Grade 8: Advocacy in Action Project!

Hey 8th graders!  It’s time to begin our Advocacy in Action Project (one of our final projects of the year)!!!  Here is the note taking sheet (Advocacy Project Note sheet- S2015) you’ll use to research an advocate or advocacy group of your choice.  Remember, choose a topic/issue you feel passionate about or care about deeply.  The goal of your research and presentation is to have an impact on those around you so they want to take action about your topic/issue like you are doing.  Have fun ladies and gents and let’s ADVOCATE for change!

Advocacy in Action Rubric- S2015

Resources Used Below

McKenna’s Letter to Dick’s Sporting Goods

Tweets Supporting McKenna’s Letter

Look how Dick’s Sporting Goods responded!!!!

Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Much to Find Their “PASSION”?

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A recent article in the New York Times by Lisa Heffernan she is asking this question exactly.  “Our Push for Passion, and Why it Harms Kids” does an excellent job of stating why our push for passion can be detrimental to kids.  She writes about kids growing up should not hone in on a single passion but take the time when they are young to explore many different activities so they are able to discover their passions as they move on to adulthood.

Made me think as both a parent and educator about the word passion and how we need to use it at home and at school. Having one single passion, often times one that your parents or teachers have chosen for you, is limiting.  Allowing for freedom and opportunity for multiple experiences is limitless, allowing for growth and discovery and our children to find their own calling.  Period.


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If you haven’t watched the documentary FED UP yet,  the time is NOW.  A view into the cause of the obesity epidemic in the USA (and around the world) and how food manufacturers are tricking consumers into believing their products are “healthy”.  Time for the consumers to wake-up and truly understand what the food many of us eat on a daily basis is REALLY made of. This documentary will make you think twice, maybe even three times, about what you’re putting into your mouth.  It’s never too late to make a change when it comes to your and your family’s health!