Scott: What is up! Today, we will tell you about a little red Ferrari that set a world record. And think you need a break from school before entering college? Well, we will break down the pros and cons of what is known as the ‘gap year.’
It is Tuesday, August 20th. I am Scott Evans and Channel One News starts right now!
We are starting off Tuesday by checking in with the team for the top headlines. And, Shelby, what are you working on?
Shelby: Scott, a new government report says we need to start planning now for future floods. The report released this week carries a simple warning: get ready because more and worse floods are coming.
The president asked a team of experts to look into ways to rebuild areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The team says coastal communities should assume floods are going to happen more frequently, and suggests spending more money now on protective measures that could save money later.
Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast last October and was one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. More than 100 people died and more than 8 million were left without power. Hundreds of thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed.
The report says communities need to rebuild with flooding in mind instead of relying on outdated standards that will just get wiped out in the next storm. For example, one of the suggestions is to spend more money building stronger homes and structures that can withstand extreme storms.
Scott: Thanks, Shelby.
Ok, Jason, what are you working on?
Jason: Well, new studies show that two chemicals we use in our daily lives may be hurting you and your waistlines. Two new studies published in the medical journal of Pediatrics are saying that it may be worth avoiding two chemicals commonly found in our households. Both are used in the making of plastics. Phthalates, found in things like food packaging, hairsprays and nail polish, and BPAs, found in plastic products such as bottles and food storage containers, even in paper receipts.
Researchers say that both phthalates and BPAs are linked to health problems in teens and kids between the ages of six and eighteen. Not only did they find a link to obesity, but also an increased risk for long-term health problems such as asthma, thyroid problems and negative effects on a child’s nervous system development.
Experts say that we can avoid these two chemicals by eating fresh, healthy foods without packaging. And also, microwaving these food in their plastic containers can cause these chemicals to leak into your foods.
Scott: Thanks, Jason.
So, last but certainly not least, Demetrius.
Demetrius: It turns out, Scott, that teachers are spending more of their own money in the classroom to battle budget crunches. Public school teachers shelled out more than $1.6 billion from their own pockets on their students last school year, according to a new survey.
Because school budgets across the country are getting slashed, a growing number of teachers are using their own money to buy supplies for their students. Things like paper and pens are at the top of the list, followed by math and science tools. A majority of teachers spent $400 or more, that is up 3% from the year before. And more teachers are going online to seek donations for supplies and even field trips. More and more websites that help teachers get funds are popping up. The number of them has almost doubled.
Scott: Thanks, Demetrius.
Now, coming up, the death of a promising football player reignites safety concerns for young athletes across the country.
One of the awesome things about the back-to-school season is the start of fall sports, like football and soccer. But the death of one talented young athlete, caused by an injury on the field, has renewed concerns over players’ safety in school sports. Maggie Rulli has the story.
Maggie: These are some of Deantre Turman’s best moves. The sixteen-year-old Creekside High School junior was a top Georgia football recruit, and had a video ready for college scouts before his junior year even got started. During a preseason scrimmage last week, he made a routine tackle, something Deantre’s uncle, Kenneth Turman, said he has done many times before.
Kenneth Turman: Tackled the guy. Just a hard hit. Regular hit they say he made a thousand times, of course. It’s a football play.
Maggie: But after the tackle, Deantre didn’t get up. He was having breathing problems and was taken by ambulance to the ER.
Kenneth: We got the call when we were out there that he did pass on.
Maggie: The official autopsy showed Deantre Turman died from a broken neck. It was an absolute shock to the family who said he always passed his physicals and that he was only getting bigger and better.
The entire community mourned his loss. Deantre’s Facebook wall was flooded with remembrances, and hundreds came out to pay tribute Sunday night at a vigil held in his honor.
Deantre’s death has brought the issue of football safety back into the spotlight. High school football consistently tops the list of the most dangerous sports for serious injury. Five hundred thousand football injuries occur every year. That is twice as many as any other sport.
And while not all injuries can be prevented, there are some precautions that young athletes can take. Make sure to limit practice time to avoid overuse injuries. Stay hydrated and don’t practice in severe heat. And make sure you always wear proper equipment, including a helmet that helps prevent concussions.
Even though one of Creekside High’s star players won’t be on the field this year, the Turman family said they still plan on being in the stands.
