New shows for homeless kids Cranston, Rhode Island (CNN) — At a young age, Nicholas Lowinger learned not to take things for granted.
He was 5 years old and visiting a homeless shelter with his mother, who works in various shelters across Rhode Island. He was excited for the opportunity to show off his new light-up sneakers to the rest of the kids. But his mom cautioned him against doing so, explaining that these children might not have such luxuries.
Sure enough, when Nicholas met kids at the shelter, he quickly realized that they were living in circumstances that were very different from his own.
“I saw other kids my age who looked just like me. The only difference was, they were wearing old, tattered shoes that were falling apart. Some didn’t have a pair of shoes to call their own,” said Nicholas, now 15. “I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in a family that is able to provide me with whatever I need. A lot of kids here in the U.S. don’t have the same opportunities.”
There were 1.6 million homeless children across the United States in 2010, according to a report from the National Center on Family Homelessness (PDF). With no permanent place to live, many stay on the streets or in shelters, motels, cars and abandoned buildings.
“Homeless children, they shouldn’t have to worry about how they’ll be accepted or how they’ll fit in,” Nicholas said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to play sports or go to school because they don’t have a pair of shoes.”
That first shelter visit left a strong impression on Nicholas, who started donating all the shoes he’d outgrown to local shelters. But he quickly realized that his donations, while well-intentioned, weren’t that helpful.
“It bothered me that I only had used shoes to give to them instead of new shoes that fit right,” he said. “No two people’s feet are identical, and if you are wearing someone else’s worn shoes, your feet aren’t going to be very comfortable.”
So in 2010, at the age of 12, Nicholas started a program that donates new shoes to homeless children.
At first, his efforts were part of a community service project leading up to his bar mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. But he wanted to ensure that the work would continue after the ceremony.
“I didn’t want to make one donation and stop there,” he said. “I wanted it to be something I could do for the rest of my life.” With the help of his parents, he then started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation. Since 2010, the organization has donated new footwear to more than 10,000 homeless children in 21 states.

New shows for homeless kids
Cranston, Rhode Island (CNN) — At a young age, Nicholas Lowinger learned not to take things for granted.
He was 5 years old and visiting a homeless shelter with his mother, who works in various shelters across Rhode Island. He was excited for the opportunity to show off his new light-up sneakers to the rest of the kids. But his mom cautioned him against doing so, explaining that these children might not have such luxuries.
Sure enough, when Nicholas met kids at the shelter, he quickly realized that they were living in circumstances that were very different from his own.
“I saw other kids my age who looked just like me. The only difference was, they were wearing old, tattered shoes that were falling apart. Some didn’t have a pair of shoes to call their own,” said Nicholas, now 15. “I’ve been very fortunate to grow up in a family that is able to provide me with whatever I need. A lot of kids here in the U.S. don’t have the same opportunities.”
There were 1.6 million homeless children across the United States in 2010, according to a report from the National Center on Family Homelessness (PDF). With no permanent place to live, many stay on the streets or in shelters, motels, cars and abandoned buildings.
“Homeless children, they shouldn’t have to worry about how they’ll be accepted or how they’ll fit in,” Nicholas said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about not being able to play sports or go to school because they don’t have a pair of shoes.”
That first shelter visit left a strong impression on Nicholas, who started donating all the shoes he’d outgrown to local shelters. But he quickly realized that his donations, while well-intentioned, weren’t that helpful.
“It bothered me that I only had used shoes to give to them instead of new shoes that fit right,” he said. “No two people’s feet are identical, and if you are wearing someone else’s worn shoes, your feet aren’t going to be very comfortable.”
So in 2010, at the age of 12, Nicholas started a program that donates new shoes to homeless children.
At first, his efforts were part of a community service project leading up to his bar mitzvah, a Jewish coming-of-age ceremony. But he wanted to ensure that the work would continue after the ceremony.
“I didn’t want to make one donation and stop there,” he said. “I wanted it to be something I could do for the rest of my life.” With the help of his parents, he then started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation. Since 2010, the organization has donated new footwear to more than 10,000 homeless children in 21 states.

