Animal Cruelty
Grade 7

Factory Farming

The widespread process of factory farming is terrible for animals and our planet. Factory farming is a process that billions of animals go through before they are eventually killed and appear in the meat aisle of a grocery store. According to the Humane Society, “There are no federal animal welfare laws regulating the treatment of […]

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Bullying
Grade 5

Social Media

Only two hours and 11 minutes. That’s how long it takes for someone to die from suicide. And the people who attempt it and survive have to deal with the feelings they have towards themselves. This is a huge problem, and one of the biggest reasons is cyberbullying on social media. I think the app […]

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LGBTQ Rights
Grade 8

Erasing Progress with Unspoken Laws

How many of you have relatives that live in Florida? Are your relatives in school right now? Are they part of the 40% affected by Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which prohibits teachers from talking about gender and sexuality in schools? With this law, trans people and other minorities are experiencing erasure from the school […]

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Environment
Grade 6

Plastic Pollution Affects Marine Life

The ocean is a giant ecosystem for billions of animals like jellyfish, sea turtles, fish, dolphins, and sharks. It’s important to keep our world livable. Every year, over 300 million tons of plastic are produced for a variety of purposes. Out of the 300 million tons of plastic, over 14 million tons end up in […]

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LGBTQ Rights
Grade 5

LGBTQ+ Harassment

Harassment. According to Wikipedia, the verb is derived from the Old French harasser which means to “exhaust, tire  out, wear out; to harry, torment, vex.” It may also link from the Old French hirer (“to set a dog on”), and from Frankish hara, meaning, “here, hither,” a command for a dog to attack. Now, you […]

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Education
Grade 5

Afterschool Programs: A Vital Resource to Youth

The lack of affordable afterschool care is a problem, but why is it a problem? Because afterschool care provides benefits that children who cannot attend these programs miss out on. Many after-school programs were closed due to COVID-19, and in the present, there’s still a severe lack of affordable after-school programs. The lack of afterschool […]

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Education
Grade 6

The Surprisingly Important Issue of Schools Starting Early

Did you know that in a 2021 CDC survey, 42 states reported that 75-100% of public middle and high schools started before 8:30 a.m.? Schools start way too early, which creates challenges for students. Students can’t get enough sleep due to their extra homework or, sometimes, for older students, part-time jobs. When students can’t get […]

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Mental Health
Grade 8

Rising Depression

Did you know that almost 50 million Americans have expressed symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses in the past year? This is why schools should hire more counselors and have daily check-ins with all students, even when students don’t show signs of anxiety or other mental illnesses. When I first learned more about depression, […]

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Video Games
Grade 7

Video Games

Video games. Some may love them; some may hate them. Kids all around the world love these things, but some of them can’t play the games they want. 63% play casual games, 39% play action, 39% play shooter, and 37% play racing games. But even though video games are bad in some ways, everyone should […]

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Healthcare
Grade 7

Prescription Drugs: Not as Safe as You Think

Do you have a teenager? Do you monitor the number of pills in your medicine bottle? Do you notice you’re losing track of the medicine in your bottle? Suppose you said yes to all of these questions. In that case, it would be time for you to have a conversation with your teenager about the […]

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