October 18 - 31, 2014
Kids’ engineering classes set to resume
Author hopes to ease struggle with food allergies BY MEGHAN MCCOY
Since he was 10 months old, 10-year-old Daniel Hutchison has grappled with severe food allergies. His mom took notice and, in an effort to ease his pain a bit, wrote a book in his honor. “Daniel and his good little friend both have food allergies,” says Jennifer Hutchison, a former reporter for the SanTan Sun News. “I wanted to write something that kind of made them feel a little special.” “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man” was born. The 26-page book is geared toward third- and fourth-grade students. Its content is pretty simple, she says, allowing kindergarten and ﬁrst-grade students to enjoy it as well. “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man” shares how the two characters became superheroes. “It started with a minor emergency with a neighbor,” she explains. “The two boys jumped into action and knew how to handle things. They helped another little boy having an emergency.” That aspect of the book mirrors Daniel’s behavior. “I found that kids dealing with these issues know more about it,” Hutchison says. “They are able to handle so much.” The story also touches on bullying because, with food allergies, kids tend to become excluded from certain activities. “They all just deal with it. They don’t complain. They don’t feel sorry for
AUTHOR: Chandler resident and children’s author Jennifer Hutchison. Submitted photo
themselves. They deal with it and move on,” she says of her son and his friends. “They are like little heroes.” In an effort to teach youngsters about food allergies, Hutchison sent copies to Chandler schools and waiting rooms at allergy clinics. “Everyone knows someone with a food allergy,” she says. “I hope it is a fun teaching tool.” Hutchison is writing her second book, which takes the superheroes on another adventure at a school bake sale. The book is available on www.amazon. com and Barnes and Noble. Hutchison says she plans to donate a portion of the book proceeds to FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education.
BOOK: Chandler resident Jennifer Hutchison recently published her ﬁrst children’s book, “The Adventures of Captain Allergy and Allergy Man,” which educates youngsters about food allergies. Submitted photo
Meghan McCoy is the Neighbors and Business section editor for the SanTan Sun News. She can be reached at meghan@ santansun.com.
Engineering classes for boys and girls begin Monday, Dec. 1, at Primavera Blended Learning Center, 2451 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses for kids ages 7 to 14 are offered by East Valley Engineering for Kids as a continuum of its weekly summer-camp program launched earlier this year. The monthly, three-day-per-week afterschool program feature classes that teach the basic concepts of engineering, including a Core Engineering Club on Monday, a mechanical engineering class, a Video Game Design Club and an EV3 Lego Robotics Club with different monthly themes. Classes are offered from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in two formats: the new EFK Club membership program, which offers unlimited access to all programs and additional discounts off special events, parties and summer-camp programs; and an “a la carte” program which allows parents to purchase classes individually for one or two days per week. Monthly rates range from $125 to $260 per child. Additional savings are offered for a new carpooling program and for families using the automatic-payment program. For more information, call (480) 779-8184 or email eastvalley@ engineeringforkids.net.
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