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s we start to approach the holiday season I get goose bumps with excitement. The lights, decorations, food, family memories and so much more have always made this time of year by absolute favorite. One thing I have truly tried to impress on my children are how fortunate they are and it is our responsibility to help others. We have so much to be thankful for and with this in mind, Savvy Kids reached out to a number of local non-profit organizations who benefit the kids and families in our community ad asked them to introduce us to some of the kids who have really stepped up to help their organization. Starting on page 10, you can read the stories of these kids, teens, and young adults, the focus of our “Philanthropy Issue.” Savvy Kids was touched by their stories of generosity and hope their stories inspire you to give back in your own way.

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As you start your holiday shopping Savvy Kids has a great gift guide for all members of your family and friends. From fun toys and games to clothing and accessories, good boys and girls will certainly smile when they open these gifts this holiday season. Don’t forget to submit all your children’s functions to us at www. We’ll also keep you updated on the fun happening over the next month and also has the latest on hot happenings. Wishing your family a very special thanksgiving! Make sure and share your thanks with others..


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Mom: Lisa Bamburg, Agent and Owner of Insurance Advantage, LLC, Jacksonville Grandmother: Joan Zumwalt, owner of Zumwalt Enterprises, Inc., Chairman of the Board for Pathfinder, Inc., Chairman of the Board for the Jacksonville Military Museum, Chairman of the Board for the Jacksonville Wastewater Commission, and serves on the board of Centennial Bank. children: Elise Bamburg, 17; and Joel Bamburg, 15 Current Projects: We work with the Grill ‘Em Day at Pathfinder Academy where Joel is a student. We also volunteer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital every Christmas and attend First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville Parenting Style: I love to be with my children! I home-schooled Elise through the 8th grade, then volunteered and substitute taught at her high school, Little Rock Christian Academy. I always played and helped coach soccer, volleyball, softball with her and carted her to gymnastics, dance and cheer, among other activities. With Joel, we participated in sports for Special Needs children and I loved it a little more than he did. :) Joel and I enjoy being outside together playing with balls and jumping on the trampoline. He also enjoys riding in the golf cart when I play golf. Life lesson learned from parenthood: Never say “I will never...”, when it comes to children. 8 | savvy kids november 2012

Keeping it organized: Seriously, organized??? I am blessed to be co-owner of my insurance agency and have a business partner and staff who understand that my kids come first. And in return, we tell our employees that family comes first for them, too. Advice for other busy parents to keep it all together: Don’t worry so much about the tidy house and picking up. ENJOY your children! Take time to go outside in the rain, sit in the gutter and let the rain splash over you, go fly a kite or make a project together. They remember these things much more than big expensive trips, games, and toys. Favorites: Book: The Bible Music: Love Christian and Country Place to shop: Dillard’s Family Activity: Joel LOVES to go to All Aboard Restaurant and Grill Restaurant: Brave New Restaurant Guilty pleasure: Heath Bars Vacation destination: Love Hawaii and Alaska Won’t leave home without: M&M’s and goldfish for Joel

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I’m one of those people who make lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, rememberto-make-your-lists list, and more. During the holidays my lists double! I also get to inflict my obsession on my son (every kid has to make a list for Santa, right?). Of course if you were to read his list you would quickly see that it is filled with dreams of Spiderman figures, DS games, Legos and much more. After realizing his list grows every time we watch television or walk into a store, I began to wonder what other kids would put on their lists.

Some kids will ask for cell phones, some will ask for Barbie dolls, some will ask for Power Wheels. But there is a quiet group of kids whose lists will not contain any of the above. Their lists will be much more humble, with requests for a warm meal, a warm coat, and shoes that fit. We tend to forget about this group of kids. They are overlooked in the scheme of our day-to-day duties and many of us only think about helping those kids during the holiday season. However, if you stop and pay attention you will see there are many ways you (yes, you) can help these and many other children. In this section, you will find the inspirational stories of many teens in central Arkansas who are going above and beyond to help out in any way they can. While a number of non-profit organizations take monetary donations, they also take donations of day-to-day items such as clothing, household items, food and more. Other organizations hold events throughout the year in which your admission fee is a donation. No matter how you choose to help, take it from the kids we’ve highlighted on the following pages, helping when and how you can is a great feeling of accomplishment.

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every parent at some point. By volunteering to help, you are not only showing your kids how to give back, but that it’s an important action anyone can do. Giving back doesn’t have to be difficult. You may not think that dropping your change in the Ronald McDonald House Charities donation box at the McDonald’s drive-thru makes a difference, but ask the organization and they will tell you it does. You may not think that taking the time to read books to special needs children at church or school makes much of an impact, but ask any parent with a child with speech problems and they will tell you it does. It’s important to remember even the smallest of gestures can make a big difference to someone. Let your child decide how to give. You make think that donating boxes of clothing to a homeless shelter or giving your Christmas bonus to the fight against cancer is the most important way to make a difference. And while both gestures are very generous and undoubtedly appreciated, you child may think drawing a picture for neighbor who sits alone on her porch is important. By supporting your child’s decisions of where and how to give back, you be instilling a giving attitude that won’t soon be forgotten. Show them how their gifts help. Your family may donate food to the Rice Depot every Thanksgiving or toys to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for Christmas gifts. Take it one step further, though, and ask the organization if you can bring your child to see the volunteers working with those donations first hand. By showing your child how his donation (not matter how small) gets from the donation box and packaged to deliver to a family in need. This will show them that no matter how small the donation, it makes a big difference to someone.

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Raising awareness with the Children’sTumor Foundation By Erica Sweeney

Mark Sullivan is dedicated to educating others about neurofibromatosis (NF) as a volunteer with the Children’s Tumor Foundation of Arkansas, a cause that is particularly important to his family.

abstract thinking. When he was in second grade, Sullivan had surgery to remove a tumor that was about to grow into his spine.

When he was eight months old, Sullivan was diagnosed with NF, which refers to three genetic disorders causing tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. His dad, Ron, and younger brother, Aaron, also have NF. Sullivan, 15, says his favorite part about volunteering is talking to people and meeting others with NF. The most important message, he says, is that “NF is not something to be scared of. Just because we’re different, it’s not a bad thing. It doesn’t change who we are on the inside.” For the past five years, he has helped with CTF’s fundraising events, such as cheering on runners at the Little Rock Marathon and collecting votes and talking to people about NF at the Dancing with Our Stars, Red Carpet for Research Gala, all to raise awareness about the CTF mission. At this year’s gala in September, Sullivan prepared a slideshow about the International NF Summer Camp in Utah and helped raise money to send Arkansas youngsters to the camp. Over the years, Sullivan’s fundraising has helped send six kids to camp, says Arkansas Chapter President Lesley Oslica. And, this past summer, Sullivan got to attend, thanks to a CTF scholarship.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation of Arkansas encourages and supports research for treatments and cures of neurofibromatosis (NF), which collectively refers to three genetic disorders causing tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. CTF also works to provide assistance for people with NF and their families, and raises awareness about the disorder. The organization has a partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to provide support for families in the state, and has been instrumental in the development of the NF Clinic at the hospital. This year, CTF hosted a free NF Medical Symposium to educate families about the latest research and treatments. CTF also raises money to send Arkansas kids to the International NF Summer Camp in Utah, which costs about $1,000 to attend, says Arkansas Chapter President Lesley Oslica. CTF is a designated charity of the Little Rock Marathon, and its NF Endurance Team includes about 60 runners and walkers to raise awareness and money for NF research, Oslica says. There are also about 40 volunteers cheering them on. The annual Dancing with Our Stars, Red Carpet for Research Gala raises an average of $55,000 a year for the Arkansas chapter of CTF and the NF clinic at Children’s, she says. For more information, visit 12 | savvy kids november 2012

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Mark’s mom, Kathleen, says volunteering has made her son more sociable, which is uncommon for people with NF, a lifelong disorder with no cure or treatment. Symptoms vary for everyone, but she says Mark has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Function Disorder, where his brain “files away information” differently than others, and he struggles with

LittleThings Can Make a Big Difference By Erica Sweeney Dominic Ward began collecting pop tabs after seeing his friends doing it. But, when he realized how it helped the Ronald McDonald House Charities, he took it to the extreme. Last year, Ward collected 64 pounds of pop tabs, earning him second place in the organization’s Pop Tab Pandemonium in April, he says. A pop tab is the metal piece at the top of a soda can used to open it. When he realized how many he had collected, Ward, 10, says he was surprised and excited, but knew he could collect more, and that’s his goal for this year’s competition. So far, he says he has about three trash bags full, but isn’t sure how many pounds that is. “Once I started, I wanted to get more and more,” says Ward, a fourth-grader at Westside Elementary in Greenbrier, where his favorite subjects are “math and recess.” Emily Piechocki, Ronald McDonald House development and marketing coordinator, says collecting pop tabs is a great way for kids to get involved with the organization. She says the tabs are recycled in exchange for money to help families stay at the House. “This program is proof that something as small and simple as a pop tab can really add up to create a big difference,” Piechocki says. One of Ward’s motivators in collecting pop tabs came after getting a tour of the House and learning about the organization’s mission, says his mom, Pam Ward. After that, she says her son felt compelled to make a difference. “As he’s matured, I see more of a giving spirit, and it shows in other areas,” she says.

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Dominic Ward says he enjoys actually popping the tabs off of cans and finding them in parking lots. He has enlisted help from his mom’s co-workers and staff at his school in collecting more tabs. He says he also collects tabs from classmates at lunch and educates them on what the Ronald McDonald House does. “It makes me feel happy to help sick kids get better, like I’ve done something really good,” he says. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas is a locally funded and operated nonprofit that is dedicated to improving the health and well being of children and their families. The RMHCA provides a home away from home for families with children being treated at hospitals in Little Rock. The House first opened in 1980 and has assisted more than 20,000 families. In 2011 alone, about 800 families were served, says Development and Marketing Coordinator Emily Piechocki. There is no charge for families to stay at the house; however, they are asked for a $10 per night donation, but this is not required, she says. Because it costs more than $50 per night to operate the house, Piechocki says fundraisers, like the Pop Tab Program, help in serving these families. She says they expect to raise more than $10,000 this year through pop tabs. On Nov. 10-20, it is McHappy Day at McDonald’s, where customers can purchase $1 paper hands to benefit RMHCA. Other upcoming events are a Barnes and Noble book drive throughout November and December and the Holiday Open House on Dec. 4, a free event featuring a house lighting ceremony, House tours and visits from Ronald McDonald and Santa. For more information, visit november 2012 savvy kids

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Giving the

Gift of Literacy By Erica Sweeney

Volunteering with Reach Out and Read lets 17-year-old Natalie DeLone combine her love of children with her love of books. DeLone says she began volunteering with the organization in 2008 when her mom, Kathy Vining DeLone, became the organization’s executive director and expanded it across Arkansas. She says she volunteers about 20 hours a month, and her tasks include sorting books by age, and counting and preparing them for distribution. At the annual Book Bash fundraiser in October, DeLone helped with the decorations and organized about 30 art students from around the state to design centerpieces for the event. At past year’s events, she, along with her competitive dance team, has even provided entertainment. “You get satisfaction in helping the community and doing what you can to help others,” she says. “You definitely better yourself by volunteering.” A senior at Little Rock Central High School, DeLone plans to go into the medical field, maybe in pediatrics, she says, adding that chemistry is her favorite school subject. She has also volunteered at Baptist Hospital and is part of the Principal’s Cabinet at Central, where she does inner-city tutoring.

Reach Out and Read provides new and gently used books for medical professionals to distribute during regular pediatric checkups. Doctors and nurses also educate parents on the importance of reading to their children in developing literacy skills later in life. Executive Director Kathy Vining DeLone says more than 50% of Arkansas kindergarteners are not school ready and lack essential reading skills. This program covers children ages six months to 5 years, and focuses on low income communities. There are more than 30 program sites across Arkansas, reaching 60,000 or more children each year. DeLone says Reach Out and Read has distributed more than a quarter of a million books since 2001. To get involved, people can donate new or gently used books; or, monetary donations allow DeLone to buy books in bulk. For every $50, Reach Out and Read can offer its full five-year program to one child. “Once Upon A Time” is the organization’s annual fundraiser, and volunteers are always needed to help. Individuals, schools, companies or other groups can also host a Book Bash party to raise money. Recently, a 3-year-old named Violet Ward had a birthday party and, in lieu of gifts, guests brought books to be donated. For more information, visit 14 | savvy kids november 2012

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“Books have always played a role in my life,” and as a child, DeLone says her mom read to her every night and she has always had a book with her at all times. She says her favorite children’s book is “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly,” and recently she has enjoyed reading the Hunger Games and Harry Potter series.

Feeding the Hungry By Erica Sweeney

Rachel Harless knew she wanted to volunteer with the Arkansas Rice Depot after seeing it featured on the local news. That was four years ago. Now the 16-year-old devotes time to the organization after school and on the weekends. She labels cans, gives tours, answers phones, teaches other volunteers and delivers food boxes to senior citizens, all to help combat hunger in the state. “It’s really rewarding,” she says. “You see a change in yourself.” Harless says she has seen how food insecurity affects people through her work at the Rice Depot, and likes that through the organization, everything goes straight to people in need. She recalls once giving a box a food to a small girl: “She looked at me like I was giving her the world,” she says. “I like seeing people happy.” She says she never realized she would “fall in love with” her volunteer work. Harless says her biggest accomplishment as a volunteer has been organizing food drives, which involves finding a place and getting the word out. This can be challenging for a teen because she says people often don’t “take you seriously.” Her mom, Gina Harless, says volunteering is important for teenagers: “Some type of community service helps them find themselves and grow.” Photo by Nick Hillemann

Harless, a junior at Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School, hopes to one day be a speech language pathologist. She is a member of the cheerleading squad and has encouraged many of her friends to volunteer for the Rice Depot as well. She also does competitive dance and is Miss White River Outstanding Teen for 2013, and in June, will compete for Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen. Because of her volunteer work, she says it was easy to choose her platform for the pageants, “Food for Kids – Fighting Childhood Hunger.”

