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Dear Kids, Spring has sprung! It’s a great time to get outside and do something fun, like fly a kite. And while you’re outside, take a moment to appreciate your surroundings. Think about what you can do to help preserve your environment and take care of our earth. Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and we have a few tips to get you started. We’ll be featuring more earth-friendly tips during the next few months in a new section titled “Conservation Corner.” In April, we celebrate April Fool’s day and Easter, and April is also National Poetry Appreciation Month. Try to write a poem about something you like to do or care about. Here’s my poem. There once was a dragon who loved to read, and was always quick to do a good deed. He loved to play outside and fly his kite, which tired him out so he slept well at night! I hope you have an awesome April. Be sure to visit my Web site at www.kidsvillenews.com for more fun and games. Your friend,

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Did you know April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? Did you know that in year 2007, 25 children were killed by a parent or caregiver? Did you know 21,399 abuse cases were substantiated in NC in year 2007? Did you know abuse can be prevented?

Now you know… Prenatal programs can help prevent child abuse. Learning parenting techniques up front can help parents determine child appropriate behaviors. Now you know. A friend can be a great resource. If you are frustrated, ask a trusted friend or family member to care for you child until you can control your emotions. Now you know. Family support programs can prevent child abuse. Parents can seek help from organizations and other parents. Now you know.

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It is every adult’s responsibility to report suspected child neglect and abuse. Visit www.preventchildabusenc.org/childabuseinfo/how-to-make-a-report to learn how to make a report. You no longer have to give your name. Now you know. Call Amy Cox, Program Manager for the Robeson County Partnership for Children, at 910-738-6767 for more information about child abuse or family support programs in Robeson County.

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Kidsville News! Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and Every Day! On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. It was a time when cities were buried under their own smog and polluted rivers caught fire. Now 39 years later, Earth Day is being celebrated around the globe. More and more people are making earth-friendly habits, like recycling, part of their daily lives. The History of Earth Day Former Governor Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was the father of Earth Day. In 1969, while he was a U.S. Senator, Nelson came up with the idea for a “teach-in” on environmental issues. The idea caught on, and the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Through the joint efforts of the U.S. government, organizations and citizens, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we are making a difference. In fact, the nation’s air is much cleaner today than it was 39 years ago. The EPA has a special Web site just for students and kids with lots of neat projects and information. Visit www.epa.gov/students or www.epa.gov/kids for fun activities just for you. You and your family can make a difference. As we celebrate Earth Day, ask your self these questions and find out the answers! Over the next three months, Kidsville News! will have a special feature titled “Conservation Corner,” with tips on how to celebrate Earth Day every day. What and where can I recycle? Reducing consumption, reusing items and recycling products and materials help to protect

the environment. EPA offers you information on which products you can recycle, which help prevent waste and reduce consumption, and ways to reuse dozens of items on their Web site: www.epa.gov/earthday/ home.htm. How can I reduce the amount of garbage I generate? Produce Less Waste by Practicing the 3 Rs: Reduce the amount and toxicity of trash you discard. Reuse containers and products; repair what is broken or give it to someone who can repair it. Recycle as much as possible, which includes buying products with recycled content. How can I care for my lawn and yard? Mowing the lawn and taking care of your yard often produce large amounts of waste. By reducing waste, recycling your grass clippings, mulching and composting, you can improve your lawn and garden, and protect your corner of the planet. How can I prevent stormwater pollution? Keep litter, pet wastes, leaves and debris out of the street gutters and storm drains that drain directly to lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands. Apply lawn and garden chemicals sparingly and according to directions. How can I make my home more energy efficient? Energy-efficient choices can save families about a third on their home energy bills with similar savings of greenhouse gases without sacrificing style or comfort. Use appliances that have an Energy Star label and be sure to turn off the T.V. and lights when they are not being used! Information provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and The Wilderness Society.

Until the 16th century, the New Year began on March 25. Everyone celebrated with an eight-day festival that ended on April 1. After they changed the New Year to begin on January 1, some people still thought the New Year began in March because they didn’t know about the change or were just stubborn and didn’t want to change. Because

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Did you know too much sun can lead to skin cancer, immune system problems, cataracts and other types of eye damage? Students can help raise awareness about sun safety and win prizes by entering the 2009 SunWise with SHADE poster contest. More than 65,000 students have helped spread the message of sun safety by participating in this annual contest since its creation in 2003. Students in grades K-8 can submit hand-drawn posters by April 13 with an attached official entry form found at www.shadefoundation.org/index.php/ programs/2009-poster-contest. Entries should be original and creative, and show ways to prevent skin cancer and raise sun-safety awareness. “Doing my poster was a lot of fun, and so was going around town getting votes,” said 2007 co-winner Katie M. Voting for the national winner will begin in late April, and the national winner will be announced on the first-ever annual National Sun Safety Day (“Don’t Fry Day”) — May 22. Winning posters will receive state and national prizes, with the top national winner receiving a family trip to Disney World and a WeatherBug Tracking Station for his/her school (courtesy of WeatherBug Schools, SHADE Foundation of America and Walt Disney World Resort). This annual contest is a joint effort by the SHADE Foundation of America, WeatherBug Schools and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SunWise Program to teach children ways to protect their skin. More information about SunWise and the 2009 poster contest can be found at www.epa.gov/sunwise.

they still celebrated on April 1, people began calling them April Fools. Gradually that became a custom of making fun of anyone at all and the beginning of the holiday known as April Fools Day or All Fools Day, which is on April 1.

