Saturday, April 10, 2010


Sat., April 10, 2010 - Meaning of Names / NamePlayground

Meaning of Names

From the site:

One of the things that all people and places have in common is names. Have you ever asked yourself, 'What does my name mean?'. Most people have some idea of what their name means or where their name came from. This site has been set up as a free etymology and onomastics resource to look up the history and meaning of names.

[NOTE: advertisements – Phyllis ]



From the site:

All Top 1000 raw name data used by is from the USA Social Security Administration Top 1000 Baby Name Data. This data does not list every single individual with the name, only the names of people that have been included in the SSA data in the United States between the years 1880 to 2006 and are in the Top 1000 names of each year. Data is processed for name similarity using proprietary algorithms.

[NOTE: advertisements – Phyllis ]


Sat., April 10, 2010 - The Hatfield-McCoy Feud

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud

From the site:
“In American history and folklore the Hatfields and the McCoys symbolize the backwardness and violence most Americans associate with Appalachian mountain culture.  Yet an accurate retelling of this famous instance of family conflict reveals a more complex story…” <<>>


Sat., April 10, 2010 - Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney

Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney
From the site:

The workplaces described in this lesson reveal a good deal about the philosophies and interests of two successful early 20th-century businesspeople who stuck by their principles as they pursued their dreams: Madam C.J. Walker and James Cash Penney. Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) developed, manufactured, and sold formulas for hair care and other beauty products for African-American women… James Cash Penney (1875-1971) believed that working people in isolated regions in the West deserved to have dry goods stores nearby that would offer quality products at reasonable prices.

From: Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plans

Thursday, April 08, 2010


Thurs., April 8, 2010 -

Country Codes, Phone Codes, Dialing Codes, Telephone Codes, ISO Country Codes is your complete guide to call anywhere in the world. The calling chart below will help you find the dialing codes you need to make long distance phone calls to friends, family, and business partners around the globe. Simply find and click the country you wish to call. You'll find instructions on how to call that country using its country code, as well as other helpful information like area codes, ISO country codes, and the kinds of electrical outlets and phone jacks found in that part of the world. Making a phone call has never been easier with


Thurs., April 8, 2010 - 

From the site:

Welcome to  Here you will find 5 timelines featuring some of the key events, inventions, and leaders which had a major impact on the world's history.   Please note that due to limited space, some names and events may not be listed; however, we are confident that a consistent pace has been achieved, and that the subjects and individuals listed are of significant importance.

[NOTE: Last modified: October 03, 2002 – Phyllis ]


Thurs., April 8, 2010 - Talkin' 'bout My Green Generation: Earth Day, April 22

Site found in:
Wise Guide, April 2010

Talkin’ ‘bout My Green Generation

From the site:

In 2010, Earth Day, held every April 22, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisc.), considered one of the leaders of the modern environmental movement, developed the idea for Earth Day after being inspired by the anti-Vietnam-War "teach-ins" that were taking place on college campuses around the United States. Nelson said he envisioned a large-scale, grassroots environmental demonstration "to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda."


Thurs., April 8, 2010 - PBS: The Diary of Anne Frank / NOVA: The Ever Expanding Universe / Bullying

Sites found in:
PBS Teachers Newsletter
April 8, 2010


Masterpiece Classic: The Diary of Anne Frank
On-Air & Online | Sunday, April 11, 2010, 9 - 11:00 pm
    PBS MASTERPIECE is airing a new adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank April 11, which is also Holocaust Remembrance Day. MASTERPIECE will partner with Great Books Foundation and Facing History & Ourselves to promote both the film and educational resources/opportunities including:

        * a teacher's guide written in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
        * a free webinar for educators
        * a discussion guide for book and film clubs
        * an omnibus Resources Guide pulling together the best materials that explore Anne Frank, her context, and relevance today
        * an "open call" to the general public for 3min video diary submissions - winners' work to air at the end of the broadcast(!)
        * a live Twitter event during the April 11 broadcast
        * online features at  including a Q&A with Anne Frank's living first cousin, Buddy Elias and an interview with Francine Prose, author of Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

    More information and a 2-min trailer can also be found at


NOVA: Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever Expanding Universe
On-Air & Online | Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 8 - 9:00 pm
Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12

From the discovery that the Milky Way is just one galaxy among billions to the stunning revelation that these galaxies are speeding away from each other faster every second, this episode investigates the universe's distant past -- and its future. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis ]

NewHour Extra: Alleged Teen Bullies Charged After Classmate's Suicide

Nine teenagers in Massachusetts are facing criminal charges after one of their classmates committed suicide, allegedly because she was upset over relentless teasing and taunting at school.


