This past Tuesday 17th, the Red Cross came to East to get blood donations from our students and staff. This is an annual tradition that East and the Red Cross have been doing for many years.
Did you know that the blood donation from one person can save three lives?! This is why it is important and significant to do an act of such kindness, generosity, and compassion. It was my first time donating blood ever and I was really nervous but to be honest, it does not hurt.
The process is very simple. As a donor, you must meet some requirements that indicate that you are healthy enough to donate. First, you must read the instructions which is about the procedure and how to prevent decease. Second, you must weigh at least 110 pounds in order to donate, and third, you must have at least 12 g/dL level of iron in your blood (increase the level of iron in your blood you can eat beef, turkey, pork, lamb, eggs, and some cereals). After answering a few questions about disease transmission, you're all set to save lives.
Some of the benefits of donating blood is that you can learn your blood type, get snacks, get a gift card, and of course, take a break from class.
If you missed the date the Red Cross came to East, do not worry because you can always donate at any Red Cross center or hospitals. Some locations where you can donate are:
Check local listings for future dates and even more locations to donate. Remember, your contribution can save three lives.
Upper School students will have an opportunity to go on a ski trip to Swain Ski Resort. The trip will be over break on Wednesday February 22, 2017. According to Mrs. Wise, the teacher in charge of the trip, students will have an opportunity to take a 90 minute lesson, and have a helmet. They can choose whether to use ski boots or boot with a snowboard. The trip also includes chair lift through the whole mountain. Mrs. Wise encourages as many people as possible to gain a new experience. “It would be something new for students to try and enjoy,” said Ms. Wise.
Normally the price would be $120.00 not including transportation but it will be $40.00 including transportation for students. This a great deal for a unique opportunity. The bus will be leaving at 9:00am and it will be a one hour and fifteen minute drive. Students will be back at East by 9.00 pm.
Swain Ski Resort has 33 trails, 5 lifts and two terrain parks for any jumpers. For more information you can see Mrs. Wise’s in room D139.
Many students at East feel as though the school’s dress code is overly enforced for girls, and hardly or barely enforced for boys. Girls are addressed for what school thinks is “inappropriate” which is mainly not having their stomach/mid drift covered. The dress code also states that buttocks and chest must be covered. However, boys sag their pants and show their chest all of the time without getting addressed. They even walk around with no shirt on sometimes. Yet, girls are being sent home and missing out on their education for showing their stomach.
East High emphasizes strong attendance and students getting their education. We're getting sent home for clothes that they think is a distraction to other students. Boys not wearing shirts are just as much of a distraction to students as girls wearing half shirts. So why is it acceptable for boys to walk around without a shirt or sagging their pants –making everyone look at their underwear—when the dress code clearly states “Cover buttocks, stomach/midriff and chest.”
Our dress code is logical and was obviously made for the benefit of all students but if it is not being enforced on every student equally then it should not be put into action until there is a real plan to address every student. There should be a plan ensuring that every student is dressed appropriately according to the school dress code. It’s becoming a big controversy, because many girls feel singled out when they are being addressed about their clothing while a boy sagging their pants or even another girl would be walking by with “inappropriate” clothing on and not be addressed or sent home.
It’s unfair and something needs to be done about it, especially with warm weather on its way. I have experienced this and I was very disappointed because my grades were being jeopardized because of a poorly enforced, sexist rule. If East is committed to a climate of community and exemplary behavior, then all rules should be enforced fairly.