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School and
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                  Selecting the Right
          Summer Camp
                                                                                       4 Parent to Parent
                                                                                       5 March Fun Facts
                                                                                       6 Coach’s Comments
                                                                                       8 Family First
                                March 2010                                            10 Calendar of Events
                                                                                      13 St. Patricks Day Craft
                                                                                      14 School Guide
                                                                                      16 Family of the Month
                                                                                      17 Family Night Coupons
                                                                                      18 Avoid Tax Time Mistakes
                                                                                      19 Open House Directory
                                                                                      20 Summer Camp Directory
                                                                                      21 Selecting the Right
  Success comes from                                                                     Summer Camp
  knowing that you did                                                                22 March Madness Trivia

  your best to become                                                                 23 Family Library

  the best that you are                                                               24 Destination Dinner

  capable of becoming.                                                                26 Jokes for the Month
                                                                                      27 Heart Gallery
                 —John Wooden
                                                                                      28 Kids in the Kitchen
                                                                                      30 Q&A with Dr. Jay
                                                                                      31 Protect Your Family
                                                                                      32 Family Focus
                                                                                      34 Species Spotlight
                                                                                      35 Teacher of the Month
                                                                                      36 Building Blocks
                                                                                      37 The Young and the
                                                                                         Young at Heart
                                                                                      38 The Family Table
2 • March 2010                    Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper   
   The Best Education Choice is FREE - As It Should Be!
                                                  K-8 Public Charter Schools with Private School Advantages
                  As a Pinellas County Public Charter School, Plato Academy, delivers an                  Achievements - It’s All In The Results. Advertising is nothing more than
                  education second to none. Although we are a public school, we exceed the                words. At Plato Academy we deliver on our promise - The Finest Education.
                  performance of both public and private schools.                                         The results of our FCAT scores are indicative of our success story.

                                     • Private school advantages at a public school price                                                                 FCAT HIGHLIGHTS
                                       & accountability                                                                                            Our Fifth Graders scored 96% in Reading,
                                                                                                                                                  the highest of all 87 elementary schools in
                                     • Committed to the success of each child                                                                                   Pinellas County!
                                     • Positive, challenging, fun, disciplined and exciting
                                                                                                                                                   Our Fourth Graders scored 97% in both
                                       learning environment- Mandatory uniform policy                                                           Reading and Math - the second highest score
                                     • Committed to character and family values -                                                                            in Pinellas County!
                                       Actively teach kindness & peace-Family friendly
                                       and safe atmosphere                                                                                      Our Third Graders also scored 97% in Reading,
                                                                                                                                                again being the second highest score out of all
                                     • Challenging curriculum, with innovative teaching                                                                   schools in Pinellas County!
                                       methods and individualized instruction
                                     • Technology rich environment - smart boards in all
                                       classrooms-Individual student laptops                                                                  For the complete story, enrollment
                                     • Among the highest FCAT scores in the state                                                        information and/or to be placed on our
                                     • Daily Instruction in Greek as second language                                                      and updates e-mail recipient list, plea
                                       - The language of science
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                                       programs available on campus                                                                                                             at
                                                                                                                                                     (727) 793-2400.

                                                                                                                             New Schools Coming!
                                                                                                            Due to overwhelming demand two additional K-8 schools
                                                                                                          have been approved and scheduled to OPEN this summer in the
                                                                                                               Palm Harbor/Tarpon Spring and St. Petersburg area.


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              Pao ent
                  r                                        and the white picket fence that he sees in his mind is
                                                           actually just made of chicken wire. But the love and
                                                           acceptance that he felt in that home were not roman-
                                                                                                                       find out later that it was an electric washing machine,
                                                                                                                       and the bucket had an agitator to wash the clothes.
                                                                                                                       But it didn’t have a spin cycle – just the wringer.

                                                           ticized – they were very real.
                                                                                                                       At Grandma’s memorial service, the common theme

  Our family said good-bye to a very special member this
  past month when my husband’s ninety year old grand-
                                                           “that he feltand that home
                                                             The love
                                                                                                                       was how great she was at keeping her extended family
                                                                                                                       close. Even though her children are spread out over the
                                                                                                                       mid-western and eastern United States, and her grand-
                                                                                                                       children are spread out over the world, she always tried
  mother passed away. She was a very sweet lady who
                                                                were not romanticized –                                to keep everyone updated on

  loved her six children and her fifteen grandchildren                                                                 what the others were doing
  dearly. My husband has many fond memories of visit-            they were very real.                                  by writing letters and talking
  ing her on the farm in rural Nebraska where she lived                                                                regularly on the phone.
  and worked until she was well into her seventies.        I personally will never forget the first time I met Rod-
                                                                                                                       Now my own personality is
  As might be expected, his memories of the farm it-       ney’s grandma, when I was about nineteen years old.
                                                                                                                       a lot different than Grand-
  self are a bit romanticized. It was, after all, a very   We were staying in a hotel, and first of all, it was the
                                                                                                                       ma’s. I am not much of a
  old farmhouse with a lot of “old house issues.” The      first time that Grandpa had ever taken a shower – the
                                                                                                                       letter writer or much of a
  red barn he remembers is actually an unpainted gray,     old farmhouse just had a claw foot tub. He enjoyed it
                                                                                                                       phone conversationalist ei-
                                                           so much that he spent almost an hour in the shower
                                                                                                                       ther, for that matter. But I
                                                           before he cracked the bathroom door and asked for
                                                                                                                       do hope that when my chil-
                                                           some soap!
                                                                                                                       dren are grown, I can find
                                                           Then I found out that Grandma’s children had recent-        my own way to accomplish what she accomplished
                                                           ly put some money together and given it to her for her      so well – to help my own children (and hopefully
                                                           anniversary so that she could buy a new washing ma-         grandchildren) stay in touch and connected to each
                                                           chine. She managed to find a brand new hand crank           other.
                                                           washing machine (the kind with a bucket of water
                                                                                                                       Until next time,
                                                           and a wringer to squeeze the water out). I can posi-
                                                           tively assure you that until that day, I had no idea that
                                                           anyone still made that kind of washing machine! I did
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4 • March 2010                                                Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                              
For 75 YEARS
the Florida Strawberry Festival has rolled out the red carpet to wel-
                                                                                             Each year on March 14th at 1:59 pm many math and science
                                                                                             classrooms around the world break from their usual
come visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world.
                                                                                             routines to observe the festivities of “Pi Day”. Pi Day
                        This March for 11 days, March 4-14th, visitors
                                                                                             commemorates the first few digits of one of the oldest
                          will come from near and far to discover the
                                                                                             know constants, 3.14159…. and it also happens to
                           charm and allure of Plant City. Visitors will                     coincide with Albert Einstein’s birthday - which makes
                           have the opportunity to enjoy exhibits of                         it a doubly cool day for math enthusiasts.
                          agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock,
                                                                                             If you are wondering how to celebrate Pi Day and Al’s
                         fine arts, horticulture, crafts and of course
                                                                                             birthday here are simple fun ideas for you and your
                                tons of luscious strawberries!
                                        Ranked as one of the top fairs in all                    •	 Order pizza and try to determine the circumference
                                    of North America, the festival is packed                     •	 Participate in a “Pi-mile” run – It is approximately
                                   full of social events, contests, youth de-                       equivalent to a 5K run.
                                   velopmental programs, top-name en-                            •	 Wear an Einstein or math-themed T-shirt
                                  tertainment, and parades that the en-                          •	 Send Pi cards to your friends
                                 tire family is sure to enjoy, “Berry, Berry”                    •	 Serve pie at your “Pi” party
                                 much. For more information about the                            •	 Take time to read and learn about Albert Einstein
                                 festival visit                Whether or not you’re a math enthusiest, you’ll enjoy
                                 See you there!                                              celebrating this irrational holiday and whatever you do,
                                                                                             don’t be afraid to express your inner geek!

Public Law 101-473                                                             March 17, 2010                                 St. Patrick’s Day, which is observed annually on the 17th of
                                                                                                                              March by people around the world, is the annual feast day
                                                                                                                              which celebrates the life of Saint Patrick and it is also the
which was signed into law twenty years ago by
George H. W. Bush, officially designates March                                                                                national holiday for the nation of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s
30th as “National Doctor’s Day” to celebrate the                                                                              Day custom came to America in 1737, when it was publicly
contribution of physicians who serve our country                                                                              celebrated in Boston.

                                                                                                                              March 14, 2010 at 2am
by caring for it’s citizens. In honor of National
Doctor’s Day March is a great time to recognize
your doctors by letting them know how much you
appreciate their commitment to your good health                                                                               Daylight Savings Time in the U.S. starts on the second
                         or that of a loved one.                                                                              Sunday in March of each year and ends the first Sunday
                                                                                                                              in November of each year. When it goes into effect each
                                                                                                                              spring, clocks are moved forward by one hour at 2:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                  standard time, and the time becomes
                                                                                                                                                     3:00 AM daylight savings time (DST).
                                                                                                                                                      The main purpose of Daylight
                                                                                                                                                       Saving Time is to make better use
                                                                                                                                                       of daylight.

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life right here in Pinellas County.                                                                                                               Editor:           Jennifer Beck
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                                                         Wooden on Leadership                                            by John Wooden

                                                         With all the hoopla of the NCAA Basketball tournament going on, we thought it appropriate to share with you
                                                         some advice from one of the greatest coaches ever. The following excerpt comes from Coach John Wooden
                                                         and Jay Carty’s book Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.

                                                         Success is peace of mind that is        Winning seems so important, but          goals does not necessarily translate
                                                         a direct result of self-satisfaction    it actually is irrelevant. Having        to success.
                                                         in knowing you did your best to         attempted to give our all is what
                                                                                                                                          As I write these words, I am 94
                                                         become the best you are capable of      matters—and we are the only
                                                                                                                                          years old. God has given me good
                                                         becoming.                               ones who really know the truth
                                                                                                                                          health beyond what most people
                                                                                                 about our own capabilities and
                                                         When do we know that we have                                                     could ever dream to have. I still
                                                                                                 performance. Did we do our best
                                                         succeeded?                                                                       drive my car for short distances.
                                                                                                 at this point in our life? Did we
                                                                                                                                          I am still independent, and I
                                                         When asking ourselves this              leave all we had to give on the
                                                                                                                                          want to stay that way. I want to
                                                         question, we should forget what         field, in the classroom, at the office
                                                                                                                                          continue to live in the home that I
                                                         others think. They don’t know.          or in the trenches? If we did, then
                                                                                                                                          shared with my dear wife, Nellie.
                                                         We should be more concerned             we are a success – at that stage of
                                                                                                                                          But being able to accomplish that
                                                         with our character than with our        our life. But being successful at
                                                                                                                                          goal has nothing to do with being
                                                         reputation: Our character is what       one point doesn’t necessarily make
                                                                                                                                          successful. Goals are wonderful
                                                         we truly are, while our reputation      us a success at every point – and
                                                                                                                                          in that they stretch us and help us
                                                         is merely what others perceive us to    it does not mean that we reach the
   While many rank Wooden as the greatest coach of                                                                                        to reach our potential, but making
   the twentieth century, he considers himself first a   be. As I have often said, having a      apex. We must learn to give our
                                                                                                                                          or missing goals has nothing to do
    teacher. Wooden was married to his high school       good reputation doesn’t determine       all in one success after another.
  sweetheart, Nell, for fifty-three years. Mrs. Wooden                                                                                    with success.
   passed away on March 21, 1985. John and Nell
                                                         success.    Neither do awards,          Likewise, accomplishing certain
  Wooden had two children. Today Wooden has seven        accolades or achievements.
     grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

  Today experience for yourself why so many families choose Northside Christian School
  Today,, experience for yourself why so many families choose Northside Christian School

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6 • March 2010                                                       Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                        
                                                                                                                                    “Success is never
It is not my way to count or list my        determining factor is this: Did I make
awards. I know that people still want       the effort to do my best? That is the
to hear me speak, and I am honored by       only criteria, and I am the only one
their requests. People still want to meet
with me – in fact, they come from all
                                            who knows (well, me and God).
                                                                                          Competitive Greatness
                                                                                                                 final, failure is never
                                                                                                                   fatal. It’s courage
                                            Am I a success?
over the world. It is a privilege to be                                                       “Perform at your best
able to continue to encourage others.       I have peace of mind.                               when your best is

                                                                                                                     that counts.”

