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Be Red Cross Ready…

September 13, 2017


The Red Cross

 Beyond the Beaches


Go Green

July 6, 2017


Earth Day Every Day

Green Classroom Ideas

Oh How Cute

July 1, 2017

Tiger, Orangutan Babies Playmates at Zoo



CISARUA, Indonesia (Feb. 28) – Call them the odd couples. A pair of month-old Sumatran tiger twins have become inseparable playmates with a set of young orangutans, an unthinkable match in their natural jungle habitat in Indonesia’s tropical rainforests.

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Dema, the 26-day-old Sumatran Tiger cub, cuddles up to the 5-month-old Orangutan, Irma. The animals have shared a nursery room since they were rejected by their mothers.

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The friendship between 5-month-old female baby primates Nia and Irma, and cubs Dema and Manis, has blossomed at the Taman Safari zoo where they share a room in the nursery.

After being abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth, the four play fight, nipping and teasing each other, and cuddling up for a shared nap when they are worn out.

“This is unusual and would never happen in the wild,” said zoo keeper Sri Suwarni, bottle-feeding a baby chimp on Wednesday. “Like human babies, they only want to play.”

The four have lived side-by-side for a month without a single act of hostility, she said.

Indonesian tigers and orangutans are both endangered species, threatened by rapidly shrinking habitats.

Conservationists estimate there are fewer than 700 Sumatran tigers still alive, while fewer than 60,000 orangutans remain in the wild. Around 90 percent of the jungle has been destroyed by illegal logging, poaching and cut-and-burn farming practices on Borneo and Sumatra islands.

The exceptional friendship will likely be short-lived, said veterinarian Retno Sudarwati, because as the animals grow up their natural survival instincts will kick in.

“When the time comes, they will have to be separated. It’s sad, but we cant’ change their natural behavior,” she said. “Tigers start eating meat when they are three months old.”

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June Bugs…

June 2, 2017

June Schedule


The Hindenburg May 6 1937

May 2, 2017



“Radio Days – Hindenburg”


What is a dirigible?

You’ve seen them at one time or another.  Those great big blimps that cover sporting events.  Read about the history of these giant air balloons.  This month is the anniversary of the Great Hindenburg that ended up self destructing due to highly flammable gas and materials that it was made of.

 Vidicom : The Hindenburg Disaster – Titanic of the Sky

A Really, Really Smart Parrot!

March 1, 2017


By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent

The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short.

The bird, a captive African grey called N’kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour.

He invents his own words and phrases if he is confronted with novel ideas with which his existing repertoire cannot cope – just as a human child would do.

N’kisi’s remarkable abilities feature in the latest BBC Wildlife Magazine.

N’kisi is believed to be one of the most advanced users of human language in the animal world.About 100 words are needed for half of all reading in English, so if N’kisi could read he would be able to cope with a wide range of material.

Polished wordsmith

He uses words in context, with past, present and future tenses, and is often inventive.

One N’kisi-ism was “flied” for “flew”, and another “pretty smell medicine” to describe the aromatherapy oils used by his owner, an artist based in New York.

When he first met Dr Jane Goodall, the renowned chimpanzee expert, after seeing her in a picture with apes, N’kisi said: “Got a chimp?”

He appears to fancy himself as a humourist. When another parrot hung upside down from its perch, he commented: “You got to put this bird on the camera.”Dr Goodall says N’kisi’s verbal fireworks are an “outstanding example of interspecies communication”.

In an experiment, the bird and his owner were put in separate rooms and filmed as the artist opened random envelopes containing picture cards.

Analysis showed the parrot had used appropriate keywords three times more often than would be likely by chance.

Captives’ frustrations

This was despite the researchers discounting responses like “What ya doing on the phone?” when N’kisi saw a card of a man with a telephone, and “Can I give you a hug?” with one of a couple embracing.

Professor Donald Broom, of the University of Cambridge’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots.”

Alison Hales, of the World Parrot Trust, told BBC News Online: “N’kisi’s amazing vocabulary and sense of humour should make everyone who has a pet parrot consider whether they are meeting its needs.

“They may not be able to ask directly, but parrots are long-lived, and a bit of research now could mean an improved quality of life for years.”

All images courtesy and copyright of Grace Roselli.

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Penny Harvest … Did You Know?

November 29, 2013



Nationwide students in 807 schools gathered $711,394.58 in pennies during the 06/07 school year.

A Pretty Penny

The most valuable pennies known to exist were minted in 1793, and the only four known to exist today are worth $275,000 each.

Award winner!

Common Cents won the NY1 New Yorker of the year award for 2007.
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Child Philanthropy

The Penny Harvest is the largest child philanthropy program in the United States


Pennies made from 1793 to 1837 were pure copper. Today the alloy is 97.5% zinc and only 2.5% copper.

Faces on coins

In 1909, President Lincoln appeared on a one-cent coin and became the first real person—as well as the first American president—to have his face appear on a regular-issue American coin.

Facing right

Why does the portrait of Abraham Lincoln face to the right when all of the other presidents’ portraits face to the left? Lincoln faces right not because of a law, but simply because Lincoln happened to face right in the image Brenner used to design the coin.

More pennies

There are more one-cent coins produced than any other denomination

Penny Designs

There have been 11 different designs featured on the penny.

Students’ Self-worth

100% of teachers surveyed this year agreed that participation in the Penny Harvest increases students’ self-worth as well as increasing students’ empathy for the needs of others.

Then and now

The image on the first cent was of a lady with flowing hair, who symbolized liberty. The coin was larger and made of pure copper, while today’s smaller penny is made of copper and zinc.

What’s in a name?

The proper term for a once cent coin is “one cent piece,” but in common usage this coin is often referred to as a penny or cent. Many times, even the Treasury Department and the United States Mint use the term penny because that is what is normally referred to in general use by the public.

We Need to know What’s Happening… Darfur

May 22, 2007

The continent of Africa is a beautiful place.  It has may different people, many states, many different languages and dialects and many different governments.  It is not a united continent as we are.  Every state has its own government and answers only to themselves.  There is no President of United Africa.  A government that is unstable results in many problems, groups of people fight and lots of times decisions are not made the right way.  Therefore many suffer, starve, or are killed.