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Labor Day is a holiday in the United States dedicated to working people. Observed on the first Monday in September, it is a day when we show support for workers and honor them for their achievements. Labor Day was first celebrated in New York City with a parade on September 5, 1882. It became a national holiday in June 1894. Labor Day is celebrated with parades, picnics, sporting events and meetings of labor groups.

Brazil

In Brazil, September 1 through 7 is celebrated as Independence Week. In 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. During this week, also known as Patriotic Week (Semana da Patria), there are lots of celebrations. The government holds seminars about the history of the country. The week begins with a footrace, and a grand military parade takes place at the end of the week.

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Chile

In Chile, September is a special month filled with festivities. Spring arrives in Chile in September, and they celebrate a Day of Unity on the first Monday in September. The Independence Day is celebrated on September 18, and Army Day is celebrated on September 19. The country celebrates all month long with music, dancing, food and beverage and parades. There are also rodeos and demonstrations of crafts and costumed dances.

Owl

You’ve heard about a “wise old owl,” but have you wondered what makes the owl so wise? Traditionally owls have been thought of as wise creatures because of their association with Athena. The Greek goddess of wisdom is often shown holding an owl. Owls were also thought of as bad omens and feared by some people because of their nighttime activity and their hooting sounds. Kingdom: Animalia Owls are nocturnal animals, which means they are Phylum: Chordata awake at night. They live all over the world, except for Antarctica. There are many different kinds of owls, Class: Aves but all have flat faces with small curved beaks and Order: Strigiformes big feet with large talons. Owls have very large round Family: Strigidae and eyes, but they cannot move their eyes. To make up for their eyes, they can turn their heads 180 degrees! Tytonidae That means owls can turn their heads to look directly behind them. Owls are five to 28 inches in length, with wingspans from one to 6.6 feet. They fly very quietly, which makes them hard for people to find. Owls eat mostly small animals like mice, but some eat insects as well. Fish owls eat fish along with mice, and bay owls have been know to hunt for bats. Owls swallow their prey whole, then cough up things that they cannot digest, like fur and bones, in compacted pellets. Owls live in many different places, even in deserts! They make nests in holes in cliffs, trees and buildings. Bigger owls sometimes use the abandoned nests of hawks and crows. Sources: Britannica Encyclopedia Online; International Festival of Owls, Houston Nature Center, www.festivalofowls.com.

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HIDDEN PICTURES PUZZLES by Liz How many hidden items can you find Then color the picture and send it to Truman!!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS... BRAZIL?

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It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world!

On your globe, find longitude of 55ºW and latitude of 10ºS, and you'll find the country of Brazil. It is located on the east coast of South America. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and is about the same size as the United States. In fact, it is the largest country in South America. It is surrounded by many smaller countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela. It shares a border with every country in South America, except Chile and Ecuador! The climate of Brazil is mostly tropical. The terrain is mostly flat, but with some hills, mountains and a coastal area on the east coast. The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. The country celebrates Independence Day on September 7, which marks its independence from Portugal in 1822. Brazil has a strong economy. Agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service industries are well-developed. The main agricultural products of Brazil are coffee, soybeans, wheat, rice, corn, sugarcane, cocoa, citrus and beef. Coffee, soybeans and even footwear are some of the main exports that the country sells to other countries. Photo, left: A panoramic view of Iguazu Falls along the Brazil-Argentina border. The entire waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 1.7 miles of the Iguazu River. Sources: "Brazil," The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/br.html.

