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THE WHISPER OF A DREAM: What the American Dream means to parents, students and teachers

THE WHISPER OF A DREAM: What the American Dream means to parents, students and teachers

Daniel Lin

October 2, 2016

America's roots are deeply engrained in the immigrants that arrived there. From the Pilgrims' first landing in the 17th century to the plight of the Irish peoples in the mid-19th century, the movement of foreigners to the United States plays an invaluable role in American identity. Today, the spirit...

Going the Distance: Map to local charities around the bay area

Going the Distance: Map to local charities around the bay area

Renee Pu

December 12, 2015

Co-authored by Hannan Waliullah.

Selfish or Selfless: Motivations behind charitable acts

Selfish or Selfless: Motivations behind charitable acts

Trisha Kholiya

December 12, 2015

Co-written by Mingjie Zhong. IF YOU WERE TO WALK IN THROUGH THE DOUBLE DOORS at El Camino Hospital on Grant Road in Mountain View, you would likely come across a broad wooden desk and marble countertop, behind which a wooden backdrop encases the silver letters: INFORMATION. Behind this wooden desk sits...

Give and Take

Give and Take

Trisha Kholiya

December 12, 2015

There are so many forms of charity that it is hard to keep track of them all: volunteer work, monetary donations, gifting packages of food and clothing. It is even harder to keep track of some of our reasons for these actions, as high school students: why do we do charity work — is it truly to help ...

Dear Santa: Letters from the Post Office

Dear Santa: Letters from the Post Office

Alina Abidi

December 12, 2015

Dear SantaIn 1912, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock noticed hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to one person: Santa Claus. Local postmasters weren't sure what to do with the "North Pole" letters, so Hitchcock authorized them to develop a program where volunteers could respond to the letters.... ...

Good will: Donated objects and anecdotes

Good will: Donated objects and anecdotes

Emma Lam

December 12, 2015

Co-written by Elizabeth Han One donation travels through a series of people —lettuce cut by one hand to help is gobbled up by another mouth. Inside a room full of children, a toaster that once belonged to a stranger is now ready for a feast. Each tells a unique story, full of different sentim...

At your service: Students share their experiences volunteering

At your service: Students share their experiences volunteering

Sanjana Murthy

December 12, 2015

Returning the favor aving practically grown up in a church and guided by her mother’s various traditions, religion was and still is very important to Junior Flora Dong. “My mom introduced me to it kind of forcefully, but now it’s become a part of my life and I’ve grown to love it,” Dong...