Homework: Sudent Voices September 15, 2008

Seventh-graders at East Middle School are joining their Grand Valley counterparts in expressing opinions on societal concerns.  Today Daniel Dodero suggests that people shop for tissues carefully to help save trees; Lindsay Gnesios calls for more books at the public library; Kyle Hardy urges people to sponsor a Third World child; and Erin Martin protests the use of profanity and asks parents to mind what they say.

Buy tissues made from recycled tissues

• Pfftttt!  You blow your nose; there goes another tree. Would you still blow your nose if you knew that tissues were made of old-growth forests? All of the major tissue brands cut down old forests for tissues. I don’t think it should be legal for cutting to happen, putting hundreds of years of growth and life down the drain. All kinds of animals are losing their homes. I think this is out of line, so my solution would be to recycle more paper and wood. Also, when trees are cut down, I would use the roots as well as the rest of the tree. Another solution would be to use peppermint oil for a plugged-up nose. We wouldn’t waste tons of wood, and the landfill wouldn’t fill up as quickly. We would have more oxygen because we would have more trees. We wouldn’t destroy animals’ habitats, and ecosystems wouldn’t get messed up. Save the few large forests that are left. Buy tissues made from recycled tissues and feel good that you have saved an animal’s life.

Daniel Dodero, 12, East Middle School

Public library needs books

• I think there should be more books in our public library. The juvenile fiction section has much empty shelf space. To be more efficient, Mesa County Public Library needs either less shelf space or more books. I vote for more books! There are so many books that I would like to read, but have never, ever found in libraries. I am saying this for school libraries, too, although school libraries don’t often have extra space. More books to Mesa County Public Library!
Lindsay Gnesios, 11, East Middle School

Sponsor a child in need

• Many people like to think that the world is a place of simplicity and that everyone is usually happy. This, however, is a lie. Thousands of people in the world have trouble getting a bowl of rice for the day. Thousands of Africans, Indonesians and people in many other Third World countries starve to death every day. Disease spreads throughout their community in days. The solution: Look online for an organization that helps you through the steps of sponsoring a child in need. You would be able to communicate through letters with your sponsor child, and, with a small amount of money each month or so, you will help pay for their educational and medical needs. If you want to go even farther, look around for a mission trip that will be helping a poverty-plagued place. Do what you can, and help the people in need.

Kyle Hardy, 12, East Middle School

Parents should watch their language

•  When I hear “kid,” I think of a little person who always wants to have fun, that or a little goat, but the way I think of a kid is not what kids really are right now. They are little trash-talking, no-fun adults!
  In third grade one of my friends used a horrible word, and I had never even heard of it. When I was in fifth grade, I had a partner for one of my classes. She was in kindergarten, and she had friends and classmates who use the worst cuss words you could think of! And their teacher would tell them not to say that anymore, but they would continue saying it. I was so tired of it after just two days with them!
  Parents seem pretty careless, because most of the kids get it from their parents. I think that especially now parents should be a lot more careful of what they say and watch around their kids, and teachers should really listen so they can stop all this profanity. It’s annoying! If kids and parents don’t just throw out cuss words because they need something to say, then this would be a much better place for us to spend our time. Kids can finally be able to have more fun, and they would enjoy school more, because they have so many friends that would be willing to help them. Be more careful of what your kids are listening to.

Erin Martin, 12, East Middle School


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