What Community Service Means to Me

What Community Service Means To Me In 2011 I became a LEO. I didn’t really think it was going to be interesting. Just a necessary component for graduating high school. I was very wrong. I met new friends, have took on a critical Leader role in my club, and most of all devoted my time to my community. I am glad Community Service is required for high school because of all its benefits. Every time I volunteer I put forth my best effort. Volunteering is very exciting. It helps me be satisfied with what I have.

Sometimes we want more clothes, jewelry, electronics, and more, but some people wish they had what we had. This is why I love to donate my clothes and I wouldn’t hesitate too either. When I volunteered to help people in need of food, it felt so good that I was helping people instead of wasting my time staying home and watching TV. Community Service is more than just putting time in for high school. It teaches a lot of key things along the way. In My LEO club, I have had the role of a treasurer.

I was responsible for keeping track of how much money we had at the age of 13. That highly benefited me and helps me for my future. That is where the O in LEO comes in. I am now President and have a lot of duties for a 14 year old. This opens up my choices for a career in the future. According to the bible, we need to put the needs of others above our own. When Jesus came into the world he came to serve others. That’s what I want to do. There’s nothing better than the feeling I get when I volunteer. My most memorable moment was volunteering for the Breast cancer walk.

In the future I would like to become a scientist and discover cures for diseases like Autism, Mad Cow’s disease, and Cancer. These walks only help further our research for cures and who wouldn’t want to contribute to this. All in all, Community Service means a lot to me. I get a great feeling when I contribute my time to my community. Whether it’s helping clean up my community or giving water to runners and walkers, Community Service is a vital role in life. I think everyone should volunteer because it helps prepare you for the future. It’s not as if it has any negative impact.


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Ruby Bridges Reflection

Ruby Bridges Reflection Ruby Bridges is an African-American six year old girl who, in 1960, proved to the non coloured population that she was capable of attending the exact same school as a white child. Ruby was one of the three coloured children selected to get an education through the strict white populated school surrounded by angry protesting parents who were against letting a coloured child into the same school their child was studying in, however, by attending this school she proved that her colour did not define her, and that all children are the same.

The closed minded people who were against Ruby attending a school full of non coloured children also grew to become aware of the fact that her skin colour did not interfere with her learning capabilities, she was a very bright and well educated child who had the right to attend a school where she was able to receive a better education. The six year old African-American girl had to go through the cruel discrimination laid upon her by the white American community and therefore had to be escorted by federal marshals into the new school she was attending.

To step foot in a community which is entirely against you at such a young age, is extremely difficult and dangerous. Ruby Bridges mother, although she was trying to unite all coloured and non-coloured people so she could change things for the next generation, committed a selfish act by putting her daughter forward to attend such a school. Ruby Bridges did show courage by stepping forward and building the strength to fight for her right to education each day and facing angry protestors outside her school building everyday.

Although these protestors whose goal was to have Ruby removed from the school which their non-coloured children attend gave Ruby nightmares each night, she stayed fighting for her rights and continued going to school. This movie should inspire students to fight for what is rightfully theirs, as Ruby Bridges did. It illustrates the hardships which the coloured folk in New Orleans faced, and how they got through them with time and persistence. The protestors outside of the school had no right to interfere with Ruby getting an education.

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Removing their own children was an action which they could rightfully commit to without interfering with another child’s schooling, however, by posting outside the school and discriminating against Ruby and attempting to abuse her both physically and mentally is a right which no adult has on any child. By this point, 1960, people of colour in New Orleans had begun to get out of slavery, and began to get the right to an education, homes, having a job etc.

However, this movie illustrates that people were still very closed- minded at this point in time, and still did not accept it when African-Americans affiliated with non-coloured citizens. This was a sad thing to encounter, as it proved how low people thought of the African-American people, although they were capable of performing the exact same tasks as any other citizen of the United States was. By the end of the movie, Ruby Bridges had proven that she had just as much of a right to the same education a white child would have and even won the hearts of many students in her school along with the teachers as well.

In conclusion, Ruby Bridges is a movie filled with sadness, joy and courageous actions illustrated by the main character. After watching this movie a person should walk away with the knowledge of the fact that regardless of how much times have changed, some people will stick with a mentality which is unjust and unfair to others. However, if you fight for what you believe in, and stick to your rights and purpose, the outcome may be worthwhile.

Different Visions About Urban Planning

By: Dennis Alejandro Bermeo. Teacher: Mgs. Mariano Castillo Date: April 19, 2013 DIFFERENT VISIONS ABOUT PLANNING TO REDUCE CRIME Several visions of Urban Planning have contributed significantly to decrease crime rates through innovative ideas by Jane Jacobs and Oscar Newman. The first vision by Jane Jacobs is called “Eyes on the street”, in this vision she explains how to make public streets and public spaces safe.

