Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why We Need Pollinators

                                                           Why We Need Pollinators
                                                                         By: Ryan Hersey

      Pollinators are everywhere in the world. They are very important to humans in many ways. One way they are important, is they help pollinate flowers that can look good in a garden. But, they are important for another reason, and this is very important. So, the most important idea about pollinators that people should know, is that pollinators help pollinate plants that grow fruits and vegetables. This means, if people help save, and bring up the population of pollinators, then there might be a better chance of plants producing more fruits and vegetables.
       First off, something bad is happening to pollinators, they are dying. Pollinators are dying, because of pesticides. One piece of evidence I found while researching is, “Yet 2 out of 5 species of invertebrate pollinators such as bees and butterflies, are dying out”, (Press, March 2016). This is important, because this shows how much that species is dying out. Pesticides could have been the cause of this problem. And that is only one of the things that I wanted to talk about with pollinators.
       Another idea I had about pollinators, is why pollinators are important. Pollinators are important, because they help pollinate the flowers, and plants that produce some of our food. They pollinate plants, by going to another plant. Then they vibrating to get pollen on themselves, then they fly to another plant, and shake off all of the pollen. And that is where the pollen ends up. One example of pollinators pollinating plants to grow our food is, “Approximately 90 percent of all flowering plants require pollinators to survive”, (Author Unknown, Pollinators and Pesticides). This is important, because it shows how much plants need pollinators, and how important pollinators are to flowering plants. So as you can see, pollinators are important, because they help pollinate flowers, and plants that grow some of our food.
      Then, there are always consequences of losing pollinators. One consequence of losing pollinators, is people would not be getting as much important needs as we would usually get everyday. One piece of text evidence of pollinators pollinating most of our crops is, “Animals pollinate approximately 75 percent of the crop plants grown worldwide for food, fiber, beverages, condiments, spices, and medicines”, (Marks, May 2005). This means that all of those objects are basically pollinated by any animal or pollinator. This is important to know, because this shows a lot of things that are being pollinated. So if we start to lose more pollinators, then those things might start to become more rare in some places. And that was a consequence of losing pollinators.
      Also, I want to to talk about how people can address the pollinator issue. To address the pollinator issue, people can simply make their own natural pollinator habitat in their backyard where there is no pesticides being used. One piece of evidence I found of ways you can attract pollinators is, “The easiest way to attract native pollinators is to plant gardens or meadows that contain a diversity of native wildflowers, trees, and shrubs”, (Marks, May 2005). This is important, because it shows how easy it is to attract pollinators. This is also important, because if you do decide to start to attract pollinators, this will help the pollinators stay away from all of those nasty pesticides. It will also help pollinators with habitat loss, because they will have a habitat .And that is how people could help address the pollinator issue.
      Finally, to address these issues, MMS is making a pollinator friendly habitat with wildflowers and milkweed. This is showing how kids at MMS are being activists. One fact about making the pollinator friendly habitat, is we are actually making a compost out of all the leftover foods and garbage from the lunches, and putting that into our soil. Also, at MMS, we believe that pollinators are one of the most important types of animals for our community. So we decided to help out the pollinators, by making the habitat for them. And that is how kids at MMS are being activists for pollinators.
         In conclusion, The most important idea about pollinators that people should know about, is that they help pollinate plants that grow fruits and vegetables. This means, if people help save, and bring up the population of pollinators, then there might be a better chance of plants producing more fruits and vegetables. So, pollinators are dying, because of people and companies using pesticides for their crops. But, pollinators are important, because they help pollinate most of the food that people eat all around the world, and they also help pollinate flowers. But, one consequence of losing pollinators, is people would not be getting all of the important needs that people usually get everyday, such as medicine. And finally, people, such as the kids at Massabesic Middle School, can make their own pollinator habitat in their backyard, or even on their roof, to help address the pollinator issue that's going on around the world. And that was some ideas on pollinators, why we need them, and how we can help stop pollinators from going more extinct.

Pollinators are important
By Hannah Cram
          A pollinator is important because they give us food to eat, without pollinators there would be no plants and without pollinators we wouldn't be alive because humans rely on pollinators for their food. That is why a pollinators are important. Pollinators are dying because of the use of pesticide. Humans need pollinators humans rely on them for their food. Our environment would be nothing but dirt no plants or anything that's why pollinators are important.

         Pollinators are dying because of the use of pesticides. The,” Pesticides are killing honeybees and other pollinators”( Beyond Pesticides). Pesticides are killing the bees and pollinators are dying and if all of the pollinators die then we will have to hand pollinate flowers and crops. Big companies like Monsanto produce lots of food and they put pesticides on all of their crops they to kill the bad pesticides but it kills the good and bad.That is why and how pollinators are dying.

         Pollinators are important because humans need them in their environment . One example is ,“In a small orchard, 250 females of a kind of native bee called the blue orchard bee can do the work of 350,000 honeybees” ( Native bees are even more important because the work gets done faster when native bees do the pollinating. If it wasn't for pollinators plants would grow but would just die and not produce any food or seeds or anything. That is why pollinators are important especially native pollinators.

