July 4th has come and gone, but during the holiday, NBC reported Americans celebrated by:
Traveling: 43 million Americans traveled this Independence Day weekend. This represents the highest fourth of July travel volume on record.
Eating: approximately 150 million hot dogs were consumed as 64% of Americans attended a barbeque or picnic, according to Wallethub.
By Caroline Jones
Someone once told me that the best way to cure jet lag is to spend a day surrounded by high-energy children, bumping around the state of Vermont from one CLiF event to the next like a pinball whose internal clock is seven hours ahead.
At CLiF, much of our work occurs behind the scenes. We spend many hours scheduling events, organizing logistics, communicating with coordinators who are on the ground in various communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. While we love what we do, nothing compares to hanging up the phone, logging off our email, and stepping out from behind our desks to get face-to-face with the communities, families, and children we serve.
Sarah Stewart Taylor, a CLiF presenter and author, interviewed CLiF’s founder and executive director Duncan McDougall for a recent parenting piece. Sarah summarizes the aspects of reading supported by our programs – relaxing and enjoying the moment, modeling by reading yourself, repeating books, and letting kids choose.
On May 14, Gretchen, Julia, and I attended the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Spring Conference held at the Davis Center at the University of Vermont. For several years CLiF staff have attended and exhibited at this conference and enjoyed speaking with a wide range of socially responsible business leaders from across Vermont.
Happy Spring! Kind of. Nobody’s putting their skis away around here.
Lots of interesting tidbits in the news this week. Here’s the roundup:
- Last week, the New York Times printed op-eds by father and son authors Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers on why we all critically need to see children of color better represented in children’s literature.
On January 29, 2014, Duncan got lost on his way to Bethlehem Public Library.
You would think he’d know how to get there–CLiF has awarded Bethlehem a Rural Libraries sponsorship three times since 2003. But he walked into the building it shared with the town offices, and there it was… gone.
Every year CLiF works with thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children from birth to age 12. And every year, without fail, our most challenging clients are the oldest boys.
We’re not alone. Nationwide boys read at a lower rate than girls, drop out of school at higher rates than girls, go to college at lower rates than girls, and earn college degrees at lower rates than girls.
Trying something new here in the CLiF office. We’re tuned in to literacy news from near and far, and there are great stories every day out there about reading, writing, and books. So in the spirit of sharing resources, every week (mostly) we’ll post a mini library of links to stories we like.
CLiF serves many thousands of children each year across New Hampshire and Vermont – a service area of 19,000 square miles. I’m on the road a great deal, giving presentations and meeting with kids, parents, teachers, coordinators, presenters, and donors.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 was an unusually long day for me: 17 hours and 372 miles.