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Summer Camp Directory page 21

Focus on the Family page 38

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11 Heart Gallery 12 April Fun Facts to be a Joyful Mom 13 6byWays Pro Dad: 10 Ways to Instill 14 All Character in Your Children

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5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are – and how to keep them that way.

1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.

The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body—making it durable and damageresistant.

2. Your bite is powerful!

Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time—but as your dentist will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.

3. Teeth can last for hundreds of years.

your Orthodontist or dentist can help you learn what food and drink choices are good for your teeth and which ones to avoid. The professionals at Northeast Orthodontics are also ready to help you create a personalized plan to care for your teeth so you can enjoy good dental health for life.

Thanks to the durability of tooth enamel, our teeth actually outlast us. In fact, some of the most fascinating things we know about human history come from the study of our forebears’ dental remains. For example, we know that the first travelers to leave Africa for China set out as many as 6,000 years ago—and that early humans used a simple form of aspirin for pain relief—thanks to teeth!

4. Strong as they are, teeth can’t heal on their own.

All other tissues in our bodies have the power to repair themselves, but our teeth can’t. When damaged, they must be repaired by a skilled dentist using caps, crowns, fillings or veneers. When our teeth fall out, the only options are partial or full dentures or dental implants. (Just one more reason to take great care of your teeth every day!)

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5 Earth Day Activities

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Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Here are five simple ways to make this Earth Day a family affair.

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1. Start a Compost Bin: Composting makes use of kitchen and garden scraps to create black gold, nutrients for the plants in your garden. 2. Check Your Footprint: The Earth Day Network site has a Footprint Calculator that will show you how your lifestyle affects the environment.

the Spanish explorer and soldier Juan Ponce de Leon came ashore on the northeast coast of Florida sometime between April 2 and April 8, 1513. He called the area la Florida, in honor of Pascua florida (“feast of the flowers”), a popular celebration held in Spain around Easter. While Ponce de Leon never did find the “Fountain of Youth” here in Florida, he is credited with the European discovery of Florida and the Atlantic Gulf Stream.

3. Get Back in the Kitchen: By hitting the drive-through less often, you can reduce the amount of packaging material you contribute to landfills. 4. Plant a Seed: Planting a garden is one of the best ways to share the Earth with your children. 5. Volunteer: When you lend a hand on Earth Day, you help your neighbors and teach your children that becoming involved is worth one of your most precious gifts—your time.

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most joyous days on the Christian calendar. Also known as Resurrection Sunday or Pascha, the festival of redemption, Easter is the day Christians celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Easter Sunday is also typically the most wellattended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

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33,228 hours is the amount of time the average American spent last year in front of a screen consuming media. Screen-Free Week is April 30 to May 6. This April try putting down your tablet or PC and heading outdoors. You can do some gardening, go for a walk, fly a kite, read a good book or even write a few letters.

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1. Stop saying how tired you are.

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3. Laugh! Find the humor in life. I noticed something as I was putting my children to bed last night. They were extra affectionate with me. I wasn’t surprised because I had made a conscious effort to be joyful throughout the evening. Instead of being the command-shouting, clock-watching, “you do this now,” mom, I chose to communicate with them in a less harsh manner. I made up my mind to leave a trail of joy. When you walk into the room do your kids smile or cringe? When you leave the room do they sigh or applaud? We’re kind of kidding here, but what kind of trail do you leave behind during the day? Even though every moment can’t be sunny and fun, do try to be a joyful mom as much as you can. Here’s some mom advice on how to start!

If you tend to be fascinated by bad news or sad stories, don’t always share the grim and unfortunate things of life with your kids. Look for joy and laugh when you find it.

4. THC. As we rush, rush, rush through our day, we can forget the simple joys of THC –tickling, hugging and cuddling our kids.

5. Don’t snap at your kids. If you have something to say, say it in the nicest way you can and in a tone of voice that doesn’t come across as an impatient outburst.

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10 Ways to Instill Character in Your Children Most of us are well aware that our kids are “characters.” But how about developing character in our kids? That’s another story, but it’s an intention well worth the effort. There’s a principle in education that refers to family – and parents in particular – as “first teachers.” Nothing has the potential to impact children to the extent of what they learn… or don’t learn… at home. The point is, children have the best chance of learning and developing character in the context of life at home base in family relationships.

3  Find reference works on character education and actually teach it: Take a trip

to your Christian bookstore; Google “character education”, ask the guidance counselor at school. There are workbooks available for all ages. Make it a family project and participate yourself.

4  Help your children select their heroes:

Don’t wait for the up to ten hours of daily media barrage to impose role models. We can be a part of the process by exposing our kids to heroes with the character to back up the claim. Be a character filter.

8  Ask kids’ help to point out non-examples:

So how do we accomplish this? It’s not really a chore, it turns out, if we provide a consistent environment where character is part of the fabric. When we – as a family - live values such as integrity, honesty, humility, goodness, fairness, reliability, trust etc., then we’re already more than halfway there.

5  Be their hero: Actually, as a dad, you already All dads have to do is ask a few probing questions,

Here are some additional ideas to help tip the balance:

proactive is better than reactive when it comes to developing character. Don’t rely on anyone else to teach these lessons for you. You’re the parents, it’s your opportunity!

1  Read together: Get in the habit of sharing

some of the great stories that feature people who do the right thing, like the classic “Ben-Hur”, the Newbery winning “Bridge to Terabithia”, and C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia.”

are. The opportunity is to live character out loud to the extent that it rubs off.

