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Making new friends during a pandemic can be almost impossible for kids. But school staff are finding creative ways to help. – News – providencejournal.com

Making new friends during a pandemic can be almost impossible for kids. But school staff are finding creative ways to help. – News – providencejournal.com

It was a tough day for a 6-year-old. And her mom. Imagine being a first grader in a new school and unable to participate in “Best Friends” day.

Nikki Bourgeois went on Facebook not to complain but to share what it was like for her daughter Mackenna, a brand new Somerset, trying to make friends in remote-learning mode.

“Makenna didn’t have anyone that she could talk about. It was a bit heartbreaking,” Nikki wrote in the post on Oct. 2. “We don’t know anyone in the area, and without her being physically in school, she isn’t able to meet any friends. We have been told that there are kids in the neighborhood that are her age, but we have yet to meet anyone. COVID-19 didn’t help either.”

The social and psychological needs for some students have become a challenge to meet in this COVID-fear-wracked world. Making friendships online doesn’t compare to old-school in-school, face-to-face socializing. And even in the on-site half of hybrid learning, masks and social distancing can reduce the ability of an elementary school age child to make friends, something that is critical for the pre-K through grade 5 set.

Schools and teachers know better than most about this 2020 challenge. And they’re taking action.

Susan Darmody of Westport is a second-grade teacher at the Silvia Elementary School on Meridian Street in Fall River. She’s starting this school year teaching in full remote. Silvia has a mix of remote and hybrid students.

“Tougher for the remote kids,” Darmody said in a text message to The Herald News. “Hybrid kids do a lot of activities with their teachers using social distance in the classroom. Games and outside doing mask breaks. But (the children) are so happy to be in school.

“A few ways we help make the kids feel

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Matthew McConaughey Opens Up about Raising Creative Kids (They Even Took People’s Cover Photo!)

Matthew McConaughey Opens Up about Raising Creative Kids (They Even Took People’s Cover Photo!)



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“Being a dad was always my only dream. … I can’t think of anything being more important,” Matthew McConaughey tells PEOPLE

Matthew McConaughey is no stranger to deftly juggling whatever life throws his way. But like many parents navigating pandemic life, the star has faced the unique challenge of raising his little ones in quarantine.

To McConaughey’s proud delight, Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, 8, his with kids wife Camila, 37, have more than risen to the occasion.

“They have doubled down on their hobbies, creative things and parts of themselves I don’t think they would have leaned into if they were back in school,” the 50-year-old Oscar winner tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, where he exclusively opens up about his life, his new memoir, Greenlights, and the “awe-inspiring” gift of fatherhood.

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“One of the assets of this COVID quarantine is they’ve been forced to be more self-reliant. They’ve been forced to create their way out of their boredom,” he says.

One particular passion and skill they’ve honed is photography. “They’re into it — all three [of the kids],” he says. “They’re becoming a production crew. It’s very cool, [and] they’re starting to get kind of good at it.”



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Global Kids’ Furniture Market 2020 Growth, Trend, Analysis, Future Opportunities and Industry Forecast to 2025

Global Kids’ Furniture Market 2020 Growth, Trend, Analysis, Future Opportunities and Industry Forecast to 2025

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Oct 11, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
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NOTE: Our analysts monitoring the situation across the globe explains that the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers post COVID-19 crisis. The report aims to provide an additional illustration of the latest scenario, economic slowdown, and COVID-19 impact on the overall industry.

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Garland’s farmers market returns with new name, free pumpkins and kids’ activities this Saturday

Garland’s farmers market returns with new name, free pumpkins and kids’ activities this Saturday

Garland’s farmers market is re-launching on Saturday, Oct. 10, after a hiatus because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Formerly known as the “The Urban Flea,” the market has changed its name to the “The Urban Market” ahead of Saturday’s reopening.

The pop-up market usually takes place on the second Saturday of each month.

With more than 55 vendors, the Urban Market will be held in downtown Garland and adhere to social distancing precautions.

The market starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4:30 p.m.

In addition to fresh produce stands, baked goods, and a birdhouse painting activity for children, the first 150 people Saturday will receive a free pumpkin.

Some vendors will also offer treats, such as caramel apples and kettle corn, as well as honey, jam and other items.

The market has partnered with several local restaurants, such as Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery, around the area of the downtown square.

The monthly market was first canceled for the month of July as the COVID-19 crisis resulted in restrictions on public gatherings.

How about that kisser on Dana Shasken, who owns Mockingbird Food Co. She's one of many vendors finding ways to lighten the mood during COVID times at Cowtown Farmers Market in Fort Worth.

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101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.



a hand holding a fruit: Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do, which is why we've found the most impactful community service ideas and projects for kids, students, and adults.


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Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do, which is why we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas and projects for kids, students, and adults.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you organized a group to help you out. You might even ask everyone in that group to bring a can of food for a food pantry, too. It’s all about getting creative and brainstorming ways to make giving back fun. And if you’re hesitant to get out into your community, don’t miss these exciting virtual volunteer opportunities.

Community service ideas for kids

  • Make cards for seniors.
  • Grow vegetables and donate the produce to neighbors or a food bank.
  • Use chalk to write inspiring quotes on the sidewalk.
  • Choose which gently used clothes to donate to charity.
  • Pick up litter at a local park.
  • Write cards to service members.
  • Make a “New to the Neighborhood” guidebook for new kids at school.
  • Put on a
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