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Arbor Day is celebrated on April 24. J. Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in the 1800s, but there were not many trees there. He started a campaign to plant trees. Not only did he love trees, but he knew they were important as windbreaks for fields to keep soil in place and for shade and for building materials. More than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872.

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AR UND THE W RLD Switzerland

On April 26, the citizens of Appenzell Inner Rhoden in Switzerland gather to vote. This event, called Landsgemeinde, is a great example of direct democracy. On the fourth Sunday of April, after the morning church service, the citizens meet in the town square. They don’t cast secret ballots, but raise their hands in full view of all. They vote on laws and taxes, and the people can bring their ideas to be heard.

China

In China, the Qing Ming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, is celebrated on April 4. It is usually celebrated 15 days after the spring equinox. This is a day to remember and honor one’s ancestors. The Chinese do this by sweeping the tombs and leaving offerings of food, drink and flowers. Families also go on family outings, fly kites and start the spring plowing.

Italy

Scoppio del Carro, or Explosion of the Cart, is a tradition that takes place in Italy on Easter Sunday. On April 12, people in Piazza del Dumo will ignite a cart full of fireworks and watch it explode. The tradition is said to date back to the First Crusades, and the fire is started with pieces of flint from holy relics. This explosion of the cart is thought to bring good luck to the city for its harvests.

Rabbit

Rabbits are mammals that have soft fur. Sometimes it is brown, white or even black. Some rabbits are black and white! Rabbits also have big ears, big eyes and long whiskers. But their tails aren’t big — they have short fluffy tails (there is even a rabbit called the cottontail!). Rabbits are usually about a foot long, but can be larger than that. Kingdom: Animalia There are about 28 different species, Phylum: Chordata or kinds, of rabbits. They live in all differClass: Mammalia ent environments and on every continent except Antarctica! They can live in Order: Lagomorpha deserts, swamps, forests and prairies. Family: Leporidae Almost half of the rabbit species are in danger of extinction. Rabbits are herbivores, which means that they eat plants, such as grass, leaves and bark. They also like to take lots of naps and are the most active at dawn and at dusk. Rabbits have very strong hind legs, which they use for hopping and for digging burrows. They can hop pretty fast — some species can reach up to 45 miles per hour! Rabbits are often associated with spring and Easter. If you are thinking about getting a rabbit as a pet, you should talk to your veterinarian and read more about rabbits as pets. They look cute and cuddly, but rabbits do not like to be held. They need a diet of mostly hay; in fact, some types of lettuce might be harmful to them. They can be kept inside or outside, and they are happiest in temperatures of 50º to 70ºF (they cannot be left outside in temperatures above 90ºF). Sources: “Rabbit,”Britannica Encyclopedia Online. Photo: www.metrocreativegraphics.com.

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Go Fly a Kite!

Earth Day Word Find

Truman is flying a kite with his friends. Can you help them make their way through the park?

Find the words below that have to do with protecting our environment and celebrating Earth Day!

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Help Truman complete this math square. Try to fill in the missing numbers. Use Help Truman1complete square. the numbers through this 16 tomath complete Try fill in theEach missing numbers. Use the to equations. number is used only once. Each row is a math equation. Each the numbers 1 through 16 to complete column is a math equation. Remember that multiplication and the equations. Each number is used only division are performed before addition and subtraction.

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Truman loves to fly kites on a nice spring day. How would you like for your kite to look? Write a sentence about it and color the picture.

Finally! It’s almost springtime…warmer weather means more playtime outside and what could be better than going for a bike ride! The goal is to go outside and play for one hour a day. Riding a bike is good exercise and a lot of fun to do with your friends. You need to be extra careful when riding your bikes on the streets and throughout your neighborhoods. Remember accidents CAN happen! To make this a ride you won’t regret….Here’s some rules you shouldn’t forget!!

Safety Check List: Protect Your Head – Wear properly fitted bicycle helmet See and be seen Wear bright colored or neon clothing, add reflective tape to clothing Check Your Gear - Make sure brakes work properly, reflectors are on the front and back of your bike, and seat is the right height. Time to Ride - Never ride in the evening or at night Hang on Tight - Keep both hands on handle bars

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Stop at ALL stop signs and obey traffic lights Stop and look before entering into a roadway. Always walk your bike across the street at a crosswalk Never plays in the road…try to use bike lanes or bike routes Ride in single file and ride with traffic

Remember…warmer weather means more outdoor play and return home safe at the end of the day!

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Booker T. Washington students celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss in a “zany” way.. The day is celebrated around America and is known as “Read across America Day”. The students at BTW wore red and white striped top hats which they created as an art project, and the teachers dressed in red and white.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE... A DISNEY IMAGINEER? Recently I made a trip down to Orlando, Florida. While I was there, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Melissa Jeselnick, an Imagineer at Disney World. Imagineers are the people that make the stories come to life through the amusement parks and attractions at Disney World. She took me behind the scenes of Toy Story Mania for a first hand look at what goes into creating the fun and exciting rides at Disney World. TRUMAN: What exactly is your job as an Imagineer at Disney World? MELISSA: I’m an assistant project manager, which means on small jobs, I act as the project manager, and on larger jobs, I serve as the assistant to the project manager. We handle the business side of building an attraction. We have a creative partner who handles the storytelling and makes sure that we are creating a good experience for our guests, and we handle the business side — the time and the money and making sure we achieve our goals in the time frame that we’ve been given. We deal with the schedule, making sure that everything is happening in the right order. We have a planner who deals with all of the scheduling and coordinating all of the different inputs, and we sort of take all of that and assess it. We figure out where to make compromises if we need to, while making sure that we are staying on track with all of those different elements. It’s all about telling the story and what’s the best way to tell the story. We may adjust the schedule and spend a few extra dollars because it’s the right thing to do, or to make it happen, we take all of the resources available and make it work the best way that we can.

