Impact of Poverty by Riley

According to, over 50 million people in the United States live and grow up in poverty. More than 30 million children in the U.S. are growing up in poverty.

One major area where poverty impacts children is education. This impacts every aspect of a child’s life. For example in one low-income community, there is one book, for every 300 children. Imagine 300 kids sharing one book. They would not be able to read or learn. Most children that live in poverty are more likely to skip school or drop out of school in order to work to provide for their other family members. School drop-out rates from ages 15 to 26 have tremendously since 2010 because of how fast poverty is growing in the United States. Almost Over 40% of children that live in poverty aren’t prepared for primary schooling and to go on to middle school and high x school. By the end of fourth grade, low-incomes students are 2 years behind. By their senior year in high school, they are almost four years behind their peers in school learning.

Another major impact of poverty is access to adequate quality. At public schools, when your family is below the poverty line, your family gets free lunch. The reason why the family is allowed to qualify free lunch is because they don’t have enough for everything and the school allows that to happen, the percentage of freed school lunches has gone up tremendously compared to 2005 to now. The actual poverty rate in public schools in America is 22%. Reduced or free lunches in public schools is often used as a proxy measure for the students living in poverty. The percentage is growing fast. The national school lunch program provided meals for 30 million children each day in school in 2012. A student from a household with an income at or below 130 percent of the poverty income threshold is eligible for free lunch.


How Alcoholism Affects American Life by Max L.

Alcoholism doesn’t just impact the alcoholic, it has an impact on the people around him. The impact on coworkers, family, and friends can change lives.

Alcoholism can make everything more difficult. There are alcohol related crashed every 20 minutes. Alcoholism can affect lives of many, families are ruined because of abusive parents. People drink if their sad, people drink if their happy, people drink when their angry, people that don’t have jobs drink a lot. The alcoholic might get upset at themselves for making bad decisions and might hurt others.

The loss that alcoholism has on people. Death is not what anyone should face. In the book “The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian” the main characters best friend Rowdy is beaten by his father. Anyone that takes place in an alcoholic’s life can make a difference on others. Children are beaten from alcoholic parents, the children need to contact child services if their parent is abusing the child.

On reservations, the amount of Indians that drink are a lot. The Indians drink because of their jobs and if they can’t afford food for their family they might be like Juniors father. The families can be hurt since the fathers or mothers cannot get jobs since they drink all the time. The parents can become shut inns and only drink. Alcoholics will drink at any time of the day. Alcoholics get the lack of motivation to do anything, that’s why they might quit jobs to drink all day.


Poverty’s Impact on Children by TJ

People that are stuck in poverty may have some health issues. People that are in poverty use food stamps and that gives them access to processed food. While eating too much processed foods can cause obesity can lead to diabetes. Diabetes can start to attack the nerves and could lead to amputation. Poverty has a huge impact on a child’s education. This is because the child is paying more attention on getting their next meal then what they are learning in class. If the child isn’t paying close attention in class their grade starts to go down. With a low grade and a bad GPA, the child starts to fail. With the child failing they start to think that there is no use for school and they decide to drop out.

It also has a big impact on getting a job and trying to support their family. Kids that drop out have no other decision but to find a way to make money. But without a degree or degree of some sort, finding a job will be much harder because they are at such a minimum.

With little job offers, drugs come to mind and poverty victims are sitting on the streets selling drugs for money. Selling drugs is a very risky thing to do. Drug trafficking is the act of trade with illegal substances that are under the prohibition law.  People that sell drugs are putting themselves in a vulnerable spot to either get robbed or even killed. If the sellers are caught, they can face a serious amount of time in prison. The most sold drug currently is powder cocaine. Powder cocaine has a lot of effect from emotional to physical. If the poverty victims are caught doing this illegal act, then they are going to prison with a sentence of 2 to 4 years in prison.

There are other things that victims of poverty do that could end them up in prison. Some rob places, others steal, burgle houses, and even become prostitutes. They do these things to make money but they are hurting themselves. Prostitutes have a chance at getting pregnant or a sexual transmitted disease.

Where did the American Indians go? by Max

There were many different Native American tribes that lived in Missouri in the past. The first ever Native Americans that lived in Missouri were the Paleo Indians in 10,000 B.C. They lived in caves and were nomadic hunters of large game including the woolly mammoth and giant bison.

