B. Newland

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By B.Michelle

[A school assignment by B.Michelle, the 12 yr. daughter of Linda Newland]

Diversity is a important subject to a lot of people. Because it affects a lot of people. Do you even know what diversity means? Diversity is kind of like people's rights. It is like saying what people can and can not do and what people can and can not say.

Some people do not believe in diversity. They believe there is only one way to the top of the mountain, "there" way. If you do not understand what I just said, here is a easier way to put it.

It is like education, it does not matter what school you go to, they will provide you different qualities, but no matter what school you choose, you will reach the top of "your" mountain.

I think what diversity means is not the color of your skin nor religion, it is the way you come at "you" and react. Like how the whites treated the blacks, but actually the whites were actually lower because of how they treated the blacks. Or how they treated a person based on how their body looked or was built.

You can say Jesus was a big part of diversity because he did not treat everyone as different groups but one of a kind. He did not say because you are a different color, your are not as good as we are. He treated everyone with respect that they showed him. It is like saying, if you treat someone with respect, you will get respect back. Well, now you now what "I" think diversity means and now I have given you some information about diversity.

I am going to ask you "one" more question. "What does diversity mean to you?"


This is one way "our" community celebrates diversity.

 This is the "Autism Awareness Ribbon." The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of autism and Asperger s Syndrome, a milder form of the condition. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with this neurobiological condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope--hope that through research we will soon identify the causes and effective ways for training, educating and offering meaningful support for children and adults. The heart in the middle symbolizes our love for those with autism.

By wearing this ribbon, we hope you can bring others an increased understanding of autism. With greater social awareness of autism, persons "with" can lead fuller, more complete lives.


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"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony.
Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony
It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial.
We all contribute to the song of life."
...Sondra Williams

We might not always agree; but TOGETHER we will make a difference.


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