Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Class that Loved Each Other by Gracie Eddins

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So here I am. Second semester senior year, and I am about to leave all of the friends I have spent the last 13 years of my life with. We have presented our theses, registered for move-in days to our new homes in the fall, and cried at our last home basketball and soccer games. We all have a foot in two different places. As we try to balance soaking in
every last happy memory of high school and prepare to start a completely new chapter in just a couple of months. This transition is scary, sad, happy, and exciting all at the same time, but everyone that goes to college has experienced it. It is interesting because everyone has gone through it, but no one can tell you how it actually feels until you get here.

High School really does go by so incredibly quickly. So the question we are all asking is what impact have we left on our school? I hope our school will remember our unity. I hope they will look back and say that we were the grade that truly loved and supported each other. I think our class picture is a testament to this. It is simply joyful, and it’s all these small moments like this that make me truly thankful to be a part of a group of students that accept, support, and love each other. Here we go!

Newspaper 3rd quarter

 

Racial Reconciliation by John Richardson

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The Birmingham area was once plagued with racism, and the city made horrible headlines throughout the nation. The actions of the people of Birmingham were judged by millions, and things began to change. The long process of reconciliation began. This word has been used for over fifty years throughout the city. But what does it mean?

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by Restoration Academy. The forum was about how the city’s youth could come together and bridge the divide by finding the common ground of Christianity. They gave us many opportunities to sit down and talk with people from a different “bubble.” I had lunch with a couple of guys from Restoration Academy and learned about what their average day looked like. We joked around for a bit about food, jobs, and others such things; then the conversation changed. I started to ask them their opinions on many of the political issues that face America today. It was amazing to learn a whole new perspective on some of the issues I thought were one-sided. Even when we disagreed, the whole table gained understanding of each other and was able to find common ground.

We concluded that the way to reconcile and bridge the political divide was very simple at its core. One must only talk to and learn about a person to figure out why they hold the ideas they do. It is upon learning about someone that people can then find the similarities and work from there. If this simple tactic was applied to many of the issues that plague our country, then I have confidence that America would benefit as a whole. I was able to make some new friends and understand them better by just spending forty minutes talking to them.

 

Hopeless and Close to Home by Rachel Faulk

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Every time I travel downtown, I am sure to encounter at least one disheveled person standing on the side of the road, holding up a cardboard sign asking for help.

“No money. Have a family.”

“No home. Need food.”

Shabbily-dressed figures trod sidewalks, huddle in cardboard shelters under overpasses, and clutch signs on street corners. Many people do not even give them a second glance.

There are well over 1,500 homeless people in the city of Birmingham—men, women, and children, white and black, young and old alike. Although some attribute this problem to a lack of affordable housing in the city, most of these are on the streets because they could not keep a job, whether due to mental illness or addiction, and ended up with no means to provide for themselves.

Thankfully, this problem has not gone wholly ignored. Numerous shelters and ministries have risen up across Birmingham to aid the destitute. Examples include the Foundry, the Jimmie Hale Mission, the Lovelady Center, Brother Bryan Mission, and Urban Purpose. Yet despite so many opportunities for restoration, there are still over a thousand homeless in Birmingham.

Nevertheless, we can all contribute to eliminating the problem of homelessness by donating money or time to these ministries. Some may prefer to help by giving financially to these ministries, most of whom are non-profit and run on donations. For others, there are volunteer opportunities that allow volunteers to come face to face with these people and hear their stories. We can even help simply by talking about the issue and not pretending that the people we see on the side of the road are invisible. If the community is willing to step up and give of our time and resources, then in time the problem of homelessness can be abated.