Today marks the beginning of the "Week of the Young Child." First established in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this week aims to increase awareness of the needs of young children and their families, specifically the early childhood programs that become the foundation for success in school and life. My YWCA role gives me a unique, firsthand look at the positive benefits of early childhood programs.
No one needs a calendar to know this month is October. Pink is everywhere – clothing, food packaging, jewelry, billboards.
If there’s one – and perhaps the only – thing renewed in the fall, it’s the spirit of education. With classes back in session, students and communities are reborn with energy and excitement for another school year filled with possibilities – new friendships, new accomplishments, and new ideas and skills. I am the proud daughter of hard-working, blue-collar parents who worked long hours at a manufacturing plant and driving truck to put clothes on our backs and food on the table. My parents chose to start a family instead of continuing their education either at a technical school or college.
My first distinct memory of discrimination happened in grade school – first grade, to be exact. Although my teacher taught me a lot that year, the most significant lesson I learned was from my mom. Unlike today, when I grew up, birthday party invitations were routinely handed out at school. It was a matter of practicality and convenience.
FARGO - I’m a lake girl. With the exception of attending an occasional wedding, my summer weekends are spent at the lake with family and friends. Nothing’s better than waterskiing, tubing, fishing, roasting marshmallows or simply the tranquility of a lakeside sunrise. But like most lake-goers, the process of getting there is anything but peaceful. Every Thursday night, the weekly chaos ensues. Buy groceries, make food, mow the lawn, water the flowers, wash and pack clothes.
“The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.” – Unknown Wait for it. Wait for it … summer! Finally, we can declare its arrival. The season we wait for all year long is here. Summer is short here. Like a small North Dakota town, if you blink, you may miss it. But, in spite of it’s short duration, summer is often filled with the most fun and perhaps, greatest life impact. And while summer is favored by nearly all of us, it’s really a season made for kids. When school is out for summer, kids are in for fun.