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Access to healthy food is a global issue. That means both overseas and here in America.
According to feedingamerica.org, 48.1 million Americans – including 15.3 million children – live in households that lack access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food.
This food insecurity can be especially damaging to the physical and psychological development of young students and can stunt their academic performance.
And while the junk food outlet down the street may be affordable and accessible, it is surely not the answer.
According to health experts, those calorie-dense edibles can lead to a number of teen health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and even depression.
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Domestic violence not only affects men and women but children, too.
“More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year,” according to safehorizon.org.
This can impact children physically and emotionally, health experts say.
“Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death,” says safehorizon.org.
Children can get depressed and blame themselves for the abuse. They might get into trouble at school. They even may become abusers themselves when they grow up.
Domestic violence is an important issue that needs to be addressed for adults. But let’s not overlook the children -- the forgotten victims and silent sufferers.
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I remember when I had to deal with racism. I think I was in the 7th grade and I barely talked to people. Whenever people heard my name they thought of negative things, like I was someone bad. I usually ignored it but one time it just got to me.
When someone got into an argument with me, he said stuff because I was Muslim. My friends stood up for me and that made me feel better. Now I am more accepted as just a human being.
But not so for everyone. Many Muslims are getting made fun of. There are a lot of stereotypes, such as all of us being terrorists and stuff. I don’t get offended as much now because I know it’s not true.
I also remember when I was watching a video on Facebook when Donald Trump had a rally. There was a Muslim woman wearing a Holocaust symbol. She had that on because she was comparing him to Hitler.
She was escorted out of the place and then Trump’s supporters started hooting and hollering at her.
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I adore elephants. They are just big (around 13,000 pounds), beautiful animals -- harmless and chill.
They’ve been around for millions of years.
And yet heartless hunters want to do them in -- 35,000 are killed every year, according to an August 2014 article on nationalgeographic.com.
“Entire families of elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory,” says the piece. “The global appetite to own trinkets carved from elephant tusks has dealt a crushing blow to these plant-eating pachyderms that roam the forests and savannahs of Africa.”
From Asia to Africa, elephants are revered for their strength and smarts. Elephants employ their tusks for digging and defense but humans have sought the ivory material as a symbol of wealth for use in their artwork, jewelry, and ornaments.
Those intending to hurt elephants -- including organized crime syndicates -- need to back off.
Protectors of wildlife are on their trail, as evidenced by this February headline in The New York Times: “Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up by Tanzanian Authorities.”
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Students from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science take aim at the Republican front runner.
“I don’t want Donald Trump to become president because he is a racist and his ideas on immigration are irrational.”
-- Christopher Holloway
“Donald Trump is an ignorant bigot who does not have even the most basic grasp of economics or politics.”
-- McCain Boonma
“He has absolutely no political experience. How can America’s first African-American president be succeeded by a racist, sexist ignoramus?”
-- Agnes Ugoji
“Donald Trump is a racist bigot who should be banned from politics.”
-- Omarlyn Martinez
“I don’t believe that his views to make America great again are beneficial to everyone, especially minority groups. Only certain groups will benefit from his presidency.”
-- Mageney Omar
“Donald Trump is a joke. The more time you put in to acknowledge him, the more important you make him, so it’s better not to waste your time.”
-- Joshua Curtis
This article was prepared in collaboration with 826 Boston.
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