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An Election Cause

September 28, 2008

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In Florida, individuals convicted of a felony are stripped of their civil and voting rights, even after completion of their sentences. Loss of civil rights takes away not only the right to vote, but also the right to hold public office, serve on a jury, and qualify for certain types of state licenses necessary for […]

It’s really fRee!

September 28, 2008

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Among the free things list in the Woman’s Day article “Surprising things you can get for free” is free language lessons! Here’s what they say: Want to learn the basics of practical spoken Spanish? Sign up (some classes are 12 weeks) and you’ll get weekly e-mails from a teacher with lessons and learning tips. You […]

10th Annual International Latino Book Awards

September 28, 2008

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Best Young Adult Fiction – Spanish Samuel Maximo y Niketon – Ariel Gonzalez – Libros en Red 2nd Place: La Gran Aventura Jordi – Sierra I Fabra – Editorial Bambú Best Young Adult Nonfiction – English Ay Mijo! Why do you want to be an engineer? – Edna Campos Gravenhorst Best Young Adult Nonfiction – […]

Two Grants

September 15, 2008

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Making The Dream come true! The Corps Network is offering grants supporting service projects in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The projects must involve a diverse group of volunteers and address conditions related to poverty in their community. Preference is given to projects mobilizing the greatest number of volunteers. Grant range: $1,000 – […]


September 10, 2008

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From Bill Zimmerman, has launched a new WRITER PROMPTS feature that regularly offers educators new ideas to spark students’ imaginations and encourage them to write more. The new writing tool is a direct result of the overwhelming positive user response to our free web site where children and adults create their own comic […]

It’s Scholarship time!

September 9, 2008

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African American Scholarships Minority Scholarships Latino College Dollars Ethnic Scholarships Indiana Minority Teacher’s Scholarship

Obama/McCain: On Service

September 9, 2008

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The Taproot Foundation is a proud member of the Service Nation coalition, which consists of more than 100 of America's top service organizations. Service Nation is sponsoring a presidential forum on Thursday at which both John McCain and Barack Obama will answer questions about service. It will mark only the second time during this campaign […]

Book Review: Sunrise Over Fallujah

September 7, 2008


Sunrise over Fallujah Walter Dean Myers Scholastic Books, May 2008 main character:  Robin “Birdy” Perry Walter Dean Myers is a well known young adult author. His writing routine is well established, from completing job application forms to develop his characters to having his wife hang items related to his story over his desk.  And sometimes,  […]

Graduating Males

September 6, 2008

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In a recent report by the Schott Foundation, my school district was seen as The Worst in the country in terms of Black male graduation rates.  While the powers spin wheels, defending themselves by claiming a 53% rather than 19% rate, I see either as a dreadful wake up call! One small thing I’m doing […]