                                                                                              required. Your best is

My hectic schedule has probably done

                                            Well done, my good                                 required each day.”

much to keep my mind as clear as it is,
                                            and faithful servant                       Poise             Con dence
even though it’s not as sharp as it once
                                            (Matthew 25:21).                    “Be yourself. Don’t be     “The strongest steel is
was. My family has been around me,                                              thrown o by events        well-founded self-belief. It               To find out more about Coach
too. What a blessing that has been! I                                           whether good or bad.”       is earned, not given.”                   Wooden, his books and Coach
am blessed beyond belief – but am I a                                                                                                                Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
success?                                                              Condition                       Skill                   Team Spirit            visit or
                                                                “Ability may get you to the “What a leader learns after    “The star of the team
Believe me when I say, none of these                             top, but character keeps you’ve learned it all counts       is the team. ‘We’
factors is part of the criteria. I am not                       you there – mental, moral,         most of all.”             supercedes ‘me’. ”
saying I don’t appreciate the blessings                                and physical.”
that have come my way. I am not                        Self-Control                 Alertness                    Initiative                 Intentness
saying that at all. But if none of these          “Control of your organiza- “Constantly be aware and “Make a decision! Failure      “Stay the course. When
                                                  tion begins with control of observing. Always seek to to act is often the biggest    thwarted try again;
good things had ever occurred, I                   yourself. Be disciplined.” improve yourself and the         failure of all.”     harder; smarter. Persevere
would not be any less successful.                                                      team.”                                             relentlessly.”
I can recount the blessings           Industriousness                 Friendship                    Loyalty                  Cooperation                 Enthusiasm
in my life, but blessings             “Success travels in the      “Strive to build a team    “Be true to yourself. Be    “Have utmost concern for “Your energy and enjoy-
                                      company of very hard          lled with comaraderie     true to those you lead.”     what’s right rather than ment, drive and dedication
aren’t success. The real             work. There is no trick, no and respect: comrades-in-                                      who’s right.”       will stimulate and greatly
                                            easy way.”                      arms.”                                                                        inspire others.”                                                   To advertise, call 727-612-0783                                                                March 2010 • 7
    Babe Ruth: Love and a Legend                                                  by Bryan Davis
    He started his life beating the odds.      and impart meaning to someone else.      standpoint, they may see themselves           but he is most famous for being the
    He had eight brothers and sisters but      In other words- how to get through.      as not really wanted because the vast         “Babe”. That’s right, George Herman
    was only one of two who survived           In Gary Chapman’s book, The Five         majority of conversation with their           “Babe” Ruth- one of the greatest
    into adulthood. He spent most of his       Love Languages of Teenagers, he          parents is negative in nature. As a           baseball players of all time. And
    youth on the dirty, crowded streets        describes the first love language as     parent, being aware of the nature of          because of Brother Mathias, the Babe
    of Baltimore. In 1902, his parents         “Words of Affirmation”. By steering      your words is half the battle in getting      constantly reached out to kids during
    gave up on him and took him to an          away from being overly critical and      desired results from your children.           his professional baseball career. Often
    orphanage called St. Mary’s Industrial     using words to express love, praise                                                    Ruth would promise to hit home runs
                                                                                        After you evaluate your current
    School for Boys. He was one of 800         and encouragement, we can literally                                                    for children and gave generously of
                                                                                        conversation style, Dr. Chapman
    boys in the orphanage and, by all          transform a teenager’s life. But this                                                  his time and money to charity. And
                                                                                        has some guidelines for your words
    accounts, never had a single visitor.      is not so easy. When a teenager dyes                                                   the Babe learned to turn negatives
                                                                                        of affirmation. First and foremost is
    He was incorrigible and on his way to      their hair the same color as some                                                      into positives- a critical component of
                                                                                        sincerity. Teenagers grasp very quickly
    a very sad life indeed. Then Brother       aquatic creatures or can’t seem to                                                     parenting. The Babe sums it up well
                                                                                        what is real and what is fake, so make
    Mathias, the main disciplinarian at St.    remember what they forgot but thought                                                  by saying: “Every strike brings me
                                                                                        sure you are speaking encouraging
    Mary’s, stepped into this young man’s      they remembered…well, it can be                                                        closer to the next home run.”
                                                                                        words to them from the heart. Second,
    life and through his powerful example,     frustrating to say the least. But as a
                                                                                        be specific. Pinpoint areas in your
    encouragement and steadfastness            parent, you should pick your battles
                                                                                        kids’ lives that you are pleased with
    transformed a young thug into an           and don’t major on the minors.
                                                                                        and let them know. Thirdly, when you
    American legend. But more about this
                                               I challenge you to be conscious over     can’t praise results, praise efforts. If
    story shortly.
                                               the next week about what percentage      your teenager has busted their rump
     Had Brother Mathias been constantly       of your conversation with your           to make A’s and B’s on their report
    critical of this young man and always      teenager is negative, nagging or         card, don’t ask why they couldn’t get
    emphasizing the negative, any hope         non-important. You may be quite          all A’s. As a parent, you should desire
    of the lad’s transformation would          surprised. It’s human nature that when   for your child to fulfill all the potential
    have been forever lost. However,           we’re bothered by our children, we       God has given them, not expect them
    Brother Mathias understood how to          verbalize it immediately. However,       to do things they may not have the
    speak the “love languages” of young        when they do something good or           ability to do.
    people and used this to accomplish         something that’s “expected”, we tend
                                                                                        So who was the young man Brother
    the extraordinary.                         to be a little more reserved. From our
                                                                                        Mathias influenced so much by
                                               standpoint we’re doing a good job
    What is a “love language”? Simply                                                   speaking words of affirmation? You
                                               as parents, but from the teenager’s
    put, it is a way to express affection                                               may know him as the “Sultan of Swat”

                         : 10 Ways to Make Time for Your Children
   For most people it is becoming increas-
   ingly difficult to find any free time in
   life. This is especially true when it
                                              3   Identify one thing on your weekly
                                                  schedule you can do without and
                                              replace it with kid time.
                                                                                        coaching a softball team or
                                                                                        helping with a school activity.               8   If your work requires that
                                                                                                                                          you travel, take one of
                                                                                                                                      your children along with you
   comes to finding time for your chil-
   dren. With a tough economy, more
                                              4  Take one of your
                                                 children along
                                                                                                    6   Identify one children’s
                                                                                                        show on TV that you
                                                                                                     secretly like to watch and
                                                                                                                                      when your business trip can be
                                                                                                                                      extended into a long weekend.
   hours at work, working multiple jobs,
   etc... Just how do you find more time
                                              when you run errands.                                  make a point of watching
                                                                                                     it with your child.              9   If your work schedule is flexible,
                                                                                                                                          start your work day earlier so
   for your children? Here are 10 simple
   ways that you as busy parents can help
   make time for your children.
                                              5   Volunteer to
                                                  participate in a
                                              regularly scheduled                                    7   Develop an interest in
                                                                                                         a hobby you and your
                                                                                                                                      you can get home earlier in the
                                                                                                                                      afternoon to be with your family.

  1   Commit to a family
      mealtime each day.
                                              child activity, such as                                child can enjoy together.
                                                                                                                                      10     Leave your work, cellular
                                                                                                                                             phones and pagers at
                                                                                                                                      home when you go on family

  2   Write your children’s activities
      into your schedule book - in ink!
                                                                                                                                      vacations and outings.

8 • March 2010                                                 Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                              

                          loving students

                                                                                 Open House
                                                                                     March 10 & 17
                                                                                        April 7
                                                                                  Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

                                                                                Call 727-393-9100 for
                                                                                   more information.

                                                                10101 54th Avenue North
                                                                St. Petersburg, Florida 33708
                           CHRISTIAN SCHOOL                        To advertise, call 727-612-0783                              March 2010 • 9
March 2010 Events Calendar
                                                                                                                           March 3                                         March 5
                                                                                                                           The Indiana Wesleyan University Wind            Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk
                                                                                                                           Ensemble Concert presented by the Park
                                                                                                                                                                           Rain or Shine...Gulfport’s First Friday Art
                                                                                                                           Place Wesleyan Church - 7 pm
March 2 – 7                                     March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30                                                                                                     Walk takes place on March 5th.Celebrate
                                                                                                                           Park Place Wesleyan Church; 4400
                                                                                                                                                                           Gulfport’s 100th Birthday Celebration and
Little House on the Prairie, The Musical        GET READY FOR SPRING BOATING                                               70th Avenue North; Pinellas Park,
                                                                                                                                                                           take in Gulfport’s authentic “Old Florida“
at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the                                                                                  (727) 526-3674 Free
                                                Boating Skills and Seamanship Programs                                                                                     atmosphere while perusing the work of
Performing Arts                                                                                                            Admission—Nursey Provided
                                                are presented by the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary,                                                                                   over 50 unique artists and crafters, as well
Little House on the Prairie has remained        Flotilla 72 each Tuesday night, 7:30-                                      March 4 – 14th                                  as authors, antique dealers and entertainers
one of the most popular and beloved             9:30pm, 1300 Beach Dr. SE, St. Petersburg.                                 The 75th Florida Strawberry Festival            stretched over a half-mile up and down
celebrations of early Americana since           Call 727-898-1324 for information.                                         will be held March 4 through March              scenic Beach Blvd.
the appearance of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s        Completion satisfies the state of Florida                                  14 in beautiful Plant City, Fla. Make           For information on many other Gulfport
popular classic book series 70 years ago.       boater safety education requirements.                                      plans now to attend this fun-filled             events, go to
Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura for                                                                                      event. For more information visit               866-ART-WALK.
10 years in the much loved television           March 2                                                          
series, continues her legacy by starring as                                                                                March 4                                         March 5, 12, 19, 26
                                                Seminole Baseball – Mike Martin and the
Ma. Families will continue to fall in love                                                                                 Indian High School Alumni Meeting               Friday Night Senior Dance at the Zendah
                                                Florida State Seminoles baseball team
with these life-affirming stories about the                                                                                Alumni and friends of the Marion, Indiana       Grotto – 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
                                                take on the Florida Gators on Tuesday,
Ingalls’ struggles and triumphs through         March 2nd at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa!                                  High School have been meeting in Largo,         4402 W. Ohio Ave, Tampa, FL – near
the celebration of the pioneering spirit and    Tickets are going fast, and are on sale now                                Fl for nearly 30 years. The meeting has         Raymond James Stadium
the core values on which this country was       at Tickets are good                                  always been held on the first Thursday          Celebrating 75 years!
founded - a spirit that resonates within each   for USF vs. Miami as well as FSU vs. UF                                    of March at the Stacey’s Buffet, 1451 N.
of us today.                                                                                                               Missouri Ave. in Largo.                         Everyone welcome (singles & married) to
                                                (beginning shortly after the conclusion of                                                                                 come and dance to the music of our great
                                                the first game).                                                           This year’s reunion will feature a special
For more information visit                                                                                                                                   bands: Tampa’s own Johnny Charro Band,
                                                                                                                           flag ceremony by the Veterans Liaison
                                                                                                                           Council of Pinellas County Color Guard          Joey Royal, Wolfman & Jeremy and Mike
                                                                                                                           and the featured speaker will be Nick           Unwin.
                                                                                                                           Hionedes, a WW II veteran who was taken         For more information call 813-626-7869 or
                                                                                                                           prisoner by the Japanese.                       813-935-2996.
                                                                TICKETS           RESERVED       GENERAL
                                                                                Individual $24 Individual $22
                                                                                                                           The meeting will be held from 11:00 AM          Drinks and snacks available
                                                               ADULT              Group $22      Group $20
                                                                                                                           to 2:30 PM. The cost is about $8. For more
                                                               SENIOR           Individual $22 Individual $20
                                                               55 & over          Group $22      Group $20                 information: Ed Deering 727 391-0757
                                                               STUDENT          Individual $10 Individual $10
                                                               13 - 18            Group $10      Group $10
                                                               CHILD             Individual $5             Individual $5
                                                                                                                                        2010 Spring Fine ArtS SeASon