PBS Online. Copyright 2010

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From:      NOVA Teachers
Date:       Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM
Subject:  [NOVA Teachers] Hunting the Edge of Space: Hour 2 airs April 13
Hello Educators,

In the second hour of this two-part special airing April 13, NOVA
continues to examine how a simple instrument, the telescope, has
fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the

Here is what you'll find online:

Watch the Program
View Hour 1 online now and Hour 2 beginning April 14. (Grades 6-8,

Giant Telescopes of Tomorrow
Immense optical and radio telescopes now in the works promise to
make astonishing discoveries about the cosmos. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Founders of Modern Astronomy
William Herschel often gets the credit, but his sister Caroline was
also a pioneer astronomer. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Catalogue of the Cosmos
Examine some of the universe's weirdest entities. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Hunt for Alien Earths
Astronomers may be on the brink of finding Earth-like planets beyond
our solar system. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Black Holes Explained
Listen in as top physicists take on the challenge. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Media-Rich Lesson Ideas from NOVA
NOVA is delighted to bring an exciting new way to engage your
students in the wonders of science. These media-rich lesson ideas
help you navigate the myriad resources on the NOVA website and
integrate NOVA video, interactive features, lessons, and much more
into your science or social studies classroom. Check out the lesson
ideas for "Hunting the Edge of Space."

Program Transcript
The transcript is usually available one to three weeks after the
original broadcast date.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Wed., April 7, 2010 - Wordle (Generate Word Clouds)


From the site:

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.


Wed., April 7, 2010 - Gwendolyn Brooks / Jack Kerouac / Anton Chekhov / The Great Gatsby / Return to Sender / Scat / That's Not Cool

Sites found in:
The newsletter of Web English Teacher
January 31, 2009


Gwendolyn Brooks
Biography and lesson ideas.

Jack Kerouac
Teaching resources including several video clips at YouTube.


Anton Chekhov
Biography, video, quotable quotes, portrait, and a compilation of blog posts
about the author.


The Great Gatsby Wordles
Tag clouds of each chapter of the novel. Follow links to a Wordle of "The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

More posts about The Great Gatsby


Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
Pre-reading and discussion questions, writing prompts, and interdisciplinary
postreading projects.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Pre-reading and discussion questions, post-reading project suggestions, and
vocabulary words.


That's not Cool
This site that addresses text harassment and use of technology in
violent/controlling relationships. It teaches kids where the limits are and
some great ways to deal with issues. Dubbed "an incredibly excellent
approach" by Nancy Willard, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.


Carla Beard
Web English Teacher

This newsletter is copyright 2009, Web English Teacher.


Wed., April 7, 2010 - 50 Banned Books That Everyone Should Read / Comfort Cravings / Food Allergies / Compendium of Beautiful Libraries / Weird Book Room

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, January 22, 2010


50 Banned Books That Everyone Should Read

Includes capsule descriptions of the recommended books and explanations of why they have been banned.


Comfort Cravings - Psychology Today
A blog about soothing yourself without food and eating healthily and mindfully. Be sure to check out the post on being a mindful food shopper - it's an excellent guide to food industry marketing ploys disguised as health claims for their products.


Food Allergy -
"Supporting families & communities dealing with severe food allergies." The founders of this site, parents of a boy with life-threatening allergies, had to find out everything there was to know about food allergies to keep their son alive and to answer people's questions about his problems. Among the info they provide here are Food allergy basics, the top 8 allergens, allergy-safe foods, keeping your food allergic child safe, and lots more.


Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries - Curious Expeditions
Whenever I travel, no matter what the purpose of the trip, I always visit libraries in that community. The beautiful libraries here are monuments on the grand scale, built to reflect the understanding that libraries represent the highest achievements of humanity. My own librophiliac love letter would also have included some of today's colorful, enchanting children's rooms, built to entice children to a lifetime love of learning and libraries.


Weird Book Room at AbeBooks
Abe offers up "101 crazy and strange titles about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine and a few things you couldn't possibly imagine," including Atlas of the Fleas, The Who's Who of British Beheadings, How To Teach Physics to Your Dog, and my favorite, A Cow Is Too Much Trouble in Los Angeles.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
by Marylaine Block
Copyright 1999.