6  Remember that the family is always “first teacher”: Always be ahead of the curve because

7  Learn to grab the teachable moment:

Sometimes, life requires commentary. Once in a while, all it takes is ice cream and a chat to elevate an interesting experience into a solid life lesson.

2  Watch movies as a family: Some of these stories make great movies. But don’t just pass it off to the kids. Watch it together and make time for conversation.

and our kids will fill in the rest. “Why do you think (insert famous athlete name here) is still on probation?” typically works better than a parental lecture on his sins.

9  Practice character-building exercises: It’s

naïve to believe that the right lessons will always come along naturally. Make plans to help an elderly neighbor on a regular basis. Help serve food at a local homeless shelter. Plan family meetings where you target specific character lessons and develop strategies together.

10  Make sure the family is rooted in something bigger than itself: It’s not enough

to do or value things because “that’s the way this family does things” – there has to be a higher standard still. So ask yourself this question; “How do I instill character in myself?”

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actly who you are, both individually and as a team. You need to know your strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of your opponent. That’s also a good first step in developing a solid game plan for becoming an uncommon man. There are a lot of perceptions today about manhood, masculinity, and how to succeed in this world. I think we have to look deeper into things and use resources like the Bible to help define what manhood truly is. Some of the definitions that our young men are living by today don’t give them a chance to succeed.

2. Move Away From Distorted Perceptions

DUNGY DIARIES I used to talk to my teams regularly about perception versus reality. Valuing style over substance happens in football a lot, just as it does in life. Certain players are perceived by fans and the media as different people than the ones their families and friends know. Certain teams are looked at in ways that may not be accurate. Analysts are always using terms like “a finesse team, a physical team, a dome team, an offensive team,” and so on. But to win and be effective, I wanted our players to know what they were really dealing with, so we tried

to dig beyond the perception and look at the reality. Perceptions are built by a lot of things: reputations, media portrayals, sometimes even past performance. Uncovering reality sometimes requires a little work. This is how to live a life of substance over style.

1. Know Who You Really Are

The first step in developing a good game plan is to determine who we really are-or should be-beyond the perceptions of the world and beyond the lure of who society says we should be. It’s important to know ex-

One of the most compelling and distorted perceptions is that respect comes from status. We tend to focus on what we do, how much we earn, what we look like, what we wear, and what we have. Therefore, it becomes important to us to have a job that will provide the type of status we want, as well as enough income to be able to buy the stuff that will add to that status. It’s important to dress a certain way and to go to certain schools. The media equates all these things with a certain level of respect. We see it in popular cultureplayed up in magazines, television shows, and movies. Such a constant onslaught perpetuates the perception that respect comes from status. And then, all too often, we begin to view and evaluate other people that way as well. If they don’t have certain types of jobs, if they don’t dress a certain way, if they don’t have money or the material things that we equate with a certain level of status, we decide that they probably aren’t successful and don’t have significance, and therefore we don’t respect them.



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rive status from these things, with style being the key. Somewhere we’ve lost the concept that respect comes from appreciating who a person is inside and what he is truly all about. We don’t respect the man; we respect what he does or what he has.

4. Value the Things That Have Real Worth The real danger here is that choosing style over substance keeps us from valuing those things that truly do have worth. Being a good parent, being a loyal and committed spouse, modeling proper behavior for others, mentoring the less fortunate-these things may not give us status in today’s world, but they are important to God.

3. Status Doesn’t Make a Man With this mindset, status becomes one of the most important measures of a man’s masculinity. It’s style over substance, perception over reality-everywhere you look. Success, or at least the appearance of success, becomes more important than anything else. And we allow our feelings of personal significance and worth to be shaped by it. I think that’s why so many guys

have trouble when they leave the game of football. They don’t feel they have the status they once enjoyed, so it’s hard for them to find significance in anything else they might do. Once the status they enjoyed on the football field has evaporated, they feel worthless. Of course, this quest for significance plagues men in all walks of life, not just in football. Many young men (and even some older men) are really into the kind of car they drive and the brand of clothes they wear. Again, it’s the idea that we somehow de-

It was refreshing for me to see a guy like Franco Harris ride his bicycle to work when I played with the Steelers. Or to watch so many of our guys who volunteered at the local high schools as tutors or assistant coaches. These guys aren’t concerned about image, but instead, focus on significance and making a difference. Substance or style-the choice is clear if we want to live the significant lives we were meant to live. Read more from Tony Dungy at

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Florida Automobile Insurances Coverage Overview by Chris Reynolds

