Thursday, July 10, 2014

National Lemonade Days #onecupatatime

#Onecupatatime...It's as simple as that!  Last month, my two girls and some neighbors participated in the National Lemonade Days campaign to bring renewed attention to the fight against childhood cancer.  What a rewarding experience!  We received a kit from, which you too can receive just by registering your stand, to help kick start the festivities.
                              (Kit contents vary, depending on the time of year or event)
Look at all of that fun stuff!  Tons of support and options become available to you once your stand is registered.  You can even start a donation page or invite ambassadors of to come to your stand.

In just a couple of hours, the kids not only raised over $130, they got to experience a great sense of pride, knowing that the money they raised, all by themselves, was going to help children fighting the cancer fight.  I was just so impressed with the kids and knew that even though the task of hosting a lemonade stand seemed so simple and fun, that their direct involvement in the activity made a lasting impression.  I'm sure that the young founder, Alex Scott (1996-2004) would have been proud!

Please register today at to receive a kit to host your own lemonade stand!  Every day is a great day to fight childhood cancer #onecupatatime.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day: Why We Walk

It's time! I am on my way to Philadelphia to participate in my fifth Susan G. Komen 3-day walk!! I can hardly contain myself! I feel even more overwhelmed with excitement because I am walking with my sister and four other teammates in our home city of Philly! San Diego, Dallas, Washington D.C., Phoenix and now HOME!

The 3-day has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. Fifteen years ago, my family's life was rocked with the news of my mother having breast cancer.  She was 52, and was told that her form of cancer was very aggressive and tough to treat.  Our family came together and supported our mother through surgery and chemotherapy treatments. Her attitude was remarkable. She showed such strength and courage, that we had no choice but to move on and fight alongside her. I am happy to say, fifteen years later, that my mom is living CANCER FREE!!

I know that my mother, along with another one of my teammates this weekend, is here because of the Susan G. Komen foundation and the 3-day walk. All of our hard work fundraising and raising awareness along our 60 mile route has helped save the lives of our loved ones. I am always so moved by the individuals walking alongside us and can't help but feel like a part of a huge breast cancer fighting family. I know that Philly won't let us down! I can't wait to begin our 3-day journey of love, fun, support and awareness!

Please follow along on twitter with the hash tag #The3Day and follow @The3Day or visit to register for an event!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Hey Everyone! Try using our 4th and 5th grade classroom's new book rating system!  It's easy to do and is fun for all!  Here's how you can participate!

1.  Read a book!!!

2.  Decide how you feel about it.

3.  Rate the book, using this star rating system.
     ⭐ = The book wasn't that great.

      ⭐⭐ = The book was okay.

      ⭐⭐⭐ = The book was interesting!

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐ = I loved the book!!

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ = I couldn't put the book down! It was amazing!

4.  Choose an emoji that follows the theme of the story or the way you were feeling while you were reading.  You might choose a ��  if you were scared or a ��  if it was a sad book. Use ��  if you were surprised by things in the story! Use your creativity!

5.  Tweet your rating on twitter, using the hashtag, #emojibookrating!  My daughter just read a Cam Jansen book.  Here's our tweet!
Use this in your classroom or at home!  Let's see if we can get some #emojibookrating love!  I can't wait to see all of your ratings and recommendations!  Happy reading!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

2013 Summer Reading Incentive Programs *UPDATED*

I just saw a "Back to School" ad this week on TV...not funny!!!  We still have a bit to go this summer and it's not too late to READ! Here are some great incentive programs for summer reading.  Last summer, we found some great programs and we found some more out there! Happy reading!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!!  It's flying by!!!

American Girl has a reading program for you!  Read-a-Palooza is a great way to get your 8-12 year old reading this summer!  Head to the American Girl website and download bookmarks and book-related activities involving all of the American Girl Historical characters.  If you're lucky enough to live near a store, check out the schedule for free book activities throughout the summer.  If you choose to purchase an American Girl book, through the end of August, $1 of every book purchased through American Girl (up to $100,000) will support Save the Children's efforts to increase literacy in areas in need of assistance!  Read up!!

Check out Half Price Books to get some bookworm bucks!  Once you've logged 300 minutes of reading, submit your reading log online and become eligible for a five dollar gift card to half price books.  Visit the site for reading tips, logs and book lists!

Join the PBK summer reading challenge!  Pottery Barn is offering a free book for every child under ten who completes an award winning bookmark list or an early reader bookmark list.  Click on the link to download your bookmarks and check them off as you go!  Read the books independently or visit your local store to find out about weekly story times.  They will be sharing the books on the lists this summer.  The gift must be redeemed by August 31st, 2012 and will only be available while supplies last, so get reading! There's even a progress tracker print out that allows your child to color a book for every one he reads!  I love it!

Join the Barnes and Noble summer reading  program.  Click on this link to download your very own Imagination's Destination reading journal.  Read any of the eight books listed on an appropriate list for your reading level and write about whom you would recommend each book, and why.  There are three separate lists for grades 1 & 2, grades 3 & 4, and grades 5 & 6.  Once you have read your books and recorded them in your journal, head to your nearest Barnes and Noble store and choose a free book from their selection of books on the reading journal list.  There are also various activities for the middle grade crowd on the website available for downloading, including the exploration of fiction and non-fiction and character identification.  Head to quick!!!

Chuck E. Cheese has a reward program for you!  Click on the link to download your reading rewards calendar for the summer and check out all the other calendars that you might need, as well.  Once you have checked off two weeks of reading, head to your nearest participating Chuck E. Cheese restaurants and receive 10 free tokens with a food purchase.  You are allowed one free token reward per child, per day, so download other calendars or more reading reward calendars and come back for more on another day!  There are several other calendar reward charts including chores, potty training, homework, thumb sucking and cleaning!       

10 for 10 logo TD Bank has a challenge for you!  Click on this link and print out a form to write down the names of the books your child has read.  When you have finished, bring the form to your nearest TD Bank.  The bank will then deposit $10 into a new or existing young saver account.  This is a one time offer, but a great deal!

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