Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What is in Store for Madagascar's Future?

What is in Store for Madagascar’s Future?
By Rachael Bonia
Edited By Elizabeth Goodrich
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Locals Preforming Famadihana
You might of heard of a disease called the Black Plague. It is most well known for its role in the Middle Ages when it wiped out masses of people because of rats and fleas. The Medieval black plague that ravaged Europe and killed a third of its population. They had no cure for it then, and they have no cure for it today. The only thing we have been able to do is keep it contained and locked away, hoping that our immune systems will stay strong enough in case something happens.
In Madagascar, however, something did happen. In fact, it has been happening for years yet no one has really noticed; until this year when it started to become seriously critical to African and other world populations. As of the 2nd of November, “At least 128 people have been killed and more than 1,300 infected by the deadly pneumonic strain of the medieval disease.” (Collins, Danny 2017). The African wet season is set to last until April, and the disease has already spread through nine other African countries.
The disease can be transmitted in many different ways such as from person to person, through air contact, and through body fluids. It can kill within 24 hours. The Foreign Office recently stated that the plague is entering it’s worst moments as of right now, but they are still unsure because of the odd patterns it has had this year. Some people even contribute the long-lasting plague as part of climate change; although this statement is yet to be proven.
The oddest part about this all is that one of the main reasons this plague has been getting worse and worse is because it is fueled by a practice of the locals. The locals will dig up their dead relative’s bodies and dance around with them, and then rebury them. Many of the rotten corpses have or had the bubonic plague and therefore spread it throughout the country. Now the tradition that included the dead relatives is banned, but it doesn't stop everybody. The practice is called Famadihana.
This country is known for yearly outbreaks of this deadly plague, but none as severe or long as this one has been. Who knows what will happen next, or how far it will spread. It wiped out a third of Europe one time, who says it couldn’t happen again? Although luckily we now have much more precautions and variables that could get in the way. Overall, this is something we need to watch out for and warn our family and friends about. Tradition is important, but is it worth risking the lives of our community members?

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Doctor Helping Children

NJROTC Drill Meet at Durfee High School

NJROTC Drill Meet at Durfee High School in Fall River Massachusetts
By Emma Sweeney
Edited by Xander Morley
     On Friday, October 20th, Massabesic High School’s Drill Team left at 8:00 a.m. to go to the Naval base in Rhode Island. Their first stop was at the USS Albacore. Cadets got to go inside of the submarine, and see how small it actually was. Then, they got to watch a video about the Albacore. Afterwards, they all got to go to the gift shop, and purchase souvenirs. The cadets left on the bus to go back to Maine where they would go to an old base where they got to explore the park, and learn about the history of the base. Later on, the cadets got to eat lunch at a nearby playground. Finally, they embarked on a 4 hour drive to Newport, Rhode Island.
USS Albacore, the submarine that cadets got to go in.

Once they arrived at the base, they dropped their gear off in the bunks they were staying in. Cadets went to the Dining Hall for dinner. After they ate, they went to they gym to practice drill for the big meet that took place the next day.  Color Guard, Armed, Unarmed, and NS1’s all practiced until about 8 o’clock. They went back up to the bunks and set up for bed.
The next day, cadets were woken up at five a.m., by the officers yelling and banging on the doors. They had seconds to get out of bed, and be standing outside their door at attention. After that, they went to the Dining Hall for breakfast, and then they got back on a bus to drive to Fall River, Massachusetts. Once they got to Durfee High School, the Drill Team practiced their routines. After getting a motivational speech from their officers, the cadets were ready to compete.
Massabesic’s NJROTC Drill Team

Drill Team, including the PT team

After all of the performances were done, the Individual Drill Regulation(IDR) competition took place. They called out movements, and every single cadet did it. The judges then walked around and told people to sit out if they did it incorrectly. They were extremely picky. If your feet weren't at a 45 degree angle, you were out. If your heels weren’t properly aligned, you were out. Any small imperfection got you removed from the competition. Once it got down to the last ten people, they ended the game. Those people all won a medal that they got to put on their uniform. After IDR, the awards ceremony took place. Massabesic placed 2nd in Academics, 3rd in Armed, and 3rd in inspection. Out of all the schools, Massabesic placed 2nd overall!

