by Tara, age 8
My name is Tara
Klenke. This is a picture of my house. My brother and I were foster
children, but we were adopted six months ago by some kind people.
Their names are Steve and Cynthia Klenke. We call them Mom and
Dad, of course. I have lots of fun living here. Now I've been
here three years.
My mom and dad
had two boys and they wanted more children so they decided to
adopt us. They want to adopt one more baby girl. My parents want
kids to stay safe and have a home.
My three brothers
are Michael, 6, Justin, 17, and Brandon, 19. Michael is my birth
brother. My two sisters are Anne, 13, and Christina, 21, who is
my half sister. All my brothers and sisters are smart and kind.
We have 2 dogs,
1 cat, 2 horses, and we used to have 2 goats. We also have an
aquarium with 8 fish. We live on a small farm in North Durham.
My brother and
I give our mom and dad presents, flowers, cards, hugs, and of
course, kisses. We want to show them how much we love them.
We go camping
in Cherokee every year. We go hiking and swimming. We cook out
on a fire and eat marshmallows. I like to see the Indians.
I like to ride
my horse, Buddy. He is a Tennessee Walker. I ride in the pasture
and when I learn to ride well enough, I am going on the trails
in the woods.
One of my favorite
things is the big bonfires that our family has. We have one in
the spring and one in the fall. We invite about 100 people. Everyone
brings a dish of food and we roast hot dogs. All the kids play
hide and seek. The teenagers sit around talking. All the parents
sit around the fire and tell stories and drink coffee.
Black is not a color,
an art, a switch in
nor the way you lick
It is not drugs, sex,
nor is it the way we
perceive an image.
Black is beautiful,
Black is a shade, a
It is a tone beautiful
but not dark.
It limits you not.
Where your life goes
depends on your heart.
What is life?
Life is a phase, an
experience, much like a maze.
Some appreciate life, but do not
take it for granted.
What is our purpose,
why are we placed on this planet? Some
never know, some eventually find it.
The only way to become strong is to go
head on through the
and when it rains it pours.
Be careful what you ask for in life because sometimes we
don't know what we ask for but yet we ask for more.
Eventually we'll be okay, but remember to
live every day like it's your last day and
in heaven God will repay.
and Writing Contests
This Issue. There was
no theme for this issue, we simply asked you to send us something
you were proud to have written or drawn. The winners are indicated
above. Each received a cash award for his or her writing or artwork.
Issue. If you'd like
a chance to win something with your drawing or writing talent,
send something in for the next issue. To enter simply send us
something you're proud to have done. Drawing contest:
1st prize: $50; 2nd prize: $40;
3rd prize: $30. Writing
contest: $25 for stories of 250 words or more and $15
for shorter pieces.
by Ashely, age 12
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good books lately?
Perspectives is looking for book reviews from young readers. If
you’re a foster child between the ages of 6 and 12 and have a
book you’d recommend, tell us about it! We’re looking for short
pieces (250 words or less) that tell us a little about the book
(including the author, full title, and how long it is), what you
liked about it, and the kind of person who would like this book.
Authors whose reviews are published will receive $20. Send entries
to the address listed in the box to the left of this one.
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Send entries to: Fostering Perspectives, c/o John McMahon,
Jordan Institute for Families, 340 Victoria Rd., Pines Bldg.,
Room 403, Asheville, NC 28801. Artwork should be mailed flat (unfolded)
on white, unlined paper. Include your name, age, address, social
security number (used to process awards) and phone number.