As a small group in our AP language class we are trying to renovate our Onsted Village Park. We plan to update the look and clean up some of the unwanted litter and safety hazards. We have been working on this project for three weeks now and are steadily making progress. We started conversation with what each one of us, out of five on our team, wanted to improve in the park. After coming to an agreement we found contacts that have already been involved in the process of fundraising for the parks updates.
At this point in our discussion we have contacted Officer Paterson and the Fire Department about any juvenile acts or reported incidents. Also, we have tried contacting Dean Gassert who is head of a fundraiser in his daughters name, she was a graduate from Onsted who passed away very soon after high school. Lastly, our principal for any known information he has related to our topic.
A group member has also created a survey that will eventually be sent out to different age groups in our school. This survey will provide information to us about whether or not others see the park as an issue to the community.
One thing that has been frequently crossing my mind lately is the crying of rape. I need 2012, 24% of girls ages 12-14 were sexually abused. Also, girls younger than the age of nine had a higher percent of 34% sexually abused. 1.8 million American adolescents were sexual assault victims in the year of 2012(NSOPW). Rape and sexual abuse is a serious thing and nobody deserves to be hurt in this way.
In order to have the mindset that sexual assault or abuse is okay in ones mind must be a victim of a mental disorder. One of the most important things to realize after being assaulted is the new red to report the incident. Only 16% of adults reported they were raped(NSOPW). Not reporting the crime can result in more assault if not careful because the perpetrator can then feel satisfaction because he/she got away with it. Taking the perpetrator to court shows that a fight is brewing inside of oneself.
Rape is a serious crime and nothing to take lightly. It can happen to anyone anytime. Self defense is something that can provide protection for yourself or someone else if witnessing a crime such as sexual assault.
In my group we are working to improve the safety and cleanliness of our Onsted Village Park. This is an area that use to thrive with kids and bright colors as baseball games were played and cross country trails were ran. Since then many safety hazards have arose along with destruction of property. To improve these issues we plan to make contact with the fundraising that is already in motion. We have contacted members of our community for information and any issues they have known about. Research has been made on park regulations and such.
As a team we plan to remove the safety hazards and attempt to upgrade or remove some of the dangerous equipment. For example, there are sharp objects sticking out of the ground from play equipment that has been removed. Also, a group member made a good statement towards the rocks in the play area instead of a rubber mat of some sort that is more child safe. Another thing we want to improve is the cleanliness of the whole area. There is trash scattered throughout the grounds along with weeds and uncut grass that makes in look not so pleasant. We also talked about touching up the bathrooms so they are not so smelly and unsanitary. Lastly, it was brought up to think about getting art club involved in adding a splash of color around the park.
Overall, our team has a good and prosperous plan. Many of our sources and information is very trustworthy. We have many great ideas and so far are on top of things.
The world has many different nationalities of people with different levels of wealth. We also have many different countries, communities and families who have very limited resources. Some parents worry when their child’s next meal will be or a meal for themselves. There are places in the world that exist other than the United States. Americans need to have a sense of kindness and start thinking of other people and not themselves for once.
While we are living in our glory with clothes on or backs, food in our mouths and a good education, their are third world countries who do not even have water without parasites in it or a bed to sleep in at night. Can you imagine going to sleep at night with no phone to play on and laying on a dirt floor or a mattress with no padding anymore and holes. Then in the morning waking up to an insect nibbling at your skin. What if you did not have your car? Some kids under 10 years old walk to school that is over three miles away from there homes, up and down hills, all by themselves. Then look at us with our heated seat cars with aux chords and one of our only worries is while going to school is what music I’ll listen to.
My point comes to this, our country has become so selfish and focused on what is better for ourselves then opening our eyes to seeing the world crumbling to pieces. We are so lucky and could help so many people if our minds we set to it.