June 4, 2015
Rowan’s Favorite Thing
My favorite thing in the entire world is, believe it or not, a pencil. Pencils allow my visions to become works of art. For instance, my pencil helped me win 2nd place out of all of 6th grade on our Sixth Grade Olympic T-Shirts. Since I got second, I get to make a mini logo for the front of the shirt in the upper right corner.
My pencil helps me think about what I will draw on a blank piece of paper because I can’t think of anything to draw without it. When I’m drawing, I visualize my picture, then pursue it. Only, it looks different than what I imagined. It’s better. I like to think of my pencil as having its own mind that wanders making my picture greater than before I put the pencil to the paper.
I had free time once, and I decided to create a quote about creativity and inspiration. It says, “It is not the artist who creates the masterpiece. It is in fact the utensil that holds the inspiration.” It doesn’t exactly make sense, but I love it anyway. Pencils help get out a message to people through many pieces of art. You just have to find it.
What is YOUR favorite thing? Tell me in the Comments.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
June 1, 2015
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May 7, 2015
Prejudice is judging people based on how they look, their religion, or their gender. Stereotyping is making a generalization about a group of people. For example, all blondes are dumb, or all Americans are lazy and arrogant, or all people in England have bad teeth. There are also far more offensive stereotypes than these.
Prejudice and stereotyping are caused because people are ignorant. They aren’t educated in other people’s cultures. For example, many people judge others based on the color of their skin. But if they learned a bit more about their culture and people, they would realize that they aren’t that different. Or if people from other countries learned more about Americans and their culture, they might not think that all Americans are lazy and arrogant. Prejudice and stereotyping are just two different forms of bullying.
How do we enact the solution to prejudice and stereotyping? Well, there are many ways to get people educated on other cultures. For example, schools could have classes in which students discuss other cultures and lifestyles.
See? It’s simple! You can take action today by spreading the word or talking to your principal about learning about other cultures, or simply by getting to know someone before you judge him or her. Judging people without getting to know them and acting badly about them because you are prejudiced or biased is bullying. So, be a buddy, not a bully!
Join the Message Board to talk about how prejudice affects you and how to help stop it! Join now!
Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council
April 22, 2015
It’s Earth Day today!
“You are the future generation. You are the ones who are going to have to deal with this mess that everybody else behind us has gotten us into!” says ten-year-old Grace in HBO’s family documentary Saving My Tomorrow, airing tonight at 7:30 p.m.
This latest installment in the Saving My Tomorrow series showcases the ways kids are doing their part to clean up the environment. Focusing on plastic pollution and deforestation, the special includes stories about the Amazon rainforest and the albatross, and follows young activists around the world as they clean up beaches, plant trees, and demonstrate at City Hall. The creators of the show also made a whole list of Monthly Eco-Tips so you can celebrate Earth Day every month during the year. Earth Day is every day! Here is the tip for April.
APRIL • Cleanup days. Participate in cleanup days at a local beach or park or river, helping pick up litter before it harms wildlife. You will become better connected with the ecosystems in your community too.
What will you do to celebrate Earth day? Will you plan a cleanup in your community? Will you watch the HBO special Saving My Tomorrow? Tell us in the Comments.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Image courtesy of HBO
April 17, 2015
Join the Revolution to Save Planet Earth!
Revolution is a new movie that shows the devastating environmental effects of ocean acidification, tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Filmed over 4 years in 15 countries in some of the most remote and breathtaking locations, Revolution is an inspiring call to action about the man-made catastrophe facing our world. Uncovering the cause of the mass extinctions of the past, this film shows the revolution needed to save our planet now.
In the movie, you can see that the global conservation movement depends on the passion of young people. There are kids featured throughout the movie, including 13-year-old Felix Finkbeiner of Germany. In his hometown, he leads an environmental group called Plant for the Planet, which has so far planted 194 trees — one tree for every country that met at the United Nations Planet Conference. Joining a rally of protesters outside the conference, he invited all the ministers and heads of state to come outside to plant the trees of their country. His goal is to plant one million trees in each country of the world.
So inspiring! Kids CAN make a difference, so tell us in the Comments what you will do to help save the earth!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
April 16, 2015
Solar Energy Can Solve the Biggest Problem in the World Today
I think that one of the biggest problems on Earth today is the usage of power. Solar energy is the solution. We all know the sun’s rays give off heat, right? Well, did you know that the energy from the sun can be collected and concentrated to produce usable power? When I’m finished, you’ll be more informed and surely switch to solar energy. Let’s get started!
The first advantage of solar energy is that no matter how much humans use the sun for its power, it won’t ever run out. Another advantage is that solar energy reduces the cost of electricity bills. Actually, it doesn’t just reduce the cost; solar energy takes the cost away entirely! My last advantage is it’s a clean source of power because it takes away use of fossil fuels that pollute the atmosphere.
