Kid Scoop goes farming

Today’s Kid Scoop studies the amazing Polyface farm in Virginia, which does its best to use “solar power” to keep its operation going. Notice that we put “solar power” in quotes because we’re not talking about the modern, solar-panel version of solar power. You’ll have to check out this video to learn more about how Polyface’s version of solar power works: http://youtu.be/KxTfQpv8xGA

You and your parents can use solar power in a similar way with a chicken tractor. Take a tour of the structure: http://youtu.be/2DJjEIPqF7M

See a cattle roundup on a Wyoming farm. Even the kids help out. http://youtu.be/RNWQQPvNJBs

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

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Kid Scoop: Olive Trees

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Thoughts on olive trees

I love olives! Without them how would the black-eyed peas make a living? — Everest Robinson, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

Olives, you go to eat one and you see those dreadful eyes looking you right in your face. At that point, you know it will be a dreadful meal. Sure, they may look all cool and colorful. But, they’re a killer in disguise. Olives, even the name sounds bad. — Ryan Black, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

Olives are okay. I’ll have one if I have too. — Cayden Healy, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

I love olives because they are strong, good and juicy. They are also very zesty. They are a good little snack to eat. They are neither hard nor soft, but just right. — Laykin Feeser, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

I hate olives. They are really bad to me. My mom loves them and always tries to make me have one, but I don’t. That’s why I don’t like olives. — Madison Dicely, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop: Favorite Books

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Sell that book

My favorite book that I think kids should read is “Soul Surfer.” This book tells about a girl that was attacked by a shark and lost her arm. She still does everything she did before but with one arm. This book tells people that even though a body part is missing, you still have to have faith in yourself and make it seem better than what you think it is. So, this book will be good for kids because it will tell them when something gets rough you get up and make it better. — Gabrielle Bossom, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite book is “The Beast” by R.L. Stine. It’s a very fun read with lots of twists and turns! It’s about a ghost on a roller coaster. I love it! — Hannah Culp, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

My favorite book is the “Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey.” Four kids travel through Europe to find clues to save a friend. This book has plenty of action and suspense to keep you engaged. The book is a very good read and you should check it out. — Ricardo Taylor, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite book is “Harold and The Purple Crayon.” It’s funny and easy to read. It lets you use your imagination. I think everyone should read it. — Jara Mumma, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

My favorite book is “Hero” by Mike Lupica. I think other kids should read this because a boy named Zach finds out he has powers. He eventually uses his powers to fight “The Bads,” the villains. Zach faces many challenges and Mike Lupica ends each chapter with a huge cliffhanger. This book would really appeal to kids who like super powers and cliffhangers. — Jared Dickson, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop is in sync with Cinco de Mayo

Today’s Kid Scoop features a look at Cinco de Mayo and all of the traditions surrounding the holiday that celebrates Mexican culture.

To fit into your local Cinco de Mayo celebration try on a sombrero, the traditional Mexican hat.

Here in America, Cinco De Mayo celebrations usually include people in traditional Mexican dress and Mariachi music. Those people usually wear a sombreros, wide-brimmed hats meant to keep the wearer cool.

Though the sombrero isn’t worn much in modern culture, in the 1800s it was widely used is essentially the Mexican version of the cowboy hat.

Unlike cowboy hats, sombreros can be purchased with a wide variety of designs on them, and those designs can be extremely intricate and beautiful.

For a quick guide on the holiday, watch this video: http://youtu.be/4nde7NGWNKU

Want to know how to fill up your pinata? Here are some tips: http://youtu.be/xHAcUXb3UYU Well, not so much tips, but some girls acting goofy.

Learn about Mexico’s geography and how it has shaped the country’s history. http://youtu.be/lbmo9aO27L0

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

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Kid Scoop: Good Deeds

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Do a good deed daily

I saved my aunt’s life. I was at McDonald’s, and I saw her slip. She looked badly hurt. I ran over as fast as I could. I helped her up. She could not stand at all. I called 911.They came and put her in an ambulance. They ask for my name, last name, and phone number. They called me and said that if had not helped her, she would have been paralyzed. — Jara Mumma, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

One time at Thanksgiving, we were visiting my great-grandma in her retirement home. One of her neighbors never has anyone visiting her, so we took my great-grandma and her to bingo downstairs. Even though I don’t like going there much, we still had fun!! — Kurt Eichhorn, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

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Don’t be a chicken, check out Kid Scoop

Today Kid Scoop turns its focus to chickens. Well, not exactly chickens — it talks about how a micro loan helped create a chicken business in Africa.

Did you know there's more chickens on Earth than there are people?

That tidbit was just enough for Junior Dispatch to ask, “Hey, where did chickens come from?” No, this isn’t a chicken-or-the-egg question, but rather we wondered where the first chickens lived. What were they like in the wild?

