School In A Pandemic by Miya D.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for 2020 or simply haven’t heard, Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has ruined everything… literally (or at least in my teenage opinion).
Frankly, it has ruined my life. I missed my 8th-grade graduation. I missed my first day of high school. Never made any new friends this school year, and even lost touch with my old ones.
Okay, I get it. It’s been rough for me but, maybe you’ve had it worse. Some of you have lost a loved one, have watched your loved ones suffer, or have even suffered yourself. For those that have been personally affected by COVID-19, I am sorry and in no way am I making light of your experiences.
What Black Lives Matter Means To ME
Miya Daniel (former team member)
When African Americans say that Black Lives Matter, it doesn’t mean that other races don’t also matter. It simply means that we are here too and want to be treated the same as everyone else; with respect, loyalty, and equality.
Whether you are young or old in some way or form you have experienced inequality if you are a black person. I joined the fight with the Black Lives Matter cause because I have felt discriminated against at my age.
In school, I play the violin just like Joseph Douglas, the first African American violinist. I am the only African American in my class and usually left out possibly because of this. I am very interested in the violin and don’t pay them any mind. I want to show that I am more than just my skin color. I am talented and have a way of skill in playing the violin.
If you are a young African American like myself, you might also have this problem in your school or other places. If you have a difficult time or feel discriminated against because of your skin color, just remember, most people have not been through what we have been through. They have no idea that often, we face issues that are not right.
Did you know that before Rosa Parks, there were at least several other women that didn’t give up their seats? What they were all saying is that Black Lives Matter too. We have been fighting for many years and it is time for a change.
Mother's Day - 2021
April 3rd, 2007 - The day you became a mom, my mom. We almost didn’t make it but by the grace of God, we did. You learned from the best on how to be a good mother, and as I am growing into a woman I hope to be half as much of a good mother you are. I thank God that he chose you to be my mom, I am truly blessed to have you in my life. When I’m at my lowest, I know I can always come to you. Apart from Yaya, you are the bravest, strongest, kindest, and loving woman I know. And every day you prove my point more and more. Because of isolation, we have become closer, every day I enjoy our precious time together. I love spending time with you, watching Hallmark mysterious or Christmas Hallmark movies, painting together, watching say yes to the dress, or making a complete fool of ourselves anywhere we go. One of the things I love and admire about you is that you don’t care who is watching, you’re always Jamie. Everyday I try to be like you, and I’m getting there. We fight A LOT, like I sometimes I don’t know if we can even be in a room together.
But it’s only because you gave birth to a mini-me. Being on this earth for 14 years is quite a long time. And during those years you have shown me that moms like you, are truly a blessing. I’m not going to lie; I DO think I have the best mommy out there. This past year…has shown me that every day is not guaranteed, and that life is short. This is why I hug you, “climb” you and say I love you multiple times every day. Having you in my life is like a puzzle, but with one puzzle piece missing. Adding having a grandmother like Yaya in my life made the puzzle complete.
You and Yaya have made me the young woman I am now, and now as she is resting and watching over me from Heaven, she can see what a fantastic job she has done. As you know, I’ve been on a search for MY best friend. Well, I can say that I’ve found her. She loves Harry Potter, decorating, the color yellow, and surprisingly cleaning...anyways. I love you, mommy.
Ps, don’t be surprised if you can’t find the rest of your Dr.Pepper ;)
1865, December 18th. The awaited day slavery ended. Yes, a happy day for many, but what comes after this? This came with many problems they never faced as slaves. Racism, only whites' signs, and fighting against the system. As slaves, they were not allowed to go to school nor learn or write. In spite of the many obstacles white people threw in their path; they found a way to learn and go to school. Most freed slaves lived in rural poverty, oftentimes freed slaves had to rent land from ex-slave owners. Even with slavery ended black women gravitated towards being homemakers, making men having to go into the workforce.
Right when black people were getting on their feet, segregation came about. Passing Jim Crows law meant segregating blacks and whites in most of all public places. Including school and church. That meant black people had to make their own schools and churches.
There has recently been a trend coming from castings for movies/tv-shows that both I and many of my teenage peers have to come to notice. When I was a little younger, I never noticed it and neither have many people. However, now that I’m more of aware social issues, this particular issue has become quite clear. When you see an upcoming black tv show, you often think of three things:
How Covid-19 Has Impacted My Life
by Chloe Elisabeth
March 13, 2020, the end of Spring break and the day we found out school would be closed indefinitely. I am going on day 116 of not leaving the house. Covid-19, Coronavirus, is the reason life has changed for me and everyone in the world.
Ever since the Coronavirus hit the United States of America, our lives have changed. The way we work, get our education, go shopping, and travel has all changed. Staying home, wearing masks, and having no physical contact with people has become our new “normal”.
Coronavirus has affected everyone in some kind of way. At first, we were ordered to stay home and not be around anyone except our families. We were advised to wear a mask when we had to leave the house. However, some humans do not listen to the wise advice of medical professionals! Therefore, we're still in this situation.
People want to go back to our “normal” but don’t want to do what we have to do to get back to it. Going out and partying with your friends is okay but just NOT right now. You’re putting yourself at risk and the people that may be around you.
Coronavirus is going to keep spreading if people don’t stay home, wear masks, social distance when they do go out, and take this situation seriously.
Everyone’s plans got canceled after we heard the news about coronavirus. Schools around the world were shut down. End of year school events, graduations, and proms were canceled. Weddings and birthday parties had to be postponed..including mines.
Corona has taken something from everyone. For me, it was the rest of my 7th-grade year and my 13th birthday
party. 2020 will be remembered as a sad and weird year in so many ways but I’m already praying that 2021 will be a better year. In the meantime, let’s all stay safe!
Children Learn What
by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte.
Halloween In Quarantine!
by Chloe Elisabeth
For the past 8 months we have been in something called, quarantine. Families have had to come up with some creative ideas for holidays while in quarantine. Because the best holiday of the year is coming up (in my opinion)..Halloween. I've got a list of things you can do this year for Halloween!
This year my family and I tried out a lot of new Halloween movies. From old classics to movies released this year. Here are some of my favorites from this year, MonsterVille Cabinet Of Souls, Hubie Halloween, Don't Look Under The Bed, Scooby Doo Halloween, Under Wraps, Halloween Town, Halloween Is Grinch Night, Monster Girl, and many more.