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March 5, 2012

Writing Prompt: And They Got Away

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Today’s Writing Prompt is inspired by twelfth-grader Kaitlin Martin, who won a Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her Portfolio. This Digital Art piece is titled “And They Got Away.”

When you see this image, what do you think of? There is a man with a round Earth-like head, wearing a business suit and smiling in the background. There are two people who seem to be celebrating or waving, and there is a ghost-like image floating away trying to grab the Earth-like man.

Kaitlin Martin

My caption for this image would be:

People Celebrating: “No Pollution on Planet Green, Please and Thank You.”
Earth-Like Man: “I want to be like the people on Planet Green, pollution free one day!”

Okay, now it’s your turn to think of what this image means to you, and to write your own caption in the Comments!

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February 9, 2012

Kid Power! My First Heartbreak

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Have you ever felt really nervous or had jittery stomach butterflies around someone? Don’t worry, you’re not sick! It happens to all of us: crushes. Once upon a time, when I was 11 years old, I had a crush who was really mean to me. He ended up breaking my heart, but I definitely learned a lot from the experience.

He used to hang out with my neighbor, so I would see him around the neighborhood a lot. One day, he and his friend were riding their bikes past my house, and I heard him yelling really mean things about how I was ugly and had no friends! Harsh, right? The first thing I did was go inside and cry my eyes out.

But then I realized something. I am not ugly. I have never been ugly and I never will be ugly. I have wonderful friends who think I’m awesome just the way I am. OK, maybe not a lot of friends; maybe just 2 really good friends, but here’s the important thing I realized: HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE ONE OF THEM! He does not deserve any of my attention whatsoever.

I ignored him after that, just completely shut him out. When I saw him, I kept walking as if I didn’t know him at all. All during middle school and high school, I gave my love and attention to my true friends who saw the awesomeness and beauty in me that I knew was there. I lived happily ever after because I did not let him write MY life story!

How will this help you make the world a better place? It’s all about kid power! Heartbreak is a part of life, but you always have the power to write your own life story. Don’t get sidetracked by anyone who doesn’t think you’re awesome. Don’t let anyone stop you from doing the amazing things you were born to do!

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February 6, 2012

Writing Prompt: The Sunny Entrance

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This week’s Writing Prompt is inspired by eighth-grader Mimi Shang, who won a Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her Mixed Media artwork titled “The Sunny Entrance.”

In this piece, I see a lot of purple and blue, which are not so happy colors to me. But in the corner on the wall, there is a mirror with a reflection of a window, and there is yellow and light there. To me, that represents hope for tomorrow.

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With this in mind, my caption for this artwork would be:

“Mom, I would love to clean the house and all, but tomorrow looks more promising.”

Doing chores is something that we all probably have to do at some point in our lives, and I hate cleaning my room! But it has to get done eventually, right?

Look at this image, and find symbols you can relate to. Then come up with a creative caption and share it in the Comments for everyone to see. I know you all have some great ideas, and we want to hear them!

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January 26, 2012

Kid Power! Overcoming Fear

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One day when I was younger, a chihuahua chased me down the street and bit me. Ever since that day, I have feared and hated dogs. If a dog was close to me, I would move away as fast as possible, or go to the other side of the street because I was afraid.

But, recently, my sister bought a puppy, and I was forced to live with a dog in my house. My sister told me to pet the dog. She is small, so I wasn't that scared, and I did it. The puppy was so nice and loving, and she did not attack me. That's when I realized I really like this puppy!

I started taking care of the puppy, taking her out on walks, and taking her to the veterinarian for check-ups. Slowly I started to find love. Now, I love her so much, and I would do anything for her.

My friends are still surprised that I am no longer afraid of dogs. It was a long process, but I did it. I set my mind to stop being afraid. I confronted my fear, and I conquered it.

You can too! Is there something you are afraid of? You have the power to conquer it! Think about it and see if you can't come up with a way to confront your fear. Take a chance! It could change your life.

Leave a Comment to let me know how it goes. I'm rooting for you!

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January 19, 2012

Kid Power! Good Friends

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"F is for Friends who do stuff together. U is for You and me. N is for Anywhere and anytime at all."

Do you recognize these lyrics? They come from the song "F.U.N." featured in SpongeBob. Friendships make life fun! They make activities and school so much easier because you always have something to look forward to. Friends are essential because they listen to our good news and our bad news, and they pick us up when we are feeling down.

Being a good friend is a "Kid Power" way to make the world a better place. Here's how to know if you are being a good friend, and if someone is being a good friend to you.

  • A good friend always wants what is best for you.
  • A good friend does not pressure you into doing things that you are not comfortable doing.
  • A good friend tries to understand your feelings.
  • A good friend tries to make you smile when you are feeling down.
  • A good friend does not talk about you behind your back.
  • A good friend is honest and tells you the truth.
  • A good friend is trustworthy even with your deepest, darkest secret.
  • A good friend will love you for who you are, and accept the silly, weird hobbies you have.
  • A good friend will be fun.

If you're ever questioning your friendship, review the list above. For me, trust and honesty are the most important factors in a friendship. Yes, sometimes we argue with our friends, but you should never go behind someone's back or reveal any important secrets.