Massabesic had a great start to the drill season, and they are looking forward to the rest of the season!

The Floods That Swept Across Vietnam

The Floods that Swept Across Vietnam
Article by Cassidy Morrell and Angelli Bishop
Edited by Kaylei Coughlin and Bailey Baldwin
On a cold afternoon in the country of Vietnam, on November 6th, 2017, Typhoon Damrey came crashing in, flooding the streets and killing over sixty people and counting. These monstrous waters tore across the country on a Saturday, and lasted all throughout the weekend. Twenty-eight people have also been reported missing after the flash floods and are currently presumed dead. Additionally, the Vietnam federal government worries that their dams will soon burst, due to the immense pressure build up of the water. This is a pressing issue, but many Vietnamese people tried to look on the bright side, and help those in need by wading around in boats, offering any help to those who need it.
Moreover, roads that had been washed away or overly flooded, were creating traffic jams to those who were trying to leave their city, making things even more difficult for Vietnam. To make matters worse, over 2,000 houses perished during the vicious typhoon and 80,000 were seriously damaged. Consequently, this left over 90,000 people without a home and nowhere to go.
As of now, exactly sixty-one people died, but with officials still discovering more bodies, that number is expected to increase. This was not the first flood to hit Vietnam within the previous month. In October, torrential downpours, dangerous floods and tropical storms rushed through, causing even more destruction to the country. In total, the amount of damage adds up to VND1 trillion, which is $43 million dollars in the US. The already poor country cannot withstand replacing a tremendous amount of money. Which unfortunately in their case, it would lead to very deep pits of debt.
Furthermore, over 20,000 acres of rice fields were destroyed and 37,000 acres of vegetables were ruined because of the flooding. Due to this horrendous natural disaster, many Vietnamese citizens were impacted hard. Although, this horrible incident does not mean it’s the end for all. With help from the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, (NCDPC) have put together a successful fundraising campaign, along with Party and State leaders, and collected $17,600 US dollars that was donated to help aid relief for the victims of the deadly typhoon.
Nguyen Thi Vui paddles her boat in the flooded streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

Flash floods and landslides destroy a house in northern province of Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Farmers harvest rice on a flooded field Ninh Binh province, Vietnam

Red Cross responds to the severe flooding, offering food and water to those in need

High School Drama

High School Drama
By Trevor Beals and Brady Cormier
Edited By Elizabeth Goodrich
(School Life)
    To this day, drama plays a huge role in the everyday life of many schools. It is very easy to find at least one student upset with high school drama daily. Things like high school cliques or stereotypes are literally tearing schools apart. When I say drama, I don’t mean the drama club, I mean the everyday social and emotional incidents such as relationship troubles, fights, rumors, etc. Drama is the cause of many problems in society today, that’s why it’s called “drama.” People to this day find that it's fine to play with different people’s emotions and feelings. This is not okay, and people need to understand the severity of the drama subject. Drama can be the cause of many health problems including depression, which can lead to things like suicide. As freshmen students here at Massabesic High School, we have already experienced great amounts of drama, that have affected us emotionally and personally. This drama needs to end. We along with our peers have found that drama is the main cause of distraction when doing things like school work.
     Drama is well known for giving many people anxiety, which leads to problems later on down the road. Anxiety is the biggest cause of depression, and too many people are leaving their school with lots of anxiety. Whether this anxiety is caused by school work, sports, social life, etc., drama puts added weight on many people who really don't need. Studies from show that it is very easy for younger people, such as teens, to undergo depression. Drama is created from people that have different views on relationships, arguments, politics, and other controversial issues. It is almost guaranteed that the person that is next to you right now has been having some recent drama issues. We personally know that this statement is very true for us at the moment.
     The drama needs to stop! It needs to be controlled before it gets out of hand. Teens are unfortunately taking their lives everyday due to high school drama. Not only does drama affect people like teenagers in high school, but it can be very effective for many adults as well. If we had a world that was almost completely drama-free, we all know that life would go a lot more smoothly as many of people’s thoughts and feeling would be saved.
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MHS Dream Factory