We are always trying new things. You can do anything, and be anyone, and be an Imagineer. I have a degree in mechanical engineering. When I first came here, I thought I wanted to design rides, and that’s a really important part of what we do because it helps tell the story; it takes you through the story when the attraction is a ride experience. And I thought that the process of designing and coming up with what that ride is, was very interesting to me in college. But when I got here and started actually applying it, I realized that the process of actually creating the attraction and the story itself was much more interesting to me. I still get to use the same logical thought process I learned in my training and apply the technical elements where we have rides or shows that have mechanical features to them, but I get to look at a much bigger picture. I get to put much bigger and more complex pieces together that come from all different disciplines. It’s really interesting to me. TRUMAN: Where do the ideas for new rides or attractions come from?

TRUMAN: What inspired you to want to work at Disney?

Melissa Jeselnick working on a project site at Disney World. MELISSA: The ideas usually come from MELISSA: When I was at home, my us. We have a creative team whose job it is, through a process called sophomore year in college, my sister and I were watching the Disney channel, and there was a segment where they talked to the Imagineer who “blue sky,” to come up with ideas. There are rooms that are dedicated to “blue sky.” They fill up the tables with toys and cards and markers so the came up with the idea for the ride “Soarin’” by playing with his erector people can play around while they are brainstorming. No idea is a bad set at home. And I said, “That is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.” I was idea. If it’s a totally free blue sky session, all of the ideas get put up and studying engineering at the time, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, talked about. One idea that may be totally crazy could lead to another and hearing that story, that was it. That was where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do. So I started to apply for different jobs and ending up idea that is exactly what we need. Nobody’s allowed to say any idea is bad. Sometimes the sky’s the limit, and they can come up with whatever coming down, getting an internship and doing something different to try they want. Sometimes it’s more targeted: like we know we need an attracto meet people who worked here. I ended up a couple months later comtion for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and we know we have the space of ing over and working on the “Soarin’” project here in Florida. And I was working with the same guy that I had seen on TV talking about his model. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” where we want to bring in an updated attraction to that space. That may have been how the “Toy Store Mania” It was a pretty magical thing of how it all worked out. attraction came about. Toy Story is a great story that everybody loves. TRUMAN: What does it take to become an Imagineer? Everybody loves all the characters, Woody and Buzz, and they are very popular and very timeless, so it was a great idea that happened to fit in MELISSA: There isn’t really one route you can take to become an the space available. What happens then is they take that idea and think Imagineer. It’s all about what you like and what makes you happy. The about what type of experience they would like it to be, and we pitch that one thing that I think it does take is passion. You need to figure out what idea. We develop a budget associated with it, and eventually we settle on it is that excites you and learn as much as you can about that. We have a concept and a budget that matches the needs of the company, of the people that do more than 140 different things on our projects. We have park; everybody comes to the table and agrees on the schedule, budget architects and artists, writers, people whose job it is to pick out paint and concept all at once. Once we have that, it’s the creative lead’s job to colors that create certain moods in different places, people that do all the manage the story and make sure we’re telling the right story. It would be graphics that we have. Themed concrete even is one of the disciplines my job, as the business lead, to make sure that we’re meeting the schedule that we have. For just about everything out there, we have a position for and the budget and that we’re accomplishing what we signed up for. somebody to do that. Anything that you see while you are on vacation at Disney is somebody’s specialty. So while there isn’t one way to become an Imagineer, it’s important that you have passion and like to try new things.

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TRUMAN: There’s so much to talk about! Read the rest of this interview with Melissa on our Web site at www.kidsvillenews.com.

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Since the program began 17 years ago, North Carolina's Touchstone Energy cooperatives including Four County Electric has financed a variety of hands-on projects, including adventures in music, art, history, language, reading, science, career-planning and information technologies. In 2008, the co-ops awarded approximately $580,000 to teachers for classroom projects and winning teachers have reported exciting stories about the inspiration their projects have generated among their students.

Four County will begin accepting Bright Ideas applications for the 2009-2010 school year on April 20. All certified K-12 North Carolina teachers are eligible for a Bright Ideas grant to fund innovative and imaginative classroom projects. Teachers can apply for a Bright Ideas education grant at www.ncbrightideas.com. Individual grants up to $2,000 are available from Four County EMC. Teachers who submit their application by August 17 will be entered in a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. The final deadline is September 18.

