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Dear Kids, Woohoo! It’s summertime! While summer officially starts June 21, for me, as soon as school is out for break, it is summer. I can’t wait to spend some time outdoors – swimming, vacationing with my family and, my favorite thing, riding my bike. I thought June would be the perfect month to learn all about what it’s like to be a professional stunt bike rider. Chris Clark is awesome! Another of my favorite things to do in the summer is visit the aquarium. The green moray eel fascinates me, so I thought maybe you would like to learn more about him in this issue. Of course, on June 19, you want to spend some time with your Dad on Father’s Day. Maybe you can go on a bike ride together! Be sure to help Mom or Dad put out your flag for Flag Day. Check to see if it has holes in it or is too worn out. If it is, you should replace it. Read all about the U.S. flag in this issue of Kidsville News! Check out stories about kids from around our region on the Kidsville News! website at www.kidsvillenews.com/ northernny for more fun.

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The Pledge of Allegiance I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Many countries have a special holiday to honor the flag of their country. In the United States, Flag Day (or National Flag Day), is celebrated on June 14. This day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1916, Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Here’s a quick quiz for Flag Day, June 14. Who designed the flag hanging in your classroom? If you said Betsy Ross, you’d actually be wrong. The current flag with 50 stars was designed by Robert G. Heft, when he was in high school. The project was assigned back in 1958

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when he was a student in Lancaster, Ohio, and there was talk of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states. He designed the flag but only got a B-minus on the project because his teacher said anyone could have designed the new flag. But the teacher also said that if Heft could get Congress to approve his design, he’d up the grade. Heft sent the design to his congressman, Clarence Miller, who got the flag accepted. Heft still has the flag, which has flown over every state capitol building in the United States. Flag Facts The flag of the United States consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white, with red stripes at the top and bottom. The blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner has 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars alternating with rows of five stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states, and the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies. Flag Rules Did you know that there are certain rules of etiquette that apply to the flag of the United States? The United States Flag Code outlines these. Here are just a few to remember: The flag of the United States ...should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground. ...may be flown daily from sunrise to sunset, and after sunset if lighted. …should be taken down in inclement weather except for a special occasion, such as a Veteran’s Day parade. …is permitted to be flown upside down only as a distress signal. …must never touch the ground or water, or be stepped on.

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Each June, families gather to celebrate Dad and other special men in their lives. Fathers, step-fathers and grandfathers enjoy a special day for all they do. How did this special day to honor Dad come about? In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and thought that it would be appropriate to have a similar event to honor fathers. She had been raised primarily by her father. In 1910, Dodd held a celebration in June (her dad’s birthday) in her hometown of Spokane, Washington, to show her father how much she cared about him. An official Father’s Day was still a long time coming. It wasn’t until 16 years later that a National Father’s Day committee was formed. In 1956, a joint resolution of Congress recognized Father’s Day. The holiday became a permanent national observance under President Richard Nixon in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. This year it is June 19. Fathers are special people. Whether they are playing catch in the backyard, or just sharing a root beer float, they play an important part in your life. Be sure to say Happy Father’s Day to your dad on June 19.

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Searching Where the Light is Better

