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Kids Are Still Hungry!

It's 2015, and kids are still going hungry. One in five kids are still facing hunger, and that is unacceptable. 
If you follow my blog, you know that kids are my passion. You also know that Feeding America, the Portland Police Bureau's Sunshine Division, and the Clark County, WA Food Bank are especially important to me in the fight against child hunger. Each of these organizations devote their resources to feeding kids and their families. Why? Because without the proper nutrition, our nation's children are an endangered species. 
How can I say that? Have you ever seen a hungry child? Now, I am not talking about the kid who missed lunch because he wanted to play basketball instead. I am talking about the child who didn't have dinner last night or the night before. The child who has no food in the cupboard at home, or the one whose parent(s) has to decide whether to buy food or keep the house warm. The child who has lost the energy to keep up with other kids. The child …

Do Kids Really Know Who Martin Luther King Was?

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At the end of the school week, our teacher reminded the class that there was no school on Monday, January 19th, in honor of Martin Luther King. I was not surprised that most of the kids found the idea of no school exciting. However, I was surprised by the number of kids who had no idea who MLK was.  "Who is Martin Luther King?" they asked. "Why is he important?"
Now, I have to say that our school is a directed home school. What that means is that we spend two days studying math, science, grammar, spelling, writing, and social studies in class, and three days studying those subjects and more at home. Our teacher, who is "wonderful" according to my 4th grade granddaughter and myself, directed the kids with questions to discuss Mr. King with their parents as part of their home school history lesson. 
Leaving class that day made me wonder if it could really be true that these kids did not know who Martin Luther King was or what he accomplished? Then I had to…

KIDS AND PREJUDICE

With everything that happened this week in Paris, people are once again taking up the prejudice banner. They are speaking out on Facebook, in blogs, in interviews, and on other social media sites about the hazards of trusting others because of their religious beliefs. Now I don't really care what adults believe. Their opinions have had years to percolate and boil until the fear that started them down their chosen road has become almost natural to them. But, I do care what kids think!
No child is born intolerant to different opinions. All you have to do is visit a day care center or a Homestart classroom to confirm it. Once inside, you will see kids from every race, religion, and belief, playing and learning side-by-side. This is the way the world should be as far as I am concerned. However, this is not the case. Why? Could it be that prejudice is actually a learned response?
The dictionary defines prejudice as a"preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual expe…

2015 CHILDREN'S BILL OF RIGHTS

Numerous organizations throughout the world have issued their own Bill of Rights for Kids, this is mine. There are only five, but if they were given to each child, think what the world might look like. Kids Bill of Rights
1.     The right to be loved
Every child, regardless of who they are or what age they are, has an innate right to be loved. Defined as an "intense feeling of deep affection", kids yearn for love. It is a deeply rooted desire born not only in kids, but in all of us. Mother Teresa said, "The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread." Given her statement, and the plight of children all over the world, the simplest way that I can see for easing a child's pain is to love him or her.
2.     The right to food
Each year, 2.6 million kids die as a direct result of not having enough food to eat. 2.6 million! Some kids go days without a meal. Most of us would not know what to do if we had to go longer than 8 hours without…