                                                               12 & under          Group $5                  Group $5

                                                               NON-PEAK Individual $15 Individual $15
                                                                          Group $15      Group $15

                                                                        DAY          DATE      TIME
                                                                        Fri.        March 19 2:00 pm
                                                                        Fri.        March 19 7:30 pm**
                                                                        Sat.        March 20 2:00 pm

                                                                                                                                       The Musical
                                                                        Sat.        March 20 7:30 pm**
                                                                        Thu.        March 25 10:00 am*
                                                                        Thu.        March 25 2:00 pm
                                                                        Fri.        March 26 2:00 pm
                                                                        Fri.        March 26 7:30 pm**
                                                                        Sat.        March 27 2:00 pm
                                                                        Sat.        March 27 7:30 pm**
                                                                                    March 28 2:30 pm
                                                                                      April 1          2:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                Adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s
                                                                        Fri.          April 2          2:00 pm                                     beloved novel, Little Women.
                                                                                      April 2
                                                                                      April 3
                                                                                                       7:30 pm**
                                                                                                       2:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                The Musical follows the lives of the
                                                                        Sat.          April 3          7:30 pm**                              March sisters- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy-
                                                                         * Reserved for Christian and Home Schools
                                                                       ** Non-Peak performances priced at $15.00
                                                                                                                                              as they grow up in Civil War America.

                                                                                                                                             April 13 & 14•10:00 a.m.
                                                                                                                                              April 15-17•7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                         Advance ticket purchase suggested
                                                              Adult’s Meals: Lunch $10.00, Dinner $17.50
                                                              Children’s Meals: Lunch $5.00, Dinner $8.50
                                                               Call 1-877-412-8687 for more information.                            Tickets are $10; $8 for seniors, students, alumni, and military.
                                                                                                                             Advance tickets: e-mail or call 727-726-1153 ext. 0.
                                                                    All tickets are non-refundable & non-exchangeable.
                                                                    There is a $2 processing fee for all advance orders.

                                                                                                                               For complete information on all events visit us at

                                                             For Tickets and Information, call:
   An Easter Spectacular for the Whole Family                                                                                                                                          3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
                                                                1.877.412.8687                                                                                                         Clearwater, FL 33759
          MARCH 19 �AP R I L 3                                     or visit                                                                                      

10 • March 2010                                                            Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                                                       
March 6                                                                 March 6                                                             100 week-long camps where kids can
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound—The                                       Clearwater Christian College 43rd Founders’                         experience the wild side of summer! Online
Renewed & Reloaded Tour—at the                                          Banquet - 12:00 noon. Come enjoy a                                  registration opens March 13 at 12:01 a.m.
Countryside Christian Center, Clearwater, FL                            delicious catered meal, music provided                              and closes at 11:59 p.m. Call 813-935-
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is                                        by CCC students, testimonies by alumni                              8552, ext. 268 for more information.
Southern Gospel’s Grammy-nominated,                                     from the first 20 years, and an update by
                                                                                                                                            March 14
Dove Award-winning quartet with Gold                                    the president, Dr. Richard Stratton. For
                                                                        reservations call 726-1153, ext. 630.                               Daylight Savings Time begins
and Platinum DVDs. They combine 21st
century ideas with the timeless quality                                 March 9                                                             March 17
of great quartets from the 1950s to take                                Life is a Symphony – New Music Classes                              St. Patrick’s Day                            March 18
an unconventional approach to joyfully                                  begin – Professional music training classes                                                                      Christians for Biblical Equality monthly
                                                                                                                                            March 18, 19, & 20                           meeting
communicating God’s Word.                                               in voice and violin – every Tuesday and
                                                                        Thursday. For more information or to                                Meet Me in St. Louis presented by the        Come and join a group of like-minded
For ticket information visit
                                                                        register call 727-544-5850.                                         Keswick Christian School Fine Arts           people for fellowship, networking, prayer or call (727) 791-9376.
                                                                                                                                            Department                                   and encouragement! No matter who you
1850 North McMullen Booth Road;                                         March 11
Clearwater, FL 33759-1814                                                                                                                   Music and Lyrics by: Hugh Martin and         are or where you are on life’s journey, you
                                                                        Armed Forces Museum 2nd Annual Golf
                                                                                                                                            Ralph Blane                                  are welcome in the body of Christ.
March 6                                                                 Tournament at the Belleair Country Club
                                                                                                                                            Tickets on sale now! $12 Orchestra, $10      Presenter: Terry Sanchez
                                                                        For more information please contact
ZOOZoom at the Lowry Park Zoo presented                                                                                                     Main, $8 Wing                                Seminole Community Library – St.
                                                                        Nadine Piazza 727-539-8371 ext. 104 or
by Sagicor Life Insurance Company –                                                                                                         10101 54th Avenue North, St. Petersburg FL   Petersburg College
Check-in 6:30 a.m., Race 7:30a.m.                                                                                                                                                        9200 113th Street N., Room C
                                                                                                         (727) 393-9100
Join Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for the fifth                                                                                                                                                Seminole, FL                       (continued)
                                              March 13

                                                                                                                                                      CHAMPION TAE KWON DO
annual ZOOZoom, a 5K run that winds
through the Zoo and along the scenic          Zoo School Summer Camp
Hillsborough River. Registration cost         Early Registration Day -
includes admission to the Zoo for the day     ONLINE ONLY
for the entrant only, tee-shirt and post-race Take advantage of a one-day
refreshments. Visit the Zoo’s website to      only sale on summer camp
download a registration form, and sign up     programs for K-8th grade
early.                   students. Register online at LowryParkZoo.
                                              com and save 15 percent on more than
              Visit for more events. To register your
                event for future months email
                                                                                                                                                           Saturday, March 20, 2010, 1–5 pm
                                                                                                                                                                Corner of Park Boulevard and Starkey Road
                                                                                                                                                                           in Big Lots parking lot

                                                                                                                                                                • Free Introductory Martial Arts Class (1pm)
                                                                                                                                                                • Tae Kwon Do Demonstration (2pm)
                                                                                                                                                                • Board Breaking (3pm)
       They Deserve To Be In A Safe
          Learning Environment                                                                                                                     • Moon Walk                                      Come and Bring
        Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas, Inc                                                                                                    • Raffle for Prizes                               Your Friends
       Can Help You With Child Care Resource & Referral:                                                                                           • Food
                  • Free customized child care provider lists based on the needs
                    of your child(ren), in terms of age, location, hours of care,
                    curriculum, & other preferences
                  • Offer education and information to assist parents in seeking
                    quality care, promoting age appropriate development and
                    preparing your child for kindergarten
                  • Child care scholarship applications
                  • Information on how to register your 4 year old for Free
                    Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

                 A FREE Child Care List Can Be
                Requested By Calling: Mon - Fri 8am-5pm
                           Toll Free 866-764-0436
                   Sponsorship by Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc. 727-548-1439, State of Florida, Agency
                                                                                                                                                                Champion Tae Kwon Do
                      for Workforce Innovation. Go to for the percentage of federal funds.
                                                                                                                                                                    7590 Starkey Road, Seminole
                                                                                                                                                          (727) 399-2999 •                                                                                                      To advertise, call 727-612-0783                                                        March 2010 • 11
March 2010 Events Calendar (continued)                                                            March 27                                                   March 13
                                                                                                                                                             Zoo School Summer Camp Early
                                                                                                  Springfest & Bonnet Parade/Competition
                                                                                                                                                             Registration Day - ONLINE ONLY
                                                                                                  – 10 am to 8 pm - 3129 Beach Blvd,
March 19 – April 3                                March 20                                                                                                   Take advantage of a one-day only sale on
                                                                                                  Gulfport, 33707                                            summer camp programs for K-8th grade
Jesus…Behold the Man – presented by               Champion Tae Kwon Do Grand Re-
                                                  Opening                                         The 15th Annual Gulfport Springfest                        students. Register online at LowryParkZoo.
Word of Life ministries                                                                                                                                      com and save 15 percent on more than
                                                  The Grand Re-Opening of the newly               Street Festival celebration is planned for
A musical drama that walks through the life                                                       Saturday, March 27 from 10 am to 8 pm                      100 week-long camps where kids can
                                                  renovated Champion Tae Kwon Do Center
of Jesus Christ and portrays who He really                                                        along historic Beach Boulevard in the heart                experience the wild side of summer! Kids
                                                  will begin at noon with free trial class at 1                                                              can learn about nature, science and the
was! You will follow the historical events        pm. There will be concessions and a moon        of the City’s picturesque and charismatic
that show His purpose, His passion and                                                                                                                       animal kingdom “outside the classroom”
                                                  walk, demonstrations by students and a          downtown. The event is co-produced by the                  while hiking through the Zoo, exploring
the relationships He developed. You will          breaking board contest for students. For        Gulfport Chamber of Commerce and the                       behind-the-scenes and hands-on interaction.
witness many miracles, hear His teachings,        more information call 727-399-2999.             City of Gulfport.                                          Online registration opens March 13 at 12:01
and meet people who shared personal               7590 Starkey Road, Seminole FL                                                                             a.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m. Call 813-935-
                                                                                                  For Additional Information, please contact
accounts of why they chose to follow Him.                                                                                                                    8552, ext. 268 for more information.
                                                  March 21                                        the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce at
Jesus ... Behold the Man, takes the Word          Green Eggs and Ham at the Great                 727-344-3711.
of God, makes it come to life, and brings
understanding to who He is and what He
                                                  Explorations Children’s Museum
                                                  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
                                                                                                  March 29 – 30                                              Your Event Here
can mean to us today!                             Sam will try “Green Eggs and Ham”,              Global Community Tennis is proud to              
For Tickets & Reservations Call toll free         will you? Great Explorations Children’s         announce their 2nd annual Sony Ericsson                    727-612-0783
1-877-412-8687 or visit               Museum special event is a character             Open Pro Tournament
                                                  breakfast which features the stars of Dr.
                                                                                                  See the professionals compete live! Top 100
March 19 – 20                                     Seuss’s book as they try the famous meal!       world Ranked Tennis.

