[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.