MG Walk

IMG_7971The Myasthenia Gravis Walk is a 1.5 mile walk to raise awareness for this horrible disease. This disease causes muscle weakness, including those used to swallow, speak, see and breathe and there is no known cure for it. In the past, many doctors had never even heard about  this disease, so they gave their patients a wrong diagnosis. A wrong diagnosis equals wrong treatment, and when you receive wrong treatment, you are not getting better, and it’s a waste of time, energy, money, and for an honest term, life.

The leaders of this event host walks all over the country. Their 7th annual walk was held in Charleston, SC on April the 8th. That very walk raised over $42,000! Now with over seven walks held and numerous meetings across the U.S, they have raised an astounding amount of money at over $4.3 million. Over 200,000 people have been diagnosed with MG, and tens of thousands of people have MG but either aren’t diagnosed, or diagnosed with the wrong disease and receiving wrong treatment. 

On April 22, from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M, my mom, Stephanie McCall, is having a blood drive in memory of my grandmother, Kay Powers, who passed away last year from this disease. If you are near New Prospect Baptist Church on April 22, and are seventeen years of age or older, please stop by to donate blood in memory of my grandmother and to honor the brave fight she fought.

Flu Prevention

 

          Flu season has just arrived! Everyone is starting to become extra cautious about what they or their children do. Well, I’m here to make your life easier, and give you a few tips on just how to stay away from the flu this year.

          First of all, wash your hands! It seems like the most obvious thing to do, but yet it’s the main reason why people not only get the flu, but just get sick in general. Another thing you need to do is not eat or drink after other people. Even if you say or think, ”They aren’t sick right now, so I won’t get sick,” don’t do it! Did you know that someone who is sick is contagious 24 hours before symptoms. That means that you could be sick right now and not even know it. So during this flu season especially, be very careful with who you’re around, and wash your hands constantly.

Standardized Testing

Starting last Wednesday, the 2nd, 3rd, and 7th grade will be taking standardized testing. Standardized testing is basically all that they have learned that year, plus review, and questions that they don’t even know. The point of this is to see how much your kids know, (obviously) but the tests are not just regular tests. These tests are very, very long, and take about 3 days to finish. Parents at home should take this very seriously. They should make sure that their kids are eating the biggest breakfast of their life in the morning of each of those three days, and also sending snacks with them to school. Also, parents should make sure that there children are going to bed early every night during testing. They need to do this so their kids will be fully energized, and ready to take on the test!

Superbowl 51

Superbowl 51 was a Superbowl that people will never, ever, ever forget. It was an absolutely legendary game. The New England Patriots came into the game heavily favored, and were expected to win by double digits. When the game first started, it was unclear who was going to take the lead because at the end of the first, the game was still scoreless.

Thousands of fans watched nervously as they waited to see who would be the first to strike on the scoreboard. Well, they found out soon after the second quarter started, as Atlanta began to score, and score, and score. The score at halftime was 21-3, Atlanta with the lead. Never before winning a Championship, Atlanta was surprising a lot of people and proving them wrong. Most people were almost certain that there was no way for the Patriots to come back from an eighteen point deficit, but there was a lot of football left to be played.

The patriots came out of the locker room and into the third quarter, and only scored 6 points to Atlanta’s 7. The score now, at 28-9, Atlanta still holding the lead. This is it, 1 quarter left to be played, Atlanta about to walk away with their first ever Superbowl win, but wait, the Patriots aren’t done. Somehow the Patriots are going on a huge run, and scored 19 POINTS in the 4th quarter! They went on to force the first overtime in Superbowl history, and win in it for an epic comeback! Superbowl 51, a game that will never be forgotten.

Superbowl LI

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On February 5, 2017, at 6:30 P.M, the AFC champions the New England Patriots will face off against the NFC champions the Atlanta Falcons in the biggest game of the year, Superbowl 51. The game will be held at NRG stadium in Houston, Texas. One online poll has the Patriots with a 52.3% chance of winning. But that’s only an opinion. When the clock hits zero, and the fans clear the stands, only one team can walk away with the Lombardi Trophy.

