Kid Scoop explores the rainforest

Kid Scoop is using today’s page to take a tour of Earth’s rainforests. One of the more important aspects of the worlds rainforests is that they help to replenish the oxygen needed for people and animals to live. Some even say that 26 percent of the world’s supply of oxygen came from the rainforest.

The problem is that, in general, the rainforest is being depleted quite quickly, mainly by people clearing it for farmland or the logging industry.

Rainforests have multiple levels, as described in Kid Scoop. The Upper Canopy is the sun-gathering region of the rainforest. The Lower Canopy catches most of the rest of the sun. The Understory is where a lot of animals make their home. The Forest floor is damp and dark, and only 2 percent of the sunlight from above makes it here.

Humans can live in the rainforest as well. In fact the rainforest is  the home of dozens of  “lost tribes” of people who live off the land — and have done so for centuries. While these groups are sometimes encountered by loggers, explorers and scientists, they largely avoid contact with the modern world.

Learn how plant and animal work together in the rainforest: http://youtu.be/3xN7bPTz7gw

Take a look at how rainforest deforestation has been fought: http://youtu.be/rm8TyJ2fOaw

And here’s a look at some of the quiet beauty of the rainforest: http://youtu.be/3mJigg8a1Vs

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 sets sail with pirates

Kid Scoop, our favorite newspaper supplement, uses today’s entry to look at women pirates. Yep, it may be hard to believe, but there were a few female pirates in history.

The two most famous female pirates were Mary Read and Anne Bonny, both of whom disguised themselves as men to set sail in the Caribbean. The two even worked on the same ship as one another.

You can learn about the duo in this student video: http://youtu.be/ddFMTuA1yi8

But this is Junior Dispatch, so you’re sure to want something more exciting than that. How about the trailer for “Cutthroat Island” a movie from the 1990s about a female pirate. http://youtu.be/zvzK7dz9qMI

Want to know how to make a pirate costume for girls? Check this out! http://youtu.be/hvopk72Bx3Y (This has a little bit of advertising, but you don’t have to pay attention to that.)

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 and the riddle of leap years

Today’s Kid Scoop page gives you all the information you need to know about the secret day that happens only once every four years: Leap Day!

Leap Days aren’t really all that secret, but since they happen only once every four years they are definitely special. One of the most interesting aspects of Leap Days is about what happens to people who are born on April 29.

Take a look at this: Say Carley was born late in the evening on April 29, 1992 — say at 11:57 p.m. In the room next to Carley, another kid, Charlie, was being born, but his mom took a little longer, and he arrived on March 1, 1992 at 1:03 a.m. So although they were born on different days, they were born just minutes apart.

But celebrating birthdays is a whole other issue.

In 1993, Charlie celebrates his first birthday. But Carley? She doesn’t get a birthday in 1993, because there’s no April 29 to have it.

As 1994 and 1995 pass, Charlie turns two and then three, but Carley is still technically a toddler because she hasn’t turned one yet! Sure, Carlie is growing just as fast as Charlie, but she hasn’t turned one yet.

Finally, 1996 arrives and Carley turns the big 1, a day later, Charlie turns 4.

As the years roll on, the age discrepancy between the two grows larger. By 2012, Charlue is 20 years old and Carley turns five.

Does this mean Carley can’t drive? Does she have to wait 20 years to enter pre-school? Has she been shorted 15 years worth of birthday gifts?

No, don’t worry about Carley. Most families end up celebrating “Leap Baby” birthdays on April 28. School and government computer systems also take this calendar oddity into account and would let “Leap Baby” Carley go to school and take her driver’s test alongside her buddy Charlie.

Like we said, it’s just a technicality.

Why do we have a leap year? Here’s a brief explainer: http://youtu.be/7wRkQl9wsjs

Trying to remember the lengths of the months, try this: http://youtu.be/dsiqK8jGEWo

But maybe you were looking for some other sort of leap babies? How about some jumping ducks? http://youtu.be/JkBSkFyUyv0

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 digs the presidents

Today’s edition of Kid Scoop takes a look at what it takes to be a president — namely the presidents called Lincoln and Washington.