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UFirst FCU offers Kid’s Programs Burghy’s Kids Club ages 0-12, Teen Cardinal Club ages 13-17, College Survival Kit ages 18-22 P ARENTOWN’S K ID S HAPE Pros & Cons to Learning in a Digital Age The world has quickly become digital, and the younger generations are leading the pack with technology that just may make some other items obsolete. As preteens and teenagers routinely turn to digital devices for entertainment and schoolwork, the face of education may change as well. In the past, students toted notebooks (the paper kind), pencils, pens and folders to school. Today, students carry digital devices like computer tablets, notebooks (the electronic kind), smart phones and other items to the classroom. Furthermore, texting and instant messaging have replaced traditional modes of casual conversation. Another item that may go the way of the dinosaur is the printed book. Students can now carry an entire library’s worth of reading material on a slim e-reader device or on the many other evolving tablet-type machines. There may be a day when one no longer browses the aisles of the school library for a book, but only downloads the text instantly when needed. Some textbooks are already offered in digital format, and some school systems and teachers may opt for the convenience of digital devices. Little data exists as to just how many schools have policies allowing the use of cell phones and other digital devices in class. In the United States, a 2009 U.S. Department of Education survey indicates only four percent of public-school teachers say a handheld device is available in the classroom every day. But things can change in a short period of time. Digital Advantages: There are many advantages to going digital. Typing tends to go faster for adept keyboard users, which many youngsters have become since they’ve essentially grown up with computers in the household. This skill makes note-taking easier. When notes and assignments are saved to a computer, there’s less likelihood of them getting lost, especially if important files are routinely backed up. Data saved on a computer can easily be manipulated into a number of different formats, potentially making it easier to study. Bodies of text can be transformed into charts or pie graphs with many word-processing programs. Students can cut and paste important quotes or examples into essays and the like, saving time on homework. In terms of streamlining backpacks, digital readers and other devices eliminate heavy books and notebooks. This point can be seen Serving Clinton County

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as a big plus to students who have grown accustomed to carrying around 20+ pounds on their backs from a very young age. As many teachers turn to online resources, such as e-mailing and posting assignments on a personal website, students almost have to keep up with the times with some sort of tool that has Internet access. Digital Disadvantages: On the other side of the equation, going digital does have some disadvantages. The decline of penmanship is one of them. In a digital era, people are less likely to write letters by hand or keep up with penmanship in other ways. Some children don’t know what cursive handwriting is and may never learn how to sign their names in “script,” which was a common lesson for other generations. With spell check available, there is no longer a focus on spelling lists and spelling tests as there was for previous generations. While digital communication does promote social interactions on some levels, some argue that spending too much time staring at a screen and keyboard compromises the social aspect of going to school and learning in a classroom. Today’s youth are less likely to “talk,” choosing to “LOL” and “TTYL” through texting. Having a wealth of information available on the Internet opens up students to many disreputable sources of content. Some common online encyclopedias are written and edited by regular people who may not have the accurate details of events. Also, having content that is easily cut and pasted opens up the temptation for plagiarism and blurs the lines of how to attribute information to a source correctly. Digital devices may be great learning tools, but they also offer a number of distractions to students. When a student is supposed to be taking notes on a laptop in the classroom, he or she might be downloading music, updating social networking sites, streaming video or checking celebrity gossip. Classrooms are evolving and so are students. Learning is very different from the way older generations may have learned. As the classrom changes, it may be up to the parent to establish techonology boundaries for the child. Setting limits on computer time and phone usage and encouraging penmanship and spelling may be the ways to go. Source: MetroCreativeConnection.com

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Unique Ways to Save on School Supplies

When it comes to school, costs are rising across the board. Though tuition hikes get most of the publicity, additional expenses associated with school can add up as well, and school supplies are no exception. Though it was once easy to send kids off to school with a pencil case, a couple of notebooks and a few other accessories, today’s students live in a digital world, and their teachers often rely on technology to supplement lesson plans. As a result, the cost of school supplies is higher than ever before, and parents are left looking for ways to give kids the tools they need without breaking the bank. To do just that, consider the following tips. •Sign up for coupons on retailer websites. When consumers purchase a product online, prior to finalizing the purchase, many online retailers ask consumers to check a box if they would like to receive e-mail newsletters and coupons. Parents who sign up for such newsletters and coupons can save substantial amounts of money and might even be privy to special sales not available to the general public. In some cases, it’s not even necessary to make a purchase to receive the newsletters and coupons. Shoppers simply visit the web site of their favorite online retailers and sign up to be notified of any deals or sales. •Coordinate with teachers ahead of time. Parents should consult their child’s teacher before school begins and throughout the year to determine if there are any special projects or reports coming up that require certain supplies. For instance, kids might need costly graphing calculators next semester. If parents are given advance notice, they can shop around to get the best deal. Talk to local school officials to see if it’s possible to make a list of school supplies available at the end of the year instead of at the very beginning. If so, this gives parents several months to shop around for the best deals.

