Vanessa Brown, a tenth-grade teacher, is in the process of collecting bottle caps to help a student’s mom battle cancer. The student, who attends the Academy of Health and Science, has a mother who gets chemotherapy in exchange for plastic bottle caps.

Brown has been offering extra points to students who are willing to help with the bottle cap collection effort.

“In Mexico, there is a hospital that gives out chemotherapy treatment in exchange for plastic bottle caps, ” said Vanessa

Ventures such a this allow the community to come together in an easy and inexpensive way which shows their support.

However, reports that the majority of these activities are hoaxes and are often false claims that yield no monetary results.

“Plastic bottle caps have no inherent monetary value. Unlike aluminum cans (and the metal tabs attached to them), they aren’t worth anything as raw material because such caps are the wrong form of plastic to be recycled. There is therefore virtually no market for used plastic bottle tops.” said Barbara Mikkelson, the author of the article.

However, Brown has faith in that the student and their mother are really in need of these caps to be able to get the chemotherapy.

“We have to believe that what we are doing is for a good cause… We have to have faith,” said Brown  

Brown will continue to offer extra credit for bottle caps despite the possibility that it is not true. She continues to have trust that what she is doing it not only right but that it is good.

Erica Solis believes that when it comes to which of her high school courses are the most beneficial, it is English ll and Algebra ll because they are the most commonly applied to the career she wishes to pursue.

Solis believes that the teacher that has most impacted her academic journey was Mrs. Kaz, who was her eighth-grade history teacher; she helped and pushed her to go farther than she thought was possible.
Erica also enjoys History but strongly dislikes Science. Although it was a challenge, she has accomplished becoming a good LD Debater and even won a ninth-grade district tournament.

Erica likes to believe that she does very well in writing and reading. She does U.I.L for LD Debate, FBLA, and the Leo’s Club. Solis decided to start college early because of her desire for a head start on her degree and Mrs. Kaz motivated her to apply. She hopes to leave high school with her associate's degree in Criminal Justice, be accepted into UT Austin and go with her undergraduates in Pre-Law, and then apply to Law School.
Solis wishes to start as a Criminal Defence Attorney and work her way up to a District Attorney. She wants to do this because one day she wants to be defending people from her community in the courtroom.

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