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ART GALLERY Charlie Chaplin: Greatest Actor in Movie History Charlie was an instant success in Hollywood! He starred in more than Charlie Chaplin was an Academy Award-winning 12 short films in six years and went on to star in some English comedian and filmmaker. He full-length feature films as well. In 1919, he joined was voted the “greatest actor in movie with three other artists and formed the United Artists history” by an international survey of Corporation. This company allowed Charlie to make movie critics in 1995. and distribute his own movies — Charlie was now an Charles Spencer Chaplin was independent filmmaker! He made eight full-length feature born on April 16, 1889, in London, films; most were silent, but some were “talkies,” meaning England. His parents were both that they had sound. One of Charlie’s most recognizable entertainers, but the family was very film characters was The Tramp. The Tramp wore baggy poor. His father left when Charlie was pants, big shoes, a derby hat and mustache and carried a three and died when Charlie was still cane. He got into all kinds of mischief! a boy. And, his mother suffered from Charlie lived and worked in the United States until mental illness. So, Charlie and his 1952, when he left for what was supposed to be a short brother took care of themselves from trip back to England. Deciding to stay in Europe, Charlie an early age. Charlie was a natural moved to Switzerland with his family and made his last entertainer and joined up with a group two movies in London. He returned to the United States in of young tap dancers called The Eight 1972, but only to receive an Academy Award. Lancashire Lads when he was about Charlie Chaplin in costume as Charlie died on December 25, 1977. 10 years old. The group performed in The Tramp. Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary school teacher who now Great Britain’s music halls for several years. works as a freelance writer and curriculum developer for PBS, the Discovery When Charlie was about 14, he got his first acting job. He played the Channel and other education-related companies. Sources: Charlie Chaplin on role of a funny servant boy in Sherlock Holmes. From there, Charlie went Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Chaplin; The Time 100: Charlie to work in vaudeville, starring in comedic acts on stage. When he was 21, he went on tour in the United States as a featured star with the Fred Karno Chaplin, www.time.com/time/time100/ artists/profile/chaplin.html; The Official Charlie Chaplin Web Site, Repertoire Company, a group of British comedians. The American www.charliechaplin.com. audiences loved Charlie! In 1912, when the group returned to the United States for another tour, Charlie was given a movie contract.

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Earth Day Word Find

Truman helped start the SEMC Family Fun Mile at this year’s Rumba on the Lumber. Hundreds of families enjoyed fun, exercise, rides, vendors, entertainment, and more!

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Happy Easter From Bladen County Schools Do you like to color? This bunny needs your help. Decorate the bunny and wagon full of eggs using crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint, glitter, ribbon or whatever you like. Once you finish your artwork, send or drop-off your creation to Ms. Valerie at the District Office of the Board of Education to be entered into an Easter Drawing Contest. The most creative and neatly finished work of art will be selected to receive a special Easter basket. But you must hurry; Ms. Valerie must have your entry no later than April 8

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We believe that all students can learn and achieve mastery of basic grade level skills regardless of, their previous academic performance, family background, socioeconomic status, race or gender. We believe that the purpose of our schools is to educate all students to their highest level of academic performance while fostering positive growth in social behaviors and attitudes. We accept the responsibility to teach all students so they can attain their maximum potential.

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS... INDONESIA?

It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world! Indonesia is an archipelago, a large group or chain of over 17,000 islands in Southeast Asia along the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Six thousand of the islands are inhabited, and the largest islands include Bali, Java, Kalimantan, the Moluccas Islands, the Nusa Tenggara Islands, Sumatra and Irian Jaya or West Papua. To find Indonesia, get out your globe, and find longitude 120º E and latitude 5º S. About three times the size of Texas, Indonesia is bordered by the countries of Timor-Leste, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Formerly known as Dutch East Indies, Indonesia was once a colony of the Netherlands. The islands were occupied by the Japanese during World War II, and on August 17,1945, Indonesia declared its independence from the Netherlands. The capital is Jakarta. Though most of the country consists of coastal lowlands, the larger islands have mountains, and the climate is tropical. Indonesia’s industries include oil and natural gas, textiles, mining, rubber and tourism, and the islands are one of the world’s top destinations for surfing! Indonesia is part of the Pacific “ring of fire,” a horseshoe-shaped area with 452 volcanoes, and Indonesia has the greatest number of active volcanoes in the world – 120! Earthquakes frequently occur, and on December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the west coast of Sumatra created a tsunami, a series of large waves in the Indian Ocean that severely damaged a dozen countries in Asia, including Indonesia. Where in the Each year, Indonesians celebrate their rich and varied culture through festivals and fairs highlighting dance, art, music, World Word tsunami [tsoo-nah-mee], cow races, the rice harvest –– even kites. Another popular holiday, Kartini Day, takes place on April 21, with special a very large sea wave exhibitions and cultural performances to honor Raden Ayu (Ajoe) Kartini, a Javanese woman who a started a girl’s school and caused by an underwater worked for women’s rights in Indonesia. earthquake or volcanic Sources: “Indonesia,” The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, www.cia.gov; “Indonesia,” www.iexplore.com/ eruption. dmap/Indonesia; “Indonesia: History, Geography, Government and Culture,” www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107634.html.

Myiah Livingston, a fourth grader at Rosenwald Elementary School, performed in “Annie Jr.” at Lumberton Junior High School. Her role as an orphan consisted of singing and dancing. Myiah shared that she loves performing and this is her second time participating in a play sponsored by the Carolina Civic Center.

Bladen County Hospital is pleased to announce the arrival of Bladen County’s first Pediatrician

Nileshwa Senthe, M.D. 300 A East McKay Street Across from Bladen County Hospital Elizabethtown Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For an appointment, please call (910) 862-5500

Spencer, a third graderat Rosenwald Elementary School received the Superintendent‛s Art Award. Corey was presented with a medal and his own personal set of postcards with his artwork on them by Dr. Johnny Hunt, Superintendent and Board Members.