A Cool Kind Kid Is Patriotic By Barbara Gilmour Hello again. Tanner, Rudy, Stephen, Nicole, Carmen and Truman the dragon are here today. Carmen brought her friend Paul with her. All the kids greeted Paul. He said, “Thanks for the welcome. You can call me Paul or Pauly.” Some laughed and said, “Hi, Pauly Paul!” “Let’s start with a few questions. Who knows what national holiday we celebrate in July?” Rudy said, “The 4th of July!” The kids all said, “We all knew that.” “What national holiday do we celebrate in May?” Tanner jumped in with, “That’s Memorial Day. I know that because we always have a picnic.” “I love going to parades with my family on those holidays,” shared Nicole. “What do we celebrate in June?” “I know,” yelled Stephen, “School is over!” “Yes, that is true, but what day is a special day for our country?” Paul raised his hand, “I know. It’s Flag Day.” “Why do you think we celebrate Flag Day?” “It’s the symbol of our country,” said Rudy. Carmen added, “It says we are Americans.” “When we fly it, it shows we love our country,” Tanner shared. Truman stood up, put his hand over his heart and proudly said, “When I see the flag, I’m grateful that I live in a place where dragons, and anyone else, are welcome and accepted.” All the kids stood and cheered Truman. Then they marched around the room pretending they were in a parade, waving flags. “Did you know that just as there are rules for how to play a sport or how to act in school, there are rules for how to treat and display our flag? Who knows a US Flag Code rule?” “I know when we put our flag out at my house, we put it up in the morning and take it down at night or in bad weather,” offered Tanner. “That’s right,” Pauly added, “Or, you can put a light on it at night.” “When I go to parades with my family, people stand when the flag goes by. I see some people put their hand over their heart. It would be cool if everyone did that,” said Nicole. Stephen added, “I see military people salute the flag. It would be cool to thank them for our freedom.” “Is it true that when a flag is old or worn out we should burn it?” asked Carmen. “Yes, that’s true,” added Pauly, “And, it should never touch the ground, water, or be stepped on.” “Wow!” said Truman. “All these things show respect for our flag. I love to sing patriotic songs, so I always join in when I hear the National Anthem.” “Our flag is a symbol of our freedom. What does freedom mean to you?” Rudy said, “It means being able to go where we want.” Nicole added, “It means being able to say and do what we please.” Truman raised his hand, “Freedom means being free!” “Cool Kind Kids” respect our flag, our country and all those who made our freedom possible. Barbara Gilmour, Tanner’s grandmom, is the creator and developer of the Tanner’s Manners: Be a “Cool Kind Kid” Social Skills, Character Values and Anti-Bullying educational materials and the award-winning “Cool Kind Kid” Audio CD. She also writes the Children’s Manners Blog, offering tips for teaching your children manners. http://childrenmanners.blogspot.com. © Cool Kind Kid. 866-KID-KIND. www.CoolKindKid.com.

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A girl is on her hands and knees one evening searching for something under the street light. “What are you looking for?” you ask. “My contact lens,” she replies. “I think it popped out over there in that alley.” “Then why are you looking for it here?” She replies, “Because the light is better, silly.” Well, that doesn’t make sense. But sometimes looking for something where the light is better does make sense. Using powerful telescopes, astronomers have found over 500 “exoplanets”— planets outside our solar system. However, telescopes cannot usually see an exoplanet This artist’s concept shows a red dwarf star with three directly. Look- planets. Because the star is dimmer and cooler than ing for an most stars and its planets are warmer and brighter, exoplanet in the telescopes may be able to see the planets directly. bright glare of its star is like looking for a mosquito in the glare of a headlight — from a mile away! Fortunately for planet hunters, exoplanets are abundant. And some stars make it a lot easier for astronomers to find their planets. So, like looking for a lost object where the light is better, astronomers can look for planets where lighting conditions are more favorable for finding them. Small young stars, called red dwarfs, are cooler than larger or older stars like our Sun. And because they are young — under 100 million years (for a star, that’s young!) — their planets are newer and warmer and brighter than older planets. So, with a cooler star and warmer planets, astronomers are actually more likely to see the planets. The planets will still look pretty fuzzy. But using special instruments on the telescope, astronomers can learn what’s in the planet’s atmosphere and other valuable information. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer space telescope sees ultraviolet light — a kind of light our eyes can’t see. The light from these young red dwarf stars contains a larger proportion of ultraviolet than more mature stars like our Sun do. So Galaxy Evolution Explorer has helped to identify lots of these red dwarfs, even though, overall, they are very faint. Now astronomers know where the “streetlights” are — the best places to look for lost objects, or new planets! How do astronomers know how far away a star or galaxy is? Play “How Old Do I Look” on The Space Place at http://tiny.cc/ whats-older and find out! This article was written by Diane K. Fisher and provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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“I promise to do my best. To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people and to obey the Law of the Pack” The Cub Scout Promise