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•Do your own homework. Parents of college-bound kids might think an ereader would make the ideal gift, saving kids the trouble of lugging all those books around campus. However, parents should do their homework before making any such purchases. That’s because not all textbooks are available as e-books, and kids might end up having to buy hard copies of their textbooks anyway. Before kids head off to college, examine their first semester schedule and then look online for each class’s corresponding syllabus. If most of their required textbooks are available as e-books, then an e-reader might make a great gift. If not, think of something else. •Don’t make the bottom line the determining factor. Whether a student is in grade school, high school or college, his or her school supplies tend to undergo more than their fair share of wear and tear. So parents looking to save on school supplies should consider that when shopping. Though the less expensive backpackmight seem more affordable, make sure it can withstand the test of time and all the wear and tear that comes with being a student’s backpack. If not, it will likely need to be replaced before the school year is out, which can end up costing more money in the long run. •Recycle school supplies. School supplies can be recycled. At the end of each semester or school year, perform an inventory of existing school supplies. If last semester’s notebooks were hardly used, there’s no need to buy new ones for the new semester. Similarly, parents who have a couple of students in their household can embrace hand-me-down school supplies just as they do with clothes. If one child finishes the school year but didn’t quite use up all of his or her supplies, save those supplies for the day when younger siblings end up in the sameclass. Source:Metrocreativeconnection.com

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AT THE MOVIES Dolphin Tale (In Theaters: Sept. 23) Some dolphins are luckier than others. After getting caught in a crab trap off the coast of Florida, Winter gets rescued on the beach by a little boy named Sawyer (Nathan Gamble). Members of the nearby Clearwater Marine Hospital help transport the friendly dolphin to their facility to help Winter recover. Sadly, Winter’s damaged tale has to be removed. Harry Connick, Jr., plays Dr. Clay Haskett, whose outgoing daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) befriends Sawyer and invites him to help with Winter’s recovery. Hope comes for Winter’s survival when a local prosthetics doctor (Morgan Freeman) generously agrees to design a prosthetic tail to help her swim properly. Dolphin Tale is a sweet children’s movie. There are no big explosions, rude humor, or green-eyed monsters -- just a heartwarming true story about people who care for one very special dolphin. Ashely Judd and Kris Kristofferson also star. Rated PG for some mild thematic elements (Warner Bros.) The Lion King 3D (In Theaters: Sept. 16) Disney’s coming-of-age animated musical gets a 3D treatment that puts the well-loved movie on the big screen for more generations of kids to fall in love with. Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Matthew Broderick) is a cute little lion cub with a royal destiny. Once a prince, Simba must find his own way in the world after a terrible event takes his father King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones) away from him forever. In the jungle, Simba meets a couple of new friends. Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat help guide Simba on his road to independence. The story draws upon Shakespeare, classical mythology and African folk tales as a basis for songs by Elton John and

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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Available Sept. 6) Patricia Rozema makes this gently nostalgic depression-era story about 11-year-old Kit Kittredge (well played by Abigail Breslin) of the “American Girl” book series. Kit wants to write essays about the Great Depression from a “kid’s-eye view” for her local Cincinnati newspaper. The 1934 financial crisis comes home to roost when Kit’s father (Chris O’Donnell) loses his car dealership and leaves his family to look for work in Chicago. Kit befriends a couple of child hobos named Will and Countee, who take her on a tour of their homeless lifestyle. Kit’s mom (played by Julia Ormond) opens the family’s house to boarders to help keep up their mortgage payments. A rash of burglaries points to Kit’s friend Will as the prime suspect. Kit sets out to solve the crimes with the help of her two best friends. Rated G. (New Line Home Video) Dumbo (Available Sept. 20) Jumbo Jr. is nicknamed “Dumbo” because of his enormous ears. Born into the circus life when a stork delivers him to his mom, Dumbo is picked on by the other animals. Those big ears are a problem. Even kids make fun of him. He’s separated from his protective mother. Still, Dumbo has one loyal friend in the form of a boisterous tiny rodent named Timothy Q. Mouse. Timothy Mouse loves Dumbo. Things take a big turn when Dumbo and everyone else realizes the no-so-little elephant can use his mighty ears to fly! Suddenly Dumbo becomes known as “the 9th wonder of the universe- — the world’s only flying elephant.” This 1941 Disney animated movie is called a “classic” for good reason. You might even shed a tear or two. Rated G. 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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If so, you’re not alone. Every year, between 6 and 12 million people worldwide get head lice. Most of those millions are kids. Any kid who goes to school has probably already heard about lice. They can spread easily at schools, so if one kid gets them, the rest of the class might get them, too. What can you do? Let’s

Sharing is usually a great idea Except when you’re sharing lice!

