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Summer Reading Fun!

Summer Reading Fun!

Many children in school know how many days are left in this school year, and if they don’t know, they can always ask their teacher.   Soon, they will have a lot of time on their hands, so parents are given the monumental task of helping them find ways to pass the time.   If you’re like me, you know it won’t be long before you hear those two words that every parent dreads – “I’m bored!”  What if I told you there was something you could put in their hands to help with that?   I’m not talking about the latest smart phone, tablet, or video game controller; this is even better than that.   I am suggesting that you put a book in their hands, and if you plan it right, they can actually have fun reading it!  Read More
Summer's Here!

Summer's Here!

As summer quickly approaches, children will be needing summer activities and parents will be seeking energy outlets and learning experiences each day to prevent boredom and unnecessary chaos.  Children thrive on structured activities and new experiences.  My five-year-old grandson vividly remembers the treasure hunt we had last year.  Ironically, he was grounded from his bicycle, so I planned an activity that excluded his bike but offered him an outlet for his energy.  His energy, most of the time, is twice that of mine.  We went for a walk instead.  While walking, I asked him to locate specific items such as flags, flowers, colored leaves, and different types of insects.

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Without conditions or reservations, I wholeheartedly endorse Heartland for Children as the Community Based Organization (CBC) serving abused and neglected children in Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties. The child welfare system has improved dramatically under the outstanding leadership of Heartland for Children. For nearly a decade, Heartland for Children has been delivering high-quality services to children and families in our communities. In fact, the system of care that was designed to protect child, our most precious resource, was not always responsive, nor highly respected, before Heartland for Children was selected as the first CBC, covering Highlands, Hardee and Polk counties.