As a cub scout with the Twin Rivers Council that is the promise every boy makes. I love Scouting! I have been a cub scout since I was seven. Kids like us start out as Tiger’s in first grade and we learn to ROAR-R-R-R! Then in second grade we join the Wolf pack and we howl…OU-OU-OUOOO! Third grade we become Bears and we G-R-O-W-L!! By the time we get to 4th and 5th grade we become Webelos, here is where we start to work more on activity badges and prepare to move up to become a Boy Scout. But for now being a Cub Scout gives me a chance to do so many things with my den. What’s a den you ask? That’s what we call the group I meet with every week, I have a den leader, that can be a mom or dad or anyone who is interested in VOLUNTEERING to spend time with us. Each den has about six to eight boys. All of the Cub Scouts in a den are about the same age and live in the same neighborhood.
We do things like go on field trips to all sorts of fun places and we learn so much. Sometimes we just get to go out and look for bugs that we can then identify those are called “Go See It Activities”! Cub Scouting means “doing.” we have lots to do as a Cub Scout—crafts, games, sports, songs, stories, and puzzles, to name a few things. Much of the fun happens right in the den and pack. The den usually meets every week, and the pack meets once a month all year long. We may also knock on your door and ask if you have any extra food items when we “Scout for Food” and give it to the local food pantry. That is just one of the ways we scouts learn about community service and that all so important volunteer spirit. Being a Cub Scout helps boys like me grow into good citizens who are strong in character and personally fit. This is why we say that Cub Scouting is fun with a purpose. One thing I really like about being a Cub Scout is that my whole family can participate in the field trips and even come to Cub Scout Camp, my friends don’t even mind that their sisters come too! There are a gazillion things for everyone to do at camp. There is kickball, fishing, hiking, even

more cool bugs to identify. We get to learn how to shoot bows and arrows, we build campfires and sing songs, the list is gi-normous! But, even with all this activity we scouts practice the “leave no trace” program. That means we learn how to spend time in the woods and not destroy the beauty of nature, that makes me really proud to be a scout.
 While we are having fun, we also earn badges and awards. We work on projects with our parents or other adults in our family. When you earn a badge, you and an adult member of your family take part in a ceremony. The badge is given to the adult, and he or she then gives it to you in front of the whole pack. This is a way to say “thank you” to your family for their help in earning your award. Once a year Dad and I take a block of wood and make a race car. We think about the design all year long, it gives Dad and me something special that we do together. Then in the winter when we are not outside as much we get together with scouts from all over the region and race our cars at the Pine Wood Derby™! It is so much fun, this year it was held at the Avation Mall in Queensbury and just recently at Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh. Check out the most recent winner at www.kidsvillenews.com/northernny The Boy Scouts of America are very fortunate to have donations from all sorts of places including popcorn sales, but locally all of us who contribute to the United Way are helping to make all of these programs possible. That is the GIVE part of GIVE ADVOCATE, VOLUNTEER. I am always so glad that I can tell you about these great programs that our contributions to the United Way help to fund. We are all making a difference when we LIVE UNITED. See you next month! Your Friend,

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COME OUT PLAY COME OUT& AND PLAY! Come Out & Play During Great Outdoors Month!

Come Out & Play During Great Outdoors Month!

It’s summertime –– time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and fun activities of the great outdoors! In fact, this June marks the eighth annual Great Outdoors Month, which features Great Outdoors Week and National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day). Created by proclamation of the president and governors in all 50 states, Great Outdoors Month focuses on helping everyone in our nation understand the benefits of spending time and volunteering outside. An active lifestyle outdoors is important to staying healthy and feeling –– great! A highlight of Great Outdoors Month is the kick-off of the American Recreation Coalition’s (ARC) Great Outdoors Week on National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), Saturday, June 11. Over 100 sites will celebrate GO Day by inviting and encouraging everyone, especially younger people, to learn about and to try different recreational activities, like biking, fishing, geocaching, camping, skiing, swimming, boating, canoeing, hiking and nature watching –– to name just a few! For example, the U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at National Forests, and many marinas will welcome visitors to try boating. Participating campgrounds across the nation will also feature special rates for camping. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, along with other creatures, will be available for pictures, and still more sites will focus on other things you can do to live a healthy life, like good nutrition and the First Lady’s program Let’s Move Outside.

In addition to encouraging everyone to enjoy the great natural beauty of our country and a healthier, active lifestyle, Great Outdoors Month shows how we can all help to protect and preserve our environment for the future so that others will be able to enjoy the great outdoors. You might volunteer to help maintain a park trail or clean up a wildlife habitat. So this summer, take advantage of the warm weather to come out and play. You may have so much fun that you’ll want to celebrate Great Outdoors Month all year long! Sources: Great Outdoors Month and Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), http://answers.usa.gov/system/selfservice.controller?CONFIGURATION=10 00&PARTITION_ID=1&CMD=VIEW_ARTICLE&ARTICLE_ID=11061&US ERTYPE=1&LANGUAGE=en&COUNTRY=US; National Get Outdoors Day, www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/; National Parks Traveler, “Discounted Campsites On the Way in June to Mark ‘National Great Outdoors Month,’” www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/05/discounted-campsites-way-junemark-national-great-outdoors-month8089; Outdoor Recreation in America, American Recreation Coalition, “Plans Announced for Great Outdoors Week,” www.funoutdoors.com/node/view/2733.