You can make your own stack-ems using cubed cheeses, lunch meats and low-salt crackers, to change things up and save money over the pre-packaged versions. Turkey is a great choice. It is a protein, which helps your body maintain and repair body tissues and build muscle. It also provides vitamin B-complex and iron, which help build strong bones and teeth and support muscles. Here are some healthy recipes from Boar’s Head that use turkey and will make your bag lunch more fun!

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What Are Lice? Lice are very, very small insects. In fact, they are so tiny that you can barely see them! Each louse (the name for one of the lice) is brown and gray and only about the size of a sesame seed. Lice are parasites (say: pah-ruh-sytes), which means that they live off other living things. Head lice need to be next to skin to survive and the warmth of your skin is a perfect place for them to live. Lice eat tiny amounts of blood (much less than a mosquito does) for their nourishment and use their sticky little feet to hold on to hair. Gross! When lice start living in hair, they also start to lay eggs, or nits. Lice can survive up to 30 days on a person’s head and can lay eight eggs a day. Lice attach their nits to pieces of hair, close to the scalp. If you see a small, oval blob on a strand of hair, that’s probably a nit. If these little eggs are yellow, tan, or brown, the lice haven’t hatched yet. If the eggs are white or clear, the lice have hatched.Although they don’t hurt, lice sometimes can irritate the skin and make it itchy (especially at night). Too much scratching can lead to scalp infections.

Life Without Lice Here are things you can do to keep them away.

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Don’t give the lice any chance to spread to you. Avoid putting your head together with a friend or sharing stuff that could contain lice, such as hats or combs. Don’t try on hats that belong to other kids. Never share a comb, brush, barrettes, or other hair accessories. Use your own, and don’t lend them to anyone else. Always use your own sleeping bag and pillow when sleeping away from home.

WHAT YOU NEED: •1-2 tablespoons cream cheese, low-fat • 1 96% fat-free tortilla (8-inch) • 2 slices Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat™ Turkey Breast • 1/4 cup fresh baby spinach • 1/2 medium-sized apple, cut into thin strips

Lice Love Everyone. Because lice are parasites, they will set up house on anyone’s head, whether that person is clean, dirty, in second grade, in fifth grade, black, or white. Anyone who says that people who get lice are dirty doesn’t know that lice love everyone and that includes the cleanest kid in the class! Lice spread in classrooms and schools because kids play together closely and often share more stuff than adults do. Lice cannot jump or fly. They spread when people’s heads touch or when they share hats and other clothing, combs, brushes, headbands, barrettes, and bedding (like sheets, blankets, pillowcases, and sleeping bags). If lice are stuck on any of these things and that thing touches another person’s head, that person may also get lice.

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Saying Goodbye to Lice. If your head feels very itchy, tell an adult as soon as possible. This is especially true if you know that other kids in your class or school have had lice. Don’t wait around — the more time the lice have to lay nits, the itchier you will be! Often a parent or school nurse can recognize head lice just by looking for nits in the hair. Some kids’ parents will take them to the doctor so the doctor can check to see if lice are there. If a kid has lice, an adult will need to buy a special medicated shampoo, cream, or lotion that kills lice. An adult will need to apply the medicine and follow the directions. Part of the treatment is combing your hair with a fine-tooth comb to remove the nits. The shampoo, cream, or lotion usually kills the lice right away. The itching should go away within a few days, but treatment may need to be repeated in 7 to 10 days to kill any new lice that may have hatched since the first treatment.

• Spread cream cheese on one side of tortilla. Place turkey slices evenly over tortilla; then add spinach leaves and sliced apple. Roll tortilla tightly, tucking ingredients as you roll. Slice wrap in half diagonally and serve. (Makes one serving.)

Turkey Kabobs WHAT YOU NEED: • 2 slices Boar’s Head Ovengold® Turkey Breast, sliced 1/4-inch thick • 2 slices Boar’s Head Yellow Cheddar Cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick • 12 grapes, white seedless • Toothpicks, long • Cut turkey and cheese into cubes. Place a cube of turkey on a toothpick, followed by a cube of cheese and then a grape. Repeat with remaining items. Arrange on a plate and serve. (Makes 12 servings.) NOTE: Instead of toothpicks, try using pretzel sticks. Visit www.boarshead.com or www.brown-bagging.com for more lunch and snack ideas like these. Recipe courtesy of Boar’s Head and Family Features.

