The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 27, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-27 | Johnstown Christian pupils speak out on issues

JOHNSTOWN — Editor’s note: The following letters were written by Grade 6 pupils in Diana Yoder’s English class at Johnstown Christian School, Hollsopple.

Seat belts save lives

Some people don’t think seat belts keep you safe, but they do. First, seat belts do save lives. If you don’t wear a seat belt in a car, you’re not safe. Seat belts can be your lifeline in a car.

I Corinthians says, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” This means that you’ve been given a seat belt to trust in and keep you safe, so prove faithful and use it.

Second, people do die in car accidents when they don’t wear seat belts. There are more deaths in car accidents caused by not wearing a seat belt than with one. Sixty percent of those who died in car accidents last year were not wearing seat belts.

It’s believed that more than 8,000 people will die this year by not wearing a seat belt. About every 12 minutes someone will die in a car who is not wearing a seat belt. Don’t be one of those people.

Finally, even safe drivers can die in a car accident if they don’t wear their seat belt. “I’m a safe driver” is not a good excuse for not wearing a seat belt. There are always drunken or unsafe drivers who can wreck you. Seat belts can make a big difference, so use them.

Noah Pyles

Consider adoption

People should help kids by adopting them. You can give them a good home. Also, they might not have toys or go to church. Maybe they can’t afford a good school. They might have issues in their own family and need different surroundings to help them.

Many kids have special needs that others can care for. They could have a health or mental condition that requires special attention.

About 120,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. You can help by adopting a child or finding someone who will.

Children need a loving, supportive family, and you can make a difference in their life. I hope you give a kid a special gift and adopt him or her.

Quintessa Vizzini

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