The Arkansas Rice Depot works to alleviate hunger in the state. Recently, Arkansas has tied for first in the nation (19.2%) in food insecurity, “illustrating that the work of Arkansas Rice Depot is more important than ever,” says Vice President Lauren McElroy. The only statewide food bank in Arkansas, the Rice Depot started in 1982. It now serves 300 food pantries and soup kitchens. In 2011, more than 460,000 Arkansans were served through food pantries in 2011, McElroy says. Rice Depot programs include Food for Kids, Food for Families, Food for Seniors and Disaster Relief. Food for Kids originated in Arkansas in 1994 and has been replicated nationwide and in Mexico, McElroy says. It was designed to provide food to children having problems in school due to hunger at home. It serves more than 620 schools and 35,000 children statewide, she says. All food and supplies distributed are free. In November, the Rice Depot is kicking off the Hunger Hero campaign, a monthly giving partner committed to fighting hunger. Those who choose to be a Hunger Hero will receive a free T-shirt as a small thanks, she says. T-shirts may also be purchased on Rice Depot’s website, and proceeds will provide needed food for a hungry child for one month.  For more information, visit

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Sisters help Wildwood Park for the Arts

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Volunteering with a Smile By Emily Griffin

Wildwood Park for the Arts is a developing botanical garden and center for the arts located in western Little Rock’s Chenal Valley.

the Apple Seed, an educational tour created by Arkansas educator and artist, April Gentry-Sutterfield. The tour engages students through a performance, optional post-show discussion with professional performers and a complementary study guide with worksheets. Students can watch as Lily learns to love fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats instead of the unhealthy snack products advertised on television. (For more information, visit

“It’s not really work anymore,” Anna said. “It’s not really work when you’re doing something you really enjoy,” Beth agreed.

“It’s nice when we get a break and we can walk around,” Anna said. “It’s nice to get to see the things you helped make happen.”

The two volunteer whenever and wherever they can and most recently helped out with the HARVEST! Fest event last month. They worked as runners filling in wherever they needed, just as they do for many of the events they volunteer for.

“It’s so pretty out here,” Beth said. “You get so much from volunteering here.”

Sisters Anna and Beth Norman have spent nearly five years volunteering for the various projects and events hosted by Wildwood Park for the Arts and they’ve loved every minute.

Currently, Wildwood Park for the Arts is finishing up their production of Lily and

Wildwood Park for the Arts is a developing botanical garden and center for the arts located in western Little Rock’s Chenal Valley. Its mission is to challenge the intellect, engage the imagination and celebrate the human spirit through encounter with nature and a full spectrum of the cultural arts: visual, performing, literary, horticultural, culinary, and more. Gardens on the 105 acre woodland site include the Richard C. Butler Arboretum, the Gertrude Remmel Butler Gazebo, the Ruth Allen Dogwood Trail, the Boop Water Garden, the Carl Hunter Wildflower Glenn, the Bruce Theatre Gardens, the Doris Carre Gay Asian Woodland Garden (a project 16 | savvy kids november 2012

Rachael Montunnas, Marketing and Public Relations, said Beth and Anna are some of Wildwood’s best volunteers. She explained that they can always count on the girls to help out, and are really appreciative.

of the Pulaski County Master Gardeners), the Campbell Davies Reflection Garden and an 8-acre swan lake. Paved walking trails provide access to all areas of the park. In addition to the 625-seat Lucy Lockett Cabe Theatre (which carries the name of Wildwood’s largest benefactor), the park includes a studio theatre complex, production facilities, and the park’s administrative offices. Wildwood Park for the Arts is supported in part through the gifts of generous individuals, corporations and foundations. By becoming a member of Friends of Wildwood, you help advance its mission to inspire, educate and entertain. For membership information, contact Kristi Davis, Resource Development Coordinator, at (501) 821-7275 ext. 224 or email

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Making sacrifices to make a difference By Emily Griffin Not many 17-year-old young adults would give up a Saturday for anything short of sleeping late and hanging out with friends. Blake Bennett is one exception. Bennett is homeschooled. She plays volleyball and is active in her church. Every Wednesday Bennett can be found at ACCESS rocking babies, playing with toddlers and making smiles brighter all around the building. Every Saturday, she can be found catching up on school work at home. Bennett said her mom has worked for ACCESS for a long time and she has a brother with a disability. “I’ve been around this my whole life,” Bennett said. “I love getting to watch the kids grow up and change.” Bennett said some of the tasks she helps with are playing with the children outside, fixing snacks, and changing diapers. Her time is mostly spent in the baby room, but she fills in wherever she is needed. Bennett said she loves

working with kids and hopes to one day become a therapist. Like Bennett, you can help ACCESS. “We are always looking for volunteers, Becca Green, Director of Marketing and Communications, said. ACCESS holds a number of events throughout the year in which individuals can help including their annual plant and ceramic sales, special events like their annual track meet, and prom hosted by Little Rock Christian. Pulaski Academy even has a few young students who stop in from time to time to read to the kids at ACCESS. “These special events could not be pulled off without volunteers,” Green added. ACCESS will hold their annual Holiday Sale on December 7. Simply purchasing the handmade items created by ACCESS students can make a big difference. Monetary donations are also welcome. If you would like to make a donation, contact Kellie Wilhite at 501-217-8600 or via e-mail at

ACCESS offers full-time education, therapy, training and activities for children and youths with learning disabilities. ACCESS is a 501c3 nonprofit learning disabilities resource center for children, parents, educators and others. Founded in 1994 by two speech-language pathologists and a special educator, the center comprises three main branches: The ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center, ACCESS Therapy, and ACCESS Schools. The ACCESS Evaluation and Resource Center is a full-service clinic offering comprehensive developmental, psychological and psycho-educational evaluations (cognitive testing) and diagnoses; academic therapy (specialized tutoring for children and youths with learning disabilities); and technology training for students, parents and professionals. ACCESS Therapy is an outpatient pediatric speech, physical and occupational therapy clinic specializing in disabilities and disorders linked to language impairment. ACCESS Schools is comprised of a preschool and an academy serving students with developmental delays and learning disabilities, including but not limited to ADD/ADHD, apraxia, autism, developmental delays, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, feeding disorders, hearing impairment, language delays, learning disabilities, mild mental retardation, reading disorders, sensory integration disorder and written expression disorders. Students in the preschool and academy are ages 3 to 21. For more information on ACCESS, visit november 2012 savvy kids

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COME IN FOR A SHOPPING SPECTACULAR! ——— GINGERBREAD COMPETITION ——— Saturday, November 10 • All Day Don’t miss out on watching Little Rock’s premier pastry chefs battle it out for the grand prize! Vote for your favorite gingerbread house and have a chance to win one of the creations! Sponsored by Vanness, Inc.

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he now-famous last words spoken by Madison and Halley Burnett’s dad left them with a mission and a challenge. The girls, along with their mother, 20th Century Club member Deena Burnett Bailey, take the words seriously and are actively “doing something.” Madison and Halley are participants in the Angels of Hope program, which their mom chaired to benefit the 20th Century Club’s Lodge. Angels of Hope learn about cancer and also volunteer at the Lodge where they serve meals, play games and share their time with cancer patients. The mission of the 20th Century Club is to provide no-cost temporary lodging to financially needy cancer patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy and radiation treatment at medical facilities in central Arkansas.

How can you do something? • Attend the Hope Ball on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

• Sign up to Fund-A-Night: $50 funds a patient’s room and board at the Lodge for one night. • Provide patient dinners, healthy snacks or bingo prizes.

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Hard Work Pays Off Photo by Brian Chilson

Understanding the Importance of Serving the Community By Erica Sweeney As part of his AP Human Geography class last year, Charlie Cohen and his classmates held a series of events that raised about $2,000 for Heifer International. After deciding to do a community service project as a class, the group of about 30 students at Parkview Arts Science Magnet High School chose to work with Heifer because it was in line with their course curriculum. Judy Warren, the class instructor, guided them through the process to promote “authentic learning” and brought in speakers from Heifer to discuss the organization’s mission. The class organized four events to raise money. When Cohen’s debate coach said she would wear a cow costume if they raised a certain amount, he singlehandedly raised about $250 and she wore the costume for two days, he says. Other events included selling sodas at the homecoming fair, selling pizzas after school and participating in a quiz bowl. Warren says Cohen showed a great deal of leadership in the project: “He’s just a phenomenal kid.” Heifer International is dedicated to ending hunger and poverty, and caring for the environment worldwide. Currently, the nonprofit provides livestock, seeds, trees and training in environmentally responsible agriculture to more than 50 countries, including the United States. Heifer partners with community groups to plan and train recipients in caring for animals, agroecology, water quality, gender equality and community development. 20 | savvy kids november 2012

Cohen, 17, says that this experience taught him a lot about perseverance and that it “takes a lot more than one thing to raise money.” He says he and his classmates even put in time after school to set up for these events, and that this project made them realize the importance of serving the community. “The community gives so much to us,” he says. “It’s good to give back what you’ve gotten.” Cohen, now a senior, is planning to pursue a law degree. He is captain of the debate team, co-captain of the baseball team and is a leading figure in the drama department, he says. He says one of his favorite parts of the project was choosing which animals to send where based on the money they raised. “It was cool to see what our money could do,” he says. “We all felt a big accomplishment that all our hard work paid off.” “They were just so excited seeing what they earned,” Warren says. “They organized this. It was their mission. They had a goal and exceeded it.” Heifer International’s goal is to enable communities to properly care for livestock, grow sustainable crops and lift themselves out of poverty. Additionally, recipients agree to share their products, their animals’ offspring and the training they received with others in their community. This is called “Passing on the Gift.” Also, extra products, like milk from cows or goats, or eggs from chickens, can be sold at market, creating new income for families. In turn, this income allows families to have better access to medical care and send their children to school. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 12 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance. The Heifer Village, its international headquarters, is located in Little Rock, and a learning center and ranch is located in Perryville. For more information, visit

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Supporting families and children who are deaf or hard of hearing By Emily Griffin Many of us take things for granted every day, like being able to hear. Friends, Abby McClellan, 12, and Alex Gossett, 13, understand. Both Abby and Alex were diagnosed at an early age with mild/moderate hearing loss which progressed to deaf. Abby’s mother Mandy became involved with Arkansas Hands and Voices because of Abby’s hearing loss. Over the years Abby became directly involved also, enlisting her friend Alex as well.

“I love getting to meet amazing people,” Alex said. “To me, it’s the best part of being involved.” Abby agreed. The girls have also talked to students in college classrooms about hearing loss

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Mandy explained that the girls have become great volunteers and advocates for Arkansas Hands and Voices. “I think both girls have learned to be great advocates for themselves, which in turn is helping students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are coming up behind them in school,” she explained. Both Abby and Alex are always willing to talk about their hearing loss which helps to create awareness of issues related to being deaf and hard of hearing. “They openly share with others, which is a fantastic educational opportunity for teachers, students, families, etc.,” Mandy said. “Families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing like to see older kids who are successful in school, doing well socially, and are fairly typical pre-teen/teen kids. Their hearing loss is not holding them back from any area in life.”

and have even talked with a group of women legislators as well. “Anything we have asked Abby to do to help educated others about issues related to hearing loss or deafness, she has done,” Mandy stated. Abby and Alex have a made a commitment by continuing to attend and working with younger kids. Last year they helped with the annual Candy Cane Christmas event and plan to again this year. This year’s Candy Cane Christmas event will take place on December 1 in Conway, Fayetteville and Little Rock.

The Arkansas chapter of Hands & Voices is an official chapter of Hands & Voices with a fully functioning board of directors offering non-biased support for families of children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Their goal as a state chapter is to form a comprehensive group of parents and professionals that work together to benefit children and families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They want to provide Arkansas families with the necessary resources, networking, and information in order to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Their statewide activities, advocacy efforts, and parent/professional collaboration are all focused on enabling our deaf and hard-of-hearing children to reach their fullest potential. Arkansas Hands and Voices is comprised of families with children who have all types of hearing loss and use many different types of communication modes including: Auditory Verbal, Auditory Oral, Cued Speech, American Sign Language, Signed English, Simultaneous Communication and Total Communication. They are a group of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults. Families can learn about the variety of resources and options available to them and how to access them. Through this network of resources, families can make informed decisions about their future in regards to educational options, the changing landscape of assistive technologies, and many other issues facing families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Families within the same geographic region within the state can share experiences and information as they support each other. They will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge and direction from families who have faced the same challenges and choices. To learn how you can become involved in Arkansas Hands and Voices or to learn more about the organization, visit www.arhandsandvoices. org. november 2012 savvy kids

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A“Big Kid”with Big Goals Volunteering with Friendship Community Care benefits many By Emily Griffin Fourteen-year-old Payton Wornick is like many kids his age. He enjoys playing video games, hunting and spending time with his family and friends. But when he has free time, he spends it helping out Friendship Community Care. Friendship Community Care is a state-wide, non-profit organization serving over 1200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities based in Russellville. Wornick said he first became involved with Friendship Community Care through his mom who works for the organization. “I went to preschool there too,” he recalled. He is involved in the organization in many different areas. “When I was in kindergarten, I used to go to occupational therapy with a friend to give her encouragement,” Wornick said. “Now I help out at community events such as Walk Now for Autism Speaks, county fairs and fall festivals.” While his efforts of volunteering may seem simple, they are appreciated by the many people he works with. “Everyone that works at friendship really appreciates the volunteers,” Wornick explained. “And the kids enjoy seeing the ‘big kids’ helping out.”