There are many advantages, but you must take into account the disadvantages of using solar energy. One disadvantage is that solar energy is more expensive than other power sources because you have to pay for getting the panels installed. Another disadvantage is, depending on the area you live in, there will have to be a certain number of solar panels needed, which can also affect the placing of the solar panels. The last disadvantage is that only 40% of the sun’s energy is used by the solar panels, which means 60% is wasted.
Solar energy is a clean, renewable source that helps protect the environment. It may be more expensive, but it’s worth it over time. If more people switch to solar energy, then less pollution may reverse the effects of global warming!
What do YOU think about solar energy? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council
April 9, 2015
Act Now to Stop Trash Pollution!
Do you ever think about what happens to trash you see on the ground, or at the beach, or if you throw it out the window? What really happens to it?
Have you ever heard of the trash vortex? Well, that’s where some of it goes. The trash vortex is a giant floating pile of trash in the middle of Pacific Ocean. This island of trash is twice the size of Texas and growing, and it is trapping sea animals in plastic wrappers and other plastic stuff we throw away. The sea animals are also eating the plastic which is killing them from the inside out. Seals’ necks are getting trapped in the plastic ring packages of soda cans when they are young.
A way to stop this trash vortex form growing is to recycle and reuse. But that’s not all. We need to educate others on the topic. You can join a beach clean-up organization to reduce the waste that goes into the ocean. Anyone can act. ACT NOW!
What are YOUR ideas for how to stop pollution and clean up the trash vortex? Join the conversation on the Save the Planet Message Board.
Michael, Scholastic Kids Council
March 19, 2015
A Plea to End Terrorism
Every day when you wake up there is another frightening story on the news about an atrocious terrorist attack on the lives of many innocent men, women, and children. I think the most important issue in the world is stopping terrorism. I want the world to find a way to beat terrorists, so their threats and actions don’t make us question our freedom, but how?
First of all, the government needs to make stopping terrorism its top priority. It needs to focus less on Common Core, immigration, and school lunches, and more on the real problem of terrorism. We should NOT release convicted terrorists from prison. Letting them go only hurts us. We don’t know what they’ll do next and who they could be working with.
Also, the government needs to give more money to the military instead of constantly taking it away. I feel that our military is the best way to stop terrorists. Everyone can help by supporting the military in their efforts to stop terrorism. We can make a difference. Watch my video about how to support our troops overseas, and send your own care packages to this address:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Angel Cuevas/Receiving
The world would be such a better place without terrorists. We could all go to sleep feeling safer knowing terrorism has ended. It would be so awesome if there were no terrorists. Terrorism is a major world issue that must be stopped. This could be the change that could make the world a better place.
If you agree, please leave a post on the Save the Planet Message Board! Let’s keep this conversation going!
Emma Rose, Scholastic Kids Council
March 12, 2015
World Peace Starts at Home!
The most important issue in the world today is terrorism and violence. Terrorism is when a group of people does terrible things to people around them. Terrorism can happen anywhere, but right now it is occurring in the Middle East in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.
I hear about these acts of terrorism and feel bad for the victims, and I had an idea about what I could do to help this issue. The idea is to make peace within my own community. We can’t expect to have peace in the Middle East if two kids can’t resolve arguments calmly at school.
Adults should be setting an example for their kids. Since kids look up to adults as a guide, they should see that peaceful problem solving works better than making a huge drama about something. With problem solving, you forget the issue sooner than with a huge drama. I know adults can get all wrapped up in problems that are only little, just like kids do. I’ve also seen adults resolve things peacefully between themselves. A good example of this is my dad. Work can present disagreements for him, but he is always so calm when he talks about his day that I know he is very good at problem solving.
This idea would make a difference because kids don’t always think of other possibilities when they have a problem. They often get wrapped up in the argument and how they are “so right” that they don’t ever try to resolve it. If their parents practiced better resolutions of problems in front of them, kids might think of it when they have disputes with people.
While one person can’t stop terrorism, if everyone tried as a whole world, we could. Even if terrorism continues for years to come, this will still make a difference within our communities, schools, and within ourselves for just as many years. Even if this idea of rational problem solving doesn’t work immediately, it will definitely work long-term and make the world a better place.
Go to the Save the Planet Message Board to discuss YOUR ideas to help create world peace.
Beata, Scholastic Kids Council
March 5, 2015
Join the Hand and Hand Anti-Bullying Club
Bullying is such a big problem for kids, so we started a club to help you deal with it. Go to the STACK Back Message Board and tell us your stories of being bullied. If you don’t want to go into detail you don’t have to. We are here for you though.
My story: I’ve been bullied almost every year in school. I was tired of it and needed to do something about it. My best friend Layla and I created this organization to help people like us. This is for YOU GUYS.
Join us here!
Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council