Text analysis 1.) The Organization of the essay as a whole is good. That it is clearly organized in a way that every paragraph states an idea. The development of main ideas at the beginning it gives us a brief idea of what the essay is about. Then the secondary ideas come by in paragraphs. 2.) The relationship between the main ideas in the essay are connected. That in the introduction it the main idea is presented. The main idea is giving shoes to homeless kids. The main idea leads to other ideas. So the overall idea is giving shoes to homeless kids and then in the other paragraphs it says how Nicholas helped them and what he did. 3.) The argument is wether worn shoes are good or bad for children with no shoes. It does make sense it shows that Nicholas cares about the homeless children and thats why he’s helping them. It is credible because it’s from CNN which is a reliable news source. It’s valid because it tells us at the end that Nicholas and his parents formed a foundation to help the homeless children and its website is actually found in the article which makes it convincing. 4.) This article is reliable because it is from CNN news, it was written on September 26,2013 and it provides us with the website of the Gotta Have Sole Foundation. This article is more reliable than an article that has been written by a 16 years old because 16 year olds are inexperienced and their articles might not be valid and credible. On the other hand, this article is credible and valid because it was written by a person older than 16 yea old and most importantly it was published by CNN news which is one of the most reliable sources for news in the world today. Ayesha and Ibtisam-10B

Text analysis

1.) The Organization of the essay as a whole is good. That it is clearly organized in a way that every paragraph states an idea. The development of main ideas at the beginning it gives us a brief idea of what the essay is about. Then the secondary ideas come by in paragraphs.

2.) The relationship between the main ideas in the essay are connected. That in the introduction it the main idea is presented. The main idea is giving shoes to homeless kids. The main idea leads to other ideas. So the overall idea is giving shoes to homeless kids and then in the other paragraphs it says how Nicholas helped them and what he did.

3.) The argument is wether worn shoes are good or bad for children with no shoes. It does make sense it shows that Nicholas cares about the homeless children and thats why he’s helping them. It is credible because it’s from CNN which is a reliable news source. It’s valid because it tells us at the end that Nicholas and his parents formed a foundation to help the homeless children and its website is actually found in the article which makes it convincing.

4.) This article is reliable because it is from CNN news, it was written on September 26,2013 and it provides us with the website of the Gotta Have Sole Foundation. This article is more reliable than an article that has been written by a 16 years old because 16 year olds are inexperienced and their articles might not be valid and credible. On the other hand, this article is credible and valid because it was written by a person older than 16 yea old and most importantly it was published by CNN news which is one of the most reliable sources for news in the world today.
Ayesha and Ibtisam-10B

Analysis The structure is clearly organized by having the title at the top of the page and the rest of the article in a clear format with paragraphs. This helps us understand the information clearly to not have us confused about the main idea. First, a brief description of Desmond is given and then it is further enhanced by describing who Desmond was and what he did. As I mentioned, the first information given talks about Desmond and his achievements in life and this is effective in a way that it gives us an overview of what the article is about. The order of information and ideas is chronologically ordered and this helps us tell the main ideas and the details and helps us get a definite understanding of who Desmond Tutu really was, how he was a human rights activist, and what awards he received for being this great South African role model.

Analysis

The structure is clearly organized by having the title at the top of the page and the rest of the article in a clear format with paragraphs. This helps us understand the information clearly to not have us confused about the main idea. First, a brief description of Desmond is given and then it is further enhanced by describing who Desmond was and what he did. As I mentioned, the first information given talks about Desmond and his achievements in life and this is effective in a way that it gives us an overview of what the article is about. The order of information and ideas is chronologically ordered and this helps us tell the main ideas and the details and helps us get a definite understanding of who Desmond Tutu really was, how he was a human rights activist, and what awards he received for being this great South African role model.