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The first Sunday in June is Gioco del Ponte in Italy. This means Battle of the Bridge. This special event is held in Pisa and is a medieval parade and a contest for possession of the bridge. Over 700 people participate in the parade. The battle is a contest with two large groups, or teams, fighting against each other for possession of the bridge. Some sources believe the game has been played since 1556.

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In the city of Mons in Belgium, June 19 is the Procession of the Golden Chariot. Mons was developed around a castle and a monastery in the seventh century. A magnificent church houses the 18thcentury Golden Chariot. On June 2, the horse-drawn chariot carries the relics of Saint Waudru through the streets of the city. The procession ends with the pageant of the battle of the Lumeon, between Saint George and the Dragon. Legend tells that St. George rescued the king’s daughter from a dragon by tying the princess’s belt around its neck, returning to the city with the princess and the monster.

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The Dragon Boat Festival is held in Taiwan during May or June. This holiday commemorates poet and scholar Qu Yuan (or Cyu Yuan), a hero of ancient China who drowned himself in the Miluo River. Dragon boat races are held on the rivers, and the people eat dumplings called Zongzih. Teams from around the world come to compete in the Dragon Boat Festival. The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar — this year it is June 6.

Moray Eel

If you’ve ever been to an aquarium, you may have seen a moray eel. It looks like a huge snake and fish blended together. It is really a type of fish with a long slender body and no pectoral or pelvic fins. There are 200 species of moray eel. The smallest, at only 4.5 inches long, is the Snyder’s moray. The longest eel, the slender giant moray, can be up to 13 feet long. The Kingdom: Animalia largest moray eel, the giant moray, reaches almost 10 Phylum: Chordata feet in length and can weigh more than 80 pounds. Class: Actinopteygii Morays occur in tropical and subtropical seas of the world. In the United States, they are most often Order: Anguilliformes found in Florida waters, although they have been Family: Muraenidae seen as far north as North Carolina and even New Jersey. The moray eel differs from the common eel by its lack of side fins, its well-developed teeth and its lack of scales. Morays are carnivorous and feed mostly on other fish. Some morays have teeth in the back of the mouth for crushing hard-shelled animals such as clams and oysters. They have a second set of jaws in the throat, called pharyngeal jaws, which also Above: Moray eel. Left: Green Moray have teeth. When feeding, this jaw juts into the mouth to grab the prey and Eel at the North Carolina Aquarium at take it into the throat. Ft. Fisher. Morays always tend to have their mouth’s open a little. This helps them breath through their gills, which are near the back of their “head.” Morays are occasionally caught by fishermen and sometimes are captured by trawlers that drag nets over the bottom. People in some parts of the world value the moray as food. Sources: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, www.nefsc.noaa.gov; Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.com. Photo: Echo project, State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. See

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T Z T Z B Q R B B K E H L T F

U B E K X T S P B Q C N Q W Z

T Q L J Y B E M B A B H U M W

JUNE OUTDOORS PATRIOTIC SUMMER

H B O I M P V O E N I E S J D

F J I A P D Q B M Q C G A L F

W A V O B F H J X R Y N Q A Q

C T A K L O A V X M C A A Y M

G I R Y J X A T O O L P Z P G

X E T A E C L P H D E R O R Q

L B L O A F G B F E S E Q M F

SUN ULTRAVIOLET VACATION WATER

O Z U T I U B N I U R T O Q K

M U I Z Y R C W N T V A W N O

M O I E C J T G B R H W P B V

N S U M M E R A F T X N O G W

S R O O D T U O P N L D T C E

Answer for TFCU: 20

“Cool Kind Kids” Demonstrate Patriotism by... 1. saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. singing the National Anthem. 3. celebrating national holidays, such as by going to the 4th of July parade. 4. Thanking a veteran for your freedom. 5. performing the duties of a good citizen with a smile, a good attitude and a sense of responsibility. 6. Respecting authority, the rules, the people and the environment around you. 7. being grateful for your country. 8. doing everything you can to help our world be a safe, peaceful place for all. 9. using your best manners everywhere and living The Golden Rule.

