Category Archives: Kid Power

January 30, 2013

Pajama Program

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Make_a_differencePajama Program

You know that feeling of getting into bed at the end of a long day in your snuggly, warm pajamas and an awesome book? I looove that feeling! But there are lots of kids in the U.S. who don't ever get that snuggly, warm pajamas, good book feeling at night. These kids live in various situations including group homes, shelters, and temporary housing facilities where they are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Many have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. For these kids, owning their own books or new pajamas is a rare luxury.

Pajamagirl2We want to work together with you to help these kids. Scholastic’s got the books to donate, but we need pajamas. That’s where you come in. Let’s show these kids that STACKers care! Scholastic has already donated 200,000 books to Pajama Program. I am challenging you to donate one set or a bunch of sets of pajamas. Every STACKS member who sends in pajamas will be invited as a special guest to the biggest virtual party the STACKS has ever had!* If everyone who reads this contributes (that means YOU!), we can at least make it to 2,000 sets of pajamas!

  • WHAT: New set of pajamas, top and bottom for any age 0-17. Print this form and include it with your donation.
  • WHERE: Send pajamas to:
    Pajama Program

    171 Madison, Suite 1409

    New York, NY 10016
  • WHEN: By February 28, 2013. Hurry up! Do it now!

Pajamagirl3Thanks for your support of the Pajama Program, but don’t stop there. Send an e-card to everyone you know, encouraging them to send pjs too. Why not host a pajama party and ask all your friends to donate a pair of new pajamas to send? Or ask your principal if you can have a box to collect new pajamas from everyone in school. Depending on how cool your principal is, maybe you can even have a fun pajama day when you get to wear your pjs to school!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

*Obviously you don’t have to be a STACKS member to donate, but only members will be invited to the virtual party. It’s super-easy to become a member. Join now.

Photos courtesy of Pajama Program

January 24, 2013

No Name-Calling Week

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Make_a_differenceNo Name-Calling Week

Jan. 21-25 is officially "No Name-Calling Week." No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a book The Misfits by James Howe. It is the story of four friends who run for student council on a "No Name-Calling" platform. Awesome, right?

In high school, people made fun of my name and I hated it. Having glasses and braces was hard enough, not to mention a weird name! I just tried to ignore the people who would make fun of me, and focus on my real friends. It only made me work harder at school, sports, and activities, and want to succeed even more. It's like that Taylor Swift lyric, "One day I’ll be living in a big ol' city, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean." I think that would have been one of my high school mottoes!

It’s important to remember if you’ve been called a name that it’s not your fault. It’s a reflection of other people’s insecurities. They want to get attention or make themselves feel bigger by making someone else feel small. Always remember you are AWESOME, not small. And you're not alone. Many, many people have been bullied and called mean names. 

Even famous celebrities once had to deal with mean people. Jake Short from A.N.T. Farm was made fun of in 4th grade because his last name was “Short” and he was short. He gives this advice: "Sometimes if you talk to the bully. . . they become at a loss for words. And have a friend back you up if you need it." 

Cymphonique from How to Rock also has some good advice. "Ignore any of those types of comments, and just be yourself."

Band together with your friends, and take a stand against name-calling. Here are some things you can do in your school.

  • If you encounter a name-caller (whether the mean name is directed at you or someone else), give a withering look and say, “Not cool.” That might make the name-caller stop and think about what she said. Maybe she just didn't realize it was hurtful when she said it.
  • Learn everyone's name in your class, and call them by their right names. This is important. Don't call someone "the short kid with braces" just because you don't know his name.
  • Think before you speak. If you are about to say something that you think is funny or cool, make sure it won't hurt someone else's feelings.
  • Make No Name-Calling posters to hang up in your school.
  • Make a No Name-Calling T-shirt and wear it proudly all year long.
  • Read The Misfits. It's really good and will totally make you think differently about the cliques in your school.

Each time you stand up for yourself or someone else, you make the world a little better. Go forth, be cool, and make a difference! And let us know in the Comments what you will do for Name-Calling Week.

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

December 20, 2012

How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

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Winter_130How to Make a Recycled Plastic Snowflake

I know you guys love recycling stuff. Well here is a way to take those ugly, evil plastic six-pack rings and recycle them into something beautiful. When I saw this video showing how to make a snowflake out of them, I flipped! It doesn't even look hard! I am so making this!

SnowflakeWatch the Snowflake how-to video and start collecting those plastic rings. You can make a pretti-ful winter wonderland.

Leave a Comment telling us how awesome you think these snowflakes are! Do you have any other recycled craft ideas? Leave those in the Comments too.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

December 13, 2012

SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

Posted by at 1:15 am in Kid Power, SPONSORED | Permalink

Livestrong_130x130SPONSORED POST: Holiday Helpers

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

How can you help improve the lives of others during this holiday season?
Be a Holiday Helper this year! Use your winter break to perform small acts of kindness throughout your community.

Talk to your teacher and join a parent or guardian to brainstorm ways that you can volunteer your time and talent this year.
Making a difference in the lives of neighbors, strangers, and friends can be easy, but what can YOU do to warm hearts in this cold weather?
This start-up sheet can help you to get crackin’ on your own Holiday Helper project.

Get involved. Make a difference. LIVESTRONG.

This post is sponsored by LIVESTRONG.

