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MS 447 Celebrates Upstanders
December 14, 2018 By Milo Durrance
Every year, MS 447 takes one day out of the month of November to encourage upstanding. Upstander Day is a day dedicated to acceptance and standing up to unfairness. It is all about promoting standing up to things you see as unfair even when it might be scary. Students learn about bullying in many forms. For example, 7th grade focused on cyberbullying.
There is also a special speaker who comes in and talks about something related to the subject of upstanding. This year, the speakers were the executive director and a social worker from the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit organization who provides free legal service to immigrant children facing deportation. They talked about the organization and afterwards there was a Q & A session hosted by two students.
After activities in their classrooms, students went back to the auditorium for Speak Up, hosted by the Student Council. Here students watched their peers present poems, songs and speeches highlighting Upstanding and the importance of speaking up, even when it feels hard.
Bullying is a big problem in most schools which is not often addressed well. Upstander Day is one day is a start; standing up for others should continue every day.
A Plan to Boost Diversity
By Oskana Moulle
Did you know that our district (Brooklyn’s District 15 ) is the most segregated district in the nation? Segregation means that children in the district are split up based on their race or ethnic background. To end school segregation in our community, on September 20th, Mayor Bill De Blasio approved a new admissions plan for all District 15 middle schools.
The new admissions plan is to save 52 percent of the spots in our schools for kids that come from low-income and minority families. The aim of this plan is not only to desegregate schools, but to also promote integration. The Wolf Press went to a powerful nycASID meeting, and talked to parents and students to learn more about people's reaction to this plan.
To get into a public middle school in the past, you needed to go through a screened admission. This is when middle schools look at your grades, test scores, attendance, and other elements when making a match. You might feel like this is a fair system, because it rewards kids who meet those standards. However, kids might get good grades not because they necessarily are better students, but because they have access to more resources. Their current schools could have computers and ipads, and may give access to after-school tutoring. These students may also have more resources at home. Having access to a home computer for typing and research, a personal tut, and parents that are around during homework time because they don't have to work nights may also help raise people's grades.
With this new plan, schools are not allowed to screen students in the way that they used to. Kids get in through lottery. This means that even if you are often late, absent, and getting poor grades, you will have the same chance as everyone else.
One student from a low-income family, who asked to remain anonymous, told us their personal story. They said that they are often late to school because they have to look after their grandma. They also admitted that they got poor grades because they didn’t have a good education at their old school.
Many people agree with the plan. “See people for who they are,” said Iman Abdul, a student at City College of New York, “not for their background.”
Giving everyone the same chance to get into a good school is why the policy change was made. It encourages schools to ignore their students’ backgrounds, because that does not define them.
This change will not only take a step further to trying to stop segregation, but it will help encourage diversity. It won't be incredibly easy, though. As Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Journalist, said at the nycASID meeting, “Putting one white kid in a school of black kids will not solve segregation.” Hannah-Jones is referring to the Five R’s of integration: Race and Enrollment, Resources, Relationships and Identity, Restorative justice, and Representative. (For more information, visit nycASID.com)
Some people disagree because they don't want their kids to be with other students that aren't as educated. However, as Leanne Nunes, organizer of her school’s GSA and director of Equity at IntergrateNYC, says, “We aren’t underperforming, we just don't have as many opportunities.”
In the end, this new plan will change the population of District 15 schools, and it should help end the segregation that has kept so many students from the resources they deserve. It may also help us see our peers for who they really are, and not just judge them on their past.
L.E.A.P. into Afterschool
February 27, 2018 by Nadia Jordan
Have you thought about signing up for afterschool? 447’s afterschool program, called LEAP, is an wonderful program that has many activities that you can do. LEAP is an acronym that stands for “learning through an expanded arts program.” The organization is new to 447, but it is actually 40 years old. The program offers dance, music, graphic design, photography, visual arts, flag football, basketball, styles and skills, culinary arts, and homework help. There is even an activity called “Game Factory” that is run by Miss Davis!
