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Join Our Raise a Reader 2011 Program — Win $5,000 for Your School Library

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Get your kids reading and on their way to become bookworms!  This year, Parents magazine and partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for our second Raise a Reader program.

Two contests are running simultaneously as part of the Raise a Reader program, the School Challenge and the Family Challenge. The School Challenge is open to parents with school-age kids, and the school with the highest reading minutes will win $5,000 for the library.  The Family Challenge is open to parents with and without school-age kids, and 50 kids with the highest reading minutes will win $50 gift cards.


1-      Between October 1-30, 2011, school administrators and teachers can register their school for the program at

2-      Starting November 7, 2011, parents must begin registering their individual kids into to the program.  Parents can register at and start tracking their children’s extracurricular reading minutes.  Only 100 minutes maximum can be entered each day. Students can be enrolled any time until January 30, 2012, when the contest ends.

3-      When parents register their kids, they must add a school in order to be a participant in the program.  Parents with school-age kids who participating in the School Challenge are automatically enrolled in the Family Challenge.


1-      Starting November 7, 2011, parentswithout school-age children also register their individual kids into the program.  Parents can register at and start tracking their children’s extracurricular reading minutes.  Only 100 minutes maximum can be entered each day. Kids can be enrolled any time until January 30, 2012, when the contest ends.

2-      When parents register their kids, they are automatically enrolled into the Family Challenge.


View frequently asked questions here and full contest rules here. Get your child’s school involved today!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Grandparents Play a Bigger Role in Child-Rearing
Less frail and more involved, today’s grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.

When Schools Depend on Handouts
Earlier this month, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that he and five other wealthy individuals had raised $1.5 million to reinstate the January Regents exams, which New York State had canceled because of budget cuts. Although praiseworthy as a matter of personal philanthropy, the donation by the mayor and the others, whose names were not disclosed, is highly distressing as a matter of public policy.

Chocolate Milk Gets a Makeover
Parents who are concerned about the amount of sugar their children are chugging in school cafeterias may be encouraged by an announcement from the milk industry. Starting in September, chocolate milk will have fewer calories and less sugar.

Five Healthiest Vacuum Cleaners for the Home
The right vacuum is key for good health. “Dust can trigger allergies and asthma,” says James Sublett, MD, a spokesman for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Shortchanged by the Bell
After a summer of budget cuts in Washington and state capitals, we have only to look to our schools, when classes begin in the next few weeks, to see who will pay the price.

10 years after 9/11, camp for victims’ children ends
America’s Camp opened to give children who had lost a parent in the terrorist attacks a haven where they could escape the grief and curiosity that dogged them. Today the camp closes for good, having fulfilled its 10-year mission.

How about a little help here
A recent survey published by Psychology Today magazine found that fewer than 25 percent of American parents compel their kids to perform chores. And those few children who are made to do chores expect to be paid for them, the study said.

Weight gain hits women after marriage, men after divorce
A new study shows that women are more apt to pile on excess pounds after marriage, while men add the weight after a divorce.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Schools Restore Fresh Cooking to the Cafeteria
When classes start on Thursday, the district will make a great leap forward — and at the same time back to the way it was done a generation ago — in cooking meals from scratch.

More Unwed Parents Live Together, Report Finds
The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday. The report states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones.

Study: 1 in 5 American children lives in poverty
Researchers find 14.7 million children were poor in 2009, 2.5 million more than in 2000.

Kids with nut allergies feel teased, excluded
According to a new study conducted in the U.K., families with children who are living with this potentially life-threatening condition often feel isolated, stigmatized, or unfairly excluded from activities, due to the allergies.

More Kids Hospitalized for Flu, Skin Infections
There was a dramatic increase in the number of children’s flu-related hospital stays in the United States between 2000 and 2009, a federal agency says.

Epileptic boy’s book helps raise money for seizure dog
Evan Moss, 7, wrote ‘My Seizure Dog,’ which has earned enough in donations to help buy a service dog for himself — and four more kids.

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U.S. Dept. of Education Sends Letter Against Bullying

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

U.S. Department of EducationThe national concern over bullying continues.   In an effort to reach schools and educators across the country, the U.S. Department of Education will be sending a 10-page “Dear Colleague” letter today that will “clarify the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment” and “remind schools… to properly consider whether the student misconduct also results in discrimination in violation of students’ federal civil rights.”  The urgency of the letter comes on the heels of recent student suicides as a result of bullying.

The letter outlines different forms of harassment (race, sexual, gender, and disability) in order to differentiate them from bullying.  Since bullying can lead to “lowered academic achievement and aspirations, loss of self-esteem and confidence, and self-harm and suicidal thinking,” the U.S. Department of Education hopes schools will “take immediate and appropriate action to investigate or otherwise determine” when any type of bullying and harrassment have occurred.

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