MHS Dream Factory
By Elizabeth Goodrich
Edited by Rachael Bonia
                                                (School Life)
Are you interested in making a difference in a child’s life? Do you want to help make their dreams come true? If so, Massabesic High’s new club is perfect for you! The MHS Dream Factory, advised by Mrs. Todd, is a fundraising club that raises money for chronically ill kids ages three to eighteen and their families. This money is used to make the child’s dream come true, whether it be a visit from their favorite celebrity or a trip to Disneyland. The goal of this club is to not only make dreams come true, but bring hope and happiness to the families who live with the uncertainty of having a sick loved one.
The Dream Factory has already helped so many kids’ dreams become a reality. Take 4 year-old Maddie, who suffers with Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes weakness and loss of muscle mass. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dream Factory, she was able to visit Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where she was transformed into Elsa, her favorite character from Frozen. Maddie is only one of the many kids whose dreams have been granted by the Dream Factory.
Mrs. Todd explained how the club got started, saying, “They [Emily Morin and Amber Arsenault, two sophomore students] had been wanting to be apart of the Dream Factory organization since middle school, and they found several of their classmates like minded. They asked me to be the Advisor for this new venture as well. Emily and Amber contacted the chairperson of the Portland chapter about incorporating as a club at Massabesic High School.” She added, “Since we are new at this, we haven't been able to be involved as much as we hoped, but we hope to attend more events and participate in more fundraisers in the future.”
When asked about what it’s like to be apart of the club, Amber Arsenault said, “Being in Dream Factory is such a great experience because you get to help children with chronic illness and you get to make their dream come true.” She continued, “You feel good when you make a child’s day. Also, you get to meet so many great people at your school.”
The club already has some fundraising plans in action as the holidays approach, but needs all the help they can get. On Saturday, November 25th, Haven’s Candies in Westbrook will hold a candy-making event to benefit the Dream Factory (see attached below for more information). You can also support Dream Factory by shopping online using AmazonSmile and choosing Dream Factory as the beneficiary. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price just by you typing in They have a lot of dreams to grant, so any and all funds are greatly appreciated!
The club’s next meeting is December 15th during advisory in room 25. Anyone who is interested in joining is encouraged to attend, as they are always open to new members. For more information, contact the club’s president, Amber Arsenault at The Dream Factory is a wonderful opportunity for any student looking to make a difference.

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Candy-Making Event

Maine State 2017 Election!

Maine state 2017 election
By Jacob Beaulieu
Edited by Luc Beaulieu
(State news)

People nervously stand in line in a large gymnasium full of desks, each with a large booth on top and a curtain. People vanish behind the curtains to alter the path that our state, and maybe even our country, is traveling on.Then, they step out of the curtain, and walk over to a desk full of smiling volunteers who give them a sticker that reads I voted.
The Maine state 2017 election was made up of 4 questions with some exceptions (like if you live in Lewiston or auburn you would have needed to vote on whether they should merge.) These questions are pretty complicated so I am going to attempt to put them in simple and unbiased terms so you can have a better understanding of what the state of Maine recently voted on.
QUESTION 1: York County casino. “Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?”
This question is simply about allowing a certain company to build a casino in york county with part of the profits going to certain programs. You have probably seen a lot of TV ads about this one that are either for or against it and you may have even stumbled into a heated discussion about it. This question by far is the most popular and possibly the most important.
QUESTION 2: Medicaid expansion. “Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?” . Question 2 is about weather we want to expand the boundaries of who is able to get medicaid which is a program that provides medical insurance to low income individuals or people with disabilities.
QUESTION 3: Transportation bond. “Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?” Question 3 is about spending money to improve the quality of transportation in Maine. This involves paving roads, fixing bridges, making trails for bikes, and improving equipment for boats and ports.
QUESTION 4: Constitutional amendment. “Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards?”
The final question is about retirement. If you support this amendment, then you support the time required for the state to pay off the Maine Public Employees Retirement System's and the increase of unfunded liabilities from 10 years to 20 years.
The results where no on number 1 and yes on questions 2, 3, and 4