           With pollinators dying we are losing food, and if big companies like Monsanto using pesticides daily on their large crops we will advutally have no pollinators which means no food.This is what it would be like ,” How about a juicy apple for lunch, without pollinators there would be no such thing” without pollinators we won't have any food ( ) by Gerry Bishop. For example ,” Animals pollinate approximately 75 percent of the earth's food supply “ That is why we are concerned that we are losing food.

          In conclusion, pollinators are important because they give us food to eat, without pollinators there would be no plants and without pollinators we wouldn't be alive because humans rely on pollinators for their food. Pollinators are dying because of pesticides. We can't let them die because pollinators make our food grow. If pollinators all died we would adventurous have no plants no trees no grass it would be a black and white movie. That is why pollinators are important


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pollinators By Allie Staples

                                                          By Allie Staples

      There are many problems that are causing pollinator population decrease but the most important issue that is occurring is due to pesticides and chemicals. This is the biggest problem with the most consequences for pollinators. For example if pollinators keep dying then people will have to pollinate plants with their own hands and that could be very tiring to us humans. Pollinators play a huge part for traveling from plant to plant to provide food for not just humans but animals too because pollinators are carrying pollen and spreading it everywhere which is helping flowers and is giving food to pollinators, humans, and animals.

       One reason why pollinators are dying is because of the pesticides that business workers are spraying onto the flowers and plants that the pollinators pollinate from. For example, “Approximately 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to survive but the pesticides are one of the many threats to pollinators” said Beyond Pesticides. Pesticides are definitely the most threatening to pollinators because bees and birds that pollinate from the plant that has pesticides can't tell when there is pesticides on the plant. In recent years billions of bees have died from a disease called colony collapse disorder better known as (CCD) has caused most deaths to bees and other pollinators.

     Pollinators have a huge roll for making food for other living things because the pollinators travel from plant to plant to gather pollen and to feed themselves and other living things. For example as Washington Post had said, “The humble bee is most famous for its buzz and sting which is a big part of American food.” This is important because the humble bee is a pollinator that can produce a lot of food around the country. That is a huge part for the food source.

    Another reason is how many consequences there are for this issue and how this affects the environment. One consequence of lowering pollinator population is that if there isn't pollinators than us humans will have less food. Such as what Pesticide Action Network said, “⅓ of the food we eat depends on bees or any animal that is a pollinator.” This shows most of our food we eat depends on all pollinators and if we don't have pollinators then there is no food for us and we will starve.

     My fourth reasoning relates to what is being done to address this problem. To address this pollinator issue is that businesses are making a lot less toxic pesticide that won't hurt pollinators as much as the regular pesticides do. Evidence for this is that “Sustainable practices that don't allow toxic pesticides” once said the CCD. This is important because some stores are trying to address this problem such as Lowe’s. Lowe's has agreed to phase out most toxic pesticides they use. Some laws have been made that don't allow toxic pesticides at some places. Since 2006 30% of pollinator population has been decreasing per year up until now.

    Next the  fifth reason is that at MMS we are being activists by building a habitat for pollinators and planting milkweed and other flowers for the pollinators to live off of and so they have a place to be safe. We are writing letters and contacting companies that are threats to pollinators. On team Carrabassett we tested soil and everything to make sure it would be a nice place to plant flowers and milkweed. There are a lot of places where we can plant flowers for most pollinators. Our goal is to plant as much flowers as we can to make bees, birds, and all pollinators to pollinate around our school too.

     In conclusion, pollinator population is decreasing everyday because of pesticides and chemical. People do not realize that hummingbirds, bats, or beetles actually help with the food source. But the pollinator population is going down hill everyday because of most neon in pesticides. The pesticide problem is probably the biggest challenge to overcome because most pesticides are killing all pollinators around the globe. Although there is some non toxic pesticides but they don't get used often, some stores try to have practices to either label the plants that have toxic pesticides or just use non toxic pesticides or chemicals. All pollinators play an important part in the good source because they give food to not just humans but other animals too. Trying to reduce pollinator population is a major step to overcome but with effort and support it can be risked to normal and not endangered.
Informational writing; pollinators

         People should know that they actions they take can affect the pollinators population. For example destroying their habitats. Also  using harmful  pesticides that could take the life of multiple pollinators. Finally not being aware of these amazing creatures species possibly becoming extinct or how to help. Make sure you are careful and think before you act because you could be taking the life of a little helpless pollinator.

                Pollinators are dying before our eyes due to the use of pesticides. For example, “pesticides alone and in combination with other factors have had a devastating effect on honey bees and wild pollinators” ( This is important because imagine a little honey bee going to pollinate a flower that had been sprayed with pesticides they have no idea there is no sign that says do not pollinate even if there was bees can't read. So that poor little honey bee dies not long after bringing that contaminated honey back to the hive. If another bee comes in contact with that pesticide filled honey they will die too so imagine maybe 5 or more bees dying because of that one flower with pesticides. So take action and be careful what you spray there is other options.
                 Pollinators pollinate about ⅓ of the world’s crops! For instance, “without bees say goodbye to almonds peaches and even chocolate” ( Wow peaches almonds and chocolate! I'm pretty sure that the average person likes at least one or maybe even two of those things and to keep them we need pollinators. Pollinators are an important piece of crop production without them you can say goodbye to that ⅓ of food that they help produce. Also did you know that, “the Apple industries rely on insect pollinators” (native pollinators) imagine a life with barely any apples and other delicious yummy juicy irresistible fruits it would be depressing. So now you know that we need pollinators and rely on them to provide us with all the yummy treats we love.
                 One consequence of fewer pollinators would be that flowers wouldn't spread and grow as rapidly as they do, do to no pollination. Pollinators are one of the main reasons of when you walk outside and see beautiful pink purple and yellow ect. flowers. When bees collect pollin  from one flower and bring it to the next then that flower creates a seed then another flower is born so pollinators are on of the ways that plants can reproduce and create more. One example of pollinators being important to flower production is “pollinators are needed to keep plants flowering” (native pollinators) . Notice how they said, “needed” that means that plants are relying on pollinators to help them grow and create new flowers. So pollinators are one of the reasons why when we walk outside we can smile because of all the beautiful flowers that we see so without bees or any pollinators we don't get the joy of seeing beautiful flowers everyday.