Dream Interpretation Conference                   Includes Museum exploration time for
                                                                                                  Package includes Bus Trip to Miami / Key
with Cindy McGill Friday 7pm Saturday             participants. For more information call
                                                                                                  Biscayne. Your registration fee covers
9am -2-4:30pm                                     727-821-8992 or visit
                                                                                                  everything - including Tax/Gratuity!                      Advertise in the
Harvest Tabernacle 209 N Lime Ave,                March 26                                                                                                  Gulf Coast Family
                                                                                                  To reserve your spot call 727-744-3966
                                                  The Leslie Family Children’s Foundation                                                                   Newspaper.
Sarasota, Fl                                                                                      or email GlobalCommunityTennis@
                                                  annual Spring Swing Golf Tournament at
Register online at www.hopefortheharvest.                                                For information visit
                                                  the Bardmoor Golf Club
com or call 941-776-9626                                                                
                                                  For more information and registration visit                                                               To advertise, call
                                         or call 727-239-7171
                2010‐2011 School Year          

       Collegiate Schedule for High School Students 
  Two day schedule, three day schedule or five day schedule 

                         A University‐Model School® 

                                                                                                    St. John Vianney Catholic School
                                                                                                       STRONG FAITH, STRONG FOUNDATION, STRONG FUTURE
             Blending the best of home with the best of traditional education.                                                                                                                 ESTABLISHED 1951
                                                                                                       Open House
                                                                                                       Open House             Focusing on Academic Excellence
                      K-6th grade classes on Monday & Wednesday                                         Every Friday
                     7-12th grade classes follow a collegiate schedule                                  March 12
                                                                                                         8am–3pm             Instilling Strong Values & Character
                      Direct Involvement in your child’s education                                                     “An International Baccalaureate Candidate School”
                                SACS accredited program                                                 • Superior Fundamental with Honors Curriculum             • Advanced Technology Integration
                                   College Preparatory                                                  • Championship Sports Teams                               • Certified and Caring Faculty
                                 FHSAA sports program                                                   • Enrichment through Drama, Band, Art, Choir              • Community-Oriented Environment
                            Flexible tuition starting at $2,675                                            and World Languages                                    • All Faiths are Welcome

                               www.Veritas‐                                                                               Call now for tours and information.
                        12685 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33774                                          500 84th Ave. St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 • 727.360.1113 •
                                   727‐593‐8791                                                                          Fully Accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference, Member NCEA.
                                                                                                             St. John Vianney welcomes students of all religious, national, ethnic and racial backgrounds.

12 • March 2010                                                        Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                                                    
  Gulf Coast Christian Schools                                                                                                        This St. Patrick’s Day craft                    is a lot of fun for the
                                                                                                                                      kids to put together and the best part is that it can be used a table
                                                                                                                                      decoration to hold chips when you are finished. We filled our hat with
  Sons are a heritage                                                                                                                 green tortilla chips from our local Sweetbay Supermarket; however
  from the LORD,                                                                                                                      you can use this cute leprechaun hat for a multitude of things, just
  children a reward                                                                                                                   make sure you and your kids have fun.
  from him.                                                                                                                           What you will need for this craft:
                                                                                                                                          • One cleaned out ½ gallon                           • Large circular object –
                                                                                                                                            round ice cream container                            a few inches larger than the ice
                                                                                                                                            (Blue Bell containers work                           cream container
             Psalm 127:3                                                                                                                    great and the ice cream is                         • Construction paper: 3 or
                                                                                                                                            delicious)                                           4 sheets of Green, 1 sheet
                                                                                                                                          • Scotch tape (however double                          yellow, 1 sheet black
                                                                                                                                            stick tape would work best)                        • Scissors
                             “Partnering with Parents
                                                                                                                                                                                               • Ruler
                             for Kingdom Education”
                                                                                                                                                                                               • Pen
                                                                               How to make it:
                                      Preschool ~ Elementary                    1 Trace around the large circular object on the green construction paper and cut out the circle. 2
                                            Middle School
                                      6355 38th Avenue North                   Use the tape to adhere the circle to the bottom of the ice cream container. 3 Cut additional green
                                      St. Petersburg, FL 33710                 construction paper to fit around the outside of the container. You may need 2 pieces. 4 Use tape to
                                                                               adhere the paper around the container. 5 Cut a strip of black construction paper, about 2” wide. 6 Cut
                                                                                                           a 4” square from the yellow construction paper. 7 Cut a rectangle from the
                                                                                                           center of the yellow sqare, about 1¼” × 2”. 8 Lay the black band around the change                                                                                    hat, about 1” above the brim. Cut off any excess paper. 9 Lay the yellow
                                                                                                           buckle over the band as shown in the sample. Once the layout is satisfactory,
                                                                                                           tape the band and buckle in place. 10 Fill with green tortilla chips or another
                                                                                                           St. Patrick’s Day treat, and start your celebration!

                                                                                                                          ummer Camp
       OF EARLY
                                                                                                                                                                                                               June 28 - August 20


                                                                                                                                                                                       Ages 2 - 15
                                                                                                                                                            Field trips to theme parks, beach, swimming
                                                                                                                                                            pools, zoo, bowling, aquariums and more…

                                                                                                                                                         Trip to the Florida Keys, Kennedy Space
                                                                                                                                                         Center, Downtown Disney and a “big city” trip
                                                     JUNE TO AUGUST
                      register early at                                                                                           Pottery, art, music, woodshop, film making,
                                    or call 1.877.412.8687                                                                                                     sports camps and more!
                                TUBING COFFEE HOUSE | FLOOR HOCKEY | WATERSLIDE

                         Teen Camp is an experience                       Junior camp is an exciting adventure for
                         designed entirely for teens ages                 children ages 6 - 12. We’ll challenge them
                         13 – 18. We’ve got an enthusiastic               with awesome Bible teaching, fun rallies
                         program, dynamic speakers,                       and fantastic games to keep ‘em going!
                         adrenaline-pumping games and                     Children love the excitement at
                         incredible counselors. Teens will                WORD OF LIFE
                         have an intense and life-changing                FLORIDA
                         experience!                                      YOUTH
            AGES 13-18                                        AGES 6-12

                                                                                                                                            1831 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765
                                                                                                                                               727-447-6385 •
                                                                                                                       ©2010 Delphi Academy™ of Florida. All rights reserved. Licensed to use Applied Scholastics™ eductional services and materials.                                                                          To advertise, call 727-612-0783                                                                                              March 2010 • 13
       School                                             Address                    City             Phone             Grades       Website
   1   ACKids Campus of Seminole Inc                      9259 Park Blvd             Seminole         399-2483          Infant-VPK
   2   Admiral Farragut Academy                           501 Park St. N             St. Peterburg    384-5500 x 220    Pre-K-12th
   3   Blessed Sacrament School                           11501 66th Ave N           Seminole         391-4060          K-8th
   4   Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf             14088 Icot Blvd            Clearwater       539-7879          2yr-12th
   5   Bright Beginnings                                  2811 Belcher Rd            Dunedin          799-KIDS (5437)   Infant-VPK
   6   Calvary Christian High School                      110A N McMullen Booth Rd   Clearwater       449-2247          9th-12th
   7   Cathedral Child Care                               2300 62nd Ave N            St. Petersburg   522-6650          Infant-VPK
   8   Countryside Christian Academy                      1850 McMullen Booth Rd     Clearwater       799-1618 x 807    2yr-8th
   9   Delphi Academy                                     1831 Drew St               Clearwater       447-6385          3yr-8th
  10   Esther’s School                                    4224 28th St N             St. Petersburg   528-6484          K-12th
  11   First Baptist Preschool Center                     5495 Park Blvd.            Pinellas Park    544-9465          2yr-VPK
  12   G.R.A.D. Academy                                   3470 Adrian Ave            Largo            584-8200          VPK-12th
  13   Grace Lutheran School                              4301 16th St N             St. Petersburg   527-6213          VPK-8th
  14   Gulf Coast Christian School                        6355 38th Ave N            St. Petersburg   345-3448          K-8th
  15   iDiscover Christian Academy                        6405 46th Ave N            St. Petersburg   541-3230          Infant-VPK
  16   Indian Rocks Christian Schools                     12685 Ulmerton Road        Largo            596-7192          2yr-12th
  17   Indian Rocks Christian Schools Veritas Academy     12685 Ulmerton Road        Largo            593-8791          VPK-12th
  18   JMAC Kids                                          2177 NE Coachman Rd        Clearwater       430-3902          VPK-8th
  19   Keswick Christian School                           10101 54th Ave N           St. Petersburg   393-9100          2yr-12th
  20   LCC Day School                                     4400 Chancellor St NE      St. Petersburg   522-8331          2yr-8th
  21   Loving Arms Christian Preschool                    11220 Oakhurst Rd          Largo            595-2112          Infant-VPK
  22   Morning Star Catholic School                       4661 80th Ave N            Pinellas Park    544-6036          K-8th
  23   Northside Christian School                         7777 62th Ave N            St. Petersburg   541-7593 x 247    VPK-12th
  24   Oak Tree Preschool                                 1625 N Belcher Rd          Clearwater       725-9596          2yr-VPK
  25   Plato Academy Charter Schools                      3 locations                Pinellas         793-2400          Pre-K-8th
  26   Pinellas Preparatory Academy                       2300 S Belcher Rd. #100    Largo            536-3600          K-8th
  27   R’Club Early Learning Academy                      Over 45 locations          Pinellas         578-KIDS (5437)   Infant-VPK
  28   R’Club Early Learning Academy Pinellas Vlg         8351 Bayou Boardwalk       Seminole         319-0234          Infant-VPK
       Rainbow Academy                                    2100 62nd Ave N            St. Petersburg   522-4131          1-6yr
  29   Rainbow Preschool                                  13400 Park Blvd            Seminole         397-5759          Infant-VPK
  30   Rosie’s Playschool I                               4500 38th Ave N            St. Petersburg   526-1038          Infant-VPK
  31   Sacred Heart Catholic School                       7951 46th Way N            Pinellas Park    544-1106          VPK-8th
  32   Shepherd’s Care Learning Center                    1875 Nursery Rd            Clearwater       530-4052          2yr-VPK
  33   Skycrest Christian School                          129 N Belcher Rd           Clearwater       797-1186          K-8th
  34   St. John Vianney Catholic School                   500 84th Ave               St. Petersburg   360-1113          VPK-8th
  35   St. Jude Cathedral School                          600 58th St N              St. Petersburg   347-8622          3yr-8th
  36   St. Petersburg Christian School                    2021 62nd Ave N            St. Petersburg   522-3000          K-8th
  37   Transfiguration Catholic Preschool                 4000 43rd Street N.        St. Petersburg   527-2880          2yr-K
  38   Vincero Academy                                    30750 U.S. Hwy 19 N        Palm Harbor      786-8887          K-12th
  39   Wee Friends Child Care Center                      11045 Park Blvd            Seminole         392-2037          Infant-VPK
  40   West Lake Christian School                         1551 Belcher Rd            Palm Harbor      781-3808          K-8th
  41   Westside Christian School                          11633 137th St N           Largo            517-2153          K-12th

                                              Early Learning Academies                                                                   2008
                                                                        Accepting children 2 months through 5 years old                                     Business
                                                                        State approved Voluntary                                                            of the Year
                                                                        Pre-Kindergarten program             The Quality                                     St. Petersburg
                                                                                                                              Choice for                     Area Chamber
                                                                        Professionally trained teachers                      Children Since                  of Commerce
                                                                        State-of-the-art classrooms                               1976
                                                                     Before and After School                                                                  Choice
                                                                        Elementary and middle school programs                                                Preschool
                                                                        The lowest all-inclusive fee of all before and                                        Tampa Bay
                                             727-578-5437               after school care providers in Pinellas County                                        Newspapers
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      Family of the Month
                                                                                                  March                                                                   Friday
                                                                            Tuesday                       Wednesday                          Thursday
           Sunday                          Monday
                                                                                                  1                                2                          3                        4

          Meet the Cavanaugh Family
          Throughout the past few years, we have enjoyed          professionals, their primary focus is their family.