We often hear people tell us that they have “full coverage” for their vehicle, but what does that really mean? In truth, saying you have “full coverage” doesn’t really mean anything. Florida has minimum requirements for motor vehicle insurance, but there is no definition for anything called “full coverage.” As you will see, the minimum coverage required in Florida (that many drivers have) does not cover much. Under Florida Statute 627.733, every vehicle owner must have two minimum coverages: (1) property damage (PD) in the amount of at least $10,000, and (2) personal injury protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000. PD coverage only covers property of someone else if you are at fault. PD coverage does not cover your own vehicle. If you want coverage for your own vehicle for an accident, you need comprehensive and collision coverage, though these are not required when purchasing insurance. Also, the minimum coverage required is $10,000 in PD, and we often see at fault drivers that cause significantly more than $10,000 in damage, or accidents involving multiple vehicles where the total damage to all vehicles far exceeds $10,000. Two common issues with the minimum property damage coverage arise: (1) If you are at fault in an accident and the property damage you cause is more than $10,000, you may be personally liable to anything over $10,000; and (2) If you are not at fault, but do not have comprehensive and collision coverage, you may end up having to pay for your own damage to your vehicle if the at-fault driver has no valid automobile insurance. As for PIP (personal injury protection), the only other type of required automobile insurance, this coverage typically only covers the person who purchased the vehicle (and possibly family members or occupants of the insured vehicle). This $10,000 is generally for medical expenses (80%) and lost wages (60%) for the person who purchased the insurance, regardless of who is at fault. If you have a car and purchased automobile insurance, this PIP covers you (and possibly family members and people in your car), but does not cover people in other vehicles involved in an accident. That’s it for the required automobile insurance coverage in Florida. Florida law requires only that you have

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coverage that pays for damage to other people’s property, and for medical bills for you (but not for other people). If someone else is at fault in a motor vehicle accident and you are injured, there is no requirement in Florida that the other driver/vehicle have insurance that will cover your injuries. There is no requirement in Florida that anyone have bodily injury coverage (BI). BI is what would cover you if you are at-fault in an accident and injure someone. Put another way, if someone else hits you and they are at-fault in the accident causing you injury, there is no requirement in Florida that the at-fault driver have insurance (BI) that will cover your injuries. The best way to protect yourself from other drivers on the road with no BI is to have uninsured motorist coverage (UM) on your policy. If you are injured due to the fault of someone else, and if they don’t have BI, then you are still covered for your injuries if you have UM. However, you can only get UM if you also get BI, and your UM coverage limits cannot be higher than your BI limits. For example, if you have $10,000 in BI to cover injuries to others if you are at fault, then you cannot have more than $10,000 in UM to protect you if you are hit by an at-fault driver with no BI. Or, if you have $100,000 in BI, you are allowed to have UM in an amount that is $100,000 or less. Keeping in mind that automobile injuries often incur tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, it beSay you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

comes obvious that the minimum insurance coverage required in Florida is unlikely to be sufficient. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure you have UM, BI and more than the minimum $10,000 in PD, as well as comprehensive and collision coverage. The increased PD amount will protect you if you are in an accident and cause more than $10,000 in property damage. The BI coverage will protect you if you are at-fault and cause injury to another person. Finally, the UM will protect you if someone else is at fault, injures you, but does not have BI. This is intended to be a basic discussion of the available automobile coverages in Florida, and we encourage you to speak with an attorney or insurance agent if you have questions about your policy and what you might need. If you are involved in a car crash, please contact a local personal injury attorney for a free consultation to discuss your options. Mr. Reynolds hails from St. Petersburg, graduated from Northside Christian High School, Eckerd College, and Stetson University College of Law. He lives in Pinellas with his wife and three boys, all of whom attend Keswick Christian School. Mr. Reynolds also has parents living in Pinellas County and a sister who recently returned from overseas as a Christian missionary.



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More teens than ever are making new friends online, mostly through social media. But the digital age definitely has a downside, too. A recent Pew Research Center study provides details.

Online drama. More than two-thirds of teens who use social media say it contributes to drama among friends. More than half have seen postings about events to which they weren’t invited, and nearly 40 percent say they feel pressure to post content that makes them popular or look good to others. And 21 percent of teens report feeling worse about their own lives because of what they see from others on social media. Conflict. One in four teens has had a conflict with a friend over something that occurred online or via text message. Teen girls are more prone than boys to such digital disputes. Unfriending. When friendships end or go through tough times, many teens choose to cut social-media ties. While 58 percent of all teens who use social media or cellphones have “unfriended” or “unfollowed” a former friend, the figure is again even higher (63 percent) among girls. What do teens experience on social media?

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Summer Camp Survival Guide by Sarah Cole, Glazer Children’s Museum Ah spring, when the sun shines and a parent’s mind turns to thoughts of…summer break! If you are like many parents, you’re already planning summer activities for your youngsters, which might include summer camp. Here are some things to consider if you are planning summer camp experiences for kids.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS When most people think of camp, they think of the sleepaway model, where campers bunk up with friends and tell stories around a bonfire. However, don’t be limited to the classic nature camp as Overnight Camps come in all shapes and sizes, from survival style camps, to overnight arts and computer camps. How do you know if your child is ready for an overnight camp? • In general, children around age 8 are ready for an overnight camp experience. • Is he comfortable staying the night away from home? Do a few test runs – such as a weekend at a friend’s house – just to be safe. • Is she self sufficient? Does she get ready for bed and get ready in the morning by herself? • Consider the location of the camp. A camp you have in mind but which is farther away may sound amazing, but for the first few times, a camp closer to home may be a safer option.