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Dacia Petty, Pediatric Administrative Assistant, said that Payton is typically shy, but seems to open up more around children. “The kids always love seeing ‘new’ faces, especially when it’s a ‘big kid’ like Payton,” Petty explained. “When Payton helped his friend who was receiving Occupational Therapy, she loved it! She would actually enter the clinic and ask for Payton instead of asking for her therapist,” Petty recalled. Petty said that the girl Payton helped progressed more with a friend’s encouragement. Wornick has no plans to quit volunteering for Friendship Community Care. In fact, he said he wants to take his volunteer efforts to the next level and help on a larger scale. “I plan to continue helping out. I would really like to help out at hospitals too,” the teen said.

Friendship Community Care has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1972. What started as the Mountain Springs Day Service Center in Russellville, Arkansas has grown into a state-wide, non-profit organization serving over 1200 individuals and employing over 1,000 people state-wide. Services include Adult Programs, Residential Services, Behavioral Health Services, Health and Safety Services, Therapy Services, and Senior Activity Centers. For children, Friendship Community Care offers Early Intervention, Child Health Management, a Developmental Day Treatment Center and a Preschool. One of the more popular programs is Pottery Worx, a pottery studio and party place that is a subsidiary of Friendship Community Care. Pottery Worx actively promotes community integration operating from the premise the best way to encourage the community to respect and value its members with developmental disabilities is to experience their skills, contributions and values firsthand. Guests can visit the paint-your-own pottery studio where all of the supplies needed are provided. There are many ways you can help support Friendship Community Care. From donations and in-kind gifts to volunteering or fulfilling a Christmas Wish List, each donation benefits more than 1200 children and adults with disabilities throughout the state. For more information, or to find a location near you, visit or 22 | savvy kids november 2012

A PlaceTo Shine Community Connections helps children with and without disabilities By Erica Sweeney Julianne Merguie volunteers with the ACTS Jr. program as part of Community Connections, where she helps children with and without disabilities interact and feel more comfortable while learning about the performing arts. Merguie, 14, says her mom, Lisa Merguie, an occupational therapist with Pediatrics Plus, a Community Connections sponsor, got her involved with the program when she was about 6 or 7.

English classes most. Last summer, she also volunteered at Camp Aldersgate, working with children with autism. “You have to be the one to set an example,” by volunteering, she says. “You can’t rely on others to do it. It’s your duty.”

She says she gradually got more involved. Now an ACTS Jr. leader, Merguie says the kids are given a topic and while they work through various activities, she ensures everyone gets the chance to participate. She says this program offers kids with disabilities a “place to shine.” “It’s a safe environment for them,” she says. “It’s great to see them happy.” Merguie’s older brother, Alex, has Asperger’s syndrome, and she says growing up with him has helped her understand how to work with kids with similar disorders. Through volunteering, Merguie says she has learned how to interact with people and to “always give people a chance.” “It’s important not to label them,” she says. “They can do so much more than you think.”

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What’s most rewarding, she says, is when one of the kids comes up to her and says “thank you” and is excited about the program. She says she has had great bonding experiences with kids from the group. A ninth-grader at Conway Christian High School, Merguie says she likes volunteering as much as she can when schoolwork doesn’t interfere. She says she has recently become interested in psychology and enjoys her history and

Community Connections is a nonprofit based in Conway that provides extracurricular activities for children with developmental disabilities and delays. Founded in 2005, the organization’s goal is to empower and provide a support network for children and families to maximize the quality of life and potential of children and young adults affected by these disorders. Often children with special needs have little opportunity for extracurricular activities because of school commitments and continued treatments and therapies. Services and programs available through Community Connections include First Tee Golf, ICAN! Dance, Autism Resource Center of Arkansas, Martial Arts, Showstoppers Cheerleading, The Dyslexia Project,

TOP Soccer, ACTS Jr. and many more. More than 500 children in central Arkansas are served each year, says director Courtney Leach. Community Connections’ biggest night of the year, A Royal Night Out, is set for Nov. 9 at Next Level Events in Little Rock, says Leach. The event features a children’s panel, slideshows, videos and a live and silent auction. “This is our key evening to raise awareness and the majority of all funds it takes to run our programs for the following calendar year,” she says. For more information, visit november 2012 savvy kids

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Is the

FluVaccine a Good Idea for Your Family?

The flu vaccine is, indeed, a good idea for families. The flu shot does not cause the flu and it keeps kids and parents from getting sick. Getting the flu is worse than having a cold and can make a person sick for a week or more. Infants younger than 6 months can’t get the vaccine, but if the parents and older kids in the household get it, that will help protect the baby. This is important because infants are more at risk for serious complications from the flu.

Who Should Be Immunized? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older (instead of just certain groups, as was recommended before). But it’s especially important that those in higherrisk groups get vaccinated. They include: • all kids 6 months through 4 years old • anyone 65 years and older • women who will be pregnant during flu season • anyone whose weakened immune system is weakened from medications or illnesses (like HIV infection) • residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes • any adult or child with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma • kids or teens who take aspirin regularly and are at risk for developing Reye syndrome if they get the flu • health care personnel who have direct contact with patients • caregivers or household contacts of anyone in a high-risk group (like children younger than 6 months) • Native Americans and Alaskan Natives 24 | savvy kids november 2012

Certain circumstances would prevent a person from getting the vaccine. If your child falls into any of the groups below, talk to your doctor to see if the vaccine is still recommended: • infants under 6 months old • a nyone who’s severely allergic to eggs and egg products. (People with a mild egg allergy can receive the vaccine, but it should be given in a doctor’s office so that they can be monitored for side effects for 30 minutes after the shot is given.) • anyone who’s ever had a severe reaction to a flu vaccination • a nyone with Guillain-Barré syndrome (a rare condition that affects the immune system and nerves) If your child is sick and has a fever, talk to your doctor about rescheduling the flu shot.

When Should Kids GetVaccinated? Flu season runs from October to May. It’s best to get a flu shot early in the season, as it gives the body a chance to build up immunity to, or protection from, the flu. But getting a shot later in the season is still better than not getting the vaccine at all. Those who don’t like shots might be able to get the vaccine in a nasal spray. Your doctor can tell you if this is an option for you or your kids. © 1995-2012. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

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Earlier this year, new recycling carts were introduced in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Sherwood. And we’ve had a whopping 80 percent participation rate so far. A lot of people have helped. Waste Management and Recycling Bank gave us a great model to follow. Our mayors and the fine folks at the district board led the way. All the residents welcomed the new program with open arms. And all the guys on the trucks who continue to make it all run smoothly. Let’s keep it rolling. 26 | savvy kids november 2012


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Press them down on a smooth, clean surface until the suction cup on the bottom attaches to it. Wait a few seconds, and, as the suction cup releases, watch your bugs fly! Kids will get a kick out of these retro wire jumping bugs by Kikkerland. Available at River Market Books and Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock; 501-918-3093.

Kids will love a recordable holiday book featuring their favorite Disney characters. Record your voice reading about our many Christmas wishes and a heartwarming message. Available at June’s Hallmark, 11525 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock; 501-907-8025.

It’s Christmas time again but Santa’s sleigh is stuck in the forest snow! He needs help from the LEGO® City forest fire department. Open a door every day, December 1–24, to reveal the minifigures, models and accessories that Santa needs to get him out. Only you can help free Santa’s sleigh in time for Christmas! Available at Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, is a stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom. Written by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist, find this book and many more at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock; 501-683-3593.

Amaze your audience with awesome chemistry demonstrations! Set contains the lab equipment, materials and chemicals you need to put on your own science show. A special 64-page, full-color, comic-book style manual guides you through the preparation and performance of 25 shows. Available a the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock; 501-396-7050.

Creating music will be big fun with this ukulele, available at Carolyn’s Keyboard Corner, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd., Little Rock; 501-2170275. Ask about lessons while you’re there!

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The little deers will love to prance around with this super-cute holiday head band. $18. Cynthia East Fabrics; 1523 Rebsamen Park Road; 663-0460. Stock your bathroom cupboard with all-natural beauty products you make yourself. Stir up some glitter gel. Make a glitter dust powder puff. Create flavored lip balms. And mix up some sweetsmelling body scrub. Then, relax! Available at the Museum of Discovery, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock; 501-396-7050.

Stay cozy and warm in this stylish leopard print had and matching gloves by Mud Pie. The gloves feature a built-in faux jeweled ring, and are made for texting. Available at Smith Caldwell, 414 N. Main St., Benton; 501-315-7700.

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You will find tons of great clothing and accessories, like these beaded cross necklaces, at The Painted Butterfly, 5407 Hwy. 5 N., Bryant; 501-847-6300.

Available in a variety of colors, styles and scents (yes, scents) you’re sure to find the hottest phone covers and ear buds for your teen this year. Find these and many more at Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167.

In “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Find this and many other titles at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock; 501-683-3593.

Young athletes will love the Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Fusion Compression line of apparel. Made of 88% polyester and 12% spandex plain jersey for comfortable wear and a soft feel. Find these and much more at the Nike store in the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock; 501-821-5552.

These trendy totes will add a punch of style to any outfit. Available in a number of sizes and designs, find these and many more gift ideas at River Market Books and Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock; 501-918-3093. 30 | savvy kids november 2012

There’s less of it, but no less to it. Get the full iPad experience in one new hand-held device, the iPad Mini. Find the latest Apple products and software at the Apple store in the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock; 501-821-5552.

This cable knit beret and matching tech gloves by Mud Pie are the perfect coldweather accessories for any outdoor activity this winter. Available at 414 N. Main St., Benton; 501-3157700.

Your trendy teen will fall in love with the Kitsch line of jewelry available at Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167. From charm necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings, she is sure to make a statement.

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She will stay warm and cozy in these brightly colored pajamas by Michael Stars. Find a variety of color sets at Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167.


She will sparkle with this 24K gold vermeil chain necklace by Be You. Find this any many other styles at the Box Turtle, 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167.

Is there an outdoor sportsman on your list? He will love the insulated drink ware available at June’s Hallmark, 11525 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock; 501-907-8025.

Get your head into the holidays with this whimsical Christmas tree head piece. It’s sure to make your “presents” known. $18. Available at Cynthia East Fabrics, 1523 Rebsamen Park Rd., Little Rock; 501-663-0460.

With 15 famous moustaches on display, anyone will get a kick out of this “Great Mustaches” coffee mug. As Confucius said, “A man without a moustache is a man without a soul.” Holds 12 oz. and is available at River Market Books and Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock; 501-918-3093. May your Days Bead Merry and Bright! Stylish, sparkly and fun beaded bracelets dazzle up your holiday wardrobe and make sweet gifts. $21.95. Available at the Clinton Museum Store, 610 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock; 501-748-0400.

This biography of a lesser-known but seminal civil rights leader draws on personal interviews to elucidate Evers as an individual, leader, husband, brother, and father. Extensive archival work provides a detailed account of Evers’s NAACP work and a clearer understanding of the racist environment that ultimately led to his murder. This and many other titles are available at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock; 501-683-3593. 32 | savvy kids november 2012

This silver fox, faux fur stole by Mud Pie with satin lining features an opening on tail, designed to thread opposing tail through for a secure and stylish fit around neck. Find it at Smith Caldwell 414 N. Main St., Benton; 501-315-7700.

Celebrate the Holidays Moonlight Madness – Friday, November 30; 9pm – Midnight • Shop Special Moonlight Sales across the shopping center, sip hot cocoa and enter to WIN a $500 shopping spree!

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From beauty treatments to skin products, give the gift of pampering this holiday season with a gift card to Renaissance Medical Spa, 140 John Harden Dr., Jacksonville; 501-982-3223.

The shopaholic on your list will love a gift certificate to the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock; To celebrate the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II reign, designer Chris Collicot has created this commemorative limited edition Solar Queen in a lilac dress with crown and broach. Place the Solar Queen in sunlight and watch Her Majesty wave with a subtle twist of the wrist. Available at River Market Books and Gifts, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock; 501-918-3093.

These handmade brushed leaf shape earrings by Be You are 24K gold vermeil and will make the perfect addition to her stocking this year! Available at Box Turtle 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; 501-661-1167.

Not sure what to buy for someone on your shopping list? Consider a gift card to the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock;

Give the gift of quality family time with a membership to the Little Rock Zoo, 1 Jonesboro Dr., Little Rock; It is a gift to be enjoyed all year! 34 | savvy kids november 2012

Including Motown favorites like Dancing in the Street, Please Mr. Postman, and You Can’t Hurry Love, your family will love this CD! Motown for Kids is available at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 W. 9th St., Little Rock; 501-683-3593.

Is someone on your list looking to start a healthier lifestyle? Give them a gift card to The Diet Center, 5901 R. St., Little Rock;, and help them on their way. At just $1 each, these charming, sparkly little bracelets solve lots of stocking stuffer and party gift questions for the little (and big) girls in your life this holiday. Available at the Clinton Museum Store, 610 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock; 501-748-0400.

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So easy the whole family can do it By Emily Griffin In April of this year, Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District implemented a new recycling program for the residents in the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood.

php and find recycling coloring pages, a family recycling quiz, “Recycle Roundup Game” and more!