Ms. Tricia, who is the director of the afterschool program, is a very nice woman who makes sure that everyone has what they need and want in afterschool. This is her 6th year as a director, but she has been a teaching artist for 10 years. She says, “I taught in a lot of after school programs and I had a lot of good ideas on renting an after school program, so I just decided to make my own program.”
The after school program loves to instill literary and leadership skills in all of their activities. Their teachers are very professional and all of their jobs are the activities they teach. All of them love the jobs that they teach which gives them the passion to teach their classes as well as they can.
No Place For Hate Mural on Display
February 27, 2018 by Mariana Maloney
Have you walked along 447’s ramp recently? If you have, I’m sure you’ve noticed the new mural on the walls. This is a new design from our No Place for Hate (NPFH) committee, which is part of the Student Council. The NPFH committee composed the idea of the protest signs, and all of the aspects of the incredible mural. Mica Rajakumar in class 804, says, “We thought it should be inspired by our leaders.” The long list of amazing people featured in the mural includes Malala Yousafzai, Harvey Milk, Ghandi, and many more. “These leaders really all connect to what our NPFH committee is trying to do, spread more love,” explained Mica. According to Ms. Russo, the student council advisor, student, teacher, and parent volunteers, along with NPFH committee members, “worked well together to make this happen.” They spent many hours after school, as well as two Saturdays, to get everything done. The next time you walk past the ramp, take a look at the incredible design!
6th Grade: Get a Sneak Peak of 447's Talents
June 20, 2017 by Madeline Lyon
This year’s sixth graders are anxious to find out what their arts talent will be for their following two years here at MS447. All of the sixth graders picked a first choice, but not all of them will get that choice. Some students are so nervous to know which talent they got into that they pester their talent teachers to tell them what they got. Although it may not seem like it now, it really isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get your first choice. All the arts talents have something unique to offer, and they are all fun and educational.
One of the talents some students will be in next year is music. In seventh and eighth grade music the students will learn to do many things, such as read music notation, play orchestral instruments, and learn how to play together as both an orchestra and a team. Students can continue to develop these useful skills throughout their entire lives. “Playing music can be a great source of pleasure… and help students improve their self-esteem and gain confidence in themselves,” says Mr. Mullins, the music teacher. “It's also a lot of fun!”
Another talent is dance. Students in dance go through many units. There is Tap, Jazz, Modern, and dances from around the world such as Cuban Salsa, Hawaiian dances, African dances, and Israeli folk dances. Additionally, students will make dances in groups and learn improvisation. “My favorite part (of teaching) is watching students grow as dancers and watching them perform what they learn on stage!” says Ms. Farrell. She also says that dance is a great way to express yourself and release any tension from academic stressors.
The third MS447 talent is theater. The seventh and eighth grade curriculum includes many activities, such as reading plays, acting out scenes from plays, writing your own plays and performing them, studying Shakespeare, engaging in professional level scene and monologue study, and much more. “I think people enjoy theater because it allows you to be creative and active,” says Ms. Acker. She continues to say that her students get to create an original piece of work every class. “I don't have a favorite part about seventh/eighth grade (theater) curriculum,” says Ms. Acker. “I enjoy it all!”
The final MS447 talent is art. In art students will continue to show their creativity through their unique drawings, paintings, and sculptures, just as they did in sixth grade. No two works of art are the same. The units they go through are still life, silhouettes using warm or cool colors, self portraits with oil pastels, clay monsters, prints, and drawings/paintings of cupcakes. Each student will express themselves through their amazing art and have lots of fun while they do it.
Clearly, there is no “bad” art talent. Each talent has its own interesting and unique experience, and each talent offers something that each and every student will enjoy, even if they don’t consider themselves to be great at the talent they receive. So, when you find out what art talent you got into, even if it isn’t your first choice, you should still be happy about it!
8th grade Campaigns
April 25, 2017 by Anya Khashu
Everyone has been dying to know what these posters have been doing in the hallways of M.S.447. Sachin Khashu, an Eighth grader of M.S.447 was interviewed to find out what these posters are. These posters were an eighth grade Expo project that the teachers collaborated on. Watch the interview here.