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What is the history of Easter? Where does it come from? Today’s Easter is derived from the ancient Jewish and Christian religions. Christians have celebrated the Resurrection — the day Jesus arose from the dead — around the time of the spring equinox for many centuries. Equinox means “equal night.” That’s the day when the night and day are of equal length, 12 hours each. This year, Easter is on April 12. How did Easter get its name? Some believe it was the name given to Jesus’ resurrection (when he rose from the dead) by the Frankish (French) church and comes from the Latin word alba which means white, because people wore white robes when they celebrated the resurrection. But alba also means sunrise, so when the name of the feast was translated into German, the sunrise meaning was picked instead of the white meaning. In old German, the word for sunrise was ostern, which became Easter, or the feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. Some scholars believe the name Easter came from the Scandinavian Ostra and the Teutonic Ostern or Eastre, both goddesses of mythology signifying spring and fertility, whose festival was celebrated

on the day of the vernal equinox. So what about the Easter Bunny and colored eggs? In pagan times, before there was Christianity or other organized religion, the Easter hare came to be. This was no normal hare (which is similar to a rabbit, but larger). The Easter hare was thought to be a sacred companion of the goddess of spring, Eostre. The hare and the rabbit were the most fertile animals known (this means they have lots of babies!), and they served as symbols of the new life during the spring season. Since long before Jesus Christ was born, parents told their children that the magic hare would bring them presents at the spring festival. The presents were often painted eggs, as these represented the new life starting at this time of year. Some accounts say that during the 4th century, consuming eggs during Lent (a period of fasting for six weeks before Easter) was taboo. Since spring is the peak egg-laying time for hens, people began to cook eggs in their shells to preserve them. Eventually people began decorating and hiding them for children to find during Easter, which gave birth to the Easter Egg Hunt. It is believed that the Chinese are the first people who painted eggs. During spring festivals almost 3,000 years ago, they exchanged red eggs as part of their celebration. Whether you celebrate the religious part of Easter or just enjoy the Easter Egg hunts and the legend of the Easter Bunny, the Easter holiday is a wonderful part of springtime.

Over 250 Columbus Charter School children in grades K-3 celebrate their 100th day of school by placing 100 dots on their favorite tee shirt and releasing a balloon high in the sky. The children work very hard on their academics, but also have time to celebrate all their hard work.

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Story Time with Truman The Sea Turtle Story

Chapter Four - Pancake’s Progress

A Quality Serials Story By Mary Maden Illustrated by Vicki Wallace

THE STORY SO FAR… Pancake, an injured sea turtle, is rescued, treated and sent to a special sea turtle hospital to get well. At the hospital is a girl named Lolly. Lolly helps take care of Pancake. The girl and the sea turtle develop a special bond. Pancake’s treatment is progressing nicely, until one day, Lolly notices that Pancake isn’t using her flipper. Is something terribly wrong with Pancake? Jan hurried over to take a look. She had a worried expression on her face. “Show me which one,” Jan said. “See,” Lolly said, pointing at Pancake’s front left flipper. “She isn’t using that flipper.” “I think you’re right,” Jan said, examining Pancake’s flipper. “It does seem as if she has quit using it. I’ll call the Vet School and discuss this with them.” Jan picked up the phone. Lolly anxiously waited for Jan to finish her call. “I couldn’t get through to Dr. Beth,” Jan told Lolly. “I left a message for her to call me first thing in the morning. Don’t worry, Lolly. She’ll tell us how to help Pancake.” All the next day at school, Lolly was worried. Her best friend, Zack, noticed her mood. “Hey, Lolly, what’s wrong?” Zack asked. “You look down in the dumps.” “It’s Pancake, one of the turtles at the hospital,” Lolly replied. “She’s not doing so well.” “I’m sorry to hear that,” Zack said. Then he asked, “What’s wrong with her?” “She isn’t using one of her front flippers,” Lolly explained. “That’s too bad!” Zack said. “I know you’re upset, Lolly. But I’m sure they can fix her up.” “I hope so,” Lolly sighed. “She was doing so well, too!” Lolly couldn’t wait for school to be over. She went home and dropped off her books; then she ran straight to the hospital. Lolly burst through the door to the sea turtle hospital. Jan looked up and smiled at her. “Calm down, kiddo,” Jan said. “I have good news for you. Dr. Beth thinks that with some physical rehabilitation, Pancake will be able to use her flipper again.” “Yes!” Lolly squealed with relief. “That’s wonderful news! I was so worried.” “I know you were, dear,” Jan replied. “Now, let’s get started! It will take lots of hard work and hours of physical therapy to help our new patient.” The staff at the hospital worked hard with Pancake. It could take many long months of physical therapy for Pancake to regain full use of her flipper. But everyone was patient. Day after day, the volunteers worked with Pancake. As Pancake’s therapy progressed, her injuries healed even more. The screws, pins and plates that the doctors used to hold Pancake’s shell together were taken out. New scutes had grown and filled the white spaces,

