“If you’re not ruffling someone’s feathers you’re not doing your job right”

It’s pretty sad, the uproar caused by someone simply stating her opinion that the girls deserve the same praise as the boys. In our community,  boys sports have much more support than girls sports. It is important to attend and support all genders, all sports and all activities in a small community such as ours.

An example of the inequity exists in the main gym. The wall is decorated with boys jerseys and banners, yet there is only one girls jersey displayed. If someone did not attend the school they might not even realize there are girls teams. There are senior banners for the boys hanging on the gym wall, but none of the girls’ basketball seniors or the lone cheer senior. After asking around, it was discovered that the girls coaches did not know this was an option.

The guest column posted two weeks ago drew attention to the unequal amount of support. All teams and activities should be supported and celebrated from all members of the community, so how do we do better?

It is the responsibility of the community and students to make sure that all groups are supported equally. People should try to make a better effort to attend games, concerts and plays while showing more school spirit in the process. Support and spirit for all groups will make all participants feel supported by their community.

 

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5 ways to give back during the holidays

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Collect food and donate it to food banks. It is best to collect food that does not spoil quickly. Canned food, peanut butter and oats are some of the best options. There are a surprising number of people who go hungry this time of year. Donating food can help them out. Most local churches take donations and give them to families in need.

Donate supplies to animal shelters. Shelters can always use extra supplies for the animals, a few good ideas of things to donate are blankets, food and toys. They sometimes have a wishlist of things they could use. Calling and asking what items they need is also another good option.

Gather clothes that have not been worn in a while and donate them. This time of year coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs are especially needed. The Salvation Army, Goodwill and many other places take clothes donations.

Donate toys to less fortunate children. As the holidays approach some families struggle to get their kids presents. Churches, schools and local children shelters all take donations. Donating toys can make a big difference in a child’s life.

During the holidays, some people struggle to make ends meet. When going to restaurants always leave an appropriate tip. Tips can really help someone out when they are struggling and tipping is the right thing to do.