Program seeks to help children deal with bullying

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman Academy student Anessa Garcia talks to a group of third and fourth-graders about bullying during sessions Tuesday at Lockwood Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer They remember what it was like to be a fourth grader. Kids were cool and adults weren’t. When they had a problem, […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Kids and flags

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local kids show you the correct way to fold the flag. It’s our video of the day.From the key State Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, is hitting the hardwood for a cause, playing in Friday’s 2010 Annual “Hoops for Hope” Legislative […]

Extension clubs more than gatherings for lonely moms

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian I always thought they were started so lonely mothers could have other women come to give them some company! And that meant us kids would have a lot of stuff to eat. (And they could make a quilt if they had time!) Now that is what I always thought. The […]

Education digest: Muleshoe school honored

Muleshoe school honored DeShazo Elementary School in Muleshoe was named one of the 2009 Just For the Kids Higher Performing Schools in Texas for Mathematics, according to a news release. The award was given by the National Center for Educational Achievement, the release said. The school uses a math curriculum called Math that Works. An […]

Letters to Santa

Hey kids … It’s time to get your letters sent to Santa if they’re going to reach the North Pole before Christmas Eve. And don’t forget to send the Clovis News Journal a copy of your letter so we can publish your requests. That’s right, we’re planning to publish the letters to Santa on Dec. […]

The holidays can be holy days of genuine Joy

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist My kids tell me that I’m younger now than I was when they were growing up. I think “childish” may be what they have in mind; I prefer to think in terms of “younger.” It seems to me that the transformation started sometime after my wife and I discovered […]

Education feature: Hope center provides faith-based tutoring

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Whiz Kids tutor Tami Daale helps a student with reading during a group’s weekly tutoring session at Central Baptist Church. Whiz Kids provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring at four elementary schools in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Steve Reshetar saw the results. He knew it helped. He knew […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Parents at the front line against kids’ obesity

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance According to the Journal of American Medicine, nearly 32 percent of American children between 2 and 19 need to lose weight to avoid chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Military families aren’t exempt; a 2005 survey reported that nearly 20 percent of Department of Defense teenagers are […]

Seidenwurm urges parents to let healthy kids keep going to school in spite of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Clovis schools Director of Nursing Rhonda Sparks, Curry County Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jaquess and Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos answer parents’ questions at special meeting Tuesday in Zia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When only 15 parents came to the district’s […]

Kids always test, inspire

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

School shopping requires strategy

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Playground project draws community support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Kerry Crawford figured she and the neighborhood kids would sell a few baked goods, hold a few car washes and make cosmetic upgrades to the playground across from the Grand Avenue Apartments. But she didn’t count on so many people caring. Now, what started with a phone call to […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo De Santiago and Kyara take a quite moment to themselves. The mother-daughter pair will be staying with the Infantes until they can move into their new apartment. Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if a military mom is deployed overseas, Yolanda Infante […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Maria De Santiago, left, sits with her 6-year-old daughter Kyara and Yolanda Infante. Infante took care of Kyara for nine months while De Santiago was deployed in Afghanistan. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections staff writer Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if […]

Ticket feature: Biker rally fundraiser set

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File photo The Kick Start bike rally which will take place on Main Street from Second to Fourth streets and run from Grand Avenue to Mitchell streets. It starts Friday evening and continues through Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Bikers and kids are a combination that never fails, according to Rocky Martin who […]

Swimming, Shaving, Soap, DDT, and Theology

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Swimming right after you eat is dangerous. Using antibacterial soap significantly decreases your chance of getting a cold. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. Getting chilled gives people colds. Road rage is an epidemic. Mouthwash cures bad breath. Sugar makes kids hyper. DDT is an awful chemical whose […]

Kids College offers variety of classes

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Five-year-old twins Milia, left, and Cadence Ratledge add a mane to their mirror image painting of a lion during class at Kids College. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After painting an orange mane on half the lion’s head, Milia Ratledge’s hand hesitated before she brushed it on the other half of the animal’s head. […]