                  To address this issue of pollinator loss regular ordinary people like me and you can plant bee friendly gardens or even just leave the flowers that grow on your lawn. By doing this bees that don't have a home or can't find food now have food and and a place to stay all because of you. Here are some tips if you wanna know what to plant, “butterflies prefer colorful,fragrant flowers with surfaces that are flat and broad enough in which to land on” (native pollinators). Also, “butterflies need to be warm so they sit on sunny surfaces before taking flight” (native pollinators) so just leaving some sunny places in your yard can help a butterfly on its way. Even according to (native pollinators), “the easiest way to attract pollinators is to plant gardens or meadows”. So just by doing these simple things you can help many pollinators.

                       Everyone at MMS especially team carrabassett is trying to address this issue by working hard and being activists. For example we are taking action and creating a pollinator friendly garden, and planting wild flowers and milkweed which pollinators love. We are also raising awareness and sending letters to companies such as Monsanto and telling them how their  pesticide use is not only dangerous for pollinators but people too. Finally we are even hatching our own butterfly eggs to add to our garden and learn the life cycle of the butterflies and what they eat and how they grow. Overall our team is doing a great job being activists for the pollinators.
                     Now that you are aware of the pollinator population decreasing and how it incorporates with us, be activists and help the pollinators too. Don't use the harmful pesticides that kill these harmless creatures. You could help them by making gardens and doing very simple things that will not take much of your time. So think about one species could become extinct very quickly if we don't take the time to do these things. You'll make a difference if you try it may not be a big one but it will help in some way shape or form. Finally speak up for those who don't have a voice you'll make a difference.

                     GMOs can be dangerous but helpful too. Monsanto chooses to use GMOs because with a whole world with billions of people constantly purchasing fruits and veggies they have to find a way to produce food just as fast as it is being purchased. For example (Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D) says, “growing GMO plants is supposed to allow farmers to spend less money producing more food”. Also, “ using GMOs can help the company to use less pesticides and herbicides” ( Leigh Erin Connealy). As a result of that more pollinators lives are being saved because of Monsanto using GMOs in their products. Finally Monsanto using GMOs is not just harmful it's helpful too

Brady's Essay

          A pollinator is a very hard worker such as a bee. They are hard working because of the following. The bees leave the hive and are out all day collecting pollen and only come back when they have too much to carry. As they fly around the pole drops away and when they go to the next plant some of the pollen from the last flower gets into the one it is on now and it goes through it and eventually creates a seed. Once they get back to the hive they have to turn the nectar and pollen into honey to feed the young bees, or the larva. But bees are dying out, one of the most destructive reasons is habitat loss.
          The most destructive part of bees dying is habitat loss. If a bee hive is in a tree and it gets cut down or even a whole part of a forest getting cut down will harm the bees. Another scenario is that monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed which is considered to most people a weed so it gets cut down and they can’t lay their eggs anywhere. There is too less wildflowers for the pollinators to get nectar and pollen and make food for the young. If the bees can’t feed their young then they can't grow up to be great workers and keep the colony going. Just cutting down a few flowers might not seem very effective but you will be suprised.
          Bees are the most efficient pollinators there is. When the bee lands on a flower it either vibrates it's wings or rubs against the flower to get the pollen off. Sometimes it’s all in the flower. Some flowers grow a sugar pouch and have a sweet liquid in it that attracts the bees, the bees get trapped, there is only one way out and that leads them to a spot where the flower sticks on it’s only pollen sac and only lets go when it has fully dryed. Sometimes there is a spot with nectar they have to get to but they push open a trapdoor that makes the top antenna parts to lower down and put their pollen on the bees. If you were growing vegetables when the pollen from a different plans goes on another plant it goes into a flower and creates a seed that grows into a fruit.
          There are huge consequences if pollinators or just bees alone dying off. One of the big ones is that the entire world will lose ⅓ of the Earth’s food! There wouldn’t even be flowers, if there is no pollinators than what is the point of flowers. Another huge problem would be that there is no chocolate! Can you imagine what life would be without it!
          To conclude this essay, bees are very hard workers but they are dying out. Once a bee leaves the hive it doesn't come back until it is loaded with pollen which takes quite some time. They make the flowers reproduce by putting one pollen grain in the flower and that turns into a seed. The make honey out of all the nectar and pollen they gather. Us at Massabesic Middle School are planting milkweed, flowers, hatching butterflies, testing soil, composting, and tapping the soil all so we can have a garden and help save the bees.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Child labor

