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Cookie Time!

Taking it to the Streets

Let’s be honest. Girl Scout Cookies aren’t just a great way to support a great organization; they’re also a delicious guilty pleasure. Don’t we all look forward to the annual cookie sale?

The new Science Matters Mobile Museum, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, will bring exhibits and ideas from Science Museum Oklahoma to rural areas of the state, providing students opportunities where museums and facilities are not readily available.

Girl Scouts benefit in many ways from the annual cookie sale. The girls learn life skills (money management and teamwork), “It is our feeling that public speaking skills, and to connect with their community. every child benefits The money raised by the sale directly impacts the girls by from dynamic hands-on providing funds to recruit and train volunteer leaders, provide learning experiences financial assistance to make Scouting available to all girls, especially in the improve and maintain physical camps, and sponsor events and sciences,” said Steve projects. Anderson, President of the Donald W. Reynolds And this year, the Girl Scout Cookie Sensations Dessert Foundation. “And, it Contest features the cookies as the theme ingredient in is our hope that when desserts at Metro-area restaurants. The desserts will be this amazing mobile available through February 14, and proceeds from them laboratory rolls into will benefit Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. Participating a small town, the restaurants include Tom & Jerry’s, CoCo Flow, Magnolia experience will help Room and 1492. spark a child’s desire to learn for a lifetime.” Learn more by visiting GSWestOK.org or call 405-528-3535.

Prep for Marriage

The mobile museum features hands-on activities to enlighten and engage children of all ages, though the curriculum and activities are written specifically for the 5th grade Oklahoma PASS standards. Visit ScienceMuseumOK.org/omn_mobilemuseum_faqs.htm to learn more.

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” This quote from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 4:12) explains the thought behind the Preparing for the Marriage of a Lifetime program, which is now used in churches across the US and in several other countries around the world. Dr. Kim Kimberling first developed the program 11 years ago in Oklahoma to teach couples the tools that would allow them to develop a strong marriage. While the national average for divorce is over 50%, graduates of the program have a divorce rate of about 5%. Classes are held at churches around the Metro and also online; a class schedule can be found at PrepForMarriage.com. The program has evolved and also includes programs for couples to work on after the wedding. “Maintaining a strong marriage takes work,” said Dr. Kimberling. “You can’t just think you’ve got it right and then expect to coast for the rest of your lives.” The Reconnect program addresses the changing needs of married couples and may also be found at PrepForMarriage.com.

White House Writing Contest The Letters from the White House national creative writing contest encourages children (PreK-12) to write letters as though they are a resident of the Presidential home. Participants may use their creativity to create a note from past, present or future residents. Entrants are invited to write a letter or journal entry from a historical member (such as a former president or child of a president), Whitee House staff member, or future White t. House inhabitant. The contest opened on Inauguration Day and entries are due by President’s Day, February 16. For details, rules, and selection criteria, visit AdLit.org/Our_White_House_Contest. February 2009

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