Zoë Broderick, 9
Many studies have shown that retention rates go down dramatically during the summer, but with nine months of the school year to learn, is it really that bad to give kids a continuous break? If our school were to switch to a year round academic plan, it would completely throw off the culture of American students.
The teenage brain is accustomed to nine months of school and three months of summer. Changing that after years of it being ingrained as a cornerstone of American schools would throw off academic rhythm. The students agree too. According to an online poll, 70% of students say that they would prefer to stay with the current school schedule of eight months of school, three months off. They say the cons of year round school greatly outweigh the pros. Students want summer for a mental break, a time where they can just be themselves, and school should not get in the way of that.
Fallon Parrish, 9
Hurricane Florence was a monstrous storm that hit North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Bermuda, Cape Verde, West Africa, Atlantic Canada, and Eastern United States. The storms lasted from August 31 to September 19, 2018.
t began as a tropical storm over the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, and made landfall as a Category 1 storm in the on September 14 over Wrightsville Beach, North Caroline. The highest the wind speed got up to was 140 mph, or 220 km/h. Florence is the sixth-costliest Hurricane to date, with more than $38 billion in damage. The death toll was 36, with 26 in North Carolina, eight in South Carolina, and two in Virginia.