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Journal Writing Project - Making a difference - 2/21/11


Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
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By Katie Ristau

Saving lives, what a great thing! When you donate once, you can save up to three lives. Four and a half million Americans would die each year without your donation. A donation is needed every two seconds. More than 38,000 donations are needed in the U.S. daily. I'm not talking about donating money, or your time, or your services. I'm talking about donating blood!

If you are a healthy adult and 16 years or older, you can donate. You must be 110 lbs. to donate one pint of blood. If you were to begin donating at age 16 and donated every 56 days until you were 75, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially saving over 1,000 lives! It's amazing.

Most people don't donate blood because they are scared of needles, or they don't know how to do it, or they are not sure if they're eligible. But the truth is, it's really easy to donate, and there are plenty of websites to get facts or find a place to donate. For me, my high school has a blood drive every October. Also, a great thing about the American Red Cross is that after you have donated and you wait 56 days, they will contact you and inform you of any upcoming blood drives in your community. I think that giving only 45 minutes of your day about every two months to save three people's lives is extraordinary!

When I first donated, I was only 16 years old. I have now donated a total of three times, giving a pint every time. My goal is to be able to donate five gallons in my life. It's a big goal, but I want to do that. I must say I'm not all that fond of needles, but when I think about how I can severely affect someone's life, the needle is no longer a big deal!

There are so many people that will need a blood transfusion at some time in their lives; chances are that you know someone who has had a blood transfusion. About every one in seven people who enter the hospital will need a blood transfusion. Only 5 percent of eligible donors in the U.S. give blood, but the number of people who need blood increases by 9 percent every year. Those who need a blood transfusion, but don't have a blood donor, may die and donate their organs. They die because no one could help them, and yet they give their body to help someone else. Our bodies are magnificent pieces of work, and what flows through them is, too. There is no substitute for blood; you can't make it, only our body can.

I donate blood because I want to help others. It is the same reason I am .....
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Journal Writing Project "Straight" discrimination

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sexual orientation. It is something that has become a huge issue both nationally and state-wide, and commands a great amount of attention. However, I can't make it through a single day without hearing the terms gay and homo being used among my peers ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - "Straight" discrimination

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sexual orientation. It is something that has become a huge issue both nationally and state-wide, and commands a great amount of attention. However, I can't make it through a single day without hearing the terms gay and homo being used among my peers ..... 
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Journal Student Wring Project - I Go Back

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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Being a senior this year makes me reminisce my childhood years, and there is only one place that comes to mind, my grandparents' farm. My hot summer days were usually spent with my grandma and grandpa, and if I wasn't with them, I was begging my par ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - My Hero

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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If I were asked to identify one true hero, my answer would be my grandpa, Paul Mathison. My grandpa, has been through a lot in his life and he still stands tall. I love listening to his stories about when he was a child; the great times of radio and ..... 
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My Guardian Angel

Fri, Jan 21st, 2011
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It was an average day at the Stortz residence. Dad was busy outside doing chores, and I was on the way back from a dentist appointment along with my boyfriend and Mom. The ride seemed to take forever. Finally arriving home, I opened the door to find ..... 
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Journal Student Writing Project - Bowling

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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Strike! Double! Turkey! These are a few terms used in bowling. It is when you bowl one, two, or three strikes in a row. Bowling is a fun game/sport that anyone can play. It's also a great thing to do with friends.

I have grown up aro ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Decisions, decisions, decisions

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
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Being a teenager and a senior in high school can be stressful, as you constantly have to make decisions: What should you do today? How are you going to make a difference? How will it affect yourself and other people around you? I can say, wi ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - The Season of Giving

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
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Christmas shopping, baking, party planning, holiday decorating, preparations for the arrival of family, New Year's resolutions, and the planning of dinner menus all seem to contribute to the tension that some feel over the holiday season each year. ..... 
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