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“Quackles” is our entry in Duck Race for Hunger

What does Quackle’s our duck have to do with hunger in Anne Arundel County? Here we are in the year 2014 and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations there are 842 million who do not eat enough to be healthy.  That is a figure that equates to 1 out of 8 people on Earth that go to bed hungry every night.  One third of all children under the age of 5 in developing countries die from malnutrition. But never believe that this is a problem just for southeast Asia or the deserts of Africa.  In

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Student stress over getting into “good” schools

The struggle is on between parents and young adults. The struggle is about college. Not, should I go or not go to college. The struggle is debt or no debt, is this school the best for me, will I be able to get a job if I choose this school over that school. Having 4 children myself and watching the results of many more going to school, getting out and working on using what they learned – one thing I do know is that the stress level prior to going to the school of your choice is greater than the

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The JNP Project – children finding “Inner Awesome”

For the past year I have been working on an advisory board with a project called “The JNP Project”. This project is a movement promoting the understanding and education of self confidence, self esteem and character building for children. It will be done interactively with books, web resources, and more. There are lesson resources for parents and teachers and they align with Common Core State Standards for Grades 1-4. While I have been involved for the last year, there are also many people who have been involved across the world – all of whom have a passion for helping parents

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Humane Education – In Vieques, PR

I have just returned from vacation in Vieques, PR – a small island with much the same problems that many of the islands have, well really many areas have.  As a member of the Rotary, I attended a Rotary meeting, just as I did this past summer, to see one of their projects doing very well.  The local Rotary, along with other concerned citizens of Vieques started an education program for the students called “The Vieques Humane Education Program“. What is humane education? Humane Education allows people of all ages to understand the importance of living in a world where

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Girls “Kick It” at BLS

On January 10th, BLS girls had an awesome time “Kickin’ It“ at the all-girl Focus Group in preparation of the February 7th workshop! Register for the workshop by following THIS LINK or call Ms. Ariel at 410-263-0050   After a good warm up (including 20 push ups!), we split into teams for an obstacle course and a game of dodgeball. Then we circled up for a discussion of how girls fit into the martial arts world. The girls had awesome input about their feelings of being a female martial artist, what BLS could do to be more appealing to girls, and how they

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