                                                                                                                             Family Favorites
                                                                                                                                    9                       10                         11
          getting to know some amazing families here in           “There is nothing quite like being a parent,” the Ca-      • Our favorite team is the Tampa Bay Lightning! We
          Pinellas Country and this was definitely the case
          with the Cavanaugh family, our March family of
                                                                  vanaughs told us. “We love our kids so much. They
                                                                  each have their own unique personality and each
                                                                                                                               are all now true fans.
                                                                                                                             • Our favorite foods are meat and pasta and any
          the month. Glenn and Lisa Cavanaugh have lived          one of them brings us such joy and love.”                    kind of berry, but especially raspberries.
          in Pinellas County for the past 18 years and they                                                                  • The kids favorite movies are Enchanted, Cars, Alvin
                                                                  For the past couple of years though, things have not
          have been blessed with four adorable children;
                                                                  been that easy for the Cavanaughs. In 2008 little            and the Chipmunks and the Star Wars Series, while
          Trevor, Paxton, Madison, and Liam. They are active
                                                                  Madison was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lympho-             Mom and Dad enjoy most anything.
          in the community, leaders in the Scout programs,
                                                                  blastic Leukemia). “We could write a book on how           • Our favorite restaurants have to be McDonalds,
          advocates for families facing cancer and, as a friend
                                                                  Madison’s Leukemia diagnosis has affected our fam-           Chick-fil-a, Sweet Tomatoes and Chili’s.
          of the family so clearly put it, “They are one of the

                                                                  ily,” Glenn and Lisa told us. “It makes you realize that
                                                                                                                             • Our favorite vacation spot is at grandma’s cottage
          strongest, sweetest, most amazing families you will

                                                                  every moment is precious. We do what we can as a
          ever meet!”                                                                                                          on Calabogie Lake in Canada, while our favorite
                                                                  family to make our lives as normal as possible; how-
                                                                                                                               local vacation spot would have to be Disney.
          When we contacted Glenn and Lisa about being            ever we realize that we have a new normal now.”
          the feature family for March, they replied, “March                                                                 • One of our favorite things to do together is go
                                                                  Recently Madison was chosen to be the 2010 Girl              camping as a family. We just tent it right now but
          would be great; we love the month of March. Our
                                                                  of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Soci-              maybe someday we’ll get a pop-up camper.
          last name is Irish and every March we like to deco-
                                                                  ety. The Cavanaughs are currently forming a team
          rate the house for St. Patrick’s Day. Some years we                                                                • When we have the opportunity, we enjoy
                                                                  for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
          even have a special visit from a leprechaun who                                                                      spending our free time playing outdoors—riding
                                                                  coming up in April. Next month we will learn more
          leaves the kids some good books to read.”                                                                            our bikes, walking on the beach or hiking together.
                                                                  about the Cavanaugh’s battle with Leukemia and
           While Glenn and Lisa are both successful, trained      how we can help.

                                                                                                                               At home we enjoy playing Wii together and when

                                                                                                                                  23                          24
                                                                                                                               we have a chance we love to cuddle up and read.         2
                               20                                 21
                                                        Meet the Kids
                                                         Trevor is nine years old and is a great big brother. His is also a real thinker.
                                                        He enjoys playing Chess, building with LEGOS, playing the piano and
                                                        reading books. Trevor loves going on a good, fast bike ride and he also has
                                                        a fascination for fancy, unique cars.
                                                        Paxton is seven years old and likes to dance and loves spending time with
                                                        her friends. She has a true heart for animals, she enjoys drawing pictures

                                                        and she would love to take skating lessons someday.

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                                                        Madison is five years old and has one of the biggest smiles you will ever
                                                        see. She is funny, smart, and as sweet as they come. Madison really
                                                       enjoys gymnastics and can’t wait to start up again once her treatments are
                                                       completed. In her free time Madison enjoys making lots of pictures and
                                                       cards and she loves doing things for others.
                                                       Liam is three years old and loves preschool. He is a real go-getter for his age. Liam
                                                       loves to play outside and he is looking forward to starting t-ball this spring.
                                                       If you would like to recommend a family to be featured as the family of the month, send a
                                                       photo and a description of what makes your family unique to

16 • March 2010                                                   Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                                
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Good Money Habits:                               Whether you choose to prepare your taxes
                                                 yourself or have them professionally pre-         4  Be careful of computer programs for do-it-
                                                                                                      yourself returns, especially if you have a com-        8  Make sure you keep accurate records. It is
                                                                                                                                                                generally a good idea to scan receipts

Avoid                                            pared, there are several things that you
                                                 can do to avoid costly mistakes.
                                                                                                   plicated tax situation. Computers are won-
                                                                                                   derful, but the old saying “Garbage In,
                                                                                                                                                             in case the original receipt becomes illeg-
                                                                                                                                                             ible or destroyed. Business, Charitable,

Tax Time
                                                                                                   Garbage Out” still applies to tax returns.                and Medical mileage must be well docu-
                                               1    Don’t take tax advice from someone who
                                                    has little or no training. Quite often well-
                                                                                                   If you don’t know if the information that                 mented. Feel free to visit my website at

                                                                                                   you are entering is correct, chances are         for a
                                                 meaning people pass along tax advice that
                                                                                                   the computer program won’t either.                        downloadable mileage log.
                                                 is inaccurate or incomplete. Remember
                                                 your friends aren’t going to pay your pen-
                                                 alties or be able to defend you if the IRS
                                                 comes knocking at your door.
                                                                                                   5  Always review your return before you mail
                                                                                                      or electronically file it. Double check that
                                                                                                   your name, social security number, and
                                                                                                                                                             9  One size does NOT fit all. Something that is
                                                                                                                                                                most beneficial to one person’s tax pic-
                                                                                                                                                             ture may be completely useless or harmful
                                                                                                   address are correct and that you have                     to another. Tax benefits vary widely due
                                               2    Don’t fall for the Refund Anticipation Loan
                                                    (RAL) trap. These loans go by several dif-
                                                 ferent names, but essentially charge the
                                                                                                   signed your return. Also review your re-
                                                                                                   turn for any errors.
                                                                                                                                                             to income, marital status, type of employ-
                                                                                                                                                             ment, and investments.
                                                 uninformed consumer large fees and high
                                                 interest to get a “refund” back a few days
                                                 quicker and to allow tax preparation fees
                                                                                                   6 Make sure that you use the correct filing sta-
                                                                                                     tus and that you are legally allowed to claim
                                                                                                   your dependents. Also, make sure you attach
                                                                                                                                                             10     File on Time or File an Extension – If you
                                                                                                                                                                    do not have the time to file an accu-
                                                                                                                                                             rate return by the original due date, then
                                                 to be taken out. In reality, the consumer is      necessary forms for claiming dependents                   file for an automatic extension. Also make
                                                 getting a loan check, not a refund. A RAL         that could be claimed by someone else.                    sure you have paid in what you think you
                                                 is not the same as electronic filing, which                                                                 owe (or more) by the original due date.
                                                 is very inexpensive and can get you a re-
                                                 fund back quickly.
                                                                                                   7  Don’t understate your income or overstate
                                                                                                      your expenses. Make sure that you file a
                                                                                                   complete and accurate return. IRS Pub-
                                                                                                                                                             An extension of time to file is NOT an
                                                                                                                                                             extension of time to pay your taxes. Any
                                                                                                                                                             excess can either be refunded to you or
                                               3   Gather your information together before you
                                                   start your return. If your preparer offers a
                                                 tax organizer, take advantage of it to help
                                                                                                   lication 525 provides information about
                                                                                                   types of taxable and nontaxable income.
                                                                                                   Likewise, claim all the expenses you are
                                                                                                                                                             applied to the next year.

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                                                 you get things organized. If you prepare          entitled to, but don’t claim items that are                    Accountant in Pinellas County, an
                                                 your return yourself, make a list of items        not deductible or items you don’t have                         accounting professor, wife, and the
                                                 you should have so you don’t file an in-          support for.                                                   mother of two adorable children.
                                                 complete return.

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18 • March 2010                                                        Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                                               
      ACKids Campus of Seminole Inc.                   First Baptist Preschool Center              LCC Day School                            St. John Vianney Catholic School
      Infant – VPK                                     2yr – VPK                                   2yr – 8 grade                             Pre-K – 8 grade
      9259 Park Blvd, Seminole                         5495 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park               4400 Chancellor St NE, St. Petersburg     500 84th Ave., St. Pete Beach
      399-2483                                         544-9465                      522-8331             360-1113                   Call to schedule a tour, tours given        Call to schedule a tour                   Every Friday 8am–3pm
      Tours given weekly                               weekly
                                                                                                   Morning Star Catholic School              St. Petersburg Christian School
      Admiral Farragut Academy             Gulf Coast Christian Schools                            Special learning needs students in        K – 8th grade
      Pre-K – 12 grade                     K – 8 grade                                             K – 8 grade                               2021 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg
      501 Park Street North, St. Peterburg 6355 38th Ave N, St. Petersburg                         4661 80th Ave N, Pinellas Park            522-3000
      384-5500 x 220      345-3448                               544-6036            Tues., March. 16, 9:00am
      Call to schedule a tour              Open to parents and children                            Wednesday, March 17, 10am–2pm
                                                                                                                                             Transfiguration Early Childhood
                                           Light lunch served, please RSVP
      Blessed Sacrament Catholic School                                                            Northside Christian School                Center
                                           Wed, Mar 17, 12–1pm
      K – 8 grade                                                                                  Pre-K – 12 grade                          2yr – K5
                                           (Campus Life Tour)
      11501 66th Ave N, Seminole                                                                   7777 62nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg         4000 43rd Street N, St. Petersburg
      391-4060            iDiscover Christian Academy                             541-7593 x251               527-2880
      Call for open house dates and tours  Infant – VPK                                            Thursday, March 18, 7pm                   Tours given weekly
                                           6405 46th Ave N, St. Petersburg
      Bright Beginnings Preschool          541-3230                         Plato Academy Charter Schools             Veritas Academy
      Infant – VPK                         Tours and Shadow Days given weekly                      Pre-K4 – 8 grade                          VPK – 12 grade
      2811 Belcher Rd, Dunedin             Indian Rocks Christian School                           Clearwater                                12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo
      799-KIDS (5437) Preschool – 12 grade                                       Tarpon Springs/Palm Harbor                593-8791
      Call for open house dates and tours  12685 Ulmerton Rd, Largo                                Saint Petersburg                          Call to schedule a tour
                                           596-7192                                   793-2400
      Calvary Christian High School                                                                                                          Westside Christian School
                                           Call to schedule a tour                                 See website for open house events
      9 – 12 grade                                                                                                                           K – 12 grade
      110A N McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater Keswick Christian School                                Salvation Army Oak Tree Preschool         11633 137th St N, Largo
      449-2247                 Preschool, Pre-K – 12 grade                             2yr – VPK                                 517-2153
      Thursday, March 11, 9am-5:30pm       10101 54th Avenue N., St. Petersburg                    1625 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater             Call to schedule a tour
                                           393-9100                       725-9596
      Delphi Academy
                                           March 10 & 17 April 7; 9 a.m.                           Please call to schedule a tour
      3yr – 8 Grade
      1831 Drew St, Clearwater                                                                     Shepherd’s Care Learning Center             To list your school’s open house,
      447-6385                                                                    2yr – VPK                                   call 727-612-0783 or email us at
      Call to schedule a tour                                                                      1875 Nursery Rd, Clearwater         
                                                                                                   Call to schedule a tour

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 Summer Camp Directory
Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in Pinellas County
and the surrounding Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are
arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many
more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
So reserve your spot soon.

