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FC: The South Side Kid by Nathan Markey

1: Once upon a time, there was a kid named Anthony who lived on the South Side of Pittsburgh. | Boy at Desk." Search Results for Boy - Images and More - Office.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. .

2: He lived in a small house in the city with his Grandma Ellie. | N.p., n.d. Web.

3: One day Anthony left the house telling his Grandma. He was going to draw on his neighbors house with his friends. | "City Scape." N.p., n.d. Web.

4: He never questioned the idea, he thought his neighbor wouldn't mind. | N.p., n.d. Web.

5: They painted the graffiti until they thought it looked cool. It was all fun until their neighbor came outside. | N.p., n.d. Web. | N.p., n.d. Web.

6: She kicked Anthony and his friends off her property and said she was going to call his Grandma.

7: When Anthony got home, he was really scared. His Grandma was waiting at the door. | N.p., n.d. Web. Both pictures

8: "Our neighbor just called. What did you do?!" she said.

9: "I drew on her house with spray paint," he said. "I thought she wouldn't care."

10: "You know that's illegal, I've told you that many times," said Ellie. She then sighed. | N.p., n.d. Web

11: Ellie cleared her throat. "Anthony, you've been living with me for a while, and it's time to tell you why."

12: "Uhh, okay," said Anthony. Ellie got them some lemonade and sat in her chair. Anthony sat across from her. He was nervous. | N.p., n.d. Web

13: "Your mom had you when she was sixteen. Your father was 21, which is illegal," she said. "At the time, they were both members of a street gang called the 18th street gang of Pittsburgh. They did a lot of graffiti ("Gangs")." | N.p., n.d. Web

14: "What are their names?" he said.

15: "Patrice and Tony. Your dad is in prison for murder, and your mom is a drug addict. You were starting to be rebellious at the same age your father did," she said. | N.p., n.d. Web

16: Anthony sighed. "I guess I could be more responsible and stay off the streets more," he said. "I know you can," said Ellie.

17: "Just to be sure, I am entering you in a YMCA program so you can be with good people and stay active," Ellie said. "Great idea, I'm so excited!" said Anthony. | N.p., n.d. Web

18: The next Saturday, Anthony and Ellie went to the Y.M.C.A to sign up for a program starting that day.

19: There was enough room for him, so he went to the gym with about 20 other kids. The played dodge ball and red rover. He had a lot of fun. | http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/bbb/dodgeball/dodgeball.html

20: While he was there, Anthony met a counselor named Anthony also. Immediately, little Anthony admired him for his humor and athleticism.

21: When Ellie picked up Anthony, he was very excited to have a new friend. | "I wanna be just like him someday, not some kid just roaming the streets," Anthony excitedly said.

22: "You have no clue how happy I am to hear that," said Ellie.

23: As the months pasted, Anthony got involved in more programs at the YMCA. He became a more responsible, his grades went up, and he never got in trouble. | He continues to attend the Y.M.C.A. after school and on the weekends.

24: Works Cited | "Boy at Desk." Search Results for Boy - Images and More - Office.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. . "City Scape." N.p., n.d. Web. http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/bbb/dodgeball/dodgeball.html "Gangs." Current Issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. Document URL http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CEJ3011400108&v=2.1&u=pl7053&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web. N.p., n.d. Web.

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