Okyere Amo and Mrs Emma King Amo. She is the second of three children. Her hobbies are reading, swimming and singing. She loves the colour pink. Her favourite subjects are Maths and Science. Her favourite programme on T.V. is My Mom and I. Kesewaa would love to be a mechanical engineer or doctor some day

    Interviews by: Frances Boatemaa Kyeremateng

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  • Adinkra also means goodbye or farewell in Twi, the language of the Akan ethnic group of which Asante is a part. It has therefore been the tradition of the Akan, especially the Asante to wear cloths decorated with Adinkra symbols on important occasions especially at funerals of family relations and friends. This is to signify their sorrow and to bid farewell to the deceased.

    Today, the Adinkra cloth is not exclusively worn by the Asante people. It is worn by other ethnic groups in Ghana on a variety of social gatherings and festive occasions.

    NSOROMMAchild of the heavens [stars]Symbol of guardianshipA reminder that God is the Father and watches over all people.

    NKYINKYIM twistingSymbol of initiative, dynamism and versatility

    SEPOWThe dagger or executioners knifeSymbol of justice and punishment.

    NKONSONKONSON chain linkSymbol of unity and human relationsA reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies strength

    HYE WONNYEThat which cannot be burntSymbol of Imperishability, EndlessForgiveness, Toughness

    KUNTINKANTANDo not boast.A symbol of the Need for humility and service Modesty

    KRAPASanctitySymbol of Sanctity and Purity.

    OSRAM NE NSOROMAThe moon and the star.A symbol of Love, Faithfulnessand Fondness.

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  • food and her belly was becoming big, but she was pregnant.

    Seven months later, she felt her baby moving inside her and wanting to come out one night. She then called her husband and said the time had come. He quickly woke up and sent her to the clinic for her to give birth. After she had given birth to a set of twin girls, she died. A tragedy like that had never happened at the clinic before, so everybody shed tears.

    The elders in the town told Mr. Kwabena Poku to marry again so that his new wife could take care of his children but he said no! over and over again.

    He named the twin girls Joyce and Joyceline. Joyce was the eldest and Joyceline the youngest. They all grew up to the age of twelve when Joyce suddenly changed. She didnt go to school; she didnt listen to her fathers advice nor her sisters. She rather went to the market to hawk for the market sellers

    so that she could get money to save to dress herself up. She then stopped her job at the age of fifteen and started dressing up. She never listened to anyone

    In the town of Dunkwa-on-Offin lived a man called Elder Kwabena Poku. He built the Pentecostal Church of Dunkwa together with the help of the elders of Dunkwa.

    Six years later, when the church had been built, Elder Kwabena Poku was still not married. The elders of the town talked and convinced him to get married because he was fond of Sister Mary who attended that church. The people in the town knew that he would marry her. Two weeks later, they got married in the church of the town.

    They lived for eight years but they hadnt given birth. Mr. Kwabena Poku said to his wife one day, Gods time is always the best. After two more years, they hadnt still given birth to a child but his wife Mary was vomiting indiscriminately. She also slept like a baby and her belly became big. The towns women kept on laughing at her because they thought she had only eaten much

    by: Olive Afua Sarpong Kufuor, JHS 1 BETA

    FeatureStory

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  • and sometimes she insulted and slapped whoever tried to give her an advice to stop what she was doing.

    Joyceline, who was the obedient twin girl continued her education till she reached tertiary level for her to leave and go to the city to further her education. The time came for her to leave and everyone was sad. She packed her things and said goodbye to everyone and went. She made new friends when she got there. After she had completed her tertiary level education, she went on to do national service and became a doctor and married an

    engineer. Meanwhile, Joyce had been abandoned and left alone by her husband and she was unemployed. Joyce returned to her fathers house again to live with him.

    Joyce had a dream one night and in her dream a woman who looked like her told her to build a hospital in the town because her people needed help. But Joyce didnt understand the meaning of the dream. She described the woman who appeared in the dream to her father and he told her that she was her mother who had died. Joyce obeyed her mother and built the hospital in the town and she lived happily ever after with her husband and her kids in the town along with her twin sister and father.

    The End.

