The "Modern" Good Samaritan
Grace's heart was pounding. It was recess for all of the 5th graders, and just like every day since school started last week, the girl with the coolest hair, clothes, backpack and everything, was picking on her. "Hey Nerdy, what are you reading today? Some philosophy book by 'Play Clay'?" Just then, Grace's best friend walked by. "Phew," Grace said under her breath. "She'll help me." But she walked right by and said to Lydia, Tammy's friend, "don't want her to pick on me, instead." But was that look that Grace saw in Lydia's eye sympathetic? Grace's thoughts were cut off when she heard the bell calling the kids to lunch. She reached into her pocket to get her lunch money. It was empty. "That Tammy!"
It was a bright, sunny day. Grace's mom surprised her by making pumpkin muffins for breakfast - her favorite! Now, it was lunch time. She was just about to bite into her sandwich when she heard a familiar voice behind her. "I'll take that Fig Newton you packed." "Uh oh," thought Grace, "Tammy." Grace's brother walked by Tammy just close enough to grab the treat back, but instead, he just shrugged and walked off. "Why won't anyone help me?" said Grace.
Beep! Grace's alarm clock went off. She wished she had slept through it. She didn't want to go to school today. Was learning worth being bullied daily? But she had no choice. She got ready and hopped on the bus. All morning, Tammy kept giving Grace dirty looks. When recess began, Tammy was about to begin her insults when Lydia stepped between Grace and Tammy and said, "don't you dare!" Those three words were the beginning of Grace and Lydia's friendship, and (almost) the end of Tammy's bullying.