October is National Bullying Prevention Month. For more information on this project, please visit the website of PACER, which created the event in 2006. At the library during October classes will hear stories about kindness, inclusion, and standing up for others. This week these themes will be the focus for grades 1, 2, 3, and 5; in future weeks the topic will be featured in other grades, with most grades focusing on bullying prevention for two of our four October weeks.
DK/TK this week is hearing books about fall, particularly about autumn leaves. (On the right is a nice photo of fall colors in Massachusetts, sent by my older son, Austin.) Grade 4 is also hearing about trees, but these trees are in Kenya, planted as part of the Greenbelt Movement led by Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. You can learn more about her at the Nobel Prize website. One of the many successes of the Greenbelt Movement was to improve the nutrition of Kenyans. This week students will have a chance to earn grains of rice for the United Nations World Food Program by playing the quiz game at Freerice.com. We'll use the game and our book, Planting the Trees of Kenya, to talk about World Food Day, which is next Tuesday, October 16.