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The young writers of Burnett County have submitted their responses to the following prompts:

Ages 7-12 is: What would you do if you won the lottery? What would you do with the money?

Ages 13-18: Do you think the town you’ve grown up in has influenced the person you are? How?

If you missed your chance to get your writing submitted this month, there will be an opportunity every month with new prompts to follow. Here are the prompts for the month of December to be submitted in January:

Ages 7-12: Make a snowman- out of snow, paper, cotton balls, or other materials you have at home. Give him a name and write a short story about him. Submit your story with a photo of you and your snowman.

Ages 13-18: Try your hand at poetry and write a poem about either winter or Christmas. Submit with a picture you took of either a snowy scene or Christmas decorations.

Responses should be no more than 350 words and have to be submitted by Jan. 6. Remember to include your name, age and town you are from.

Articles can be submitted several different ways. You can drop them off at the Sentinel office, mail them to P.O. Box 397, Grantsburg, WI 54840 or send them via email to news@burnettcountysentinel.com.

What would you do if you won the lottery? What would you do with the money? – Ages 7-12

If I won the lottery

Brielle Winter, 3rd grade, Webster Elementary

If I won the lottery I would help the homeless, give money to the poor and charities. I feel great when I help people. I love everyone that needs help, and I would never use the money for myself, and help people in Africa that need water.

If I won the lottery

Rylee Pardun, 3rd grade, Webster Elementary

If I won the lottery I would help kids in the hospital I would give them stuffed animals and toys if they didn’t have any. If I had extra money, I would use the money to help my family if we needed food or anything else.

If I won the lottery

Jaxson Doriott, 12 years old, Siren

If I won the lottery I would take the money and take my family on a vacation to Florida because my mom wants to go to Florida. My mom really wants to go to the clear ocean water.

If I won the lottery

Libby Swanson, 11 years old, Siren

If I won the lottery I would donate it to charity and save some of it. The reason I would donate it is because there are kids and adults that are in the hospital with cancer and I feel that donating to charity is a good thing and that is why I want to donate.

I would also give some of it to homeless veterans because my dad told me about homeless veterans one day and I thought that was not right because they fought for our country and they shouldn’t have to be homeless.

And with some of the money I would buy a house by water. I have always wanted to live by the water because it is just so beautiful, and I think it would be peaceful.

The thing that I would probably spend most of the money on is that I would travel the world. I have been to a lot of states before and I love going to new places. That is why I would spend most of my money on traveling. If I win the lottery, I would use most of the money for a good cause.

Do you think the town you’ve grown up in has influenced the person you are? How? – Ages 13-18

The influence of Siren

Regan Belisle, Webster High School

Living in Siren has affected me in many ways, one thing being my opinion on the things that happen and the changes that have been made. Those changes made to the town have changed us just as much.

With all of the things going on around town such as events, sports, buildings, companies, and population, it seems as if nothing has changed.

A downside in Siren is all of the crimes and drug use that goes on. Over the years, Siren has made a name for itself and it’s not the best one but it’s definitely not the worst. The crime has changed my feeling of safety in the town.

Another downside is all of the bars in the town. I don’t have a problem with people going out for a drink but not to the point when they hurt others. This follows my previously stated feeling toward Siren. It also adds a feeling of worry and fear.

Good things in the town that have influenced me are places like the Pour House. It’s a great place and it’s given me a chance to start working. It gave me a feeling of how adulthood would be. Working changed my feeling about how things might possibly be in the future as an adult.

The Crooked Lake park gives me a sense of stability because I know I can go there if I ever need to cool off. It allows me to feel at peace and has influenced my childishness and tranquility.

Siren may not be the safest place but it’s better than a lot of other places around the world, therefore I must be grateful for being raised in such a community.