Here at Junior Dispatch, we’ve focused a lot on Abraham Lincoln in our “Life with Lincoln” feature. You can check it out by going here. The link includes plenty of videos and other activities for you to do on your upcoming day off of school.

As for George Washington, we like him too — He’s our first president after all!

In fact, you can read his life story here at Project Gutenberg.

You can learn a little more about the American presidents in the videos below. Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

The Presidents song by the Animaniacs is a little out of date, but a lot of fun: http://youtu.be/Vvy0wRLD5s8

Why’s Washington so grumpy? http://youtu.be/e2_mIqwZ0gM

The Presidents — Washington & Lincoln: http://youtu.be/sDJB0QbT32A

A quick Washington biography: http://youtu.be/Ti2hV7BfYBo

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: Ruby Bridges

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

Topic: School 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, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, 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, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop celebrates Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born in the 1920s and worked as a cable car driver, editor, dancer and poet.

Today Kid Scoop takes a look at the amazing Maya Angelou, a poet and novelist whose work has inspired young people for decades.

She had a lot of things to deal with at a young age: the divorce of her parents, moving from home to home, poverty and other issues.

Since that difficult period, Angelou has won Grammy awards, named poet laureate and honored by the president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Along with its focus on Maya Angelou, today’s Kid Scoop also features work by you, where local students write about “What Would You Like to Happen in Your Future?”  Junior Dispatch will host those entries in a a few days.

Take a look at Angelou’s life in this mini-biography. Please note that this involves some unfortunately adult themes, but ones that are important for all to hear. http://youtu.be/LyHqafC740Q

Here, Angelou talks about the power of words and her craft. http://youtu.be/9vIXgBJuphw

Here’s a review of her groundbreaking first novel, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” http://youtu.be/7dt7SpIkBoM

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: Needs and Wants

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

Topic: Needs and Wants

Three things that I absolutely NEED in my life are my family’s love because without it I would be heartbroken. Next, I NEED my family. Without my family I would not be able to do the activities I wanted. Last, I NEED school because I could not have a job in my future without it. Three things that I want are a video camera, to be an awesome singer when I get older and my family to be healthy and happy. — Jordyn Altland, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I want a phone. I want a laptop. I want a rat. I need baby clothes. I need an umbrella. I need my Dad to stay around more often. — Mia Christensen, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

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Kid Scoop: Superbowl Scoop

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, Grade 2, Roundtown Elementary, 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, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, 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, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, 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, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, 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, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I would play basketball, and my amazing moment would be if I got the ball in the hoop 32 times. — Gabby Messenger, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, 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, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I would like to play NFL football. One game I dived for the ball in the back of the end zone and I caught it one handed. — Jaden Henline, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

I’m a softball player. Two outs. It’s the bottom of the 7th inning. I’m pitching. Bases loaded. We’re up by one. Pitch one…she hits it! It’s foul. Pitch two…strike. Pitch three…strike! She’s out! We win! — McKenna Baker, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I don’t like sports, but if I were a good golfer, I’d get a par. — Cayden Healy, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

As a pro-lacrosse player, I would make the last goal. The score is tied 7 to 7. One more point and we would win. Halfway down the field someone would pass me the ball. I would shoot and miss with 30 seconds still on the clock. Someone would pass me the ball. I would shoot. I made the last goal to make our team win. Everyone would cheer and clap. We had won the game! — Jordyn Altland, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I would swim because it’s refreshing and very fun. That’s why I would swim. — Patrick McCullough, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

The sport I would play is field hockey! I would make an amazing goal and win the game. Everyone would yell “Yay” or “Go, Alyssa!” It would be a perfect win. That’s my amazing moment. — Alyssa Conaway, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If I were a pro athlete, I would be a pro athlete in cheering. A good moment that happened in my pro sports career is when I won a trophy for the best cheerleader. — Mia Christensen, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

