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Journal Writing Project: Cell Phones for Soldiers


By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project



Do you have some newer or gently used cell phones you don’t use anymore just lying in a drawer at your house? The Mabel-Canton National Honor Society is doing another service project called Cell Phones for Soldiers. With this program, you can bring in all those gently used cell phones to the main office at Mabel-Canton School and Bank of the West in Mabel. Newer or gently used mobile devices from all services are accepted. We are also having another location in the school at Mrs. Hahn-Millers room. Therefore, students can drop the cell phones off when they walk into class.

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to provide communication services for free to active-duty military members and veterans. Also, it has provided more than 213 million minutes of talk time for free. In July of 2012, they launched Helping Heros Home, to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges along with physical, emotional, and assimilation hardships. With the Helping Heros Home, it has assisted more than 2,700 veterans return home with emergency funding. This program has remained family-run, and is also a nonprofit organization operated by Bob, Gail, Brittany, Robbie, and Courtney Bergquist. They also have a calling card program called Minutes That Matter that provides service men and women with an estimated three million prepaid calling cards, which equals to 213 million minutes of free talk time.

Cell Phones for Soldiers has fueled its mission through many generous contributions and recycling of the donated phones. Newer or gently used mobile devices from all services are accepted. For every five dollars contributed, or a device valued at five dollars, it will provide the troops with 2 1/2 hours of free talk time.

Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass. founded Cell Phones for Soldiers at the ages of 12 and 13. The organization has prevented more than 11.6 million cell phones from ending up in landfills.

If you have unused, gently used, cell phones just lying at the bottom of a drawer, bring them in to Mabel-Canton School main office and get your good deed done. It is greatly appreciated.

Gabrielle Sand is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of five area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its sixteenth year.

Journal Writing Project: Red or black

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Most people know that February 14 is the day of love. Although many people do not know where this special holiday came from, due to the fact that Valentine’s Day has been being celebrated since about 270 A.D. There are a couple of different storie ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Science or fiction?

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

Over the decades technology has advanced to limits unimaginable by many people. In 1955, a man walking on the moon would have been inconceivable and a work of fiction. Fourteen years later, it became a reality. The world is filled with incredible ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Body image and the media

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

The media is often blamed for influencing the way that individuals feel about their body image. Many people of society have expressed concern with the way that the media presents its advertisements, photos, and overall appearance. The individuals ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Empathy and why we have it

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Empathy, the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.(Dictionary.com 2014) Many people know and understand what empathy is. But have you ever wondered why we have empathy? Is it ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, may ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Vacations

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Ever since I was a little kid, I would go on family vacations. They weren’t the big huge ones like going to another state for a week vacations, but the ones where you learned something. They would always be short vacations like a day or two, maybe ..... 
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