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Extracts from emails from Sacramento, CALIFORNIA

I live in Sacramento, the capital, of California, but my school district is Natomas. Natomas is really cool. It has mostly houses, apartments, and stores, and is a lot quieter than downtown Sacremento. There are a lot of palm trees, oak trees, lots of grass, and lots of flowers. Sacramento is about an hour away from the ocean, and about an hour from Lake Tahoe. ... We don't get snow in the winter. It is hot here right now. We are in the Fall season. We don't have school in the summer. It is hot in the summer and we like to swim.

My dad is from El Salvador, and my mom is from here, so I have mixed blood and I also know Spanish. Hola is Hello, Como estas is how are you, Buenos dias is good morning, Buenas noches is good night and Adios is goodbye.

There are many things to do in the city, you can play soccer or basketball at the parks, you can go see professional baseball teams play during the spring, and you can see the newest movies at the theatre. I like to play basketball, baseball, and soccer. Here we have a team called the Sacramento Kings (basketball). They came very close to winning the championship two years ago. In soccer, my favorite player is Henry. He plays for the Arsenal. I play on a soccer team too. My soccer team is called the Chivas. Chivas means goats in Spanish. The Chivas are also a professional soccer team in Mexico.

Sacramento is a fun place to live because there is always a fair or Carnival. Downtown is like its own little city because it has all of the big businesses and monuments. There is the Crocker Art Museum, a Mansion Museum and a lot of government buildings. Sacramento always has things being built. The city never stops developing. It is cool to see everything being built.

Extract from email from Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

Right now in Los Angeles area there are a lot of wildfires because of the dry conditions. We are all safe at our school, but have not been having physical education classes outdoors because of the bad air quality and ashes blowing from the fires. ... In L.A. we have lots of movie theaters and many movies are made in Hollywood which is about 20 miles from us.

Another email from Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

Stephen S School, Los AngelesWe live in California. Have any of you seen the "Terminator" movies? The "Terminator" is our new governor (Arnold Schwarzenegger)! He won the recent election when our old governor, Gray Davis, was removed from office in a recall election.

This is a photo of one of our play yards where we have physical education classes, recess free time, and after school sports.

More emails from MASSACHUSETTS

Have you heard of the Boston Red Sox? They are a baseball team. Baseball is very popular in America. I like to play it in the spring. Have you ever tried it? ... I like to play volleyball, do you? A lot of people play it on our beach in Hull. Do you live near a beach? The water here is usually cold. Some days there are lots of surfers in the water. They wear wet suits and they surf all winter long even when it's freezing cold.

I am getting my costume ready for Halloween. That's a holiday where we dress up and go out at night to all the houses in the neighborhood and say Trick or Treat! Then they give us candy. Some people like to dress up scary and others like to be pretty. My friend is going to be a pirate and someone else I know will be a princess. My family collects money for UNICEF. That is a charity for children all over the world.

Emails from Sacramento, CALIFORNIA

"There is an American holiday coming up it's called Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving our families get together and eat turkey, mashed potatoes, and corn. We celebrate when the pilgrims came to the Americas. What are your holidays?"

"Do you have a special holiday coming up? In the U.S. It's going to be Christmas soon. I'm in the month of Ramadan. It is when Muslims fast and we have a big Holiday called Eid. Israel must be beautiful! the way everyone is describing it. California is."

Emails from a school in INDIANA

These days our town is very beautiful. Everybody is getting ready for Christmas, the shops, malls, houses are decorated with lights. People shop a lot for Christmas presents, and we wait to get presents from our relatives and Santa (even though we know he isn't real, we fill out our fish list for Santa, to get a present). ... It's very cold here now. We had some snow last week but New York and Boston were covered with snow an people had to dig their cars to recover them.

Christmas is very close. ... The streets and shop windows are very beautiful, especially when they are covered with snow. Do you like snow? Our teacher told us that in your country it almost never snows only in the mountains. Is it so? Do you mean you never ski or skate? Winter is the best time of the year.

Read the emails from the USA for 2004

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