The new Single Stream Recycling on a Roll program has made recycling easier than ever and residents in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood have responded positively to the changes—the recycling bins have been replaced with 65 gallon bins complete with a lid and wheels.

Recycling is an important first step in making our world a healthier place to live and work. Recycling not only keeps material out of landfills, it saves energy and water, both of which are precious resources. In addition to recycling, simple strategies that improve energy and water efficiency make our environment healthier and save us money. Below are a few facts from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio about the benefits of recycling and efficient energy and water use.

John Roberts, Executive Director of Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District, said they put a lot of research into the program and the positive results speak for themselves. “The secret to a good recycling program is to make it convenient,” Roberts said. And that’s just what Regional Recycling did. You literally place all your recyclables in one bin, instead of separating them out, and place the 65 gallon bin on your curb every other week. Roberts explained that by picking up the recyclables every other week, they are able to reduce their carbon footprint by keeping their “big trucks” off the road a little more. “If one bin isn’t large enough for your family’s recyclables, you can get a second bin to fill,” Roberts added. Since 1994 the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District has overseen recycling programs in Pulaski County and the Single Stream Recycling on a Roll program is just the beginning of the improvements they plan to make. Roberts explained they are working to improve their electronics recycling program and are looking into implementing an organics recycling program, saying that the Single Stream program has been a springboard for future programs. Roberts said one of Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District’s biggest fans are elementary students. Understanding this, they have many educational programs set in place for families, groups, schools and more. Working closely with the Recycling Division of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, other solid waste districts and governmental agencies, the District promotes education by holding teacher workshops, participating in area expositions and festivals, speaking engagements and classroom education programs. Kids can also visit 36 | savvy kids november 2012

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electricity – that is enough to power almost 50,000 homes for a month (EPA, 2008). • Turning your faucet off while you brush your teeth saves as much energy as is required to power a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours (EPA, 2008). • Electricity production is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States, and is responsible for 40 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change (Worldwatch Institute, 2007).

• Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kWh’s of electricity, enough to power the average American home for five months (EPA, 2008). • Compared to making paper from new material, making recycled paper uses 50% less water, 60% less energy, and creates 74% less air pollution (EPA, 2008). • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours (EPA, 2008). So next time you see someone throw away their soda can, remind them that UT Health Science Center recycles. • Recycling other metals is important too – The steel industry’s annual recycling saves the equivalent amount of energy as is required to power 18 million households for a year. • If every American household recycled just 1 out of every ten plastic bottles they used, we would keep 200 million pounds of plastic out of our landfills every year. • If all American homes were retrofitted with waterefficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars each ear (EPA. 2008). • If 1 percent of American homes replaced an old toilet with a new WaterSense labeled toilet, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of

Pulaski County students in grades K-5 are invited to participate in The Art of Recycling Sculputure Contest, sponsored by Recional Recycling and Waste Reduction District and hosted by the Museum of Discovery. Sculptures should be created from recyclable household materials detailed on the “Acceptable Materials List.” There will be top 2 overall winners in grades K-2 and top overall winners in grades 3-5. Each winner will receive $300 for their school art program. Each overall winning project will win $50 total for either an individual or for a group project to share. Entries are due by March 25, 2013 and will be on display at the Museum of Discovery through the month of April. For more information, visit regionalrecycling. org or call 501-340-8787.

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Toy buying season is here and kids will be bombarded with messages to buy this year’s fad toy. Toys are expensive so make sure your toys are high quality and safe. We have posted some guidelines on our website about toy choices, toys for different age groups and links to articles with more information to help you make good toy choices that are fun to play with and help stimulate development in your child. november 2012 savvy kids

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Adoption can be a blessing for many By Amy Webb

When Kenza* was a teenager, her parents adopted Esme, a 6-year-old girl with special needs from foster care. Esme had suffered greatly at the hands of her biological mother, who poisoned the little girl with Arsenic, causing mental retardation and a severe seizure disorder. Esme couldn’t do even the most basic things for herself. Even so, she charmed her new family, and quickly became the center of their world. Four years later, after Kenza had left for college, Esme died suddenly from a severe seizure. Her death triggered a deep calling in Kenza to one day adopt a child of her own. “I’ll never forget Esme. She was just as bright as she could be, and she changed our family forever.”

almost eight years. “Older children do respond to the guidance and loving encouragement. We see that all the time.”

Kenza, now 42, got the chance to adopt nearly three decades later as her own daughter was preparing to leave for college. She had heard of recent changes that allowed single parents to adopt children from foster care. “When the opportunity came for families of all types to adopt, I seized it,” the single mom of two said. She and her family began taking the required training courses, filled out the necessary paperwork and started working with an adoption specialist to match Kenza with a child. Since she already had 11-year-old son, Kenza told adoption specialist Wendy Childs that she wanted to adopt an older, African American child. “Wendy told me that was rare.” Kenza didn’t realize that most of the 600 or so homes approved for adoption only want young children.

About 36 percent of the 442 children in Arkansas currently available for adoption through DHS are between the ages of 6 and 11 years old.

“People worry that they won’t be able to mold and guide older children, but that’s just not true,” said Wendy, who has been an adoption specialists for 38 | savvy kids november 2012

Still, finding forever families for older children is one of the Department of Human Services’ biggest challenges. Specifically, families are needed for children who are: Caucasian and over age 9, African American and over age 2, siblings and children with special medical or psychological needs, according to Marilyn Counts, adoption unit manager for the DHS Division of Children and Family Services.

Project Zero, a local organization that raises awareness about adoption needs in the state, hosts events to match the harder-to-place children with families going through the adoption process. It was at a Project Zero “Salon Day” in February that Kenza met her new daughter. Prospective parents chatted with children as they painted their fingernails and had their hair done by professional stylists. Kenzli, a petite 9-year-old with short hair and reserved personality, would hardly look Kenza in the eyes as the two spoke. Some of the other girls were more talkative, but it was Kenzli that Kenza spent the most time with that day. They both loved the color pink and Kenzli laughed in surprise when the older woman let the young girl paint her nails. Back home, her other children were

calling and texting their mother asking for updates and photos. “I remember telling the kids, ‘I found your little sister.’” Wendy and Kenza talked often after that day, and by mid-March there were plans for Kenza and Kenzli to have lunch at McDonalds. “I remember you from spa day!” Kenzli said as the two met again. Kenza had given Kenzli a scrapbook with information and pictures of her other children, the family dog named Freckles and a blank page that Kenzli could fill out once she became part of the family. Soon after, Kenzli moved into her freshly painted bedroom two doors down the hall from her new big brother. Though her adoption won’t be final until later this year, Kenzli has begun adding her own photos to the family scrapbook that Kenza gave her before she moved in. There’s a photo of her playing soccer, her older sister Kesz at Marine boot camp graduation, pictures of her grandparents on Easter Sunday and her first forever family photo.

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And just like Esme did for all those years ago, Kenzli already has changed the lives of Kenza and her children forever. “I think it’s one of the best decisions we ever made,” Kenza said. “Kenzli has been an amazing blessing to all of us.” *Due to confidentiality agreements, only the first names of family members were used in this story.

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Each November, the nation observes Adoption Awareness Day. During this month, the DHS Division of Children and Family Services celebrates the adoptions of children in foster care that were finalized and continues to work to find forever families for children still wanting a place to call home. Adopting through the Department of Human Services is FREE. For more information about adoption, you can visit www.adoptarkansas. org to view some of the children in Arkansas looking for forever families. For more information about foster care, go to You also may call 1 (888) 736-2820. In Pulaski County, anyone interested in adopting or fostering a child may attend an informational meeting the second Thursday of each month at the DHS-Southwest office at 6301 Baseline Road in Little Rock. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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A parent’s guide to helping struggling students By Bryan Redditt, Huntington Learning Center their students--it’s part of their job. Ask the teacher what they think your child should be working on at home, when they’re not in the classroom. It’s a good idea to bring up your child’s attitude and behavior in this conversation also. • While we’re on the subject of behavior, make a note of any irregular attitude or pattern of behavior your young student is exhibiting. If you see a poor grade in a subject your child previously didn’t have a problem with, investigate it. Has the pace of the child’s class become different than what it was? Find out what’s different from before. Sometimes a child does well when a subject is first introduced, but struggles after the course intensifies. If that’s happening with your student, there may be a gap in the student’s basic skill now showing up as bad grades. • Sharpen study skills. Disorganization--a cluttered desktop or lack of dedicated study space that’s clear of distractions like TV or video games--is the Continued on page 46

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Continued on page 46 enemy of quality study time. Likewise, time management issues can kill study momentum. If your student has an undefined time period and insufficient goals for his or her homework, chaos and ill-preparedness will result. Talk with your teacher for ideas to develop a homework routine. You’ll be surprised how much difference a systemic approach to studying and keeping track of paperwork can make. • Talk to your child! This may be the most obvious step to take, but many parents fail to do so. It’s critical that your young student know that you want to help. Review the report card together and get his or her perspective. Determine together what classes or subjects they struggle with most, and ask how you can best help. Knowing they’re not alone in their study struggle will strengthen your child’s resolve. • Make sure your student is getting enough sleep. This becomes a pronounced issue during middle school, when your child becomes a young teen and seeks more autonomy. Staying up late starts to become the norm, because there are now cell phones, social web sites and more encroachments on bedtime hours than before. A recent UCLA study found that adolescents devote less time to sleep as they age, and when they sacrifice the precious little sleep they have for extra studying, it has negative consequences for their daily academic performance.

Seeking Help

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Academic evaluation—does the learning center offer a battery of tests in its initial assessment? Analysis and review—this process will help develop a learning plan for you and your child to follow. Parent conference—is there close consultation with you so that you can review the learning center’s observations, conclusions and recommendations? Tutoring—this speaks for itself and should be offered by any resource you’re looking into. Interim conferences—this is a crucial line of communication between you and the learning center, facilitating discussion of your student’s successes and challenges. School visits—your prospective learning partner should offer to proactively confer with teachers to keep them informed of your child’s progress and needs. Founded in 1977, Huntington is a pioneer and leader in the tutoring industry. For over 35 years, Huntington has provided quality instruction to hundreds of thousands of students. Huntington prides itself on being “Your Tutoring Solution” for students in all grades and subjects. They tutor in academic skills, such as reading, phonics, math and study skills; and in advanced math and science subjects ranging from algebra through calculus and general science through physics. They also prepare students for state and standardized entrance exams, such as high school entrance exams and the SAT and ACT.

Homework Zone Set a schedule: Young students will do better when study time is defined. As their parent, you know whether they thrive on a structured routine or can be more self-directed in completing homework. Either way it’s crucial to good grades for regular allocation of studying and homework time.

Encourage breaks: Children deserve a break when they get home from school, so let them play outside if the weather permits. Allow for five-minute breaks between subjects when studying, and reward study time completion by letting your student watch a favorite TV show or talk on the phone after homework’s done. Give your student choices: Let your young student have some say in their study schedule and approach to homework. While establishing ground rules is not negotiable, allowing flexibility is the key here. Just because you might prefer picking up math first thing every study period doesn’t mean your child shares that viewpoint. Photo by Brian Chilson

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Since your child’s miraculous entry into the world, you’ve been responsible for most — if not all — of the decisions made regarding his or her health care. You scheduled the early-morning doctor’s visits, arranged for X-rays and other diagnostic tests, ordered prescriptions from pharmacies, asked the right questions, and usually got the answers you needed. As the parent of a preteen or a teen, your job’s not over yet. But by now, your child is able to grasp medical concepts and understand the basics of managing his or her own health care. Experts say that now’s the time to start including teens in health care decisions and let them take a more active role in managing their own care.

Why Include Teens?

Time flies. Before you know it, your 13-year-old will be driving and your 16-year-old will be off at college. With adulthood just around the corner, there’s no time like the present to begin encouraging teens to take on leadership roles in all aspects of everyday life — and health care is no exception. By encouraging their participation (which can be as simple as calling in a prescription and picking it up at the pharmacy or as complex as helping choose a new care provider), you’ll help your teens learn valuable lessons 48 | savvy kids november 2012

about planning in advance, making choices, and being held accountable for themselves. These are all skills that will aid them in adulthood.

Involving Kids

As the parent of any preteen or teen knows, giving kids new responsibilities doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll follow through on them. It’s still up to you to encourage, remind, reinforce, and follow up on the responsibilities you’ve given your child. As kids get older, it’s especially important for those with chronic conditions, like asthma or diabetes, to become more knowledgeable about their illnesses and self-reliant when it comes to medical practices. Kids with special needs and developmental disabilities can also learn to manage some (or many) aspects of their care. It often helps to get the green light first from a doctor, social worker, or other medical professional on how and when to begin transitioning your child into more independent living.

Recommended Age-Appropriate Guidelines At around age 12:

Explain any medical conditions in age-appropriate language that your kids can understand, then have them paraphrase it back to you. This helps kids learn about their diagnoses. Encourage kids to spend time alone with medical professionals (without you in the room). This helps establish trust within the patient-provider relationship, and allows kids to speak candidly and ask questions they might be too fearful or embarrassed to ask in your presence. Have your kids learn what medications they take and why. If a child has any allergic reactions to medications, like penicillin, now’s the time to share that information. Kids who have a chronic condition should know who to contact for medical equipment or supplies that might be needed. At around age 14, in addition to the previous list, teens should: Look into selecting an adult primary care doctor. Oftentimes, kids choose to visit the family doctor that their parents visit. Know any personal history of major medical conditions,

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Know how to fill a prescription and refill a prescription. Have a current list of medications and dosages. At around age 17, in addition to the previous lists, teens should: Have or know where to get copies of medical records (for example: from school or the doctor’s office). Know their health insurance information and how to contact a representative. Know how to obtain referrals to specialists, if needed. Know the limitations of health insurance coverage once they reach adulthood. Plan ahead for medical coverage as an independent once parents’ coverage expires for dependents. If necessary, meet with the local Social Security office to apply for benefits.

