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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 - 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. |

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 - N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. . "City Scape." N.p., n.d. Web. "Gangs." Current Issues: Macmillian Social Science Library. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. Document URL 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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