President Trump's Controversial Decisions
April 25, 2017 by Maira Mendez
Our 45th president has made significant, and controversial, impacts on our country in the past few months. With the end of his first 100 days just around the corner, are these changes viewed by the public as positive or negative?
Just this past weekend, thousands of people attended the March for Science. These marchers are concerned about President Trump and his policies that impact the environment and public health. So far, President Trump has proposed a budget that would reduce Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by 30% and could lead to less research in climate change. Trump also signed executives orders that allow the controversial Dakota Pipeline to continue, legislation that repealed the Steam Protection rule, which protected our water from pollution due to coal mining, and an executive order which could threaten our waterways and many endangered species. While many of these changes reduce regulations and help oil and gas companies, the majority of these decisions do not support the science and environmental protection communities.
Another controversial change was Trump’s travel ban. For those who are unclear on the details of this executive order, it is an official order from the President that states foreign travelers from Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya cannot enter the United States for 90 days, and bans Syrian refugees for 120 days. In the original ban this list included Iraq, and banned Syrian refugees permanently. However, like the first ban, this executive order was halted by U.S. District Judges who ruled to freeze the implementation of the ban due to discrimination against Muslims, among other issues. The US Justice Department has said it will continue to defend the Ban in courts.
According to our President this executive order is a way to prevent America from being attacked by terrorists - an action for the “greater good” of our nation. The US Justice Department claims it was necessary. However, many US residents ("green card" holders), visiting family members, and refugees with valid visas were detained upon their arrival in the initial confusion of the ban. Thousands of people protested nationwide in response to both bans. Many people who are upset about the ban point out that many of the countries affected by the ban have never actually had a terrorist attack this country.
There were Women's Marches that took place all over the world, focusing on women's rights to education, medical treatment, jobs and overall equality. These marches were also political due to the fact that they occurred around Inauguration Day. Many women were marching to stop Trump from removing funding to healthcare organizations and charities that help women in need and counsel women on abortions. There were also pro-life rallies a week later, though these were not as large.
Whether or not the Trump campaign had political ties to Russia has become highly controversial. On March 20th, the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey, confirmed the FBI's investigation into the relations Trump may have had with Russia during the election in an effort to sway the election to Trump's favor. Although President Trump has denied this, it is important that it be investigated fairly so that the American people can learn the truth.
To conclude, there are many public dissenting opinions to Trump’s decisions, but also those who benefit from his decisions. According to a Gallup poll, Trump’s recent approval rating has dropped down to 40 percent. This is the fastest a rating has dropped in recent history, but it is not the lowest. Time will tell if history will remember President Trump in a positive or negative light.
Being a Student
April 25, 2017 by Amelia Jackson
“To work hard and be responsible.” --Andre in 706
“Someone who is willing to learn and tries their best.” -Audrey in 701
“To be a good example to younger grades and to have a fun time at school." --Mickey in 704
What does being a student mean to you? Many people use traditional characteristics to describe what it means to be a student: hard-working, taking responsibility for your actions, and learning something new and interesting every day.
Some people think it is all about the future, and how being studious helps you in life. For them, being a student means that even if you think school is boring, you need to motivate yourself by thinking about how school helps you get to where you want to be later on down the road.
There are those who feel that students don't always have to be hard-working, and can even be lazy. A student is someone who puts their heart into school, and tries their best even if it is 100%. If you find that you don't always succeed, you can still put in some effort every day and make each day a fresh start.
Finally, there is the community viewpoint of what it means to be a student. It's about being a good example for those around you, treating others with kindness. Being a student is the idea of coming to school with an open mind, having a good time being around your peers, and exploring the freedom of being a young adult.
No matter what viewpoint you share, what it means to be a student is something worth considering!
Tony Wright: His Story of Hope
January 15, 2017 by Amelia Jackson
How would you feel if you were put behind bars and made to wear an orange jumpsuit for 25 years because of something you never did? Well this is exactly what Tony Wright felt, until May of last year when at the age of 45 years old he was proven innocent. But by then he had already missed his mother’s funeral and his son’s childhood.