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Dear Kids, It’s September, and fall is on the way. The first day of fall is September 23. We also celebrate Grandparents Day in September. It’s a great time to do something special with your grandparents. Maybe do an interview with them about what the world was like when they were young, or go on a hike and enjoy the changing season. School is in full swing, and I hope you are enjoying your teacher and classroom! My teacher is really smart and does a great job of getting me excited about learning. This month, I talked with Jennie Wray, a 3rd-grade teacher, about what it’s like to be a teacher. And, I’ve got some yummy recipes for your lunch box! I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Kidsville News! Be sure to visit our website at www.kidsvillenews.com/ northernny for more fun and games. Have a super September!

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It’s Constitution Day! Preamble to the U.S. Constitution We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this, Constitution for the United States of America. Way back on September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 Founding Fathers at the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates had gathered almost daily for five months to create this important document. It was designed to define clearly the separate powers of the government and the states, the rights of the people and how the representatives of the people should be elected. After signing it in September of 1787, Congress sent printed copies of the Constitution to the state legislatures for ratification. The United States Constitution contains seven articles which cover the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the States, the Amendment Process, the legal status of the Constitution and the Signatures of the delegates. It also contains Amendments one through 10, which are called The Bill of Rights, and Amendments 11-27. President George W. Bush signed a bill into law on December 8, 2004, which designates every September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Citizenship Day has been around since 1952 as a day to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States” and to recognize those who had attained the status of American citizenship. In 2004, Congress changed the designation of this day to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” It also added two provisions: first that federal employees receive educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on September 17 of each year, and second, that each educational institution that receives federal funds shall hold an educational program on the Constitution for students on September 17 of each year. For more information about Constitution Day, visit www.loc. gov, www.constitutionday.com, or www.constitutioncenter.org.

Grandparents are an important part of the family, and many cultures honor them for their knowledge and wisdom. In China, there is a proverb about grandparents, and it says, “The old are the precious gem of the household.” This means that the Chinese see their elders as extremely valuable members of society. So, because grandparents are so valuable they deserve a day in their honor just like mothers and fathers. America has been celebrating a Grandparents Day since 1978 when President Jimmy Carter declared it would be celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day every year. This year, 2011, Grandparents Day falls on Sunday, September 11. Many different countries such as Australia, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom, celebrate a Grandparents Day like America; but America has been honoring them longer than almost everyone else. The only country that has been celebrating it longer than America is Poland. They started their holiday in 1964, 14 years before we did. Grandparents Day was created by Marian McQuade, who was a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. She was inspired by the lonely people in nursing homes and thought it would be a great idea to have a day for everyone to recognize how special and valuable they are. She thought it was very important for the younger generations to care for and learn from the wise people they have in their lives. A perfect way to celebrate this holiday with your loved ones could be to take them flowers or sing them a song. The National Grandparents Day Council of Chula Vista, California, has announced that the national song for Grandparents Day is “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill. If you wanted to get flowers for your Grandma, you could get her forget-me-nots, which are the official flower for Grandparents Day. A handmade card is also a great way to say “I Love You” to the grandparents in your life. Spend some time talking to them about how things were when they were kids, and you will make their day!

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Is Good for Your Mind Yoga — Stretching Your Body Is Good for Your Mind It’s back-to-school time — time for classes and extracurricular activities like sports — football, basketball, soccer and more. But not all sports activities involve two teams lined up on the field in a game. Yoga is an athletic activity in which you compete not against another team or person, but yourself, and it benefits the mind, body and soul. Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit and originated in ancient India. What we in the West commonly refer to as yoga is actually asana, the practice of physical poses and one of eight different “limbs” of yoga. Yoga includes many styles of practice based on the same poses, but focused on different aspects, like breathing, physical movement, body alignment or a combination. Some popular yoga styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Power Yoga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Bikram or Hot Yoga and Viniyoga. Yoga requires little equipment — comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily, like shorts and a tee shirt, and a yoga mat and towel. (Be sure to include a water bottle and drink plenty of fluids during any sort of exercise.) An instructor leads students in a yoga class through combinations of poses and positions that involve stretching, bending, holding, breathing and relaxing.