This is the X-games. I have to pull off something great. “Jordan Flander,” the loud speakers called. I pulled my BMX bike up and dropped down the quarter pipe. I flew off the ramp and did a double tail whip into a grinding pull and did an icicle grind down it. I got a score of 10 and won first place in X-games BMX!!!! — Jordan Flanders, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

In my baseball experience, I had one amazing experience. I had 99 runs. I ran and touched the base and I got 100 runs. — Everest Robinson, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

If I were a professional football player, I would be on the Pittsburgh Steelers. I would be a left side receiver like Troy Polamalu. It is 27-26 against the Ravens. They’re at the 5-yard line about to get a touchdown. They hike it. I tackle Ray Lewis. There are only two seconds left in the game. It was over. The Steelers have won. Whopee! — Kia Andrews, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

I would play football. It is fun. A great moment would be to get to win the Super Bowl and get the MVP Award. — Trevor Henderson, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

“Go, Go, Go, Go!” shouts the crowd. And Olivia Hanlon wins the race. Everyone shouted and whistled and cheered. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a professional track and field star. The biggest moment in my career would have to be this one, winning my first race just barely. Well, bye. I’m off to claim my prize. — Olivia Hanlon, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If I were a professional athlete, I would be a cheerleader. The best moments I’ve had so far in cheerleading is getting my running round-off backhand spring tuck. I could never have done it without the support of my friends. — Caylynn Beinhower, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

It’s the first time my cheerleading squad entered a competition. We go through the routine one last time before it’s our turn. It was perfect except for the last part – the stunts! We only had two weeks to practice the whole routine and every time we tried we failed. The coach mixed us up with different people. They called our names and we were very scared. We stepped out on the mats. One little mistake and my team goes back a level, so far so good. It’s time for the stunts. The crowd is screaming our names and the judges look impressed, time for the stunts. The first one is okay, but the back one is perfect. Everyone in the crowd is cheering! — Grace Couse, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop: Mayan Calendar

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

Topic: Favorite Month

My favorite month of the year is December. It isn’t my birth month but it’s great. I love December because I love the winter. I love playing in the snow. I also love December because it brings happiness and joy to all no matter what religion. — Rumeesa Syed, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is November because of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. They both are for saying thanks to the military. — Trevor Henderson, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

December is my favorite month because you get to be with your family more over Christmas break. I try to look at Christmas as being a holiday for family, not just presents. — Danielle Klunk, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is September because that’s when my birthday is and you get to make big leaf piles and jump into them. We have big trees so it’s really fun. That’s why I love September. — Caylynn Beinhower, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

November is the best month. Just listen to this. Thursday night football starts! Thanksgiving dinner is where you can just pig out. Then the day after, you can wake up at 4:00 AM and find some wonderful deals. Last, but not least, my birthday is in November. November is the best! — Sean Wolfe, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is October because at that time the leaves turn orange, yellow, red and brown. Everything is so beautiful and that is why I like October. — Madison Dicely, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month is September because it’s my birthday and my mamaw’s birthday! It’s the start of the new school year! I LOVE SEPTEMBER!! — Nicole Mummert, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is June because my birthday is in June and I go to the beach. — Owen Kaun, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month is January because that is when skiing is at its best. — Wyatt Debnam, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is December because it is snowing outside, and you get to play in the snow. You have snowball fights and make snowmen. I also like December because it is Christmas and I get lots of toys. I also get to play with them. That is why I like December. — Ricky Dumais, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month of the year is July because my birthday is in that month. My family and I usually go to the beach in July. Sometimes, I visit my grandparents in July. They live in West Virginia. My favorite thing to do in July is to have cookouts and roast s’mores. — Andy Swingler, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is December because you get to put up the Christmas tree, listen to Christmas songs and play in snow. — Gabby Messenger, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

I love June because my birthday is June 20th. It is also because it’s the beginning of summer so everybody is always happy. I just hate cold weather. — Allie Bonagura, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is October because my birthday is in October and it’s Halloween. That’s why it is my favorite month. — Aaliyah Ansari, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

