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Kid Power students’ favorite veggie is… CARROTS!

Broccoli was a very close runner up. In fact, at Amidon Elementary School, students started chanting "broccoli, broccoli..." when staff ran out of this popular vegetable! What's our secret? As always, we believe that if youth are given the tools (nutrition education) and opportunities (growing their own vegetables), they will make good decisions and accomplish great things!

What else is going on at Kid Power this month?

VeggieTime:

New gardens! Field trips! Family cooking nights, and more!

Sousa_Garden_Sign.jpgIt has been an action-packed spring in the Kid Power gardens as we have begun planting at two new school sites in Southeast: C.W. Harris Elementary and Sousa Middle School! After building two new garden beds, students were able to begin planting radishes, broccoli, and tomatoes.

Students at all of the Kid Power sites enjoyed the opportunity to sample the deliciousness of their vegetables at their field trips to Fuel Pizza, where they made their very own veggie pizzas! They learned creative ways to eat their vegetables and even participated in Who do you think had the most creative pizza?

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The Citizenship Project: 

Global Youth Service Day

penny_drive_2.jpgEach year, Kid Power students are excited and honored to participate in Global Youth Service Day, which celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service.  Throughout this school year, students learned about the duties of citizenship and the importance of giving back to their community. They took the time to observe the struggles people face in their own community and all over the world and took action to help. Here are a few of the great GYSD projects Kid Power students carried out: (1) led a clothing drive for a local homeless shelter (2) partnered with the Students Rebuild Water for Tanzania Challenge (3) created an inter-school penny war to raise money for a local NPO that houses youth who are homeless (4) created an anti-bullying PSA (5) made and passed out nutritious lunches to people currently experiencing homelessness in DC. Hats off to these inspiring young philanthropists!

Academic Power Hour: 

With the April DC CAS testing, Kid Power livened up the Academic Power Hour this past month with some non-traditional academics to keep students excited and engaged. For example, students practiced vocabulary and sentence structure through peer-to-peer interviews, researched and presented projects on important historical women of color, and learned about statistics and financial literacy through an exciting coin toss game! These creative games help inspire a passion for learning and keep students academically engaged when both students and teachers would rather be outside enjoying the spring weather!

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Star of the Month: Meet Jonathan

star_of_the_month.jpgJonathan Lopez-Ventura is an awesome 3rd grader at H.D. Cooke Elementary School. His favorite subject is science and he loves experimenting to learn new things. Johnathan is a huge fan of the Marvel super heroes and, like them, always takes on leadership roles in the classroom. Besides helping staff whenever he can and helping his peers with homework, Jonathan has used his leadership skills to implement his own creative activities. He started a daily tradition of playing charades with his Kid Power classmates while they wait to be picked up at the end of program each day. He also has made up several other games that help everyone stay positively engaged during transitions.  We expect big things from this all-star!

Events:

Run or Dye DC 2014

Kid Power has again been selected as the non-profit partner for Run or Dye on coming up on Saturday, May 24th! This family-friendly 5K fun-run is a celebration of "life, friendship, fitness, and fun!" Don't miss the chance to get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometer... turning you into a technicolor canvas of fun! 

Volunteers are needed both Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. Shifts on Friday are 9:00am-3pm and 2:45pm-8pm. Shifts on Saturday are 7:30am-1pm. Please sign up here!

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