Dominic lovejoy
Child labor
April 26, 2016
Child labor is bad children because it makes them participate in hazardous work,does not allow them to get education,they get very little pay if they're lucky  and if they do get freed their family can't support everyone any more so the children are forced to go back to work.
   Child labor is hard and bad for kids because of hazardous work for example “Australia annually imports $16 million worth of tobacco produced by child labor, including tobacco produced in the U.S. Tobacco cultivation is extremely labor intensive and children are often subjected to serious health risks including nicotine poisoning. Most cigarette smokers in Australia are unaware of the origins of the tobacco they consume.”
This is bad because the kids can get poisoning from doing this and they do it all day with no pay so they can't pay for medical help or pay them selves out of child slavery”according to the ilo out of 168 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor,” of those 168 million children 85 million of them do hazardous work like tobacco cultivating.
Child labor is also bad because the children don't get any pay and if they do it's very little and if they do get out families cannot support themselves any more so they're forced to go back into child slavery “Recognizing that there is no single solution to end poverty, Craig and Marc created Adopt a Village, an innovative, holistic approach to development that provides access to five key pillars—education, clean water and sanitation, health care, food security, and alternative income—and empowers a community to lift itself out of poverty.”
Together these five pillars have a greater impact than each pillar could make on its own. “A school that also delivers food and clean water programs ensures that girls can go to class, instead of walking long distances to fetch dirty water for their families”. A medical clinic and alternative income programs ensures community health care that families can afford.
A my final reason why child labor is bad is because it does not allow you to get a good education because they have to work so much and because only one out of five children involved in child labor is paid for his or her work only they would be able to pay for their own education and they'll have to get water for their family themself or the school so they have to leave the community for a stable source of food and they are likely to pull the children from school to help with agricultural and livelihood activities AKA: child labor.
Child labor is bad for children it doesn't allow them to get a education,if they're lucky they get little pay also if freed families cannot support themselves so they have to go back to work and work it could even be hazardous work they do.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


People are using so much gas that that that climate is starting to change because it is making greenhouse gasses and people were just dumping e-waste onto the side of the road or throwing it out or burning it.180,000 dollars was sent to clay so he could help stop climate change from the busses and the e-waste all of it making climate change but clay and alex lin were trying to stop the climate change this is important because it shows how much some people care about the environment.if people keep doing this the climate will keep changing and get hotter and hotter each year because all the greenhouse gasses is bad for the atmosphere if the atmosphere isn't there then all the sun rays will get through.the less gas and e-waste we use the better future there will be.alex lin was helping with the E-waste and clay was helping with the climate change.Alex lin recycled 300,000pounds of E-waste.

180,000 dollars was sent to clay so he could help stop climate change from happening from the greenhouse gasses which are bad for the atmosphere and without the atmosphere the earth would get very hot from all the sun's rays this is important because it shows how if there was no atmosphere it would be VERY hot.heating up the earth and everybody on the earth will get very hot this will happen all because people don't recycle anything that can be recycled making greenhouse the animals could try to eat the pollution and die or if it is on the road and they try to eat it they could get run over by a car.if to many animals die that could start efecting other animals like wolves they could die of starvation and then deer will be over populated then they will also start dieing because they could start running out of food.

If people don't stop and help the environment then the earth will be an awful place in the future  they can help by not littering and not cutting down so many trees.this is important because it shows how little people care about this.without trees it would be a lot harder to breathe because trees release oxygen to the earth.

If people don't stop littering then the earth will be like a junkyard someday and nobody will like it even though they are the ones who caused it but they will just blame it on the president
Child labor   
By Hannah Cram    
Child labor is bad because children don't get an education, the machines they use are dangerous, and they need to help their parents who do not earn a living wage. That is why child labor is bad in my opinion.

       The first reason why child labor is bad because they don't get a full education or a education at all. Karen Fanning said,” A typical farm worker earns $7,500 a year or less… , Hardly enough to support a family “. I got this from a website called its was writen by Karen Fanning it was last updated Oct, 4, 2014. This quote is important because it means they would need their child to help double that to make a total of $15,000 hopefully enough to make it. That's why most kid don't go to school they have to help their parents.

         The second reason why child labor is bad is because child labor is a very dangerous thing, their health is in danger everyday because of the danger toxics from machines. The ILO said,” Of these 168 million children 58 million of them are in what the ILO considers “Hazardous work ”. I got my information from a website called and it was writen by Matt Berg it was writen in Oct. 2014. This is important because it means that means that out of the 168 million children involved in child labor 58 million are in serious danger the others are too but theirs is worse. That is why most of the time kids health is in danger.

          The third reason why child labor is bad is because parents have to do what's best in order to survive without their kids they need their kids to help which means child labor. Reid Maki said ,” Farmers don't make a living wage, without pooling in the resources of all the family members they will not be able to survive”. This quote is from it was writen by Matt Berg but it was said by Reid Maik. I think this quote is important because if they don't make enough money to survive you need your kids to work AKA child labor we have minimum wage for people so everyone working is making a living wage. That's why some parents have to put their kids in child labor.

