Back To School 2014
Keeping Your Belongings Safe
By: Yani Long
After the summer fun has come to an end, traditionally the first week in August is the time of year that your parents are headed to all of the retail stores to prepare you for the school year with clothes, new book bag, school supplies and more.
It can be a stressful time and a lot of money is usually spent to make you have what you need and some.
It is important to be mindful of how to keep your new belongings. It's reported by the National Crime Prevention Council that 43% of young adults have stolen property worth $50 or less in the United States.
That's over half of the youth in the U.S. Imagine how you can reduce that number by ensuring that your possessions are protected.
Cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, and other gadgets are extremely popular these days and a lot of teenagers carry at least one of those items to school daily. With technology on the rise it's not uncommon.
With fashion trends being such an influence on what you wear and how you dress, when it comes down to accessories, that's what makes your outfit pop. From sunglasses down to your shoes you want to make sure they are well kept and in your possession upon leaving campus to head home.
Of course your notebooks, pencil, pens, markers, and book bag are the essentials and those items can very well be taken from you at the blink of an eye. You cannot do your work if you do not have your supplies. These items are the easiest to lose, whether stolen or misplaced, but you want to make sure you stay with what you need for the duration of the school year.
A few ways to keep up with your belongings are:
These are just a few ways to make sure that you are always keeping up with your things. You always want to make sure that you personalize your items because:
No one ever wants their things to get stolen, especially items that are a necessity to have. So value your items and make sure that you do the necessary to prevent theft at your school.
Being Safe on the Bus
By: Jasmine Rhinehart
It is almost that time again. Students are preparing to head back to school and I know that many are excited about this.
One important thing to remember, however, is being safe while waiting for the bus to arrive at the bus stop and riding the bus to and from school.
Here is some important information to remember when preparing for this upcoming school year.
“According to the NHTSA, riding a school bus is almost eight times safer than riding a car or another form of transportation to school,” said Laurie Shah with the Harris County Department of Education.
Yes we must take in account that accidents can occur whether riding in a car or on a bus, but this is why we must be cautious at all times. Things can be done before school starts to help get kids ready and prepared for school.
First, parents can walk their child to his/her stop before the first day of class, if they are on a new route and to help them get familiar where to go.
Another reason is respect. While on the bus, try to refrain from doing anything that could distract the bus driver such as: yelling on the bus, fighting, or other things that could be a distraction. You have to show respect in order to receive it.
Experts say the most dangerous part of the bus ride is getting on and off the bus. They call the 10 foot radius around the bus, “the danger zone.” Statistics show that smaller children are in danger the most because of their height.
If they are too close to the bus, they are not easily seen. So, it is very important when dealing with smaller children that they understand to stay far back from the bus as they can when the bus is heading their way.
As we can see, bus safety is very important and it is not hard at all to follow the rules that go along with riding the bus to and from school.
By: Camille Daniels
Many things happen in school and one of those things is germs and how they are exchanged.
So as the school year begins remember that classroom lessons and homework aren’t the only things to get in school but germs as well. So where and how can you pick up germs at in school? The answers may surprise you.
According to some websites such as msnbc.com and others the places that are most likely to pick up germs can be places such as at the water fountain.
This is because the infectious critters can be picked up on the fountain head where sometimes your fellow student may leave their calling card after they’ve used it. So what’s the solution?
Msnbc.com recommends that before taking a sip of water it is best to let the water run for a few seconds to get rid of any germs that may exist before having a sip.
You know that place you and best buds in your class like to dine at for lunch in school? Well, the cafeteria might be the best place where as you have that meal and chat with your friends that germs join you for lunch as well.
They wait for you at the lunch table for a few reasons. The first being if students sat there before you their germs are left behind which can happen from things such as coughing and sneezing.
It isn’t just human germs there’s also may be residue from the food that gets left behind if it’s not properly eaten. Any sort of food left behind can be invitation for all sorts of germs including bacteria according to msnbc.com
Be aware that a staple item that is used a lot during the school year that is a breeding ground for the trusted companions and that’s a backpack.
It may take a moment to realize but when you think about where your backpack goes it picks up new germs along the way according to msnbc.com
Another site lite987.com lists the following as also breeding grounds for the them include art supplies, sports equipment, school desks and bathroom doors. The others some may not realize is that things such as your lunch tray is also a major one as well.
The best solution when interacting with not only people but with these products is to always wash your hands with soap and water. It may help to carry hand sanitizer if you are a very germ conscious person.
Leaner Lunches: How to Make the Most of Your Midday Meal
By: Shaniqua Graves
The school year has finally made its way back around. To compliment your new classes and new clothes, why not try a new take on school lunch? While the cheesy goodness of pizza may be tempting, your body might appreciate a few healthier choices throughout this school year. Here are some tips to help save you cut calories while giving you the energy you’ll need to make this year your best yet.
Back-To-School Acne Tips
By: Envision Acne Center
School is starting and for many it means dealing with one of the most difficult skin condition: acne. Although you may not be able to completely eliminate it, proper skin care can help to prevent acne outbreaks. Here are 5 tips on how to prevent breakouts:
1, Don’t touch your face! You probably don’t even realize that you’re doing it. Siting at your desk and resting your face on your hand can cause breakouts. All the dirt, oil and bacteria that build up on your hands during the day will end up on your face and clog your pores. Make a conscious effort to keep your hands off your face and stop picking at your skin.
2, Change your pillowcase more often! During the night your skin will detoxify itself so all the toxins, oils and hair products can end up on your pillowcase. By changing your sheets and pillowcase once or twice a week will help keep your skin clear.
3, Wash your face twice every day: Use a facial cleanser for acne-prone skin and wash your face gently to avoid irritating your skin. Include your neck, back, shoulders and any other areas affected by acne. Don’t wash too often, as excessive rubbing can over dry your skin and make your acne worse.
4, Don’t cram for exams: Study a little every day to avoid stressing out before your test. Stress is one of the biggest contributors for acne. Make sure to take some time for yourself every day to relax.
5, Eat nutritious foods: Eat a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, but use sugar, fried foods, dairy and highly-processed foods in moderation. Drink plenty of water. At least 8 large glasses of water every day will keep your skin hydrated and will prevent dryness.
Braxton Family Values Season 4
On the all-new season of Braxton Family Values, the sisters are (finally) working on the family gospel record. But will commitment issues finally derail it before it even starts? Season 4 premieres Thursday, August 14th at 9pm on WeTV.
Back-To-School Fashion Ideas
Check out each picture for an item that will be cute for the first week of school!
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