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once covered by artificial skin and Super Glue. Over the months, Pancake became a familiar presence in the hospital. Lolly’s bond with the sea turtle grew stronger with each passing day. She loved all the turtles at the hospital, but it was clear that Pancake was Lolly’s favorite. Pancake continued to improve. And after school and on weekends, Lolly continued her work at the hospital. Every day was an exciting opportunity to learn something new. And of course, there were new patients to meet. Lolly had seen many turtles come through the doors of the hospital. And each one had a story to tell! Some, like Pancake, had been hit by boats. Some had been accidentally trapped in nets or hooked by fishermen. One turtle became tangled in fishing line and had a deep cut on his neck. One patient arrived, ill with an infection, its shell covered with parasites and barnacles. A small male had been found floating in the water, unable to submerge. Another turtle had been “cold stunned,” a condition caused by being exposed to cold water that could have been fatal if the turtle hadn’t been rescued and treated. But no matter what the problem, the sea turtles always had the best care the staff and volunteers could give them! Between school, her family, the bookstore and the sea turtle hospital, Lolly was a very busy girl! But she was never too busy for her favorite sea turtle, Pancake. Lolly stopped in to check on Pancake one Saturday morning. Lolly entered the sea turtle hospital, but she didn’t see anyone around. Lolly went over to check on Pancake. “How’s my big girl today?” Lolly asked, looking into Pancake’s tank. To her surprise, Pancake moved her left front flipper as if answering the question. Jan came out of the exam room where she had been stocking some new supplies on the shelves. “Jan! Did you see that?” Lolly cried. “I sure did!” Jan answered. “She’s been doing that since yesterday. Pancake has improved tremendously. I called Dr. Andy to come take a look at Pancake. It may be time to release her.” “Release her…” Lolly said softly. “Maybe,” Jan said. “If Dr. Andy thinks she’s well enough.” “That’s great,” Lolly said. She knew that one day Pancake would leave the hospital. That’s what she and all the others had worked so hard for. Pancake might be ready to leave. But was Lolly ready to let her go? Next Time…The Big Day! A Teacher’s Guide to accompany this six-chapter story is available on the Kidsville News! Web site at www.KidsvilleNews.com. Copyright 2001 by Mary Maden. All rights reserved. Mary Maden is an award-winning author. Visit her on the Web at www.marymaden.com.

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Age Range: 12 and up

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Did you know that Americans produce almost 250 million tons of trash each TM in S is for year? Readers will learn this fact and much more Save the Planet. Short prose for each letter of the alphabet highlights easy-to-take actions to help protect the environment. A sidebar on each page features longer text for more advanced readers, with more in-depth facts and information on environmental issues. last page of the book features an excellent ESPECIALLY FORThe PARENTS list of Web resources on topics ranging from battery disposal to vermicomposting. —JK

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S is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be Green Alphabet

Author: Brad Herzog, Linda Holt Ayriss (Illustrator) Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Age Range: 12 and up Did you know that Americans produce almost 250 million tons of trash each year? Readers will learn this fact and much more in S is for Save the Planet. Short prose for each letter of the alphabet highlights easy-to-take actions to help protect the environment. A sidebar on each page features longer text for more advanced readers, with more in-depth facts and information on environmental issues. The last page of the book features an excellent list of Web resources on topics ranging from battery disposal to vermicomposting. —JK

My Teacher Dances on the Desk Authors/Illustrator: Eugene Gagliano, Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Illustrator) Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Age Range: 8 and up “My teacher dances on the desk, Which may seem kind of strange. Mom and Dad think he’s weird, But I hope he doesn’t change.” My Teacher Dances on the Desk is a fun and refreshing collection of poems about school, life as a kid and even bubblegum. April is National Poetry Month and a great time to explore all types of poetry. This small book is full of fun, with 39 poems that will have kids and parents alike laughing and giggling, or maybe rolling their eyes!— JK

My Teacher Dances on the Desk

Queen of Easter Author/Illustrator: Mary

Engelbreit Authors/Illustrator: Eugene Gagliano, Tatjana Mai-Wyss Publisher: Harper Collins (Illustrator) Publishers Publisher: Sleeping Bear Age Range: 4 to 8 Press From the Publisher: With the Age Range: 8 and up neighborhood Easter Parade “My teacher dances on the coming up, Ann Estelle dreams desk, Which may seem kind of wearing a hat covered with of strange. Mom and Dad ribbons and pretty flowers think he’s weird, But I hope galore. But when her mother he doesn’t change.” gives her a plain straw hat My Teacher Dances on instead, she wonders how she can be the Easter in a the Desk is a fun and refreshing collection of Queen poems of about hat like that! school, life as a kid and even bubblegum. April is National Luckily Ann Estelle has plenty of ideasallup her sleeve, and nothPoetry Month and a great time to explore types of poetry. could be is more funfun, than watching her that get to work onkids her Thising small book full of with 39 poems will have and masterpiece. parents alike But laughing and giggling, maybe rolling their the magic of springor brings unexpected visitors, eyes!— whoJK make a hat so cute that not even Ann Estelle would want to

compete! Mary Engelbreit’s irrepressible alter ego is back in a story full of all the warmth and humor that her many fans have come to P AREN expect. Perfect for tucking in Easter baskets or reading aloud on the porch swing, this Ann Estelle story is just in time for spring!

Jazz Author/Illustrator: Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Publisher: Holiday House, Inc. Age Range: 4 to 8

From the Publisher: From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers’s energetic and engaging poems, accompanied by Christopher Myers’s bright and exhilarating paintings, celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. Includes time line and jazz glossary. This smash-hit picture book of jazz music poems, from award-winning father-son team Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers, has won a number of awards. This book is perfect for celebrating National Jazz Appreciation Month in April.

