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Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen

The Keenan kitchen staff works hard to prepare food for students.

Story and Photo by A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Doris Capers, cafeteria worker, works at the school Satellite Kitchen.

Satellite kitchens, located at individual schools, are where food is transported to for service to customers.

“I enjoy serving the children,” Capers said.

It takes approximately an hour and 45 minutes to prepare the food. Depending on the menu, it Continue reading “Cafeteria food made in Satellite Kitchen”

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Keenan helps the LLS

By Salena Webb, News Writer

Keenan students, faculty and staff came together this past February to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

The LLS is the largest voluntary health organization to dedicate their time to finding cures, research and getting access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

During February, homeroom classes donated, while competing with each other, for the cause. Continue reading “Keenan helps the LLS”

Keenan Blood Drive saves lives

By A’Laysia Hill, News Writer

Mrs. Sahara White, National Honors Society advisor, is in charge of the blood drive that happened on November 22, 2016. Forty-five people at Keenan donated blood this year, one pint each being given.

“It takes approximately 10-12 minutes to give blood,” White said.

There is a shortage of O positive in the world, so once someone has it, it’s important to give it. Continue reading “Keenan Blood Drive saves lives”

How are inmates affecting schools and society?

By Troy Brown, Features Writer

What are inmates, and how do they affect society? What are the causes of being an inmate? What can students do to not get themselves in trouble? And how can their backgrounds determine the future possibility of being inmates?

Every year a lot of inmates are incarcerated, and this involves society by taking away their money by paying more taxes. Continue reading “How are inmates affecting schools and society?”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps millions

By Grant Adams, News Writer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month affects everyone in different ways, directly and indirectly. Various organizations do different things to help the millions affected with cancer. At Keenan, students and faculty put together a week to raise more awareness.

Ms. Deidra Pompey, Student Council Sponsor, is responsible for organizing the week.

“Student council members met and discussed the activities that would take place during the Continue reading “Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps millions”

Raiders fight against drug and alcohol abuse

By Skylar Dooley, News Writer

The week of October 23-31, 2014, gave a major impact of drug and alcohol abuse on students at Keenan.

Teachers hope students will keep their pledges to stay drug free.

The teachers think Red Ribbon Week put a good influence on the students.

“I feel it was a great opportunity to expose students to the importance of being drug free,” Mrs. Continue reading “Raiders fight against drug and alcohol abuse”

Active shooter drills: Effective or defective?

By Jordyn Reynolds, News Writer

On November 18 and December 12, 2014, Keenan had active shooter drills.

Every year Richland One requires each of its schools to have active shooter drills. The schools can also have one on their own.

What exactly is an active shooter drill? It’s the drill that a school practices just in case there is a shooter in the school, just like fire, earthquake and tornado drills. Continue reading “Active shooter drills: Effective or defective?”

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