AC Kids Campus of Seminole Summer Camp       Camp Sonshine: Grace Lutheran
9259 Park Blvd., Seminole                    4301 16th Street N, St. Petersburg
(727) 399-2483                               (727) 526-8212     
Bravo Centre for the Arts Musical & Comedy   Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp
Summer Theater Camp                          7590 Starkey Road, Seminole
13400 Park Blvd, Seminole                    (727) 399-2999
(727) 528-3177                     
                                             Clearwater Christian College Summer Sports Camps
Busch Gardens Adventure Camp                 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater
10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa               (727) 726-1153
(877) 248-2267                     
                                             Clearwater Ice Arena Summer Camp
Camp Frontier                                13940 Icot Blvd, Clearwater
18050 US Hwy South, Wimauma                  (727) 536-5843
(888) 977-2267                     
                                             Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Camp with Winter
Camp Gan Isreal                              249 Windward Passage, Clearwater
4010 Park Street North, St. Petersburg       (727) 441-1790
(727) 344-4900                     
                                             Country Day School Summer Camp
Camp Illahaw at Forever Florida              11499 Vonn Road, Largo
4755 N. Kenansville Rd, Saint Cloud          (727) 596-1902
(866) 854-3837                     
                                             St Pete Creative Kids: A Creative Arts Summer
Camp Kadima                                  Camp for Children & Teens
5023 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg          460 46th Avenue North, St Petersburg
(727) 736-1494                               (727) 257-0261    
                                                                 See our interactive            Delphi Summer of Fun + Academics         Great Explorations Children’s Museum Summer Camp         IRC
                                                                                                1831 Drew Street, Clearwater             1925 4th Street North, St. Petersburg                    126
                                                                   map online at                (727) 447-6385                           (727) 821-8992                                           (72
                                                                                                Eckerd College Summer Watersports Camp   Gulf Coast Christian School Summer Camp                  JM
                                                                                                4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg   6355 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg                   217
                                                                                                (727) 864-8288                           (727) 345-3448                                           (72
                                                                                                Florida Aquarium AquaCamps               Heritage Village Summer Adventures                       Ke
                                                                                                701 Channelside Drive, Tampa             11909 125th Street N, Largo                              101
                                                                                                (813) 273-4015                           (727) 582-2426                                           (72

For our complete listing of over 100 summer camps here in Pinellas County, visit Global Community Tennis Summer Camp                     Innishbrook Resort and Golf Club: Junior Golf, Tennis,   Kin
our new interactive online directory at                 1000 Edenville, Clearwater; 6150 Augusta blvd.,         And Swim Camps                                           599
                                                                                 Seminole                                                36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Innisbrook                  (72
Our summer camp directory contains detailed school information, links to (727) 744-3966                                                  (727) 942-5283                                           ww
camp web sites and printable directions.                                                 
20 • March 2010                                                       Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper                              
                 Selecting the Right Summer Camp
                                                               Have you begun thinking about which sum-                         and then ask yourselves what skills or areas
                                                              mer camp is best for your child? With hundreds                    you would like to see your child improve. Talk
                                                             of camps spread across Pinellas County it’s no                     it over together as a family and then look for a
                                                             wonder parents find it hard to sort through all                    camp that might serve both needs.
                                                             the information. Below are some tips to help you                 • Costs: Decide on how much you are willing
                                                             find the perfect camp to fit your child.                           to pay for camp. In today’s economic environ-
                                                             • Day Camp vs Overnight Camp: While there                          ment, cost will most likely play a much bigger
                                                               are great benefits to both types of camps, keep                  role in the decision process than it has in the
                                                               in mind that some kids love the chance to be                     past.
                                                               “on their own” for a week or two, while others                 • Create a short list: Request brochures, vid-
                                                               won’t sleep well and are nervous wrecks away                     eos, and other information from the camps that
                                                               from home.                                                       have passed the above requirements.
                                                             • Camp Location: If you are planning on send-                    • Choose the Best: If possible, visit the camps
                                                               ing your child to an overnight camp, the pos-                    from your short list together as a family. Most
                                                               sibilities are endless; however if you’re after                  camps will be happy to give you a camp tour
                                                               a day camp, you’ll want to find camps in your                    that fits around your schedule. There is no bet-
                                                               general area. To locate a camp near you, visit                   ter way to find out about a camp than by check-
                                                               our website at Our                      ing it out in person. When you visit the camps,
                                                               interactive summer camp guide spotlights over                    don’t just go through a list of questions about
                                                               100 local camps here in Pinellas County with                     the camp, but rather talk about your child and
                                                               maps and direct links to each camp website.                      engage the camp representative in conversa-
                                                             • Camp Specialty: From baseball to scuba                           tion about the entire camp experience.
                                                               diving, from music to academics, there are a                   By properly researching the camps and involv-
                                                               host of activity camps available throughout                    ing your child in the decision process, you will
                                                               Pinellas County. When selecting the a camp                     be able to drop your child off on opening day
                                                               for your child, take time to consider your                     with a confidence that he or she is going to have
                                                               child’s interests and skills. Ask your child what              a great experience.
                                                                activities he or she would like to participate in,

CS Summer Sports Camp                Lowry Park Zoo Summer Camps                     Pinellas County Summer Camps                        St. Petersburg College: College for Kids Summer Safari
685 Ulmerton Road, Largo             1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa                     333 Chestnut Street, Clearwater                     PO Box 13489, St. Petersburg
27) 596-7192                         (813) 935-8552                                  (727) 464-4600                                      (727) 341-3196                                          
MAC Kids Summer Camp                 MOSI Summer Science Camp                        Science Center of Pinellas Camp                     St. Petersburg Country Club Golf & Tennis Camps
 77 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater     4801 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa                       7701 22nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg              2000 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg
 27) 430-3902                        (813) 987-6000                                  (727) 384-0027                                      (727) 867-2111                                                 
eswick Summer Sports Camp            Northside Christian School Paradise Camp        Shadycreek Preschool Summer Program                 Word of Life Florida Youth Camp
 101 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg      7777 62nd Ave North, St. Petersburg             2095 Belleair Road, Clearwater                      13247 Word of Life Drive, Hudson
27) 393-9100                         (727) 647-0349                                  (727) 535-8512                                      (877) 412-8687                                            
ndermusik of Tampa Bay Summer Camp   Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Summer Camps   Sonny Days Camp St. Petersburg Christian School     YMCA Summer Camps
90 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater         1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor                   2021 62 Ave N, St. Petersburg                       2469 Enterprise Road , Clearwater
27) 723-2618                         (727) 771-6000                                  (727) 522-3000                                      (727) 467-9622                                            

                                               To advertise, call 727-612-0783                                                               March 2010 • 21
                                                                                        The Bruins have claimed 11 champion-                   Since 1979, every NCAA champi-
                                                                                        ships over the years, with the first com-         on except one has had at least one All-
                                                                                        ing in 1964 under legendary coach John            American. This makes perfect sense
                                                                                        Wooden, who led the university to 10              when you consider that the tourney is
                                                                                        in a span of a dozen years from 1964              a rollercoaster that requires an on-the-
                                                                                        through 1975 before retiring. Kentucky
                                                              Trivia                    is second in the championship category,
                                                                                                                                          floor leader. On the way to winning six
                                                                                                                                          straight games a team will likely face
                                       2010 NCAA March Madness begins with              winning seven. North Carolina and In-             a number of make or break situations,
                                     the highly anticipated Selection Sunday            diana each have five.                             and having a strong leader on the floor
                                  on March 14 when college basketball team
                                                                                                                                          in those spots makes all the difference.
                               match-ups are finally announced—followed by                   Defining an upset as beating a team
                         the opening round games on March 16.                           at least 4 seeds higher, there are an av-             The first men’s college basketball
The national championship is then determined during a month-long battle of              erage of 8.7 upsets per year. There’s             game was played on January 18, 1896
skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams          never been a year with fewer than 5               between the University of Iowa and the
leading up to the final four games played April 3 - 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in           upsets.                                           University of Chicago. The final score
Indianapolis, Indiana.                                                                                                                    was a mind blowing 15-12. (There
                                                                                            Last year American businesses lost            weren’t a lot of slam dunks and fast
Here are some great NCAA Basketball Tournament facts and stats that we hope             an estimated $1.2 billion in worker pro-          breaks back then).
you will whet your appetite for this year’s tournament! Enjoy and go Gators!            ductivity during the NCAA tournament.
                                                                                        (I bet the productivity of the guy who                The first NCAA basketball tourna-
     The phrase “March Madness” was           Odds of picking a perfect bracket?        estimates American worker productiv-
coined by Henry V. Porter in 1939 to      9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 1. That’s                                                          ment was held in 1939 and included 8
                                                                                        ity goes down more than the national              teams that eventually grew to sixty four
describe an Illinois high school bas-     nine quintillion to one! That is a billion    average during the NCAA tourney.)
ketball tourney. Brent Musburger first    times as big as 9 billion! Think of it this                                                     teams.
used it during NCAA coverage in 1982      way: if every man, woman, and child
                                                                                             Number 16 seeds are 0 for 96 in                   Division I basketball’s all-time
causing a legal battle almost as insane   on the planet randomly filled out one
                                                                                        tournament play, while number 15 seeds            leading scorer is Pete Maravich, who
as the playoffs.                          million brackets each, the odds would
                                                                                        are 4 for 96. Number 13 and number                played at Louisiana State University
                                          be less than 1 in 1,000 that even one
                                                                                        14 seeds are less than 19% combined.              from 1968 through 1970. Maravich
                                          would have a perfect bracket.
    According to the NCAA, more than                                                                                                      scored 3,667 points in just three years
10 percent of Americans participate in         The school that has won the most             No. 9 seeds have a winning record             and averaged an astounding 44.2 points
March Madness “office pools.”             national titles in basketball is UCLA.        overall against No. 8 seeds.                      per game.

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                                                                                                                                                               Mexicana is a fajita dish featuring
                                                                                                    Destination:                                               a dramatic display of spicy shrimp,
                                                                                                                                                               chicken and steak shish kebob
                                                                                                    Dinner                                                     served standing in a whole grilled
                                                                                                                                                                             onion complete with
                                                                                                               with the                                                      rice and accompa-
                                                                                                               Hungry Family                                                 niments. The steak
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                                                                                                                                                                             and chicken perfect-
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                                                                     Señor Loco’s                                  mole with corn chips
                                                                     The hungry family has a Friday                and complementary                                          Even the Hungry
         hurts, habits, or hang ups?
                                                                     Night Taco Night family tradition.            sweet and fiery salsa,                                     Brothers pronounced
                    If so, come and join us
                Sundays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm                         Each weekend the Hungry Dad                   we ordered a wide vari-                                    themselves full after
                                                                     cooks up a feast of tacos and ev-             ety of Mexican special-                                    such a meal, until,
     We have groups for men and women focused on                     eryone digs in; we do, therefore,             ties. From quesadillas                                     of course, noticing
      chemical dependency and/or co-dependency.
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                             (727) 799-0612                          Senor Loco’s, recently opened at              By far the star of the show, though,        honey-like topping, and yes, it is
                                                                     their Largo Mall location. Begin-             was the Parilla Mexicana two-per-           briefly deep-fried! Sopapillas are a
                                                                     ning with a queso dip and guaca-              son meal which the Hungry Mom
                                                                                                                      and Dad shared (and shared; the
                                                                                                                      Hungry Kids each sampled and
                                                                                                                      there was more than enough
                                                                                                                      for lunch the next day!). Parilla

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                                                                                              casions, the Hungry Family was
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                                                                                              service, will certainly return.