August is my favorite month because it is my birthday month. It is a time of the year when I’m the star of the show. — Danielle Moberly, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop: Chinese New Year

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

Topic: 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, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If I were to write a fortune, it would be “Help, I’m trapped in a Chinese restaurant!” — Patrick McCullough, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

You can’t choose how you will die, but you can choose how you will live. — Monique DeLee, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

This year, the Chinese New Year marked the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. (PAOLO CAMERA)

You will find your love tonight at 8:00. — Trevor Henderson, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

Sometimes the easy decision is the wrong decision. — JoAnne Grosskopf, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

The fortune would say “Never give up on your hopes and dreams.” — Madison Dicely, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

Your ear is burning! Someone must be thinking about you. They will soon surprise you. Oh, and your lucky numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …etc.! You’re a lucky person! — Sarah Cooper, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

My fortune cookie would say “If you eat vegetables, you’ll die.” — Caylynn Beinhower, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

You will have peace when you are joyful and not so selfish. — Judith Sanchez-Rojo, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If you and someone in your family are mean to each other, change your personalities.– Faith Malley, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

Today may be the best day in the world, but only YOU can make it the best. — Macey Bahlow, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

When you grow up, you will have a spouse and 3 children. — Ricky Dumais, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

Follow your dreams and never give up! — Olivia Hanlon, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

Your identity will be discovered in a bowl of cookies. — Aaliyah Ansari, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

A man who is late on his air conditioner payment loses his cool. — Braden Dunn, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If I were in charge of writing the fortunes in fortune cookies, one of the fortunes would be “Winning is a good thing, but don’t over do it.” — Jillian Daggs, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

Your smile may shine like the sun, but your personality shines better. — Danielle Amoriell, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

You are a nice friend. — Cayden Healy, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

You’re destined for greatness. It’s up to you to make your fortune come true. — Bri Perez, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

If you follow your spirit, you can have fun throughout your life. — Jordyn Altland, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

Your heart is a place to draw true happiness. — Maddie Krammer, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate, Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop at play in the Scooper Bowl

Kid Scoop is tackling the biggest game of the year with its own variation of the Super Bowl, where it takes a look at mathematics in sports with the Scooper Bowl.

Believe it or not, math plays a huge part in sports. Math is how the coach knows whether to kick a field goal or press on for another first down. In basketball, the players need to understand angles to make great shots. In baseball, half the fun of being a fan is knowing how the statistics work.

In every sport, precise measurements of equipment and playing fields are important. Take a look at this video for an idea: http://youtu.be/-9wd7_ZPME4

Check out how one baseball fan brought math and sports together: http://youtu.be/v9IaFn7Po1E

Another reason professional athletes need to have excellent math skills is because they make a lot of money. Check out this video to find out just how much a baseball player makes for one game: http://youtu.be/afGvdQBT4DA

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 and the Chinese New Year

For the Chinese New Year, kids get red envelopes filled with "lucky" money.

The Chinese New Year begins on January 23, and Kid Scoop is catching us up on all the facts we need to know about the big day.

First off, if you want to say “Happy New Year!” in Chinese, you should say “Gung Hay Fat Choy!”

This year is the Year of the Dragon, and in case you didn’t know every year has a special animal designated to it. Last year, for example, was the Year of the Rabbit.

In many Asian countries, and in festivals here in the United States, the New Year is celebrated with songs, dances and parades.

Here’s a look at some of the traditions and history behind the Chinese New Year: http://youtu.be/SaSEFzai2Ic

Here’s a song for the 2009 festivities, and no, we don’t have a clue what they’re saying either: http://youtu.be/eGfShOv5w60

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 salutes Ruby Bridges

Today’s edition of Kid Scoop takes a look at the efforts of Ruby Bridges, a black elementary school student in the 1960s who changed America.

"The Problem We All Live With" is a painting by Norman Rockwell and now hangs in the White House.

Ruby helped to end segregation of black and white students by attending a formerly all-white school.

Her effort to go to a better school was even depicted in a famous painting by Norman Rockwell, shown at left. In the painting, she is escorted by U.S. Marshals to her school. On the wall, you can see that someone threw a rotten tomato at her.

