By: Adam Hassebroek
Once there was a boy named Billy Joe and he went to school every morning at 7:45 A.M. He was always very tired from the night before, but he could never go to sleep before 11:30. Billy and ½ of his 8th grade class had this same problem too and some were even worse. They all had something in common: sleep deprivation. They never get enough sleep. They were always drowsy and couldn't pay attention in class. Billy Joe would try to go to bed earlier but he never could ,so he always fell asleep in class. His classmates tried to get him to stay awake but they couldn't even stay awake either.
One cool day in October, Billy thought of something that would get him more rest: starting school later in the morning! He tried talking to all of his teachers to see if they could do that, but they all said that it would not happen. Billy would not give up on his idea so he looked up how it would benefit his school. He found out that that most of this fellow peers and him have a normal wake up time of 9:00 A.M.. That was almost 2 and a half hours later then when he gets up. He also found out that more than half of all 8th graders get less than 7 hours of sleep. So Billy went to the school's principal to tell him why they needed to start later, but he said also that it would not happen.
Billy Joe would not go away that easily though, he would keep researching his idea and make it happen. Near the end of November, Billy had learned so much on what it would do for students like himself to start later. He learned that starting at 9:00 A.M would give some kids an extra hour and a half of sleep. That could make them more alert and give them a better chance to learn more. It could help kids not be as stressed as they are when they are tired. That could decrease obesity levels and depression. Plus We’d just be in a better mood overall so everyone would be happier. Billy thought he had what was needed to try again so he went to the principal of the high school to see if it could happen. But even with all of Billy's facts and research, he was told again that it would not happen.
It was early January now and snow covered the ground. Billy Joe and his friends researched day in and day out about why it would be a good idea. Billy and his friends found out that starting later gave the students more time to have a healthy breakfast. It also showed students showed much better grades than before switching. There would be less teen crashes due to sleep deprivation and make it safer for drivers. In high school, it showed less students had drug abuse and high risk bad behavior. It is also a fact that when you sleep enough, your immune system gets stronger so you wouldn’t get sick as much. Studies have shown that when you get enough sleep, it will make you want to answer questions more in school instead of just sitting there. It also made students want to go to school more instead of sleeping in and skipping. Billy and his friends made a presentation of all of their research to show to their superintendent and they worked very hard on it. So when they went to him, they presented it to all of the board, and they said there was a chance.
It was the beginning of February and Billy and all of his friends weren't having to get up really early and go to school at 7:40, they were going to school at 8:40. They were no longer sleep deprived and there school was having good grades after the change. Billy Joe and all of his friends were happy and so was everyone else
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!