Yoga offers children many great benefits. “A non-heated class for anyone under the age of 13 can be incredibly beneficial,” said Virginia Gallagher, ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), owner of Hot Asana Studio in Southern Pines, N.C. “If they are already engaged in other athletic activities that build musculature up to shorten the muscles, then yoga can be incredibly beneficial to lighten them back up. Yoga is also good for the mind and may help you in your studies. “In general, especially for kids with ADD or ADHD, it helps focus their concentration. Anytime you are focused on one activity, one pose or posture, and you’re concentrating on it, it increases your focus and increases your ability to focus and to concentrate. We are a society that really works in front of our computers and our video games, so we work in our heads a lot. So to get anybody to really drop down and to feel down to your toes and to feel down to your fingers, to extend and stretch different parts of the body that you’re not really utilizing on a regular basis is beneficial.” Yoga also offers a playfulness and non-competitiveness, Gallagher said. “So much of what our kids do are team sports, or sports that have a winner or loser, and in yoga, we don’t have that. In yoga, it’s pretty much personal posture, and it’s about doing what you can do and not comparing that to anybody else.” Sources: www.discover-yoga-online.com; “What Is Yoga,” http:// yoga.about.com/od/beginningyoga/a/whatisyoga.htm.

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School Rules! School Rules! By Barbara Gilmour “Hi kids, welcome back. Tanner, Nicole, Rudy, Stephen, Carmen and Truman the dragon are here today to learn more about being ‘Cool Kind Kids.’ What fun things did you do this summer?” Tanner shared, “My family went to a cabin on a lake where we swam every day.” Rudy added, “I went to day camp and swam every day, too.” Nicole said, “My family went hiking and mountain climbing. It was fun.” Carmen raised her hand to share, “My family went to the beach. It was hot, but we had a cool time.” Truman was excited to share. “I did some fun things in my town, like the 4th of July parade. The fireworks were really cool.” Stephen added, “My family had a ‘staycation.’ We stayed home and did fun things together.” “It sounds like you all had a fun summer. Now it’s back-to-school time.” Everyone groaned. “I know it’s hard to think about school after a summer of fun, but school can be fun, too. Who remembers some of the ways we said to be cool and kind kids having summer fun?” Carmen’s hand went up. “I learned to respect other people and their customs.” Rudy shared, “If we take turns and share, we’ll have more fun at day camp.” Tanner added, “Taking turns about what activities to do helps everyone get along better. Don’t be bossy and always want your way.” “I think The Golden Rule helps everyone have fun,” said Nicole. “It applies everywhere.” Truman raised his hand to share, “There were a lot of people at the 4th of July parade. It was really crowded, and some people were pushing and shoving. I didn’t think that was the kind or cool way to act. I’m big, so I tried to stay in the back so little kids could see.” Everyone cheered for Truman. “You’re the coolest and kindest dragon we know!” “You have good memories. Now let’s see how we can use these ideas to be cool and kind kids at school. Rudy, you mentioned taking turns and sharing. Where would you do those things at school?” Rudy jumped up and shouted, “The playground! I love that place.” Nicole added, “What about taking and turns and sharing library books, or things in our classroom?” Stephen said, “Playing games or sports are where we need to take turns and share, too.” Tanner got a big smile on his face and said, “We need to take turns and share everywhere at school so we all can get along.” “You are right! Carmen learned to be respectful of others’ customs and beliefs when her friend traveled to a foreign country. How can we apply that to school?” Nicole’s hand shot up. “I know. We are all different, and we shouldn’t tease or pick on someone who is not like us. We should accept everyone and try to be his or her friend.” A SCHOOL RULES when kids are kind and cool to everyone at school. 