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P ARENTOWN’S K ID S MART Recession-Proof Resilience: What Mothers Can Do To Stay Strong in Tough Economic Times

La recesión-Prueba de resistencia, Parte II:

Continued from last month... These are the times that try moms’ souls. When you’re worried about job loss and keeping a roof over your family’s head, it’s hard to be an effective parent. Jamie Woolf, author of Mom-in-Chief, offers practical strategies to help you and your kids deal with adversity (financial and otherwise). Your children count on you to teach them the life skills they’re going to need—and resilience in uncertain times is one of the most important. “The most successful leaders and family members can help people not only survive crises but also turn them into opportunities to grow,” says Woolf. In Mom-in-Chief, Woolf teaches mothers how to use “best practices” from the workplace to make family life run more smoothly. Here, adapted from the principles in her book, are her business-inspired strategies for what you can do for yourself and your kids to boost resilience during the economic downturn: What Moms Can Do for Their Kids Develop caring connections: Display kindness, empathy, and compassion for your kids. If you’re feeling extra vulnerable these days, your kids may be, too. So make an effort to make them feel loved and secure at home. Be careful not to take your frustrations out on them—it’s a trap that even the most loving mother can fall into, especially in tough times. Create motivating conditions: Express your faith that things will get better and help your kids shift from discouragement to optimism. When you cancel a planned family ski trip or vacation, assure them that they’ll be able to go next year, when the economy is in better shape. Set an example: Model resilience when you confront challenges. If you get laid off and don’t fall apart, or if you have to start taking on extra work but still manage to get dinner on the table at the same time every night, this tells kids that no matter what happens, Mom can get through it, which will give them confidence that they can, too. Focus on the big picture: If your goal is to provide a happy, healthy home for your children, don’t feel bad that you can’t buy them an iPhone—or go further into debt to get one! The importance of the basics has never been clearer. When the Sharper Image went out of business this year, it showed that maybe people realized they didn’t need an endless supply of high-tech gadgets to be happy. The most precious commodity is time. Figure out a way to give that to your kids and it will pay big dividends. The most important lesson to keep firmly in mind—and to share with your kids—is that the hard times won’t last forever. They never do, because change is life’s only constant. And it’s that knowledge that lies at the heart of resilience itself. “Resilience is grounded in optimism, in hope for a better tomorrow,” says Woolf. “You will find a new job or settle into a new home or, worst case scenario, adjust to living a simpler, less materialistic life. Remind yourself of that. Remind your kids of that. Believing that your circumstances will improve is the first and probably the most important step in making them improve. “The truth is, resilience breeds more resilience,” she adds. “It makes you stronger. And when you look at it that way, you can see that the hardships that help you hone it are more a gift than a curse.”

Estos son los tiempos en los que se pone a prueba el espíritu de las madres. Cuando uno está preocupado por perder su trabajo y por mantener un techo sobre la cabeza de su familia, es muy duro ser un padre/madre eficiente. Jamie Woolf, autora de Mom-in-Chief, (‘Mamá a cargo’ en español ) ofrece estrategias practicas para ayudarle a usted y a sus hijos a tratar con la adversidad (financiera o de cualquier otro tipo). Sus hijos cuentan con usted para enseñarlos las habilidades de la vida que necesitarán después -- y la resistencia en tiempos de incertidumbre es una de las más importantes. “Los líderes y los miembros de la familia con mayor éxito pueden ayudar a los demás no solo a sobrevivir las crisis sino tambien a convertirlas en oportunidades para crecer” dice Ms Woolf. En Mom-in-Chief, Woolf enseña a las madres como utilizar las ‘mejores prácticas’ adoptadas del lugar de trabajo para llevar a la familia más fácilmente. Aqui, adaptadas de los principios que enseña en su libro, están sus estrategias inspiradas en los negocios explicándole lo que usted puede hacer por usted mismo y por sus hijos para aumentar la resistencia durante los tiempos ecónomicos más duros. Lo que las mamás pueden hacer por sus hijos Desarrollar relaciones cariñosas: Muestre amabilidad, empatía y compasión con sus hijos. Si usted se siente más vulnerable estos dias , puede que sus hijos tambien se sientan asi. Así que haga un esfuerzo para hacerles sentir amados y seguros en la casa. Tenga cuidado de no pagar sus frustraciones con ellos— es una trampa en la que incluso la madre más cariñosa puede caer, especialmente en los tiempos difíciles. Cree condiciones motivadoras: Exprese su fe que las cosas van a mejorar y ayude a sus hijos a cambiar de la decepción al optimismo. Cuando usted cancele el viaje familiar para esquiar que ya habían planeado, asegúrelos que irán el próximo año, cuando la economía sea mejor. Sea un ejemplo: Modele la resistencia cuando se confronte con los desafios. Si le echan del trabajo pero no se derrumba, o si tiene que empezar a realizar trabajo extra pero aún se maneja para tener la cena lista en la mesa a la misma hora todas las noches, esto les dice a sus hijos que no importa lo que suceda, su madre puede superarlo, lo cual les dará confianza que ellos tambien pueden hacerlo. Plantee su objetivo a largo plazo: si su meta es proveer un hogar feliz y sano para sus hijos, no se sienta mal si no puede comprarlos un iPhone—o no se endeude más para comprar uno! La importancia de las cosas básicas nunca ha estado tan clara. Cuando la compañia Sharper Image fue a la quiebra este año, este hecho nos mostró que quizás la gente se dio cuenta de que no necesitaban un número indefinido de aparatos de alta tecnologia para ser felices. El lujo mas preciado es el tiempo. Averigüe un método para dárselo a sus hijos y le será devuelto con creces. La lección mas importante que hay que tener en mente constantemente—y que debe compartir con sus hijos—es que los tiempos duros no duran para siempre. Nunca lo hacen, porque el cambio es la única constante en la vida. Y es el conocimiento de este hecho lo que está en el centro de la resistencia. “Resistencia es basarse en el optimismo y en la esperanza para un mejor mañana,” dice Woolf. “Usted encontrará otro trabajo o se mudará a una casa nueva, o en el peor escenario, se ajustará a vivir de manera mas sencilla, una vida menos materialista. Recuérdeselo a si mismo. Recuérdeselo a sus hijos. El creer que sus circunstancias mejorarán es el primer y mas importante paso en hacerlas mejorar. “La verdad es, la resistencia atrae más resistencia,” ella añade. “Le hará más fuerte. Y cuando usted lo mira de esta manera, vera que las penurias que le ayudaran a mejorar sus destrezas son un don y no una maldición.” Jamie Woolf es una contribuidora regular para la revista Working Mother y fundadora de The Parent Leader and Pinehurst Consulting, una firma consultora de desarollo y organizacion. En su libro, Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom from the Workplace Can Save Your Family from Chaos, Woolf trata sobre todos los dilemas de la vida real y cubre todo lo que la mujer professional necesita saber para dar rienda suelta a su potential como madre y hacer frente a todos los desafios con gracia y con destreza.

