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Kids Speak Out I like the Fourth of July because ... I like the Fourth of July because I get to see the bright and colorful fireworks, my family and friends from school. We’ll have a fun and exciting cookout. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, chips with dip, pretzels and lots to drink. There will be plenty of food and drinks for everyone. Kaitlyn Walters, age 9 (winner) Iron Forge Educational Center Grade 4 I like the Fourth of July because I go to my Uncle Mark’s house in Lake Michigan. He lives near the lake. I get to see my cousins there. My cousins and I like to play in the huge sandbox that he has. Last year my cousins and I went to the Fourth of July parade. Before we went there, we had breakfast with the mayor. Kiera Ledermann, age 7 (winner) Hillside Elementary School Grade 2 I like the Fourth of July because I get to see fireworks and play games and eat. I love the fireworks. I especially like the fireworks at the end. I have so much fun. Lexi Rhine, age 6 Mooreland Elementary School Grade 2 I like the Fourth of July because I like to watch all the baseball games. I also like to watch all the fireworks and have hamburgers and hot dogs. But most of all, I like to play with my dogs and swim.

I like the Fourth of July because we have huge fireworks. We swim and play in the pool and play volleyball and some people fall. We eat chicken and crab. The chicken legs are slippery and sometimes they slip out of my hand. We also play with snappers and one time a snapper got on my foot and popped. I liked it when my dad jumps off the diving board because big waves come. These are the fun things we do on the Fourth of July. Wyatt Paulus, age 8 (winner) Shepherdstown Elementary School Grade 2

Tell Me A Story

I like the Fourth of July because that is when the Declaration of Independence was signed and people celebrate it by playing with sparklers and setting off fireworks.

Calamity Jane and her horse

Karson Hastings, age 10 (winner) Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4

Adapted by Amy Friedman and illustrated by Jillian Gilliland

I like the Fourth of July because I can watch the fireworks from my backyard at night before bedtime. I like the Fourth of July because every Fourth of July my family always has a good dinner. I like the Fourth of July because most of the time we buy fireworks and set them off in my backyard. I like the Fourth of July because I have a lot of fun with my very special family. Most of all, I like the Fourth of July because it celebrates our country. Clarice Leash, age 8 LeTort Elementary School

Justin Beck, age 9 Fishing Creek Elementary School Grade 4 I like the Fourth of July because people put on fireworks on City Island. Also, we are allowed to bring our own fireworks and sparklers. A lot of people play music and they have food there. Then we go home to get our fireworks and sparklers out. We play with all the fireworks at home. We go to bed and all of the fireworks wake us up. My mom says we need to go downstairs to sleep. Next year we are going to make very big firecrackers. My mom says she does not want anyone to get hurt. Danny Garces, age 8 Hillside Elementary School Grade 2

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Amy answers your questions about the World Wide Web at

Who's Ruling You?

Arty's Waiting For You

Delve into our nation’s system of checks and balances at Congress for Kids, www.congressforkids. net. If you are starting an American Government unit at school, this is the perfect site to complement your work in the classroom. With tons of great quizzes and information on the three different branches of government, you will zoom to the head of the class. You can also research the election process and look forward to the day when you can cast your own vote.

Arty the Part-Time Astronaut,, wants to share his passion for space with you. With great facts in “Did You Know,” you can discover fun tidbits about our galaxy, such as the planet that is farthest from the sun and which satellite was the first into orbit. If you like polls, you can share your thoughts on the best videogame system, and then see what others are saying. Before you leave, relax and play Space Battleship or Lunar Attack.

How long did the Constitutional Convention meet?

Let's Celebrate!

When was the Pioneer 10 launched?

Through Her Eyes Imagine your life without all of the comforts you know now, such as running water and electricity. Get a glimpse of what that kind of life was like for Henrietta Johnston at www.gibbes Johnston was the first professional female artist in America, and in spite of the hardships of life in Charles Town, S.C., she managed to support her family with money she earned from her art. Scroll through the timeline to see her beautiful pastels, and then share this site with other art and history lovers.

When was “Henriette Charlotte Chastaigner” painted?