Mr. Wright came to MS 447, and told the 7th graders his story. One day the police came to his mother’s house while he was settling in with his 4 year old son, about to watch a sports game, when there was a knock at the door. The cops said they would ask him questions, and took him to the police station The next thing he knew, his left hand was handcuffed to the chair, and they asked him to sign a paper that they did not let him read. Later, he found out that the paper quoted things Wright never said, and stated that he committed a crime. Tony Wright was convicted of killing an elderly woman.
For 25 years, a project named the Innocence Project has worked to prove Mr. Wright innocent by using their lawyers and forensics team. The Innocence Project works to prove people innocent who were put in jail for something they never did. Not only did the Innocence Project prove that the cops were lying by DNA testing clothing, but they also helped to discover the real murderer, who by then was already dead.
“It’s one thing to be in jail. But it’s another to be in jail for something you didn’t do," Tony Wright told students. He said there was no bigger relief or a sense of freedom then when the judge said he was innocent. The jury at that moment was his family. The community was his family.
Wright and his team of lawyers are now traveling around, spreading awareness of his story, and the Innocence Project to the community. “You guys are the future.” He says to MS 447 classes. He means that no matter what anybody says, you have a right to be heard, and the right to speak up. Do not be afraid to stand up for what is right!
Good News All Over the World
January 15, 2017 by Laila Azmy
2016 was a pretty crazy year. With so much changing, it is refreshing to hear good news every once in a while. Here are a few short stories from people who made the news for something positive.
Most cashiers tend to be dull and bored, filling bags with groceries in a robotic way. But at one Dollar General grocery store in Lansing, Michigan there is a cashier who isn’t afraid to belt out some beautiful melodies for the people in his ever growing checkout line. That’s right. A cashier stuns his customers with a shockingly sublime singing voice. The cashier in questions’ name is Lucas Holliday, and when a customer/friend Sheree Nakia Robinson posted him singing Maxwell’s “Ascension” on Facebook, Lucas went viral. With more than 600,000 views, Lucas Holliday is a real star. Below is link to him singing:
This next story proves that ordinary acts of kindness can truly be amazing. One day, a man named Evan Hughes and his 8 month old son were having a tough time on their flight back home to Dallas after visiting friends in Chicago. They were both exhausted. They ended up sitting next to a kind woman who the son instantly took a liking to. He kept trying to wiggle over to the lady’s lap, and the lady repeatedly said she wouldn’t mind holding him. At first, Hughes declined, and then accepted, seeing as he was tired and his son wanted to go over to the nice woman. She held the son, and he immediately fell asleep, allowing the father to rest. He felt extremely grateful, and after the flight was over, he sent the woman a Starbucks gift card. Kindness will always come back to you, and this really does prove that you need a village to raise a child.
When it comes to loving dogs, Mark Woods, of Cornwall, England, knows it all. When his beloved 18 year old Whippet, Walnut, was about to pass away, he decided that he wanted to do something to celebrate their last moments together. Since Walnut had always loved walking up and down Porth Beach. Woods thought that would be the best place to spend his remaining time with his beloved dog. “He always loved getting his feet wet and having his toes in the sand,” Woods said. Woods sent out a Facebook invite to anyone who wanted to join their last walk, but was surprised to see so many people gathered at the beach. "It was an incredibly humbling experience for me," Woods said. "I had no idea anyone would come ... [so] as I approached the beach and saw the huge crowds on the beach, it dawned on me that something special was unfolding for Walnut's last walk." Woods had to carry Walnut most of the way, but Walnut did get to play with other pups and get his feet wet in the ocean for the final time.
Positivity may sometimes feel hard to come by. But if you look, you will realize that there is kindness all around you. So look for it, and when you find it hold on to it in the year to come.
The Truth About Climate Change
December 15, 2017 by Madeline Lyon
Climate change could drive as many as one in six animals and plant species into extinction. More greenhouse gases are in our atmosphere than at any time in human history. The Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest coral reef system in the world, is slowly being destroyed by mass coral bleaching due to the increasing temperature of the water. The world lost about 16 percent of all coral reefs in 1998, the second hottest year on record. Clearly, something must be done about climate change.