Jamie Woolf is a regular contributor to Working Mother magazine and founder of The Parent Leader and Pinehurst Consulting, an organization development consulting firm. In her book, Mom-in-Chief: How Wisdom from the Workplace Can Save Your Family from Chaos, Woolf addresses real-life quandaries and covers everything that career-oriented women need to know to unleash their parenting potential and navigate challenges with skill and grace.

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Lo que las madres pueden hacer para que sus hijos se matengan fuertes durante los tiempos difíciles.

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Budget-Friendly Family Meals As Americans see food and gas prices continue to rise, there’s good news for families looking for affordable meal options. Grocery bills and restaurant and fast-food meals can really add up, but families can prepare nutritious, convenient meals inexpensively at home. Believe it or not, there are quick and easy recipes that can feed a family of six for around $2 per person. Even better, this recipe from Pampered Chef can be made in only 30 minutes, using nine ingredients or less. The Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad proves healthy enough for parental approval and tasty enough for kids.

DELUXE CHEESEBURGER SALAD WHAT YOU NEED:

• 4 sesame seed hamburger buns • 1 small red onion, divided • 2 plum tomatoes • 3/4 pound 95 percent lean ground beef • 1/2 cup finely diced pickles • 3/4 cup ketchup • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard • 8 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese HOW TO MAKE IT (makes 6 servings):

• Preheat the oven to 425º F. Slice the bun tops into 1/4 inch strips. Arrange the buns in a single layer on a large bar pan; then bake them until they look toasted, about eight to 10 minutes. Allow the buns to cool. • (With adult help!) Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to cut half of the onion into thin rings. Cut tomatoes into quarters lengthwise and slice crosswise. In a sauté pan, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat for five to seven minutes or until the meat becomes brown. Break the beef into crumbles. Chop the remaining onion. Finely dice pickles. In a large bowl, combine the onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Add the cooked ground beef, and mix well. • To serve, put the lettuce on a large platter, and then spoon the beef mixture over the lettuce. Top the salad with cheese, tomatoes and sliced onion. Arrange the toasted hamburger buns around the edge of the plate and serve. For a free download of more high-value recipes that cost around $2 per serving, visit pamperedchef.com. Courtesy of NewsUSA and Pampered Chef.

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Let’s Recycle When you recycle things that you do not need anymore, they can be made into new things! Recycling is a great way to take care of our planet by reducing trash. You can recycle items made of paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, tin, and more. Circle the materials and containers below that should go in the recycling bin to be

Here are some tips to help your family go green: • Unplug electronics when you are not using them. • Wash your clothes in cold water. • Use a water filter on your tap instead of drinking bottled water.

What To Do: What You Need: • Milk carton • Stapler • Cleaning cloth • Scissors • Strong string or rope

1. Clean and dry the milk carton well. Decorate. 2. Staple the top of the carton shut. 3. Ask an adult to help you cut a hole 4 inches above the bottom of the milk carton, and about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. 4. Poke some holes in the bottom of the carton (for drainage) and in the top of the carton (for air ventilation). 5. Poke a hole through the top of the feeder, and pull your string or rope through. Tie the birdhouse to a tree, and watch birds enjoy their new house!

This activity is from http://www.kinderart.com/recycle/birdone.shtml

Which items did you circle? You should have circled everything, because ALL of the items are recyclable! Create a recycling bin at your home, and start recycling today!

Visit the Watson School of Education at www.uncw.edu/ed or call (910) 962-4142 for more information.

Teaching Your Child to Care for the Environment tivities Family Acveryone To Get E Green Thinking

• Plant a vegetable garden • Visit the zoo or aquarium • Shop at the local farmer’s market • Build a birdhouse • Go for a bike ride

For more tips on helping your family go green visit: http://www.organiccoupons.org/blog/2008/08/ go-green-early-100-tips-resources-and-networks-for-raising-kids-the-environmentally-friendly-way/

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My mom bought me a new bike because she promised me she would. So when we picked the bike up, I had to sit in the back of the car with it. My bike is pretty because it is blue, purple, and silver. Blue is my favorite color and purple is Ms. Megan’s favorite color. I like to ride with my friends and I like to ride fast. I try to ride it every afternoon when I get home from school. I have taken very good care of my bike because I have not crashed or run into anything. Riding my bike is one of my favorite things to do.

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To register and for more information, visit Visit the Watson School of Education at www.uncw.edu/ed or call (910) 962-4142 for more information.

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