Wed., April 7, 2010 - Collaborative on Health and the Environment

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

From the site:

CHE's primary activities include:

   1. Sharing scientific research information about the links between environmental contaminants and human disease;
   2. Fostering interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration among diverse constituencies interested in those links; and
   3. Facilitating appropriate actions to reduce exposure to contaminants and to improve care of those affected.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Tues., April 6, 2010 - Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker

Use WebMD To Research Your Symptoms
web md Web MD is one of the most popular health resources on the Web for a few simple reasons, and here they are (in no particular order).

The Symptom Checker is an interesting (and frankly addicting) way to check any symptoms you might be experiencing. Whether you're a man, woman, or child, you can find answers to pretty much any symptom here. Of course, this doesn't substitute for a real live doctor, but it's certainly a good way to get some initial information. The best way to use the Web MD symptom checker is to make sure you have some pretty specific symptoms in mind - you'll get better results this way. Make sure you see a doctor if you come up with anything that needs medical attention.

Source: Web Search Guide


Tues., April 6, 2010 - Sleep Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Is it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep though the night? Do you wake up feeling tired or feel very sleepy during the day, even if you have had enough sleep? You might have a sleep disorder. The most common kinds are

    * Insomnia - a hard time falling or staying asleep
    * Sleep apnea - breathing interruptions during sleep
    * Restless legs syndrome - a tingling or prickly sensation in the legs
    * Narcolepsy - daytime "sleep attacks"

Nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, sleep talking, head banging, wetting the bed and grinding your teeth are kinds of sleep problems called parasomnias. There are treatments for most sleep disorders. Sometimes just having regular sleep habits can help.


Tues., April 6, 2010 - Chemicals & Human Health

The Biology Project: Chemicals & Human Health 

Chemicals & Human Health:  basic toxicology, lung toxicology, environmental tobacco smoke &  lung development, kidneys & metals

[NOTE: Other sections from  previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Tues., April 6, 2010 - Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads / New Jersey Historical Maps / National Institutes of Health: Health Information

Sites found in:
The Scout Report
January 30, 2009
Volume 15, Number 4

The Scout Report on the Web:


Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads

There are few things as fine as a ballad, and the Bodleian Library at the
University of Oxford happens to have over 30,000 in its collection.
Broadside ballads were popular songs, and they were generally sold for a
penny (or less) in villages around Britain between the sixteenth and
twentieth centuries. Many of these ballads have been digitized and placed on
this website for use by music historians, social historians, and members of
the general public. Visitors can click on "The Project" to learn a bit more
about this initiative, and they can move on to listen to a few sound files,
and also learn about the graphic images used on such pieces of music. By
that point, users will be very excited to browse through the digital
collection on their own. If they click on the "Browse/Search" area, they can
perform a detailed search on the ballad titles or first lines. To get
started, visitors might want to type in words like "lucky" or "horse". [KMG]


New Jersey Historical Maps

Taking a geographic trip through the history of New Jersey just got much
easier, courtesy of the Rutgers University Cartographic Services. There's
really something for everyone here, as the site contains over 150 maps that
cover glacier movements, historical county boundaries, early city maps and
plans, and historical railroad maps. The site doesn't have a search engine,
so visitors may have to browse around for a bit to find what they are
looking for here. One collection that is definitely worth a look is "The
Changing Landscape of New Jersey". Here, visitors can click on a specific
county, which will lead them to a set of diverse maps complete with a brief
set of facts about each county.  Also included for each county are links to
the county's historical society (if available), other historical collections
for the county, and a helpful article entitled "A Historian's tips to
students researching local history". [KMG]


National Institutes of Health: Health Information [pdf]
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

The Health Information portion of the National Institutes of Health website
covers a wide range of topics.  This consumer-oriented site includes Quick
Links, on the left side of the page, to such topics as "Child & Teen
Health", "Men's Health", "Minority Health", and "Seniors' Health".  To
browse health categories, the visitor can browse several different ways.
They can browse under "Body Location/Systems", "Conditions/Diseases",
"Procedures", and "Health and Wellness".  On the left side of the page the
visitor can also choose to search for Health Topics alphabetically and for
those more inclined toward audio learning, visitors can listen to NIH Radio
by clicking on "MP3 audio reports" on the right side of the page. The
Research in Action feature in the top middle of the page offers insight into
how humans hear.  Just click on the picture above Research in Action to be
taken to the article.  For visitors who just can't find what they need on
the Health Information site, there are a slew of Related Links near the
bottom of the page, including Health Information on the Web, Health
Newsletters, Health Databases, and Federal Health Agencies. [KMG]


>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2009.

