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The Black Monkey by Christian Smith

The tale begins with a long tradition of burying a stuffed monkey on Halloween to ward off evil. It’s a tradition that’s gone on for a hundred years, but it has become just an excuse for the younger folks in the town of Bakersfield to let off steam and drink. 573 more words

Book Review

Little Brother*

2015 Walk Award
By Jessica Lann (10th grade)

Little Brother

Little Brother
You tap dance loudly on our wood floor
Wishing you were Fred Astaire… 100 more words


Warped Christianity

Sociologist Christian Smith introduced the phrase Moralistic Therapeutic Deism in his book Soul Searching:The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.  Smith, and his colleagues, assert that, from their research, this would be a fitting description of the spirituality of the typical American teenager – a spirituality they gained from watching and listening to their Baby Boomer parents. 170 more words

American Christianity


2015 Walk Award
By Claire Stodola (3rd grade)

Fresh sweet air, green grass
Sheep dogs running on ancient land
Fairy trees call me
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Four Squares*

2015 Merit Award
By Owen Davis-Bower

Four Squares

Racing through the cool dark forest
Four grey wolves take chase.

Four squares are all I need… 54 more words


Does Giving Really Make Us Happy?

Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’. Whether it’s raising money for charity, giving change to the homeless man on the street corner or even surprising your other half with flowers, many of us give on a regular basis but why do we do this? 451 more words