During this holiday season, many U.S. troops will be benefiting from the compassionate student volunteers, community members, and West Michigan Blue Star Mothers. These volunteers are assembling 100 care packages which include: socks, personal hygiene products, gift cards, and an assortment of blankets to U.S. troops. The Blue Star Mothers organization is a group of compassionate members who have sons or daughters serving in the military.
We are truly grateful for all our U.S. troops and military service members! Let us know if you know someone who is selflessly giving back to our community. E-mail us at email@example.com. Read entire article here.
Eleven-year-old, Alex Lawson, came up with an idea that inspires children and adults around the world. Although this event occurred a couple of years back, his kind heart and contribution truly moved us. When the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti happened, young Alex knew he wanted to help, especially since he read that over 50% of the population were kids. He started to collect as many backpacks he could, old, new, or used, and they were taken to St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce where supplies and aid workers were being flown to Haiti to help.
Reading about this story really inspires youth and adults to be hands on in giving back to our community. What a great read, click here for the full article! Let us know if your child or someone you know would like to be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness blog.
“If children learn healthy habits they can pass them on to their family … to help create a greater, healthier community,” Gillespie said. Gillespie works for Jim Hill who is a retired San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. and the executive director of Squash-4-Friends Farm. Last week, children worked together to build a fence for a Squash-4-Friends 2 farm where kids can come together with their family and friends to plant the garden, pick the vegetables and fruit, and take the produce home.
This sense of community allows children to eat healthy and learn about community responsibility and involvement. As always, if your child or someone you know has been contributing to the community and showing leadership skills, let us know, and we will feature them! To read this entire article, click here.
According to researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University, filling children’s toy boxes with puzzles and building blocks help preschooler’s develop their “spacial thinking.” Professor Golinkoff of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology at UD states that “parents and caregivers should make sure their kids have experiences that feed into their spatial skill. Simple toys like blocks and puzzles offer kids a foundation for learning subjects like math and science…”
The study wanted to see whether copying block structures would correlate to mathematical skills. Results showed that block skills did predict mathematical skills, and children who participated in puzzles and building block structures were also better at early math. Click the following link to read the full article!