Free event: a Celebration of Literacy

Don’t miss A Celebration of Literacy presented by The Lake Agassiz Reading Council on Tuesday, September 15 from 4:30-6:30pm at Arbor Park, Alley of Love in downtown Grand Forks.

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Literacy Event

Awesome Authors week 2

Today’s featured Awesome Authors’ book reviews and illustrations are from Abigail Storm, age 7 and Chesney Sigdahl, age 7. These appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, September 6.

Book reviews from the Awesome Authors will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the next several weeks.

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Labor Day is a federal holiday. There is usually no work or school on this day and it is the unofficial end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day?  

This is what I found in the NIE Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide, written by Terri Darr McLean and produced by KRP, Inc.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is the day we celebrate America’s working men and women and their social and economic achievements. Although some labor groups sponsor celebrations, Labor Day for most people is a day of rest and recreation. It also has become a symbol for the last day of summer.

• Students will enjoy learning about the many jobs held by America’s workers. Start by pointing them to the classified ads section of the newspaper. Have them identify as many different jobs listed as possible within a set amount of time.

• Explain to students that the American labor force is made up of four occupational groups: white-collar workers (clerical, professional and technical, sales, managers), blue-collar work-ers (operatives, craftworkers), service workers (private household, etc.), and farm, forestry, and fishing workers. Next, have students categorize the help wanted ads in the newspaper according to these occupational groups. What conclusions can they draw about jobs in their community?

Ask each student to write a classified ad for his or her “dream job.”

• Allow students to do some career matchmaking for their favorite comic strip characters. Remind them to consider the characters’ traits, likes and dislikes, and other factors that might determine their career choices. As an extension activity, have students write letters of recommendation for their characters.

Awesome Authors Book Reviews Week 1

Awesome Authors is a summer school creative writing class offered, by the Grand Forks Public School District.  Laura Knox teaches the class, for students in Kindergarten through Second Grade.  Class members participate in writing projects, art projects, field trips, and a class blog.

Each summer, students in the Awesome Authors class, tour the Grand Forks Herald offices.  They visit with many Herald staff members to learn about their jobs. This year, the Awesome Authors were invited to write reviews of some of the new and/or popular children’s books from their school library.  They were thrilled to have this opportunity to share a writing project and the pictures they drew pictures to accompany their reviews.

Here is the first review and illustration which appeared in the Grand Forks Herald on Sunday, August 30. They will be published every Sunday in the Herald for the several weeks.

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Tips for choosing and using school backpacks

Here are some tips for choosing and using school backpacks from

1. Look for a backpack with two padded straps that go over your shoulders. The wider the straps, the better.

2. Backpacks with multiple compartments can also help distribute the weight more evenly.

3. Use your locker. Try not to load up on the books for a full day’s classes. Make frequent locker trips to drop off heavy books or extra stuff. An added benefit is that you’ll get more exercise going back and forth to your locker.

4. Figure out the nonessentials, too. If you don’t need an item until the afternoon, why carry it around all morning?

5. Plan your homework. Plan ahead and spread your home-work out over the course of the week so you won’t have to tote all your books home on the weekend.

6. Limit your backpack load. Doctors and physical therapists recommend that people carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs. This means that if you weigh 120 pounds, your backpack should weigh no more than 12-18 pounds.

7. Choosing a lightweight backpack can get you off to a good start. Use your bathroom scale to weigh your backpack and get an idea of what the proper weight for you feels like.

8. Pick it up properly. As with any heavy weight, you should bend at the knees when lifting a backpack to your shoulders.

9. Strengthen your core. A great way to prevent back injury is to strengthen the stabilizing muscles of your torso, including your lower back and abdominal muscles. Weight training, pilates, and yoga are all activities that can be effective in strengthening these core muscles.

So what’s the best way to carry a backpack? Learn from the hiking pros and wear both straps over your shoulders it’s the best way to avoid back pain and other symptoms. Keep your load light enough so that you can easily walk or stand upright, and pack your backpack with the heaviest items closest to your back

Information provided by from the health experts of Nemours. © The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth

Attention Grand Forks Parents

In today’s Grand Forks Herald (8/7/15), you’ll find a special 4-page section called “Spotlight on Excellence” produced by the Grand Forks Public Schools.  It is a great resource, if you have a student attending Grand Forks Public Schools. It lists all of the Grand Forks Public Schools, their addresses, phone numbers and the names of the principals.  You’ll also find school registration dates and times, open house dates,  GFPS 2015-2015  calendar, plus a lot of useful information.

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