LET’S LEARN FINANCE Crossword Puzzle Answers: Across 1. Cash 4. Price 5. Health 7. Debit 10. Insufficient 12. Quarter 13. Mint

Down 2. Save 3. Dime 6. Half 8. Interest 9. Nickel 11. Penny

Answers to Ufirst FCU Dollars and Sense: $1.33 & $1.15

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P ARENTOWN’S K ID S HAPE Safety Tips for Little League Season With baseball season upon us, Little League season is in full swing at the ball parks. Since this type of sport requires repetitive throwing motions by all positions, it can often put strain on the elbow. A common injury in young athletes during this season is Little League Elbow, which is an injury to the growth plate. The growth plate in the elbow is vulnerable to injury because it is made up of growth cartilage, a relatively soft substance that is not as strong as bone, muscle or tendons. If recognized early and treated properly, Little League Elbow usually heals completely with no long-term effects to the growth plate. David Marshall, M.D., Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, offers these tips to parents who want to safeguard their children from potential baseball injuries this summer. There is no way to guarantee that a young thrower will not develop Little League Elbow, but there are some measures that can be taken to minimize the risk, such as • Always warm up before throwing. • Have a coach or parent count pitches. • Remember to count hard throws when not pitching (playing infield, throwing at home, pitching lessons, PE class, etc). • The recommendations for the number of pitches that one should throw in one game to prevent injuries is different for each age group: 8 – 10 years old 50 – 60 pitches 11 – 12 years old 65 – 70 pitches 12 – 14 years old 70 – 80 pitches 14+ years old 80 – 85 pitches

National Hollerin’ Contest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in June. The contest is held in Spivey’s Corner, N.C. The small town has only about 500 residents, but thousands come to hear the hollering contest.

• Remember, these are only recommendations. Young athletes should stop throwing if they start feeling elbow pain or think they have Little League Elbow. • No curve balls or other breaking pitches until age 14, or the pitcher is shaving, because young pitchers’ hands are too small for proper finger placement. • The most common symptom of Little League Elbow is pain at the inner elbow that worsens with throwing. It may be severe and occur abruptly after one hard throw, or it may occur gradually over the course of a season. There also may be swelling, redness and warmth over the inner elbow. • If the elbow feels sore, ice should be applied for 15 to 20 minutes, and it can be wrapped with an ace bandage or a compression sleeve. Athletes also should see their doctor since x-rays may be needed to determine the extent of the injury to the growth plate. • To allow proper healing, the period of non-throwing may take four to six weeks. • Once healing is complete, there will be a gradual return to throwing, usually over a two- to three-week period. This approach is best accomplished under the direction of a pediatric sports medicine physical therapist. For more information on preventing and treating Little League injuries, visit www.choa.org/sportsmed. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is pleased to offer health and safety tips for parents and children. Children’s is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. Operating three hospitals with more than half a million patient visits annually, Children’s is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopaedic and transplant services, as well as many other pediatric specialties.

The very last space shuttle flight is set for June 28. Called STS-135, the mission will be flown by space shuttle Atlantis. It and NASA’s two other orbiters, Discovery and Endeavour, will be retired for good. Atlantis’ final mission is to deliver more space station supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. This will be the 135th space shuttle flight.

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Allowance - Choosing a System As adults, we hear talk about financial literacy programs that are taught to children in school today. As parents, we understand how important it is to reinforce and support these financial literacy programs to our children. Children often learn by example. A part of that implies that our children are learning some of their financial knowledge and behavior patterns from the adults that surround them. Imagine for a second what they see. With the widespread use of debit cards, checks and credit cards, most children rarely ever see cash. With the use of a debit card, a child might get the false impression that there is a never-ending supply of money. As adults, we definitely know that not to be true. But children often do not see the counter math that we do in our head, or when we check our account balances at home or when we physically post deposit or withdrawal transactions to our checking account register. If it’s time to sit down and talk with your children about money, be sure to cover how money is earned, how to use it wisely and why it’s important to be financially responsible. Teaching children about money can start as early as age three or four. Normally, a child will begin to ask questions about money. Most often, children learn about the value of money when they must earn and spend their own money instead of yours. At age six and up, it’s often a good idea to introduce a weekly or biweekly allowance system. Allowance systems are designed to teach children about basic money-management skills and to decrease the “entitlement”

