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This article touched me. Kiera Brinkley was two when she lost her limbs. Doctors had to amputate them or a bacterial infection that raged in her blood would have killed her. But, she doesn’t let stop her in anything she does. Kiera loves to dance and doesn’t believe in giving up. To her life is just full of hurdles and she knows that everyone has them. I hope that after you read the article, you go out and try something you never did before but always wanted to.

The use of cord blood was recently in the news with this article on using it as a viable option for adult patients with leukemia. We wrote an article about cord blood banking for our July issue (which is out now). What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you know anyone who has done this with their child’s cord blood?

Megan Murphy sums up the school lunch situation in a few sentences in her article in the Times Herald-Record last week:

“Whether you look in local cafeterias or the White House, hockey-puck hamburgers are under attack.

The reason: Obesity is reaching epidemic levels among children nationwide.

In response, a lot of people are scrutinizing school lunches.”

In the August edition of Hudson Valley Parent, we’ll be looking at this issue and what is being done about it in our area. With so many local food sources, we should be able to get more nutritious fare onto the cafeteria table.

The life of Cornelius Duggan Elementary School ended Thursday, its noon dismissal unleashing final goodbyes, tears and still-raw anger at the decision to close the school because of budget reasons.

Leonard Sparks at the Times Herald-Record reports on the latest fallout from school budget woes, this time in Bethel.

Several of the districts that failed to pass school budgets in May failed again and will now operate on contingency budgets. It’s not hard to see why some budgets did not make it–$53 a month, which is what taxpayers in Highland were facing, is a big hit. Whether that comes partially because of lack of State money, normal operating increases,  inefficiencies in the operation itself, or some combination thereof is not fully explained. Still, as the article says, the contingency budget, at $37 for a typical $250,000 property, is no picnic, and the kids will be getting less. How much is a public education worth? When do we say sorry, kids, no mas?

Let us know what you think. And pick up a copy of our special education issue July 1.

I was on MSNBC this morning when I saw this: Study explores teenage boys’ huge appetites. Can I just say that I love that this was a study!? Growing up with two older brothers who were both athletes,it felt as though we never had food in the house. Forget shopping days, the groceries would come in and go straight into my brothers bellies. One highlight of the study shows that teenage boys will consume an average of nearly 2,000 lunch calories. That is shocking information, but remembering how my brothers ate their lunches doesn’t leave me very suprised.

Last summer I started taking a few kayaking trips with my brother and couldn’t wait to go again this year. The only problem is it can be expensive to rent a kayak when you don’t have your own. And, I don’t have a lot of access funds to throw away. That’s why when I saw that the Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club was hosting free kayaking lessons, I felt the clouds parting and the sun shining down on the Hudson Valley. In other words, I was really happy and did I mention the word free?

Paddlefest was held this past Sunday and offered activities like a free kayak lesson, a free canoe lesson, guided paddling trips and a used gear sale. The event was very crowded and I did see a few families. One family even took out a kayak with their dog! Everything was organized, safe and fun. With the economy still shaky and now with the BP oil spill spirits are down. However, on Sunday all I saw were smiling faces. It was a way to appreciate our beautiful natural surroundings and spend time with family and friends, all for free. The opportunities are out there, all it takes is a little hunting. Luckily, Hudson Valley Parent is your source for great events like Paddlefest. Check our calendar often.

Even Swedish tough-guy dads who run around shooting moose do it with a baby on their back. Encouraged by the government, 85% of Swedish fathers take paid parental leave.

The New York Times reports on a parent so distracted by her Blackberry, her son is forced to bite her leg to get her attention. We’ve covered how technology affects both parents and kids (See our recent Child Behavior column on “lapware”) and we’ll continue to look at the many angles of this issue in the coming months.

Education has been in the local news, starting, of course, with budgets. The Times Herald Record‘s Megan Ford has the education beat and has been doing a good job.

On the other side of the river,  after a budget re-vote, the LaGrange Elementary School in the Arlington School District will close at the end of the school year.

In happier news, Poughkeepsie Day Care just celebrated 75 years in the community.

July brings  Hudson Valley Parent’s annual education guide, and we’ll be featuring articles that look at education issues in our region. As we head through June and the kids get out of school, we’ll be posting about the issues right here on our blog.

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