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Proof Positivity: Martin Luther King Day What Will You Do?


 Martin Luther King Day is a day that City Year Corps and alumni go out serve the community.  “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”  Since I have no City Year in my region and on that day  I will be with my children I will not be able to serve.  If you have a City Year in your area even if you’re not a corps member past or present you can work alongside City Year members.  There are 19 locations including South Africa.   


Community Service Is A Team Sport

For the third straight year, McDonald’s presents “Community Service is a Team Sport” (CSTS), encouraging New York Tri-State area high school students to join together and pitch in to volunteer or raise funds at area Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home” temporary lodging facility for the families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to spend more time together, which helps children to heal better and faster.

The Ronald McDonald House does make a huge difference as someone who once recieved services to stay near her child.  I appreciated everyone who helped provide the shelter and those who donated food.


McDonald’s is always interested in  giving back to the local communities. Knowing that all high school students volunteer, three years ago McDonald’s began CSTS. The program was created to engage and encourage high schoolers to work together and spend their time on behalf of their local Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s and CSTS are proud to continue this program to benefit the charity and educate the community about this worthy cause.


High school students play a vital role in helping their Ronald McDonald House chapters. There are many ways students can get involved, including:



  • Volunteering at the House
  • Organizing toy and food donations
  • Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities on the web through Facebook, MySpace, Flikr, YouTube, etc.
  • Raising money through bake sales, car washes or other fundraisers
  • Donating at McDonald’s restaurant canisters



“Volunteers are the backbone of Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Gerald McCoy, President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the New York Tri-State Area. “We’ve found that high school students are some of our most committed and energetic volunteers. We look forward to seeing returning volunteers and to welcoming new Ronald McDonald House volunteers in 2009.”


RMHC helps more than 10,000 families a day through its 282 Ronald McDonald Houses in 33 countries. For nearly 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities has been committed to helping children and families in your community and neighborhoods around the world. By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of children worldwide, RMHC is making a global impact on the most pressing problems facing families today.


Homework Helpers


 Homework is often an overwelming task for parents as well as students, and can easily become the cause of family arguments. Concentrating at home can be tough, especially after a long school day that starts early.


Janeal Roberts, vice president of education for KLC School Partnerships, believes that organization is key to managing homework successfully. “Setting aside a dedicated area for homework, devising a schedule and helping your child stay on top of their workload will make life easier for the whole family,” recommends Roberts. “Making school work a priority in your home, and helping your child to set aside time to complete school work, sends the signal that you care about your child and his or her future.”


Based on her experience and work with School Partnerships, Roberts offers these helpful tips for parents:



*Make a schedule. Make homework part of a schedule that includes other fun activities so children will look forward to those activities and work toward them. Sitting down and establishing a contract with your child regarding homework and your expectations is essential.

* Identify a location in your home conducive to learning. Look for a location where there is good lighting, limited distractions and comfortable seating.

 *Remove distractions. Turn off the TV and have your child avoid using the telephone until homework is completed. Ask family members to participate in quiet activities during homework time.

 *Make sure your child has a healthy snack before doing homework. According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat balanced snacks pay attention longer in class, make fewer mistakes on tests and generally have fewer behavioral problems.

*Be a role model for your child. It is important to read with your child, have him or her read to you or read while the child is studying as a way of showing support. While your child is working on homework, let him or her see you completing tasks such as paying the bills or other work assignments.

 *Talk to your child about his or her classes. Know what classes your child is taking, what regular homework assignments are in each class and learn which assignments are liked and which your son or daughter struggles with. Most schools today have online tools which give you access to teachers and homework resources. Take the time to learn about what communication tools your school is using and use them. Stay in contact with your child’s teachers — do not wait until conference time.

 *Reward success with praise. Displaying good grades or significant improvement can boost your child’s confidence. Post an A+ on the refrigerator and share accomplishments with other important people in your child’s life.

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3 Responses

  1. These are GREAT Shirley. Boy I wish someone had presented me with these homework ideas when I was in school. They are SO good and just plain common sense. Well, at least I made it, although I was never a flying success in school. I tend to learn better hands on, by doing or watching. I did really well in French…top in my school. But it was more experiential with the teacher I had from France. We spoke ONLY French in class. I LOVED IT!!!! 🙂

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  3. I barely made it through too. 🙂 I was really good at English, Spanish, drama, and my broadcast journalism classes. At least I did graduate on time. 🙂

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