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Monday, October 31, 2011

7 Billion and counting

Forcasters at the United Nations say that today the world's population has surpassed 7 billion people. Cause for celebration or concern?
"Our world is one of terrible contradictions," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "Plenty of food but one billion people go hungry. Lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others."
Will we be able to feed, house, educate and provide clean water and a decent life for all children around the world? Check out CBC's Offbeat math: Sizing up a world of 7 billion people to see some interesting facts and figures.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kootenay Literary Competition 2011

Calling all writers to enter the 2011 Kootenay Youth Creative Writing Competition.  If you're in Grades 7 - 12, and live in the Kootenay region of British Columbia  write an original work of 2,500 words or less that has not been accepted, published or submitted elsewhere for consideration.  That work should fall into one of the following literary categories:
    • Short Fiction
    • Creative Non-Fiction
    • Poetry – Sequence of Poems or Linked Poems
What you have to include:
    Grades 7-9:  Your written work MUST include the words “tricks” “seventeen cents” and “sweet”.  It doesn’t matter what order they appear in, but all the words must appear somewhere in your written work.
    Grades 10-12:  Your written work MUST begin with the phrase “It wasn’t that I meant for it to happen”.
    For all contest details go to KLC 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Let's Feed Somalia

Across Somalia, more than 3.7 million people – more than half the entire population – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. In some areas in the south, nearly half the population is malnourished. These areas have the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Across the three worst-affected countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, more than 11 million people need immediate food assistance.(
The students in Ms. Waage's Biology 12 class have researched a variety of flours/grains that would be most beneficial to send as food aide to Somalia. To see all student projects go to