Considerations for Kids With Special Needs

Kids with special needs or chronic conditions may need additional support to transition into adult-based health care. If your child has special health needs, consider contacting the local chapter of your child’s diagnosis-specific group (for example, the National Association for Down Syndrome) to learn how other parents have helped their kids become more independent in adulthood. Families who’ve already gone through this transition can offer a wealth of information, such as which doctors specialize in treating adults with special needs, what special services are available, and what programs to look into or avoid. Another resource that might be helpful are family advocacy groups. Many dedicate themselves to helping families of kids with special health care needs. For example, the nationwide Family Voices organization has local chapters that can help families make informed decisions about health care for kids with special needs. Now is also a good time to talk to a social worker in your area (who may be affiliated with your local hospital) to find out what federal or state-run programs your child might be eligible for in adulthood. In addition to health-related services, some of these offerings might include support for finding employment, housing, and transportation. In some cases, you may be able to enroll your child (or at least get on the waiting list) in these programs now. Doing so might seem a bit premature, but can pay off later, when the need for services might be more immediate.

Leading the Way

Whenever possible, involve your kids in making health care decisions. Though it might take some extra effort and a bit of patience on your part at first, your kids can become more independent when managing their own health care. With you there to provide support and guidance along the way, your kids can take that first big leap into adulthood while still having you as a safety net. © 1995-2012. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted with permission.

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PART II Bullying from the Other Side By Duane Runyan, Ph.D., MBA “Hello.” “Ms. Smith, this is Ms. Jones, the principal at your son’s elementary school. Do you have a moment?” “I do. What is this about?” “Your son is okay, but I wanted to let you know he was bullying another child today. We need to talk about how to address your son’s behavior.”

not see their children routinely in the school environment. Also, keep in mind that the nature of bullying is that it often presents as intimidation, a subtle behavior. If the behavior is well-hidden, this will make it more difficult for parents to observe it and ultimately accept that it happened.

This is a conversation none of us ever want to have with a school. Recent press on the issue of bullying indicates this is a significant public health issue. The recent article in Savvy Kids looked at bullying through the perspective of the victim. This follow-up article looks at bullying from the “other side” when our child is accused of bullying others.

After the initial shock, parents tend to divide into two camps. The first parent group tends to immediately support the school officials’ position. The second group tends not to support the school’s position – at least not right away. Regardless of the group, both of them want to understand what happened and tend to ask their child that question. This is important to understand the specific situation that would explain why their child bullied another child. For example, knowing whether or not there was a specific child or group of children involved or whether it was due to possible retaliating for aggression directed at the child is helpful information for the school officials.

Bullying behaviors are not the end of the world. It is linked to some public health issues but can be effectively addressed with increased attention and communication. In effect, bullying behavior indicates change is needed by addressing a problem directly to prevent further difficulties. This article describes the process to keep it small by addressing directly while maintaining a strong partnership with your child’s school officials.

A Parent’s First Response

“There has to be a mistake,” is the typical response school officials hear during this telephone call. It has to be a case of mistaken identity since our child would never bully others. But for every victim of bullying there is at least one child exhibiting bullying behavior, right? But whose child bullies others? Most parents can see the likelihood in other children; however, we tend to miss the potential for our sons and daughters doing such things. Parents understandably have a blind spot when it comes to the behavior of their child. This is not just parental denial and wishful thinking – it is also that parents do 50 | savvy kids november 2012

Parental Understanding: Making the Hidden Unhidden

When a parent asks about the bullying incident, there are some different ways this can go. One outcome is that the child acknowledges the incident and takes personal responsibility. This is the best of all possible responses. If your child responds in this manner, you are well on your way to an important life lesson. Several other child responses may be expected: (1) child denies it completely; (2) child minimizes the incident; and/or (3) child justifies the bullying behavior based on behavior of others. If any of these three responses are provided by the child, it is important that parents listen, thank the child for telling them, and then inform the child that this matter will now be discussed with the school officials. This should be a very brief discussion with a parent who maintains a calm approach. This can certainly be difficult considering the situation. As with any time talking with your child about

difficult topics, it is important to maintain a sense of calm to increase a positive and truthful discussion.

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Parent-School Communication

It is essential that parents work effectively with schools to promote their child’s adjustment. So in the event the telephone rings, it is critical that parents maintain an open and supportive stance with the school. This can be difficult and it is reasonable to feel defensive. That is an element of your child’s life that is difficult to monitor and we have to rely on school officials to determine how our child is doing in that environment. In effect, they are experts on your child’s behavior with peers, which is where bullying behavior tends to manifest. Having a face to face meeting with the school officials is an important next step. This provides an opportunity to support your child as well as maintain open communication with school officials. Through this partnership, the school officials can assist in preventing that situation from occurring in the future.

Social Network: Positive or Negative?

When our child is identified as a child exhibiting bullying behavior, it is natural response to blame others in his or her peer group. For example, “my child would not be a bully if it wasn’t for the other children in his peer group.” This is a legitimate explanation. Bullying in a group tends to create more extreme behaviors rather than bullying alone. Regardless, the child is still exhibiting bullying behavior in the context of his or her social network. Exhibiting bullying behaviors oftentimes indicates a child may need a change of their peer group and/or more adult supervision. This can be challenging in many families due to financial and time constraints; however, there are relatively inexpensive ways to get more adults in your child’s life. This could include civic organizations (like Boy Scouts), participating in sports, or religious organizations. Depending on the social network and amount of adult supervision, it can reduce the potential for a child exhibiting bullying behavior.

Working with a mental health professional/School counselors

It is important to remember that bullying is an aggressive action. This may be both physically aggressive as well as “sneaky” behaviors. The older the child is, the more likely there are other sneaky behaviors. That is, the older the child is when the bullying is indentified, the more likely the child has a “secret life.” This can include increased likelihood for high risk behaviors – and these are the ones to look out for. Considering the potential dangerous of some of the high risk behaviors, it may be important to work with a mental health professional. The older the child, often the more reluctant they are to attend; however, those typically are the children who would benefit the most from working with a mental health professional. So when your child is accused of bullying, all is not lost. This simply provides another opportunity to teach your child skills that will promote their longterm success. The lesson is not to identify explanations to justify the aggressive act; rather, accepting responsibility for their actions that hurt others will definitely promote growth – not just for the child but also the parent. By partnering with school officials, monitoring social networks, ensuring caring adults are supervising the children to reduce unstructured/unsupervised time, and working with a mental health professional, the growth potential on the other side of bullying can be tremendously positive.

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PUPPY UP! WALK November 3 Burns Park Victory Lake, North Little Rock Come support those with cancer, honor the friends we’ve lost, and walk for those we can help. Pre-register by November 1. Pre-registration online is $20. Registration day of event is $25. Registration is 11 a.m. 2 mile walk at 1 p.m. After walk will be food, vendors, prizes & more. Event place: Burns Park Victory Lake (Military Drive, Exit 156, NLR). For more information call 501-372-5959. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS ROYAL NIGHT OUT November 9 Next Level Events Community Connections wants to invite you to our major fundraising event, A Royal Night Out. The event will take place at Next Level Events (1400 West Markham Street, the old train station) in Little Rock. “A Royal Night Out” will be a festive evening with cocktails/hors d’oeuvres to raise money and awareness of our free programs for children with special needs. Event time: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission: $75. For more information contact Courtney Leach at 501-329-5459 or visit Community Connections Presents Martial Arts November 10 Gran Master Hans The Martial Arts program is the newest addition to Community Connections. This program will ensure all children, including kids with disabilities, will have the opportunity to learn Martial Arts. This program will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m, for ages 7 years old and up. The classes will be held at Gran Master Hans in Conway located at 1216 Harkrider. All classes will be free but every child must wear a uniform. The uniforms can be purchased at Gran Master Hans. For more information visit Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A November 7 Chick-Fil-A, Bryant There will be a spirit night to raise money for uniforms, pom poms, and fees for Showstoppers Cheerleading in Little Rock. Spirit Night will be held on November 7 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Chick-Fil-A on Reynolds Road in Bryant. For more information visit Peace, Love and Run 5K Run November 3 Dupree Park The Peace, Love and Run 5K will begin at 8 a.m. at Dupree Park on November 3. It is a certified run coordinated by the Jacksonville Police Department, benefiting Special Olympics of Arkansas. For more information contact April Kiser, 501-982-3191 ext. 214. Recurring Events: First Baptist Church 105 South Spring Street, Searcy We have a special place for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Every Sunday morning, we have a special Sunday School class devoted to those with “special needs.” They meet on the First Floor of the Howle Building from 9:30-10:30 a.m. For more information call 501-268-3561 or e-mail Park Hill Baptist Church 201 E. C Ave., North Little Rock Manipulatives, sensory integration, motivators, visual supports and sched52 | savvy kids november 2012

ules, etc. Are these words foreign to you? Do you understand how they can make Sunday School more enjoyable and meaningful to a child with special needs? We, at Park Hill, have been led to reach these children in ways beyond traditional teaching methods, and minister to families through meeting the needs of their children. Sunday School classes meet from 9:30-10:40 a.m. Extended care for parents during worship service is from 10:55 a.m.-noon. For more information call Susan Bumpas at 501753-3414, or via e-mail at

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Fall Leaves By Meredith Martin-Moats

Regardless of age, there’s something about autumn that tugs at our core. The new crunch underfoot, sharper air, and richer colors. After a light rain, the moist leaves collect in gutters and along roadways, filling the air with an earthy, sweet smell of decomposition. Those that don’t make it to the gutters are crushed by cars and pairs of so many hurried feet, becoming little ghosts of themselves, their outlines haunting the sidewalks for weeks. Autumn is so clearly a time of transition. As an adult, and as a gardener, there’s a tinge of grief in knowing that ultimately autumn is not the joyous, electric, pregnant rebirth of spring, but rather a shift toward the dormancy of winter. The colors are deep and rich just before everything turns brown and gray. Soon everything freezes and the plants reign in their activities to focus attention to their invisible processes underground. Whether it’s the literal or conceptual variety, dormancy isn’t something most humans do well. Or at least that’s the case for most that I know. Props to you if you are wiser. Whereas we may mentally understand the plants aren’t actually dead but just storing up to burst forth in a vibrant spring, we seldom enjoy the waiting. And for those of us who have lost loved ones there seems to be something about fall that exaggerates the hurt. The days get longer, the natural world less colorful. Autumn signals that transition into a process of waiting, the silence, and long periods of dark that are so reminiscent of the mourning process.  My three year old sons, unfettered by thoughts of time (or perhaps more aware of it than I) are fascinated with the spark and immediacy of this seasonal transition. The cooler air has pushed their already energetic selves into a whole new realm of excitement, their little voices perpetually turned up to 11. Even our elderly, overweight dog—who has spent most of the summer panting and dozing on the hardwood floor—seems to be coming alive, running down the back steps and sprinting through the leaves, ears perked up to chase a squirrel run the fence line.  Who can deny the zap of the unexpected chill or the magic of texture-rich leaves that lay in drifts around the city? My sons love to reach down and grab them up and throw them in the air, crunch them in their hands, and stare intently at all the little lines and shapes.  Watching my sons I forget the sadness of fall and reminded of my own childhood leaf exploits. All raked up in a big pile, I was about six or seven and I had grown bored of running and jumping in them. Always a little to anxious for a home of my own, I wondered if I might be able to build some kind of house out of them. All I needed was some kind of paste, I thought. I’d mold them together and then make a dome of sorts. I slipped in the kitchen, mixed up some flour and water and egg to produce some kind of plaster. I dumped it on some of the leaves and began my attempt to sculpt a hut. My trusty dog— whom I had ever so creatively named Pups at age five—had other ideas. As I tried to mold the leaves, he ate the dough. Clearly he was much smarter than me, instinctively knowing the only thing that pasty mixture was good for. My sons are not quite old enough to attempt to build leaf forts, and I hope when they are they’ll be a bit smarter about the whole process. But they are 54 | savvy kids november 2012

fascinated with this dying part of the tree, and I’m endlessly thankful for their curiosity and willingness to fall in love with autumn without fear of winter. The best education, of course, is observation, and so we go traipsing along, talking about the different shapes of the leaves, how each leaf can tell us about the tree from which it came. This gives us an excellent opportunity to discuss the importance of being a good steward to these living creatures that provide us with oxygen, shade, and healthy soil. And we’re not unique in this. If you spend much time online you’ve probably noticed all the parenting blogs are overflowing with leaf crafts, recommendations for leaf books, and instructions on how to make an alphabet chandelier from leaves (just kidding about that last one, although I’m sure some super mom somewhere has done this). I have yet to meet a young child, or a parent, who isn’t fascinated by leaves or fascinated with our child’s fascination. To state the obvious, trees are downright amazing. More often than I’d like, I wind up using guidebooks and Google to learn the name the verities. Despite living in the central Arkansas area for most of my life, I have so much to learn about these giants all around me. Whereas my grandparents knew almost all their names and their uses, my parents’ generation has, regrettably, lost sight of this magical knowledge that I’m so desperate to pass on to my children.  But isn’t that how it goes? What one generation forgets the other seeks. And it works both ways. Watching my children find amazement in the wind shaking the leaves from the trees reminds me that transition is a fundamental part of life. Nothing something to be feared but rather something to embrace, as best we can. 