Today is Independence Day in the U.S. Like many Americans, I spend the holiday enjoying good food, hanging out with my family and watching fireworks. I also take some time to think about our history and why we celebrate this holiday. Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but it was not officially signed until Aug. 1, 1776. To learn more about this important document, visit 3-5/documents/declaration. Did you know that many other countries also celebrate an Independence Day or National Day? Although each country's holiday commemorates a different important event, they are often celebrated similarly with festivals, special ceremonies and fireworks. Visit The Huffington Post, independence-day-celebrat_n_222582. html?view=screen, to see Independence Day celebration photos from around the world and learn more about these special days. –Amy

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Hey, kids! How would you like to get your story published in Kids Speak Out? Just write a short story on one of the topics at right and send it to The Sentinel. You can also draw a picture to go with your story. Each week, The Sentinel will publish some of the stories we receive in KidsWorld and on Only the top three essay writers, published on this page, will receive KidsWorld T-shirts. To claim T-shirts and official Junior Reporters cards, visit The Sentinel during normal business hours. You must be 5 to 13 years old to enter. Stories must be 150 words or less. Be sure to include your FULL name, age, address, school and grade. Mail your entry to “Kids Speak Out,” The Sentinel, 457 E. North St., Carlisle, PA 17013, or drop it off at either Sentinel office.

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Please encourage your students to write over the summer break. Kids Speak Out topics are currently available through September. For a list of prompts, e-mail April Trotter at

Due June 30 One time I went to the ocean and saw … • Due July 7 How my neighbor keeps cool ... • Due July 14 This summer, I’m reading … • Due July 21 When I went camping in the woods … • Due July 28 My friend filled my pool with … • Due August 4 In my mom’s garden I found … • Due August 11 My favorite summer memory is …

Of all the crazy horse races that ever happened in the Wild West, Calamity Jane rode some of the wildest. She was that kind of gal! One of the wildest happened in Deadwood one summer afternoon, but I’m getting ahead of the story. Calamity Jane wasn’t born with that name. She was born a regular girl, Martha Jane Cannary, in Princeton, Mo. Of course, by the time she died, the citizens of Deadwood, S.D., had renamed her the White Devil of Yellowstone, but back when she was Martha Jane, she moved with her family to Virginia City, Mont. Before she turned 20 years old, she had landed a job as a scout, and from that day on her life was one long adventure. She wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone. One year a fella named Capt. Egan watched her perform courageous acts during a battle in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and it was he who named her Calamity Jane after she saved dozens of stagecoach passengers, and after she plunged with her horse right into the swelling rivers, unafraid to cross anything. Nothing was too deep or too wide or too tough for Calamity Jane. When she worked as a Pony Express rider, carrying mail between Deadwood and Custer, 50 tough miles over rough terrain, she was unstoppable. And when she drove oxen, the other drivers stood in awe of her, for they said she could knock a fly off an ox’s ear with a whiplash 16 feet long. So after all these many adventures, Calamity Jane was sitting on her horse one summer day. This was in Deadwood, and the horse was Jim, Calamity’s favorite horse of all. A stranger happened to ride into town that day, and when he heard tales of Calamity Jane, he decided he’d like to meet her. When he saw her sitting on her horse, he rode right up and said, “Hello, there, ma’am. I’ve heard you’re a mighty racer. I was wondering ... Care to race horses with me?” Like most strangers, he was certain any of his horses could outrun Jim in any condition at all, and he was certain any man could always beat any woman at anything. So he offered Calamity Jane a deal. “We’ll race for money or marbles or anything you like,” he said. Calamity’s eyes twinkled, or so the people who were standing nearby say. You see, Calamity Jane loved a challenge, and she was just as certain as this fella was that nobody could outrace her. “Happy to take you up on that deal,” she said, bowing her head. The sun gleamed on her bright red hair, and the stranger smiled at the sight of this woman. She was big and tall, and she wore a coat and trousers and boots, and she looked almost like a fella. In fact a lot of people thought she was a fella, since she could outtalk and outride and outwork and out-cuss most of them. “You name the distance,” the stranger said. After all, she was a woman, and he was trying to be polite. But Calamity shook her head. “No, you do that.” “What conditions?” asked the stranger. “You name those, too,” Jane said, and she grinned and patted her Jim. “OK, then,” said the stranger. “We’ll each bet $100, winner take all.” “Sounds just fine,” Calamity said. So they called upon the local notary to write down the terms of the race. Then they called upon another fella to hold the stakes, all $200. Well, $200 was enough money to get Jane to thinking that she might like to call the shots after all. ... So she stood on the steps of that saloon, and everyone gathered around. “Here’s the terms,” she said, and everyone fell quiet to listen. “Twenty feet back from this here platform where our horses stand,” she said, pointing at the two horses. “That’s where we’ll start.” The stranger grinned. “Then we’ll jump the horses up onto that platform, and we’ll ride into the next saloon. We’ll give our horses a drink and ride out through the back door.” “That sounds good to me!” the stranger said. “Then we’ll ride on to the next saloon, ride in, give our horses a drink, and ride out the back. And we’ll ride on and on, all the way down the street, into each saloon and dance hall.” There were 11 saloons and dance halls on that road, and the stranger was thinking this sounded a little crazy, and maybe he ought to back out, but just then Calamity hollered, “Whoopee, first horse into the last bar gets the money,” and the crowd began to cheer, and the stranger knew the race was on. They mounted their horses, and off they galloped. This is what the stranger didn’t know. Calamity Jane had been training her Jim to do this trick for years, and that horse was so agile and so fast and so devoted to Calamity Jane, he could take a bottle in his mouth, open it with his teeth and drink it down, just as if he were a man. That Jim would do whatever Calamity Jane asked him to do. Most folks and most animals would. Calamity Jane won that race by three saloons. People say no strangers ever challenged her again. Nobody could beat Calamity Jane, not even the wildest men of the wild, Wild West. ——— “Tell Me a Story 3: Women of Wonder,” the third CD in the audiobook series, is now available. For more information, please visit

