HEY! MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! Do you enjoy cooking? Would you like to enter your very first culinary contest? Check out the link (pdf download) above and enter the 2014 Fresh for Florida Kids Cooking Contest! Contest ends September 15, 2014.
As a school counselor, one of my goals this year is to build a relationship with the Jacksonville Public Library and connect our middle school students to their local public library. Many of our middle school students *love* to read, but too often we hear the infamous middle schooler's lament: "I haaaaaaate reading." Hate reading? But you live in a time when you can find a well-written young adult book about ANYTHING YOU WANT! Fiction or non-fiction!
So, as educators and parents, what *can* we do if our kids hate to read? My belief is that it takes a village to raise a village of readers. As adults, maybe we can be the person in a child's life who will connect them to a book that matches their interests or their passion. I don't think we should simply leave this job for the Reading Teacher alone (who has over 150 students) - we can all find kids books they love, help kids sign up for a library card, and talk to kids about what they read. Research supports our cause - students who read independently on a consistent basis are more likely to have a better vocabulary, improved reading comprehension, & more general knowledge! What's not to like?
Parents, check out Jacksonville Public Library's website: http://www.jpl.coj.net/
The JPL website explains what you need in order to get your child his/her very own library card:
"Any person age seventeen and younger can obtain a library card if he/she or his/her parent or legal guardian meets the requirements for a given type of card and has proper name ID for the child. A parent or guardian must sign the registration form. Without proper child ID, a card with temporary restrictions will be issued for three weeks."
During the last several weeks of school I was lucky enough to receive a grant from generationOn - a national organization that encourages young people to devote time and energy to community service projects. Our club will start at the school level and by year's end we will go out into our local Jacksonville community. Read about this great organization, generationOn:
And stay tuned to see what our awesome kids are able to accomplish this year! Parents -- want to get involved? Send me an email; we'd love to have your help!
Dear Ms. Russell,