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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

The Teal Pumpkin Project - COURTESY OF ABBIE JEFFERIS
  • 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

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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
  Home
  Outdooors
  Music
  Epic
  Sun
  Curious
  Happy
  Out in the sun
bOoks
  Love
HOMESCHOOLING

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…

“Dogawesome”

Sophie Scott, 5, Shelburne
"Dogawesome"
  • "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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Monday, September 10, 2018

25 Can't-Miss Fall Events in Vermont!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 10:23 AM

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Vermont's glorious summer may be over but there's still lots of fun to be had in the coming months. For Wee-Mail subscribers, we've compiled a list of 25 fun family activities happening in Vermont this fall, from harvest festivals to corn mazes, apple picking to Halloween celebrations.

Download the one-pager, stick it on your fridge and use it as a reminder that autumn in Vermont is pretty darn glorious too!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Congratulations to our August Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 1:38 PM

In our August issue, we asked kids to tell us about their dream garden. Below, find the winning entries. Margo and Saylor each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Margo Cannella, 8
East Montpelier

The entrance of the garden of my dreams is a big gate and an archway made out of clovers. Birds fly in and out. There would also be flowers in the entryway. There would be a lot of flowers and some tropical fruits. In the middle of my garden, there would be a pond with lily pads and fish in it. In the middle of the pond, there would be a statue of a frog with water coming out of it like a fountain. There would also be an island next to the frog. There would be a ring of flowers around it. There would be some trees on the island making some shade. In the garden, there would also be some vegetables. That is my dream garden.

Saylor Hemond, 9
West Burke
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In my garden of dreams, I would plant strawberries, carrots, watermelons, tomatoes, radishes, pink roses, red roses, lilies, sunflowers, squash, zucchini, cucumber and eggplant. After I pick all the fruits and vegetables, I would give them to poor people that can’t afford them!


Find the latest writing prompt in our September Back to School Issue. The deadline to enter is September 15. Happy writing!

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Congratulations to our August Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM

This month’s coloring contest celebrated our sunny Vermont summer. Four-year-old Enoch’s lion appeared in a magic jungle, with fluttering fairies and star-shaped flowers. Deborah, 10, created a mountain-range backdrop for her orange-and-gold cat chilling at the beach, with Vermont’s own lake monster, Champ, poking above the blue water. Maddy, 6, drew two brilliant lightening bolts bursting through dark storm clouds. Savor the early fall, kiddos, and send us your snazziest work this month.

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

“Tie Dye Tiger”
Bruce Creason, 5, Burlington
"Tie Dye Tiger"
  • "Tie Dye Tiger"

“Chillin' and Grillin'”
Emilia Poczobut, 8, Barre
"Chillin' and Grillin'"
  • "Chillin' and Grillin'"

“The Grateful Lion”
Somerset Pierce, 12, Montpelier
"The Grateful Lion"
  • "The Grateful Lion"


Find the latest coloring contest in the Just For Kids section of our September issue! Deadline to enter is September 15!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Congratulations to our July Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 12:36 PM

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In our July issue, we asked kids to tell us about their perfect picnic. Below, find the winning entries. Léonie and Sophia each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington. 

Léonie Fournier, 10
Montpelier

Going on a picnic in Vermont makes you feel like world peace has finally arrived.
A fresh meal is waiting for you as you walk through the warm grass.
Slowly, you start to sit on the grass. You feel is spiking up, onto your knees.
You smell freshly baked bread, followed by smooth, yellow cheeses, and sweet, blood red cherries.
A huge bottle of icy cold basil lemonade sits next to 30 pieces of juicy watermelon.
You would think it couldn’t get any better, but it does.
Behind the watermelon, you see a large bunch of yellow bananas and small cakes.
It all looks wonderful. You really can’t wait to start eating.

Sophia Van Zyl, 10
Addison

On a family picnic, I would bring a salad that makes my stomach start grumbling.
With peppers and carrots and cheese.
Pass the ranch dressing, please!
For dessert, I would eat my mom’s cookies, which cannot be beat.
After, I’m full.
Picnic meals cannot be dull!

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

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Congratulations to our July Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 12:32 PM

The joyful spirit of this month’s artwork was summed up by 5-year-old Rebecca’s submission — a pig prancing in a mud puddle beneath a sparkly rainbow. Amelia, 6, sent us a polka-dotted piggy with red flowers blooming brilliantly in the background. And 11-year-old Natalee made our judges laugh out loud with her drawing — a porker poised on the grill, with the words “Mmm… What’s cooking?” above its head.

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

“The Sparkly Spiral Pig”
Jupiter May, 5, Shelburne
"Sparkly Spiral Pig"
  • "Sparkly Spiral Pig"

“Firework Friend”
Sélah Joy, 8, Colchester 
"Firework Friend"
  • "Firework Friend"

“Plaid Professor Pig”

Audrey Neilson, 10, Charlotte
"Plaid Professor Pig"
  • "Plaid Professor Pig"

Find the latest Coloring Contest in the "Just For Kids" section of our August issue. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, August 15.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Congratulations to our June Coloring Contest Winner!

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Kids’ coloring contest submissions wowed our judges this month. Marley, 9, made a magical masterpiece, with a rainbow-horned unicorn prancing over a polka-dotted mushroom. Eight-year-old Alex transformed his creature into a realistic cow. Lilieve, 5, prettied up her picture with blooming flowers and a pink and purple sky. Soak up the summer sun, young artists, and send us your very best submissions this month!

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

“Dancing in the Rain”
Mia Hunkins, 4, Stowe
Dancing in the Rain
  • Dancing in the Rain

“Sunset”
Maya Shafer, 8, South Burlington
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  • Sunset

“Checking Out Fireworks”
Kenzie Myers, 9, Middlebury
Checking Out Fireworks
  • Checking Out Fireworks

Find our latest coloring contest in the Just For Kids section of the July issue!

Good Citizen Challenge: Hubbardton Road Trip

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 2:23 PM

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  • Brett Stanciu
  • Beatrix and Gabriela pose at Hubbardton Battlefield
On the steamy morning of July 7, 1777, Patriot and British troops clashed in Hubbardton, the only battle of the American Revolution fought on Vermont soil. While the Patriots were forced to retreat, the battle — with a 27% casualty and capture rate — is considered the beginning of the military end for British General John Burgoyne, who surrendered his entire army to the colonists in October.

On an equally sultry morning, 241 years later, my friend and I, along with our 13-year-olds, Gabriela and Beatrix, packed up a picnic lunch and a thermos of iced coffee to visit the Hubbardton Battlefield during its Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend. Our girls — one a middleschooler at Hazen Union in Hardwick and the other a homeschooler — are Good Citizen Challenge participants and wanted to earn more points. A trip to the battlefield is worth 10 points; a visit during the Encampment Weekend earned an additional 20-point bonus.

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