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The meaning of the holidays


Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

When choosing what to write about this week, I knew I needed to somehow incorporate a holiday theme into the column. That being said, it's that time of year again-the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all almost fall within the same month. It is an exciting and festive time of the year, but do we get caught up in some of the wrong aspects of the holiday season? While retail companies know how to manipulate human psychology with grand advertisements, an abundance of deals, and tremendous markdowns on prices, all of the retail shopping days--Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Green Monday--seem to point to the answer 'yes'. Although I'm not trying to discourage gift giving and bargain shopping, there are often some other holiday aspects that are left out or forgotten.

Just a little over a week ago, the juniors and seniors of Lanesboro High School took a field trip to view a production of Charles Dicken's famous novel "A Christmas Carol" at the Guthrie Theater. I am pretty sure most people have either read the book or watched some version of the movie. If not, I hope you have at least heard of the title. Even within the Guthrie Theater's exhilarating performance and elaborate special effects, the traditional theme of the play was exactly the same: Christmas and the holiday season is a time to celebrate, forget past disputes, move past selfishness, and learn to value friendship and charity. All of these are admirable goals to accomplish for the coming of the New Year.

So what can you do to make a difference? First of all, most of us have that extra change floating in our pockets. Red Kettle volunteers are out for more than a month collecting donations. Second, toy drives are a great place donate, and there are many around our area. When you're out shopping, it is simple to pick up an extra gift. Third, give a monetary gift to a charity. Recently, the Lanesboro FCCLA chapter (Family Career Community Leaders of America) ran a "Buy a Burro" campaign to buy a donkey for a family overseas. Remember, these are only ideas that scratch the surface of what you can do.

We all have a character from A Christmas Carol that represents us. Read through the descriptions and find your personality. The selfish Scrooge: The individual who only thinks of himself and his own well-being. Bob Cratchit: The over-worked individual who is good-hearted and contributes what he can. Fred: Scrooge's nephew who is uplifting and embraces the true .....
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Journal Writing Project Winter tips

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Winter is here once again. We all know what this means: icy, sloppy roads everywhere; starting up the car 15 minutes before work; shoveling sidewalks; snowblowing driveways; and scraping off the heavy snow from the roofs. Ah, gotta love it the most ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Falcon Cheerleading

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

It's the beginning of the school year, and with the New Year comes brand new things! Fillmore Central has just brought back their very own cheerleading squad! This year is the first year since 2009 that cheerleaders will suit up and take on the cold ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Iki Evim Var

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

While many readers may be thinking that the high school author of this article may have made a serious spelling error, I disagree. The three simple words above are correctly spelled...in Turkish. While meaningly for many, for me these words represen ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Confidence is key

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
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Have you ever looked back at a point in time and realized that it made you who you are today? I know I have, and I know that it's a pretty great feeling to know that you're a better person now because of that time.

I'm only 17, so I haven't ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A week in Costa Rica

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Last summer I had the best experience in my life so far. In June, myself and nine of my classmates traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We stayed for seven days, experiencing and learning about a whole new culture. Our stay was short, bu ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A week in Costa Rica

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Last summer I had the best experience in my life so far. In June, myself and nine of my classmates traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We stayed for seven days, experiencing and learning about a whole new culture. Our stay was short, bu ..... 
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Student Writing Project

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

This year marks the 13th year that the Fillmore County Journal has been publishing articles written by local high school students for the Journal Student Writing Project. Each fall we contact the local high schools and ask for juniors and seniors wh ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Technology in my life

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Before I start I would like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Wenthold, for giving me the chance to speak my mind in a very public way. For most of the people in Fillmore County that do not know who I am, I will start out by telling them that I'm just a nor ..... 
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