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Fashion Hacking

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Have you ever dreamed of making your own accessories? Can you picture the perfect bag but aren’t sure how to make it? Once a month at Fashion Hacking, children from ages nine to twelve have the opportunity to create clothes and accessories that reflect their own personal style!

From no-sew to hand sewing to machine sewing, the children who attend Fashion Hacking have spent the past several months growing their skills. Since many of the children attend every month, they have gained confidence and abilities each time they take a seat in front of their fabric.

Ice Cream Month

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As we move into the hottest days of the summer (we are under an Excessive Heat Watch from July 21 – 22), now is the perfect time to scoop yourself a giant bowl or cone of your favorite ice cream flavor to celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

Photo by gordonramseysubmissions, flickr user

Independence Day

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The Fourth of July! Independence Day! July Fourth! Whatever you call it, July 4th in the United States brings celebrations, parades, picnics, and fireworks across the country. When I was younger, my dad tried to convince me that the festivities were all in his honor since July 4th is his birthday. He was right that a birthday was being celebrated, but the birthday that America is celebrating is its own!

Read to a Dog

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As children learn to read, or are working on reading more smoothly, one of the best ways for them to build their skills is to read out loud. Hearing their own voice speak the words lets them gain familiarity with how words sound, and can give them confidence as they work through the words to tell a story. 


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