Tag Archives: Social Issues

“Links” Inspire Kindness at EL

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

Science teacher Kim Finnerty works on adding another segment to the Links of Kindness chain that is now close to wrapping around the entire first floor.

Science teacher Kim Finnerty works on adding another segment to the Links of Kindness chain that is now close to wrapping around the entire first floor.

For the past few weeks, science teacher Kim Finnerty has been working on a project called Links of Kindness, an activity in which students and staff have been asked to write a kind thought about someone or something on a piece of construction paper and they are being combined to make a one long chain, a chain she is working on wrapping around the entire school.

“I believe that each day it is important to remember the good things,” Finnerty said. “During this time of year everyone gets so very busy, we often forget to hold the door open for the person behind us or say ‘excuse me’ when we bump into someone. I wanted to make sure I took time to be kind and I thought we all could use this.”

Freshman Mackenzie Tufts likes the impact it has on the student body. “I think the links of kindness was a really sweet idea,” she said. “People are usually more eager to be mean to others than to say nice things, so I think it makes them a little more positive.”

‘Tis the Season, but Not Just Christmas

By Ashley Bowden, ’14

We all know that this time of year means, instead of hearing “Have a nice day” as you leave a store, you hear, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” I prefer to hear the second one.

I realize that this year Hanukkah and Christmas don’t run together and Hanukkah was during Thanksgiving – which by the way won’t happen for a very long time so I’m happy to have lived through this one – but that’s not the point. But it’s like this every year. I hear “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays.”

Surfing the Internet > Your Future?

 By Danica Nadeau, ’15

Give me ALL the Internets! Students often have a hard time managing the many distractions technology allows them, which could hard their future.

Give me ALL the Internets! Students often have a hard time managing the many distractions technology allows them, which could harm their future.

Breaking news! Research shows that children are slowly becoming more addicted to technology! Oh wait….that’s not new, but it has been developing at an astonishing rate recently. Children today know more about iPhones and iPads than they do about the alphabet or even colors. Don’t get me wrong, those devices can be used for good purposes, like teaching children how to count, read, and some social skills, but is it really that bad to keep it old school? The correct way a child should learn is by one-on-one contact with someone, and with hands-on activities to stimulate their mental growth.

Pregnant at 15: One EL Teen’s Pregnancy Story

Despite declining rates, teen pregnancy is still leaving many young girls facing difficult decisions.

Despite declining rates, teen pregnancy is still leaving many young girls facing difficult decisions.

By Rahma Ali, ’15

Although the national teen pregnancy rate has been continuously declining over the past two decades to a historic all time low, teen pregnancies are still occurring. Edward Little student Autumn Edwards is one of those stories.

Edwards, a 15-year-old freshman honor student who is 6 months pregnant, watched her whole life dramatically change after she found out she was pregnant. Family, friends, teachers, everyone she knew started to treat her differently, she said. “It sucks how everyone starts to treat you like another human when you’re still just the same person you were before,” said Edwards.