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More Gun Control

More Gun Control
Written by Allison Gerry and Edited by Gigi Cardona-Simmons
Gun control is an issue that has been circulating through the minds of     Americans since the Gun Control Act was signed into law by President    Lyndon B. Johnson on October 22, 1968. There are different opinions that people have on gun control, but in this article, the focus is MORE gun control. More gun control would bring more safety to the world in many ways.       One of the advantages of having more gun control in the US is that there would be less deaths. According to, there has been a total of 464,033 gun deaths from 1999 and 2013, and that number is still on the rise. 270,237 were suicides, and 174,773 were homicides.
Easy access to guns leads to more violent crimes, so more gun control would lessen the violence in crimes. In the US, only seven states require a permit to purchase both a long gun and handgun. Six states only require a permit to purchase a handgun. That means that 37 states don’t require a permit to purchase a long gun or a hand gun.
Some people may argue that we should not have any gun control, because it is unconstitutional. The second protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This isn’t completely true. Gun control doesn’t have to mean you can’t have any guns at all. It could mean that you can only own a certain amount of guns, or that there would be certain requirements to buy a gun.
In conclusion, more gun control would bring more safety to the world in many ways, like less deaths and less violence. There are many other reasons besides the ones listed above. Gun control is a very complex topic, and there are many different opinions on it. The more control we have on guns, the safer we will be.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Worst Power Outage in Maine History

article by Gabriella Aubut and Zoe Seward
edited by Brianna Mooers

It was late on the night of October 29th, 2017, when the storm struck Maine, lasting until midday on October 30th, 2017. Everyone knew that we’d get a storm that night, and into the morning, but no one would’ve expected what happened. Late that night, rain started to pour in, and wind ripped through the trees. No matter how hard you tried, you could always hear the incredible winds outside of your window, which reached up to 70+ mph that night, and carried on until the morning. Areas in Maine received anywhere from two to four inches of rain in the storm that lasted less than a day.

The storm certainly didn’t start in Maine, but as it made its way North, power outages swept through New England. It resulted in over 1.2 million outages all across New England. About 500,000 Maine residents lost power, which surpasses the Ice Storm of ‘98, which only had about 360,000 Maine residents with a loss of power. Some of the residents lost power for minutes, while others lost power for day, if not, the entire week. York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin were hit the hardest when it came to the loss of power.

Maine only has two power providers, Central Maine Power, and Emera Maine. CMP reported roughly 385,000 consumers who lost their power, due to damaged lines, and Emera Maine reported more than 89,000 consumers who lost power in their homes. This may not include those who have taken the time and invested in a generator.

Since many in the Waterboro area lost power, Massabesic Middle School was opening their doors for a few hours each day to allow residents in the area to charge their phones, shower, and use their facilities until more power was regained.

Many people were calling their electricity suppliers, looking for answers as to when they would regain power, but no one knew for sure the exact date. CMP workers were working day and night to fix the lines, and volunteer electricians were coming from all over to try to restore power. The Maine Emergency Management Agency, on Monday afternoon, said that they were working with the U.S. customs officials to allow Canadian utility crews into Maine to help with the line work. Even with all that help, there were still some people who still didn’t regain power until the following Saturday night.

The tempest brought more than just the biggest power outage in Maine history, though. Street lights started to malfunction, roads flooded, school days were cancelled for one or more days, and after at least one day of cancellations, there were multiple delays until all the damage had been fixed for the next school week. Busses were rerouted to avoid the aftermath of the storm and debris, like fallen trees, damaged vehicles, homes, power lines, and property in general. With this storm causing the worst power outage in the history of Maine, let’s just hope that it stays that way.

