What a twist! How will our hero get out of this one? Go to the front page of the Word Website and vote for one of the two options below:
A) BARGAIN FOR HIS FREEDOM
B) FIGHT HIS WAY OUT
By Josephine Wong, Grade 12
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By: Emily Chan, Grade 11
It all started when I read a comic strip in the paper. It was from Pardon My Planet, a classic comic featured in The Province daily. An overweight man sitting at the bar states, “After six years of high school, I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of the school system for not properly preparing me for unemployment.”
Even though this may seem like a juvenile comment at first glance, it caused me to sit back and think about our education system. We are taught to succeed in life; we are taught to keep our heads high and accept accomplishments gratefully. We are also expected to be content with trying our best – because with that, we’ll go far in life…
But what will happen when the gigantic brick wall of failure sneaks up on us and smacks us down? As harsh as that may sound, it’s how failure will feel if you’re not prepared. You’ll be caught off guard, and won’t know how to gain the confidence back in order to pick up the pieces of your life.
Comic by Venus Wan, Eco-tips by Windermere ACTION
** Wrap your gifts in fabric instead of wrapping paper. This unique way of wrapping saves the landfills from tonnes of waste. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, give your gifts in pots or jars.
** Reuse gift bags – Nobody cares how you give them their present. All that matters is that you put thought into what you’re giving.
**Use LED lights instead of the kind that sucks up energy.
**Organic Fair-Trade Chocolate is a great gift for friends and family. Not only are you keeping out those toxins from your body, but you’re making sure cocoa farmers are paid fairly for their crops.
**Send e-cards instead of buying boxes of expensive cards. You’ll be saving paper and you’ll save money on postage. If e-cards aren’t your thing, make your own cards with recycled paper and other scraps.
by The Ninja Twins
by Jessie Li