Aside from having fun with my friends, I make sure they know that I appreciate them and love them by creating handmade cards and gifts, sending them funny videos, giving them books I've read, doing favors for them, and more. Friendships are effortless when they come from the heart. Let people know that you care about them and appreciate them. This good, simple deed goes a long way to improving your friendships and to making new friends.

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January 9, 2012

Writing Prompt: Between Two Worlds

Writingprompt_genericToday's Writing Prompt is inspired by twelfth-grader Rebecca Lamaire, who won a Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her untitled painting.

In this painting, I see mountains covered in snow like the Alps in Switzerland. I also see a garden of yellow flowers. Between the two different environments, there is a paper plane flying in the sky. When looking at this painting, I think of how different flowers and snow are, but also similar because they make the world a more beautiful place.

Rebecca Lamaire

My caption for this image would be:

"If I could fly anywhere in the world, I would fly to a place where peace exists between two different worlds because peace is beautiful."

What do you see in this painting? What does it remind you of? What emotions does it make you feel? Come up with a creative caption and share it in the Comments so other people can see your awesome art interpretation and caption-making talents!

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January 5, 2012

Kid Power! Motivation

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Quotes are short and simple ways of letting us know that we are not alone. In times of adversity we may feel like no one understands us, but by reading quotes, we can see that people before us have gone through similar situations, and it motivates us to do better.

Every week, I write a new quote in my planner. The quotes motivate me to achieve my goals. Below are some favorite quotes to help inspire you to achieve your goals.

  1. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln
  2. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney
  3. “The Quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Ram Dass
  4. “No one is perfect–that’s why pencils have erasers.” -Unknown
  5. “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on the Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney
  6. “Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.” -Hermann Hesse
  7. “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” -Raymond Hull
  8. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller
  9. “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” - Carol Buchner
  10. “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” -Frank Outlaw

I sometimes even print quotes and hang them up all around my room. You can put quotes anywhere, on your notebook, on a sticky note, on your hand. Re-read these quotes when you’re feeling down, and remember that there is always a reason to go on and be happy.

Do you have a favorite quote? Leave it in the Comments for us and keep the motivation going!

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November 30, 2011

Kid Power! Toys for Tots Holiday Giving

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The holidays are coming! Aside from staying warm and spending time with your family, it is a time to get and give gifts! But there are many children whose parents can't afford to buy them gifts this year. If you have a little extra money, you can help make it a happy holiday season for a child in need by donating to Toys for Tots.Toys

  • What
    Toys for Tots is a program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to deliver presents to needy children.
  • How
    Buy any gift from this Toys for Tots Holiday Wish List and drop it off (unwrapped) at a Toys for Tots collection box.
  • Where
    There are collection boxes at every Toys R Us and Babies R Us store, but there may be collection boxes at other places in your community, too.
  • When
    Before December 6

If you don't have any money to buy something yourself, ask your parents to buy the gift and give you 1 less gift this year. It is a small sacrifice on your part that will make a huge difference to a needy child. When you are opening all your presents, you can think about the other person who is also having a happy holiday because of you!

Listen to your heart for creative ideas to help others, and remember that a little act of kindness goes a long way. Happy Holidays!

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November 23, 2011

Kid Power! Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do we get a break from school, but we get to spend time with our families. Some people will visit a soup kitchen this Thanksgiving, either as a guest or to volunteer to help serve. But, you don’t have to go far to help during Thanksgiving. You can help out right at home. In my family, everyone is responsible for contributing to the feast. Whether your family has a large buffet-style Thanksgiving or a small gathering around the dinner table, you can still help out your parents.

Here are 5 ways you can help during Thanksgiving to show your parents you are grateful:

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November 17, 2011

Kid Power! Love on a Leash Pet Therapy

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Hello there! A few weeks ago we talked about Scholastic News Kid Reporter, Ashlyn, who donated her hair to Locks of Love. This week, another Scholastic News Kid Reporter volunteered his time to make the world a better place, and this community service involves a dog!

Damien has a three-and-a-half-year-old basset hound named Sammy. He knew that some seniors in the nursing home in his town rarely received visitors, so he brought Sammy to cheer them up. Sammy turned the place into a happy environment. People were waving and clapping, and playing with Sammy. Not only did Damien and Sammy make a difference at the home, but they also made new friends. Read more about Damien's experience.

There are plenty of places that can use a few smiles. If you have a well-behaved animal, you can share him or her like Damien did.

Here's how:

  1. You will need an adult to come with you, so make sure you have your guardian's permission. Another option is to ask your teacher, scout troop, or church group to set up a field-trip.
  2. Check with your vet to make sure your pet has all the required vaccinations.
  3. Visit or call your local home for seniors and let them know you're interested in volunteering. You might have to fill out an application. Don't get discouraged if they say no. Sometimes they need to go through a very particular process, or they might just be too busy.
  4. Set up a date for your visit. Make sure you mark it down somewhere important; you don't want to forget!
  5. Bring your animal and your smiles!

Could your beloved dog or cat be a therapy pet? If we incorporate small acts of kindness into our everyday lives to let other people know they are appreciated, we can definitely make a change in the world! It is simple and it just has to come from the heart. Let us know what you think in the Comments.

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