           In conclusion child labor is bad because children get hurt or injured by the dangerous machines, don't get the education they need or want, they have to help parents who don't make a living wage. That’s why many kids get hurt or don't have a education and have to spend their whole life getting paid under minimum wage. They probably grow up to stay with their parents even when they're adults parent can't make enough without them and they can't without them. This is why child labor is bad in my opinion.



abandoned animal

Abandoned animal
Pros and cons

Animals are always there for us humans although we seem to abandon them, there are some pros and cons to this. The animals that have been abandoned may now get a better life with more love than before. On the flip side they also are now unsafe and could be killed. Although in some cases having that risk of dying is better than being killed, at least with the risk there’s a chance you may live. And i think others would agree.

Animals that have been abandoned may now have a new life and new family and a new home full of love. If a animal that is abandoned that gives it a chance with a new family that may care more than the one before. “ they will get another chance to be happy and to know love like they should.” says fortheloveofwriting What she says is very true, by the person abandoning/dumping their pet it may now move on and be someone else’s pet getting the love and time that it needs/wants. Although this is a pro please don’t think im telling you that you should go dump your pet so someone else can have him, no i’m just saying that dumping them can be good at times. So please do not dump your pet, it loves you love it back.

Animals that have been abandoned are in danger of being killed. Remember when i told you not to dump your pet? This it’s why, animals that have been dumped are in danger of being killed by traffic, over crowded shelters, wild animals, other pets that attack, and people themselves. Dumping your pets will something bring them to a new home but other times it will bring the pet to death. “ they could be doing so much worse things to this dogs. Selling them to be used for bait dogs. Instead of just giving them to them away to do the right thing.” says josh (i -heart- Josh has a great point there, if an animal is abandoned out on the streets there is no telling what local people will do to this animal.  So again don’t dump your dog, Your cat, your lama, your shark, or even your pet wolveren, it’s mean and bad. (mind the joke)

Animals abandoned are at risk of dying yes, but if they weren’t abandoned in some cases they would have been dead. At times the family just cant support the animal properly so the animal may go hungry, un sheltered, or just flat out killed by a animal shelter they are sent to. This is showing that at times just leaving the animal on the streets is better this way it has a chance to live and find a new life with someone new. Again i am not and i repeat not saying we should all just go dump our wild boars in the streets of new york and hope they find a new home. (mind the joke again) no the only reason it’s even close to being ok is because in some cases the animal would be dead not at risk of death. “He was saddened that so many people saw their pets as disposible- and that the only way to escape death in the over crowded shelter system was through rescue or adoption.” said angela lutz ( this has something important now doesn’t it. Its showing that the only way some animals that have been put in shelters is to get lucky and get adopted or rescued. That’s a little  sad don’t you think?

At the end of all this i hope you learned that animals ARE NOT just things you can throw away. I also hope you understood and are planing to listen to me when i told you not to dump your animals. I know i was using some jokes but i really mean it, keep your animals as long as you can! Please! No dumping them because it’s not ok, even if i said i kinda was it really isn’t. Anyways i hope you now know and will always know that animals have us ,as humans, backs and that they always will. Please learn from others mistakes on this subject, we don’t need a bunch of animals dumped all over the streets. And please take care of your monkeys, their family too. (last joke please mind it)
      Child labor

By: Caitlynn McAllister

               Child labor is a horrible thing. Child labor is so bad it prevents young children from getting
the education they need to have a good career in the long run such as their careers when they become adults. Also young kids from the range four to six are put into child labor at that age with no say. Plus some children are even hurt or put in brutal working conditions where the sun beats down on them all day. Just because a family is struggling or in extreme poverty does not mean their kids should be sent out and be a slave for some company and treated horribly. Overall child labor is a horrible thing because children do not get the right education, they get put in at young ages, and they are put in brutal working conditions.

       When a kid is put into child labor they do not have a chance to get the proper education they need. For example, “Dora Perez has to make a 30 hour drive to minnesota to work on a farm” (Karen Fanning)  . This is bad because Dora leaves at the beginning of the school year so now she cannot attend school and she will be missing that knowledge forever. Also, “65% of migrant children end up dropping out of school” (Karen Fanning) they only drop out because they have no choice their parents are struggling with poverty so they have to go work at a farm to help. Plus one quote that I found that stood out to me about them dropping out was, “many of them drop out not because they don’t want an education, not that their parents don’t want them to have an education, but because it becomes such a futile endeavor for them” (Karen Fanning) This quote is powerful because it tells the truth about child labor. Sending children into child labor decreases their chance of getting an education.

               Many children are put out into child labor at a very young age. For example Iqbal Masih was born in Pakistan and put into child labor at age four to make up a debt of 12$. As you can see that’s a very young age. Imagine yourself being a four year old having no control of anything and being shipped off to work in some factory or farm would you like it? I know i would not. Also (Anson Schloat) the director of Freedom Hero; Iqbal Masih said, “Iqbal escaped when he was only 10”. That means that Iqubal worked for eight years! Another child who was put into child labor at a young age was Santos Polendo. According to ( Karen Fanning) , “Santos Polendo was six years old”. Even though that’s two years older than Iqubal it’s still a very young age. Child labor is so bad when they take in little kids to work.

