The High Schoolers Who Raised $180,000 For Charity Are The Reason I Still Believe In Humanity

The High Schoolers Who Raised $180,000 For Charity Are The Reason I Still Believe In Humanity

A true story, and one very close to my heart.


Yes, you read that right. One hundred eighty thousand dollars. For charity. In two months. And I'm lucky to say that I got to be a part of it.

Last year, I was a senior in high school trying to balance college applications and five AP classes and extracurriculars all at once. I had too much to do, but somehow my number one commitment was student council. Why is that, you ask?

Since 2004, my high school's student council had orchestrated an annual charity ball to raise money for local nonprofits. At first, it had just been a nice thing to do, but as the years went on, the amount of money raised kept increasing. When I was a freshman, they raised $92,000 for Interfaith Food Shuttle between October and December, and I remember being convinced that they could ever beat that. (Spoiler alert! They did!) All the people I met on council told me it was a life-changing experience, and I wanted in.

I ended up joining my junior year, and I realized that the people I was working with were some of the most dedicated and passionate kids I'd ever known. Although we set lofty monetary goals for ourselves each year (100k, 120k, and 150k my respective sophomore, junior, and senior years), we didn't define ourselves based on the money (even though we made, like, CRAZY amounts). What really mattered to us was the service. We spent time with people in homeless shelters, we volunteered in food pantries, we canvassed in our neighborhoods, and we informed our community about our cause. It was developing into a school-wide effort, with fundraising events like kickball tournaments and coffee sales to engage the student body to help out.

Of course, it was super stressful at the time, but now that I'm not doing it anymore I see how much I miss it. There's nothing like working towards a mutual goal with a bunch of people that want to achieve it just as badly as you that can motivate you as much as Charity Ball did. Our drive was reflected in the way we talked to our peers about donating or educated strangers on how impactful our contribution would be, or in the joy we expressed at the final showing of the check. I was mostly amazed that we were just a group of kids that cared enough about the world to not give up, even if the deadline was 10 days away and we still needed to raise 60 thousand dollars.

Last year's Charity Ball sticks in the back of my head like it was yesterday. Everyone was nervous, but we knew we would be proud no matter how much we made. The true meaning of Charity Ball was that an entire community- our school, other schools, other school systems, local companies, people from other states, or other countries even- was so willing to drop their differences for this one thing that benefited the greater good. I can't pretend to say it could've been done without the support from our friends, families, and teachers: it couldn't have been. Every person involved in the process gave their own part, and that's the reason we were able to pull it off.

Recently, I spoke with the current student body vice president. She thinks of me as her role model, but in all honesty, I'm way more inspired by her. I can tell she genuinely cares about the organization they're working with this year and wants to help as much as she can. It really touches me that they keep doing this year after year not because they necessarily have something to prove, but really out of the goodness of their hearts. And in a world where we're fed terrible news every day, the stuff that they do gives me a lot of hope.

The kids aren't just alright- they're awesome.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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The Dangers Of Electric Scooters

Lookout for the Limes. Beware the Birds.


They appeared out of nowhere.

I can only imagine a bunch of men dressed in all black showed up in big vans with tinted windows and planted them on grounds in the middle of the night.

And the next day, we were off.

I have to admit, I was slightly terrified by them at first. The traffic. The attention that inevitably comes with a bright green scooter.

But after a few weeks, I found the courage to face my fears, and it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever experienced.

I ride a Lime E-Scooter almost every day. Running late for class? Scooter. Not in the mood for the overcrowded, time-sensitive bus? Scooter. In need of a little pick me up on the way home from a particularly long day? Scooter.

The scooters have become my outlet, my best friends.

But I didn't foresee one daunting factor: the cost.

And no, I don't mean the physical cost when you wipe out and skin a knee. Not all the time I waste running around grounds looking for a scooter instead of getting on a bus or walking. No, I mean the money, baby.

The lime scooter isn't that expensive really. It is only a dollar to get started and then fifteen cents per minute. But, let me tell you, those few dollars and some change add up. I've reached the point where I'm scared to look at my bank account. I have no idea how much money I'm pouring into these e-scooters, but I know that it's way more than I can afford. In fact, at this point, it probably might be more efficient for me to buy a scooter of my own, but the appeal is just not the same.

I love that the scooters are waiting for me around almost every turn. I love that I can drop them off and not bat an eye. I'm obsessed with the ease, the speed, and the wind in my hair. Not even my bright green debit card can change my mind.

Should I stop relying on the Lime E-Scooters so heavily? Probably, yes. Will I? Most definitely not.

So here is a fair warning to you all: be cautious of scooters that appear in the middle of the night. They might just rob your wallet while they light up your life.

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