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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NASA (short for National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reaches for new heights and reveals the unknown so that what it does and learns will benefit all humankind. To do that, thousands of people have worked around the world — and off it — for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What’s out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth? What happened during and right after the Big Bang? How do galaxies form and change? What is the nature of black holes? How did the planets, moons, comets and other solar system objects NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has missions form? studying Earth, the Sun, the Solar System, and the NASA sends Universe. For some missions, NASA partners with spacecraft out to space agencies in other countries. All people have answer these big the same big questions. questions. These spacecraft have no people onboard. However, a lot of engineers and scientists work together to build them and put them into space. Like true robots, these spacecraft operate mostly by themselves. They are programmed to send their data and images back to Earth. These spacecraft study Earth, the Sun, the solar system and the universe as far away in space and time as the most advanced NASA technology will allow. And, at home, how is the Earth’s climate changing? Why is it changing? How will Earth be different in the future? Earthobserving spacecraft study the air, the ocean, the land and the ice to help answer those questions. To us, the Sun is the most important star in the universe. Why does it act as it does — quiet sometimes and stormy at others? NASA has missions to observe the Sun’s cycles, variations and “temper tantrums” and how the Sun affects us. Other spacecraft and robotic explorers are helping to find out the nature of the objects that make up our solar system. How have they changed since the solar system began? What environments in the solar system might support life? NASA’s space observatories are helping scientists understand some of the biggest mysteries. How did the universe begin? How did it become what we see today, with its hundreds of billions of galaxies, stars and planets? And, are any of those other planets like Earth — with life? Find out about some of these exciting NASA missions at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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It’s Campaign time…It doesn’t matter how much you give, because together we can do so much. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Not only do we start a brand new school year and all the fun that brings, but it just also happens to be kickoff time for the Adirondack Region United Way Annual Campaign!!! Just think back to all the great United Way agencies we have learned about so far and how they can help kids like us, our families and neighbors here in the North Country. In the February issue we learned all about the Child Care Coordinating Council, remember they help with training and “coordinating” daycare providers as well as Parents Anonymous and parenting classes so our Mom’s and Dad’s can be better parents to us. They also provide a space for parents and kids to meet in a safe place. In March we learned all about Life Flight, the helicopter that quickly carries sick or injured people (kids too) to a hospital that can help them and they do this at no charge to the patient. Do you remember the call letters for the Bell 430 helicopter? I do! The answer is N9SP. In the April issue we learned all about protecting our heads during play and sports when we visited with the North Country Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Center. Two important items to remember…ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT and Safety is NO accident, live injury free. May and June articles were really fun columns to write. We learned all about the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts. I’m still so impressed with the girls who made the Lego Robotics wheelchair. I hope all of our scouts had a really fun summer camping and learning all about our beautiful Adirondacks and how to keep them safe… Leaveno trace. For our July article we spent time with Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN). We learned about kids who have special needs and how when their families need help they have a place to go. Finally last month we learned how Habitat for Humanity is helping families build a home and a newlife. We have really learned so much in these last few months about agencies that are right here in our area, ready to help us if we should need them, and there are so many more that we will learn about in the months to come. Right now there are 39 member agencies of our United Way of the Adirondack Region. I know

