On Saturday, March 24 the “March for Our Lives” campaign organized a march that was right here in Chattanooga. It was lead by two CCA students and the majority of the supporters were students or young adults. We have seen how school communities and the media, people of all generations can bring people together to share their condolences and grieve the loss of people who were too young to be taken away.
Something similar happened in our school two weeks ago. During a student-organized walk-out students were able to step outside of their classrooms for 17 minutes to respect and remember the lives of the innocent from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Though there is much controversy as to what people believe, there is something that all people can come to an agreement on: those students did not deserve to die. How are we able to stop another school shooting? That is a question officials still have yet to come together to find an answer.
Haylee Duncan, a student from East Hamilton participated in the march here at Chattanooga. “It was a pretty different experience. It was my first time going to a march, and I felt very safe.” Haylee enjoyed marching with everyone that shared the same thoughts about the situation as her. Even though Washington hosted the main event, this march was held across the country from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. Many famous people participated like Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Harry Styles.
“Students made GoFundMe campaign to support the rally they raised more than $1.7 million in three days on top of $2 million in private donations from Hollywood personalities including George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. The money was used for supplies for the March. After the March happened 42,000 people donated on Sunday (March for Our Lives foundation)."
The student activist promised there are more to come. They are planning to do another walk out on April 20th for the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting.
With all the shootings that are happening through our country it is vital to keep our school safe, to ensure that everyone has a good experience at school. But the safety of our school has to start with YOU…. if you see something, SAY SOMETHING!!!!!! Here are some things we can do as students to keep our school safe.
2. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING….. SAY SOMETHING
This is possibly the main problem in our schools today, if someone sees something, NO ONE wants to say anything. This is one of the main reasons why violence and dangerous things happen. If you see anything that may be out of the ordinary with any type of student, the only way for our school and authorities to know about it is if you say something. Here is are some examples of suspicious behaviour that should be reported:
Now, the next question comes up….. WE DON’T WANT TO BE A SNITCH!
First off, did you guys know that the word “snitch” started in prisons, when someone would tell on another prisoner, as it states in Corrections Zone The word “snitch” would somehow make its way around to other prisoners. Calling someone a snitch would “commonly be used to justify prisoners’ actions.”
As students being educated and soon going off to college, do we really want our generation to use a “prison term” as something in our vocabulary invented through the mouths of prisoners? I DON'T THINK SO. Just know that snitch is not a liable and credible word. In conclusion: Here are more things you can do as students to keep our school safe:
2. Listen to your intuition
It is good to look for the good in others, but people are capable of anything even if they may seem “nice”. Follow your instinct if you feel funny about something.
Our generation as a whole needs to step up and make a change, and the only way that can happen is with the help of you! If you say something, something will be done.
IF YOU HEAR SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!
The tragic shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th has impacted students nationwide. As most know, seventeen teenagers were shot and killed during an excruciating four minutes in which Nikolas Cruz open fired in the school halls, demonstrating the troubling reality of what can happen to any high school in the United States.
At East Hamilton, topics like this often go not discussed. The seriousness of the issue is prominent; we have had threats of our very own at this school, yet there is still a lack of discussion surrounding the severity of the situation. Teachers and students have been told to rely on the blue anchor that hangs limply on the walls for safety, convincing us all that the way to maintain the peace is to turn off the lights and lock the door. Students and teachers are left in the dark, both literally and figuratively.
There is no easy solution for the issue, but many people have ideas that could improve the state of the school, and the people that populate it.
An anonymous students declared that she believed that more adults in the building were necessary to maintain order. Others believed that arming teachers was the way to go about solving the issue.
The one thing that’s certain is that the only way to make a difference is to use our voices. If you have any suggestions, send them in to us at the East Hamilton Eye of the Storm.
Mainly when people think of President’s Day they usually think of it as another day off of school or work. There is much more depth in where this national holiday came from and how it can be celebrated. Originally President’s Day was meant to celebrate the birthday of the main leader and founder of our country, George Washington.
Over the years though, it has become a day to celebrate, remember, and appreciate all the president’s that we as Americans have had in our history. Whatever party you associate yourself with, this day brings together us fellow citizens to recognize the past of what our presidents accomplished as well as helped us achieve.
Some ways that we can celebrate President’s Day can be visiting your local library and doing research on some major events our past presidents were involved in, writing a letter to a past or the current president, or maybe even taking a trivia quiz online to test your knowledge of our U.S. presidents.
Who is your favorite president and how do you think you can celebrate President’s Day in your own way? We should give more credit to these incredible men who have helped our country grow and persevere while continuing to do so.
By Lillie Hardy
December 11th, 2017
East Hamilton students have recently become consumed by a whirlwind of stress, anticipation, and relief as the semester finally comes to a close. While frantically studying and completing study guides, many seem to be apathetic and indifferent towards those around them. Overwhelmed with midterms, semester grades, etc., students fail to take the time to appreciate the diversity of the multitude of students around them, and how this diversity is prominent during the winter months.
At East Hamilton, we have students and teachers practicing multiple religions, all of whom celebrate the holidays in multiple ways.
When asked about favorite holiday traditions pertaining to their religion, many people were willing to answer and explain what took place during the holiday season at their homes.
Taylor Tompkins laughed, exclaiming, “This is kind of dorky, but every year, we go outside at my grandmother’s house, and we shoot mistletoe out of the tree. We have a contest on who can get the biggest piece.” A practicing Christian, she went into detail at how she prides herself in her present wrapping abilities, and how decorating the Christmas tree is another holiday ritual that she thoroughly enjoys.
A geometry teacher at East Hamilton, Mrs. Patel practices Hinduism, and was eager to divulge her favorite holiday tradition: Makar Sankranti. “On January 14th, every year, people fly kites. They aren’t like normal kites- they’re square shaped. It takes place in multiple settings, and thousands participate.”