What do you think that you could do to change America? Can you figure out a way to help protect the environment? Or help people less fortunate than you? If you are brave like Ruby Bridges, then maybe you can make a difference.

To learn about what life was like back then, you can watch this movie about Ruby Bridges’ life. http://youtu.be/klj5fgaKzIk

Part 2 (http://youtu.be/4nrkMxorZT4)

Part 3 (http://youtu.be/_3k4bLhbYx4)

Part 4 (http://youtu.be/yyUBPvlXJkE)

Part 5 (http://youtu.be/o2jqN3OoFUM)

Part 6 (http://youtu.be/NXomh5pzT74)

Part 7 (http://youtu.be/bphvUAp664Y)

Part 8 (http://youtu.be/5ERMKQZx2NU)

Part 9 (http://youtu.be/k1cZrufmMd8)

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: Our favorite months

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

Topic: Favorite Month

My favorite month of the year is December. It isn’t my birth month but it’s great. I love December because I love the winter. I love playing in the snow. I also love December because it brings happiness and joy to all no matter what religion. — Rumeesa Syed, Grade 6, E.H. Markle Intermediate School, Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is November because of Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. They both are for saying thanks to the military. — Trevor Henderson, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

December is my favorite month because you get to be with your family more over Christmas break. I try to look at Christmas as being a holiday for family, not just presents. — Danielle Klunk, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is September because that’s when my birthday is and you get to make big leaf piles and jump into them. We have big trees so it’s really fun. That’s why I love September. — Caylynn Beinhower, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

November is the best month. Just listen to this. Thursday night football starts! Thanksgiving dinner is where you can just pig out. Then the day after, you can wake up at 4:00 AM and find some wonderful deals. Last, but not least, my birthday is in November. November is the best! — Sean Wolfe, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is October because at that time the leaves turn orange, yellow, red and brown. Everything is so beautiful and that is why I like October. — Madison Dicely, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month is September because it’s my birthday and my mamaw’s birthday! It’s the start of the new school year! I LOVE SEPTEMBER!! — Nicole Mummert, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is June because my birthday is in June and I go to the beach. — Owen Kaun, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month is January because that is when skiing is at its best. — Wyatt Debnam, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is December because it is snowing outside, and you get to play in the snow. You have snowball fights and make snowmen. I also like December because it is Christmas and I get lots of toys. I also get to play with them. That is why I like December. — Ricky Dumais, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

My favorite month of the year is July because my birthday is in that month. My family and I usually go to the beach in July. Sometimes, I visit my grandparents in July. They live in West Virginia. My favorite thing to do in July is to have cookouts and roast s’mores. — Andy Swingler, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is December because you get to put up the Christmas tree, listen to Christmas songs and play in snow. — Gabby Messenger, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

I love June because my birthday is June 20th. It is also because it’s the beginning of summer so everybody is always happy. I just hate cold weather. — Allie Bonagura, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

My favorite month is October because my birthday is in October and it’s Halloween. That’s why it is my favorite month. — Aaliyah Ansari, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elem., Mr. Richcrick

August is my favorite month because it is my birthday month. It is a time of the year when I’m the star of the show. — Danielle Moberly, Grade 6, E.H.M.I.S., Mrs. Myers

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Kid Scoop and the Mayan Calendar

Some people believe that an ancient calendar created by the Mayan people of Central America shows that the end of the world is coming soon. We don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it has been generating a lot of interest from people, so Kid Scoop decided to look into the matter for today’s edition.

The Mayans were more than just people who made a scary calendar. They were a huge civilization that were highly advanced for their time. In particular, they excelled at mathematics, astronomy and architecture.

They used a number system much different than what we use today. Their system a little bit like roman numerals. Learn more about Mayan numerals here.

You can learn a little more about them in this “book report” video by a kid just like you. http://youtu.be/118g__zQtUs

Here’s a look at one of an ancient Mayan sport. http://youtu.be/JCzhtTjzWvU

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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