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vorites like flan and tres leches cake
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                                                           While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his
                                                           boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to
                                                           the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the
                    for the Month “Naw,” the man hollered back, “They ain’t been around for years!”
                                                           shore, the tourist shouted, “Are there any gators around here?!”

 Say It S-l-o-w-l-y                                        Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the
 A man and his wife were driving their RV across           shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, “How’d you get rid
 Florida and were nearing a town called Kissimmee.                of the gators?”
 They noted the strange spelling and tried to figure how
                                                                  “We didn’t do nothin,’” the beachcomber said.
 to pronounce it – KISS-a-me; kis-A-me; kis-a-ME?                                                                                 Sammy: My parents are
                                                                                                      “Wow,” said the tourist.
                                                                                                                                  sending me to camp.
 They grew more perplexed as they drove into the town.                                                The beachcomber added,
 Since they were hungry, they pulled into a restaurant                                                                            Tammy: Why? Do you need a vacation?
                                                                                                     “The sharks got ‘em.”
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                            to the waitress; “My wife      Family Tree
                               and I can’t seem to be      A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”
                                                                                                                                  Counselor: Jake, why did you
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                                    how to pronounce       children, and so was all mankind made..”
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                                 are and say it very
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  Do you have room in your heart
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                                      Anthony and Jordan
                                                                                                                          Parents Speak Out
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                                      Anthony: Born 3/29/2005 Favorites: Fruits,                                                                                                                      For the complete story
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                                      white. Anthony’s favorite animal is a Zebra.                                                                                                                     on our new schools,
                                      His vote for best movie is Cars. My Favorite                                                                                                                         please visit
                                      Pastime: “Play video games, play cards and run                                                                                                       
                                      really fast!” My Perfect Weekend: Anthony
 Photographer: Tim Boyles Photography really enjoys being outside. He said his perfect
weekend would be “going to the park and playing video games.” My Future
                                                                                                                                                           Pre-K - 8th Grade Clearwater Campus
Family: Anthony wants to live with his brother. His family needs to be active
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Jordan: Born 8/22/1997 Animal Lover: Jordan likes all types of animals                                                      comments:
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                                                                                                                            “I have two children at the school and could not
particularly the peculiar ones. He would love to own a ferret but his favorite                                              be happier with the staff administration. Highest                Due to overwhelming demand,
animal is a monkey. School and Weekends: With his favorite subject being                                                    performing school in Pinellas County! After waiting             two additional K-8 schools have
                                                                                                                            almost two years to get in, it was all worth it!!! Look
Culinary Arts he could quite possibly be the next new Chef in town. One of                                                  up their scores and compare.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            been approved and scheduled to
Jordan’s favorite things to do on the weekend is go to the library. Friends and                                                                                                              OPEN this summer in the Palm
                                                                                                                                                        “I know of at least five              Harbor/Tarpon Spring and St.
Family: Jordan describes himself as loyal and caring and prefers to have friends                                                                        public school teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Petersburg areas.
who can be trusted. Protecting his little brother Anthony is his most important job.                                                                     employeed at other pub-
                                                                                                                                                         lic schools that choose
One of his favorite pastimes is to hang out with family and friends. His Future                                                                           to send their children
                                                                                                                                                                                          “This is a great school. My child loves it... teachers
Family: Would be loyal and caring like himself. Trust and loyalty are two of the                                                                          to Plato instead of their
                                                                                                                                                                                          are highly trained and have excellent communica-
                                                                                                                                                           schools. That says it all
most important attributes Jordan seeks in his new family. He requested that his                                                                            for me! Plato is hands
                                                                                                                                                                                          tion with parents. The programs are awesome:
                                                                                                                                                                                          soccer, music, art, Greek, computers...”
future family be one who loves him and is kind to him.                                                                                                     down the best school.”

Robert involved, I’m your guy!”                                                                                             “The best school in the county! It has the feel of
                                                                                                                            a private school with uniforms and such, but the
                                                                                                                                                                                          “My children are thriving at Plato Academy!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Administrators and Teachers, thank you for all your
                                                                                                                                                                                          hard work.”
“fun and games are                                                                                                          academics outshine any other school in the county.
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                                                                                                                            Communication is awesome.”
I was born: 11/20/1994
Favorites: Sean pretty much loves every type of food                                                                        “I have researched just about all of the schools in Pinel-
but if he had to pick just one it would be tacos. His                                                                       las County and have found none that measures up to the
                                                                                                                            quality of Plato Academy. The stats say it all: among the
favorite color is black. In fact, Black Tigers are his                                                                      highest FCAT scores in the State of Florida...Also very
favorite animal. Future Aspirations: Considering that                                                                       rich in culture, PASSIONATE Staff and Principal. This
Dragon Ball-Z is one of his favorite television shows,                                                                      is a very effective and fun school for our students. I wish
                                                                                                                            there were more of them!!”
it’s no wonder that Sean wants to be an artist when he
grows up. His Perfect Day: Would include playing                                                                            “Recently removed my kids from a private school
video games, playing basketball, hanging with friends and trying to fit in some time for                                    and enrolled them into Plato. I can say I am very
                                                                                                                            impressed with the curriculum and teacher’s com-
shopping or the beach. At School: You won’t be surprised by his athleticism or that Physical                                mitment.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          “My kids love this school. It has a loving environ-
                                                                                                                                                                                          ment with caring teachers and administration.
Education is his favorite class. He especially enjoys playing basketball. His Hopes for a
                                                                                                                            “I can say, hands down, that Plato Academy is the             This school excels in everything it does, including
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                                                                                                                                                                                          children are happy and doing well. Go check it out
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              in the kitchen
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                                                                   • 1 brownie mix, plus ingredients to prepare                             • ¼ cup sugar
                                                                   • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese                                        • 1 egg
                                                                   • ½ cup creamy peanut butter                                             • 2 tablespoons milk
                                                                     1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Reserve one cup and pour
                                                                        remaining batter into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
                                                                     2. Combine cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat at medium
  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day try this fantastic Hash Brown           speed until smooth.
  Casserole and these delicious brownies. The casserole was          3. Add egg and milk. Beat on low until combined.
  a snap for the kids to fix using quick convenient packaged                    4. Spread peanut butter mixture over brownie batter in pan.
  ingredients and when it was served for dinner, everyone                       5. Drop reserved batter by tablespoonfuls over peanut butter mixture.
                                                                                   Swirl with a knife.
  went back for seconds or thirds! And for dessert the Peanut                   6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.
                                         Butter Brownies were
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                        Q&A with
                                                                                         mend free water to be given until the that there is a fracture that was not de-
                                                                                         child is at least one year old and that is tected initially. I usually recommend
                                                                                         to be given in a sippy cup. The amount a visit to an orthopedic doctor where

                        Dr. Jay
                                                                                                                                    they can re-examine and perform more
                                                                                                                                    imaging studies. It is very common to
                                                                                                                                    detect a fracture a few days later. This
                                                                                                                                    is often called a toddler’s fracture be-
                                                                                                                                    cause it happens so frequently in this
                                                                                                                                    age group. The orthopedic doctor will
                                                                                                                                    then cast the ankle for a few weeks and
Question 1: Can I give my one month            individual drinks so much water that it                                              then your child will be back on the road
old water to drink?                            dilutes their own electrolytes and cre-                                              to recovery. The key is proper follow-
                                               ates very a very dangerous environment                                               up with your pediatrician after the
Answer:       It is not recommended to
                                               in which organs can malfunction (such     of that water should be discussed with initial ER visit. If your child is not fully
give infants water to drink. Unfortu-
                                               as cardiac arrhythmia, kidney failure or  your pediatrician based on what else bearing weight on an injured leg within
nately, this is still being done. It usually
                                               brain damage). Another reason is that     your child is eating and drinking.         48 hours, they need to be re-examined,
occurs because some other mom or an
                                               water replaces volume in the infant’s                                                either by your pediatrician or an ortho-
older individual such as a grandmother
                                               diet so that the infant does not take in
tells the mother of an infant that this is
                                               the proper amount of milk therefore not
                                                                                         Question 2: My 2 year old son was pedic doctor.
what was done in the past and the child                                                  not able to walk on his right leg, so
                                               taking the appropriate calories which
needs it. A breast fed infant or a for-                                                  we took him the ER. X-rays were
                                               then leads to failure to thrive. I know
mula fed infant gets all the water they                                                  done and everything looked fine and
                                               most of the people who give infants wa-
need through the mother’s breast milk                                                    we were told there were no fractures.
                                               ter will always say to me “but it’s just a
or formula. One of the main reasons                                                      He is still not able to walk on that leg.
                                               few sips, what can it hurt?” It is much
that we do not recommend giving free                                                     What should we do?
                                               too difficult to keep track of how much
water (water that is not in formula,
                                               is given each time, so I do not agree Answer: Try to get your son to isolate
breast milk or food) is the danger of wa-
                                               with that. The consequences of giving where it hurts. If he says it hurts near
ter intoxication. This occurs when an
                                               too much is too grave. I do not recom- the ankle, there is a very good chance

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                                                                                                                                                           If you choose to marry him, I hope you’ll
                                                                                                                                                           do so with your eyes wide open. You’re
                                                                                                                                                           probably not going to change him. Many
                                                                                  by Dr. James Dobson                                                      women fall in love with the strong, si-
                                                                                                                                                           lent type and then resent their men for
                                                 Dr. James Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization
                                                                                                                                                           the rest of their lives because they won’t
                                                 that produces his nationally syndicated radio programs. He was for 14 years an Associate Clinical
                                                                                                                                                           talk to them. It is a very common source
                                                 Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and served for 17
                                                                                                                                                           of frustration among women. But that’s
                                                 years on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development
                                                                                                                                                           the way it is.
                                                 and Medical Genetics. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of
                                                 child development. His first book for parents and teachers, Dare To Discipline, has now sold over two
                                                 million copies. His subsequent eleven books for the family are also best sellers. Dr. Dobson is married
                                                                                                                                                           QUESTION: Last week you answered
                                                 and the father of two grown children.
                                                                                                                                                           a question from my girlfriend. I’m the
                                                                                                                                                           boyfriend who doesn’t talk very much.
                                                                                                                                                           I’ve been that way all of my life. Part
QUESTION: Should a college-edu-                      QUESTION: My boyfriend doesn’t                     The boy replied, “Because up until now             of the problem is that I just don’t like
cated woman feel that she has wasted                 talk to me very much. He’s just a very             everything has been OK.”                           to reveal what I’m feeling. But also,

her training if she chooses not to use               quiet and shy person. Will he always                                                                  I don’t know how to talk to people.
it professionally? I mean, why should
I bother to go through school to be
                                                     be this way? I just wish he’d tell me
                                                     what he’s thinking and feeling.
                                                                                                            The purpose for                                I get really uncomfortable when I’m
                                                                                                                                                           with people and I’m expected to say
a professional if I’m going to wind                                                                        getting a college                               things. Can you give me some hints
up raising kids and being a full-time                DR. DOBSON: Your question reminds                      education is to                                about how to express myself?