The real question is, what can you do about it? Everyone can do something to prevent global warming. Even the smallest actions can make a huge difference. Here are some simple ways that you can eliminate climate change.
First of all, you can use other forms of transportation to get around. If you are going somewhere that is in a walking distance, do not drive. This is practical, it allows you to get exercise. If you are going somewhere that is not within walking distance, try using public transportation like the bus or subway. Finally, if you absolutely have to drive, try carpooling with someone else. Less cars means less pollution!
The next thing you can do to stop global warming is do the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. This may seem obvious, but in reality, only about half of adults recycle daily. Reducing is the most important of these three, because if you limit your use of garbage that will later end up in a landfill, there will be less waste. Reusing is next, because if you are able to reuse something multiple times, it could save a lot of waste. Last, recycling is easy to do and can make a big difference.
The last way you can help prevent global warming is by spreading your knowledge! It is easy to tell someone about what is happening and what they can do to stop it. You may think that just one person can’t make a difference. However, this is untrue. One person can spread the word to others and everyone can do their best to prevent climate change. This way, we can make a difference.
Camp Bernie Adventure
December 7, 2017 by Una Dorr, Amalia Lebowitsch and Charlotte Gerloff
From October 11th to October 13th, the MS 447 6th grade went on a two night trip to Camp Bernie, New Jersey! Camp Bernie was a fun-filled trip with many amazing team building activities. There were physical activities, hands-on crafts, and fun games to play together as a team. Even the meals were fun! It was an amazing experience where we all got to take part in helping each other, physically and mentally. As it was near the beginning of the year, it was also a great time to make friends.
One physical activity was the Low Ropes. This was an incredible activity, in which you had to trust your group to catch you, while you do a small rope-based obstacle course about three feet off the ground. Though it may sound frightening, having a large group of people to support you and catch you if you fall was great, and made this activity safe and filled everyone with confidence.
Another brilliant activity was the Vertical Playpen, which consisted of something that resembled a hanging fishing net to climb, wooden beams called the “Giant's Ladder,” and three different suspended obstacles at the top: tires, a rock-climbing structure and a ladder. What made this especially hard(and fun) was that the whole playpen swung when you were on it! To climb, you and another peer would be strapped into a harness that was connected to a group of classmates on the ground called a “team belay,” and then you would be set free to climb! In this picture, the two climbers are helping each other up the wooden “Giant’s Ladder.” What better way to climb than with teamwork?
Along with these great activities, we did some team-building mini-game type things, one of which was a hula hoop centered game. Everyone had to stand in a circle and hold hands, and you had to get the hula hoop all the way around the circle without breaking the connection. Each time you went around you would try to beat your score. Some groups had goals, like under a minute, under 45 seconds, etc.
One other physical activity that we did was the High Y. This activity was when two people climbed up two separate trees onto a tightrope that got connected in the middle to another rope. That is where you meet your partner who went up the other tree. From there you’d have to find a way to both make it across the last wire, to the last tree, where the people who are belaying you from the ground would safely lower you down. The three ropes together look like a Y, which is why the course is called the High Y! These were only a few of the fun beneficial physical activities we participated in.
One activity that is perfect for a rainy day is candle making. Your group would go into a warm room, full of buckets of water and hot wax. Then, an instructor would teach you how to make the candle! You would take a string, holding it with a clothespin so you don't have to touch hot wax, dip it in the wax, take it out, dip it in the water and smooth it out with your fingers. You keep doing that procedure, until your candle is the right size for you! While doing so, you can add as many colors as you want, and then at the end you can make a really cool design. At the end of the period, everybody left with an amazing looking candle that was full of color and unique design.
Being in a beautiful place in New Jersey in the middle of October, naturally we went on hikes. One of them was in the dark, but we still got to see some amazing things! Called the “Night Hike,” we took a short walk through the woods after sunset. After around ten minutes, our instructor stopped the group for a break. First, there was an astounding experiment where we stared at a partner's head as they stayed perfectly still. After around 30 seconds, their heads looked as if they had simply disappeared! Of course, this is a trick of your mind―don’t worry, no decapitation took place in this friendly environment!