November 29, 2012

Scholastic Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted by at 1:44 am in Kid Power | Permalink

Make_a_differenceScholastic Helps Schools and Libraries Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy hit, lots of classrooms and libraries were flooded. If you have ever dropped a book in the bathtub, you know that water destroys books, so many places had to throw away all their ruined books! Scholastic announced that it will donate one million books to schools and libraries and is working with the nonprofit Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. to help distribute books to the schools and libraries in the hardest-hit areas of the tri-state region that need them the most. 

Maybe you can't donate a million books, but you can help too by making a donation of your own to the libraries of New York City whose children's books have been destroyed. If you have any new or good quality used children's books to donate, you can send them to:

Urban Librarians Unite
45-06 Queens Blvd. Suite 120
Sunnyside, NY 11104

You can even host a book drive and collect books to send. Let's all try to help the kids whose libraries lost all their books!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

October 4, 2012

Bullying Prevention Month

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Make_a_differenceHow to Deal With Bullies

October is Bullying Prevention Month and we care a lot about preventing bullying. I know every school has its groups and some kids don't fit in. Maybe they look different or act different, but NOBODY deserves to be bullied. If bullying is a problem in your school, you can make a difference. Don't let anyone be bullied, no matter who they are or how different they are from you. 

Here are some tips for how you can prevent bullying in your school.

If you see someone being bullied . . .

  • Look the bully in eyes and say, "Stop. That's not cool."
  • Tell an adult. It is not tattling; it is protecting someone who is getting hurt. Also, kids are more likely to bully others if no one speaks out. As long as you're quiet about it, they can keep doing it. 
  • Be a good friend to the person being bullied. Go out of your way to be nice.
  • Stick together with all the different kinds of people in your school, and stand up to bullies! Make your school a place where everyone belongs.

If you are being bullied yourself. . .

  • Ignore the bully. Walk away. Don't give them the attention they want. This works for online bullies too. Avoid online drama! Walk away from the computer and don't reply.
  • Stick together with the nice people in your school. Bullies feel stronger when they find you alone.
  • Remember that you have rights. You have the right to feel safe and protected. It's the law and no one is allowed to take that away from you. If you don't feel safe at school, tell an adult.
  • Remember to be your own awesome self! Bullies want to make you feel bad about who you are, but don't let them! Be strong in your inner awesomeness.
  • Tell an adult. Even if there is nothing they can do, it helps to tell someone how you feel. You do not have to suffer alone. You might feel ashamed about being bullied or even think it's your fault somehow. Trust me – it isn't. Don't let that stop you from telling an adult. Bullies want you to keep quiet so they can keep bullying you. Don't give them that silence. Speak up for yourself.

When all else fails, read a book! Lots of book characters have faced bullies, and you can learn from their experiences.

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick 
    All Max's life, he'd been called stupid. Slow. So Max learned how to be alone . . . at least until Freak came along. Freak was weird, too. Together Max and Freak were no longer "special ed kids." They had each other, and together they were unstoppable. Together they were Freak the Mighty.
  • Medusa Jones by Ross Collins
    In ancient Greece lived a little girl called Medusa Jones. Medusa was a Gorgon, but apart from that, pretty normal. So she has snakes for hair instead of gorgeous blond ringlets like Cassandra. Is that any reason for the popular kids to be SO mean? 
  • Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
    Entering 7th grade is no big deal for Marley Sandelski, but when he draws the attention of the biggest bully in school, his life has officially moved from boring to far too dramatic. 

If you have a problem with bullies in your school, try these tips and leave a Comment to let me know how it goes. Also if you have any others tips for how to prevent bullying, let us know in the Comments.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

August 16, 2012

August is Water Quality Month

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Make_a_differenceRachel Beckwith was almost 9 years old when she heard about Charity: Water, an organization that works to get clean water to kids in Africa. Until then, she had no idea that kids her own age around the world didn’t have clean water to drink, and she was determined to make a difference. So instead of asking for presents for her 9th birthday, Rachel asked family and friends to donate $9 to the charity. She had a big goal of $300, but only made it to $220, still a pretty awesome gift!

Sadly, Rachel died in a car accident a month after her birthday. Rachel’s story spread, and people all over the world were so inspired by what she had tried to accomplish that they began sending in their own gifts towards her goal. One month later, over 30,000 people gave more than $1,200,000!

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August 9, 2012

Military Working Dogs

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Make_a_differenceMilitary Working Dogs

Dogs are the most common pets in the United States, but did you know that they have also been fighting alongside the U.S. military forces since the Civil War? They officially became part of the military during World War II, and today are invaluable members of military groups stationed around the world.

Find out more about these amazing heroes, and how YOU can help them after they retire. . .

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August 2, 2012

Paralympics Power!

Posted by at 9:53 am in Kid Power, News, Olympics, Summer | Permalink

London2012Oscar Pistorius: first double amputee runner at the Olympic Games!

I'm sure by now you all know about the 2012 Olympics taking place in London this week. But do you know about the Paralympic Games? They will take place immediately following the close of the Olympic Games. "Para" is the Greek word meaning "beside," used to emphasize how the two Games exist side-by-side. Paralympians are athletes with physical disabilities (such as vision impairment, limb deficiency, or intellectual impairment) that would otherwise prevent them from equally competing with other athletes. They compete in the same sport events (swimming, volleyball, rugby, archery, etc.) as other athletes, but in their own league.

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