Kenneth: I’m going to continue to support Creekside because that team needs to be supported. I think that’s what Tre would have wanted.
Maggie: Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.
Scott: Thanks, Maggie.
Now, have you heard of a gap year? Up next, we will take a closer look at the new trend some high school seniors are jumping into before entering college.
Senior year is a time most students start getting serious about college right away – college applications go out, conversations about what to study. But a growing number of students are deciding to put that off for a bit. Demetrius Pipkin has the story.
Demetrius: With degree in hand, many high school grads are now wondering what to do next. And a growing number of them from across the U.S. are finding those answers during a gap year.
Samantha Kreig: You know, you think you have to go from high school to college, from college to graduate school or from college right to working. And I think that doesn’t leave a lot of room to figure out who you are and who you want to be.
Holly Bull: All the goal pins are where we have had students over the years.
Demetrius: Holly Bull, president of the Center for Interim Programs, advises students on choosing a gap year experience that will be right for them. She says that taking time off after graduating can be very rewarding. Whether that time is used to do volunteer work, travel, or try out different jobs and internships, a gap year can help you decide what you may, or may not, want to do in the future.
Holly: You can, with a gap year, very systematically pick off areas of interest you have and start to kind of tick them off one by one. Does this appeal to me? Does this? It’s great if you can head off some of that by just kind of sticking your toe in the water of a particular field and see if it appeals to you.
Demetrius: But there are some downsides to taking a gap year. First of all, if and when you do return to school, it can take some time to readjust to being back in the classroom. And many people worry about falling a year behind their friends. And the costs are a big one. After a program consultation fee, tuition and housing, a gap year could end up costing you thousands. But Holly says not to let those costs scare you away.
Holly: You’ve got options that are group programs that you might be paying a fee for, but many of them have scholarships. And then on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got programs that are going to be more job-like, service-oriented. I mean, helping to rebuild New Orleans or teaching kids about outdoor stuff. These are places that will give you housing and food in exchange for labor.
Demetrius: And for Jasper Morgan, who is hoping to spend parts of his gap year interning in Australia, he says this could be the opportunity of a lifetime.
Jasper Morgan: I’m excited about it. I think it shouldn’t be, you know, too hard. I think I can handle it. And it’s always fun to meet new people and learn different things.
Holly: This is a time in your life when you can take time to explore. It gets so much harder as you get older. Take the time now because later on you are going to be tied in with work and two-week vacations. And giving yourself the time now and not worrying about being behind your peers, but just take on this incredible jewel of a year to go and explore these interests and explore the world.
Demetrius: Demetrius Pipkin, Channel One News.
Scott: Thanks, Demetrius.
Well, that is going to about do it for us. But before you go, check out this One More Thing.
This is the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction, for $27.5 million with commission. And there are only ten of them in the entire world. The vintage Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was first produced in 1967. Back then, it was sold for $14,500. And you know what the best part of this story is? The proceeds from the auction – all $25 million – are going to be donated to charity in the name of Eddie Smith, Sr., the man who originally bought the car all those years ago.
Channel One Teacher Notes
Story: Gap Year
Activity: Into the Gap
Recommended Grade Bands: 6-12
Learning Objectives: Students integrate the elements of a gap year and apply them to specific examples.
- Is a gap year the right choice for everyone? Why or why not?
- Why do you think most students in some countries – like England – take gap years, and fewer students from other countries – like the U.S. – take gap years?
Pair instructions: All your travel documents have finally arrived for Australia. You’re leaving tomorrow, together, and you’re going to be traveling for at least two weeks straight. You each can bring one small suitcase. Very thoughtfully, each of you write your packing list – and remember to include your partner in your planning. If there’s something you can share (like a hairdryer), you’ll each have room for more other items.
Personal, social, cultural, and environmental factors contribute to the development and the growth of personal identity. (4.1.4.)
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories). (RI.8-9.3)
It’s called a “gap year” – a year some teens take between high school and college or work to explore future possibilities.
“Gappers” can focus on community service, internships, travel, or a combination.
They’re all in search of adventures that will provide lifelong benefits.
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All of the following can be the purpose of a student’s gap year except:Correct
Gap years allow students to try things they wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to try.Incorrect
Gap years allow students to try things they wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to try.