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Kidsday: What would you do?

In life, we do things that might embarrass ourselves, whether it is tripping, walking around with toilet paper on our shoe, dropping our books everywhere and more.

And sometimes we trust others to help us up and get going again. In this experiment, we tested if students would help others when they trip.

You've seen the ABC-TV show "What Would You Do?" and that's where we got our idea from.

We decided to have someone go into the lunch room, trip and fall, and drop her books everywhere. We wanted see if others would help the kid who fell or stay in their seats and laugh, allowing the person to pick up her books by herself.

On the day of our test, we had our English teacher make an announcement during lunch to get everyone's attention. Then Meghan (the student that was going to execute the fall) would walk in, and half way down the aisle "trip" and fall, having her books fly out of her hand and all the papers fall out. It turned out, nine students helped her out and gave her a hand getting up and picking up the books.

But of course there were the many students who laughed and did not help.

So, in this case, you could trust your peers to help you out in a bad fall.

But, the big question is, what would you do?


Where have all the oysters gone?

For decades the amount of oysters in the Great South Bay has been going down. Before this time, the Great South Bay had been recognized for its big supply of oysters.

One of the reasons the oysters are in short supply is because of the way the oyster environment has changed. Some of the inlets to the bay were closed by man-made sand walls because they left homes and the Fire Island dunes at risk of more rapid erosion. The closing of the inlets changed the bay's ecosystem and the oysters were affected.

Another reason for the decline in the oyster population is because people took the oysters from the bay but did not replace what they took. The oysters could not reproduce fast enough to meet the demands of the people.

My great-grandfather, Stanley E. Vail, had so many oysters he decided to pile the shells up in my backyard and on the side of the house; he even made a driveway out of them. Many of the oyster shells are still in the backyard today.

Great-grandfather volunteered at the Blue Point Oyster Co. on Saturdays. He loaded the oysters into his truck and drove home, where he made various dishes using them and would put the shells in the backyard and on the driveway he built.

Long Island oysters are now being reseeded in hopes that the oysters may be able to flourish in the Great South Bay once again.

-- Kidsday Reporter Jake Vail


CLASS OF THE WEEK: Marie Amella's eighth-grade class, SAYVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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