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How Sustainable Farming Can Eliminate Hunger and Food Waste One Farm at a Time

40% of food is thrown out in the United States each year, equating nearly $165 billion dollars and enough food to feed 25 million people for an entire year (dosomething.org, 2016). And if this number does not seem daunting enough, nearly 1 in 5 children faces hunger and 1 in 6 adults faces hunger daily in the United States (dosomething.org, 2016).

The Prison Industrial Complex: Everyone's Problem

The prison system in the United States is extremely flawed and needs some serious adjusting. The function of a prison should be to both punish, and to rehabilitate, because punishment by prison time itself is not helping crime, or the number of incarcerated persons, in America. American Civil Liberties Union tells us that with only about 5% of the world’s population, we have over 20% of the world’s prison population (ACLU, prison-crisis). That sort of phenomenon does not happen over-night.

The Enormous Disparity of Funding in New York State Public Education

I will paint a perfect picture for all, such one that resembles a painting from Picasso or Van Gogh even, in which all public schools in New York State were properly and equally funded; giving all our youth from any background or economic level an equal chance to learn. To grow into an independent thinker and onto a life and career that is fullest to oneself. Unfortunately, this impeccable work of art, is only a work of art, and does not resemble the true New York State school system as a whole.

Campus Kitchens Project

Here is a photo of one of the volunteers putting some of the food we cooked back into the oven.

            Throughout this semester I have been volunteering at the Campus Kitchens, where I spend most of my time prepping and cooking food for the Unitarian Church in Canton, NY. Every week they serve a three-course meal, it starts with a nutritional salad, then it moves to the main course, which consists of some kind of carb and protein, and finally they serve some kind of dessert. It is important to educate people on proper nutrition, according to Benton published in 2004, on page 1, one and five children are obese in the United States.

School Funding Affects the Achievement Gap

My experience at Canton Central School has shown me the importance of volunteers working with students in low-income school systems. Canton Central School is a Title 1 school, which means that it has at least 40% of low-income students enrolled. Therefore, the school district is low-income and the government helps supply additional funding through the Title 1 Act to help support students learning opportunities. While the government’s Title 1 Act is a start to solving the issue of school funding there is still much more to be done.

 

Animal Protection

     Human companions, particularly the four legged and fuzzy ones, possess the uncanny ability to radiate infectious excitement wherever they go, and whatever they do. Bringing joy and laughter into the lives of the people fortunate enough to call them family, and many more lucky enough to grab the attention of these endlessly enthusiastic creatures. Pets have been an enormous part of my life through this point and I have no intention of changing that anytime soon.

Ending Animal Cruelty

Each year approximately 6.5 million companion animals are brought into shelters. Out of that, about 1.5 million cats and dogs are euthanized. The rest are returned to their owners or adopted by their forever families (“Pet Statistics”).  The issue at hand that I am addressing is animal abuse, in particular neglect and cruelty that leads to such high intake rates of companion animals in shelters.

The Issue of Standardized Testing and What YOU Can Do!

           Standardized testing is the issue that everyone has heard about but may not really understand. According to edglossary.org (2015) a standardized test is any test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions in the same format and is scored in a consistent manner. You might be wondering “Okay so everyone has the answer the same questions, what is the big deal?” Well buckle your seatbelts and listen up because I am going to discuss what the big deal is all about.

Enhancing the Humanities through Community Based Learning

This project team is currently conducting a semester-long workshop to engage more faculty in Community Based Learning (CBL) pedagogies in order to produce an even more sustainable CBL program with a broader curriculum. Its aim is to use the workshop to bring together faculty new to CBL, students who work in CBL (current Community Mentors), and current CBL faculty and staff with the end result of new, linked CBL courses and a commitment on the part of workshop attendees to teach them regularly.

Courses created in the workshop will be linked through their collective use of a new Community Engagement website “Engaging the North Country,” to be constructed in partnership with the Digital Initiatives group.

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