Author Archives: Amanda

December 20, 2013

Christmas Elf Name Generator

Posted by at 1:22 am in Personality Quiz | Permalink

christmascookiesWhat’s Your Christmas Elf Name?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work as one of Santa’s elves making toys at the North Pole? What would your elf name be? Use this Name Generator to create your very own elf name.

Find the first initial of your first name in the list below. That word is your first Elf Name. Then look at the list of months below and find the month of your birthday. That word is your last Elf Name.

So if your name starts with an “S” and you were born in September, your name would be Tiny Pointy-Ears! Tee hee! Continue reading

December 9, 2013

Christmas Puppy Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:02 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaptionCreate a Caption: Arima’s Christmas

Look how cute Arima is wearing that little velvet Santa hat and bandana! It looks like he is anxiously awaiting his family members to celebrate the holiday together!

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Here’s my caption: “Oh, I hope I get a new squeaky toy this year! And a ball! And a comfy new doggy bed! Wait . . . what is that?! I think I smell a milk-bone in my Christmas stocking!”

What do you think? Write YOUR caption for this Christmas cutie in the comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 28, 2013

Penny Harvest

Posted by at 1:49 am in Kid Power | Permalink

make_a_differenceKid Power! Penny Harvest

In 1991, a 4-year-old girl named Nora asked the question, “How can I, a child with so few resources, make the world a better place?” Her answer was to collect pennies and donate them to the homeless man in her neighborhood. But she didn’t stop there. She and her father started an organization called Common Cents to spread the word about ways kids can make a difference just by collecting and donating their pennies.

In 2010, students across the country collectively raised an astonishing $756,273.19 in pennies. They used the money to help local places like animal shelters, senior centers, and neighborhood gardens.

No child or penny is too small to make a difference. Every single one counts. You probably have some extra pennies lying around right now. Like Nora, you can create your own “Penny Harvest” by collecting pennies for a charity that is important to you. Maybe you can start a Penny Harvest club at school and get everyone involved!

You don’t need to have a lot of money or be a grown-up to make the world a better place. All it takes is one kid collecting pennies. What do you think? Are you ready to start collecting?

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:21 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

writing_prompt_thanksgivingThanksgiving Dinner vs. Dessert: Who Would Win?

Gobble! Gobble!

One of the best parts about the Thanksgiving holiday is the delicious food we eat with family and friends. Between the mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans, it is hard to choose a favorite. Which part of the holiday meal do you look forward to the most? The roasted turkey and yummy stuffing, or the after-dinner desserts like pumpkin and cherry pie?

Write your answer in the Comments below!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

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November 25, 2013

Movember Create a Caption

Posted by at 1:39 am in Create a Caption, Writing Prompt | Permalink

createacaptionMovember Create a Caption: Guinness World Records 2014

This photo from the Guinness World Records 2014 book shows the man who earned the Guinness World Record for most “World Beard and Moustache Championship” wins in honor of “No Shave November” a.k.a. Movember.

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Now I must-ache you a question! If this picture could talk what do you think it would say?

I think he would be saying, “A ferret on my face? No, no! That is my beard! Now why must-you-ache such silly questions??”

Write YOUR caption in the comments!

–Amanda, STACKS Intern

Image courtesy Guinness World Records

November 12, 2013

Guinness Pogo Stick Poll

Posted by at 9:04 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

trivia_quiz1Guinness World Records 2014 Pogo Sticks: Who Would Win?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s . . .a guy on a pogo stick?!

If you had the option to hop on the world’s shortest pogo stick or the world’s tallest pogo stick which one would you choose? Would you stay closer to the ground on the shortest pogo to pick up great speed or would you pogo higher up in the sky to gain great height and distance?GuinnessPogo1GuinnessPogo2

Write your choice in the Comments below!

—Amanda, STACKS Intern

Images courtesy of Guinness World Records 2014

October 21, 2013

Spooktacular Halloween Treat Who Would Win

Posted by at 1:53 am in Who Would Win | Permalink

halloweenChocolate vs. Apples . . . Who Would Win?

This Halloween, which awesome treat would you rather receive when trick-or-treating in your neighborhood? Would you go bobbing for apples or pick the classic chocolate bar?

Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give me something good to eat!

Leave your vote in the Comments below! Not to influence your vote or anything, but today is National Apple Day. Just sayin’. May the most fright-tastic treat win!

–Amanda, STACKS InternPlain Chocolate4292-90060

October 17, 2013

School Council Elections

Posted by at 1:57 am in Kid Power | Permalink

electiondayElection Day . . . for Students!

With a new school year, comes a new student council. This extracurricular activity is a great way for you to play a more active role in your school community, and learn about leadership and government. As a student council member, you serve as a representative for your classmates and share their ideas and concerns with teachers and school administrators at weekly or monthly meetings. Positions may include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and fundraising officer, either for each grade or for the whole school.  You usually have to write and present a speech to your class explaining why this position is right for you, and what you would do to help the school once elected.

Here are some tips for running in a school election:

  • Take out a pen and some paper and brainstorm ways to improve your school if you were to be elected as a student council leader. Would you consider planning fundraisers like car washes or bake sales? Do you want better soap in the bathrooms or cool Band-Aids in the nurse’s office? Should there be another vending machine in the cafeteria with healthier snack options?
  • Now begin to develop a campaign. How will other students know to vote for you and know where you stand on school issues? Ask your siblings or friends to help you design campaign posters. Put your name and picture and a catchy slogan or a few things that you will promise to do for your fellow classmates. Introduce yourself to new people in your school and tell them why you think they should vote for you in the election. Also ask what their personal ideas are. Together, you can make your school an even better place!

Why not take a stand? Why don’t YOU run for school office this year? You might be able to make your school a better place.

–Amanda, STACKS intern