Posted in Action Alerts & Activism, Fun Stuff for Kids, tagged art, children, ciw, coalition of Immokalee workers, coloring, contest, homeschool, kids on February 17, 2010 |
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When I first got this notice , Julia and I immediately sent her teacher an email about the upcoming Coalition of Immokalee Workers Kid’s Coloring Contest and guess what? She gave it to the school art teacher who is now getting ALL the grades involved! It’s awesome!
Here’s the flier and info if you and your kids want to include this in a homeschool “food unit, ” share the news with friends, or just enter in the contest!
To young people, their parents, and all their teachers:
Farmworkers across the country pick the fruits and vegetables we need to stay healthy. And though they help put food on millions of tables across the country, most farmworkers don’t earn enough to support their own families, and many times they are treated unfairly at work in the fields. Through the Campaign for Fair Food, farmworkers and their supporters across the country are working together to create a more just food system in which farmworkers are respected and treated fairly.
To highlight the connection between young people and farmworkers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers announces the first-ever Campaign for Fair Food drawing contest! To enter, use your imagination to draw what “Fair Food” means to you, and show how you can work together with farmworkers to make a fairer world for the people who pick our fruits and vegetables.
Farmworkers in Immokalee will select one winner from each of four age groups:
- Pre-K – 2nd grade
- 3rd grade – 5th grade
- 6th grade – 8th grade
- High School
Winners’ drawings will be featured on the front of new Campaign for Fair Food postcards, which will be distributed around the country! Each winner will also receive a framed copy of their drawing signed by members of the Immokalee farmworker community.
Submissions will be accepted from now until April 1, 2010. Drawings may be created in any medium: crayon, colored pencil, marker, etc. There is no size requirement.
Click here for the drawing contest entry form.
Fair Food Curricula
Age-appropriate curricula are available for both secular and faith-based classes by clicking on the approprite links below. If you have difficulty downloading a curriculum, please contact email@example.com.
Pre-K through 1st Grade: general | faith-based
1st through 5th Grade: general | faith-based
Junior High: general | faith-based
High School: general | faith-based
Complete Curriculum: general | faith-based
(Pre-K through High School; zip archive containing 4 files)
Click here for photo galleries from the fields that might serve for a little inspiration!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged saving gasoline on February 16, 2010 |
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(c) photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2010
No More Gas Guzzler for Me!
Doing the pedestrian thing is great if you live in the city. An urban environment is set up for locals. Unfortunately, much of the U.S. population is either rural or suburban, leaving us wondering how we’ll get everything done if we walk everywhere.
After pondering the possibilities of switching to bicycling as my primary mode of transportation, I quickly realized that far too many of my necessary destinations included either a passenger or a larger load than my backpack would accommodate. My solution? A hybrid vehicle boasting 50+ mpg is now sitting in my driveway.
Yet I still have to wonder what else I can do. When the automobile dealership offered a new owner’s workshop, to include helpful tips on saving gas, I was quick to sign up.
The gas-saving ideas, sourced from a Bankrate.com blog, were quite interesting. I’ll share a few of the ones you may agree are particularly helpful:
- Use the slower setting when pumping gas. I’m guessing this is because air takes up some space when the gas is pumped at a faster flow rates.
- Don’t top off your tank; the extra gas you pump, stays in the hose and never makes it into your tank.
- Don’t fill up when a tanker truck is filling the station’s tanks. The pressure of the flow tends to stir up sludge from the bottom of the underground tank, which could end up in your gas tank.
- Fill your tank during the morning, when temperatures are cooler. Gasoline expands in warmer temperatures, and is more dense when cooler. Therefore, a gallon in the afternoon will be somewhat less than a gallon in the morning.
- Be sure to tighten your gas cap. According to the Car Care Council, evaporation causes a loss of about 147 million gallons of gasoline each year.
- Keep your tires full of air. Underinflated tires cause a multitude of side effects, one being lower gas mileage.
- Cars that need a tune up will see a 4% increase in gas mileage after the work is done. Stay on top of your maintenance.
- Replacing dirty air filters can improve your gas mileage by up to 10 percent.
- Using the manufacturer’s recommended oil has been shown to improve your car’s gas mileage by one to two percent.
- Fill up your tank when it is still half full. Less air in your tank means a lower rate of evaporation during pumping.
Of course, none of this means that you can’t get out and walk. That’s always the best way to save on gas and burn calories instead of gasoline. Spring is almost here; time to tune up that bicycle for your warm-weather errands. Meantime, hope these tips help you out during our unusually cold winter.
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