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• No smoking
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• A miracle
This month in our peer education class at Kauai High School, we have been learning about tobacco and its health effects. We’ve also learned that tobacco doesnít only affect its user, but also affects the people around them, especially children. Our class emphasizes the importance of preventing and eliminating tobacco use, and we will be taking part in several activities for the nationwide Great American Smokeout on November 18. We greatly appreciate all of you parents who have made health and wise choices, especially regarding tobacco use. We hope we can continue to look up to all of you who make these healthy decisions. Thanks for helping to make Kauai paradise by keeping it tobacco-free.
Kauai High School
Peer Education Students
I would like to know why the letter writer who polled readers in the Forum feels he needs to provide multiple choice tests for the readers of The Garden Island. Does he feel everyone is uneducated and needs his instruction? What kind of evaluation was used to come to this conclusion? Will there be rewards for good answers? I am not looking forward to more multiple choice tests in the future.
I was privileged to be one of the Unity Church volunteer “cooks” when the Salvation Army’s Kokua Kitchen served food to the Kaua’i community who helped make the dream of a Kokua Kitchen a reality.
As we were cleaning up, I burned my right thumb and forefinger on a still burning sterno flame can. After I extinguished the flame and rinsed my hand under cold water, I looked at it and saw a small blister forming. It hurt. I prayed to my Loving Creator to please quickly heal it, as I needed the wellness of my finger and thumb to do my life’s tasks comfortably.
I put some ice in a cup and proceeded to go to my hula halau, cooling my finger and thumb periodically. The ice melted before I got up there, and the pain was nearly gone, being replaced with a kind of numbness. When I looked, there was no blister.
There was no pain at all the very next morning when I woke up. Everything was as it was before the burn. While I have no doubt that a loving God is everywhere present, it felt like a special blessing that not only the many prayers for the Kokua Kitchen to exist were answered that night, but also the single prayer of one who was hurting.
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