DAY CAMPS AND COMMUTER CAMPS For those who want a great camp experience for their child but without the stress or parameters of the overnight, commuter camps and day camps are great options and are becoming the new standard of

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Summer Camp. These camps will range from a few hours to an entire day, but your child will be home for dinner! Commuter Camps generally take children to a camp location, where they spend the day in activities, whereas Day Camps are held at a variety of locations, from schools and churches to YMCAs and museums or cultural centers. Day Camps typically offer a range of themes and activities, appealing to a much broader range of interests and abilities. These are a particularly ideal choice for younger campers. If you are thinking about sending your preschooler to camp for the first time, consider the following: • Has he had experience in a formal classroom (church school, day care, etc)? • Has she spent an extended period of time away from you? • Is he toilet trained? (Many camps will not allow children in diapers to attend.) • Try a few days or a week to test things out. If you are unsure if your child will be okay on her own, it may be wise to only sign up for a short stint at first. Many Day Camps offer half days for younger campers. Camp experiences are a great part of childhood! They provide educational, social and active experiences that help kids grow and mature, connecting them to each other and the world around them. Check out local camps at area museums, parks and schools for great offerings around Tampa Bay (for a list of camps, check out our Summer camp directory in this issue).

Summer Camp Directory Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in the Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. So reserve your spot soon.

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City of Largo Summer Camps 727-518-3016 – Highland Recreation

Anona Christian Center Summer Camp 13233 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo 727-595-2581 ext. 292

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1. Combine creamy peanut butter, soft butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs; blend until smooth. 2. Shape teaspoonfuls of dough into ovals, approximately 1-1/2” long. Place ovals on a piece of wax paper or lined baking sheet.

With flowers in full bloom and bees buzzing all around town, these “bite-size bees” are the perfect snack for the beginning of summer. These tasty treats are not only easy to make but also a lot of fun to prepare. You and your kids will love getting your fingers sticky with this recipe, as you roll the soft and squishy peanut butter dough into little bees.

3. Place chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute or until the chocolate is melted. Transfer melted chocolate to a sealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. 4. Decorate bees: Pipe three stripes on each bee. Insert two almonds into each bee for wings. Use a toothpick dipped in chocolate to make the eyes. Refrigerate and serve.


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Looking Back

Beauty contestants pose in front of a bi-plane on July 3, 1930. Miss America is Tampa’s Margaret Eckdahl and Florida’s Healthiest Girl is Florence Smock of Eustis, Florida. The men on the right are identified as Mayor H.H. Baskin of Clearwater and R.B. Norton, president of the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy of HCPL.)

Capt. Severian Villa is pictured telling a bystander about catching this rare 1,400 pound leatherback turtle. The photo was taken in 1947 at Sportsman’s Dock. (Courtesy of FSA.)

The Tampa-Clearwater Bus carries passengers through Clearwater on a sunny day in October 1919. (Courtesy of HCPL.)

Bathers relaxing on Bellair Beach on a breezy summer day in 1926 are listening to music on their phonograph. (Courtesy of FSA.)

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The Baby Boom Continues at Zoo Tampa A baby boom continues at Zoo Tampa with the hatching of three African Penguin chicks. The Zoo’s “clutch mate” chicks hatched in January (weighing in at 54 grams and 48 grams) to experienced parents Tinkerbell and Loki. “Clutch mates,” means that Tinkerbell’s two chicks hatched from eggs that she laid a few days apart. The third African Penguin chick at the Zoo hatched later (weighing in at 53 grams) to first time parents Tyke and Tyra. “Both pairs of parents are doing a great job taking care of their chicks,” said Chris Massaro, General Curator at Zoo Tampa. “The addition of

these chicks is a great win for the species and an exciting time for our community to learn more about these beautiful birds.” The Zoo, currently home to a colony of twelve African Penguins, participates in the African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP). The program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) protects wildlife species at risk of extinction. Zoo Tampa also participates in the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction program which focuses on having animal experts identify threats, develop action plans, raise new resources and educate visitors on animal conservation. At the same

time, SAFE will build capacity to increase direct conservation spending, as well as our members’ impact on saving species through work in the field, in our zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. We have done it before. Some species exist only because of the efforts of aquariums and zoos and their contributing partners. The three chicks will be the first additions to the Zoo’s colony since June 2014. According to keepers, it is very difficult to tell a penguin chick’s sex. A DNA blood test will be used to determine the sex of the chicks when

they are old enough. The Zoo uses bands on the adult penguins’ flippers to differentiate: right flippers for males and left flippers for females. TLPZ plans to publicly reveal the sex of the chicks in the near future. Native to the coastlines of South Africa and Namibia, the African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is one of five true warm weather species. The species is classified as “Endangered” by the IUCN due to food shortages from commercial fishing, oil spills, egg collection and fishing nets. The population declined more than 50 percent during the last 40 years.

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1. c. 1970 2. d. Gaylord Nelson — In the spring of 1970 U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin called for a nationwide demonstration aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues. It worked.The first national Earth Day was April 22.

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9. d. 1973 — The Endangered Species Act has been, for the most part, successful. Only two species listed (that weren’t already extinct) have gone extinct. Nineteen others have recovered and have been delisted. The ESA has a 93% success rate in the US Northeast. Bonus: Environmental Protection Agency — The EPA was signed into law by Richard Nixon. The aim of the agency is to protect our health by keeping the environment in a livable, useful condition. In 1992, the EPA unveiled the Energy Star program, an international standard for energy-efficient products.

