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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Spot 127 — KJZZ’s Youth Media Center — is reaching teens, changing lives

Emmy-winner Sylvia McDonald Cook has an impressive resume — from serving as executive sports producer at CBS to running an Atlanta TV station during the ’96 Olympics. But nothing prepared her for the life-changing impact of her job as senior editor at Spot 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center in Phoenix. “I never thought I’d find […]

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Sportball: A noncompetitive approach to coaching

A small but innovative Scottsdale gym offers a new approach to sports coaching for kids, from beginners to seasoned athletes. “There are a lot of children who go right into competitive sports, and they’re good to go, but then there are children who need that foundation and the basic fundamentals,” says Derek Morrison, program director […]

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Cookies 4 Change helps teen entrepreneurs learn life lessons

Cookies 4 Change

On the second floor of Children First Academy, a K-8 school for homeless kids, there is a classroom they lovingly refer to as The Clubhouse. This is where the miraculous story of Cookies 4 Change begins. At 3 p.m. every day after school, seventh- and eighth-graders file into The Clubhouse. Before they even have a chance […]

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Robotics competition kickoff

robotics-team-Tempe

Parents of children in kindergarten through high school can get information on the 2014 Arizona FIRST LEGO League robotics and STEM competitions at a kickoff event Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10am-3pm. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway two-wheeled electric vehicle, to get kids […]

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Voices from the Village: When do you let your child quit?

Perseverance versus freedom Learning when it’s OK to quit can be as important as learning when to persevere. How do we know when to listen to our kids’ desires? When do you let your child quit? When should you push them to keep going? A Valley lawyer, a music teacher and a soccer coach offer […]

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Art4All at the Boys and Girls Clubs

Art4All

A group of kids at the Jerry Colangelo Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Phoenix waited patiently last week while sponsors and program directors of the Art4All Mobile gave speeches and cut a red ribbon draped in front of the brightly painted van. After the ceremony, they got down to the whole purpose […]

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What’s up? Stars, planets and galaxies

Star Chart

It would be so much easier to identify stars, planets and constellations if they were labeled, right? Better than having to say “That star, right above and to the right of the really bright one, isn’t that part of a constellation? Is that the archer? Cassiopeia? One of the dippers? Oops, that’s an airplane…never mind.” […]

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Learning to play during recess

Playworks recess training Phoenix

Kari Taylor had girls running up and back on a part of the field at Larry C. Kennedy Elementary School last week, in various organized drills and games meant to increase soccer skills. She was at Kennedy Elementary for a “Soccer Extravaganza” with help from The Phoenix FC Wolves, the new USL PRO professional soccer […]

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GIRL SCOUTS: More than cookies, camp and crafts

When her family moved to Arizona during the Great Depression, 10-year-old Mary Thomas left her home, her school and all of her friends behind. One thing made her feel welcome right away: Girl Scout Troop One. Eighty-one years later, Thomas still remembers her first troop leader, Jean Clark, who taught her valuable life skills and […]

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Girl Scouts get a stamp of approval

In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a special edition stamp entitled “Celebrate Scouting.” The new stamp design features a girl hiking though a woodsy landscape superimposed over a larger silhouette of a scout holding a pair of binoculars. The words “Celebrate Scouting” are across at the bottom. […]

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