We Saved Lives, And What Did We Get?
The Beach Channel High School Leadership Class would like to thank you for the two photos of our blood drive that you published on Friday, March 21, 2008. However, we do have some concerns regarding the publicity The Wave gives to our students in comparison to other youths in the neighborhood.
On page 78 of the same issue, we noticed a full color page in recognition of a Purim Carnival that drew lots of people to the West End Temple. The carnival photos are nice, but so are our blood drive photos. We also drew a large crowd, as 100 registered for the event and 74 students were able to donate blood.
We would like to ask why our blood drive news was so small and secondary? After all, our gathering served the entire community and potentially saved hundreds of lives. You know, there is no substitute for human blood. WE SAVED LIVES.
In the past we have seen Beach Channel students on the cover of The Wave when they are involved in homicides, suicides or other criminal activity. Those students are the MINORITY at Beach Channel. We want people to know that the majority of BCHS students are good.
In the past month alone our leadership class organized many positive activities for the student body. We just collected and counted over $600 in pennies for "Pennies For Patients." We held a Voters Registration Drive. We collected eyeglasses and sunglasses for "New Eyes For The Needy." We held a Women's History Month celebration with an award winning author. We visited PS 114, an elementary school in Brooklyn where our Future Educators of America (FEAClub) assisted the children with writing skills. We also brought special feather pen gifts to those students.
Currently, we are collecting sneakers with our small learning communities for "Nike Reuse a Shoe Campaign," which is recycling soles of sneakers to make basketball courts around the country. We are building solar ovens for Earth Day that will be used outside to cook hot dogs and roast marshmallows using the sun's energy. We are planning a walk-athon for National Youth Service Day to benefit both a charity of our choice and our own senior scholarship fund. And we are planning again this year to both participate in/and volunteer at the Buckley's to Kennedy run sponsored by HeartShare in May.
These are just some of the activities we are working on this particular month. Looking back to the beginning of the year, we hosted Thanksgiving Day dinner for 150 senior citizens; we collected several hundred toys for holiday distribution to children in Rockaway; and we raised over $100 for "Save the Afghan Children." Our sewing club and other clubs are also community minded.
We need more positive press from our local newspaper. We want the community to know that there are lots and lots of really good students and staff members at BCHS that need to be recognized for the good things that they do. We believe that The Wave is of vital importance in helping us to spread the good word.