Sunday, May 17, 2015

Innovation Hour: Final Project Part 1

Make a Wish at Lincoln

Jackson, Mercedes, and I had the idea to start a fundraiser at the school to sell T-shirts for the football conference championship win. Our purpose for the project was to donate as much money as we could to the Make a Wish Foundation. We initially wanted to donate more money then we spent, and we did. My vision for the project was to bring the school together to help donate money for a child’s wish to come true.

I noticed, throughout the entire project, Jackson, Mercedes, and I were all very stressed out about the work that had to be put into a fundraiser. I wonder if we were more organized and maybe if we knew more about what we were doing that our project would have been easier. We all were always wondering what our next step was and when to do it but never did we actually know and it always seemed to be put off because either we had no time or we
had to finish something else first.

Is it right to regret doing a fundraiser? I do regret some of it. I did not enjoy it as much as I should have. I felt like maybe T-shirts were not the best idea. The conference championship didn’t relate to not enough people that a lot of them would buy a T-shirt. I learned that you should try to find something that everyone will like and buy or it’s not worth the work if you don’t get as much as you wanted out of it. My initial vision of this project was just about everyone in the school buying a T-shirt and raising at least one-thousand dollars, but instead, we only sold 21 T-shirts and we were only able to donate about three-hundred dollars.

How might the project have gone differently if we sold something different like school merchandise? I think we would have been more successful and maybe we could have sold more items and raised more money. Does it matter if we had raised less money? I don’t think so because even though this project felt like a waste of time, we still raised money for a 5-year-old girl named Nominee. She wanted to switch lives with a veterinarian for a day so she got to take care of all sorts of animals. After I heard this story, I wasn’t disappointed with our project anymore. We still helped someone even though we didn’t get to donate as much money as we wanted.

Is the stress the reason for me not liking this project? Yes. I feel like this project could have gone without stress and maybe made me not regret doing it. I know my other group members were just as stressed though. Is it possible to do a fundraiser without all the stress? I really hope so because there is nothing I enjoyed more than making a child’s wish come true. I liked and I truly appreciated the work of everyone at Make a Wish, they all had a purpose and it was to make someone happy. I believe we need more people like that.

How non-successful can a fundraiser really be? I still feel like a fundraiser can be successful no matter what, even if you make $5 or $1000. I remember a school-wide fundraiser I did in sixth grade and I raised over $2000. I felt to happy and I felt extremely proud of myself and the students at Culver Elementary School. I think that since I wasn’t under that much stress from the project, because my teacher did a lot of the work, I had a fun time. What if this project had ended up like my project Culver? I would be extremely more comfortable with it than I was with this fundraiser.

What would it take to do a fundraiser? A lot of patience and extra time. With that you would be able to get a lot done and raise a lot of money. What could happen if I started another fundraiser for Make A Wish? I would make a new goal, that I would achieve, and I could be more involved and get others involved. I would have a different idea on how to raise the money like, selling a different product, doing a penny war, or maybe a car wash. How is being apart of fundraiser like? Being apart of a fundraiser really makes you feel better about yourself and gives you faith in others. It also helps others and not just yourself. If you are looking for a way to give back, fundraising is a great option.

In conclusion, maybe this fundraiser was not the most successful but it definitely was rewarding each way. For me and the little girl who got her wish to be a veterinarian for a day. I would definitely do it again and I encourage others to try it at least once because it is very important to give back. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fracking: Good for the Environment or not?

Fracking is a dangerous process that harms animals, nature, and humans. Fracking can be very resourceful in many ways but it's most definitely not worth the loss of nature. There are stories of oil, from fracking fields, leaking into creeks and rivers and killing the environment around it. Fracking produces a waste that is stored in bins and stays in the backyard of many families. 

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well. The gas escaping can be extremely dangerous causing pollution, cancer, and even brain damage. Texas was once a beautiful state but ever since fracking came along, to become one of their highest source of income, the state has been ruined. 

As said in Gas Land, a 2010 nature film, a town called Dish, in Texas, is now extremely flammable and there is no smoking allowed just because of the gas in atmosphere. The residents of Dish experience nausea, headaches, and birth defects. Fracking can also contaminate the ground water. Animals living near the water, in which the fracking chemicals contaminated, animals die and so do the plants. So imagine a world of fracking fields: chemicals contaminate all the ground water and water supplies. Our world will die, in the matter of a few centuries. I know I wouldn't want my children having to fight for water or not being able to see the beautiful nature we see today.

Fracking is not a good resource for oil. I would rather pay more to save the world. I would like to see my country still beautiful in 50 years, but fracking will consume our world. Animals will go extinct just by living near by a fracking field, and so will humans! So I suggest that we find an alternate way to draw oil or an alternate source of energy. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Year of the Hangman- Out of the Box Question

Currently, we are reading a historical fiction novel called, "The Year of the Hangman". I have read chapters 1-5 and I have been asked to think about a time when I had to start at a new school, what was the one thing that scared me the most about starting at a new school, and why.

I moved schools seventh grade year and I was terrified. It was going to be middle school and it was full of teachers and students that I didn't know. I was scared to be the only kid that had moved from another school, which I wasn't, and that I was going to be a loner because I knew no one and I thought that I wouldn't make any friends. For instance, on the first day of school I got so scared to walk into my classroom that I sat in the bathroom for a while until I thought I could actually enter the room. When I entered the room was pretty empty. I looked around and found a group of girls with an empty seat at their table and I asked if I could sit there. They said sure but I was still really terrified, I didn't say another word for the rest of the day. 

I don't know why I was so scared because Lincoln has a lot of nice people and a lot of people who will give you the chance to be their friend. I have several friends now and I had a great year last year. I can see why Creighton goes to hang out in pubs a lot because maybe he feels like he doesn't have a chance with people and that he will be moving again soon so he doesn't really need to try.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Innovation Hour

Today Sadie and I joined Jackson to sell Conference T-shirts for our football team. I liked how we discussed what our opportunities were and it seemed very serious. I learned that putting a lot of designs on a shirt raises the cost significantly. I'm wondering if there is a chance we could could continue a project after we finish our project these few months. I noticed that Jackson is very focused and knows what he wants to do while Sadie is creative and likes to give ideas. It's very fun to work with my friends and get their ideas together to make something awesome. I'm wondering what it will take to sell these t-shirts and how many we will sell. It would be great if we sold a lot and made a good profit so we can donate the money.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Best and Worst Times

America's victory chance was small because there lack of supplies, their poorly trained soldiers, and it was a small army. But they were fighting on their homes oil, they were fighting for a cause, they had the leadership of Washington and others, and they had fine marksmen. The British had the advantage of many more soldiers, they were the best trained army in the world,  they had the strongest navy in the world, and they had more supplies. Some reasons they lost the war were that they were fighting far from home, it was hard to get supplies to them, and the soldiers were less committed to victory.