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    It's No Shame To Be Poor

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    Lam Chun Ni Jenny (13)
    迦密梁省德學校
    Carmel Leung Sing Tak School

    作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
    Leung Wing Lui Rainbow (14)
    迦密梁省德學校
    Carmel Leung Sing Tak School

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    Tang Kit Lam Kitty (13)
    迦密梁省德學校
    Carmel Leung Sing Tak School

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    Zhu Hiu Lam Miffy (13)
    迦密梁省德學校
    Carmel Leung Sing Tak School

    字數 Word Count: 0(中) 565(Eng)


    “Mum, tomorrow we have to take a mobile phone in to school and talk about it in English,” Tom excitedly told his mother.
    His mother was so sad, “Tom, I’m sorry. You know we are poor. I can’t afford to buy you a phone.”


    Tom felt disappointed but he knew his mum was right. They were very poor. Some days he only had rice and vegetables to eat with no meat.
    However, he still felt upset that all his friends had a phone they could talk about and he did not.


    Tom asked, “Mum, what should I say about not having a phone?”
    “Say it's too expensive,” she replied.
    Tom said, “OK.” But he didn’t want his friends to know he was poor, so he decided to steal a phone from the school office then put it back after the lesson.


    When Tom got to school he was nervous as he had never stolen before. When he saw his friends talking about their exciting phones he felt so lonely. So…
    He waited till no one was in the office then he grabbed an I-phone.


    In the lesson Tom talked all about the I-Phone and its exciting games. He felt so happy.
    “I love your phone. It’s so cool,” Tammy told him.
    Tom really wanted to keep the phone but he knew he must put it back in the office when no one was looking.


    After school Tom walked home and suddenly it was black rain. His shoes got so wet and they were leaking. The water made his old shoes get holes in them.
    Tom showed his mum but she said, “I’m sorry Tom, we are too poor to buy new shoes.”


    Tom felt so shameful going to school the next day with holes in his shoes.
    He thought his friends would tease him. So he decided, because it was so easy to steal the phone yesterday, that today he would steal money from the office to buy new shoes.


    Tom waited till no one was in the office and then he saw a $100 note on the table. He grabbed it.
    “What are you doing?”
    Tom turned round and he saw Tammy!
    “Are you stealing?”
    Tom was caught. He was so scared and he started to cry.


    Tammy said, “Sorry Tom. I have to tell the teacher.”
    “Tammy, please don’t! I can explain,” said Tom worriedly.
    Tom told Tammy all about how poor he was and how he stole
    the I-Phone and he showed him his shoes to show why he needed money.


    Tammy felt so sorry for him and he said, “Tom, it is not shameful to be poor. Maybe we can help you. I will tell Mr. Lee but I won’t say you were going to steal.”
    Mr. Lee was the kindest teacher and Tammy told him all about Tom.


    Mr. Lee also felt sorry for Tom. He said, “Tom, ALL children in Hong Kong should be able to wear shoes to school that keep their feet dry and safe. I will speak to my friend who works for Dr Kong the shoe shop.”


    The next day a parcel arrived at Tom’s house. It was a new pair of school shoes from Dr. Kong. Tom was so happy.
    He also learned that being poor is not shameful and if you tell your friends your problems they will try to help you overcome them.

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