Would you wanna work from sun up to sundown in brutal conditions? I would never want to. But some children have to all because of child labor. For example, “Dora Perez only works in summer months from 6 a.m - 6 p.m” ( Karen Fanning). That’s a really long time in the heat also when your body is moving around and working as much as they do it increases the hottness. One example of working in brutal conditions is in the article Iqbal and Craig it says, “Iqbal was chained to his loom and spent 12 hours a day making carpets”. Imagine that being chained to something and having no breaks for 12 hours! . Some conditions are even hazardous, according to (Matt Berg), “85 million of them are engaged in hazardous work”. That’s a lot of kids who are put in danger all because of child labor. One example of hazardous work is Dora Perez, one day Dora was doing her normal work but did not have shoes on and she cut herself on a hoe. She had no medical attention so she had to self medicate. Putting children in these horrible situations is so wrong and it just such a cruel thing to do.

             As you can see child labor is horrible. Children like you and me do not have the chance of getting an education, nor do they get to enjoy their four to six year old days. They even have to work in bad conditions some of them don’t even get paid. I find it so sad that kids have to go through these things and have to miss out on things other kids get to enjoy. But luckily some kids got saved like Dora Perez and Santos Polendo all thanks to (MET) an organization for freeing children from child labor. But not all kids become free such as Iqbal, who was shot in the head. Also Craig started an organization to free children it was called free the children. His message was very powerful and very true, “we’re not against children working, we’re against children being used and exploited” this statement is very truthful child labor uses and exploits young children.

Child Labor by Allie Staples

Child Labor                                                  
         Child labor can be really bad because children have been taken away from their families just to work 24 hours every single day and night. Parents don’t have a choice on anything that the factory people do. The factory people just take children away from everything whether it’s their whole family or just parents. Child labor is also bad because children are at better risk of dying because they are not getting enough outside time because they are chained to their loom all day and children are at the risk of dying is because child labor refers to the employment of children that hurdles over their childhood adventures that are really needed for their ongoing life.

     My first reason is that families don’t have their own word for giving their children, families do not have a choice to give their children away. According to the article, “Young activists death hits Pakistan carpet sales” is that “Children are prized by carpet makers because their tiny fingers make small knots for fine carpet.” This shows that families don’t have an opinion on what the workers are doing. Children are ripped away from their families by children working every day and night.

      My second reason is that children at the ages of 12 are standing up to child labor and trying to put a stop to it. These children have a will and that will is to change the world for the better. For example the article “Two children against child labor” it says, “We are not against child working, we are against children getting abused while working.” To explain, Iqbal and Craig wanted children to work but not work so hard they are dying of thirst or if they are starving. Children are trying to stop child labor because it is for the best and they want to change their world because their life was all about child labor and Iqbal and Craig do not want to see these children in pain.

   Another reason why child labor is bad is because of the consequences for child labor can be really bad because these children are suffering. The workers that have the children working are affecting the earth’s population of children. The article “Causes of child labor” it had said, “In 2006 approximately 75 million children are not educated because they just worked all day and night.” This shows so many children are engaged in child labor the number of children in the world is going lower and lower because of child labor. Consequences Is that children are working so hard that they have a greater risk of death and they grow up to be uneducated adults. Which is a risk for the children to not have a job because all the children know is how to make a carpet and they won’t have that many opportunities in their life as they grow up to be adults.

     In conclusion children are being sent off to factory people and their families don’t even have a choice. They can’t say anything to stop child labor from happening. Child labor has many consequences because all these children grow up uneducated and that is a risk of their lives in their future. Some people have courage and stand up to stop child labor. But sadly it doesn’t stop or slow down. Many children don’t really have a proper childhood this is because these children are being shipped off to work so young they can’t experience their own childhood. Parents have to accept their children going away they don’t have an opinion on their child leaving them.

Child labor By:Isabella Scott

Child labor is a giant hurdle a young child’s life education wise and just a general idea about life because it will influence the child’s view of the world. Levels of poverty are so high families are having to give up their children to get by.  Also most children do not get paid for the work they do in the factories. Finally child education is at risk for generations to come. This is why child labor needs to come to an end.

First levels of poverty are so high that some families are having to sell their children. According to Karen Fanning, “ Some families are so poor and in such a deep hole that they have to have children planning to sell them to factories.” This shows that people in other countries mostly  are desperate and going through hard times. In america families don't have to worry about this type of choice because there is financial aid, food stamps, and even shelters if needed. It must be very hard for some people to have the courage to give up their children.

Secondly children in child labor are almost never paid. Matt Berg said,” ⅕  children that work in child labor are paid for the work he or she does.” This is very messed up because families are sending their kids there thinking that they will work enough to pay off their debt and can come home. The reality is that your child may not get paid and could potentially have to stay there while not getting paid or the of going home even in their mind. Being paid for your work is a very important thing and when a child has to witness an injustice happening first hand, it can really change their view of the world.

Finally child education is at risk the next generation won't be as advanced as past generations. Matt Berg also said, “ In 2006 approximately 75 million children dropped out of school to work in child labor.” When these children drop out of school they are putting society at risk. Society needs structure and if these generations were never in the real world to learn what real structure is the future is going to be in for it. That is why children need to have an education whether in child labor or not.

