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Proof Positivity: YAH!

 It keeping with my initial theme of doing community service I wanted to introduce you toYAH Youth Against Hunger.  “Youth Against Hunger (YAH!) is a community service learning program for schools and youth programs designed to help students understand hunger and develop a personal sense of civic responsibility through hands-on community service. ”

Among the special events for YAH is a conversation with Steven King and Richard Russo and a kiss a pig event on November 19.

The food bank serves other soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, childcare centers, elder programs, and other food assistance sites throughout Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts.

For ideas on how to help out feel free to visit the Food Bank. 

Live:  Marriage Proposal 

I thought this was one of the most awesome videos on youtube.  Lucky Girl.  I don’t think any more needs to be said about it but if your like me and cry at everything including happy things grab your Klenexx first.


Helping The Children With Downs Syndrome

   Down Syndrome Education International has been awarded a grant by the Big Lottery  Fund to test a structured language and reading teaching program in UK primary schools. This  teaching approach offers new opportunities for young people with Down syndrome to improve their language and reading skills.

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded a  grant to investigate the effectiveness of a focused and practical classroom intervention. The study, lasting 4 years, will be conducted by Down Syndrome Education International working in partnership with the Centre for Reading and Language, at the Department of Psychology at the University of York.


   Most children who have Down syndrome are taught in regular primary schools throughout the UK. They have some specific learning needs that are additional to those of typical children and benefit from teaching adaptations that are targeted to meet these needs.


 Professor Sue Buckley OBE, Director of Science and Research at Down Syndrome Education International, said “This is a vitally important piece of research that promises to help many thousands of young people with Down syndrome. Language and literacy skills are so important for living and learning. Practical scientific research – like this project – helps us to discover the children’s potential and to identify how
to offer them the most effective learning opportunities. We will trial approaches to reading and language instruction that are tailored to meet the specific needs of children who have Down syndrome. By carefully evaluating these approaches, we hope to clearly show that they are both highly effective and easy to implement.”

 Professor Charles Hulme at the Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York said “Existing evidence suggests that an integrated approach to teaching reading and language skills might be particularly
effective for children with Down syndrome. We will trial a teaching approach that combines a structured reading instruction programme with an oral language programme. We expect this approach to be highly beneficial to these children’s reading skills, and to also directly benefit their oral language
skills. We have already seen considerable success from these approaches with other children experiencing difficulties progressing with reading.”


  About 15,000 pupils with Down syndrome are expected to benefit from this research over the next 10 years in the UK alone and  150,000 worldwide.


Jennie GarthDesigns an Enviromentally Friendly



“Like many moms, I’m on a journey to living a more natural lifestyle without sacrificing quality and convenience. That’s a tough balancing act these days. Working with the Green Works team to design this bag is another opportunity to share the message about natural cleaning, while supporting a deserving organization like Sierra Club. I am so proud to be a part of this effort”

For every bag sold Green Works will donate $3.65 to the Sierra Club.

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