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s the school year vastly approaches again, we can no longer rely on other people to motivate our kids to follow their dreams. It is our obligation to make sure that our child(ren) become everything that they can be; not only naturally, but spiritually as well. So many children are falling through the cracks of society, and no one is there to help them back up.

My mother never gave up on me, regardless of what I did, she was always right there. As a teenager coming up in the mid '90’s, I experienced problems at home, in school, as well as in church. I was kicked out of school at the age of 13 and charged with a felony. My discipline record was over a mile long; but how many of you know that God always has the final say about our lives? My mother never gave up on me, regardless of what I did, she was always right there. I just want to encourage some parent, not to give up so easily on your children. It may seem hard; it’s been 5 years and they still haven't gotten any better. Well, the Bible suggests that our ways are not His ways, our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our timing is not His timing. I encourage you to endure to the end, and watch God begin to complete the work that He has started in your children. This is exactly the case in the life of 11-year old, Eric Jasper, Jr. He is wise beyond his years and notat-all shy when it comes to the camera. This handsome little man was invited at the age of four, for a photo shoot. In the Spring of 2011, Eric’s appeal warranted him another invitation; this time to participate in a Celebrity Actor’s Camp which hosted auditions for Nickelodeon Studios. With almost 1300 children auditioning, the top 50 were selected. Eric shined again, landing him a spot amongst 50 finalists who would undergo several weeks of extensive training. Eric’s weekends were filled with coaching and training with Phill Lewis (Mr. 4

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BACK TO SCHOOL ~ CONCERNED PARENTS

e being something of a public figure, I get to hear a lot of comments by parents who speak negatively about the quality of education in the Florida public school systems. Although I strongly believe that the quality of public education is an issue, I also believe it is incumbent upon the parents and the community to bridge the gap where the educational systems fail. I can't help but ask those “concerned parents” if they are really doing THEIR part as contributors to their child's education. How much time do they actually spend studying with their child? I find it amusing when I hear parents say, “I don't get this “new math” stuff.” Yet, they never take the time to call the teacher or even go on the web to look it up and try to understand it.

parental involvement in this type of education has, for the most part taken a similar road as their involvement in their secular education...but on a much larger scale. Admittedly, many churches, in an effort to meet the demands of our fast-paced society, don't have Sunday School any more. And for those that have children's church, that has often been reduced to nothing more than an in-church baby sitter.” (I am not implying that this is the case in all churches. But it is happening). The truth is, Sunday School was only an extension of my spiritual education. I was introduced to the God of the Bible by my mother and father. I heard stories like “Jack and the bean stalk” at school in my kindergarten class. But, my bedtime stories as a child were about “Jonah and

Simply put, most of our kids don't really know Jesus as anything more than a historical figure. Sadly, in most cases, there is very little in them to counteract the onslaught of the morally defunct messages of the media. But for today's Make It Count article, I want to address an educational issue that is far more serious than that of our public schools. Many of you know that my column rarely takes a “preachy” tone. But today, I feel a sense of urgency to share what God has placed on my heart. Our kids are going back to school and they lack the true education they need to survive in this world. Simply put, most of our kids don't really know Jesus as anything more than a historical figure. Sadly, in most cases, there is very little in them to counteract the onslaught of the morally defunct messages of the media. Respect for authority has gone by the wayside. Society is teaching our children that boundaries are a bad thing. They have diluted the message of salvation by telling our kids to simply believe in a “higher power” and to be “spiritual,” as opposed to having a real relationship with Jesus. They are being introduced to every “lifestyle” imaginable (and I am not only referring to sexual lifestyles). I dare say that 8

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the whale,” “The healing of the man with the withered hand.” etc... My mother took her responsibility to train me in the fear and admonition of the Lord seriously. As parents, it's hard for our kids to know God when we do not set an example. They do not see us in relationship with Jesus... spending time in PRIVATE PRAYER AND WORSHIP... so they do not know the power or the value of it. They don't see us reading the Word consistently, so they are led to believe it is some antiquated book, full of allegories and interesting stories. There are more demonic influences vying for the attention of our children than ever. Their one goal is to rob them of the spiritual foundations that not only grant them eternal life, but a victorious life on this side of heaven. I believe we need to invest in our children's eternal future as much as, or more than we invest in their secular education. Our schools need God back in them... But more importantly they need our kids to take HIM there.