Next, we got Lifesaver mints to crunch on, and believe it or not, a chemical reaction with our saliva and the mints caused these Lifesavers to glow! Then, probably the most amazing experiment took place. The instructor lit a candle or another small light source, and we were told to close one of our eyes, and cover the closed one with our hand. After about 5 minutes, the instructor blew out the candle, and the fun began! Switching the closed eye around, we discovered that the eye that had been closed had incredible night vision compared to the one that had been opened! What an incredible experience―though it made us ready for bed! So off we went to the cabins and fell asleep.
After all the exhilarating activities, on our last night of camp, we had one last celebration with everybody! And what better way to celebrate than to have a karaoke night with ice cream? After dinner, when we went back to the dining hall, the fun began.
By the second song everybody was already on their feet singing and dancing along to the music! Soon after that we were called up for ice cream. We chose one or two flavors, from the variety of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry, which we topped off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles. Yum!
In the end, everyone was sad to leave Camp Bernie. It was a wonderful experience and everyone learned something new to bring home. The counsellors were nice, the cabins were great, and it was just a fun experience in general! Thanks Camp Bernie, we had a blast!
Sixth Grade Trips: Educational and Fun
April 25, 2017 by Madeline Lyon
This year the sixth grade students will take three trips that are not related to the Exploration program. Each marking period, two classes go on one trip together, so that by the end of the year each class will have attended all three. The purpose of these trips is to deepen students’ understanding of what they are learning about in class. However, that is not the only reason for these trips. As MS 447 students know well, we are a school that strives to create a friendly environment for the students. We are going on these trips in the hopes of continuing to build a stronger community for all.
One of the trips that students attend is to Melody Lanes in Brooklyn to bowl. It creates a perfect mix of competition and fun, and everyone who has gone on the trip so far has enjoyed it. “There were lots of festive lights and at least twelve bowling lanes. It was fun!” said Annabelle O’Neill, a sixth grader.
The second trip is to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. This is a Social Studies related trip. The goal is to observe artifacts related to civilizations we study in Social Studies. Students are able to visit the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman exhibits, and they are able to share what they have learned in class. Miss Davis is enthusiastic that her students are privileged enough to get to have this experience. “It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
The final trip is to the Museum of Natural History. There, the sixth graders witness an amazing and scientific explanation of how the universe came to be by visiting the planetarium. The experience is inspiring, impressive, and interesting. This builds on a lot of what we have learned in the astronomy unit, and provides a breathtaking visual. The students walk out of the theater in awe.
These trips result in fun, as well as academic gain for the sixth graders. Some schools do not have the opportunity to go on trips like the ones MS 447 students go on. The last round of trips are at the end of May!
Tips for the Math State Exam
April 25, 2017 by Mireyda Gonzalez
Are you anxious about the math state exam? We are told to study and prepare for the test, but there is no way to know everything and feel totally prepared. With the exam right around the corner, May 2-4th, we are all trying to prepare as much as we can. The Wolf Press is here to help with tips and tricks from Ms. Wilson, who teaches sixth-grade math.
1) How should we prepare for the exams?
Prepare for the exams by doing what you already do each day - do your nightly homework, ask questions during class, come to office hours for extra help when there is something you don't understand or when you'd like to work on some more challenging problems, take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well, and making time to relax and play!
2) Why should we start studying ahead of time?
The exams are cumulative and cover material from the entire year, so you should study ahead of time in order to review things that you haven't thought about in a while!
3) What can make this process less complex?
You can make this process less complex by focusing on one little bit at a time. Try not to feel overwhelmed by all that you have to do, just do your best on the work that you are doing right now.
4) How can we prevent students from over-stressing?
Stress can make us feel really terrible! Fight stress by making time to do things that you enjoy that have nothing to do with school work! Play with friends and family. Spend time outside. Get creative and make art and music and dance and sing. Eat nourishing healthy food. Get enough sleep. Know how to put your work away and let your brain relax.