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April 22nd will mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. With this in mind, we thought that it would be fun to test how knowledgeable are you about Earth Day and the environment. Take our quiz and find out! Below are some basic questions about Earth Day, the environment, and recycling. When you have finished the quiz, check your answers on page 30. 1. When was Earth Day founded?

a. 1950 b. 1960 c. 1970 d. 1980

2. Who founded Earth Day?

a. Will Rogers b. Nelson Reilly c. Mitch Gaylord d. Gaylord Nelson

3. How much of our air pollution comes from motor vehicles, such as cars and trucks? a. 30% b. 50% c. 75% d. 90%

4. The average U.S. citizen produces how much waste each day? a. 3.5 pounds b. 4.4 pounds c. 6.1 pounds d. 10.0 pounds

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6. How many gallons of water are wasted each day from the average toilet leak? a. 300 gallons b. 400 gallons c. 500 gallons d. 600 gallons

7. How often should you water your lawn? a. Every 5 - 7 days b. Every 3 - 4 days c. Every 2 - 3 days d. Every day

8. Which President signed the Act of Dedication into law and, thus, created Yellowstone National Park? a. James Garfield b. Teddy Roosevelt c. Ulysses S. Grant d. William Taft

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Gibbs High Army JROTC Team Reaches National Competition

All-Academic Team named The Pinellas County All-Academic Team has been chosen and will represent the district at the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge for the state championship. The 33rd annual tournament will be held April 19-21, 2018 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.

The members of the team are Garrett Toenjes, Palm Harbor University High; Ashwin Ganesh, East Lake High; Aden Yacobi, Largo High; Jasper Everitt, Dixie Hollins High; Andre Marroquin-Garcia, Seminole High; Camilo Fonseca, Palm Harbor University High. The coaches Scott Kaplan from Largo High and Susan Wolodkowicz from Seminole High.

Gibbs High School’s Junior ROTC team is one of 40 teams across the country to qualify for the National 2018 Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Championship. The national competition will be held June 22-26 at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

in the second round held in February. Each round consisted of multiple sections about JROTC and leadership knowledge. The top 40 teams out of 1,900 Army JROTC programs across the United States were selected to attend and participate in June’s national competition.

The team consists of cadets Thomas Adkinson, Najee Bradley and Lynzi Hoffman who are juniors, as well as Parker Payne, a sophomore. The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl competition began in November and included an online competition. Teams with high enough scores were then invited to participate

Countryside High School Art Students Beautifying the Community

Countryside High School’s Art Club members have taken their creative ability to draw and paint from the school’s campus and into the local community. Partnering with Winn-Dixie located at Enterprise and McMullen Booth roads in Clearwater, the students create different paintings on the store’s front window to match the holiday, season or observance. During Christmas, there were snowflakes and snowmen. To observe Valentine’s Day, there were red hearts and bears. For Easter, there are colored eggs and white bunnies. The student’s artwork has been a real hit in the community and now other business are interested in participating.

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burner for weeks or months? Pull it out and dust it off! Kids can complete a summer scrapbook, create a video montage or short film, or perfect their free throw shot.

Learning Outside the Classroom Take learning beyond academics and cook some new recipes together, explore a nature preserve, or practice teamwork on a ropes course with friends or family. Take a park district class on animal tracking or bugs or how to identify trees by their leaves. Use a trip to the beach to learn about sea creatures or an amusement park day to learn about budgeting and time management. by Carrington Cunnington, What parent hasn’t gotten one week into summer vacation without hearing those dreaded words: “I’m bored!”? For most kids, there is no shortage of time over summer break, but another day at the playground or picnic on the lawn might not always feel compelling. It’s time to brainstorm some out-of-the-box summer ideas to shake things up a bit! Summer is a great time to tackle goals, learn a new skill, or pursue a favorite interest. Use the following fun activities to get your

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wheels spinning on how to fill those sunny days, which are just around the corner.

Achievement Oriented Free summer days are a great opportunity to apply some hard work and accomplish goals. Maybe this is the summer your child learns to swim, masters a twowheeler, authors a long story, or completes drivers’ ed. What project or interest has been put on the back

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Just for Fun Don’t forget the simple pleasures of a childhood summer. Go out for ice cream, enjoy a summer blockbuster in the theater, or try out a new restaurant. Walk barefoot in fresh water, meander downstream in a canoe, ride a tandem bike, or visit a carnival or amusement park and wander the grounds with a big wad of cotton candy. Make some fresh-squeezed lemonade and sell it to your neighbors on the street corner. Have a yard sale and let your kids help with the organizing, sorting, and selling.

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The opportunities for summer camps are almost endless. Drama camp, sports camp, art camp, horsemanship camp, and overnight camps. Check out the offerings at the local park district, YMCA, or Boys and Girls Club. Museums, arboretums, historic sites and churches offer a wide variety of activities. Look for programs at local animal shelters or become regular volunteers at a charitable organization.

Time, expense, or schedules may keep you close to home this summer. No worries. Take the opportunity to explore your hometown in a new way. Pretend you are tourists and go to a museum, take a walking tour, camp in the backyard, host a slumber party or visit a new park every week. Watch a sunset. Watch a sunrise. Stay up all night in between if it sounds fun! Sleep in, paint a mural, bake cookies or build something out of duct tape. Compile a summer reading list and take turns reading, or have your kids read out loud to a pet. Visit the library, build a massive lego creation, or tackle a home improvement project.

