Wal-Mart: Love It or Hate It?
by Hannah Gaither
Some people think that Wal-Mart is great; others, not too great. People have said that it is a good place to go because it has low prices and they can buy groceries, have their tires rotated, and take care of the children at the same time!
People who are anti-Wal-Mart say that the store is dirty and its checkout lines are always slow. People definitely have different opinions!
6th Graders Visit Camp Hanes
by Kailah Rose
by Lauren Turbeville
Just a short week or so ago many of the sixth graders went on a field trip to
Afterwards we went with Jack, one of our favorite counselors, and we learned how to survive in the woods. Following that activity Jack took us canoeing. That night after dinner we played in the gym and had a crazy auction. We had to put stuff from our cabin into a bag, then we had to make whatever the counselors called with our belongings.
The next day after breakfast we went on the Crystal Mine hike, which was exhausting. After lunch we did what was the authors’ favorite activity, the high ropes, which were a blast! For the rest of the afternoon we had recreation time, where would could play whatever we wanted. After dinner we played a few games in the gym and then we had a campfire where we watched skits. They were so funny!
The next morning after breakfast we went rock climbing, and that was a blast, too. Then we got to go and look in the creek for tadpoles and salamanders—yuck! Next came our last lunch at
Kids' Spending Habits
by Stefanie M.
Kids! Sweet, innocent children or greedy money wasters? I wanted to find out what people think of children's spending habits. So, I asked ten different people their opinion about whether kids waste their parents' money, or if the money is spent on necessary things. It seemed that everyone I spoke with agreed that children waste money--some more than others.
Six different adults told me that yes, their children waste money. When I went on to ask what the kids buy with the "wasted money," it seemed that the most popular items to buy were video games. One father said that most of the blame is with television, because TV encourages children to want more and more things. He used the example of Nintendo and XBox--his son wants to have every new little item or game advertised, and is never satisfied with what he already has. This particular father also mentioned the wasted money spent on advertised cereals because his son wants to try all of the cool-sounding cereals, but then decides after eating it once or twice that he doesn't like that cereal anymore.
Other things that children waste their money on, according to the parents I interviewed, were toys, candy, little stuff at the store, and cell phones. One mother told me that her daughter wants something every time they go out to a store, but then has no place to keep the things she buys.
When I talked to 4 different children, they also agreed that they waste their parents' money. 3 of the 4 seemed to feel a little bit bad about it, but 1 teenager told me that she deserved getting the things because she works hard in school and that she should receive a reward. The kids I talked to all agreed that they have lots and lots of things that they don't need or even have time for; but not one kid said anything about TV and how that encourages them to want to buy more things. Instead, the kids talked about all of the things that their friends have.
In conclusion, it does seem that most, if not all, children happily waste their parents' money. Maybe kids these days really are spoiled--but whose fault is it?Trend Alert
by Shelby T. and Sarah Ann W.
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