Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Congratulations to our October Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 11:32 AM

In our October issue, we asked kids to write about their favorite Halloween night. Below, find the winning entries. Mateo and Drew each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Mateo Baker-Djele, 12, Burlington
The coldness bites at my cheeks
Like birds with sharp beeks
But I don’t really mind
As long as my candy income is not confined
My candy bag is filling up
It almost weighs as much as a new pup
Twix, Snickers, M&M’s delight
I won’t let my siblings have even one bite
Halloween is coming to an end
Can’t wait ’till next year to do this again

Drew Thoeni, 9, Hyde Park

Crunch, crunch, crunch. You think it’s leaves,
But it’s really bones that are cracking on each step.
Whoosh! You think it’s wind rushing through your hair,
But it’s really a witch overhead!
“Trick or Treat!” You think it’s a human,
But it’s really an alien!

Find the latest writing prompt in the Just For Kids section of our November issue. The deadline is November 15. Happy writing!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Teal Pumpkin Project Aims to Make Halloween Inclusive and Fun for Kids With Food Allergies

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM

  • Courtesy of Abbie Jefferis
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project
For many kids, collecting candy door-to-door on Halloween night is one of the highlights of the year. But for those with food allergies, trick-or-treating can accentuate feelings of being different or not belonging. The Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative of the fundraising and advocacy group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), aims to make Halloween safe and inclusive for kids with food allergies. The premise of the project, which gets its name from the color that represents food allergy awareness, is simple. Families pledge to offer non-food treats on Halloween night, either instead of or in addition to a candy treat. The non-food items — stickers, bubbles, spider rings, pencils and mini-notebooks are some examples — must be kept in a separate container from the food treats. To participate in the initiative, place a sign with a teal pumpkin on the outside of your house. Download one from FARE here or make one yourself.

Jericho mom Abbie Jefferis has been working to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project locally. Her 3-year-old son Ollie is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, sunflower, sesame and all legumes except soy. This year she started a blog, Ollergy, to provide support and resources to parents in similar situations. She shares meal plans, cooking tips, suggestions for holidays and vacations, and more. Having a child with food allergies comes with a unique set of challenges, she says. She recounts being turned away from a local preschool because of Ollie's allergies and leaving a recent store grand opening because the cookies — which weren't allergy safe — weren't contained in a designated area. She doesn't fault the store, she says, but attributes it to a lack of awareness and understanding about food allergies.

This fall, Jefferis has been contacting organizers of local family-focused Halloween events to enlist them in the Teal Pumpkin Project. So far, four have pledged to offer non-food treats and help spread awareness. Last year, Ollie trick-or-treated with his cousins in his grandparents' neighborhood and traded in his candy for safe food treats and small toys provided by his parents at the end of the night. This year, Jefferis  hopes that Ollie and kids like him will encounter more houses displaying teal pumpkins when they hit the streets on Halloween night.  

These local Halloween events have signed on to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Congratulations to our September Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 12:09 PM

In our September issue, we asked kids to tell us about what they’re excited about as they begin a new school year. Below, find the winning entries. Amelia and Cristo each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Amelia VanDriesche, 12, Burlington
  Out in the sun

Cristo Buckley, 12, Manchester
Going back to school,
So I won’t grow old and be a fool,
I got to see all my friends,
But I couldn’t choose my favorite,
I have so many of them,
I love my new teachers,
They are the best school leaders.

Find the latest writing prompt in the Just For Kids Section of our October Innovation Issue. The deadline is Monday, October 15. Happy writing!

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Congratulations to our September Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:52 AM

A marvelous mixture of pooches perked up our mailbox this month. Nine-year-old Lyndsey designed a super cool disco dog wearing dark sunglasses, with a spinning sparkly ball overhead. Leanora, 5, colored the cutest brown pup, surrounded by little bubbles filled with expressions of love. Franklin, 7, titled his artwork — a black-spotted canine sporting a long beard — “Old Man Dog.”

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are…


Sophie Scott, 5, Shelburne
  • "Dogawesome"

“Hero Dog”

Carter Hart, 8, Salisbury
"Hero Dog"
  • "Hero Dog"

“Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog”
Maggie Kords, 12, Montpelier
Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog
  • Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog

Find the latest coloring contest in our October Innovation Issue. The deadline to enter is Monday, October 15.

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