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Mini Spy . . . © 2010 Universal Uclick from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

Celebrate the Fourth of July


Mini Spy is playing in the band on the Fourth of July!  See if you can find:  • cheese wedge  • word MINI • cardinal  • owl  • squirrel  • kite • whale  • letter A  • number 7  • heart • banana  • number 3  • carrot  • letter V • key  • lips  • pea pod 

The Beat Marches On!

Marching with the troops

Color and fun

Later, military bands began to play more for ceremonial occasions. In the 1800s, colleges began to form bands. In the early 1900s, marching bands began performing during halftime at college football games. This was so popular that high schools started their own bands. Today, marching bands are one of the favorite parts of high school games. At first, women were not allowed to belong to most bands. People thought it was improper for girls. During World War II, many women took men’s places in bands. In the 1970s, many college bands started admitting women.

Marching bands add to the pageantry (PA-jun-tree), or colorful display, of an event. Besides musicians, bands might include dancers, baton twirlers and color guards. Color guards don’t play instruments, but put on shows with flags or rifle props.

Meet the Bacon Brothers

from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick


Supersport: Calvin Borel Height: 5-4 Weight: 116

Birthdate: 11-7-66 Hometown: St. Martin Parish, La.

The names of the horses change, but the same jockey seems to keep riding into the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby. For the third time in the last four years, Calvin Borel sat atop the victorious Derby mount. This time he was on Super Saver,  who cut from the rail, surged ahead of the pack, then sprinted and splattered on the muddy track to dash first across the finish line. It was teamwork — a super horse steered by a super jockey. Borel’s other recent Derby wins came on Street Sense and Mine That Bird. Borel started racing at age 8. As of April 28, 2010, he had netted 4,747 career wins.     Borel and his wife live in Louisville, Ky., not far from Churchill Downs,  site of the Derby and a place dear to this jockey’s heart.

Next week, The Mini Page is about summer safety.

Look through your newspaper for stories and pictures about the Fourth of July.


Each band member is assigned a number. Maps show how many steps in each direction a player needs to move. For example, a map may show that player No. 5 has to move three steps to the left of the 50-yard line.     Sometimes paint dots or chalk  marks help musicians see the pattern out of the corner of their eyes. If they looked down to see, the music would be muffled.


All the following jokes have something in common. Can you guess the common theme or category?

photo courtesy U.S. Army

Marching in style

The main types of marching band instruments are:     • percussion, such as drums and cymbals, played by being struck;     • brass, such as trumpets and trombones, played when musicians vibrate their lips on the mouthpiece;     • woodwind, such as clarinets and saxophones, played by musicians blowing air into them. Marching bands may have one musician who plays a stringed instrument, such as a violin, to add a different sound in field competitions. Many instruments were designed especially for marching bands. For example, in the concert band tuba, the bell points up. But in its cousin, the sousaphone, the bell points forward so it fits better over the marcher’s shoulder.

Marching styles vary with each individual band. Many marching bands and drum corps mix styles. The traditional marching band style is to march with high knee lifts. The main difference between traditional bands and drum corps (core) is that drum corps usually play only brass or percussion instruments. They may have one soloist playing a woodwind instrument. They may dance, leap and run while playing.

The Mini Page®

Book of States

The Mini Page’s popular series of issues about each state is collected here in a 156-page softcover book. Conveniently spiral-bound for ease of use, this invaluable resource contains A-to-Z facts about each state, along with the District of Columbia. Illustrated with colorful photographs and art, and complete with updated information, The Mini Page Book of States will be a favorite in classrooms and homes for years to come.

Courtney: Why was a turkey allowed to join the marching band? Kathy: Because it had a great pair of drumsticks! Jeff: What did the band leader tell the barber before he cut his hair? Edward: “Take it from the top”! Jane: What instrument did the skeleton play in the marching band? Trinity: The trombone! from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

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The instruments


from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” performs at a military ceremony. John J. Pershing was a famous Army general during World War I.