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Nobody told me this stuff:

Ear Infections By Robert Bell Illustration by Bryan Moats

I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but my boy is a year old as of yesterday. One year old. Twelve months old. Three hundred sixty-five days old. He’s also been running a fever of about 102.5 since his birthday. It’s a drag to be sick, but to be sick on your very first birthday just strikes me as deeply unfair. A year ago, I was lying on the couch with a warm little 7-lb., 8-oz. bundle asleep on my chest, breathing its tiny breaths, just back from the hospital, just one day old. An hour ago, I was lying on the couch with a feverish little 25-lb. person sprawled out across my entire midsection, his hot little head nestled under my chin, breathing those quick, small breaths that kiddos take when they’re sickly, every once in a while cooing, “da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da.”

Just kidding. We’d never feed him funnel cake. It could stunt his growth.

Having a sick child is one of the most helpless and at the same time one of the most universally human feelings there is. But at least we know what’s wrong with our boy (ear infection) and what to do about it (give him the affordable antibiotics we conveniently picked up today at the grocery store). I can’t imagine the anguish of not knowing what’s wrong with your young one. Or knowing what’s wrong but not being able to fix it.

I hadn’t been to a fair in a good handful of years, the last instance having been a not-so-much fun experience on account of we snuck in pints of Old Grand-Dad and poured them into our fresh-squeezed lemonades and then went on a bunch of rides, which is something I do not advise.

I know our little buddy will get better. He’s been in great spirits despite being sick. He’s been playing and laughing even though he doesn’t feel good or have much of an appetite. We’ve been through several ear infections already. He had a few of them last winter and spring, but they cleared up in the summer. Such a crapshoot, ear infections. I think I had one, while my little brother had three rounds of tubes in his ears. I remember going to the hospital in the wee hours, then going to McDonald’s with my dad for breakfast when it was still dark out. Hopefully we won’t have to do any of that. On a happier note, we took him to the Arkansas State Fair over the weekend. It was a blast. The weather was perfect. We went early, so the crowds were thin. We all ate funnel cakes and corndogs and then we rode the Gravitron and the Zipper and the Mutilator and the Collapsinator. 56 | savvy kids november 2012

What we actually did was just amble around the fairgrounds on a lazy Sunday, taking in the sights and the sounds and the smells and the other smells.

This trip was 10 times more fun, at least in part because there was no budget whiskey involved. We watched people ride rides and our boy stared at them, fascinated. He’d reach his hand out, the look on his face leading me to believe he was thinking, “Whoa! What is that all about?” We went through the petting zoo, which, let me tell you, is pretty exhilarating for a one-year-old. As we approached a pen with about four tiny goats in it, they ran up to the fence and stuck their wet little snouts through and he squealed with delight. We saw a camel. He stared in disbelief, eyes wide and mouth making an “O” of total amazement as the gentle creature sniffed his hand and blinked its heavy eyelids before turning away. We saw rabbits, roosters, pot-bellied pigs, an alpaca, donkeys and a mama sow nursing several of the dozen or so piglets she’d just birthed a couple hours before. It was the sort of really great day that you tuck away to think about the next time things get really stressful or someone is sick with a fever.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH Recommended by the William F. Laman Library

Bear Says Thanks Written by Karma Wilson Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear has come up with the perfect way to say thanks—a nice big dinner! When Bear decides to throw a feast, his friends show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There’s just one problem: Bear’s cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Karma Wilson’s playful text and Jane Chapman’s charming illustrations bring to life this celebration of family and friendship. Young readers will delight in discovering the special gift Bear has to share.

Thanks for Thanksgiving Written by Julie Markes Illustrated by Doris Barrette Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks—the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family! Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette’s beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.

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Join the Bear cubs as they act out the first Thanksgiving, complete with costumes, props and a full Thanksgiving feast. But will Sister Bear’s pet turkey play the part of dinner? The beloved Bears teach an important lesson to all about thankfulness and the love of family. Features available in this interactive omBook for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages. Additional Features: Picture/Word association (words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched), Professional audio narration, Custom background audio for each scene, Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of the Berenstains, and This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad. Recommended Ages: 3 - 7

It’s All About Barbie!

Now through January 6, 2013, the Historic Arkansas Museum is hosting the exhibit “BARBIE: The 11 1/2-inch American Icon,” from the collection of the Strojek Family. The Barbie doll first appeared in 1959. Developed by Ruth Handler, co-founder of the Mattel Toy Corporation, Barbie was named after her daughter, Barbara. The Ken doll was named after her son. Throughout the years, and despite its controversial depiction of female form and beauty, the Barbie doll has remained popular with children and collectors alike. For the Strojek family the Barbie bug began in 1988 and has continued through today. Currently the collection consists of 82 dolls and eight completed series as well as a vintage dollhouse, cars and adventure books. 58 | savvy kids november 2012

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host the event, “It’s All About Barbie!” on November 10. From 10 a.m.-noon kids will have the opportunity to enjoy tea and snacks while visiting with Barbie (Heather Strojek, Barbie collector). Kids are encouraged to dress up themselves and their Barbie doll in favorite outfits. Grown-ups can also get in on the fun during Show and Tell Memories. Guests are welcome to share your fondest memories, or show off your vintage doll. Several collectors will be on hand with their prized dolls, such as the 1960 #3-850 Barbie and 1963 Bubblecuts. For more information and to make reservations, call Historic Arkansas Museum at 501-324-9351 or visit

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The nutcracker

Ballet Arkansas prepares for the upcoming performance By Erica Sweeney

The mission of Ballet Arkansas is to cultivate creativity and imagination throughout the state by educating the public about dance, says Executive Director Lauren Strother.

“Kids can appreciate art at a young age, but it starts at home,” she says. “It gives them more confidence and more interest in learning because it’s something they can grasp easily.”

“We educate about this art form in the highest quality way,” she says. This includes performances, workshops and other events.

Besides attending performances, there are many volunteer opportunities available during or preparing for a show. Strother says these opportunities are “geared more toward high school age,” because most deal with interacting with the public.

Ballet Arkansas is a professional dance company that includes nine professional dancers who are on contract from August to April, Strother says. The organization formed in 1978 as a nonprofit, and in the 1980s and ‘90s, there was a dance academy associated with it, she says. In 2009, the board of directors formed the professional company.

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In this year’s company, three of the nine dancers are Arkansas natives, Strother says. There is also a pre-professional training program for ages 14 and up. And, students ages 16 to 18 can train with the company as part of Ballet Arkansas II, Strother says. This year, there are six members of Ballet II. Both programs require auditions, she says. Strother says she hopes the Ballet II program will slowly grow to eventually reach a younger audience and “foster those students to one day be professional dancers with the company.” Educational events include workshops, featuring the company’s choreographer, she says. There are two upcoming workshops in January. The cost is $20 and they are open to the public. Ballet Arkansas also holds a yearly intensive summer camp each June. This season features three productions, as well as five touring programs. Next up is Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, set for Dec. 7-9 at Robinson Center Music Hall. This year’s performance will feature more than 180 students from around the state, Strother says. She says in this year’s performance, all major roles will be performed by members of the company, since it is larger than in previous years. “It’s a higher caliber show,” she says. “It’s definitely a step up.” On Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m., the Nutcracker Tea will be held at the Capital Hotel. This event will feature a special production by Ballet Arkansas, treats and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

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In April 2013, Ballet Arkansas will hold a spring concert at Arkansas Repertory Theater, called Spring into Motion.

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Kids Eat FREE!

Below is a listing of locations and days in which kids, 12 and under, can eat free with a paid adult (unless otherwise noted).



CICI’S PIZZA Ages 3 and under eat free at buffet. • Conway: 1250 Old Morrilton Hwy, 764-0600 • Hot Springs: 3321 Central Avenue, 321-2400 • Jacksonville: 120 John Harden Dr, Jacksonville, 241-2224 • North Little Rock: 2815 Lakewood Village Dr, 753-1182

BEEF O BRADY’S 4 p.m.-close. • Maumelle:115 Audubon Dr., 803-3500

JJ’s Grill Free kid’s meal with the purchase of adult meal for kids 12 and under (all day). Conway: 1010 Main Street


March 10: The10Hope Ball is an annual gala event hosted by 4-7 p.m. Ages and under. the 20th Century to raise funding for the continued • Little Rock: 4300Club S University, 562-5651 operation of the 20th Century Club’s Lodge. The 2012 Ball, themed “Garden of Hope”, will be held in the GOLDEN CORRAL Ages 3 and under eat freeCenter, at buffet. Discounted prices The Statehouse Convention Wally Allen Ballroom. Tuesday. for kids on elegant evening will include both live and silent auctions, Little Rock:dinner, 5001 Warden a• North delicious seated cocktails,Road, and 771-4605 dancing until midnight. For more information call 501-907-1760 or visit LARRY’S PIZZA Ages 4 and under. • Bryant: 4500 Hwy. 5 North, 847-5003 • Conway: 1068 Markham, 329-3131 • Little Rock: 12th & Center St., 372-6004; 12911 Cantrell Rd., 224-8804 San Francisco Bread Co. One FREE Kid’s Meal with the purchase of Adult Meal, after 5 p.m. • Hot Springs: 261 Cornerstone Blvd., 525-7322 ZAXBY’S 5 p.m.-close, dine-in only. • Jacksonville: 209 Marshall Rd., 241-0546 • Maumelle: 104 Carnahan Dr., 851-9777 • Sherwood: 208 Brookswood Rd., 833-9777


American Pie Pizza Kids eat free after 4 p.m. • Little Rock: 10912 Colonel Glenn Rd., 225-1900 • Maumelle: 9709 Maumelle Blvd., 758-8800 • North Little Rock: 4830 N. Hills Blvd., 753-0081 CHICK-FIL-A First and third Monday of each month. • North Little Rock: 3929 McCain Blvd, 945-1818 NYPD Pizza Free Kids entree, for children ages 10 and under, with the purchase of adult entree. Dine-in only, 4-6 p.m. • Little Rock: 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., 868-3911 SHORTY SMALL’S Up to two kids meals free per paying adult. • Conway: 1475 Hogan Ln, 764-0604 • Little Rock: 1110 N. Rodney Parham, 224-3344 • North Little Rock: 4317 Warden Rd, 753-8111 TA MOLLY’S 5-9 p.m. • Bryant: 206 W. Commerce St., 653-2600 62 | savvy kids november 2012

Arkansas Burger Company One free kid’s meal per adult meal. Dine-in only, 5:30-9 p.m. • Little Rock: 7410 Cantrell Road, 663-0600

MOOYAH BURGER One free kid's meal with the purchase of adult meal. • Little Rock: 14810 Cantrell Rd., 868-1091 NYPD Pizza Free Kids entree, for children ages 10 and under, with the purchase of adult entree. Dine-in only, 4-6 p.m. • Little Rock: 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., 868-3911 DENNY’S RESTAURANT 4-7 p.m. Ages 10 and under. • Little Rock: 310 S. Shackleford Rd., 224-8264 JIM’S Razorback Pizza Kids 12 and under receive a FREE six inch pizza with the purchase of an adult entree (Dine-in only). • Little Rock: 16101 Cantrell Rd. • Maumelle: 20608 Hwy 365 North • Hot Springs: 4330 Central Ave. LONESTAR STEAKHOUSE 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock:10901 Rodney Parham, 227-8898 PIZZA HUT 5-8 p.m.. Dine in only. • Little Rock: 11410 W. Markham St., 228-7000 Stromboli’s One FREE Kid’s Meal (12 or under) per adult meal purchased at regular price. Kids may choose from the Kid’s Menu or Pizza By-the-Slice with up to two toppings. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. • Conway: 605 Salem Rd., 327-3700


FAMOUS DAVE’S 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 225 North Shackleford Road, 221-3283 FIREHOUSE SUBS • Bryant: 3108 Horizon St., 653-3700 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 228-5553; 10300 Rodney Parham, 225-2001 • Maumelle: 11617 Maumelle Blvd., 753-9898 • North Little Rock: 2811 Lakewood Village Dr., 812-5002 LARRY’S PIZZA 4-8 p.m. With purchase of one adult meal, up to two kids get a small one topping pizza, drink, and $1 in tokens. • Cabot: 2798 South Second Street, 843-7992

JIM’S Razorback Pizza Kids 12 and under receive a FREE six inch pizza with the purchase of an adult entree (Dine-in only). • Little Rock: 16101 Cantrell Rd. • Maumelle: 20608 Hwy 365 North • Hot Springs: 4330 Central Ave. Western Sizzlin Up to 2 children eat Free with the purchase of an adult meal. • Benton: 1916 Congo Rd., 778-9656


CAPTAIN D’s • Benton: 1419 Military Rd, 778-7909 • Hot Springs: 1906 Central St., 321-4288 • Jacksonville: 1109 West Main St., 982-3330 • Little Rock: 6301 Colonel Glen Rd., 568-6244 • North Little Rock: 5320 JFK Blvd., 758-5144 Mexico Chiquito One FREE kid's meal per adult entree for kids 12 and under (Dine-in only). • Conway: 1135 Skyline Dr., 205-1985 • Jacksonville: 1524 W. Main St., 982-0533 • Little Rock: 13924 Cantrell, 217-0700; 102 S. Rodney Parham, 224-8600; 4511 Camp Robinson, 771-1604; 11406 W. Markham, 217-0647 MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL 4 p.m.-close. One free kids meal with paid adult meal. • Bryant: 7409 Alcoa Rd., 778-3111 • Conway: 625 Salem Rd., 336-6500 • Little Rock: 12312 Chenal Pkwy., 223-3378 • North Little Rock: 4834 North Hills Blvd., 812-5577


BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 LUBY’S CAFETERIA • Little Rock: 12501 West Markham, 219-1567


BOSTON’S GOURMET PIZZA RESTAURANT • Little Rock: 3201 Bankhead Dr., 235-2000 DENNY’S RESTAURANT 4-7 p.m. Ages 10 and under. • Little Rock: 310 S. Shackleford Rd., 224-8264 CORKY’S Kid's meals 1/2 off. 4 p.m.-close. • Little Rock: 12005 Westhaven Dr., 954-7427

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free products from Dempsey Bakery Products in Little Rock. On the menu, you will find kids and grown up favorites: • Strawberry and spinach salads topped with goat cheese and sliced almonds with house-made poppy seed dressing • Other house-made favorites including ranch dressing, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce • Marinated Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich • Fresh cut seasonal fruit, selected daily • Hand battered, farm raised catfish and chicken tenders • Burgers made with Certified Angus Beef • Hand pattied, seasoned Turkey burgers • Veggie wraps & pitas • Buffalo chicken wrap pita and sandwich All Aboard is proud to offer many healthy options for kids! Also served: beer and wine. Reserve a birthday party (trainthemed of course!) for “all ages from 1 to 99” today, call 975-7401 or visit for more information.

oN the MeNU Strawberry & Spinach Salad If you’re looking for a unique dining experience both you and the kids will absolutely love, try All Aboard next time you take the family out for dinner. Kids are sure to enjoy watching the unique one-of-a-kind train delivery system that transports your freshlymade meal from the kitchen, along tracks directly to your table, all for a cost of a typical dining experience. The restaurant is owner-operated and exhibits pride in both the preparation of the many, many menu choices as well as the custom design of the entertaining train food delivery system. Meals for kids are under $5 and adult combos are less than $7. It’s like paying for dinner and getting a show for free! Even though affordably priced, the food is prepared fresh and with local products! The produce used at All Aboard comes from Mountain Home Berry Farm in Mountain Home, selected smoked meats are purchased from Hensely’s Meat Market in North Little Rock and LePops Speciality Popsicles are from LePops of Little Rock. Soon, All Aboard will also offer gluten 64 | savvy kids november 2012

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Chicken Nuggets and fruit “The outside is really crunchy!” –Allison

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Veggie Wrap … red pepper hummus, roasted red peppers, pesto sauce, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a flour tortilla “It’s got A LOT of flavor.” – Jennifer

Meredith Gadberry

Macaroni & Cheese “The cheese is good and creamy.” – Meredith

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American Pie Pizza is a family owned operation. Our pizzas are thin crust, and considered by some as the best around. We only use the freshest ingredients on all of our items. Our salads can be a meal and the sandwiches are sure to fill you up. Check out the menu for all the great choices. There is something for everyone. We hope you delight in our food and our staff and have an enjoyable visit as our guests at American Pie Pizza. Kids Eat Free Every Monday! See you at â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pieâ&#x20AC;?.


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NYPD Pizzeria Kids love pizza and NYPD Pizzeria loves kids. Coupon offer: Every Tuesday is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two for Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;? at NYPD Pizza offering a free 14â&#x20AC;? cheese pizza when any other 14â&#x20AC;? pizza is purchased when you dine in. Crayons and coloring sheets are distributed and one of the many large TV screens offers something kids like to watch while parents enjoy the game or a movie. Renown for their homemade crust, pizzas are topped with hi quality, premium fresh toppings. Dairy free and gluten free options are available as well as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu.

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Coltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steak House & Grill is a fullservice restaurant with a fun, casual atmosphere where guests can snack on all the peanuts you can eat. We serve choice hand-cut steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood, as well as salads and burgers. Meals are served with hot homemade yeast rolls and lunch specials are available durColtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Cards Make Great stoCkinG stuffers ing the week. We offer a kids menu for children 12 and under. EntrĂŠes include a healthy choice of side, roll and a drink. Free Kids Meal: Limit one child 12 or under per adult entrĂŠe purchased. Select kids entrĂŠes from the kids menu only. For a limited time at Cabot location only. Must present coupon to redeem offer. Expires November 30, 2012. 195 Northport Dr. Cabot. 501-843-1905

Loganberry Frozen Yogurt Kids craving Ice Cream? Satisfy their desire with a healthy alternative at Loganberry Frozen Yogurt. Made fresh in Russellville, AR, in a boutique dairy farm, Loganberry Yogurt is cultured, probiotic yogurt with real fruit purees and natural ingredients. Fresh berries and fruit, nuts, and granola are some of the 50+ toppings at Loganberry Frozen Yogurt topping bar. 12 delicious, low fat, low sugar flavors range from Triple Dark Chocolate to Pink Lemonade sorbet. Treat your family to a healthy dessert they can have fun serving themselves. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Little Rock. 501-868-8194

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Family membership to the Zoo makes a great holiday gift that keeps giving all year! Member Benefits Include • Free admission all year • Free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos in the U.S., Canada & Mexico • 15% Discount at the Safari Trader Gift Shop and Café Africa • 2 Train Ride Tickets per year • 2 Carousel Ride Tickets per year • 2 Free Guest Passes per year • And much more!

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NOVEMBER MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY: DESIGN ZONE November 1 thru 30: Design Zone is presented at the Museum of Discovery through the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide museum consortium funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and will be on exhibit through December 2, 2012. Design Zone is a highly interactive, hands-on exhibition where visitors can explore a variety of creative concepts to learn the processes and tools needed to create a successful design. It is organized into three thematic zones, all highlighting the importance of science and mathematical thinking in areas critical to building creativity and innovation art, music, and engineering. Hours: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $8 ages 1-12, under 12 months get in FREE. For more information call 501-396-7050 or visit THE 2012 ARKANSAS CORNBREAD FESTIVAL November 3: Ask any Arkansan what his or her favorite meal is, and the answer will include cornbread in some way. To celebrate this simple dish in all of its comforting glory, the Bernice Garden will once again host the first Arkansas Cornbread Festival. In addition to cornbread, sides and beverages, the festival will include blues, bluegrass and folk bands, children’s activities, nonprofit booths and vendors selling new and vintage goods. “The area south of Interstate 630 in downtown Little Rock is revitalizing by focusing on things that refresh everyone’s spirit-simple, pure and good food, nature, music and community,” said Anita Davis, community advocate and owner of the Bernice Garden. Bernice Garden is located at the southeast corner of South Main Street and Daisy Bates Avenue in downtown Little Rock. Event time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the Cornbread Festival or the Bernice Garden visit www. or contact Liz Sanders (coordinator of the Bernice Garden) at 501-617-2511 or via e-mail PUPPY UP! WALK November 3: Come support those with cancer, honor the friends we’ve lost, and walk for those we can help. Pre-register by November 1. Pre-registration online is $20. Registration day of event is $25. Registration is 11 a.m. 2 mile walk at 1 p.m. After walk will be food, vendors, prizes & more. Event place: Burns Park 68 | savvy kids november 2012

Victory Lake (Military Drive, Exit 156, NLR). For more information call 501-372-5959.

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ASIAN FESTIVAL 2012 November 3: Asian Festival is a celebration of Asian culture and Arkansas’ diverse community. Includes table vendors, local businesses, full program, and door prizes. Something for everyone! Admission: $3 per person. Event time: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Event location: Mosaic Church (6420 Colonel Glen Rd., LR). For more information call 501-2442490. DOLLAR DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY November 4: The first Sunday of each month the first 1,000 visitors pay only $1 for admission into the Museum of Discovery. Museum hours on Sunday are from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. General admission for adults is $10, $8 for ages 1-12, and children under 1 get in free; also members get in free. For more information call 501-396-7050 or visit HOLIDAY HOUSE 2012 November 7 thru 10: General Shopping hours: Thursday, November 8th from noon until 9 p.m., Friday, November 9th from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, November 10th from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. We will be having raffles throughout the weekend as well. Sissy’s Log Cabin has provided a beautiful Rolex watch and Tipton Hurst has graciously offered to decorate all of our Special Event’s tables and we will be raffling them off as well. Here is a list of our Special Events along with a brief description of what you might find if you attend. Preview Party, Twas the Night Before, will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. It will be an amazing evening with a silent auction, wine and beer, music by Barrett Baber, raffles and food provided by An Affair to Remember. Tickets are $40 each. Limited number of tickets are available. For more information about cost and event schedules contact Kristen Saffa at 501-375-5557. CREATION STATION November 8: Children of all ages will enjoy a special craft. Event time: 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Event location: William F. Laman Public Library. For more information call 501-758-1720 or visit

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY’S MUSIC FESTIVAL November 8: Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney Friends for a hilarious talent search in the all new Disney Live! Rockin Road Show! Join the gang-Minnie, Donald, and Goofy as they set out on a zany road trip where audiences join in and help find the coolest acts around. Along the way, hit a high note with Cinderella; get your bounce on the Tigger; and shout out your loudest “yee-haw” at a hoedownright in your hometown. For show times and prices call 501-975-9000. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS ROYAL NIGHT OUT November 9: Community Connections wants to invite you to our major fundraising event, A Royal Night Out. The event will take place at Next Level Events (1400 West Markham Street, the old train station) in Little Rock. “A Royal Night Out” will be a festive evening with cocktails/hors d’oeuvres to raise money and awareness of our free programs for children with special needs. Event time: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission: $75. For more information contact Courtney Leach at 501-329-5459. FESTIVAL OF TREES 2012 November 10: Festival of Trees 2012 is a benefit for Safe Haven Shelter for Women and Children. There will be a silent auction, live entertainment, and photos with Santa. Event time: 2 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Event location: Boys & Girls Club (109 W. Belding, Hot Springs). For more information call 501-262-9300 or visit ARTIST PARTY FAMILY NIGHT November 13: Families will enjoy stories and games with art themes, as well as learn fun facts about art and artists. Event time: 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Event location: William F. Laman Public Library. For more information call 501758-1720 or visit TURKEY BOWL November 14: What is Turkey Bowl? A party with a PURPOSE! Participants enjoy bowling, food, drinks, prizes, games, and music while raising money to make a difference in our community. Why Bowl for Junior Achievement? We give young people the knowledge and

skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Eight out of ten students agree their participation in our program fully reinforces the value of a good education and the importance of staying in school. Event time: 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Event location: Professor Bowl in Little Rock. For more information call 501-280-9118 or visit DAZZLE DAZE November 15 thru 17: Be the first to shop with this year’s Dazzle Daze merchants, sample appetizers from Chef Jill McCollum, listen to jazz by Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers and register for prizes, including jewelry donated by Fletcher Smith’s Jewelers and services donated by Cosmetic Laser Solutions. Limited number of tickets available. Shop, eat at the Dazzle Deli, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole, and enjoy a variety of entertainment. This event will take place inside the Conway Expo Center (2505 East Oak). Girl’s Nite Out is Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. There will be a raffle drawing on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. Win a 2013 Ford Mustang Convertible or other great prizes. $100 donation per ticket, limited to only 500 tickets sold! There will be a Pajama Party with Santa Friday at 9:30 a.m. Kids are invited to wear their pajamas and listen to stories from Santa, visit with the elves, and have a special photo taken, $15 ticket includes one adult general admission ticket good for entrance all day Friday, free admission for children, story time, a special photo (one photo per ticket) and a treat. Limited to 100 tickets. For more information call 501-513-5778 or visit BREAKFAST WITH BIG CATS November 17: Looking for a special place to spend some quality time with your family? Join us for breakfast at the Little Rock Zoo and a special animal event with the big cats. Guests will get a VIP zoo keeper chat all about big cats and will enjoy a breakfast buffet at Café Africa. Seating is limited and prior reservations are a must! Event time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission: Non-Member Adult $21.95, Non-Member Child $16.95, Member Adult $16.95 and Member Child $12.95. For more information call 501-661-7218 or visit


November 17 thru January 6: The ice rink will be in the River Market Pavilions again this year. For dates of operation and times, visit Tickets $9 for ages 5 and up (which includes taxes) for 60 minutes and includes skates. Children (4) four and under are FREE. Ticket sales will cease one hour prior to the closing time. Group discount of $1 per ticket for groups of 15 or more.