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with Jim Daly Q: My wife and I don’t fight that often, but when we do, it seems to escalate quickly. I think we’re both at fault. One of us says something snide, and the other responds with something that’s a bit angrier and a bit louder. Then back and forth it goes. How do we nip this in the bud? Jim: I think most couples know exactly what this is like; you don’t necessarily mean to escalate things, but it happens. A few years ago, I interviewed a relationship expert for our radio broadcast, and he called this “climbing the crazy ladder.”

and wife don’t get easier to resolve when a disagreement escalates into a heated argument. As couples, we not only need to stay off the crazy ladder for the sake of our marriages, but we also need to do it for our children if we have them. There’s plenty of research that shows children suffer lifelong repercussions when they’re exposed to chronic, poorly handled conflict. The best advice is not to go up the crazy ladder in the first place. Learn how to stay calm, discuss your differences ratio-

Fighting as a couple is like racing up an emotional ladder. The thing about ladders is you can go up fast, but coming down quickly is a lot harder. In other words, once a disagreement has escalated into a heated argument, it’s much more difficult to calm things down.

AVOID THE ‘CRAZY LADDER’ WHEN FIGHTING WITH SPOUSE nally, and resolve your problems in a way that strengthens your marriage instead of weakening it. The first step might be the willingness to say, “Honey, we’re climbing the crazy ladder again.” We have many resources to help at FocusOnTheFamily. com. You can even contact our staff counselors for advice and assistance.

OVERCOMING SIBLING CONFLICT Q: Our two daughters (ages 13 and 7) fight and bicker all the time. We’ve talked many times about the need to be kind, loving and forgiving. They always promise to do better next time, but nothing ever changes. How can we help them overcome this sibling rivalry? Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: I think most families deal with sibling conflict at some point. It happens with my children—usually at the most inconvenient times! Overcoming sibling

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conflict takes consistency, focus and time, so keep these three things in mind: Stay calm: This is difficult when children are bickering; it’s “ninja level” parenting. Breathe deep and remember that you’re teaching them how to handle relationships and resolve conflict—skills we all need as we mature. Take time to understand each of your daughters’ perspectives. Their age and personalities factor in, as well.



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Listen and Teach: Carefully listen to your children, help them identify the real issue between them, and involve them in finding solutions and setting consequences. The agreement in our home is, after five minutes of fussing, the kids have hired me for $1-a-minute to help them sort the conflict. We work on taking turns listening, practicing empathy (“What’s it like to be with me?”) and asking, “What do I really want?” They’re learning to self-reflect and put themselves in the other person’s

shoes. It’s not always perfect, but this is an unnatural skill for all of us.

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Provide consistent limits: If the children are rude, mean or physical, you have to intervene with consequences. I know several families who do this: Whoever is being a bully must clean the toilets, signifying that the issue needs to be flushed out of the home. There are many other options for consequences, from time-outs to losing privileges or toys (with the opportunity to earn them back).

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PARENTS CAN STILL OFFER GUIDANCE AFTER KIDS LEAVE THE NEST Q: We have two kids—twins who will be graduating from high school soon and spreading their wings. I’m having a hard time adjusting to the idea our influence as parents is almost finished. Is that a normal reaction? Jim: Many Moms and Dads think their parenting responsibilities are over once their kids move out. But that’s not always the case. In fact, the empty nest years can offer some of your greatest moments of influence as a parent—if you’re prepared. Throughout their teen years, kids usually strive for more and more independence and often don’t listen to their parents’ instruction. But once they’re old enough and leave home, reality hits. These newly christened adults are suddenly confronted with budget constraints, job challenges and relationship pressures—with no safety net from you. As life’s pressure builds, young people often turn back

to their parents for guidance. For Mom and Dad, it’s an opportunity to share the wisdom their children probably rejected in high school. But here’s the catch. Your kids will only turn to you if you’ve maintained a strong relationship with them. In part, that means allowing them to find their way without constantly rushing in to offer your advice before they ask for it. Stay connected, encourage them and let them know you’re available. Then be patient—and wait. In time, they may seek you out, and you can experience a whole new level of connection and influence with your adult children.

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Given the effects of decreased mobility, oncoming deafness or diminished eyesight, even the most comfortable house can become hazardous for an elderly person. This is particularly true if the lighting is inadequate, there are too many stairs (or stairs are hard to climb), or the doorknobs and faucets are difficult to use. Some simple changes and minor remodeling can make a big difference in the safety, comfort and convenience of your home from your aging mother’s



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with Jim Daly perspective. Here are some ideas to consider:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to protecting your mother from dangerous falls and injuries. In addition to making physical and structural changes to your home, you can help promote safety by measures as simple as wiping up spills or wet places on the floor; encouraging your mother to have a physical therapy evaluation to assess her gait and determine the potential need for assistive devices such as canes or walkers; and providing her with physical assistance when rising from a reclining or sitting position. If you live in a two-story house, you might want to think about rearranging the living environment so as to allow your mother to

live on the first floor. Of course, this works best if there’s a bathroom on this level, but there are special chair lift systems that can be installed on stairways to move your mother from one floor to the other. Some insurance policies cover the cost for these aids. Finally, take advantage of the resources available from several helpful sources: • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website ( includes a document entitled “Safety for Older Consumers: Home Safety Checklist.” • The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging ( encourages members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. • The Caregiver Action Network ( educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved

ones with a chronic illness, disability or the frailties of old age. • The Aging Life Care Association ( is an organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of expert assistance to the elderly and their families. Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, host of the Focus on the Family radio program, and a husband and father of two.

