Farmington, Utah, is a more pleasant community since a local girls 4-H club improved Main Street.
Six 4-H girls worked to clean a 72-foot curbside that was covered with weeds, rocks and trash.
Each member volunteered to clean up and to dig and plant five flats of flowers.
They also took turns watering, weeding and maintaining the plot.
Participation in this project helped the girls develop a new attitude towards their parents of their own homes.
They've learned how to work with tools, and improve their work habits.
One mother said that before her daughter was involved in this project, she would not even pull a weed.
The experience on Main Street stimulated self-improvement,
and encouraged members to take pride in their home grounds and in the total community.
City officials cooperated with the 4-H members in planting trees,
building cooking facilities, picnic tables, swings and public rest rooms.
The 4-H girls planted trees and took care of them during the early stages of growth.
The total park project will need more plantings in the following years.
Members of the 4-H club agreed to follow the project through to completion.
Because they receive satisfaction from the results of constructive work.
The project is a growing one and has spread from the park to the school and the shopping center.
Trees and flowers have all been planted in the shopping center, making the atmosphere pleasant.
What makes a person famous?
This is a mystery that many people have carefully thought about.
All kinds of myths surround the lives of well-known people.
Most people are familiar with the works of William Shakespeare,
one of the greatest English writers of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Yet how many know Shakespeare, the person, the man behind the works?
After centuries of research, scholars are still trying to discover Shakespeare's personal history.
It is not easily found in his writings.
Authors of the time could not protect their works.
An acting company, for example, could change a play if they wanted to.
Nowadays, writers have copyrights that protect their work.
Many myths arose about Shakespeare.
Some said he had no formal education.
Others believe that he began his career by tending the horses of wealthy men.
All of these myths are interesting, but are they true? Probably not.
Shakespeare's father was a respected man in Stratford-on-Avon, a member of the town council.
He sent young William to grammar school.
Most people of Elizabethan times did not continue beyond grammar school.
So, Shakespeare did have, at least, an average education.
Some parts of Shakespeare's life will always remain unknown.
The Great London Fire of l666 burned many important documents that could have been a source of clues.
We will always be left with many questions and few facts.
In the United States, 36 states currently allow capital punishment (死刑)for serious crimessuch as murder. Americans have always argued about the death penalty. Today, there is aserious question about this issue: Should there be a minimum age limit for executing criminals?In other words, is it right for convicted murderers who kill when they are minors—that is, underthe age of 18—to receive the death penalty?
In most other countries of the world, there is no capital punishment for minors. In the UnitedStates though, each state makes its own decision. Of the 36 states that allow the deathpenalty, 30 permit the execution of minors.
In the state of South Carolina, a convicted murderer was given the death penalty for a crime hecommitted while he was a minor. In 1977, when he was 17 years old, James Terry Roach andtwo friends cruelly murdered three people. Roach's lawyer fought the decision to execute him.The young murderer remained on Death Row for ten years while his lawyer appealed to thegovernor. The lawyer argued that it is wrong to execute a person for a crime he committedwhile he was a minor. In the United States, the governor of a state has the power to change asentence from the death penalty to life in prison. Nonetheless, the governor of South Carolinarefused to stop the execution. Roach was finally executed in 1986.