Concert tuba

Members of the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band perform during halftime at the 2010 All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, in January. Band leaders select 100 of the best high school musicians in the country to play in the All-American band. Only seniors can audition.

Learning the drill

during a Veterans Day parade.

Marching Band

try ’n find

Words that remind us of marching bands are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally. See if you can find: CORPS, DOT, DRILL, DRUM, FOOTBALL, FUN, HORN, INSTRUMENTS, KNEE, MAJOR, MAP, MILITARY, MOVE, MUSIC, NUMBER, PAGEANTRY, PARADE, PERCUSSION, RHYTHM, SOUSAPHONE, WOODWINDS.

I love a parade!
















from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps marches in the traditional high-knee style during a performance for former President George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II at the White House.

The Mini Page Staff


• dash of pepper •  2 medium to large  cucumbers, peeled and sliced

What to do: 1. Combine vinegar, sugar, lemon juice and spices in a medium bowl. 2. Add cucumbers and toss with liquid mixture. 3. Chill for 2 hours and serve. You will need an adult’s help with this recipe. from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

Marching in complicated patterns while playing music takes a lot of skill. But musicians don’t have to learn everything at once.     Students often learn to play  instruments when they are in elementary or middle school. Beginners sit while playing. Marching comes much later.     Students usually join marching  bands when they are in high school. Band leaders and older students teach younger ones how to march, Designer drills one step at a time. Often, high school  Band members learn to march students attend summer band camps. in complicated patterns. They may move forward, sideways or in designs. Marching bands can form designs such as stars, animal pictures or school symbols. They may add flourishes such as moving their horns so they flash in the sun or Marching band musicians from Stevens High School in Rapid City, S.D., play flutes performing dance steps.

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You’ll need: • 1/4 cup white vinegar • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon dill

A step at a time

photo by Sgt. Jeremy Kern, courtesy U.S. Army

photo by LCpl. Charles M Groff, courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

The Mini Page thanks Dr. Nola Jones, director of bands, University of Tennessee at Martin, for help with this issue.

Lemon Dill Cucumbers

Learning the Steps and Notes

The leading players

This U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps drum major leads the band at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Rookie Cookie’s Recipe

from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

Striking Up the Band In schools, the band director is usually the teacher. He or she is  responsible for the music and for all the musicians.     He or she may also create some or  all of the drill designs. Today there are also people who write marching band drills full-time. Band directors may use computer programs that map out the drill designs. The drum majors are the second in command. They conduct the band when it is marching. In school bands, they are students who help carry out the duties of the band director.


photo by Airman Corey Hook, courtesy U.S. Air Force

photo courtesy Michael Bacon Music

The Bacon Brothers are some of the musicians featured in “Scholastic  Storybook Treasures: The Wheels on the  Bus Sing-Along Travel Kit.” The founders of this band are more famous as actor Kevin Bacon and  composer Michael Bacon. They have made several albums together. They grew up in Philadelphia. When he was younger, Michael, now 61, played guitar in a club with a band while his Kevin (l) and Michael younger brother, Kevin, now 51, tagged  along and sang. They have four sisters.     Michael composes music for movies, TV documentaries and  nature shows. Kevin has appeared in many movies, including  “Footloose” and “Apollo 13.” from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band and color guard perform.

from The Mini Page © 2010 Universal Uclick

photo by Victoria Eastman, courtesy MENC

The U.S. Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps wear uniforms like those worn by the musicians in George Washington’s Continental Army.

Bands march to school

photo by Victoria Eastman, courtesy MENC

photo by Donna Richardson, courtesy Fort Belvoir Public Affairs Office

Marching bands began in the military. When armies had to relocate thousands of troops, the rhythm of the drums helped speed up the soldiers. Because there was an exact rhythm, commanders could judge how long it would take to move the army from one place to the next. In the 1700s, some armies started using a fife, or small flute, along with the drums.

Musicians from the Arlington High School marching band perform in last year’s Fourth of July parade in Arlington, Texas.

photo courtesy Arlington, Texas, 4th of July Parade Association

Are you going to a Fourth of July parade this year? It’s hard to imagine what parades would be like without marching bands. In celebration of Independence Day, The Mini Page talked to a band leader about these colorful musical groups.

ready resources The Mini Page provides ideas for websites, books or other resources that will help you learn more about this week’s topics. On the Web:     •     • patriotic-home.html At the library:     • “Our Marching Band” by Lloyd Moss     • “Techniques of Marching Bands” by Judy Garty     • “A Fourth of July on the Plains” by Jean Van Leeuwen     • “It’s the Fourth of July!” by Stan Hoig

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