Summer 2012Volume 17 Number 2 ▪ About this Jane and Larry Levine and Christina Schiavoni▪ Hunger Assembly: Putting Into Practice What We


Summer 2012

Volume 17 Number 2


About this Jane and Larry Levine and Christina Schiavoni

Jane Larry Christina

Larry and Jane Levine and Christina Schiavoni

In this issue, we introduce the first of hopefully a continuing series of articles called the Teachers’ Page. We say hopefully, as the viability of this series is dependent upon those teachers receiving the publication stepping up and writing about their classroom experiences using the KIDS Teacher Guide and students’ initiatives. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, please contact us at and let’s discuss.

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Hunger Assembly: Putting into Practice What We Deanne McBeath

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Deanne McBeath

It all really began in July of 2011 when I took an online Global Collaboration course through the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN). We were asked to pick a project and create plans to implement that project in our school. It was a difficult decision. iEARN has over 150 projects to choose from and many were well suited for The Village Charter School. The Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS) Finding Solutions to Hunger project drew me into its tenacious web from the start. I could see ways to work this project into my technology curriculum for my middle school students. They could create Excel spreadsheets from food diaries and PowerPoint presentations from research on hunger in the world and their communities. They could conduct data analysis on hunger statistics, take virtual field trips, and best of all---collaborate with students around the globe.

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To Nepal and Back Jackson Prince

Jackson Prince

Jackson Prince

Over a year ago, just before my 16th birthday, I was returning home from a 2-week cultural exchange program in China that my school in Connecticut sponsored. It was on this plane flight that I read Conor Grennan’s book, Little Princes, about his life-changing experience in Nepal during civil unrest. Beyond the subtle humor and romance was a story I believed more compelling than any Artemis Fowl or Harry Potter could contend with. I felt everything from a shrill delight in Conor’s ability to escape the perilous Nepali Mountains and meet his fated love, Liz, in the most cliché of scenarios, to the utter anguish he felt in realizing that the “herd of rambunctious, resilient children” he’d believed to be orphans for a month were not orphans at all. It then dawned upon me that I didn’t want to simply be a spectator, an onlooker to this story; I wanted to be a part of it. And then a few months later, I actually was.

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Taking farm to cafeteria beyond fruits and Andrianna Natsoulas

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Andrianna Natsoulas

In the small coastal town of Sitka, Alaska, nestled on the west coast of Baranof Island in the heart of the Tongass, the nation’s largest national forest, students eat local food for lunch. The Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) incorporates all the key elements that make an excellent farm to school program—health, sustainability and community—and then apply those themes to fish.

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Going off the grid: A big city girl goes Alisa Gragert


Alisa Gragert

I grew up on the system. Yes, a Manhattan apartment with all the modern conveniences. Potable drinking water gushed from the faucet lights switched on and off appropriately, gas hissed from the burners and expertly heated the oven to pizza-sizzling temperatures, neatly tied garbage bags were whisked away, and the toilet flushed down all unwanted wastes. My parents simply paid monthly for these services, and I never gave it a second thought. Until now.

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