Drawing of the Paleo Indians hunting a Mammoth.

After that, more Native American Tribes started living in Missouri including the Missouri Indians and the most well-known, the Osage. The Osage tribe was a peaceful tribe and the largest and most powerful tribe in the area during the 17th century. They lived along the Osage and Missouri Rivers. For food they hunted wild animals and farmed corn, beans, and pumpkins. They would also gather nuts, grapes, and roots to eat.

They were nicknamed, “The little Ones” because they were good horse riders. For their permanent homes, they lived in longhouses that were over 100 feet long and were made out of wooden poles and tree bark. When they were on hunting trips they brought homes that could easily be moved, like wigwams.

They were forced by the government to leave Missouri in 1808 due to them wanting more land. They moved to Kansas and then were forced to move again to Oklahoma. Osage Indians today live on a Native American Reservation in Oklahoma known as the Osage nation. About 48,000 people live there, all being related to Osage Indians.

The Missouri Indians (which our state got its name from) settled near the Missouri River in central Missouri. For food, they hunted large animals such as elk, bison, and deer. To sneak up close to them, they disguised themselves with animal skins which made it easier for them to catch their prey. They also grew corn, beans, and squash and ate berries, nuts, and wild fruits.

There homes were wigwams because they could set up and take them down easy. They were made out of a frame of poles which were covered in mats made of reed.

A drawing of a Missouri Indian

The wigwams were set up close to rivers so that the tribe could have fish to eat and water to drink.

For cloths, the tribe wore breechcloths, blankets, and buffalo robes. They also made jewelry out of copper, bone, beads, and brass. They made pottery for cooking and storing food and they made tools out of stone. When the Missouri Indians traveled, they either traveled by foot, or they had dogs drag their belongings on a sled called a travois.

Later after the French explores came to Missouri, the tribe had many troubles. They fought the Sauk Indians and many people were killed. The Europeans also brought chickenpox to the Indians which also killed many of them. The survivors then moved west and joined the Oto Tribe in Kansas.

The Native Americans shouldn’t have been forced to move from their homelands and treated terribly by the government because they are humans just like us who want to live and you can’t take that away from people.

A map of the different Native American tribes that lived in Missouri

Stereotyping: How it Affects People Over the Years

You or someone you know has most likely been stereotyped in the past. But, have you ever wondered how this could affect someone long term. If someone continuously told you weren’t as valuable as someone as someone else because of your skin or religion, you would begin to believe them and your habits could become more aggressive according to US news online. When you’re surrounded by lies and negativity repetitively, you get so used to the constant stereotypical comments.,0s960x600.png      US News online has done multiple articles on this subject. When reading this article it says, “Past studies have shown that people perform poorly in situations where they feel they are being stereotyped.” It goes on to further answer questions about whether this affect will continue as stereotyping does. “People are more likely to be aggressive after they’ve faced prejudice in a given situation. They are more likely to exhibit a lack of self-control. They have trouble making good, rational decisions. And they are more likely to over-indulge on unhealthy foods.”
On they say repetitive stereotyping result in “lost opportunities”. They go on to say that adults that are commonly stereotyped are affected in the long run. These, “…people know certain information about themselves, but have contradictory feelings about that information.” This is because of the things they hoaxed into believing. It also says that a side effect of stereotyping is stress. This can result in, “…numerous physical health problems, including shortened life expectancy.”
Stereotyping clearly is a bigger issue than just a conversation piece. It is a part of society that needs to end. It is not only wrong to look at someone and see them as a race, gender, or size, but to say something to someone’s face is just ridiculous. This isn’t the case with everyone, but next time you try to look at someone for one of the things listed above, think about the research that has been conducted. Stop and know that that person could have been told these things all their life. A side effect of this is shortened life expectancy. Would you want to live your life knowing you were the reason someone died prematurely?