According to the always helpful Wikipedia, the domestic chicken is a subspecies of he Red Junglefowl, and originally came from India. There are also more chickens on the earth (24 billion) than there are people (7 billion).

When left to their natural habits, female chickens will lay about 12 eggs and wait for them to hatch. During this time, they fiercely defend their nest, eggs and hatchlings.

The term “pecking order” comes from the study of chickens, where it was observed that the strongest chicken of the bunch kept the rest of his or her flock “in line” by poking them with his beak.

And now for the videos!

Chickens do techno! http://youtu.be/p_2_EJogf2A

Raising chickens in the city. http://youtu.be/gLVXWyMRLes

A look at how chickens behave and what they do. http://youtu.be/bOizKdscvck

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

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Kid Scoop: Education Opportunities

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: What if school was closed forever?

If I didn’t get an opportunity to get an education, I would be lost. First, I would be confused and wouldn’t understand anything. Also, think about it, you would get bored of staying home all day. Really, would you like to stay home every day? School or education gives you a chance to learn or know new things. It makes me think about the kids that don’t have an education. I’m one of the luckiest kids out there! — Madison Krammer, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

If schools closed forever, I would move to Hawaii and be a hula dancer, a surfer and work at a smoothie shack. I would also live in the biggest suite in a fancy hotel. With all my jobs, I’ll be rich and I’ll be 5 foot 10 inches. My suite will have a Jacuzzi, hot tub and a private pool. My whole life will change but I will miss all the teachers. — Caylynn Beinhower, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

What would be your first reaction when you heard that school was out forever? My first reaction would be “YAY!” Then, it wouldn’t be so great because in school you have time to be with your friends and to meet new people. School is a time to learn new things and have fun with it! If we had no school, everyone would be clueless in everything they did. Sure you have to do work and dread it but it isn’t so bad. You also have time to do what you want and talk to friends and so many other things! A world without school is an unknown world. It’s a world with a HUGE missing piece. — Bri Perez, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

There would be two things that would happen. Some kids would celebrate and some would cry. — Everest Robinson, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

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The post office goes green with Kid Scoop

You might think the Pony Express was a green way to deliver the mail, but it was eventually replaced by the development of the telegraph.

Today’s Kid Scoop takes a look at what the U.S. Postal Service is doing to go green. “Going Green” isn’t something that’s easy to do. Often times companies that go green have to sacrifice profits and man-hours to make their operations more environmentally friendly.

It’s a noble effort, and we appreciate it because going green helps everyone in the long run. The air is cleaner. The world is a little quieter. The environment is more secure.

The postal service has a massive operation that includes a huge fleet of delivery trucks and airplanes. But did you know that it once included delivery of the mail by horseback? http://youtu.be/y1R-GeEd95c

In this video, watch a postal service machine suck up the mail and send it on its way. http://youtu.be/HiJjujTznFk

What happens when a letter can’t get to where it was going? It goes to the dead letter office. Learn more about it: http://youtu.be/WDQIw6LbiPo

Editor’s note: Kid Scoop is appearing in Tuesday’s newspapers across the Junior Dispatch readership area this week.

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

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Kid Scoop: The Future

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Hope for the future

Cars to fly zooming by
Bikes to float instead of boats
Robots to run
So fun
Open the gate
The future waits
Jara Mumma, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

When I grow up I can see
me being who I want to be.
I first will go to a great college
and attain some valuable knowledge.
Then I’ll be living in a family of four,
with a cute cat and a kitten for sure.
In the line of fashion, I’ll have a job
making clothes for a stylish mob.
I can see my fashions one day
hitting the Paris runway.
Then I’ll own a mansion
undergoing some expansion.
I’ll write a novel or two,
and paint the grand dining room blue.
I’ll win the Newberry for my newest book
called, “My Life, Just a Look.”
I’ll next get a Caldecott for another
called, “When the Fire Won’t Smother.”
JoAnne Grosskopf, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

I want a driver’s license
That would be nice
Get a college degree
My parents would be so proud
I hope my future ends happily
Caylynn Beinhower, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop clues you in on the election

In a few weeks, Pennsylvania will do its part in picking the next president. On April 23, voters in the Republican party can go to the polls and make their selection on the candidate they think has the best chance of defeating President Barack Obama.

In today’s edition of Kid Scoop, you can get a quick lesson on how the voting works in a primary and how it leads to the general election in November.

Here at Junior Dispatch, we were thinking about all the other ways you can learn about politics and the politicians themselves. A few decades ago, you might have picked up a comic about the presidents, for example.

Now it’s more common to learn about the presidents on websites such as YouTube or in a documentary on TV.

We took a look at YouTube and found a few neat videos about elections and presidents.

