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We're so excited for generationOn ambassador, Gabe Eggerling! The 2014 Hasbro Community Action Hero with a flair for the delightfully dramatic, especially while reading aloud to young children, has successfully translated his talents to the small screen. Just wait to you see his latest project!

I think we all struggle keeping kids' and teens' interest. It's hard to compete with Instagram and Snapchat, especially if the goal is to get kids involved in policy decisions. As an educator, it's up to me to help students become invested in their education and become tomorrow's change-makers. But how do I do that when this generation is interacting differently and using resources we never dreamed of having at their age?

One day after coming home from a soccer tournament, my mom told me that she wanted to get a new dog. I was ecstatic. However, it wasn't a simple love story at first. Although our new dog, Teddy, looked dazzling when he arrived to our home, he had heartworm disease; a disease that is caused from an infected mosquito, which produces larva that grows in the dog's heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. Teddy was in a cage for more than a month being treated.

Did you know that nearly 8 million animals enter animal shelters each year? Unfortunately due to shelter overcrowding, the lack of funding and not enough people interested in animal adoption, nearly 3 million of these animals are euthanized each year. That's a huge problem. Animals, both domesticated and wild, are an important part of our lives and they need our help! 

What is it about movies in the summertime?

Big budget blockbusters with mind-blowing special effects, dinner-and-a-movie dates, and (ooh!) those warm evening outdoor screenings; those are great.

This post was contributed by our own Caroline Henderson.

It's fiinnnaaallllyyy summer! After a long, cold winter, I can honestly say that I'm ready to take advantage of every sunny, warm day that comes along. Last weekend, I sat down with some friends to make a Summer 2015 bucket list. We talked about going to the beach, kayaking and hiking, picnics in the park, long bike rides and free summer concerts in town. What we didn't talk about, however, was service.

Brittany was a child when her mother first encountered a serious problem, how were they going to pay the bills and afford enough food in one of the nation's most expensive states? Luckily, they had help from the Hawaii Food Bank who was there to help fill that gap. 

Do you enjoy filling your brain with knowledge? That's a silly question; of course you do. "Knowledge is power and power is rad." President Barack Obama said that.

Ok-okay, Barack Obama didn't say that. I lied. 

It was Spiderman. 

Regardless of who said it, the fact-of-the-matter is: Knowledge is important.

Over the past few weeks, flood waters have ravaged parts of Texas and Oklahoma. Many families have lost their homes as thousands of buildings have been damaged and vacated. The long process to recovery has begun for our friends in the region, and we have a way for you to help aid that process.

The motto of the Pebbles Kids Care Club in Monticello, IL is:

"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects."  - the Dalai Lama.

The Club put this motto into action recently when they held a Dimes and Dollars for Nepal fundraiser to support kids and families affected by the April 2015 earthquake.

Fundraiser

This is a guest blog post by Pam Hayes.

When I was a young girl, I remember meeting a woman at my church who walked with a severe limp.  After speaking with her one morning, I turned to my mom and asked, "Why is it so hard for her to walk?"  She replied quietly, and with a heavy heart, "She had polio, sweetie.  Walking will always be difficult for her." As I watched her painfully walk away, I remember thinking, "What's polio?" 

May is Older Americans Month and as such, our theme is Senior Citizens. Older Americans are an important part of society and it's important that communities come together to provide them crucial care and support. Did you know that in the year 1900, there were 3.1 million people living in America over 65 years of age? By the year 1990, that number had ballooned to 31.1 million. WOW! That's ten times as many senior citizens!

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