North Florida School Days Articles

CDS has a monthly column in North Florida School Days.  This magazine goes home with all students in Alachua County public schools and is available free of charge in many offices.  Here are some of the articles that were published.

June 2015 “Freedom Celebrations” – Most Americans know about Independence Day on the 4th of July but there is another freedom celebration “Juneteenth” that is becoming more popular locally with programs offered at the Resource Centers

May 2015 “Summertime” – Exploring strategies for childcare in the summer with emphasis on needs for low-income or single parents

April 2015 “Spotlight on Youth” – All about the history of CDS signature event/teen talent show Spotlight on Youth

March 2015 “Helping Girls in Africa” – Interview with Keeper of the Dream scholarship award winner, Joni Perkins, talks about the injustice of girls in Africa losing out on educational opportunities due to lack of sanitary supplies and what her Girl Scout troop is doing about it

February 2015 “Freedom of Speech” –  Teach your children that the true freedom of speech is to make sure what you say is true, beneficial, and kind

January 2015 “Engaging Cooperation” – Helpful tips for parents to reduce conflict and increase the cooperative spirit in their families

November 2014 “Beyond Acceptance – Embracing What Is” – Parents may fantasize about what their children will be like but must eventually learn to accept – and embrace – what actually is

October 2014 “The Boogie Man is Real” – About modern day “boogie men” who are luring children into sexual activities and making them into human trafficking victims

September 2014 “Youth PROMISE Act and Summer Heatwave” – Locally developed program to help at-risk youth is a good example of the types of programs that could be funded by Youth PROMISE Act if it is passed

June 2014 “Summer Camps – More than Fun” – Some of life’s best learning is done over the summer at camp

May 2014 “Take 25” – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urges all parents to “take 25 minutes” to talk to their children and teens about safety

April 2014 “Smart911” – How to receive better help through the 9-1-1 system by registering critical information before you or your family members need help

February 2014 “Show Your Love” – Valentine theme – make a date with your child

January 2014  “Depression or Winter Blues” – Some information about depression in children and youth

November 2013 “Resources for Your Family” – An overview of services offered by CDS

October 2013 “Embracing the Second Choice” – Positive ways to cope with life’s disappointments

September 2013 “Teaching Tolerance, Embracing Diversity” – About the importance of teaching our children to treat everyone with respect, in spite of apparent differences.

May & June 2013 “Not My Child” – An interview with local author Anna Azabi about her struggles with her son and his addictions as described in her book, A Mother’s Challenge for Life – Volume 1.   Includes advice for parents.

April 2013 “Child Abuse Prevention” – Information about local resource centers that are helping to reduce the need for children to enter into the foster care system.  This is being done by helping the parents.

March 2013 “Spotlight on Youth” – An interview with high school student Sita Selvester who has been watching Spotlight on Youth each year.  This year she will be old enough to perform – as both a dancer and master of ceremonies.

February 2013 “Toy Guys & The Miniature Motorcycle” – An article all parents of pre-school age children will appreciate – a true story about readying my son for an outing when he was 3 1/2 years old – with an added perspective 20 years later.

January 2013 “The Three Point Plan” – Based on personal experience with a couple of young foster children who needed a plan to get along with people in the world, this article can help parents teach their children better social skills.