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Chestnut Hill: CEC Walk for Autism!!!

 

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Obama plots new budget talks with Republicans

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Obama plots new budget talks with Republicans
USA TODAY, on Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:46:01 -0700

President Obama began laying out his strategy for new budget talks Friday, saying that efforts to cut the budget should not short-change essential programs like education.

“We’ve got the resources to be fiscally responsible and invest in our future,” Obama said at a high school in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

The president planned to speak later at a pair of Democratic Party fundraisers in Brooklyn.

Obama and New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio also made a stop at a Brooklyn landmark restaurant — Junior’s — to order some of its cheesecake.

“We’ll be eating it on Air Force One,” Obama said after …

 

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Therapy Dogs & Special Needs Kids

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By SANDY LOPEZ

View Staff Writer
Las Vegas Review Journal

Tuesdays are 13-year-old Monica Nunez-Gutierrez’s favorite day. It is the day she gets to see one of her special friends, Rosie, a furry medium-sized Collie from the K9 Therapists of Las Vegas group.

Rosie and other dogs from the group visit Laura Rehfeldt’s special education class at Bailey Middle School, 2500 N. Hollywood Blvd., on Tuesdays. Children play with the dogs and read aloud to them in a partnership with Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s Tales to Tails program.

“I like when the dogs come to the school,” Nunez-Gutierrez said. “Rosie is my favorite dog. She is so cute. We just love playing. I read to her, too. I read books about pumpkins.”

K9 Therapists of Las Vegas is a nonprofit club aimed at using dogs to provide emotional support, physical rehabilitation and joy for people in facilities and hospitals.

Rehfeldt educates children with learning disabilities who have difficulty with verbal, reading and social skills.

“Kids in my class have increased their ability to speak to others without being shy,” she said. “Dogs are not judgmental. Children can talk to dogs and become more comfortable talking to other people.”  …for more of this story click here

Philadelphia PA; Question

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We CAN do better.

Hyperpolyglot

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Do we need to increase our language education in the US?

It’s bad enough that general education programs are being constantly cut.

Underpaid teachers with decreasing resources, increasing class sizes, and a general lack of administrative support are the first to be blamed for the dismal educational results in the US population.

However, there is nothing that can hold back a truly motivated student.

 

Malala Yousafzai …the Nobel Peace Prize

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Malala Yousafzai, a 14 years old girl from Swat valley of Pakistan is a symbol of hope, resistance, struggle, bravery and courage who refused to bow down in front of the militants to get education and women rights. She also kept on struggling for peace in her militancy hit hometown of Swat by Writing, and Speaking at every forum she could get. She came to prominence through a blog she wrote for the BBC, detailing her life under the Taliban regime and their attempts to take control of the valley. Yousafzai has since been nominated for several awards, including International Children’s Peace Prize, and has won Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize. She was threatened and pressurized and ultimately shot critically by extremist elements on Tuesday 09 October 2012 while returning from school along with two other girls. She was first treated in a Pakistani Military Hospital till her stabilized substantially to give enough room to take her abroad after which she was transferred to UK where currently under treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. This girl is a symbol of hope and courage for the whole world and she deserves the Nobel Peace prize for all that she has done and all that she has endured in the path of her struggle at such a tender age.

 

12 Years a Slave

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TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.