Make a Difference: Water Aid

Did you know?
  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population. 
  • 2.6 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation. This is almost two fifths of the world's population. 
  • 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds. [source: wateraidamerica.org]

WaterAid is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping communities gain access to safe, clean water, and we're raising money to help the cause! If you want to earn some community service hours by helping plan and organize a fundraiser that will bring sanitary water to a community in need, then join us tomorrow, Wednesday July 14, from 6-8 PM in the craft room.

You can learn more about WaterAid America at their website, http://www.wateraidamerica.org.


Six-Word Memoirs!

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

From your brains to our blog -- here's a selection of the six-word memoirs that Cherry Hill middle schoolers wrote at our school visits!

I followed my MIND, I got grounded.

Life: It's funny because it's true.

I'm trying to do something AMAZING!

Be courageous and take many risks.

I like to sleep whenever, wherever.

I am secretly a super ninja.

No matter what, I'm something major.

Shattered expectations, didn't pick them up.

No Mom, I won't practice violin! 

Never give up, keep moving forward.

I'm not what people see me as.

My life is a total comedy.

Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, believe.

Staff Pick

The White Cat by Holly Black

Imagine a world where people have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, with just a touch of their hands. That’s the world Cassel Sharpe lives in.  Cassel is the youngest in a family of curse workers but he has no such abilities. Unable to fit in with his family of magical criminals, Cassel’s worked hard to build a normal life for himself. Well, as normal as he can, considering he killed his crush, Lila when he was fourteen.  But that was years ago, his family covered it up, and now Cassel is almost ordinary.  But then a sleepwalking incident gets Cassel kicked out of his boarding school and he has nowhere to go but home.  There, he starts to believe someone is stealing his memories. But how do you solve a mystery when you can’t remember what it is?

This thriller has both mobsters and magic; you won’t want to miss it!
Reviewed by: Alia