Massabesic Field Hockey

article by Anna Snyder
edited by Izzy Hurlburt 

The MHS field hockey program is a team run by Michele Martin-moore. She has been running this program for 16 years. She states year by year the team is always her first priority. Her program is always growing, not just by players but by family. All her girls treat each other with respect like a family.
The Massabesic High School Field Hockey team was very successful this fall of 2017. The playoffs ended in a hard fought loss in the semifinals against Westbrook. The girls did get revenge on Thornton Academy on Wednesday, October 18, and pulled through with a score of 3-0. They may not have ended their season where they wanted it, they sure worked really hard, and had, and always did have, great teamwork skills. Let’s see what their coach has to say about it: “My ultimate goal, besides the obvious one of being State Champs one day, is to build a program that is a contender year after year, but that also fosters the spirit of camaraderie and allows young women to grow up knowing they can do anything they want if they are willing to work for it. I want the program to teach people that they can make a difference in the lives of others by treating everyone with respect and compassion.
  Teamwork is truly what 'makes the dream work'. No one can accomplish more on their own than they can when they work together, it's crucial to not just the game of FH, but in's essential. What I love most about my teams are the way they treat each other...they don't always get along like best friends  and they are all different individuals,but they are like a family in the fact that they will have each other's back. Each day during the season I get to end my school day surrounded by girls I love like my own children and coaches that I have watched grow up from HS students to incredibly caring, talented, successful young ladies. What more could someone ask? I hope to continue coaching for at least 5 more years...right now that is when I plan to retire from teaching.”

We believe this team has a lot of spirit and heart that will continue to grow stronger as the years go on. Our upperclassman on this team will be missed. They have left a strong impact on this team, and the drive to be a strong team and family will always be there. The upperclassmen have not only been great players, but have been a huge inspiration on what it is to be a successful student athlete. Morgan Pike, a senior captain of the field hockey team, said, “I have made so many memories within the field hockey program here at Massabesic. I have watched the program and myself grow each year, and last year we got to break in the new turf/facility with a successful season, hosting the regional finals as well as being able to compete in them, then advancing all the way to the state championship is something I will never forget. The coaching staff and players within the program are one of a kind, and I am going to miss them all so much!”

   Varsity Breast Cancer Awareness game against Sanford at the Massabesic stadium.

We believe the field hockey team is a great sport and family for anyone. It is a great community and environment that will surely continue from year to year. You will experience great connections with people as the season goes making highschool even better. Kaylee St. Laurent, a three time field hockey varsity athlete, states, “Even though our season ended earlier than we would have liked, we played a very skilled team and I am so proud of how our team battled until the end. As a senior I am so sad to be leaving the team that I love so much.”  
In the future you could possibly experience going into regionals or even states. The point is, that field hockey is a family, and family is forever.

Gordan Hayward

article by Noelle Desvergnes and Makenna Roy
edited by Hailey Kamenides

We are Noelle Desvergnes and Makenna Roy in this article we are going to explain how Gordon Hayward’s injury happened, information about it, and a little bit about how his future changed because of the injury. We chose this event to talk about because it ties in with events happening out of state but that are still relevant to many people. This one interested us most because we both play basketball and enjoy watching and playing multiple sports.
Opening night in the NBA was supposed to be an exciting one but that came to an end 6 minutes into the Celtics-Cavs game. One of the Celtic’s star players, Gordon Hayward, only 27, went down with a gruesome injury. Trying to complete an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving, Hayward went down hard. Hayward ended up with a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia.
Hayward was expected to dominate this season but unfortunately a gruesome injury took place opening night. Hayward’s injury needed surgery, he needed surgery to repair the fractured bone and the torn ligament. The doctors said that if the surgery went well then he will have a full recovery. The surgery went very well and Hayward is planning to start rehab. He is very excited to step on the Celtics court again come next year.
Hayward will have a long recovery, but a full recovery, fortunately. He will be getting ready to play again in the future. They aren’t trying to rush anything and are not giving a timeframe, but it looks like next year he will be back on the court, ready to give 100%. Everyone knows what he’s about to go through and is nothing but support.
Haywards injury will be leaving him out for the rest of the 2017-2018 season for the Celtics. Leaving the team to have his back and help him through the tough injury. The team will have to step it up and they can only do that if each of the players works harder. “ For as long as Hayward is out, the Celtics will be dangerously low on proven outside shooting and right back to lacking elite wing size. They will need to rely even more heavily on Brown, who was great against the Cavaliers, and Tatum, who worked past early struggles to deliver a strong debut. They will need to hope Skinny Marcus Smart is more like the monster who dominated the third quarter rather than the layered brick who showed up before halftime. They will need to hope Irving can carry the offense for long stretches at a time; Horford can be his team's rock; and Terry Rozier can fly around causing havoc, like he did Tuesday.” says This shows the work that’s to be given to make up for the absence of Hayward.
Haywards recovery will be long and stressful. Though, the team will keep him in their minds and have his back a tall times. His career will have ups and downs, but it whats gonna motivate him to play harder when he gets back out there on court again. Along with the team the fans and family members prayers were a big push to his hopes of getting back out there soon.
Gordon Hayward’s injury has impacted everyone. Every player knows what he’s going to have to go through in order to be back and better than ever. Gordon’s pain was only something that he could endure and feel and with the surgery going smoothly he will try to put this behind him and get prepared mentally and physically.Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak) 

The Celtics are currently 9-2 so far this season, and sit atop the Atlantic Division, as of the time of this publishing.  