The game will be broadcast on Fox, and on Sirius XM Radio. The Superbowl Halftime Show will be put on by none other than Lady Gaga. She is really going to have to do well if she wants it to be of any comparison to last years show put on by Bruno Mars. If you can, tune into this game. It will definitely be one to remember.

1ooth Day of School

Image result for 100th day of schoolThe 100th Day of School  is a day that every kindergarten student looks forward to. On this day, K4 and K5 student’s bring in something, but of course, they have to bring in 100 of whatever they choose. For example, some people bring Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Oreos, Tootsie Rolls, and nearly anything else that falls into that category.

When they first come in the morning, they go to their class, set up everything that they brought, and basically just have a party the whole day. This day is very special to the students in kindergarten because it represents that they have had a good school year so far, and that the rest of the school year is almost over for them. Plus, who doesn’t like the number 100?

He Shouldn’t Be On The Road

 

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November 14, 2016. Not just a normal day. It was the day that Charlton was going to get his driver’s permit. The day nothing would ever be the same again. The world was in danger. He woke up early that morning. Excitement rushing through his body. It was a Monday. He hated Monday’s, but not that Monday. The world on the other hand hated this day more than ever, knowing what was coming in a couple of hours. Charlton’s mom took him to school for the last time that morning and knew she would not be safe when she came to pick him back up later that day to take him to the DMV. When she picked him up later that afternoon, he was waiting at the door for her, ready to ruin the world. He did just that.

 

Football Recap

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Football season came to an end. We had some good moments and we had some bad. Overall, we did not do as well as we had hoped for. Our final record was 2-9. We had a very young team. Nearly everyone had to play both sides of the ball.

We played very good teams, such as Richard Winn, King Academy, Holly Hill, and Andrew Jackson. There were several times when our coaches got mad and frustrated with us. There were times when we got mad and frustrated with them, but we pulled it together and made the best team we could. We also had some good moments. Pulling up 8th graders to play with us and watching them learn and succeed, getting some wins, and making memories that will last forever.

Time Change

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It is that time of year again. Some people like it, and some don’t. It’s Daylight Savings Time. Usually it will stay light outside for a while, but now it’s going to start getting dark even around 6:30. After players get out of practice, it’s already going to be getting dark outside. Daylight Savings Time usually will give you more sleep, and that’s a good thing. Since it will be dark outside, you will start getting tired, but when you look at the clock, it’s only 7:30! This will cause people to begin going to bed earlier, and have more energy for the next day either at work or school. In a way it’s a good thing, so us students can perform better at school. Rest is recharging your brain, therefore we can think better, act better, and perform better.

The sun will go down way earlier, and the sun will come back up way earlier. It’s amazing to think that this does not just happen because of a coincidence. God planned every bit of this out. It is just amazing when you actually step outside and just take in all that God has made, all that God has done to you, and how God has a purpose for everything.

 

 

 

D.A.R.E. Starts This Week

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D.A.R.E. is a very important program at Laurens Academy. This is when a Laurens County Police Officer comes to talk with the 5th grade class about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The officer will tell the students about what drugs can do to your body, and how they can hurt not just you, but a person around you. It teaches you to hang around with the right crowd, because even if they are doing something that they shouldn’t be, and you are just standing with them, you are just as guilty.

Drugs and alcohol are very dangerous, and that is exactly what the officer is trying to teach. That you should never get involved with this.

Also, in D.A.R.E, you will  write a paper on why not to do drugs, and present it in front of the elementary chapel. If you have written the best paper, then you will be rewarded with your choice of a D.A.R.E. basketball, or football.

D.A.R.E. is a great program and I hope we continue to do it in Laurens County forever. All you have to do is remember one thing.. DON’T DO DRUGS!!!

Grandparents Day

Our 2016 Grandparent’s Day will be Friday, September 30 at 10:00 A.M. This years motto, “Laurens Academy… Where We Are Family”, is exactly what we  represent on Grandparent’s Day. Friends and family coming together and enjoying their time together.

Grandparents will come to the gym, and enjoy one of our Crusader Pep Rallies. Afterwards, the grandparents and grand kids will get together and enjoy a meal. Then the grand kids will show the grandparents their classroom, take a picture, etc.

Grandparents Day is a very fun, and enjoyable time to let the families get together and enjoy each other. The grand kids will get older, but memories last forever.