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November 17, 2011

Kid Power! Love on a Leash Pet Therapy

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MakeadifferenceKid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we'll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

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.

image from kids.scholastic.comGlory, Scholastic Intern (a.k.a. CupcakeChateau4)

October 27, 2011

Kid Power! Cyberbullying

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MakeadifferenceKid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we'll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

Have you ever noticed that when you post on any of the Ink Splot 26 blogs and Message Boards, it does not appear right away? One of the reasons for this is to prevent harmful and mean comments from being made public.

Bullies are everywhere: in school, in books, and online. We all know about popular kids who try to hurt our feelings, or people who spread rumors about us. Cyberbullying is when someone posts comments online that can hurt another person's feelings. It can also be posting personal information about another person without his or her permission. Words can be very harmful, and sometimes the things you say online can really damage another person's confidence or self-esteem. We would never want to hurt anyone's feelings and make them feel like an outcast!

Here's what YOU can do. First of all, make sure that you are not the cyberbully. Think before you post! You should always treat others the way you want to be treated. If you're not sure, talk to a trusted adult about what you can and cannot say on the internet. Remember, you should never post anything online that you can't take back. If you're about to post something, read it back first and imagine that someone is posting it about you. How does it feel? Not so nice? Don't post it.

If you see your friend posting something mean, tell him or her that it's not cool. Don't just keep quiet and go along with it because it's your friend. Stand up for what's right! Also, if you see some mean comments about someone, go out of your way to say something nice to/about that person. Your kind comments will lead by example and show others that being nice is always the best way to be. Use your Kid Power to make the other person feel good!

And, if someone posts something negative about you, first talk to a trusted adult about it. Don't just take it! You might be able to report the username to a website administrator, and you may also have the option to block your cyberbully. By speaking up, you prevent the cyberbullying from escalating, and you stay out of trouble. Then, you should just walk away. If you give in to cyberbullies' comments, you are "letting them win." When you don't respond to a cyberbully, you show that you are the bigger person, and you have more important things to do with your life than let someone bring you down.

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, and if you take a stand against it, you can make the world a better place. It is easy to make change, and it starts with you! For more information about how to stop bullies, check out the Stand Up to Bullying Special Report.

image from kids.scholastic.comGlory, Scholastic Intern (a.k.a. CupcakeChateau4)

October 20, 2011

Kid Power! Locks of Love

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MakeadifferenceKid Power! Kids can make a difference! Every Thursday on Ink Splot 26, we’ll show you a new idea for how YOU can make the world a better place.

 ”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This quote by Mahatma Ghandi means that if you want to make a difference, you can start with yourself. Get involved in your community, school, and neighborhood! You may be thinking, “I want to make a difference, but I don’t know how and for what?” This is easy. Start by asking yourself, “What am I passionate about?” Do you love animals? How do you feel about equal opportunities? Do you feel like more people need to be informed about health issues? Choose a few causes and see which one makes your heart pump the hardest, which one drives you to want immediate change.

Locks of Love is one example of how you can help other kids. Locks of Love is an organization that makes hairpieces with donated hair and gives them to children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition. That way, kids suffering from hair loss get to feel happy and confident again!

12-year-old Ashlyn Stewart, Scholastic News Kids Press reporter, donated 12 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. One of her close friends was getting teased about her hair loss from the skin condition, alopecia, and Ashlyn decided it was time to take action. Read more about Ashlyn’s experience.

As you can see, making a difference can be a simple and genuine act. Ashlyn saw her friend being teased, and she did something about it. You can start anywhere: you can help out a friend, volunteer to walk a neighbor’s dog, sign up for a national organization, and the list goes on. And, you don’t have to restrict yourself to just one cause; you can always support your friends’ causes as well. Ask your parents or school about how to get more involved.

Are you interested in donating your hair to Locks of Love? Go for it! Click here to find out how.  And keep reading Ink Splot 26 every Thursday for more ways to use your Kid Power to make the world a better place! 

image from kids.scholastic.comGlory, Scholastic Intern (a.k.a. CupcakeChateau4)