In conclusion children that are victims of child labor are putting the economy performance level at risk. When not having an education the future could be at risk, not being paid could give these children bad mentality about the world, and last but not least as children grow older and start to realize their parents got rid of them because they needed money that could jeopardize a family relationship. All of these facts factor into the world in the future. Child labor needs to come to an end. Hopefully this has given you a better understanding about the world at hand.
          Join the lead to help our environment. 17 year old, Clay McMullen has done many environmental projects He has earned a lot of money and is still going.his biggest project which has also earned him most of the money he has earned was building Osprey nests in Florida.
If he can help you can too.
          Helping the environment is a great way to earn money, and it also makes the environment clean. I can prove this because “Clay, now 17, has won nearly fifty grants totalling almost $180,000 from organizations”. This is awesome because it is a win-win situation, you earn money, environment gets a boost. If Clay can earn this much money anybody can. Also your family can end up being rich or being first class.
          There is benefits from this like all of the next generations will have a better environment. Clay says, ‘’I want my kids to have the same natural resources as I do. I want my grandkids to have them to”. Because of Clay his kids and grandkids do have the same environment and are interested in keeping the business on. Like I said before you do earn a lot of money doing it. You could actually become famous for your work.
          In your spare time you can go to places where there are young people (schools) to tell the children about what you have done and for them to continue it. In Clay’s spare time “ As he prepares for college Clay is training younger students to continue on his work’’. This means that after you graduate from highschool travel to places and go to their schools and tell them what you’ve done. Plus it will be fun traveling around the world. You can learn new languages for schools that don’t understand your language.
          Join us in helping the environment. You can be like Clay, and help the environment and earn money. The future generations will look up to you and continue your work. Sometimes you might even be able to go on trips and tell kids about what you have done.


               Child labor
 All around the world people are using kids as their own machines.Child labor should be ended because children that are participating in child labor could get vary ill from the chemicals or really anything that's not good for our bodys. My second reason why child labor should be put to an end is because people are using kids as there own little personal machines and it is not fair for them. My final reason of why child labor should be stopped is kids that are not getting what they need to survive as humans like we need water, food, and shelter and heat. Some people don't get what they need.

         My first reason of why child labor should be stopped is because it's harmful to kids they could get a illness or they could even die. In article i read it said “carpet dealers have lost many sales since the killing of young child activist fights for the end of child labor”. So this sentence means that this young child was fighting against it but this young boy was sold to a carpet weaver for twelve dollars and put to work. That my first reason of why child labor should be stopped.

   My second reason of why child labor should be put to the end is because slaves are being used as machines and as there little machines we can get ill. One article I read it said “he had worked as a carpet weaver from ages four to ten”. Thats a very long time I would not want to work as a carpet weaver and i'm sure he didn't either this poor kid died from child labor.So this young kid knows what it was like to be a slave so he was acting against it. That is my secound of why child slavery should be stopped.

  My final reason of why child labor should be stopped is kids that are being used for slaves are not getting what they need to survive like water,food,and shelter. One quote that I found in the article is” The carpet dealers lost from 183 million dollars to 143 million dollars”. So in the article I read it said that the carpet weavers paid to support child labor so that means that the paid for it to keep going so that is why they lost so much money. That is my third and final reason of why child labor should be stopped.

In conclusion child labor is a big problem kids all around the world need help. Kids are getting used for other people benefit like being there own personal machine to do the work for them so the company gets more money. Kids are getting harmed because of child labor it should end kids should be able to grow up not be put to work. All these reason are why child labor should be put to an end.

Child labor.                                        by: Dana newton

Child labor is cruel because, iqbal weaved carpets all day every day for 12 hours a day, Craig wanted to stop child labor because of what happened to iqbal.
Iqbal was 12 years old when he was shot and killed. He was killed because he escaped child slavery. He was chained to his loam than one day he ran away. He went to Massachusetts and went Broad Meadows Middle School . Than when he went back to pakistan the taliban shot and killed him.
Craig saw what happened to iqbal and then he  made a organization called free the children. To help stop child labor because it was wrong. He was the same age as iqbal when he was killed. He read the article two years later.
               As you can see Child labor is cruel because, iqbal weaved carpets all day every day for 12 hours a day, Craig wanted to stop child labor because of what happened to iqbal.
Child Labor is a Terrible Thing
                                                               By: Ryan Hersey