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Howard Tate 'Flute' Gentry

oward Tate “Flute’ Gentry has more than 32 years worked with the Orlando’s youth through the Young Blacks in Action, Inc. In 1979, Flute addresses his concern for the lack of constructive afterschool activities for young children and teens. He invited children from the predominately African American communities of Washington Shores, Lake Mann Homes, Murchison Terrace, Richmond Heights, Carver Shores and Malibu to meet in the parking lot of the Washington Shores Shopping Center after school to practice routine marching, perform rhythmic steps with precision, play drums, and step to the music. The group began to meet every afternoon after school to drill, practice, and genuinely have fun learning marching and rhythmic skills. The group came to be known as the Young Blacks in Action (YBA). The YBA Community Band and Dancettes have performed with excellence in numerous parades and churches all over Central Florida. He believed this was his calling for true volunteerism. An Orlando native, Flute attended Orange County Public Schools. He started playing the trombone in seventh grade. Later, he participated in the Jones High School Tiger Band where he was first exposed to band marching in precision 10

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formation. He graduated from Jones High School in 1973. Upon graduation, he attended BethuneCookman College, now known as Bethune Cookman University, in Daytona Beach, Florida. There, he participated in the Marching Men of Cookman Band, which would lead to his desire to volunteer his time and talent in training students perform in marching drill precision. He then returned to Orlando where he has worked to instill strong work ethics in youth and teach the value of hard work. Flute has been honored by Tom Joyner’s Morning Show as one of the Real Fathers, Real Men, won the City of Orlando’s Community Service Volunteer of the Year Award, the Jones high School Alumni Historical Society Community Service Award, The City of Orlando Police Department Citizenship Award, and the 2011 Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Under the leadership of Flute, YBA has won numerous awards including the Best Performance Award in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Martin Luther King Day Parade. In March 2011, YBA performed during the halftime show of the NBA Orlando Magic. He is the proud father of Danielle, Howard Tate III, Antwaun, Daniel, Justis, and Destani. He recently married Attorney Rosalyn Dunlap and has three stepsons Rasheed, Montarro and Amari.






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THE X-CHANGE

he date is circled in “Red,” Blackberries, PDA’s and I-Pads are synchronized. The summer is finally over, and as the grocery bill decreases, the spike in anxiety and stress of the first day of school for students and parents alike comes to a head. The traditional chaos and adrenaline rush arrives the week or weekend before, as millions of mom’s and dad’s hit the streets in search of the best deals in school supplies and sales on the newest, “Freshest” gear to have your child the best dressed at least for the first week of school. Here are 10 steps to help parents and students navigate through what some parents may consider the week from…!!! These tips should help bring back normalcy from the hiatus of schedules, homework and bedtimes!

Before you go shopping for new clothes, have each child try on the clothes they haven’t worn since last year. As you find items that no longer fit, set them aside to bring to a consignment shop or donate them to charity. If you find that you do need to purchase a few items, pay attention to the back-to-school sales and use coupons to help you save money. If you need to have forms signed by your child’s pediatrician, send them to your doctor’s office as soon as possible. Also, if your child has a food allergy, contact your child’s teacher before the school year begins to discuss any necessary precautions. You can print a food allergy action plan from The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. You can get a list of the specific school supplies your child will need from the school secretary or teacher. Items you’ll need to pick up may include backpacks, binders, and planners/organizers, in addition to the regular assortment of pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors. Double-check that your babysitter knows what day school starts; and understands when you’ll need him or her to be available. In addition, take the time to confirm his or her pay rate and your planned payment schedule. If your kids are extremely reluctant to get up in the morning, consider using an alarm clock with gradually increasing sound, or use a timer to make their bedside lamp turn on just before you want them to wake up. First, you'll need to decide whether you need to purchase new lunchboxes. If you do, make sure you look for one that says lead-free on the label. Some vinyl lunchboxes 12

