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Kidsday: School fund-raising ideas

School fundraisers are great ways to raise money for a cause while getting kids involved. There are hundreds of different activities to do which encourage students to help others, while having fun. At South Woods Middle School in Syosset, one of our many fundraisers involved students creating origami cranes, which were sold for $2 each. The money helped support people in Japan who were recovering from the earthquake. The cranes the students bought were hung up on a bulletin board near the school entrance, each inscribed with the name of the person who bought the origami.

Another fundraiser event was Dancing with the Faculty. A group of teachers and faculty members performed dances in front of students and parents. The money we earned went to charity. Dancing with the Faculty was a blast for students, parents, and teachers. There were judges and funny costumes. We even got to vote for which dance we liked the best.

Here are a few fund-raising ideas:

1) Sell reusable, environmentally friendly water bottles to encourage students to go green.

2) Sell bookmarks with fun designs to encourage students to read.

3) Put on a school play and donate ticket money to charity.

4) Have a bake sale.

5) Collect food.


Video game reviews: New Super Mario

Do you like video games? Well I do. One of my favorite video games is New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)! It's the most addictive game you'll find out there. You pick one of the four characters (Luigi, Mario, Yellow Toad, Blue Toad) and you go through eight different worlds. In the end you have to save Peach and beat Bowser and all his minions. And your buddies can help you. You can play with up to four players! Oh, and watch out for those mushrooms.

RATING: 5 of 5

--Kidsday Reporter Emily O'Connor


Portal 2

I played the video game Portal 2 (Valve). It is a very entertaining game that features a thrilling story in which the player, Chell, is trapped in a lab when all the other scientists have been killed by their main computer, GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) and now must get to GLaDOS and shut her down. Chell must go through a series of tests that require brain power and strategy. Any person who enjoys playing video games would love this game. I give it the highest rating.

RATING: 5 of 5

--Kidsday Reporter Kristen Corless

CLASS OF THE WEEK Claire deBruin's students, LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Syosset

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