    Readers, thank you for reading my story. My advice to you all is to always listen to good advice and not bad ones. You should always listen to your elders. Thank you

    Simple Fruit SaladIngredients:

    1 large Pineapple2 Bananas2 Mangoes

    1 large Pawpaw

    PreparationUse only the ripest full flavoured fruit.

    Cut the pawpaw in half and scoop out the seeds; peel each half and cut into small chunks and place

    them in a serving bowl.

    Peel the mangoes. Slice the flesh into small pieces making sure to

    capture any juices.

    Add to the pieces and juices to the bowl holding the pawpaw.Working from top, slice off the

    dark, prickly skin of the pineapple.

    Slice into small pieces, being careful to capture any juices.

    Add the pineapple and juices to the other fruits.

    Mix the fruits, cover with plastic wrap and

    refrigerate until well chilled.

    Just before serving, peel the bananas and cut

    into small pieces. Add to the bowl,

    mix well, and serve.Serves 4

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  • My name is Owusuwah Hemeng Ntiamoah. I am nine years old. I live with my family at Dome. I have two parents and their names are: Mr Kwabena Hemeng Ntiamoah and Mrs Patricia Hemeng Ntiamoah. I have two siblings, they are: Kwadwo and Amankwa Hemeng Ntiamoah.

    I was born on the 28th September 2000. I speak English a little bit of French and Twi. I come from the Ashanti Region and the Brong Ahafo Region. Everyone says I resemble my father and my brothers resemble my mother. I love my father very much.

    BY: OWUSUA HEMENG NTIAMOAH

    CLASS: 5J North Ridge Lyceum

    STICKY GUM

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  • The Akan tradition does not only appreciate wax prints for their colourful and distinctive designs. As a work of art, language and meaning have been put to these patterns. Thus, they communicate through the names given them.

    These names are usually proverbs and wise-sayings based on cultural beliefs and traditions. Such examples are:

    KaisaAniwa-Caesarseye Kwadusa-AbunchofbananasObaapa-Avirtuouswoman

    Our forefathers undeniably, knew a little literature. This is because they named a type of cloth Kaisa Aniwa (Caesars Eye), referring to

    the ambitious eyes of Julius Caesar who Brutus accused of being ambitious.

    Kwadusa, a bunch of bananas signifies unity and togetherness. The Kwadusa cloth has bunches of bananas printed on it and comes in different colours. The person who wears this cloth carries the simple message that we should live in harmony with one another. Together we stand, divided we fall.

    Obaapa, a virtuous woman has round scalloped and rose-like designs on it. A wife who receives the Obaapa cloth from her husband or children is highly commended for her good works as a wife and mother. They show their appreciation through the gift of Obaapa

    cloth. It is like telling her Obaapa, mo ne ye! Translated as, Well done virtuous woman!

    Many more cloth names will be discussed in subsequent editions.

    Researched and Compiled by:Lois Koranteng

    Class 5 Syd, Alsyd Academy

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  • lucky JackThere was an old man called Jack, who was a fisherman. He was very poor because his business was poor. One day his wife told him that he should go fishing because there was no food in the kitchen. So he obeyed her. He went fishing, and caught a golden fish, but the fish pleaded with him to free it. Jack felt sorry for the fish so he let it go. The fish then asked him to wish for anything he wanted. What would you expect? Jack wished for money to become a billionaire. The golden fish granted Jack his wish. When he reached home he told his wife everything that happened. When he went into his room he saw a huge sum of money. From that day, he became a rich man and he lived happily ever after with his wife.Renee AdjaayiClass 6 Syd, Alsyd Academy

    There was a boy called Kofi. He was a very kind person. When people asked him for something, he gave it to them. But he had this bad friend called Kwame. He told Kofi not give people any of his things to use.

    Then one day, he was walking with his friend to go and get fire wood for their houses. Then an old woman saw that the two boys were coming so she called one of the boys, that was Kwame, to help her with her firewood. But Kwame said he wouldnt do it.

    Then she called Kofi to carry her firewood for her. He agreed and she blessed him that he shall always know peace for the rest of his life. But she cursed Kwame.By Abigail ManteyClass 6 SydAlsyd Academy

    The beggar who blessed a boy

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