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give off a lead residue, which you don't want near your kids' food! Also, begin to plan what you'll include in your kid's lunches, and stock up on extra lunchbox staples, like fruit cups and granola bars, when you see them on sale. This can help to get everyone out the door a little faster in the morning. If you’ve gotten behind in doing the laundry, or you have a lot of ironing to do, take some time to complete this task before school begins. Also, consider purchasing a wrinkle-release spray for the kids’ clothes, which may not really need to be ironed on a regular basis. Your calendar is a great tool for staying organized and managing the kids’ busy schedules. Take the time to add school-related items to your calendar, like half-days and holidays. Also, fill in your kids’ regular activities, like soccer practice, ballet, or karate. Get into the habit of looking at your calendar each evening to be sure you know what is coming up the next day. On the first day of school, your kids will probably come home with 5-10 papers for you to sign. You’ll want to have a space in your home where your kids can regularly leave the paperwork that requires your signature. You’ll also want to have one spot where you can keep information on hand that you’ll need frequently, like the school lunch menu and calendar. You'll want to be sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep when school starts. If your kids have been staying up extra late this summer, you want to gradually move their bedtimes up by about fifteen minutes each night. This will make bedtimes easier on you when school begins, and it will help relieve the back-to-school jitters and insomnia.

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HEALTH TIPS

1. Check with your doctor to confirm that your child has received the recommended vaccinations. To get a schedule of recommended childhood vaccines please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines

2. Get a complete eye exam before your child starts school. According to Mark Borchert, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist and the director of The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles; 80 percent of the learning a child does, occurs through his eyes. Approximately one in four school-age children have some type of vision impairment. School eye exams, while valuable, are necessarily brief and may miss many treatable problems. “Every child should have a complete eye exam by age three,” said Dr. Borchert. “Some serious eye diseases such as Amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (crossed eyes) are correctable with eye patches or surgery, if caught early. Once a child is seven or eight years old, the opportunity to correct the problem may be lost, resulting in permanent vision problems.”

3. Be sure your child wears a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Last year, 93 bicyclists under age 15 were killed, and 12,500 sent to emergency rooms, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Head injuries accounted for 63 percent of all bicycle fatalities.

4. Snacks: plan them, don’t ban them. By shopping carefully, parents can get their children started in healthy eating habits. Snacking itself is not necessarily bad; young children actually need snacks. Their stomachs are small, 14

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so they often can’t get all the nutrients they need in a day through regular meals alone. Avoid soda drinks and salty, high-calorie pre-packaged snack foods; provide milk or juice and servings of fruit or vegetables instead. Each 12-ounce soft drink can contain approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child's risk of obesity by 60 percent, according to the AAP.

5. Get started early with a school bedtime schedule. During the summer, many children fall into a vacation rhythm, staying up late and sleeping in. Sleep specialists recommend that parents start gradually imposing an earlier bedtime several weeks before school begins. Recent studies indicate children ages 6 through 9 should get 10-11 hours of sleep a night. If your child is not getting enough sleep, he may fall asleep in the car or seem grouchy and tired during the day. Some children will need help establishing bedtime rituals that make them comfortable and drowsy. Parents need to set a regular bedtime and keep it to build consistency in the child’s daily routine.

6. Watch out for back pain caused by backpacks. Parents need to keep an eye out to be sure children are not having back pain as a result of carrying a backpack to school. “While there is no clear evidence that heavy backpacks lead to permanent damage, they are associated with back pain in children,” said David L. Skaggs, MD, chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. “Poor conditioning may contribute to back pain, so parents are encouraged to get their children to do core strengthening exercises to build muscle strength.” In addition, parents should look for


packs with individual compartments and put heaviest items closest to the body. Sharp objects like pencils should be in smaller pockets on the outside. School backpacks should have two shoulder straps and your child should use both.

7. Car safety remains a top priority. August / September brings an increase in car trips to school, lessons and sports practices. Despite airbags, motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of death for children. “Many of the patients we see in our Emergency Department who were injured in traffic accidents were not wearing seat belts,” said Alan L. Nager, MD, director of the Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. “All passengers should wear a seat belt or an age-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.” Safety experts recommend that all children under age 13 should ride in the rear seat. If you must drive more children than can fit in the rear seat (e.g. a carpool), move the front passenger seat back as far as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts don’t fit properly without it.

8. Have a family plan for sick days. “Never send your child to school with a fever,” said pediatrician Yvonne Gutierrez, MD, of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. “Even if your child says he feels OK, running a fever is an indicator that their immune system is trying to fight off something. When a child is running a fever, he is at his most contagious, and this puts children and adults around him at risk. If at all possible, make arrangements for your child to stay home with a caregiver.” Dr. Gutierrez recommends keeping your child home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. If you're unsure about the best way to treat your child's cold or flu, ask your doctor, school nurse or other healthcare provider.