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• Replace steps with ramps. Install ramps over doorsills or remove the sills altogether for wheelchair accessibility. • Install handrails on both sides of stairs or hallways. • Elevate toilet seats using an insert specially designed for this purpose. Install sturdy grab bars in the bathroom by the toilet, shower stall and bathtub. • To avoid tripping, remove area rugs and runners that slide. • Make sure that all lamp, extension and telephone cords are out of the flow of foot traffic. Incidentally, don’t place electrical cords under furniture or carpeting, as this can cause a fire. • Check stairways to make sure they are well lighted and equipped with non-slip strips. • Install night-lights in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways. Place flashlights near your mother’s favorite chair, beside the bed and in other convenient places.

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April 2018 Events April 1 - 30 EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN FESTIVAL Fun is blooming at the 25th annual event bursting with brilliant gardens, fresh flavors, interactive playgrounds and rocking entertainment. The Festival is a fun-filled destination for guests of every age—and the perfect place for nearly every member of the family to dig up their sense of curiosity and discovery. April1, 3 & 6 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOME GAMES Catch the Tampa Bay Lightning as they close out the regular season and skate for the Cup! Bring the Thunder this April and come cheer on your hometown Bolts as they take on the Predators, the Bruins, and the Sabres! April 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22, & 28-29 FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - BUSCH GARDENS Weekends in April, a world of taste awaits at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival. The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including 16 all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Eighteen of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Gwazi Field. All concerts are included with admission.

April 1-8 REPTILEPALOOZA AT THE CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM Experience this special exhibit at CMA before its gone. Learn all about these coldblooded creatures with fun activities. Get up close and see live tortoises every day and meet snakes, skinks, alligators and other rescued reptiles on select dates. 42 • April 2018

April 1, 13-15, 16-18 & 20-22 RAYS GAMES AT THE TROP Baseball season is in full swing and here is your chance to cheer on your hometown Tampa Bay Rays! Dig out your baseball gloves and those cowbells and come out to the Trop this April and come cheer your Rays as they take on the Red Sox Phillies, Rangers and Twins!

docent-led tour of the Museum will begin at 5:15 PM. This event occurs on the first Friday of each month through November. Experience the magic of the Museum at dusk!

special events, demonstrations, lessons and other fun and games. These events are perfect for those looking to try something new or even those just looking for something fun to do with the whole family!

April 6 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA Cinderella is the Tony Award- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

April 7, 14, 21 & 28 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom.

April 3 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH FREE TUESDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Children’s Board of Hillsborough proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us for free, family fun at the GCM. April 4 DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around! April 5 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA - FIESTA! AT THE STRAZ A concert with Latin flair, including music from Astor Piazzolla and more. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Includes a spirited mix of live symphonic music, drinks and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with Florida Orchestra musicians. April 6 FIRST FRIDAY AT THE HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM The Museum will be open with free admission from 5 – 7 PM. Visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort hotel museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at our tastings table. A

April 6-8 SOUTHEAST STREET ROD NATIONALS AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Although everyone will enjoy the spectacular vehicles there are other activities the family will enjoy as well. Here are a few: the Commercial Exhibitors, Swap Meet, Women’s World (exhibitors with items that will interest women as well as men and children) and even a model car show! April 7 & 21 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary. Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate. April 7, 14, 21 & 28 TAMPA BAY ICE Have you ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and try to get on the ice? Now is your chance! This April the Tampa Bay Skating Club and Florida Suncoast Figure Skating Club in conjunction with TBSA and Clearwater Ice Arena will be holding

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April 7, 14, 21 & 28 CITY OF TAMPA PRESENTS MOVIES IN THE PARK Enjoy “Movies in the Park,” a free family outdoor movie event that has been a hit with families throughout the Tampa Bay area. The outdoor cinema will be featuring Ferris Bueller, Finding Dory, Guardians of the Galaxy and Lego Batman. Food trucks and concessions will also be available. April 12-15 SHRINER CIRCUS AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS Make plans to enjoy the best in family entertainment, the Shriner Circus at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Get up close and personal with friendly clowns, ride animals, and so much more! Relive your childhood memories with your family!

April 12 SONS OF SERENDIP AT THE STRAZ These America’s Got Talent finalists wowed audiences with their serene, ethereal interpretations of pop music using voice, harp, piano and cello. With the success of their self-titled debut album, Sons of Serendip launched an international tour to showcase the quartet in their best possible setting: live – where their soulful renderings lift audiences to a sublime experience.

new MOSI entrance. All ages are invited and no ticket or purchase is required. April 22 EARTH DAY: RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Happy Earth Day! Come join the Glazer Children’s Museum from 2-4pm for an awesome rain barrel activity. Also, come learn how we can preserve our planet during Water Conservation Month! The GCM is focusing on Citizen Science all month. April 13-22 SUGAR SAND FESTIVAL There’s no better way to see Clearwater Beach’s famous white sand in action. This 10-day festival brings more than 1,000 tons of sand to life in a 21,000 square-foot walkthrough display at Pier 60. The festival also includes a children’s play area, street performers, artisans, live entertainment, fireworks, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, and a master sand sculpting competition. This April eleven world-class sculptors will sculpt elaborate sand sculptures from Clearwater’s famous sugar sand. This year’s theme is Sea America: A Celebration of America’s Treasures. April 14 HAPPY, HEALTHY KIDS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Join Great Explorations and our friends from John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for a day of Happy, Healthy fun! Guests can create salad collages, fruit and veggie works of art, and enjoy a Publix shopping healthy foods scavenger hunt. Community partners from John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will be available to discuss nutrition and brain health. All activities are included in admission. April 21 MY DOLL AND ME: FELICITY Travel through time with your favorite dolls! Peek into the past as we enjoy crafts, games, and snacks as well as hands-on gallery experiences. All activities reflect the time period or theme of each doll. American Girl dolls are welcome but not required for participation. Designed for ages 6-12, space is limited and preregistration is required. April 21 MOSI: SKYWATCH Join the space experts at MOSI to enjoy an evening of space exploration through MOSI’s telescopes. SkyWatch stargazing events are located in the parking lot by the

April 28 TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACES On Saturday, April 28 the Garrison Channel will come alive with dragon boat racing and fun for the entire family. Downtown Tampa provides the perfect backdrop for the hottest race weekend competition in Florida! This free, annual event attracts people to the Riverwalk and highlights Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music, restaurants and vibrant health and wellness community.

