February 17, 2006 students and staff
went on a tour of the underground
railroad in Burlington City and
visited four different historical
sites including Burlington Island
which records show had slaves present
on the island as early as 1664.
We had lunch and continued on, ending
our trip at Timbuctoo. This was
an old settlement that still contains
the graves of blacks that fought
in the Civil War. It was a very
interesting and knowledgeable trip
and I learned a lot that day.
year for Black History Month,
I enjoyed learning about Jackie
Robinson because he was a
brave black man who broke
the color barrier in Major
League Baseball. He came from
the Negro Leagues to the Major
Leagues even though he had
to put up with the ignorance
and prejudice of others.
month our studies and research
centered on the era of time
called the Harlem Renaissance.
We visited the local library
on several occasions, studying
musicians, artists, poets,
writers and activists that
made a mark during these years.
We read poetry, listened to
music and viewed videos, as
well as studied portraits
by famous artists. For our
program's Black History Month
celebration, each of us presented
an oral report and visual
display. This project was
a worthwhile learning experience
was Friday and I thought that it
would be like any other, but I was
surprisingly mistaken. A group of
clients from Camden Day when across
the street to Cooper Hospital's
Trauma Unit. I had never been to
a trauma unit. I was a little hesitant
at first but as we proceeded I loosened
up and actually learned something.
Going to the trauma unit opened
up my eyes to what was going on
around me and motivated me to live
right and safe.
we were on the tour, we were shown
pictures of different types of accident
victims and other things the trauma
team had witnessed. We learned about
things that you can do to prevent
you from ending up in there. Things
like drinking and driving, selling
drugs and something as simple as
wearing your seatbelt. The trauma
technician also told us that many
people do not do anything wrong,
they're just in the wrong place
as the wrong time. We learned that
in a split second a life can dramatically
change. In the course of the time
we were there, it happened to three
day, we realized that we should
be grateful for what we have now,
and take advantage of what's good
in our lives.
have a busy day everyday. If it
isn't one thing its another. An
example of a busy day is Monday.
I have three things I must do. I
must go to Hudson day from 7:20
to about 3:30, then to Giant Steps
from 4:00 to 5:00. Finally I go
to football practice from 5:30 to
7:30. Every other day I just go
to the Hudson Day and football practice.
when I have the time, I sit down
and wonder what keeps me going.
I can't come up with an answer because
I look at everything I do and I'm
amazed that I just don't pass out.
I anything keeps me going it's the
idea of me finally getting out of
the program, my love for football
and how bad I want to just go back
to school and live my life.
have learned a lot from this experience.
That just one night or one thing
you do has an impact on every aspect
of your life.