9. Fight germs with hand washing and home cleanliness. “Regular hand washing is one of the single best ways to fight infection,” said infectious disease specialist Lawrence Ross, MD, who serves as Infection Control Officer at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. “Younger children should be instructed in the importance of proper hand washing before eating and after using the restroom. For situations

where hand washing is not possible, consider supplying your child with packets of hand sanitizing gel.” Germs and viruses can hitch a ride back home from school, so regular cleaning of kitchen and bathroom counters is a good idea, said Dr. Ross. Basic washing of frequently used hard surfaces with cleanser or soap will go a long way towards lowering the germ count.

10. Talk with your child to understand their emotions. A parent’s responsibility goes beyond supplying food, clothing and entertainment. Parents are also responsible for their child’s emotional and social growth. According to child and adolescent psychiatrist Julienne Jacobson, MD, of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, it is important for parents to consistently talk to their children, to know their personalities and be alert to any changes in behavior. "To maintain a strong connection, engage with your kids consistently,” said Dr. Jacobson. “Make a point to spend time with them daily and talk about their activities and interests. Listen to what they say. Let them know you are interested in what they think and how they feel. Let them know they can always feel comfortable talking to you." It’s important to be aware of what is appropriate behavior for your child’s age group. Good sources for this information are teachers and other parents. Remember, you can ask teachers or school counselors for help or input if you have questions or are concerned about changes in your child's behavior Source: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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s you prepare to send your children back to school, ask yourself, “what’s on the menu to fuel their active minds and bodies?” Eating a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks each day helps to keep your child healthy and ready to learn. Here are some nutrition basics to keep in mind to help your kids do their best this year.

BREAK THE FAST

By the time children wake up to go to school, most have gone for 8 to 12 hours without anything to eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some benefits to consider in breaking the fast. People who eat breakfast have healthier body weights, breakfast gives kids more of the nutrients they need, and skipping breakfast may affect success in school. Getting ready in the morning is a busy time, but you should make time for your kids to have a healthy breakfast. Make having a balanced breakfast a habit in your home.

LUNCH WISE

What parent hasn’t had a lunch box returned only to find their child barely touched their lunch? It’s a common complaint. So what’s a parent to do? Getting your kids involved in planning their own lunch is one of the best ways to ensure they’ll actually eat it. Even young children can choose from healthy options. Make sure you consider their favorite foods. It is important that you guide your child in choosing healthy lunch options.

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UNITY BUILDS STRENGTH By Wikindson Philippe

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he Legend of the Haitian Flag, “Unity builds Strength” can be real in the heart and mind of our citizens.

Haitians have the greatest experience of unity. Had Haiti been the first free and independent Black nation in the world, this prowess would have been due to the unity of the slaves and Affranchis, commonly called mulatoes (sons of a slave mother and a white father). However it did not take too long for that unity to be dismantled. When a nation or a community is united, big surprises occur. People remember the Centers for Disease Control issuing the ruling forbidding Haitians to donate their blood to blood banks, because they carried AIDS. Haitian children in U.S. schools were subjected to unmerciful teasing about being “dangerous and infected.” On April 20, 1990, thousands upon thousands of Haitians from all over the United States met in New York and tied up traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. They were UNITED as one Man, to reject the Government‘s AIDS policy concerning Haitians. In a few months, the CDC lifted the ban on Haitians being classified as AIDS carriers. Again, the unity won. Immediately after, just like in the experience for the fight for their freedom, the unity had been taken apart. Leaders in the community could not retain that unity for the good of the community. Too often, our leaders have been complaining about the bystander status of our citizens, and they do not understand that they are the ones who should solve the problems. The Haitian community, preoccupied with making a living, fitting in, and solving their daily problems, do not organize themselves as a community to take on big political issues. However, our leaders in the community are the problems, not the solutions. Like Lakshmi Mittal said, “When people can see which direction the leaders are going in, it becomes easier to motivate them.” Our leaders do not live by example. Too many divisions exist, too many groups are formed, and each group is fighting against each other; thus, the 32

