Throughout Bonneville High School, there are multiple events that are happening to spread kindness, such as Hope Week. Most Bonneville students have proven to be kind, positive, and considerate. Bonneville High School spreads bee pride city wide with their encouraging ways to become better people and asking for help with drives and fundraisers. Every little thing can put a smile on someone’s face if there is kindness behind it. Here are some of the numerous acts of kindness that have been spotted during this trimester:
From Bonneville High school throughout the city of Idaho Falls, there are thousands of people that need a pick me up. Giving someone the validation that kindness is still within the community may just spread more positivity. Spread the acts of kindness, and have bee pride!
February is the home of several events and holidays; some being Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. However, one that often gets overlooked is National Youth Leadership Month. National Youth Leadership Month is a month to celebrate young people who take on leadership roles within their communities. Most prominent examples of how people support this month are joining some of the groups for youth leadership, fundraisers, and helping out the community.
The National Youth Leadership Forum is a group of summer programs designed to introduce high school, middle school, and elementary school students to different experiences to prepare them for leadership opportunities, college, and future jobs. One example of the summer programs are the Girl and Boy Scouts for the younger generation, teaching children about life skills both indoors and outdoors. Another program is National Youth Leadership Council, also known as NYLC, which teaches students to use academic and civic knowledge as well as skills to address genuine community needs. Some of those skills include working with others, survival and future job skills such as taking on a leadership role.
These organizations often hold fundraisers to help around the community and teach the children how to take on bigger responsibilities. A foundation that focuses on that is the Tony Robbins Foundation. Their mission is to create positive changes in the lives of youth, seniors, the hungry, the homeless, and the imprisoned population (thetonyrobbinsfoundation.org). Being a nonprofit organization is hard, but with the help they give and the donations provided by the people, they continue to help out everyone in the community in need.
Other groups, such as local food banks and shelters, allow adolescents to volunteer there to help out, or other places such as the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. These, like other organizations, teach life skills that many others may not have, like how to help others or yourself when in a difficult situation or tight spot. Most instances of this are being homeless or low on finances, needing everything that comes their way.
Take part of this month by helping out in the community to make a difference, maybe volunteering at a local shelter or hospitals. For those who enjoy helping out, take a look at the other groups to join to help out and possibly learn some skills as well.
Jagger Eaton, from Phoenix, Arizona, took first place in the Men's Street League Skateboarding 2021 Super Crown World Championship. Eaton previously earned a bronze medal in the men's course division at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Eaton was added as a wildcard to the Lake Havasu Street League prelims and advanced to the finals in Jacksonville, Florida. The Street League Skateboarding Competition consists of a run where skaters must do as many tricks as possible within the time limit of 45 seconds. After the run segment, there are four best trick sections where skateboarders take turns attempting any single difficult trick. The scores the skaters receive is based on style, cleanliness, and consistency. The judges also may take points off if a skateboarder is repetitive and performs the same tricks. The judges score the skateboarders from one to ten.
Eaton started off the men’s division of the Street League Skateboarding 2021 Super Crown World Championship in Jacksonville with a whopping 9.6 run score, setting the bar quite high. Street League Skateboarding Commentator Geoff Rowley included, “The standard is going to the moon already.” Shortly after, Australian skateboarder Shane O'Neill fired a pristine run scoring a 9.5. After Eaton’s initial run of a 9.6, he opened to the trick section with a switch-footed backside noseblunt scoring a nine, setting two very solid scores. Starting off the second best trick attempt, Gustavo Ribeiro became competition as he did a bigger flip front board coming down the handrail. Riberio scored a 9.1, landing in second place just behind Eaton. In the third best trick attempt section, Nyjah Huston hung on to a transferred kickflip backside lipslide on the long rail, bumping himself into first place. Huston’s top spot was snatched back when Eaton sent a nollie full-cab to switch backsmith down the handrail, bumping Huston down, and moving Eaton back into first. Skateboarders such as Lucas Rabelo tried to pass Eaton on the last trick segment but hopelessly failed to match his score. When the competition was over, Eaton announced, “I came out here with the intention to win. That’s what I came out here for. It’s an accumulation of a lot of hard work.” Eaton said. “This is such a team win. I’m so beyond stoked. Thank you to everybody who’s helped me over the years. Thank you Street League Skateboarding for putting on such a great contest. “I’m pumped!” When the dust settled, Ribeiro from Portugal took third place, Lucas Rabelo from Brazil took second, and the American Eaton walked away with first place and the title of the Super Crown World Champion.
Punxsutawney Phil: Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. February 2 was Groundhog Day; on that day tens of thousands of people crowded into Gobbler's Knob, a wooded area about two miles outside Punxsutawney, PA. Every year, fans from all over flood the relatively small town of Punxsutawney to see the famed groundhog emerge from his burrow and predict the end of winter.
Groundhog Day stemmed from the Christian holiday, Candlemas. According to an old English saying:
If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.
When the holiday was brought to America by Germans in the 1700s, this poem was the origin of the groundhog-centric tradition. If the sun shines on Groundhog Day and Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if it is overcast and Phil does not see his shadow, spring will come early. The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886. Interestingly, the early Groundhog Day festivities included eating groundhog!
This year, the celebration started on January 30 with a lunch attended by Phil. Later that day, Gobbler's Knob Got Talent, an open-judged talent show, was held. In the evening of the 31, the Groundhog Ball took place, followed by the Annual Groundhog Banquet the next day. Starting bright and early on the 2, shuttle buses transported fans from downtown Punxsutawney to the Gobbler’s Knob beginning at 3:00 a.m. for the fans who want to secure a spot near the burrow. “Hogspitality” Village opened at 4:00 a.m., offering food, beverages, and a live video feed of the Knob. Phil emerged from his burrow at 7:25 a.m. EST and predicted six more weeks of winter.
Here are some fun facts about Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day!
Trigger Warning: mentions of cancer
February 4th is known as World Cancer Day. On this day, people around the world take charge to spread awareness and educate the public about cancer. There are many organizations, such as the Cancer Research Institute and the Union for International Cancer Control, that take their research around the world to help people understand how they can help cancer patients and how they can help extend the group's research. Many people/critics say it is all for the money, however, it is not; the research and investments spread information throughout the world on treatment, early detection, and give better health tips to prevent cancer. Donations from fundraisers are not only for research, but also for materials to help comfort and give proper care to cancer patients.
The first ever cancer day was celebrated in Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland. Many organizations had adopted the same passion for cancer awareness. The idea spread to have separate ribbons for each variation of cancer, including pink for breast cancer, orange for children with cancer, and purple for pancreatic cancer. There are also different stages of intensity, labeled 1-4, four being the most intense and dangerous. They also spread awareness about the medical bills and emotional trauma that coincides with cancer which can be very overwhelming. Cancer fundraisers can aid patients who are struggling with certain cancer-related problems and take a huge amount of weight off the patient and their loved ones. This day is all about making a difference in others lives and becoming involved in an adequate cause.
Money problems are not the only issue that these organizations are trying to eliminate and spread awareness about. There are patients who hit setbacks and do not receive the proper care because of their age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disablities, religious beliefs, or lifestyle. World Cancer Day is a day to encourage everyone to stop the hate and lend a hand to defeat this devastating disease. There should not be descrimination within the medical field, and every cancer patient should be able to get the correct care they need.
Support World Cancer Day by donating to fundraisers or volunteering at hospitals, homes, etc. Cancer is hard by itself and can create an abundance of stress; help make it a little easier by donating. Visit https://www.cancer.org/involved/fundraise.html to make donations.