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Many Americans have heard of the National School Lunch Program. It is one of the most successful ways we fight childhood hunger, both here in Arizona and across the U.S. Through the program, 461,802 Arizona children received free- or reduced-price lunch during the 2013-14 school year; across the country, 19.5 million students received healthy meals.
Watching and reading the news lately has been even more distressing than usual. It isn’t just the content, although that has been particularly grim. As one who grew up with Walter Cronkite every night, the news increasingly resembles a school playground with pre-teens shouting at each other.
Mallory McMurray, a junior at Mountain Pointe High School, completed her Girl Scouts Gold award by installing a friendship bench at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School.
Montessori Educare Academy (MEA) in Ahwatukee recently celebrated its approval of its nonprofit status Tuesday evening during a launch and open house event.
In 2008 the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) appointed a committee of national experts to revise existing physical activity guidelines to include recommended amounts of physical activity for people of all ages (www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines). The guidelines for children recommended:
There’s no denying it, summer time is here. For the next several months, we’ll hop from one air-conditioned spot to another, in the never-ending quest to escape the scorching heat. However, living in the Valley of the Sun does have its rewards. Aside from stellar sunsets, we are fortunate to have myriad staycation opportunities right in our own backyard. In fact, Arizona is home to nearly 70 AAA Four and Five Diamond lodging properties alone. And, as the temperatures rise, room rates often plummet, making a stay at one of these luxurious resorts a bargain.
Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, and anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.
It can be tricky finding a good restaurant that fulfills all your brunching desires. A good shade-to-sun ratio on the patio, a sweet-and-savory menu and, of course, daytime boozing are all necessary requirements. The next time it’s your turn to pick the place for brunch, try one of these East Valley favorites that fit the bill.
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Family road trips are an important piece of our heritage, so it’s likely that most of us have a special road trip tucked away as a favorite childhood memory. Mine was a summer jaunt to visit family in Lake Stevens, Wash. Endless “license plate game” and “cyclops” hours later, and we arrived at our first main stop — Redwood National Park. As I unfolded myself out of our station wagon, I’ll never forget my jaw-dropping awe as I peered to look up at these giant trees kissing the sky. Although we camped only a night among the canopies of these behemoths, it’s that part of the two-week trip that was forever etched in my memory. As an adult and parent, state and national parks remain a favorite; there’s something about the unspoiled beauty and beckoning adventure that makes everyone feel like a kid.
The next time you visit a Maricopa County park, you may find some of the critters you spot on the playground are larger than life. That’s because five 20-year-old play areas have gotten upgrades that include giant structures based on desert animals like rattlesnakes and mountain lions.
Think back to when you were a kid and how you zipped around the playground, parks and black tops. You ran at full speed to get almost anywhere: getting in line at school, running to first base in a kickball game or trying to beat your two siblings to the car, so you didn’t get the horrible middle seat.
Expanding a child’s mind and body are the two tenets Connect5 takes to heart.
Family of Christ Learning Center in Ahwatukee will be inviting the community out this Saturday to enjoy its Family Fun Day event.
I’m often surprised at the frequency in which I hear a Christian bring up Karma. As applied, Karma is the great balancer in the universe to right all wrongs and keep each successive day moving along as it should. It might be a warning to a person that a momentary bad deed will come back to haunt them, or an encouragement to a person wronged that retribution is on its way. Spend a few moments sitting at your local coffee shop and you’ll overhear hints of this in the conversations all around you. Whether we profess faith in Jesus or not, most of us live with a deep need for fairness in our daily lives. It’s what makes our world tick.
With nearly a year of planning and preparation, Children of Hope Child Development Center has opened its new playground area for students.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a free family “Day at Hance Park” celebration on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to take free tours of the park’s cultural facilities including the Japanese Friendship Garden and Irish Cultural Center, learn about coming classes, programs and events and enjoy demonstrations and interactive displays.
A love of being around kids and an extra hour a week is all it takes to make a difference at Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary and the school’s volunteer program could use all the extra help.
Maybe you work long hours. Maybe you or your spouse are away for work many weeks out of the year. Maybe you’re a single parent. Or maybe your kids are all different ages. But no matter what your family situation is, you wish to find some sort of fitness regimen, which will fit into your busy schedule, as well as find something that everyone can be involved in and have fun in the process.
The playground at Mesa's Riverview Park. [Courtesy City of Mesa]
For the past six months, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Ambassador Academy has been formulating different fundraisers in efforts to build a new playground facility at the school.
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Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori owner Meagan McClung poses with her students outside in the school’s playground.
In this techno-centric age, it’s easy to forget about tangible things like paper, pipe cleaners, bits of wire and the endless array of possibilities they present. “Imaginate” at the Arizona Science Center reminds us of the simple joy of puttering and the inherent value it holds for the next generation of innovators, engineers and world-changers.
When you’re a parent of a small child, life can be filled with little moments of panic.