April 29 MFA’S 11TH ANNUAL PAINTING IN THE PARK Join the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg on the North Lawn for loads of fun, family, and kid-friendly activities like kite making and flying, face painting, making gigantic works of art and more! Special guests include Nomad Art Bus. Food and Beverage available for purchase. Free for everyone!

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April 24 YANNI 25 ACROPOLIS ANNIVERSARY Marking the 25th Anniversary of Live at the Acropolis Yanni returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall! This is Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from shows that have become famous around the world. Fans will witness Yanni and his world-class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England.

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April 26 PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS PETER PAN, JR. Students in grades 3-8 perform this timeless musical as it whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. April 28 THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS CELEBRATE BROADWAY Join Broadway star Daniel Narducci and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay for an evening of Broadway showstoppers from Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Camelot and more. Bob Bernhardt conducts.

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Sample your way around the world of international food traditions and enjoy live musical performances.


Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival The front-end loaders are moving more than 1,000 tons of our world famous sugar sand as the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival returns to beautiful Clearwater Beach.

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Enjoy the spectacular vehicles, Swap Meet, Women’s World and even a model car show!


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This April vow to Vanish down the all new epic free-fall ride “Vanish Point” at Adventure Island. This newest attraction will sweep guests off their feet all season long.

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As you step into Adventure Island’s new waterslide, the mood is set by the piped-in soundtrack of a heartbeat. It’s fake, but it does the trick of increasing anxiety as you wait for the countdown before the floor loudly collapses under you. This 70-foot drop slide lets riders choose between two skyboxes, each sending them through 425 feet of spiraling tubes until they reach the splash run finale. Since Adventure Island’s opening back in 1980, it has seen a great amount of changes, but Vanish Point will certainly bring an all new level of aquatic thrills to the water park. To purchase tickets to Adventure Island visit

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At Tropicana Field this season, guests will find MORE fun, MORE value and MORE variety. Tropicana Field received some major changes over the offseason, with the Tampa Bay Rays working to improve multiple aspects of the game day experience. Along with a new indoor/outdoor social space, the changes to Tropicana Field include new menu offerings, technology upgrades, and improved retail space. Tropicana Field will now feature Ballpark & Rec, an indoor/outdoor area inspired by St. Petersburg’s Park & Rec. Another focal point for the Rays in their effort to shakeup the fan experience at Tropicana Field is the food offerings. Levy Restaurants is now on board as the concessionaire and has worked with the Rays to introduce new food items, including food from over a dozen local restaurants. Tropicana Field is also debuting a newly renovated Rays Republic merchandise store and a new turf playing surface. For more information on the Trop or to purchase tickets visit April 2018 • 45

Reading is an adventure that begins early inbya child’s life. Judy Adorno, Director, Sylvan St. Petersburg

Pre-K children eagerly soak up information about the world around them. (Don’t you just love watching your child’s eyes light up when his or her curiosity is sparked?) Have you noticed that books, new words and “once upon-a-times” are capturing your child’s imagination?

Read stories aloud and act them out. Or, pick a storybook character and pretend that character is coming to dinner. As you read a favorite book to your child point to the words as you say them — encouraging her to recognize that words have meaning. To motivate and inspire your soon-tobe-reader, give supportive feedback and lots of fun books to choose from.

Reading aloud continues to be important with Kindergarten children, as it helps them to develop language skills. Encouraging discussion with a child also contributes to language development and can help with reading too. Nurture your kindergarteners reading behaviors by helping your child relate read-aloud stories to events in her life. Subscribe to a magazine for your child to learn about topics that interest him and have fun making cookies together — using the recipe to demonstrate the need for reading and math.

Don’t forget to read outside the home as well there are many opportunities to read to your child — and have him read back to you — as you’re running errands, attending events, or dining out. Parents can also take advantage of reading opportunities on the Internet. For example, Book Adventure is a free, interactive, reading motivation program created by Sylvan Learning and found online at For additional tips on instilling the joy of reading and making learning a fun family endeavor, visit the “Parent Resources” area of For more info­rmation about your local Sylvan, call 727-347-6284 or visit

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This is the perfect time to bring words to life with pre-K reading activities. Use a multi-sensory approach to introduce your child to the wonderful world of stories, sounds and letters. Try a variety of reading activities so your child gets to see, hear, touch and move around — a truly engaging approach to learning to read.


Parents play a key role in helping their child become a life-long reader by instilling the joy of reading at an early age. Educational experts recommend that parents spend at least one hour per week — or 10 to 15 minutes a day — reading with children long before school starts. Reading skills and habits develop young, so it’s important for parents to encourage their children’s love of reading.

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