Hurricane Irma and its Devastation

article by Riley Greenleaf and Mallory Mulrath
edited by Hailey Kamenides

All over the world hurricanes are continuing to happen. People are having to evacuate their towns, and their homes are being destroyed. As of now thousands of people are without homes, or are even dead because of hurricanes. Specifically Hurricane Irma resulted in over 100 people dying due to this massive hurricane. Although this hurricane hit a lot of people in a lot of places, the people in the Caribbean were hit the hardest. To this day everyone is still trying to recover from the damage hurricane Irma caused.  
Hurricane Irma took place August 30, 2017 through September 16, 2017. During this storm, it was recorded as the strongest hurricane that National Hurricane Center ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The reason that it was recorded as this was because of the damage it did to towns, buildings, and people. The damage was horrible. For example thirteen out of fifteen of the Caribbean provinces were affected. Schools were suffering and almost two-thirds of the country didn’t have electricity.
      The 2017 hurricane season has been much worse than it normally is. The hurricane energy index for the month of September in 2017, has gone off the charts for its record breaking index of 155.4 hurricanes, making 2017 one of the worst hurricane seasons ever recorded. Hurricane Irma reached wind speeds of about 138 mph, and because of that, it was classified as a category 5 hurricane. It then slowly came down to a category 4 hurricane. It has also been confirmed that the cost of the damage has reached about 62 billion dollars.

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     So many people were affected by Irma, as well as countries. The major countries that were hit by Irma include Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Haiti, The U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, some parts of Mexico and Southern Florida, in the United states, and most of the Caribbean Islands. Mass devastation and even flooding occurred in these areas because of Irma. It has been recorded that the total number of fatalities that occurred due to Irma is 134. Also many more people were left injured. So many families lost their homes, while over half of the homeowners affected were left without power. Streets were flooded in many areas, causing people to flee their homes As of today, these areas are still trying to recover from the mass destruction caused by Irma.

        Since Hurricane Irma left so much destruction to these areas, many organizations have been set up to raise money and help with the costs of the devastation, also for the care and safety of families that had to flee their homes due to the storm. Even some well known Hollywood celebrities have teamed up to raise money and help the cause. According to CBS Miami, “Popular Hollywood Celebrities helped raise over $44 million for hurricane relief with a 1-hour telethon. Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Beyonce, Will Smith, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all took part in this  1-hour telethon fundraiser, called “Hand in Hand,” as well as a few others. They helped raise money with performances by Blake Shelton and Stevie Wonder, as well as some other singers. There are also many other organizations that were designed to help hurricane Irma victims, and raise money for the damage. Organizations such as American Red Cross, ADRA International, Americares, and Global Giving are all accepting money, food, and water donations for the people and areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
      It is very important to know how serious hurricanes are. They are not just a little rain and thunderstorm that will pass eventually, they are far more serious, and can cause far more devastation than a lot of other natural disasters can. They leave people without power for days, and sometimes even without homes, they can cause major floods, and even cause some people to lose their lives. Some hurricanes and cyclones have even made the top 10 worst natural disasters of all time, like the India Cyclone in 1839, and the Bhola Cyclone in 1970, which killed thousands of people. Hurricanes are very serious matter, and unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do to stop hurricanes from happening, as they are completely natural. You can take action by donating to an organization that helps with the recovery from the devastation of hurricanes. As of now you can donate to help the recovery of hurricane Irma, or some of the other recent hurricanes, like Harvey, Nate, Jose, etc. Or you could go online and discover some different ways that you could help the cause. Hurricanes are horrible disasters, especially ones like Irma, and we should do everything that we can to help the cause.