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The demolition and rebuild make the central city an ever-changing organism. Six Swannanoa School children decided to write about
the process from their perspective. They were part of an elite writing class and worked on their short pieces over seven weeks.
On Tuesday, they visited the central city to see what they described in their stories. Their pieces are printed in full below.
Strong words to describe rebuild
FIELD TRIP: Swannanoa School's writing group paid a visit to the central city,
which they had written about in their rebuild stories.
Jared (JJ) Jones
Scott Wake, 8
* Memories of lifeless buildings
float away in the sounds of the
new constructions replacing mild-
ewed chasms and canyons from
when the earth's plates strained.
Bulldozers with strong oil fumes
seem to dig down to Hell with fox-
Concrete-mixers dump mounds
of concrete into holes for solid,
secure foundations and hammers
knock pylons out cold into
manoeuvre blocks of hope into fra-
med structures and shift glass-
like, delicate jewels into the build-
ings' sockets. The rubble and
dust of destruction is disappear-
ing into the past and being rep-
laced with ladders of hope in a re-
Lily Gaughan, 8
* Humongous cranes stretch their
limbs slowly and carefully, swoop-
ing concrete walls into place.
They stare down at the trucks
hauling in the ginormous con-
tainers, moving them from place
to place like monopoly pieces.
Moving crabs are digging and
hitting into the earth like
The diggers are scooping up dirt
and making strong foundations in
the pitch-black holes.
Hannah Burns, 7
* Proud fences stand their ground
guarding entrances to construc-
Humongous cranes as tall as
skyscrapers lift metal, wood and
They lift their generating limbs
slowly and carefully using their
breath-taking strength to rebuild
the damaged city.
Bulldozers dig with rabbit-like
paws and the churning concrete
mixers throw out mix into
Daniel Prager, 7
* The giant ravines, like gun
barrels and cracks like rivers,
lakes and streams have
The bulldozers dump dirt
into the new solid ground.
Brachiosaurus cranes like
metal towering forests grab
and solidly clutch concrete
slabs and strong girders to
replace the walls of fate.
Scaffolding hugs the build-
ings like a mother and child.
The men are working their
The city is slowly being rebuilt.
Marshall Lewis, 8
* Bulldozers and diggers like
ferocious saber-toothed tigers
barge menacingly around
replacing rubble and dirt.
Cranes grasp heavy objects
and carefully place them
on new foundations.
Jared (JJ) Jones, 8
* Dirt removers shatter the earth
and fill the cracks which flowed
like veins in a body.
Cranes with creaking metal
arms heave and haul structures of
hope into place.
Majestic monuments will rise
on new foundations from the ruins
of a depressed city.
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