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attitude if applying pressure to already tight household budgets. There are several approaches to the allowance system. Here are just a few: • Standard-chore system – a list of chores to be competed each week • Per-chore system – rates set per chore and tallied up at the end of each week • Flat-pay system with incentive pay – a lower set amount paid each week with additional money earned per task as you assign with incentive pay • Grade system – rates set per grade received on major tests, progress reports or report cards. • Extra-work system – paid when non-regular house chores are completed. Extra chores could be weekend projects like yard raking, bagging leaves, sweeping driveways, wiping down baseboards, pulling weeds, etc. • Docking system – a starting age-appropriate set amount paid each week. If expected responsibilities are not met, then an incremented amount is subtracted from allowance. Regardless of the system you use, it will go a long way in demonstrating “regularly completed work equals regular pay.” Children cannot learn how to manage money without first earning some money of their own. The important thing is the consistency of the system. Jacqie L. Alvarez is the business development and marketing specialist for Bragg Mutual Federal Credit Union.

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AT THE MOVIES

Make Believe (In Theaters: June 1) Totally awesome from start to finish, Make Believe is a movie about the path to success for a group of teen magicians from around the world. Nothing is nerdy about the level of performance skill that the movie’s six outsiders exhibit at their craft. Winner of the Los Angeles Film Festival jury prize, Make Believe sets its guaranteed climax around a competition in Las Vegas to be named the World’s Best Teen Magician. In Japan, Hiroki Hara practices eight hours a day in a rented theater space where he develops his act. In Littleton, Colorado, 14-year-old Derek McKee polishes his sleight-ofhand show with two local mentors at the magic shop where he works part time. Krystyn Lambert is a southern California girl who spends her free time at Los Angeles’ famed Magic Castle junior program with an act that makes the most of her natural athleticism. Siphiwe Fangase and Nkumbozo Knonyana are a couple of good-natured teens from Capetown, South Africa, with a magic act inspired by soccer. In Chicago, 19-year-old overachiever Bill Koch has entertainment in his blood, passed down from his high-school-symphony-conductor father. You’ll be amazed. Unrated. 88 mins. (Crowd Starter) Cars 2 (In Theaters: June 24) Owen Wilson is the voice of a speedy little hotrod racecar named Lightning McQueen. Lightning teams up with Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), a rusty old tow truck, to travel overseas to compete in the first World Grand Prix car race. The multi-city competition is held in Japan, Italy and England. Mistaken as master spies by a tricky little silver spy car named Finn McMissile, Lightning and Mater will have to pull off some very tricky moves for Lightning to have any chance at winning. Cheech Marin, John Turturro and Helen Hunt lend their funniest voices to this G-rated popcorn movie for the whole family. Rated G. (Disney•Pixar)

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (In Theaters: June 10) Judy Moody (played by Jordana Beatty) wants to have the ultimate summer of fun without the company of her brother Stink. She dreams of going off to circus camp. Instead, her parents leave her and her smelly brother in the care of their aunt Opal (Heather Graham). Opal isn’t the best driver in the world, but she’s pretty cool for an adult. Judy comes up with a summer challenge she calls the “Judy Moody Mega-Rare-NOT-Bummer-Summer-Dare.” Each contestant gets 10 “thrill points” for doing stuff like riding a roller coaster, surfing a wave or riding on an elephant. But when her friends start racking up points faster than she can count, Judy realizes she might have to go for the win by capturing that hairy creature called Big Foot. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. 91 mins. (Relativity Media)

MOVIES ON DVD

The North Star ... and more stories about following your dreams (Available May 24) This read-along DVD includes five great children’s stories for all ages. The North Star features Tim Curry narrating Peter H. Reynolds’s story about lifelong learning. “That Book Woman” is about a group called the Pack Horse Librarians who deliver books to kids in rural places. In “Players in Pigtails,” Zooey Deschanel narrates the tale of a brave girl who sets out to join the first-ever Girls Professional Baseball league. Writer/illustrator Chris Raschka’s “Yo! Yes?” is about a delightful friendship that develops between two lonely boys. The last story of the bunch is Anne Isaacs’s “Swamp Angel,” about Angelica, the “greatest woods-woman in Tennessee.” But is Angelica tough enough to tackle a big hungry bear? These award-winning stories are designed to teach kids cooperation, friendship and problem-solving skills. Recommended for ages four through 10. 57 mins. (Scholastic Storybook Treasures) Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest film critic in the world,” has been a film critic for 11 years and writes for over 50 publications, in print and on-line. Truman loves to watch movies and has the highest appreciation for great popcorn.

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What’s the Big Sweat about Dehydration?