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children will treat Garrett? JAMES: No, Catherine. It is not ideal. But a man has to feed his family and the fishing off Shiloh’s is the best there is anywhere. (Ketz-al-co-ah-Tel) DAVY: And Garrett’s a strapping young lad who can take care of himself. Isn’t that right? GARRETT: Yes, sir. Quetzalcoatl is a the Jones Legacy. DAVY: Garrett was a fine young Serial Story by Carl Gundestrup. CHRISTIAN: What is the Jones man. Like most boys, he had a taste MR. JONES: Hello? legacy? to some of the greatest for adventure. He had read WOMAN ON THE PHONE: Um. MR. JONES: If I tell you, you must mysteries and treasures in the history everything he could find about Mr. Jones. I think it’s time. He’s been give me your word of honor that you of our world. Here. Take a look at this Shiloh’s Island. He had a keen askingquestions. will speak of this to no one. journal. young mind and a heart as big as the MR. JONES: Do you think he’s CHRISTIAN: Why? Why does it CHRISTIAN: Whoa! This is way cool. ocean, but he had the misfortune to ready? matter?Who’d care? Who drew this dragon? It’s beautiful. have been born with a crippled leg. WOMAN ON THE PHONE: I think MR. JONES: Give me your word of MR. JONES: It’s your legacy. His left leg was fine, mind you. But so. honor. CHRISTIAN: My legacy? his right leg was small, withered and MR. JONES: Send him over. CHRISTIAN: I promise never to speak MR. JONES: Give me the book and get twisted so as to be of no practical CHRISTIAN: Hello, Grandpa Jones! to anyone without your permission. comfortable. Here. Take James use to him. Garrett was forced to use MR. JONES: I’m up here Christian. MR. JONES: Very good. Here. Help Spencer’s dagger. I find that when my crutches, which made making In the attic! me to remove the rest of these items. hands are occupied, my mind has a friends difficult. Still, Garrett would CHRISTIAN: Cool. What’s that? CHRISTIAN: Wow! What’s this? greater capacity to grasp the truth. The try. With all of his heart, he wanted MR. JONES: This is the seaman’s MR. JONES: I’m not exactly certain. taleof to be like all the other children. locker your mother was telling you There are quite a number of items that Quetzalcoatl by Captain David Jones, GARRETT: I can’t wait to explore about. are similar. Set it down on the table. myfather. the Island. Shiloh’s Island was a CHRISTIAN: Where’d you get it? Now, move that lever there. haven for pirates. One book said that MR. JONES: My father was a ship’s CHRISTIAN: Oh wow! What’s that? DAVY: James Spencer and I first met there are more than a dozen sunken captain. It was his. One night, in MR. JONES: I believe that it is a. while working on Gus Neilsen’s ships scattered around the island. October of 1991, a man came to my sextant of sorts. A traditional sextant is fishing boat the Viking Queen. James CATHERINE: How’d they all sink? door with a letter from an attorney a navigational instrument used to was the first mate, and we became GARRETT: Other pirates, shoals, and this trunk. The letter informed determine a vessels exact position at friends almost the moment we met. storms and sea serpents. me that my father had passed away at sea. It’s not like any sextant I have James confided in me, his dream of CATHERINE: Sea serpents? I don’t sea. This seaman’s locker was my ever seen. What you’re seeing owning his own fishing fleet and living believethat. inheritance. projected I believe, is a star chart. A on Shiloh’s Island. Shiloh’s lay a half a GARRETT: Ask Uncle Davy. CHRISTIAN:This trunk? map of a solar system. But I don’t day’s journey from the mainland and DAVY: I was not Garrett’s uncle by MR. JONES: Open it up. believe that it’s “our” solar system. was the best fishing I’d ever seen. After birth or marriage, but by affection. CHRISTIAN: Wow! Oh my gosh! CHRISTIAN: Where did it come working together for several years, Aye. It was in this very channel that MR. JONES: That pistol was my from? James and I pooled our money and I encountered a sea dragon. grandfather’s. MR. JONES: Let me show you. See partnered on our own fishing boat. I GARRETT: Really? CHRISTIAN:Cool. that leather flap sticking out of the moved with James and his family to DAVY: Had I not been there myself, MR. JONES: The sword belonged to bottom of the trunk? Give it a tug. Shiloh’s Island. After buying the boat, I would have thought it just another my Great-Grandfather John Paul CHRISTIAN: Oh Wow! Cool, a false there was no money left for a house, tall tale. But a mate of mine, Jones. He was a sea captain during bottom! What are all these books and and no one on the island would rent us Shawnsey McKensie, was standing theAmerican Revolution. maps and stuff? a room. So we made our home in a the night watch. As near as we could CHRISTIAN:What’s this? MR. JONES: The writings of my cave on the windward side of the tell, a hungry sea dragon spied MR. JONES: That’s a Samaritan clay ancestors. For centuries, members of island. We traded some fish for an old Shawnsey alone on the deck... tablet. the Jones family have kept journals church door, which we used to enclose (continued)... To listen and readCHRISTIAN: No way! And this belt and diaries and ships’ logs. Passing the front of the cave. I had always along with the rest of this month’s buckle? their lives’ experiences from father to viewed moving to a new place or episode of QUETZALCOATL go to MR. JONES: There are those that son. starting a new job as a great adventure, www.talesofdavyjones.com or would kill to have that belt buckle. CHRISTIAN: Why’s it so secret? filled with the excitement of new www.kidsvillenews.com./northernny What you see here, is just a very MR. JONES: To me, it’s sacred. It’s opportunities and hope for a better A Teacher’s Guide to accompany small part of what was in the trunk the history of my family back to before future. But James’ wife Catherine did this 12-chapter story is available at when I received it. Most of the the time of Christ. To archeologists, not share my feelings. www.KidsvilleNews.com. An audio artifacts and a large portion of my treasure hunters and those seeking CATHERINE:You know how I was version CD-set and workbook are family manuscripts and writings are fame and fortune. My ancestor’s treated when I went looking for a place also available online. Copyright now stored in vaults or museums, writings and the artifacts in my father’s to rent. If that is how the adults on the 2011 by Carl F. Gundestrup. All protected from those that would steal trunk are priceless. They are the clues island behave, how do you think their rightsreserved.

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