Looking for a few good role models
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Looking for a few good role models

The New York Times reported Feb. 6, 2015 that parents, teachers and toy-makers discourage girls from getting into math and science. I never saw myself as being particularly good in either subject and I try not to relay this to my daughter Torie. But I’ve been able to follow her fourth-grade assignments so far. Phew! … Continue reading

Bravo Grover Washington Jr. Middle School!
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Bravo Grover Washington Jr. Middle School!

Today Torie and I watched some of the most talented students on stage. Grover Washington Jr. Middle School put on Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” as its third annual musical production this weekend and It was magical. The cast’s and crew’s months of preparation really showed. It was clear that the school, on Philadelphia’s East Olney Avenue, … Continue reading

Working for the Weekend Plans
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Working for the Weekend Plans

The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day (Friday, March 1) is one of my favorite times of the year. While I’ve always enjoyed reading, I love sharing this joy with others — especially children. I was very disappointed last year when my daughter’s first-grade teacher opted to have many of the children go to … Continue reading

Holy bracketology, it’s Lent Madness!
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Holy bracketology, it’s Lent Madness!

Want to inject some fun into your annual season of Lenten sacrifice, penance and service? Well, Lent Madness offers a tournament of “saints” that works just like the NCAA basketball March Madness brackets. On each weekday of Lent,  information is posted on http://www.LentMadness.org about two different saints, then participants vote to determine who goes on … Continue reading