Desiree Coffey


Many people are victims of cancer every year.  I’m willing to bet many of us at Wood Middle School have had a loved one or friend touched by cancer – maybe even one of us!  Cancer can be a scary and lonely feeling illness; who ever said winning doesn’t matter obviously never had cancer.  We can show our support this month by looking for ways to incorporating some pink in our wardrobe.  No one has to fight alone!

Technology Challenge

By: Desiree Coffey

Visiting my grandparents can be like traveling back in time.  They don’t facebook, text, twitter, Instagram or even have WiFi.  The “Land Line” telephones are huge and have big numbers to help them see.  Yes, “Land Lines” really do still exist.  Brace yourself – they even have an answering machine – the voice mail of time past. GPS directions replaced by a paper map that can never be folded right and movie show times are looked up in the newspaper.  Menu and guide on the TV is like a foreign language to them.

Spending the day with them is like accepting a technology challenge.  So, what do you do when technology is unavailable?  Here is what I did on my last visit to my grandparents.  We played cards (Uno and Skip-Bo), dominoes, and board games (Monopoly and Life).  Made delicious brownies and told ghost stories.   I don’t think I could live technology- free for more than a day or two but I have to say, I really had a good time.  Take the technology challenge and share with me what you did on your tech-free day!!!!


By: Desiree Coffey

Which country in Latin America does not have an army?

  1. Nicaragua
  2. Colombia
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Argentina








Answer:  The Central American nation of Coast Rica is one of the few countries in the world that does not possess a standing military.  On December 1, 1948, President Jose’ Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rica after a victorious civil war that same year.

(Question provided by “Trivia Today”; 28 Sep 2015)


By: Desiree Coffey

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorate the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.  It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage.

Trivia Corner by Desiree Coffey

Who provided the voice of Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars”?


  1. Orson Welles
  2. Samuel L. Jackson
  3. James Earl Jones
  4. Frank Oz






Answer:  James Earl Jones provided Darth Vader’s voice in the 1977 film Star Wars and its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

(Question provided by “Trivia Today”; 19 Sep 2015)