All around the world people are celebrating a holiday where you wear foreign clothes and steal candy....only to know you have to go to school the very next morning, even with cavities surrounding your whole tooth like winter parkas.
What do you think of when someone says “Halloween”? Is it the candy? The costumes? “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown?” (I think of that.) Whatever you think of on Halloween, I bet it’s not the origins of this holiday.
Halloween came from the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced sow-in) on November 1st. October 31st became known as Samhain Eve, and it was said that the ghosts of the dead came back to life to haunt for just one day.
After the Catholic church changed it all to “All Saints Day” kids would dress up, and get wine, food, or money in exchange for singing, reciting poetry, or telling jokes.
It wasn’t until the 1950's when Halloween became this family friendly event.
That means Halloween as we know it is less than one hundred years old!
By: Makayla Wax
There are 22 ½ million refugees in the world without homes and jobs. The United States should welcome them.
Refugees can participate in and improve the economy. They arrive in the United States with little or no money and, therefore, will immediately search for employment so that they can support themselves and their families. These include jobs that many Americans will not accept, such as housekeeping, food service, or construction.
Refugees have even started major successful businesses such as Chobani Yogurt, which was set up by Hamdi Ulukaya, who came to this country after fleeing Turkey. His company hires refugees from all over the world who come to the United States seeking a better life. Additionally, Chobani gives 10% of its profit to its workers.
The United States has the resources to accept refugees. In addition to the ability to become educated and work, housing can be made available. There are plenty of acres to build houses with land between them. Food and water is plentiful.
As a result of the opportunities available to them, refugees can one day return to their homeland and give back to their suffering communities. For example, Salva Dut, who was forced to flee South Sudan at the age of eleven, started a project called “Water for South Sudan.” Salva and a crew travel to villages all over South Sudan building wells with clean water. This was important to him because his father was poisoned by drinking contaminated water. Not only does his project provide villages with clean, fresh water, instead of muddy, brown water, but the wells are actually located in the villages. This means that the girls in the villages do not have to walk all day for water. Salva Dut also welcomes neighboring villages from using the water as well.
The United States is a safe country compared to the countries refugees are fleeing. Those who settle here do not need to worry about being forced to leave the country by their government. Girls and women can go to school to get an education and stand up for themselves and speak out. For example, Lilly Singh, a Youtube star, travels all over Africa building schools for girls. Lilly wants girls to be able to get an education of their own and be able to get a job to support their future families.
The United States is made up of people from other countries, different races, and different cultures. The United States of America is supposed to accept refugees and immigrants and give them every opportunity available to its citizens. The United States accepted 12 million immigrants from 1892- 1959. On the Statue of Liberty, it says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” The Statue of Liberty is the first thing that refugees see when they enter the United States. It is a symbol of freedom and hope.
In conclusion, the United States of America should be required to accept refugees because 22 ½ million people in the world are suffering and are in need of a better life and opportunity.
Last week the 7th grade took a hike up Monument Mountain. Students were assigned different activities based on what advisory they had. Mrs.Malone-Smith and Madame. Elliott's groups gave information for this blog. Some people made maps and some took pictures. Here is a sample of what they did. These were done by Aria G, Stella B, Victoria P, and Cayenne R.
Hello Everyone! I am back with the national holidays for October. Here is what is in store. On Friday the 13th we will have National Train your Brain day, followed by Chess Day on Saturday, and Dictionary day on Monday. For the week of Tuesday the 17th we have Black Poetry Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day, National Kentucky Day and National Reptile Awareness Days. Those are just a few of the minor holidays we have coming up. But, the best holiday in October, and maybe the best ever is……. National Boston Cream Pie day. J.K. It’s HALLOWEEN! So get ready to eat a lot of candy and dress up in fun costumes and trick or treat with friends. Start thinking on what you are going to be and where you will go trick or treating. Many people recommend the Hill in Great Barrington.
Have a great month,
Over the past few weeks Florida, Texas, and now Puerto Rico have been hit by the tragic hurricanes. As you know, our school held the competition Penny Wars! This competition was a fun way to raise money for those in need. It really worked!
Hopefully, this competition inspired you to raise money by yourself! Results are yet to come. The winning homeroom wins a pizza party!
By the Penny Girls