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Schools closures prompt a surge in child labor

An impoverished, school-age female of a developing country does arduous labor in the fields to support her family while schools remain closed.

Azzy Brown, Copy Editor

October 20, 2020

Children are an easy source of cheap labor. Impoverished families living in developing countries where poverty is vastly prominent need all the money they can get. Due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, child labor is becoming increasingly prevalent.  Most of the students residing in developed n...

Behind the COVID-19 education gap

Hybrid B students work in class while socially distancing. PVHS is divided into three groups: Hybrid A, B and remote learners. Online learners do not attend school, while hybrid students attend alternating days.

Grace Pender, Copy Editor

October 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many facets of peoples’ lives, students and teachers across the globe have been faced with unprecedented circumstances and, as a result, have had to adapt their learning. At Pleasant Valley, 1,330 students are participating in a hybrid learning model and 230 st...

Hunger does not wait for a pandemic: The impact of delaying the Student Hunger Drive

Spartan Assembly’s 2019-2020 celebrates winning River Bend Foodbank’s Student Hunger Drive on Nov. 14, 2019. Despite the delay of the 2020 competition, the council is still hosting smaller fundraisers in order to make a bigger impact once it begins.

Ingrid Hofmann, Editor in Cheif

October 20, 2020

Since its launch in 1986, the Student Hunger Drive has brought River Bend Foodbank immense success as schools throughout the Quad Cities compete to bring in the greatest amount of donations. Approximately 114,480 people in the area are food insecure, meaning they are unsure of where their next meal ...

Conundrum of fashion: Thrifting v. fast fashion

The two crop tops pictured are both examples of thrifted and fast fashion clothing items. The higher quality item (left) was purchased from a thrift account for 12 dollars. The lower quality item (right) was purchased from Shein for 5 dollars.

Kelly Brewer, Social Media Manager

October 19, 2020

The fashion industry has continuously caused chaos for years. Consumers have begun to speculate about the ethics behind fashion. Two popular ways of shopping, thrifting and fast fashion, have recently come under fire.  Both thrifting and fast fashion provide cheaper options, but both have downsides as w...

Protocol in place: How PV is handling students with COVID-19

Ethan Stigler looks at the district’s COVID-19 tracking form. This is the form that shows the various COVID-19 categories.

Nathan VanUtrecht, Copy Editor

October 14, 2020

After the first six weeks of school, only a few dozen students have tested positive for COVID-19. These small numbers are thanks to the protocols set in place by PV’s administration. Pam Cinadr, the nurse at PVHS, said the protocols are based on information given by various government health programs. ...

Deep Fakes: The modern equivalent of nuclear weapons

Using a base-swapping algorithm,  deep fakes are created and are becoming increasingly influential.

Azzy Brown, Copy Editor

October 13, 2020

Synthetic media has become substantially more convincing as technology continuously becomes more advanced.   Deep Fakes are an example of synthetic media. They are forgery videos or audio recordings that look and sound similar to the real person. All around the world, people are using Deep Fakes ...

Unprecedented presidency: What would President Trump’s death mean for the U.S.?

President Donald Trump recently contracted Covid-19.

Grace Pender, Copy Editor

October 13, 2020

Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic, the presidential election year is in full swing. Voters have casted ballots and candidates have campaigned tirelessly. But an unprecedented twist recently came to light: President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.  Trump announced via Twitter on Oct. 1, that ...

Focusing on the local elections

Many corners around the Bettendorf and Davenport area has been packed with signs like these. Going from left to right there is Tony Knobbe seeking re-election for the Scott County board of supervisors along with Ken who is also seeking re-election for the board of supervisors. Mariannette Miller-Meeks who is running to represent Iowa’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S House of Representatives. On either side of the Miller-Meeks sign there are two Republican slogan signs stating, “Free Markets Not Socialism” and “Limited Government not Big Government.” Lastly, There is Gary Mohr who is running to represent Iowa’s 94th district in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Sam McGrath, Business Manager

October 13, 2020

During an intense election year between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, many have not paid significant attention to local elections. While ads for each party run frequently, many people are not engaged in local elections nor do they know what each candidate actually stand...

The academic pandemic

A Senior ignoring their multiple missing assignments due to a lack of work ethic.

Jonathan Chiles, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 13, 2020

Seniors this year have been facing two pandemics, a literal one and a figurative one. While school adjusts to COVID-19, another well-known disease is spreading: senioritis. Senioritis has plagued seniors for generations and has caused seniors to lose motivation in school. Since this disease spread...

Halloween and COVID-19: Bettendorf edition

FJ Lank in his Halloween costume for  trick-or-treating this year.

Lily Barrett, Student Life Editor

October 12, 2020

Trick-or-treating on Halloween is a highlight of many kids’ childhoods. Going door to door in costume to pick up candy with friends is traditional for Halloween night. However, this year, it is going to be a little different. The Scott County Health Department has given citizens precautions to take ...

Clothing businesses rise during COVID: How many teens turn to Instagram for profit

Doorstep delivery makes for a safe and efficient exchange during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azzy Brown, Copy Editor

October 5, 2020

Social media platforms have made buying and selling easier and more accessible.  Many teenagers have turned to Instagram to become self-employed managers of their own accounts used strictly for business purposes.  Because of the platform’s high engagement rates and targeted advertising option...

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