Looking For A Better Life

As many may know or don’t know, my dad is not from the US and he was born in Mexico City. He came to the US to look for a better life and to help my brother and I, he came with little to no money and almost didn’t make it across. When he crossed he came to Colorado and that’s when he met my mom, that’s when things started looking good and he had hope. Since my mom is from Colorado, she promised him she would help get him his documents to be able to be legal but that the process would be long. Growing up was very hard and I did not have it easy, I never really got the things I wanted and when I did it’s because my dad worked hard to get them for me. My dad worked everyday and long hours just to support us and get us the things we wanted, and I was always appreciative of my dad for this. Everyone in the family knows that he’s a dad girl because I am the only girl out of my 6 brothers, so me and my dad had a very close bond. He worked everyday to be able to have my quince and the day of my quince he was so emotional and it just made me happy to think that my parents made everything possible for me to have it. My dad is a very hardworking man and it sucks to see that with everything going on in the world with racism and how my dad and the Latin community get looked at as “bad people” when in reality all they want is a better life. I remind my family that we are not bad people and we pray everyday that things get better because that’s all we can do. This process has not been easy but very stressful and I am very glad that we have came this far. To any other families out there that have been through the same thing, I just want to say it’s not easy but you will get through it.


Many countries have different traditions and reasons for Thanksgiving. Some may be similar and some very different. The US thanksgiving traditions are having a turkey, cranberry sauce, mash potatoes gravy and so much more for dinner and dessert. Some families have a tradition of cracking a wishbone, which is the neck between the neck and chest of the bird. Whoever gets the bigger piece they make a wish. Usually, there’s a football game and the families that like football will watch with friends and family. Some families will watch holiday movies all day and spend time with their family and friends. America’s reason behind thanksgiving is a day to celebrate and being thankful for the year and harvest they could bring in. Some countries celebrate thanksgiving but not quite like the US. Some don’t celebrate on the same day either. Grenada, a country in the Caribbean, celebrates thanksgiving on October 25th because that’s when the American soldiers rescued them from a communist takeover. Even though the native people were confused about the idea of thanksgiving they saw it as a day their people were free. When the soldiers told them about thanksgiving they saw it as a way they could re-pay the soldiers for helping them and since they would miss it at their homes they thought they could give it to the soldiers as a way to pay their debt in away. So, some people see turkey day as eating a lot of food and being with family and friends. But some see it as a day of being set free and celebrating life.


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Thanksgiving in Grenada | The American Legion
Thanksgiving 2020 - Tradition, Origins & Meaning - HISTORY
Grenada Thanksgiving | Laluna Boutique Beach Hotels and Villas

Nephrotic syndrome

Nephrotic Syndrome, what is that you may ask. That might have never even came to mind and I understand why, 1 in 3,000,000 get this chronological disease. But now to explain what this is, Nephrotic syndrome all starts with a tiny cell in your blood called C3NF when it activates your immune system. It may not sound bad but once the immune system is activated it starts attacking someone thing and that something is your kidneys. The immune system uncontrollably starts going at it with your kidneys causing damage making them release liquid into your body causing you to swell up. And if not checked out your kidneys could have permanent damage, this could lead to kidney failure and sometimes death. You may ask why is he talking about this, because I’ve been battling with this disease since March of 2020.  

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It’s been scary, frustrating, depressing, and anxious. Every time I went to the doctor it was like I went to get bad news it got worse and worse. In June of 2020 it got to a point where I gained 40 pounds in nothing but liquid. You couldn’t even recognize my face. The only thing that could help were steroids and not even that helped me out. Last check up I had in September 23, 2020 was when my mother got one of the hardest pills to swallow. The doctor said nothing was working and we would have to make the decision of picking this medication that would have a 50% chance it works or a 50% it doesn’t and I get meningitis. If you’re asking what that it, it is the start of your brain getting swollen which in a lot of cases leads to death. Next check up is November 23, 2020, 5 days before my birthday, and depending on how labs go, we either chose that med or we don’t.

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How you can help your community!!

By: Bailee Melo 11/1/20

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There are many, many ways to indulge in making your community better. Whether that’s something really big or something really small. There are many ways for both, like starting a fundraiser for the school or your church or simpler things like picking up trash or cleaning up a building. One idea for community service is to show veterans you care. And if you don’t know what that is, well it is a smaller form of care and positivity. For example, students can make cards that are thanking them or just simply showing them love, especially for the holidays and then they are mailed to them! Or another way is having a car wash. It might be cliché, but trust me they are super fun and they help a lot. They make your super clean.

Or if none if these ideas fancy you, you can always talk Mr. Stapleton in room 905 or email him at bstapleton@hsd2.org to discuss the Community Service Club. This club helps with your community service hours or if you just want to do it for fun. You do things like clean up the trash around the school, or clean inside the school, or many more things like so. It is very worth it to try it out.

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I promise you helping your community improve is so worth it, whether that’s outside or inside! It also improves the community’s positivity and attitude. It makes the people inside the community feel more comfortable and clean. It also helps you!! Whether that’s outside of your house, or at your school, or even on your resume…etc. I believe you will feel so much better not only about your surroundings, but also about yourself. Try it out!

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