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When it’s hot outside and you’ve been sweating, you get thirsty. Why? Thirst can be a sign of dehydration (say: dee-hye-drayshun). Dehydration means that your body doesn’t have enough water in it to keep it working right.

Why Am I Dehydrated? Many times kids get dehydrated when they’re playing hard and having fun. Have you ever gotten really sweaty and red-faced when you’ve been playing? This often happens when it’s hot outside, but it can happen indoors, too, like if you’re practicing basketball in a gym. Kids also can get dehydrated when they’re sick. If you have a stomach virus (say: vye-rus), you might throw up or have diarrhea (say: dye-uh~ ps ree-uh) or both. On top of that, you probably Ti ng hi nc ~ Thirst-Que hoices don’t feel very much like eating or drinking. If C nk Good Dri you have a sore throat, you might find it hard . ce oi the best ch to swallow food or drink. And if you have a ur yo • Water is fy gh to satis extra fever, you can lose fluids because water Drink enou tle lit a be may thirst, and u’re evaporates from your skin in an attempt to ck or if yo if you’re si cising. er ex cool your body down. That’s why your mom be going to ink, or dad tells you to drink a lot of fluids when dr t ea gr r othe • Milk is an still better! you’re sick. t water is

What to Do: Dehydration can happen along with heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion (say: ig-zos-chun) and heat stroke. 1. Drink water before, during, and after you play, especially if it’s hot. 2. It’s smart to dress in cool clothes 3. Take breaks indoors or at least in the shade. 4. If you’re sick, keep taking small sips of drinks like water or diluted juice, even if you’re not that thirsty or hungry. Eating an icepop is a great way to get fluids. How is an icepop a liquid? Well, it’s basically frozen water and flavoring. The warmth in your mouth and stomach turns it from a solid to a liquid.

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Limit soda and other sugary drinks, such as fruit punches, lemonades, and iced teas. These drinks contain a lot of sugar that your body doesn’t need. Some of them also contain caffeine, which can cause you to urinate (pee) more often than normal. In other words, it tells your body to get rid of fluids. And as you now know, that’s the opposite of what you need to do if you’re dehydrated!

Signs of Dehydration In addition to being thirsty, here are some signs that a person might be dehydrated: • Feeling

lightheaded, dizzy, or tired • Rapid heartbeat • Dry lips and mouth

Do I Need a Doctor?

Some cases of dehydration can be handled at home. But sometimes, that isn’t enough to get a kid feeling better. A kid may need to go to the doctor or emergency room if he or she has a heatrelated illness or a virus with vomiting or diarrhea that just won’t quit. At the hospital, the good news is that an intravenous (say: in-truh-vee-nus) (IV) line can get fluids into your body fast. An IV line is a special tube (like a very thin straw) that goes right into your vein, so the liquid goes right to where your body needs it most. It may pinch a little when the nurse is inserting it, but it will help you feel much better.

KIDSVILLE KITCHEN Together Time — Ask an adult for help with projects!

Tacos with a Twist The next time it’s taco night, try something new. These tasty fish tacos are so good, everyone will want to dive in! Fish is also good for you! For the first time, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services recommended seafood in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.The guidelines recommend eating a variety of seafood at least twice a week.

Baja Popcorn Fish Tacos

Preparation time: 25 minutes. Serves: 4-6

WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 22-ounce package SeaPak Popcorn Fish, frozen • 8-10 soft flour tortillas, heated according to package directions (can substitute crispy corn tortillas) • 1 16-ounce bag of fresh slaw (or 1/2 head of shredded cabbage) • 1 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained • 1 avocado, diced • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) • Juice from 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons) • 1 tablespoon honey • Taco sauce (recipe below) Taco Sauce • 8 ounces sour cream • 1 1-ounce packet ranch dressing mix • 1 1.25-ounce packet taco seasoning

HOW TO MAKE IT: • Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake popcorn fish according to package instructions. • Mix sour cream, ranch dressing and taco seasoning. (You can use a little milk to thin the sauce if desired.) Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve • Place slaw (or shredded cabbage), mandarin oranges, black beans, avocado and cilantro in a large bowl. • Place lime juice and honey in a small bowl and stir together. Pour over slaw mixture and toss until well mixed and coated. • Assemble tacos. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of taco sauce onto a tortilla. Add slaw mixture and top with a hot popcorn fish. Serve immediately. For more recipe ideas, visit www.SeaPak.com. Recipe courtesy of SeaPak and Family Features.

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