We hope these tips help to ease your anxiety and leave you feeling confident about the test.
Obama's Next Steps
April 25, 2017 by Sophia Kyriacou
We all know that after leaving the White House, President Barack Obama and his family took a much needed vacation to Hawaii--probably his first vacation in eight years where he could actually relax. But what other plans does he have for the future?
The modern post-presidency has been defined by extremes. Some former Presidents go on to do great things. Not many people know that William Howard Taft was appointed to serve as a Supreme Court justice. Bill Clinton created an esteemed foundation--the Clinton Foundation--that has grown exponentially and has had an effective impact, while also earning him millions of dollars on the speaking circuit. However most former Presidents enjoy a more reserved retirement. George Washington started a distillery, George W. Bush became a painter, and Teddy Roosevelt went on an incredible expedition in the Brazilian jungle.
Now that Barack Obama is out of office and has lots of spare time on his hands, will he go the quiet route, or will he do something big? Obama has said he plans to return to the community: “I'll go back to doing the kinds of things I did before, just trying to find ways to help people,” he said to a group of middle school students last year. “That's really the kind of work I love to do.” Location is a big part of his future as well. The Obamas have decided that they will stay in Washington DC until their daughter Sasha graduates from high school graduation in 2019.
Obama also plans to stay in touch via the internet and social media. He launched a new website, obama.org, which among other things details his new Obama Foundation. According to the website, the "Obama Foundation will focus on developing the next generation of citizens." Obama continues to show his support for the American people through social media. For example, on January 20th he tweeted: “I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love.” He’s clearly making an effort to continue his legacy and to make a difference in the world.
Obama is also laying the groundwork for a “presidential centre in the southside of Chicago, but it will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world. More than a library or a museum, it will be a living, working center for citizenship,” which will bring him closer to the community as he wants. “This will be your presidential centre just as much as it is ours,” Michelle Obama stated, "So we want you to tell us what we should be thinking about.”
With his influence, strong ideas (which he is already putting into action), and perseverance, Obama hopes to continue to raise awareness and help put a stop to major issues such as racism, islamophobia, and violence in general by enforcing gun control and equal human rights for all. As the first African-American President, Obama has shown us that in spite of barriers and prejudice you should always work hard and persevere.
Advisory Groups Make a Difference
January 15, 2017 by Mireyda Gonzalez
There are many causes in this world which need our help. Some people are homeless and have no place to live, or have been impacted by a natural disaster. Some animals are also in need of our help; they might be strays who are wandering out in the world, with nowhere to go, or animals who have lost their owners. It is important to think about those who are in need of help, especially around the holidays. A few advisory groups at MS 447 decided to do just that.
That idea began with Ms. Farrell, the MS 447 dance teacher. When Ms. Farrell was young and in school, she used to like helping volunteer in soup kitchens and with adults learning how to read. This past Thanksgiving, Ms.Farrell was really thinking about all the things she has, and how grateful she is. That is when she decided she was going to share her love for helping out.
Ms. Farrell told her advisory group from class 606 about her idea to visit Target and collect items for those in need. The group decided they would donate their items to those impacted Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Ms. Farrell was very happy to see that her students were able to see that there is value to helping out. “That doesn't mean 6th grade advisory shouldn't go out for hot chocolate, but maybe sometimes there's more value in looking beyond yourself to the world around you,” Ms. Farrell explained.
Other advisories heard about the idea and decided to do something similar. Ms. Acker's advisory purchased items from Target to donate to Toys for Tots. According to Ms. Acker, "Students pooled their money together and had a lot of fun picking out the toys. I was impressed at how thoughtful my students were about the toys they selected, and the joy they had doing it."
Mrs. Shedwell's advisory also decided to take a trip to Target to purchase items for a local toy drive and for a local animal shelter. Everyone was allowed to bring in $5.00 and combined their funds to purchase larger items. Two students then delivered the items over the weekend.
After these experiences, the students learned a lesson. They learned that they have the power to do good in the world and make changes in different ways. Maybe next time you can also do something like this to make a difference in the world.