The second vision is called “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)”by Oscar Newman, in this vision he explains how to reduce the opportunity for criminal behavior designing a positively physical environment. Therefore, Urban Planning can considerably reduce crime rates through the installation of bright street lights and the use CPTED programs. First vision by Jane Jacobs is to reduce crime through the installation of bright street lights. She recommends some ways in which planning and design diminish or enhance people’s sense of safety.

The most relevant is the close observation of public spaces, including stores, bars, restaurants, street vendors and pedestrians. Also, she is concerned that open spaces can be dangerous if they are empty. Consequently, the installation of bright street lights is efficient method to make public spaces safer. Second vision by Oscar Newman is to decrease crime through the use of CPTED programs. He promotes the use of hardware and design changes. For example: Fences, buzzers, gates, police patrols and traffic barriers are proposed to keep people out and to define territory.

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CPTED’s goal is to prevent crime by designing a physical environment that positively influences human behavior. Therefore, an adequate design and effective use of the built environment can lead to reduce crime significantly. Despite of crime statistics that indicate that urban planning is falling, crime is an actual concerning issue in the modern societies. Therefore, the installation of bright street lights and the use CPTED programs are practical methods to reduce crime activity.

Is Gatsby Great?

Is Gatsby Great?

‘Gatsby turned out all right in the end’ – a judgment that takes Nick Caraway some time to make, and one that not everyone would agree with. This essay states three reasons why the character Jay Gatsby from the novel ‘The Great Gatsby’ is not great. To some readers, Gatsby may seem like a great guy because he was doing anything and everything to make Daisy, the woman that he loved, love him back but Daisy has a husband, Tom, and Gatsby is with Daisy pursuing an affair and in reality this is anything but great. Another reason why Gatsby is not great is because you cannot know that Gatsby is great unless you know his history and past. You can’t just assume he is great because of his wealth and giant parties at his mansion in West Egg. Lastly, Gatsby believed and then achieved the American Dream, to have the dream life of riches, living in a mansion and finding love. But is this helping or contributing to society?

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Alternative Fuels Research

Fossil-fuels greatly contribute to the world’s global warming, smog, and other environmental problems. Development of alternative fuel sources has prompted individuals and companies to use fewer fossil fuels within the last 10 years; using alternative fuels benefits the environment in many ways. Humanity has an obligation to the environment and to the future generations to explore as many fuel options possible. Alternative fuel is derived from resources other than oil-based fuels; some produced domestically, plunging dependence on imported oil, and some made from renewable sources. Often they produce less pollution than gasoline or diesel.

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Cherokee in the American Revolution

The Cherokee tribe inhabited what is present day Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Being located in what would become the Southeastern part of the United States meant their inevitability in getting involved in the revolutionary war. The Cherokee tribe’s involvement in the American Revolution was both important to the course of the war and resulted in devastation to the tribe.

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Democracy and Industrialization

Democracy and Industrialization were both key factors in the development of western and non-western civilizations. These two forces of change were equally significant in their impacts on society. By exploring the distinctive characteristics of these two forces, it becomes very clear just how important each of them were to our world, both yesterday and today. Furthermore, after dissecting important information from primary and visual sources, I will explain how they illustrate this impact of change on society.

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Personal Responsibility

Every human being has set expectations and goals in life that they hope to soon accomplish (Kennedy, 2009). However; not every human is perfect. Some live up to what goals and expectations they set and others either choose to go on a different path or make a wrong turn listening to backseat drivers, the normal reaction to that situation would be to hold the backseat driver accountable for the mistakes that, but the person behind the wheel should assume full responsibility. The driver has freedom of choice whether it is to listen to that person over their shoulder or listen to his or her own mind. The decision that is made in every special circumstance of our lives is responsible for our own success and failures, happiness, unhappiness, past, and future. Some people may believe because the economy is bad they can blame others for their actions. Honestly, becoming the owner of personal responsibility and accepting the choices made will make you a successful person. 
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Religion In School

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Three rights that the United States Declaration of Independence mentions as unalienable rights endowed to them. Many people know these rights, many people have heard of them; what many people don’t realize is that the Declaration of Independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (United States Congress).” This document is the foundation of our country and in order to completely remove religion from schools then accurately teaching the history of our country would have to be taken out as well. Christianity is the only religion taken into consideration in this example, countless other religions would have to be removed too. Science, social studies, and history classes are just a few classes that would have to be altered in order to remove religion from them. The arguments for why religion should be removed are biases that come from anti-religious groups, especially anti-Christian extremists. There is no logical reasoning to remove religion from schools.
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