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When most people hear the word "hurricane" they connect the word "loss" to it. Recently, when people hear the word Katrina, they connect it with total devastation. As with so many others in my home city of New Orleans, I did experience many losses. My home was flooded, forcing my family to evacuate for several weeks. My great-grandmother passed away during the hurricane as well. Despite such negative things, I think that when I recall the hurricane years from now, I will remember the positive things I gained from the hurricane experience, rather than all the negatives.

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Students at Runkle School have been participating in the Postcards for Peace project with GenerationPulse.org.  Here's what their Vice Principal had to say about their involvement in the project:

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After receiving monetary compensation for prosecuting her attackers, Mukhtar Mai used the funds to start a school for girls and young women and then enrolled herself! Learn more about how you can contribute to the Mukhtar Mai School for Girls in Pakistan.

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By Rebecca Z., Age 21

It was always assumed that I would go to college. I grew up in a community where most kids go to college. I remember being in middle school and someone telling me “this is when it starts to count” – that colleges would care what I did in middle school. Just to clarify, no one ever sees your middle school transcripts or talks to those teachers.

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During the summer of 2008 I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda. While there I had the opportunity to teach English to primary school students. The students tried to teach me French and Kinyarwanda in return. Here we are about to sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" in English and French!

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By Aimee, Age 16

Journal Entry #1 First Day at a New School

Dear Me, Life has changed...completely. I had my first day at Robinson today and all I can say is that it is completely opposite from Ursuline. I guess the most obvious difference would be that there are about 4000 more kids!! (not an exaggeration).

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