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Impact From the Violences Around the World

By Sara

As a 14 year old, I look at the world and see a place where there is so much hatred and violence because of all the differences there are within us. I also see a world where there is happiness and where people are accepted for who they are and that being different is okay. At Skinner Middle School we had a day called Skinner Cares Day on September 27th; a day all about how it’s okay to be different and how everyone has their individual story and background. Skinner Middle School is part of the world that I see as caring and excepting.

Only 4 days after our Skinner Cares Day, on October 1st, in Las Vegas there was a tragic incident. Around 10 at night, a country music festival was interrupted by the sound of gunshots. According to CNN, “Police said that gunman fired on the crowd of about 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, several hundred feet southwest of the concert grounds.” Rachel De Kerf, a witness of the shooting, stated that the gunshots lasted about 10-15 minutes. This incident leaves everyone in misery because many lives were lost and many were injured. At least 58 people were killed and around 500 people were injured by the gunman.

The Las Vegas shooting was not the only shooting that had occurred. On Sunday, November 5th,near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Pastor Frank Pomeroy and his wife were attending a religious conference. During this time a man opened fire inside the church that house a full room of people worshiping. This man killed the pastor’s 14-year old daughter and 25 other people. It is said that Sunday’s incident was the worst mass shooting in Texas’s history. This tragic incident has left many family’s mourning for their losses.

Instead of praying and hoping that these people will get better, we all need to show actions and help the victims that were in this terrible incident, because actions speak louder than words. If some people would donate money for the victims it would help a lot, even if you don’t think it is a lot. We need to come together as one and figure out a way so the world can be more accepting and is more peaceful. The students at Skinner Middle School can be the generation where we can learn how to work together and unite to make the world a safer and a better place to live. We need to forget about the bad and look on the brighter side of things.

GoTrax hovers to skinner middle school

By Beau, Jack, Frankie, and Will

Man on hover board under a sign that says achieve.


This year at Skinner’s Fall Festival, the Skinner Citizen was proud to have a drawing for the GoTrax Hoverfly XL Hover Board. We were honored to interview Don Stefanovich and Jason Wakefield, members of the GoTRAX team. When we reached out to GoTRAX and asked them to donate a hover board to help raise money for printing costs and other expenses, they generously and enthusiastically said yes.

Mr. Stefanovich from GoTRAX said, “We want to promote education through our products and fun and would be happy to donate to Skinner!” We were so excited because we reached out to a few companies and never even received a response from them. We were very fortunate to get such a donation and to work with such a great company.

GoTRAX is a space themed company that specializes in electric rideables, such as hover boards, scooters, and ATVs. We asked why they chose a space theme and Jason Wakefield told us “we think it’s the future right now and everything seems to be trending that way.”

They are focused on fun and making their company stand apart from other companies. One of the ways they are standing apart is their focus on customer service. Mr. Stefanovich says, “Customer service is a core part of our brand.” We can testify to the customer service. As mentioned, we reached out to a lot of companies and only received a response from GoTRAX. Not only did they respond, but they came to Skinner Middle School to give us an interview and hand deliver the Hoverfly XL that they donated. “Being local and accessible is a big part of how we plan to stand apart,” adds Don. GoTRAX is looking to the future and is growing their brand on the internet. They not only sell rideables, but everything you need to be stylish and safe while riding them.

We had so much fun at the Fall Festival getting people to enter to drawing for a chance to win the GoTRAX Hoverfly XL Hover board. Everyone gathered around and was waiting with anticipation for the moment the winner’s name was drawn. Many people entered, but only one person could win. Nicole Kazenske’s name was called. “For the first time I decided to attend a school fall festival, not to work it or volunteer, nothing … just to be a parent … so imagine my surprise when I won the hover board.” Ms. Kazenske added, “I can’t wait to ride it!”

The Skinner Citizen gives a huge THANK YOU to GoTRAX for their donation and the time taken to meet with our staff!