Farm Stories By Adam

How not to make a pond

So my friends dad’s friend wanted a fish pond. So my friends dad says: ” get a hole auger, some fertilizer and some diesel fuel call me up when everything is ready and I will bring the fuse”. Anyway a week later his friend called and said he was ready for the fuse. So he bought a quarter mile fuse, when he gets there he finds the guy used a telephone pole auger around 4 feet wide and instead of a few bags of fertilizer he bought a few pallets of the stuff. And instead of some diesel fuel he bought a trailer full of it. He said he had drilled 24 holes filled with fuel and fertilizer, in the size of an average 2 bathroom 3 bedroom house. The man with the fuse said ” I thought you wanted a fish pond, not a passage to the earth’s core.  He said that’s right, I do want a fish pond. So they set the fuse and went running for the nearby forest. When it exploded it was described as raining huge chunks of mud. When they realized what had happened they jumped in a truck and headed the other way. Someone flagged them down and when they stopped they thought “today die” but the guy asked did they hear the huge explosion? They  said yes and they thought it was over there (opposite direction) and that’s where they were headed. Anyway my friends dad’s friend got one interesting fish pond.

Story 2

Crazy  Combine Chick

So we were combining a field of soybeans and it was not on the main farm, it was a neighbors and there was a small 2 acre lot with a house next to the field. Some woman ran out into the field, bawling yelling “murderer murderer your killing it your killing it. I hopped out of the combine and turned off the engine. The grain cart driver and we talked to the woman and she told us that she had watched it grow all summer and now we were killing it and she would call the police. We thought she was crazy and we got back in the machinery and started running it again through the field, about an hour later she was still watching and by this point the cops were not there yet. We went along with the field and were driving back to the main farm, and a cop car passed us, thank goodness we left that field when we did.

Story 3

Halloween Harvester Halt

Back In 2008 we were driving our new, New Holland TR96 combine down the highway. We bought this new beast because our old harvester a New Holland TR80 combine swallowed a valve cylinder, causing it to start smoking and skip RPM’s. This was a problem so we parked it in the back of a barn and went to pick up the TR96. The TR96 had a top speed of 16.1 miles  per hour, we left  and the highway we were traveling on had a speed limit of 60. Anyways, It was Halloween night and the road was backed up behind us, the story even made the radio. Then we were almost half way there and the police pulled us over and told us we could not go on. There was no way we were going to leave This new beautiful Combine just sitting out on the highway all night. The police said ” well you will have to”. We said that we would pitch a tent and sleep with the combine if they wouldn’t let us continue. They then informed us that, that was highly illegal and they wouldn’t allow it. We said to stop us and they said they would, after a while we came to a compromise, of which we could go lock it up at the police station, and we could get it at daybreak the next day. At 7:18 we arrived, keys in hand ready to fire up the beast. The police informed us that they would phone the next town over’s police and that we would go through there instead of taking the highway. We had our friend frank with us driving the truck behind us, when we were once again, you guessed it, Pulled over. Well this cop said that we would not go on and we had to put it on a trailer and pull it home. Frank got out of the truck and snarled “you didn’t receive a call from the state police did you? The officer said no, and we explained what had happened and he gave us a police escort to the next town which was close enough to the farm that we could just drive on our own from there. The combine worked fine and was fine when we parked it at home and started harvesting, but boy were we all mad. The combine worked up until 2014 when we retired the whole grain operation and we sold most of our grain equipment and that went with it. The combine worked up until the day we sold it and we drove it up on to a trailer to haul off.

Story 4

From Revved up to burnt up

It was a bright June day in 2011 when we were out cutting  hay field on the side of long road with our backup hay cutter (Gehl 2512 Side-Tow Discbine) and our row-row 4960 John Deere Tractor in 13th gear and then disaster struck. A distinctly burning smell rose from the rear of the engine compartment, filling the cab with the odor, thinking it was just a gear lock-up we kept going, soon right in front of the cab glowed orange. We hopped out of the cab, sprinting for safety. The glass soon melted, engulfing the cab in flames, Then the engine caught fire, then the drive shaft. The fire extinguisher was no good and now the rear tires, engulfed in flames, were starting to melt. This meant a real safety hazard. Soon thereafter a fire company showed up and put out the flame. The tractor was a total loss, and wasn’t fixed until 2014, when it was split and restored, now serving as a work tractor for pulling wagons and drills and balers. The tractor was not a total loss though because we got a new 8120 John Deere to take all the work off of that 4960. The End, Happily Ever After.