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Volume 3 Number 11

A new museum dedicated to exploring the role of visual art in children's literature from around the world will open in Amherst, Massachusetts in November 2002...
SMORK's Awesome Internet Sites for Kids from: Deanna Phillips
The World’s Largest Lesson - 12 November 2002! from: Charis Kumpula
Cornell News - Removing stains from: Susan S. Lang
Parent resource for the DOE from: Dean Kephart
Nestlé Very Best In Youth - All About RIF - Reading is Fundamental from: Reading is Fundamental
2003 Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program - Three Week Study Visit to Japan from: Jaime McQueen
U.S. History 101: Preserve and Protect from: Hallie Reed
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd): A Guide for Educators from: Gina Hoagland
Volunteer at a Library in Africa or Central America from: The World Library Partnership
November Columns
November Articles
November Regular Features
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In Focus...
U.S. History 101: Preserve and Protect

From: Hallie Reed

Show your students the importance of preserving history and be eligible to win $2,500 for your school

"What would our country be like if no one had cared about the preservation of historical documents?"
Deadline: November 18, 2002

Tired of seeing the blank stares of your students during an American history lesson? Wish your school had more operating funds to use in your classroom? Now you can solve both problems:
educate your 4th through 6th grade students about the importance of preserving American history and historical documents while earning up to $2,500 for your school.

Get your students actively involved in the learning process by creating a classroom collaboration about the importance of preserving history. This fresh and unique educational opportunity gives students the chance to be creative with their ideas while, at the same time, learn about the importance of American history in their daily lives.

The Duck brand ezLaminator contest, sponsored by Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc., will award the 1st place classroom a $2,500 donation to their school and an ezLaminator for each classroom in that school. In addition to donations made to the school, Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc., the marketers of the ezLaminator, will award each student involved in the winning entry with a Duck brand products goodie bag. The 2nd place and 3rd place classrooms will receive a $1,000 and $500 donation respectively towards their school, an ezLaminator for each classroom in the school and a goodie bag for each student involved in the presentation. Each participating classroom will receive an ezLaminator for their school.

The "U.S. History 101: Preserve and Protect" contest is in conjunction with the introduction of the Duck brand ezLaminator. The ezLaminator uses a cold lamination process and requires no electricity or batteries. It is safe, easy to use and terrific for a wide variety of uses like laminating classroom banners (up to 60 feet long!).

For a registration form and official contest rules, interested teachers should go to after July 1, 2002. Teachers are required to submit a binder/presentation featuring essays or artwork created by members of their class. The students' submissions must depict what our country would be like if documents like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution had not been preserved. All students in the class must participate.

Along with the presentation, teachers will also need to submit a 150-word summary of the class's ideas on the topic (perhaps developed from a brainstorming session) and a brief summary discussing what their school would do with the prizes should they win. All entries need to be 8.5" wide or less. Length does not matter.

Entries will be judged based on creativity (20%), historical accuracy (20%), abundancy of ideas (20%) and attention to the importance of preserving historical documents (40%). A panel of judges including two history teachers and a historian will determine the winners. Entries must be received by November 18, 2002.

The panel of judges will announce their decision on January 13, 2002. Winners will be notified soon thereafter. The ezLaminator is available at mass market and office product retailers such as WalMart, OfficeMax, and Staples, as well as chain drug stores and club stores. For more information or for a retailer near you, visit

Entries should be sent to:
"U.S. History 101: Preserve and Protect" Duck brand ezLaminator Contest c/o Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc. 32150 Just Imagine Drive Avon, OH 44011-1355