Monday, April 05, 2010


Mon., April 5, 2010 - Parthia: The Forgotten Empire

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Site of the Day for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Parthia: The Forgotten Empire

Today's site, from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, offers an
exhibit on a almost forgotten empire and people -- the Parthians. Gentle
Subscribers may find this an interesting presentation on a culture which has become
one of history's footnotes but which has lent the memorable phrase, "Parthian
shot," to the English lexicon.

"Who were the Parthians? Why are they interesting? What have they left behind? ...
The Parthians created an empire which, at its height, presented Rome with a serious
challenge for the control of the Middle East west of the Euphrates river. They were
the only civilized power to withstand the might of Rome at its height ... So, who
were these Parthians, whose empire stretched from the Hindu Kush to Mesopotamia?
How is it that a people who created an empire which lasted for almost 500 years
have been so nearly forgotten? This presentation will take advantage of the
National Numismatic Collection's collection of Parthian coins in order to answer
these questions and, hopefully to impart a sense of the important role played by
the Parthians in the history of the Middle East." - from the website

The exhibit is divided into a number of sections featuring the history of the
Parthians in a primarily text-based format. The geography section highlights a
number of maps illustrating the extent of the Parthian empire, complete with notes
explaining the significance of each map. Further sections provide details on the
Parthian rulers, from 238 BC to the virtual end of the empire in 224 AD. The links
in the rulers section go directly to the coins associated with that leader and
generally bear that ruler's image. Additional information is provided on the
Parthian coinage itself, while an artefact displaying a "Parthian shot" has also
been included.

Canter to the site for an informative exhibit on the Parthians at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Mon., April 5, 2010 - Electric Scotland

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Hi! It's Friday, January 23, 2009 and time for a Virtual
Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website
Electric Scotland

Take a picture-tour of scenic Scotland! At this site a native
Scotsman shares his love of his homeland through photos and
captions. Don't let a first glimpse of this website deceive
you - there is lots and lots of fun and fascinating content

When you get to the site you'll see a photograph of Pitlochry,
Scotland. Below it is a menu of links to photo archives of
various scenic tours and historic landmarks throughout the
country. Click on any one and the pictorial adventure begins.
But that's not all!

Use the menu that (in very tiny print) at the top left side of
the webpage to explore this site that ClickScholar MaryAnna
recommended. Her description says it all...

"Sometimes a website is so full of information that you just
can't believe it. And then you find out that it has even more
than you thought. This website has almost 300 complete BOOKS
online! Learn all about Scotland: its history, culture,
traditions, beliefs, famous Scots, family lines and
biographies, fairy tales, legends, folk wisdom, influence in
other countries, travel-logues, economy, church history,
sports, geography, literature, and on and on. It's all in a
very accessible format, in readable chunks, with rapid
download. A Scotland aficionado could easily spend a few years
here. Anyone planning scholarly research on Scotland would
definitely want to bookmark this site.

But there's more! This website is loaded with CHILDREN'S
stories, poetry, recipes, heraldry, photos of Scotland, and
even videos! And if that's not impressive enough, how about
some addictive Scottish-themed (and other) arcade games (most
of them require free registration), children's stories in real
audio, and even a children's educational page for those pesky
homework assignments? Enjoy Scottish music and
downloadable/printable games!

You'll also find a FactFiles flashcard screensaver for your
desktop that is full of information about Scotland. You can
interact with the online Scottish community [parental
supervision required] or plan a trip to Scotland.

Do I hear someone crying, "Enough! Enough!"? And yet there's
still a whole lot more. And the site is still growing...


How's that for a recommendation? As MaryAnna effused, there
is a lot of content here. Because of that, we were unable to
review the entire site that also contains links to other
resources we haven't reviewed as well. So, AS ALWAYS, PARENTS


Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

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Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Mon., April 5, 2010 -

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Hi! It's Thursday, January 29, 2008 and time for Social
Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
[NOTE: Previously posted. Site updated. - Phyllis ]

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, although young children
may enjoy aspects of this site with parental assistance)

ClickScholar MaryAnna suggested this website that is
essentially an archive of resources for learning about

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore these items:

*Climate - Learn all about the climate and temperature of
different countries, as well as the geological aspects that
contribute to the climate

*Flags - See the colorful flags of every country.