Judaism is also heavily practiced at EH. Rebecca Dzik elaborated on her favorite tradition, “I like the last night of Hanukkah, where all the candles [on the Menorah] are lit and it looks really pretty. I also like playing dreidel with my little cousins. I get chocolate coins after I play.”
At East Hamilton, we have a variety of people practicing a variety of religions every single day- more than what was featured in this article. As a community, we can all come to respect and admire those who practice traditions that differ from our own. It is important to gain different perspectives not only on the world, but also the community that we live in now. Let us all come together to celebrate this holiday season, and rejoice that the semester has finally ended! Happy Holidays to all!
By Lillie Hardy
November 13th, 2017
As Halloween has come to a close, the happy holidays are inevitably near: Thanksgiving plans are being made among relatives, Christmas songs are already on the radio, and the weather is slowly but surely changing into the brisk winter we’ve been expecting.
As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, the community is reminded annually to give thanks, not only for the things that we have, but for the people around us. It is a happy time of the year for many. However, with this happiness, we are reminded of those who are not as fortunate as we are.
Not everyone has a loving family, some don’t have many friends. Some aren’t able to have nice things, and unfortunately, some don’t even have food to eat.
East Hamilton is proudly running “Canesgiving,” an annual fundraiser that helps provide food for those in need, giving everyone the Thanksgiving meal they deserve. In the past, East Hamilton has assisted in feeding hundreds of families in need, all who were deeply appreciative of the East Hamilton student body and the community that allowed them to have food to eat.
It’s very easy to participate in Canesgiving- and why wouldn’t you? You’re helping people who are in need, and this is incentive in itself. However, this year, the first block that collects the most points wins a pizza party, courtesy of the school.
1 can = 1 point,
1 pack of Ramen = .5 point,
$1 = 1 point, and
$20 = 30 points.
All of the donations are collected and distributed to community members who need it the most.
When talking to the student body about this, many were excited, and had already participated in donating cans.
Taylor Tompkins brought up how generous the student body has been recently, “Our school has shown how much we’re willing to give with the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and I hope we can continue to give.”
As a community, we all need to be actively aware of this. We’ve been able to help so many families in the past, and the East Hamilton journalists hope that our school’s kindness and charity can continue to provide for those in need.
Please give all donations to your first block class by Friday, November 17th!
Hurricane Harvey left tragedies amongst many families in Texas. Their homes, belongings, job occupations, along with many schools were destroyed. The students of East Hamilton’s Leadership club recognized this disaster and decided to make an effort in impacting the victims’ lives.
Essie Mosley, a fellow cheerleader at East Hamilton, is a part of the Leadership team that helped create and organize the “Stuff-the Truck” event. ““Stuff-the-Truck” is basically this event that Leadership came up with to help the Hurricane Harvey victims. We teamed up with a school in Texas and asked the students of East Hamilton to donate different kinds of supplies for the Texas school such as food, paper towels, and other miscellaneous items.” said Mosley when interviewed about the ongoing affair.
When asked about what impact Essie Mosley thought “Stuff-the-Truck” would have on the students of East Hamilton as well as the people from Texas, she stated, “I feel like this is a great way for students of East Hamilton to come together as a community and do something good for a really bad thing that happened. Even though the effects of Hurricane Harvey were massive, I think that even the smallest donations could help. I am really proud to be in the Leadership club and I am more than happy to be playing a part now because of what they are trying to do for the people affected by this tragedy.”
I questioned Mosley asking if she enjoyed participating in Leadership and if she would advocate this club to other students trying to be involved. She replied with, “I love being a part of Leadership. I always wanted to do it before [I was a senior] but I never took the opportunity to join. I feel like I am getting a big sense of volunteer and community service work. This club makes me feel proud to have joined and I would definitely recommend this club to lower classmen. This club is a great way to be involved in your school, it builds leadership skills, and you are able to have an impact on doing good service for your community and others.”
It is Essie Mosley’s last year at East Hamilton, when the question was raised about what footprint she would like to make and what she would encourage her fellow students to do when she leaves her senior year, she announced, “Honestly, I just want to make sure that everyone knows to be true to themselves. I would encourage my classmates to be involved and try out for school clubs to have a good experience in your high school years. You need to stay positive and have fun in high school.” I think we can all take that advice from Mosley and contribute to the East Hamilton community, but also have fun while doing so.
Educational Humane Society Article Hello students of East Hamilton!! I’m Tina Astacio from Eye of the Storm Newspaper here to bring you the news on the Hurricane Harvey dogs and cats.
Though many people go out of state for the summer to beaches and different amusement parks there are plenty of activities that you can do here in Chattanooga. Many students this summer participated in events like Riverbend, Movies in the Park, and Concerts. Sarah Woodard went to riverbend this summer and she enjoyed making new friends. Sarah didn't really like how most of the line up was country music. Her favorite band was “ Here come the mummies” she liked their new age vibe. Nathan Lee also went to riverbend and he didn't like how overpriced the food was. He thought that riverbend needs more security. Nathan liked the technique of buying coins in order to buy food. Olivia Sheppard went to movies in the park in Downtown Chattanooga at the Coolidge Park. She loved the atmosphere while she was watching finding dory. Olivia disliked how small the screen was. “A free movie in the park is worth it to enjoy family time.” Says Olivia. Emma Mitchell went to the migos concert, but it was to crowded. The food was too expensive for her. She disliked how everyone was so close to each other she wanted her personal bubble. She loves the migos and her favorite one is “Take Off”. Though the experience was kinda bad she enjoys their music and still had a good time.
Welcome to the Community section of the East Hamilton newspaper. Here you will find articles on local events and outside of school activities.