homemaker?                                           me of the twelve-year-old boy who had
                                                     never spoken a word. His parents and                broaden your world.                               DR. DOBSON: It might help you to
DR. DOBSON: A person doesn’t go to                   siblings thought he couldn’t talk because                                                             understand the basics of good conver-
college just to prepare for a line of work           they’d never heard his voice. Then one             Maybe your boyfriend will surprise you             sation. Let me ask you to imagine that
-- or at least, that shouldn’t be the reason         day the boy’s mother placed some soup              one day with a flurry of words, but I              the two of us are facing each other about
for being there. The purpose for getting             in front of him, and he ate a spoonful.            doubt it. Shyness and an introverted per-          eight feet apart. You have four tennis
a college education is to broaden your               Then he pushed the bowl away and said,             sonality result primarily from an inborn           balls in your hands, and you toss one
world and enrich your intellectual life.             “This is slop, and I won’t eat any more            temperament that tends to be very persis-          of them to me. Instead of throwing the
Whether or not it leads to a career is not           of it!”                                            tent throughout life. Research shows that          ball back, however, I hold it and wait
the point. Nothing invested in the culti-                                                               approximately 15 percent of children are           for you to toss another to me. Eventu-
vation of your own mind is ever really               The family was ecstatic. He’d actually             genetically programmed to be somewhat              ally all four balls are in my hands. We
wasted. If you have the desire to learn              spoken a complete sentence. They all               introverted like your friend and that most         stand there looking at each other awk-
and the opportunity to go to school, I               jumped around gleefully, and his father            of them will always be that way. It ap-            wardly and wondering what to do next.
think you should reach for it. Your ca-              said, “Why haven’t you ever talked to              pears that some people just seem to be             The game is over.
reer plans can be finalized later.                   us before?”                                        born “noisy,” and others prefer to keep
                                                                                                        their thoughts to themselves. Your boy-            Good conversation is something like
                                                                                                        friend may be one of the latter.                   that game of catch. One person throws

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If my son replies, “Yes,” he has wrecked       No one is safe, not even old people who
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     Joe LeBas and Principal   worked for 25 years so that he could do what he
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    can’t do the math then nothing else adds up” were spread all throughout the
    room and the neat thing was that his students knew them all by heart.
    Mr. LeBas is truly loved and appreciated by his students, their parents,
    and his colleagues. Here is a sampling of what they had to say about their
                                                                                               THURSDAY MARCH 11,
    favorite math teacher.
    Joe has a true passion and caring love for his students. He comes in early
                                                                                                 9:00AM 5:30PM
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    is an inspiration to the entire Blessed Sacrament Catholic School with his
    work ethic and his compassion for his students. And as the students say,
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    I wish that I could go back to middle school and have Joe as my math
    teacher. I know that I would have been more successful because of his
    ability to really explain the steps and procedures. – Miss Courtney Gaull
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                                              by Tom Owen                                                                                is one thing. But to have
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Everyone’s favorite way to spend a Sat-      actually keep you from having the kind  family’s relational, spiri-
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                                                                                     tual, emotional, edu-                                       another.”
their home’s many storage areas seek-        if I want to get to the fishing poles I cational and financial
ing to purge their house of needless,        have to wade through a maze of bicy-    health. As you look at where you are                    derful fruit for years to come. Let the
space-steeling and often forgotten           cles, golf clubs, and the infamous stackas a family and where you want to be,                   garage boxes take care of themselves
items. Right? Wrong! Spring clean-           of “garage boxes”. But I don’t want to  take some time this year and see if there               while you take care of your family!
ing always seems to fall on the most         have to do that in my family. I want ourare any “garage boxes” that are getting
beautiful day of the year and instead        family to have direct access to each oth-
                                                                                     in the way of you being the best family
of being outside soaking up the sun,         er and to the things that are important to
                                                                                     that you can be. Have you taken on any
you spend it arguing with your spouse        us. Sometimes that means we have to     needless expenses that keep you from
over what stays and what goes. In our        do some spring cleaning in our family   achieving your dreams? Have you de-
garage we’ve got a stack of boxes that       to keep our priorities in place.        veloped any bad habits as a family that
have been moved from one garage to                                                   have gotten you off track in one way or
another year after year after year. How                                              another? Is your daily schedule so clut-
come they always end up in the garage?                                               tered that quality time together isn’t as
Well because they’re labeled “garage                                                 abundant as it used to be? Maybe it’s
boxes”. We don’t know what’s in them,                                                time for some family-life spring clean-
but we know that they belong, stacked                                                ing. This could even be done while on
up in the garage, from now till kingdom                                              a picnic together at the park. Let every-
come. (Help us please!)                                                              one know your goals and priorities as
                                                                                     a family. Brainstorm ways that those                     Tom Owen is the Senior Pastor of Bay Ridge
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thing. But to have a cluttered family life   If you’re reading this publication, you And then enthusiastically put a plan into                have three great kids who all attend Keswick
is another. Do you ever feel like your       probably have healthy goals for your action as a family! This kind of spring                      Christian School. Find out more about his
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          May 7, 2005, we received the phone call all grand-        Katie just looks at this as a part of life when she
          parents are eager to get: “Mom? The baby has              has to “suit up”! She sits and smiles and waves
          arrived!” Katie, our third grandchild, was here;          through the oxygen mask many times!
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          Down syndrome.” My mind immediately turned                                                                        cial needs. Thankfully, now children are
                                                                    home! They live in rural Missouri and attend a
          to this thought: “but Keri is only 29 years old,                                                                  mainstreamed into classrooms, so stu-
                                                                    small church, which has a very relaxed and lov-
          isn’t it people in their 40’s who have Down syn-                                                                  dents don’t consider them “strange” or
                                                                    ing atmosphere. EVERYONE loves Katie. There
          drome babies?” As a teenager I had read Dale                                                                      “funny” as much as in days’ past. Orga-
                                                                    is no “special education” department per se, but
          Evans Rogers’ book, Angel Unaware, but I re-                                                                      nizations such as Easter Seals, Special
                                                                    in her “Cubbie” group, her leaders tailor lessons
          ally knew very little about children with Down                                                                    Olympics, love to have volunteers to help
                                                                    to fit her needs. She is definitely a follower, and
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                                                                    being involved with other children of her age has
          the first flight that I could to Kansas City, and was                                                             of books available as well, the internet
                                                                    helped her greatly in her communication skills.
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                                                                    Her younger brother, Gage, talked sooner than
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                                                                    any little boy I have ever seen and he says ALL
          Julie, who was 4 at the time looked at me and                                                                     ebrating life with Down syndrome—this
                                                                    his words distinctly. I think this was a “gift” to
          said, “Grammy, our little baby came out sick.”                                                                    is a collection of photographs of children
                                                                    Katie, because she is always trying to “model”
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 The Family Table                                                                         Hide the nutrients in your kids’ foods
                                                                                          By Leanne Ely (The Dinner Diva)
Picky kids are, unfortunately, “on the menu” in most            4. Culture Club: Kick your child’s milk consumption up a         8. Protein Power: One size does not fit all when it comes
families. Trying to move past picky can be more than            notch and include yogurt on the menu. A great source of          to protein. The fact is growing kids need protein to keep
a little trying, but you have some good basics; you can         calcium, yogurt is easier to digest than regular milk, and       growing. How you’re going to give it to them can vary
move into a groove of getting them eating better.               the cultures (check the label to make sure they’re in there!)    widely, according to your preferences. Good choices
Here then is my Top 10 Foods for Kids list — and some           are very beneficial to good colon health . . . especially if     include legumes, beans (combined with a grain to make
recipes to help you utilize these nutritional powerhouses:      your child has been on antibiotics. Watch it on the sugar        a complete protein), soy products like tofu, or meat, fish
1. Optimal Oatmeal: A fabulous breakfast food, full of B        content, though. A better idea is to buy plain yogurt and        or poultry.
vitamins, iron, zinc and calcium. Old-fashioned oatmeal         sweeten it yourself with fresh fruit.                            9. The Whole Truth: The best nutrition is found in the
offers quick energy for busy kids with its carb load and        5. Mmmm, Mmmm Melons!: My personal choice would                  whole grain. Brown rice and whole wheat bread are a
fiber count.                                                    be cantaloupe in the melon department. Vitamin C, beta-          quantum leap over their white counterparts and offer
2. Egg ‘em On: Eggs are a great source of protein and           carotene, bits and pieces of B vitamins and trace minerals       necessary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Don’t shortchange
a host of other nutrients, including the B vitamins,            and calcium fill every juicy bite. Melons are not to be          your kids with the white stuff.
vitamin E, and zinc, to name a few. The American Heart          missed when they’re plentiful and in season.                     10. OJ is OK: Kids drink too much juice — the American
Association’s Guidelines have changed and an egg a day          6. Tree Cheers!: Kids like to call broccoli “trees,” and         Academy of Pediatrics said this in a study a few years
(for adults) is OK now. For kids? Well, they didn’t say, so     sometimes you can get picky kids to eat trees rather than        back. However, that doesn’t mean they should never drink
use your own good judgment.                                     broccoli. Broccoli is one of the best vegetables for anyone,     juice. Just don’t give it to them in place of water. Orange
3. Nuttin’ Better: Nut butters are great fast foods for         especially growing kids, due to its calcium content and          juice is full of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, folate and
kids. Kids need the fat (it’s a good fat if it doesn’t have     a whole host of other nutrients, such as potassium, beta-        zinc. You can buy calcium-fortified orange juice, too —
hydrogenated oils mixed in it), and they need the protein.      carotene and B vitamins.                                         it’s great stuff in moderation.
And while peanuts can be problematic and even life              7. Terrific Tubers: Sweet potatoes contain 30 mg. beta-          Now that you have my Top 10 Foods for Kids list, here
threatening to allergic kids, other nut butters may be OK       carotene per cup. It would take 23 cups of broccoli to get       are a few kid-tested recipes that will help you incorporate
(but definitely check with your doctor first). Almond butter    that same amount! And with 3 grams of fiber per serving,         them into your family’s diet:
is a personal favorite.                                         sweet potatoes deserve a place at the table.

CheeSy BroCColi SouP – Serves 6                                                                each bowl with 1/4-cup cheddar cheese and serve with a great, big salad and whole
                                                                                               grain bread. Makes a great dinner!
 • 2 onions, chopped                           • 1 tablespoon olive oil
 • 3 cups broccoli, chopped (stems and all).
   You can use fresh or frozen.
                                               • 1 quart chicken broth, canned or homemade
                                               • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
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 • 3 cloves garlic, pressed                    • 1 cup skim milk                                Served with a Breakfast Cookie (recipe follows), this makes a great breakfast to go!
                                                                                                • 2 oz. tofu (I buy the silken tofu)    • 1 scoop protein powder
In a large soup pot, saute onions and garlic until wilted. Add chopped broccoli and             • 1 banana, frozen                      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
continue cooking. Pour broth over the top and cook until broccoli is very tender,               • 1/4 cup berries, frozen               • 1/3 cup orange juice
about 30 minutes.                                                                               Put everything in a blender and LET ‘ER RIP!
In batches, process soup through a food processor or blender until almost smooth
                                                                                                           Leanne Ely, a.k.a Dinner Diva, is the author of the best-selling “Saving Dinner” and
(some chunks are nice). Add milk, pour back into the saucepan and let continue
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cooking another 20 minutes, but be careful not to let boil or the soup will separate.
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                                                                                April 2010 of Gulf Coast Family
 Our program is designed specifically for students with learning challenges such                  Cover story ▲
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