GARVAN WOODLAND GARDENS – LIGHTS ON THE LANDSCAPE November 17 thru December 31: More than 1.8 million holiday lights will illuminate Garvan Woodland Gardens daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening, transforming the woodland landscape into a winter wonderland of delight. The display is one of Arkansas’ most impressive holiday events. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 years old and children 5 and under get in FREE. Dogs are welcome with a $5 fee. Golf cart rides are available on a first come, first serve basis for a fee of $10 in addition to the holiday lights admission. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information call 501-262-9300 or visit 38TH TOYS DESIGNED BY ARTISTS November 21 thru 30: The Toys Designed by Artists exhibition engages museum visitors, delighting young and old alike. In 1973, the Arkansas Arts Center initiated an exhibition of toys designed by artists. Inspired by Alexander Calder’s circus figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s, this exhibition was launched to stimulate the imagination of both children and adults and to engage them with toys of whimsy, delight and good craftsmanship. The tradition continues this season with the 38th Toys Designed by Artists. This international juried exhibition challenges artists to take the concept of “toy” and make a personal expression-a piece of art. The wildly inventive toys selected often hearken back to the days before plastic and mass

production, when all toys were handmade and, whether simple or elaborate, engaged the imagination of both maker and users. Admission is FREE. For more information call 501-372-4000. THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT HARBOR November 22 thru 24: Join us for our annual Thanksgiving celebration. It will last all weekend long! Thursday our Lodge Restaurant creates a beautiful Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings. Seating is limited so book early. Friday we have a holiday party set to music with bonfires, cocoa, and hayrides. Kids, come help Santa throw the big switch and turn on the resort-wide holiday lights. Saturday night we meet at the Joplin Firehouse for our annual spaghetti dinner auction and fundraiser. Don’t worry-we’ll have the big game on so don’t let that stop you! It’s a family fun weekend jam-packed with good friends, good food, and good times! So, come on out to Mountain Harbor Resort in Mount Ida, AR and help us celebrate Thanksgiving. For more information call 870-867-2191 or visit 15TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS November 23 thru 25: Experience a primitive camp and learn some of the survival skills used by Arkansas pioneers. Watch a variety of demonstrations including muzzleloading rifles, tomahawk throwing, and more inside Petit Jean State Park! Co-sponsored by the Early

Arkansaw Reenactor Association. Contact the park for a schedule and more information 501-727-5441 or visit www. FALL HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE AT PINNACLE MOUNTAIN November 24 and 25: Jostle, bounce, and laugh your way across the fields and through the woods on a guided hayride with a warm campfire, stories, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. For more information call 501-868-5806 or visit www. FULL MOON WALK November 25: The Full Moon Walk is a FREE event open to the public put on by the Big Dam Bridge Foundation to promote the Big Dam Bridge as a safe place for the whole family to come. The walk will begin simultaneously from both sides of the river at 6:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will transport A health fair will be offered from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Bailey Faulkner 501-804-6686. MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER November 25: The Ballet will take place at the Robinson Center Music Hall. The special 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in 2012 overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace,” where 2 dancers become one stunning bird, inspired by the early works of Stanislov Vlasov,


original choreographer and director of Moscow Ballet’s inaugural Great Russian Nutcracker. The production also features a Christmas tree that grows to 7 stories tall; falling snow and Troika-styled sleigh escorted by Russian folk characters Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); towering hand-made silk puppets; 200 all new, lavish costumes; and 9 hand-painted backdrops, all set to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker Suite score. Event time: 3 p.m. Tickets: $29.50 -$70. Tickets available at any Ticketmaster location, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or may be purchased online. For more information visit SHERWOOD’S ENCHANTED FOREST TRAIL OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS November 26 thru December 30: Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Holiday Lights offers over 92 lighted displays. This drive-thru trail of lights is over a mile long. Donations are welcome. Everyone receives a candy cane. For more information call 501-833-3790. DDG FAULKNER COUNTY CHRISTMAS SALE November 29 thru December 1: You don’t want to miss the Duck Duck Goose Children’s Consignment Event at the Greenbrier City Event Center (5 Louise Lane, Greenbrier, AR). Duck Duck Goose presents a family consignment sale featuring lightly used children’s items at Bargain Prices! Arkansas moms who love bargains will delight in this family friendly, treasure hunter’s dreamland as they find children’s clothing, baby equipment, furniture, toys, and even women’s clothing at great prices. Just in time for the cooler weather, it’s your one-stop shopping extravaganza for everything your child needs for the fall and winter seasons at unbelievable savings. Shop & save big bucks at Duck Duck Goose! Saturday, December 1st is “half-price sale day” on many items. Admission is FREE.

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The Thea Foundation recently held the 7th Annual free sidewalk chalk art event, Thea Paves the Wayâ&#x20AC;? at the William J. Clinton Library. The event gives students, teachers and others from around the state an engaging venue to enjoy the arts. Families also enjoyed music, a balloon artist, concessions, and, of course, beautiful and creative sidewalk art created by some very talented individuals. Teachers and students were also given free admission into the Clinton Presidential Library. Lizzie Moreno Tya Brown, Layla Junior & Lauren Saiders 3. Aris Abernathy 4. Thomas & Sophia Lu 5. Masterpiece in Progress 6. Abigail Bacot & Sasha Allen 7. Emma Lynn Miller 8. Khaki Holthoff 9. Mason & Madison Whipps 10. Hannah Smith & Allison Burke 1. 2.

2nd Annual Great 5K Pumpkin Run Photos by Patrick Jones

Athletes of all levels gathered to support the Open Arms Shelter during the 2nd Annual Great 5K Pumpkin Run/1M Family Trot and Pumpkin Patch. The race began at the historic Lonoke Train Depot and wound its way by the Lonoke City Park and through the small-town neighborhoods. The awards ceremony was led by KARKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Matt Mosler and live music was performed by New Horizon. The mission of Open Arms Shelter is to provide both temporary and long term care housing to victims of abuse and neglect up to 18 years of age. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Race winner Caleb Delapaz Jack Foster Jasmine, Ty, Trey, Jada & Ladasia Alley Tori McFarlan Louis Jackson Ryan Lemley & and Ayden Glover Hallie & Sam Akins Face painting Ana, david & Issak Soto Bethany Mancini

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Arkansas’s Largest Supplier of Printed Music Find giFts FOr aLL mUsicians here! Best Music Lesson

Providing instruction in: Banjo Cello Clarinet Guitar Drums Flute

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From the Bridge to Wellness to the rooFtop garden...

Healing is in our nature. When you bring your child to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, you’ll see that we’ve brought the Natural State –from the river delta to the forests and mountains – inside our new South Wing addition. 1st Floor – arkansas rivers and delta • New Emergency Department (only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in Arkansas) • New Hematology/Oncology Clinic 2nd Floor – the rivers meet the Forest • New Dental Clinic; Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, Neuroscience Clinic and Audiology 3rd Floor – the Forests meet the mountains • Expanded NICU with 17 private rooms (Only Level IV NICU in Arkansas) • New Infant/Toddler Unit 4th Floor – Where the mountains meet the sky • New Hematology/Oncology Unit • Expanded Heart Center

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Allee Bittle turns three!



Allee Bittle celebrated her 3rd birthday with her friends and family at Motley’s Pumpkin Patch during a Cinderella themed party. The kids dressed up and rode a cow train, watched pig races, fed the animals, picked a pumpkin, ate cake and cookies and played on the hay. Allee’s carriage cake and Cinderella slipper shoes cookies were created by Stacey’s Sweets and Treats in Maumelle.









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Allee Bittle Avery Grace & Leighton Freeman Molly Kate Bittle Avery Goad Lily Breeding Allee Bittle Avery Gable Carter Bittle

Salt Bowl Photos by Rachael Kimble

Thousands of fans turned out for the 2012 Salt Bowl between the Benton Panthers and the Bryant Hornets. The rivalry between the two schools runs deep and fans cheered on their teams during an exciting competition at War Memorial Stadium. Before the game, tailgaters enjoyed games, rock climbing walls, inflatable bounce houses, face painting and more! The Hornets were victorious with a final score of 55-21.



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Another Anthony Success Story “An Anthony School education is an investment with quantifiable returns. I graduated from college on time and debt-free because most of my education expenses were covered by academic scholarships and fellowships. The foundation for my academic success that resulted in valuable financial aid began at Anthony.”

For Those Who “ROCK” Your Life! Knight’s sUPER FOODs A Full-Service Bakery

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501-843-8101 • Open Daily 7 am - 7 pm 906 S. pine Street • CabOt Name: Katherine McGraw Current Position: Agricultural Economist at the University of Arkansas Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability Education: B.S.A. in Poultry Science and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas Accomplishments: Author/co-author of 11 peer- reviewed publications and three other publications on topics including economic contribution analysis, direct marketing and risk management, and labor economics Foundation for Success: The Anthony School

We’ve been producing outstanding students for nearly 70 years. For a personal tour call 225-6629 or visit PREK3 Eighth Grade




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Forest Park Elementary Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Honor


Photos by Rachael Kimble

Forest Park Elementary, as part of its Centennial Year, recently celebrated being named a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education, with a patriotic assembly where the 4th and 5th grade students participated in a performance. Congressman Tim Griffin and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola were on hand to help the students, faculty and parents celebrate the honor. Forest Park Elementary was one of only three schools in Arkansas to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.

Wildwood Park for the Arts HARVEST! Fest


Photos by Rachael Kimble

All sorts of fun was had during Wildwood Park for the Arts 5th Annual HARVEST! Festival. Festival-goers accessed all the traditions they’ve come to enjoy during the autumn event – hay rides to Pumpkin Hill; antique tractors, miniature railroad and garden railroad displays; delicious, wholesome foods and artisan crafts for purchase; and the inspiring, energetic sounds of the Arkansas Pickin’ & Fiddlin’ Championship and other Americana music beside Swan Lake. Ballet Arkansas and Wildwood’s Art To Go tour of “Lily & The Apple Seed” performed. Wildwood Park and CARE for Animals hosted a Paws on the Pavement RunWILD 5K, and Paws on the Path WILDFun Run 1K for twoand four-legged family members.


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give the gift of discovery

Regular Store Hours: Tues - Sat 9 am - 5 pm; Sun 1 - 5 pm Special Holiday Hours: Mon, Dec. 10 & 17! Extended hours until 7 pm: Dec 17-23!

Store gift cards & museum memberships make great gifts, too!

Shopping at the Explore Store at the Museum of Discovery is an experience in itself. Here, you’ll find educational, fun and inventive gifts for all ages. The world of science is vast, exciting and really very cool. Whether it’s an edible chemistry set, a doodling robot or a glitter spa kit, there are no limits to discovering new things. Get your hands on science this holiday season.

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Experience the power of public education.

Pulaski County Special School District

Achievement in Action

New and exciting learning opportunities like Ms. Keesee’s outdoor classroom at Crystal Hill Elementary School are taking shape across our district, offering an education that goes beyond the books.

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Boo at the Zoo Photos by Rachael Kimble



Little ghosts and goblins joined their animal friends to celebrate Boo at the Zoo! Now in its 21st year, Boo at the Zoo has become a family tradition. Every year Boo at the Zoo features trick-or-treating in a safe environment along with several amenities and attractions including: a hay maze, carnival rides, fair-style food & other concessions, the haunted train, a haunted house for older kids, a costume contest, Ghost Roast s’mores area, magic show, Frankenstein’s Dance Party, and much, much more.


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Maryah & James Shuffles and Ballet II performing “Thriller” Boo at the Zoo volunteers Hayden & Keeley “Thriller” zombie Costume Contest Participants 1st place group winners, Clarke, Jacob, Daniel, Blane & Kamrum “Woody” participant in costume contest

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Photos Rachael Kimble

The 3rd Annual Arkansas Walk Now for Autism Speaks event was held recently at the Clinton Presidential Center. Autism Speak’s goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorgers. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism. Hundreds participated in the walk in support of friends and family living with autism spectrum disorders and more than $107,000 was raised during the event. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Landon the Great Eugenia, Wilson & Lisa Getting ready to walk Walking! Meeting the 501 Legends THV’s Craig O’Neill Courtney, Julie, Zoe & Katie Mayberry 8. Angel Pageant Queens Mackenzie & Andrea 9. Toni, Londyn & T’niya 10. The Lauren Miles Support Team 76 | savvy kids NOVEMBER 2012

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A Musical Theatre Adaptation by Agape Church

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Soap Soufflé Courtesy of the Museum of Discovery

What you will need: Bar of Ivory soap (you must use Ivory brand soap) Various bars of other brands of soap Deep bowl of water (or a plastic tub) Dinner plate Knife Microwave oven Let’s Begin! Does Ivory soap really float, as they claim true? Fill your bowl with water and drop in a new bar of Ivory soap (unwrapped). Do other brands of soap float, as well? Try it! Next, use your knife to cut the bar of Ivory soap into four equal pieces. Set each piece on the dinner plate, and put the plate in the microwave. Cook the soap for one minute. Be sure to watch for the entire minute! Allow the soap to cool before handling. What did you observe? Ivory soap floats in water because air is whipped into the soap during manufacturing. This discovery was made accidentally in 1890, when an employee at Procter & Gamble forgot to turn off his mixing machine before lunch break. So much air was whipped into the soap mixture that the batch nearly doubled in size. They continued to create their “mistake” because customers loved its unique quality! But why does Ivory soap expand in the microwave? It’s similar to what happens when you pop popcorn or microwave a marshmallow (try that, too – use the giant ‘camping’ marshmallow!). Air bubbles in the soap – and popcorn and marshmallows – contain water molecules. When that water is heated it turns to vapor and that steam expands. You can still use your Ivory soap after it cooks…and you can eat your popcorn and marshmallows, too!

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int o e P H e o l s c P a i t n a n l i P g military Famil n i i es lp He

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Pinnacle Pointe understands that raising a military family can be a challenge. Children often find it difficult to adjust to frequent moves or a parent being deployed. That’s why we provide TeleMedicine as one of our many services to military families. TeleMedicine Includes: • Global distance family therapy consistent with TRICAREÒ guidelines • Services available for family convenience and continuity of care across geographic borders Other Treatment Options Include: Acute Inpatient • Residential Inpatient • Outpatient • School-Based

Let good things happen for your family. Contact us for a free and confidential assessment by calling 1-800-880-3322.

Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral HealthCare System

“TRICARE” is a registered trademark of the TRICARE Management Activity. All rights reserved. 1-800-880-3322 11501 Financial Centre Parkway Little Rock, AR 72211

Savvy Kids November 2012  
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Philanthropy Issue! Teaching Children to Be Giving. Plus Adoption, Struggling Students, Bullying, and much more!