How the electoral college works, as described by GCP Grey. http://youtu.be/OUS9mM8Xbbw

Here talk show host Jimmy Kimmel talks to kids about politics. http://youtu.be/AquJ0ICKimU

Who knew Herbert Hoover was kind of interesting … he spoke Chinese to talk in secret! http://youtu.be/ifCyyPry-28

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

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Kid Scoop: The Easter Bunny

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Bunny Sightings

Young Ally, Alexis, Elyssa and Dana were walking around the forest heading home when they thought they saw a bunny. An Easter bunny they say. They seem to say that he was hopping around the forest when they saw him eating chocolate then they went to follow him and he vanished. They say they found him in the Red Wood’s Forest. When they were walking home they said they saw him at 3:30pm and then he was gone at 3:40pm. He was brown with white spots. He didn’t have normal teeth they were sparkling white. You would think they would have been yellow because he eats all that chocolate, but NO! They were sparking white, so I guess it is true the Easter Bunny is real not imaginary. — Dana Cutti, fourth grade, End of the Rainbow, Ms. Lindsay

I saw the Easter Bunny hopping around an Easter egg hunt at my church. He was eating all the candy in the plastic Easter eggs. I guess the Easter Bunny has a sweet tooth! I saw this all go down on April first. I guess he was playing an April fool’s joke on us. This was reporter Miller in and out! — Sarah Miller, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

Hi, I am an ABC News reporter. Today people say they spotted the Easter Bunny in Bunnyville. They say he or she had a pink belly and a white body. Some people say it’s just a weirdo wearing a bunny suit. Now we are live with Logan Graeff. “Hi, I was sitting on my porch, and he was hopping along. I tried to get him, but he took a cab. Back to you, see you next time.” — Logan Graeff, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop: Fortune Cookies

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Your fortune cookie

You are very wise. You may see your answer is right in front of you. In your past you were weak. In your future you are strong. Never give up. You will accomplish whatever you face. — Megan Knight, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

If I were to write a fortune, it would be “Help, I’m trapped in a Chinese restaurant!” — Patrick McCullough, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

You can’t choose how you will die, but you can choose how you will live. — Monique DeLee, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

You will find your love tonight at 8:00. — Trevor Henderson, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop: Leap Year

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Your Leap Day Birthday

Yes, because that would be awesome. I would feel like my life is eternal and I would never get old. If I were born in 2000, I would be turning three years old this year. The best part is that I would be one of the smartest three year olds on earth. — Benjamin Shoul, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

I would not want my birthday to be on February 29th because I would not have a party once a year. I would have it every four years! That’s too long for me! — Mia Christensen, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

My birthday on February 29th! No way! That means I would have a birthday only one time every four years. That would mean only one party every four years with my friends. Get a year older every four years? No! I wouldn’t be able to drive for 64 years! There’s no way I’d let that happen. Having a birthday on February 29th would be the worst thing ever. — Jared Dickson, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop: Valentine’s Day

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Sweet snacks

Sugar is sweet.
Sugar is yummy.
Have too much and you might hurt your tummy.
Tiara Musselman, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

Sugar is sweet.
Sugar is fun.
Sugar is for everyone.
KJ Keane, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

On Valentine’s Day you love the snacks
until you no longer have six packs.
Meagan Holder, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop: Super Star Moments

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: Star of the Game

I would play soccer! My special moment will be to score a goal in The World Cup! — Matthew Smyser, second grade, Roundtown El., Mrs. Kelly

I would play soccer, and I would score 20 goals in the first half of the game, and I have 64 goals at the end of the game. That would be my moment. What’s yours? — Madison Dicely, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

If I were a professional athlete, I would be a rally racer. An amazing moment in my career is in my first race. It would be neck and neck at the finish. He gets a little ahead of me but I catch up. At the finish, I get ahead by a teeny bit and win. That would be my amazing moment in my career. — Dominique Ullrich, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

If I could be a professional athlete, I would be a swimmer. One time that was awesome in my swimming career was, when one of my teammates was being drowned by unconsciousness, I dived down and grabbed her hand and pulled her up. Pretty Cool! — Jara Mumma, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

It’s the 4th quarter, the score 38 to 33. We’re on our 15-yard line and I’m the quarterback. I call a Hail Mary. Hike…the play starts. Nobody’s open. Then my wide receiver jukes his guy. I pass it and it’s a perfect one. “TOUCHDOWN,” boomed the announcer. — Garrett Moore, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

I would play basketball, and my amazing moment would be if I got the ball in the hoop 32 times. — Gabby Messenger, fourth grade, Fishing Creek El., Mr. Richcrick

Softball pitcher! I was in the last inning, pitching. The crowd was so silent that you could hear your own heart beating. The batter walked up to the place, ready, focused and fierce. I took a deep breath. If I didn’t strike this person out, the other team would score and we would lose. My team would be devastated. “Foul,” yelled the umpire as the pitch flew off the bat. “Foul,” he yelled again. I took one more deep breath. “STRIKE!” he yelled. He was out. We had won. — JoAnne Grosskopf, sixth grade, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

I would like to play NFL football. One game I dived for the

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