The cover story for "America's Leading News Source for Kids: Scholastic News" was titled "Kids Care." The subject was kids who make the world a better place for people in need of help.
The story featured a 9-year-old girl who collects socks for homeless people, a 10-year-old boy who sends boxes of goodies to U.S. troops - and the kids of Cornelius Elementary School, who collect items for the animals in the Cornelius Animal Shelter every year.
Scholastic News is a magazine distributed to elementary school students throughout the U.S. Other news stories in the Dec. 7 edition were about the discovery of water on the moon and President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.
The purpose of the magazine is to give kids current news they can understand, and to give them some critical reading skills and to improve their vocabulary.
In an article titled "Helping Hands," the students of Cornelius Elementary were described as helping "furry friends." They gave food and blankets to the dogs and cats of the shelter and were featured in a picture with Media Specialist Darlene LeClair and Officer Kenny Russell.
Jody Taylor, a student at Cornelius Elementary who donated to the cause, was quoted in the article as saying, "It shows kindness to give."
Besides detailing how the students helped the animals, the article taught students what the word "donated" means. It challenged kids to think of ways they can help others and serve their community.
Lose weight, win money
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to lose weight, then join the Lake Norman Nutrition Weight Loss Challenge and don't just lose weight, but also maybe win some money.
The challenge lasts 12 weeks, from Jan. 21 to April 1. It meets 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Bailey Road Recreation Center. Participants get weighed and measured the first week, weigh in each consecutive week, then are measured again at the end.
Gary and Pat Berch of the Daily Shake in Cornelius will lead the program, breaking some myths about weight loss and discussing various health topics, such as meal plans, snacking, metabolism, reading nutrition labels, dining out, exercise and long-term health.
The $35 cost per person goes toward the cash you can win. Half of it will go to the person who loses the largest percentage of body weight, 30 percent to second place and 20 percent to third place.
"Penalty money" will be collected at the rate of $1 per full pound gained and $5 per class for missing more than one class. The penalty money will be awarded to the person who loses the most inches but does not win another cash prize.
To register, visit www.lakenormanwlc.com, go in person to the Daily Shake at 20930A Torrence Chapel Road, or call 704-896-7750.
For more information call the Cornelius PARC Department at 704-765-1450 or go to www.corneliuspr.org/lakenormanweightlosschallenge.