*Maps - Get maps of the countries of the world, including
population maps, world language maps, earthquake maps, time
zone maps and more!

*Countries - Learn about the history, population, geography,
economy, transportation, communications, education, religion,
government and military in every country. Find out which
countries are the "greenest" and the most livable places on
earth. (Much of the information at this site is from the CIA's
fact book.)

*Geology - Explore a glossary of geologic vocabulary words and

You'll also find convenient country codes and airport codes
here too.

Don't miss reading the publication "Early Childhood: Where
Learning Begins - Geography" that provides simple activities
and ideas on how to teach geography to young children. The
direct link to the publication is:

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website - fast!  Visit the ClickSchooling archives at:

Note: We make every effort to recommend websites that have content that is appropriate for general audiences. Parents should ALWAYS preview the sites for suitable content.

Click Schooling (Clickschooling) is a Federally Registered Trademark.


Mon., April 5, 2010 - Eagle Cam - Live Streaming Video

NatureWatch Eagle Cam - Live Streaming Video of a Wild Eagle Nest

Come see wild eagles in their nest in the Oregon Cascade Mountains.
Watch a New Eagle Grow from Birth to Flight on this Webcam
This live streaming video of a wild eagle nest is located high in the cascade mountains in the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

March 28, 2010 -- The eagles are now taking care of two eggs!

Sunday, April 04, 2010


Sun., April 4, 2010 - Music, Theatre, Dance

From the site: Music
Includes Music Resources, Instruments, Great Composers, and more English Theatre English Theatre is designed to uncover the behind-the-scenes…that will lead to a greater understanding of and appreciation for the people and processes involved in transforming a play from the page to the stage. French Theatre
This section presents an overview of the history of theatre and its milestones: the major periods, the famous…<<>> Dance
Dance lovers, students and teachers: this is where you'll find engaging and interactive educational resources…<<>> Secret Life of Costumes
The Costuming Process
This process includes such stages as planning, designing, budgeting, buying, treating fabric, cutting and sewing, and opening night. Read about all these and more.

[NOTE: Some sections previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., April 4, 2010 - TThe Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present

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Site of the Day for Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture from Antiquity to the Present

Today's site, from the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu,
California, presents an exhibit highlighting the use of color in sculpture from
ancient to modern times. Gentle Subscribers will discover an engaging display
designed to illuminate the role color has played in an art form that is still
generally not perceived as being associated with color.

"This exhibition features polychrome (multicolored) masterpieces that reveal the
many uses of color in figural sculpture over the course of four millennia. ...
Since antiquity, sculptors have utilized colored materials and applied pigments to
give a lifelike quality to their statues. ... Color can also help identify the
subject of a work. The pigmentation of skin, garments, and accessories often
conveys royal or divine status and distinguishes social roles." - from the website

The exhibit offers a slideshow emphasizing European sculpture with a focus on the
human figure, stretching back to ancient Greece. An accompanying audio component
gives the visitor a guided tour of the exhibit, explaining how the concept of
polychrome sculpture, common in ancient figures, was lost over the ages. Additional
features of the exhibit include videos, such as the one zeroing in on the colors of
ancient sculptures, as well as an examination of a particular sculpture and the
delineation of the significance of the colors used in its design. A final section
focuses on the work of a modern sculptor, with an audio commentary.

Stroll over to the exhibit for an informative tour of sculpture and color at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Sun., April 4, 2010 - Tropical Fish / MERLOT

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, January 15, 2010

Badman's Tropical Fish
Whether you've just gotten your first tropical fish or you're a long-time tropical fish hobbyist, you'll find plenty of useful information here, including fishkeeping ABCs, fish profiles, info on aquatic diseases, a photo gallery, message boards, and more.


MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Faculty should appreciate how this site helps them "Find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues, and Be recognized for your contributions to quality education.
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
by Marylaine Block
Copyright 1999.


Sun., April 4, 2010 - Talk, Listen, Connect: Videos for Military Families

Talk, Listen, Connect
Deployments, Homecomings, Changes

From the site:

In recognition of the contributions made by the United States Armed Forces, Sesame Workshop presents this bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share.

We are proud to offer support to help military families as they face challenging transitions.

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