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community does not know what to do. Then, the best thing is to stay home. The Haitian community exaggerates the role of individualism. Each Haitian citizen tends to isolate himself/herself from the mass of his fellows and withdraws into the circle of family and friends. The Haitian community is less connected and becomes a critical spectator of the public scene. Haitians are less likely to turn out for collective deliberation, whether in the voting booth or the meeting hall; less generous with their time, and less likely to give strangers the benefit of a doubt. As Jesse Jackson said, “Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.” Our community is not bad. We, the leaders have confused them, because we create too many divisions. CLHAV invites all of the leaders to a “Voter’s Awareness Banquet,” on August 27, 2011, in an attempt to cease the division among the organizations. This will be the first step towards creating the unity we are seeking. We must demystify the role of individualism in our community, and embrace the importance of collective effort, which will translate into civic engagement and political participation. August 27th will be a test to our challenge. All of the affluent politicians will be there to assess our community. Also, our citizens will be observing us from a distance. We have 250 seats. Let’s fill up those seats. The success of that night will be significant in the eyes of the politicians, as well as Haitian citizens. Funds raised from the event will buy a shuttle van to transport our seniors. Let’s support the event. The supervisor of elections will attend for voter registration of party affiliation.

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505 E. McCormick Rd. Apopka FL, 32703 World Life Line Ministries 5504 Alhambra Dr Orlando, FL 32808 St Raphael Ministries 3736 Gatlin Woods Dr Orlando, FL 32812 Agape Assembly Baptist Church 2425 N Hiawassee Rd Orlando, FL 32818 Ambassadors For Christ Praise 2750 W Washington St Orlando, FL 32805 Christian Life Ctr 5700 N Dean Rd Orlando, FL 32817 Faith Christian Center of Orlando 336 North Pine Hills Road Orlando, FL 32808 Faith In The Word Ministries 6857 W Colonial Dr Orlando, FL 32818 God's House Of Orlando 14437 Huntcliff Pkwy Orlando, FL 32824 House Of Prayer 1401 25th St Orlando, FL 32805 Landmark Baptist Church 1226 Grayson Dr Orlando, FL 32825 New Jerusalem Church Of God 748 Carter St Orlando, FL 32805


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Gold Member $50 No Limit Ministries 2200 Silver Star Rd Orlando, FL 32804 Power Praise & Deliverance 701 W South St Orlando, FL 32805 Praise & Worship Intl 1210 W Robinson St Orlando, FL 32805 S Orlando Church Of Christ PO Box 720482 Orlando, FL 32872 Seed Of Faith Christian Church 8025 Oak Park Rd Orlando, FL 32819

Silver Member $35 Bronze Member $20

Shabach Deliverance Church 306 S Parramore Ave Orlando, FL 32805 Tangelo Baptist Church 7001 Ravenna Ave Orlando, FL 32819 Trinity Foursquare Church 1180 Woodsmere Ave Orlando, FL 32839 Way Of Grace Ministries 8550 Clarcona Ocoee Rd Orlando, FL 32818 West Oaks Community Church 8624 A D Mims Rd Orlando, FL 32818

New Salem Missionary Baptist 9600 S US Highway 17/92 Maitland, FL 32751

Winter Park Friends 2108 Wolf Rd Orlando, FL 32808 New Life Bible Church 342 N Volusia Ave. Orange City, FL 32763

Bethel Assembly Of God PO Box 1017 Mt Dora FL 32756

First Baptist Church 45 W. Broadway St. Oviedo, Fl 32765

Central Christian Church 3720 N Highway 19a Mt Dora, FL 32757

River Run Christian Church PO. Box 621966 Oviedo FL 32762 Grant Chapel AME 387 E. Franklin St. Oviedo, Fl 32765

St. Luke Baptist Church 4230 N Orange Blssm Trl Mt. Dora, FL 32757 Westwood Hills Church 1520 NW 34th St Gainesville Fl 32605

Trinity Assembly of God PO Box 660188 Chuluota, FL 32766

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Football Is Back LockOut Is Over!!

Orlando's Own Chris Johnson

Ready To Run Again

Thanks has been extended from the National Football League to fans for support and patience during the league’s lock-out, as Sunday afternoon and Monday nights just got brighter. Fans, owners, and players are gearing up for the season that almost wasn’t. With payroll issues to iron out, training schedules to catch up on, and free agents hanging like a dangling participle, there is much work to be done, and little time to pull it together. Four-and-a-half months characterized what has become known as the longest work interruption in the NFL since 1987. With a brand new collective bargaining agreement in place; owners, players, the NFL Players Association, and a global fan base can relax a little, at least for the next ten years. Patrons and establishments alike are celebrating the lock-out climax, as an already struggling economy has been particularly difficult to weather this summer. The good news has brought a sigh of relief and renewed anticipation for everyone. NFL football is back! Check your local listings and www.nfl.com for game schedules.

How do you spell relief? N-F-L-F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L! 46

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