By Carly Guise
I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s the absolute worst.
There, I said it.
It’s not that I’m anti-romance or anti-love or anything. Love is great. Love makes the world go ‘round, or whatever the saying is. Love makes people happy and, the way I see it, the more people that we have happy in this world, the better off we’ll be.
I am anti-Valentine’s Day because I am against the idea that you have to treat your significant other special because Hallmark says you have to. If you truly care about someone, every day should be Valentine’s Day, but it shouldn’t have to be so costly.
By Ali Kochik
Around this time of year, people begin to feel a lot of emotions towards the impending holidays, but contrary to popular belief, those emotions aren’t always “holly jolly.” One of the most disputed Christmas issues is the commercialization of what is for some, the most religious day of the year.
Religions find it disturbing that many big businesses use the birthday of God to increase profit and sell, sell, sell. It’s commonly thought that all the pushing to buy more and more makes everyone lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
According to the Mission Partnership website:
10% of adults say the most important thing about Christmas is the religious meaning.
12% of all adults know the full nativity story.
36% of kids 5-7 don’t know whose birthday we celebrate on December 25.
In this day and age, commercialism has hit an all time high. Around the holidays, we definitely feel the need to spend a lot of money on our loved ones in attempt to prove our love.
However, I don’t necessarily blame the stores for this. They are just trying to do their job, so of course they are going to try to sell a lot around this time.
Michael Wilburn, and an 11 year old from Locust Grove Elementary School said, “I think it’s just because they need to make money by selling stuff and it’s Christmas. So I don’t really care if they do it.”
Stores know their busy season is also the holiday season, so they want to make the most of it. Plus, many aren’t even buying things for themselves.
“I think most people purchase things more around Christmas for other people.” said Molly Bradley, freshman.
I think it’s up to us to teach each other the meaning of the holiday. It can be really simple such as being kinder to one another, or doing some extra charity work. We should teach young kids the reason we are really celebrating. It’s not about the gifts, or Santa, or the food.
It’s about God and being close to your family and friends, and we should teach them that it’s better to give than receive.
“I have no problems with giving gifts. And buying trees and presents are cool, but not as cool as the real meaning.” said math teacher, Mr. Yost. “On Christmas mornings, the first thing we do is get out the Bible and read the Christmas story, even before we open gifts. We should share that with others, to prompt them to kind of, keep the focus where it should be.”
If we do that, then no matter how strong the commercialism becomes, everyone will still be holding the true meaning of Christmas near their hearts the whole season long.
By Molly Merson
A currently debated topic within our school is the dress code. As the temperature rises, clothing styles also change. You may be asking yourself: “What can I wear and not wear?” Well we have the answer for you.
Here at our school, we do have restrictions on certain styles, however many students aren’t aware of the guidelines we have. Guidelines and additional dress code information is listed in the student handbook issued in the beginning of the school year.
In most cases, this information remains unread or overlooked by students. Excessively short shorts are not permitted, especially if the pockets are longer than the shorts altogether. Also, visible undergarments, including men’s undershirts, are not acceptable.
“It’s a matter of modesty,” Principal Mary Smith said, in regards to clothing choice.
Compared to the Red Lion Area Junior High School, our dress code may seem a lot more lenient. Although there are restrictions, trust is put into the student body to choose appropriate attire for school.
“The older you are, the more freedom you have to choose,” Smith said.
Dress code is not a major concern for this upcoming Spring, because most of the student population follows the dress code guidelines. If students do not follow the guidelines, they will be asked to change. If they refuse to change, disciplinary action will follow. A student is only asked to change clothing if it “causes a disruption to the learning process,” Principal Smith says.
If students aren’t aware of our guidelines on dress code, it’s available on the school website or on the disc given out at the beginning of the school year. Our school understands that as seasons change, so does style. Make sure your spring wardrobe is filled with plenty of magnificence, modernity, and most importantly; modesty!
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