         Children all around the world are playing, having fun with friends, and hanging out with family. But, some children have to do things that could really harm them, and that is called child labor. Child labor is a terrible thing, because of how it is affecting children around the world, and how it is also taking away children’s freedom. And finally, it is taking away the chances of children getting an education.
          First off, based on my research, I believe child labor is affecting children around the world terribly. One example from my research I have is, “According to the ILO, 168 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor as of 2013”, (Berg). This shows that a lot of kids around the world are involved with some type of child labor. Another example I found while researching is, “Only one out of five children involved in child labor is paid for his or her work”, (Berg). This means that if there were 168 million children in total in 2013, about 34 million children only get paid. That is not that much children according to the ILO. And that is the first reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing.
          Another idea I have been thinking about is, why children should have freedom. They should have freedom, because they are not meant to do a whole lot of hard work. They are meant to do work and study for school, but they are not meant to work in large fields, and places where they could get killed very easily. One example from an article I read is, “Rarely do they get a day off”, (Fanning). They in that statement means the children. This means they barely have any time do do what they want. That must be a hard life for those children. This is important to know, because it shows people how bad some children's lives can be while they are in child labor. This also shows that children in child labor don’t get that much freedom to do things they want to do. And that is another reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing.
           Lastly, I believe children involved and not involved with child labor should get an education. I believe this, because what if children don’t know how to do math when they get older. Then they won’t be able to do things that could help them later in life, such as getting a job and making money. One example that shows children should have an education is, “Now Dora and Santos can look ahead toward a brighter future, and that includes college”, (Fanning). This shows that the two kids have passed grade school, and now can go to a college. And going to college is a big thing for kids and teens who want to be able to do bigger and better things in their lifetime. This also shows that the education got them to a place they wanted to be. This is important, because it is telling you that the two kids, Dora and Santos, can now go to a place that they wanted to go. This also is important, because it shows how an education is good for children, and how much of a powerful thing it is. And that is the last reason why I think child labor is a terrible thing. It is taking away chances for children to get an education.
             So, as you can see, child labor is a terrible thing, because of how it is harming children around the world. Also, it is taking away the freedom of children. And finally, it is taking away chances for children to get an education. There are many children who think they are living a good life. But they aren’t thinking of the children who barely get time to do anything they want. They aren’t thinking of the children who barely get any sleep, food or drinks. They aren’t thinking of the children who are getting harmed every minute of their lives. Please think of all of the harmful things that are happening to some children. Please help stop child labor.
Abandoned Animals
                                                              By:Gavin Guilbault
Have you ever drove by a abandoned house with a dog or a abandoned cat just roaming around acting weird that is becoming a Big Nation Wide Problem, because of all the abandoned animals are now carry around diseases. Like if you have never seen a animal with foam like bubbles coming out of their mouth it is a disease and it is called rabies. It is very deadly by if the animal bites, and or scratches you,you can get rabies to. The way how it is very deadly is that if you get rabies and don’t know what it does you can be in bid trouble. By if you do get rabies you can die from it because it is such a spreadable disease unless you get medical help right away to get you cured. Also if you do get it you will not be the same you will tectanely go on a rampage which is not good because you will bite people and other living things which is bad.

              First I want to talk about the problem of abandoned animals. Also this problem is can affect a lot of living things such as you and other animals like dogs because the abandoned animals they don't know what to eat and what to do so they can go after your dog and kill your dog because they don't know what to do. So if you don't want you and your pet to die just like me i would try and help some abandon animals. Also i want to tell you what i have for evidence telling you and the rest of the world why abandon animals can affect the world. So first thing I want to talk about is that the dogs that are abandoned or all other animals that are abandoned can affect people’s lives by abandoned animals are coming a big nation wide problem now because a lot of people are leaving them behind because they don't like them or they are sick which means that more and more abandoned animals and just animals are dying just because people are cheap and don't take care of their pets or animals.
           Then you and other people don't like their dog so they go to like the dog fighting places or like places to make the pass away or even abandon them so they can slowly die in pain which is not nice at all. Also the main idea about this whole page of abandoned animals is to try and stop people from doing all of those bad and mean to you. Like just imagine you in like a dog's perspective and your owners just are talking a nice lovely drive and then they stop and remember you are in a cage so you can't do anything to try and stop them. So after they pull you out of the car over 1,000’s of miles away from the home you lived in for over 4 years old and then they take you out of your cage when you are only 6 years old and drive off. So then you are thinking in your head why did they abandon me and why did they do this, and it means that they don't like having you as a pet any more.

        Next you keep on thinking to yourself where do I go what do I do. So you keep on walking and all of a sudden you see this van pull up next to you. The same color the same van so you are thinking that it is your mom and dad but it's not. So you start trying to run but you are tired up to a light post. So you try to chew it off before the people get to you,so you keep on chewing and right when the man starts to come down and get you,you get it off but when you started to run you fell in some mud and the man kept on going after you. So you try and get up and you do but the man is right there and he grabs you so you start to bark try to make the person to understand you but you forgot that you are a dog so they can’t understand you, so you keep on thinking what are they going to do to me and you see this sign in the back of the black van and it was a quote “if you want money go to the annual dog fights on tuesday nights at 10-3.

          So you start thinking to yourself what will happen will they bring me the littlest puppy there is to the dog fights? Then you start thinking to yourself i know what i could do to save me call Batman but you just found out that he is not real. Last you think to yourself i have another idea i am on fire tonight. I could wait until they open up the back doors and i could hide behind all of the junk. So you start looking around for a good hiding place a say to yourself “look at that empty side way boot in the corner.” “It sure does sink in this shoe but it is worth to save my life.” So that is why you could and want to help us to take care of all of the abandoned animals and let there be no more of it.

First Instructions

Good morning scholars!

Today you are going to make your first blog post. This post should be the final edited copy of your mid- level informational essay.

Your job today is to: 

1. Upload your blog

2. Comment on one other students post using the praise. press, and polish method. You want to try to provide one comment of praise, one comment pressing the author to respond to a question that they have left you, the audience with about their work maybe it was an idea that they had. And one suggestion of a polish, or something that the author could improve.

3. Go back  your essay, see the feed back and respond by acknowledging the praise, answering the persons press, and seeing if you can use their suggestions for polish in your work. Please do this is an comment back to them.

4. Apply the feed back to your original post. This will require you to edit your post.