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First book ever printed in US sold at auction for $14M, breaking records
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Who says print is dead?
A pamphlet of psalms believed to be the very first book ever printed in what is now the continental United States set an auction record for a printed book Tuesday — fetching $14,165,000 at Sotheby’s, the auction house told NBC News. 
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Volcano ashes — In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 photo, Mount Sinabung spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Ujung, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status for one of the country’s most active volcanoes to the highest level Sunday after the mountain repeatedly sent hot clouds of gas down its slope following a series of eruptions in recent days. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Possible journal prompts - favorite book and why - thoughts on the world in the future - cool places you’ve been to or cool things you’ve done - a favorite thing or hobby you always enjoy doing

Possible journal prompts

- favorite book and why
- thoughts on the world in the future
- cool places you’ve been to or cool things you’ve done
- a favorite thing or hobby you always enjoy doing

One human right I believe is significant is freedom of speech, because it affects many different human rights. When people have the freedom to say whatever they believe in, then they’ll have the chance to speak out for their religion, race, and ideas and live by them. Once someone is deprived from this human right, they’ll be too scared to say or think in their own way, and they’ll just do what other people tell them to do. Fortunately, all of us today have this right, but we take it for granted, not knowing that the many people around the world who don’t have it are suffering in many dreadful ways. So we should always take advantage of this right and clarify our ideas and beliefs to everyone as much as we can.

One human right I believe is significant is freedom of speech, because it affects many different human rights. When people have the freedom to say whatever they believe in, then they’ll have the chance to speak out for their religion, race, and ideas and live by them. Once someone is deprived from this human right, they’ll be too scared to say or think in their own way, and they’ll just do what other people tell them to do. Fortunately, all of us today have this right, but we take it for granted, not knowing that the many people around the world who don’t have it are suffering in many dreadful ways. So we should always take advantage of this right and clarify our ideas and beliefs to everyone as much as we can.

Journal Prompt November 20th My passion is reading, and I love to read all different kinds of genres, which include books, newspapers, and many different things. Reading strengthens your writing, vocabulary, and introduces you to new ideas all around the world. That’s why I try to read in the two languages that I know how to speak, which are Arabic and English. Even though I’m really weak in writing Arabic, I still strive to read and get more information. I think it’s important for everyone to have a passion, so they can have something to do in their free time, or so they can expand more in the field of their passion and change the world. Everyone can do this even if it’s by the smallest passion that they don’t really think can affect anyone but it will , so we have to keep trying to increase our passions and never stop for even 1 minute to think about our passion. My biggest role models are my mom and dad, because from them, I learned everything in this life. I really respect them because they both went at a very young age to the US and they both knew little English, but they tried and studied as much as they can, and they really did succeed. Today, my dad is a doctor and my mom’s a pharmacist, and that all returns to God’s help of course and their determination to achieve their goals even if they looked impossible. So I hope I can turn out as successful as they did and I hope I do.

Journal Prompt November 20th

My passion is reading, and I love to read all different kinds of genres, which include books, newspapers, and many different things. Reading strengthens your writing, vocabulary, and introduces you to new ideas all around the world. That’s why I try to read in the two languages that I know how to speak, which are Arabic and English. Even though I’m really weak in writing Arabic, I still strive to read and get more information. I think it’s important for everyone to have a passion, so they can have something to do in their free time, or so they can expand more in the field of their passion and change the world. Everyone can do this even if it’s by the smallest passion that they don’t really think can affect anyone but it will , so we have to keep trying to increase our passions and never stop for even 1 minute to think about our passion. My biggest role models are my mom and dad, because from them, I learned everything in this life. I really respect them because they both went at a very young age to the US and they both knew little English, but they tried and studied as much as they can, and they really did succeed. Today, my dad is a doctor and my mom’s a pharmacist, and that all returns to God’s help of course and their determination to achieve their goals even if they looked impossible. So I hope I can turn out as successful as they did and I hope I do.

We really do need justice in the world, because if we had justice we would have everything we need. For example, everyone would be living in peace and equality and no one would be poor or hungry anymore. Although charity helps the people who are in need, but it only helps them for a temporary time, but justice is the real change. Justice would truly transform the world into a better one that we would all want to live in, and no one would have to face any more inequalities or injustice acts.