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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 24, 2018
We Remember

A Teen's Passion for History Connects Generations

Mass Shootings - Kidpower Safety Tips

A 1917 Memorial Day Parade

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  We Remember

(0 A May 2018) MemorialDay2018.jpgWhen I read  a local teen's essay about World War II veterans and American values, I was so impressed with the concepts and the maturity with which he addressed his project that I knew I must share it with you, especially on Memorial Day Weekend.

Bring the children to the historic Evergreen Cemetery event remembering local veterans, Monday May 28, 9am. Even more enlightening, volunteer with MAH to help.

A parent and friend said to me, "I'm angry that an individual decides to inflict his pain on others by taking kids away from their parents! How (2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgselfish." We share Kidpower's timely (and non-political) advice for what individuals and organizations can do to help kids and parents be and feel safe.

Enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend with the family! Remember those who fought for our freedoms. Parmalee

 

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  A Teen's Passion for History Connects Generations

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Teen Engages Veterans to Discuss War, Sacrifice and History 

In the following article, twelfth grade student Cyrus Kamkar offers a perspective based on his ongoing interest in World War II and the veterans who served. Kamkar organized a Veterans Panel held at his school on March 20.

The history of World War II has always been a strong interest of mine, ever since I could remember. In second grade when our class would go on hikes, my friends and I would pretend to be WWII soldiers. We would try to find sticks that looked like rifles and run around trying to find the other classmates or "Germans." I thought of the soldiers as my superheroes. This interest only continued to grow, and still does.

When I was fourteen, I remember telling my mom "That's it. I need to meet, and talk to a WWII veteran." To me, it is like meeting a celebrity. The very next day, I saw an old man wearing a World War II combat veteran hat. I thanked him for his service and told him about my interest. He offered to set up a day to meet so he could further tell me his stories. His name was Joe, and he served in the navy on a destroyer ship in the Pacific. He passed away about a year after I interviewed him. Since then I have continued to interview WWII veterans.

My Science with Humanities teacher, Nicole Culbertson, gave us an assignment at the beginning of the year. Basically, the premise of the assignment was to pick something that you are passionate about, and create something social or interactive with it. I decided to kill two birds with one stone, and do the project on what I have already been doing.

However, this year I have expanded it and made it more organized. I decided to branch out to veterans from other wars as well, such as Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan. I also thought it would be a good idea to bring a panel of veterans up to the school to share their stories, which took a lot of work to organize. I had to make sure to interview all the veterans attending before the event so I could have individual questions for each veteran and their experience, rather than the same questions for every veteran.

I feel that respect for our veterans in today's culture is lacking, unfortunately, especially among my age group. The panel discussion at Mount Madonna School on March 20 ended up going exactly as planned and was amazing! I wanted to make sure the students had the opportunity to listen to these veterans and their stories. The event went from 9:00am to 11:30am, the first three periods of class, and I was shocked to see that at the end, instead of going straight to lunch, all the students walked up and thanked the veterans for their service. Based on that, I am hoping the discussion made a real impact.

My goal with this project is to spread the awareness of the importance of the soldiers' sacrifices. When people talk about how horrible Hitler was, they forget to mention that he could have won. If it weren't for the United States and its brave soldiers, the world would be a very different place. What I am doing is not a message of pro war, if anything, it is anti-war. The further away we get from remembering these incidents in history, the closer we are to war and losing freedom. This can't be thought of as something that happened a long time ago. War is relevant.

(0 A May 2018) MM_WW2.jpgI am thankful to our faculty for allowing this panel discussion to happen. I am also very grateful for the veterans who participated: JP (navy, WWII), Al Hopson (air force, WWII), David Perez (army medic, WWII) Rick Noble (long-range reconnaissance patrol, Vietnam), Gary (army, Vietnam) Mike Baker (army, Vietnam), and Dean Kaufman (army, Gulf War).

I have a deep interest in our nation's veterans, and feel that it is very important to remember their sacrifices. One of the WWII veterans I know sent me a list of veterans and their contacts, one of which is Bob Osborne. Bob Osborne is a Korean War combat veteran who served in the Army. He is 85 years old. I spoke with him on the phone and told him about my project and he was willing to do an interview.

(0 A May 2018) MM_VetCyrus1.jpgSuddenly I remembered an event from last year. It was Memorial Day, and I was eating at Roger's Diner in Watsonville. In walked an old man with a T-shirt with an American flag on it, and the shirt read, "Try to burn this flag." Then he turned around, and I saw his Korean War veteran hat. The Korean War is referred to as the "forgotten war," I thought he deserved some recognition. Because of this, his t-shirt and the fact that it was Memorial Day, I knew I had to shake his hand and thank him for his service, so I did. I also complimented him on his shirt. He told me, "I never get thanked by people your age, but it's refreshing."

I don't know why, but that memory popped in my head while I was on the phone with Bobby, so I asked him, "Hey Bobby, you don't happen to have a t-shirt that says, "try to burn this flag' do you?" He said, "Yes, I do. You don't happen to be the boy who shook my hand and thanked me for my service at Roger's Diner about a year ago, are you?" I said "Yep, that was me." The fact that he still remembered me, just like I remembered him, really impacted me a lot. It makes this project even more worth it. It makes me really happy that he remembered me, but also very sad. He should have so many people thanking him that he wouldn't remember any of them.

Every step we take in a free society, every movement, every breath was fought for and made possible by our veterans. Every freedom we have has been fought, bled and died for. The will to protect and preserve the ideas that shape us as Americans must continue to live on and show as a shining example for the whole world to see. We are a unique country that was formed off of a reaction of oppressive government rule, and we have successfully been consistent with those values by being the strongest enemy of tyranny and biggest preserver of freedom around the world.

(0 A May 2018) MemDayWeRemember.jpgThere is nothing that could sadden me more than to see our country become alienated from these unique and integral values. War must be avoided at all costs, but we should always be the first to sacrifice when it's needed to ensure freedom. This is why it is important to not just respect our veterans, but to show them that you respect them. A WWII veteran once told me "We aren't called the greatest generation because of what we did. We were the greatest generation because of who we were. We could not have done what we did if it weren't for our values and patriotism. And always remember this Cyrus, we didn't fight for us, we fought for you." I will always remember that. There is a quote that was found in a dead U.S. soldier's diary on the battlefield from WWI that always gives me the chills: America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.

Cyrus Kamkar is a 12th grade student at Mount Madonna School. Read more impressive thoughts from juniors and seniors here.

 

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  Mass Shootings - Kidpower Safety Tips

Mass Shootings - Kidpower Safety Tips for Individuals and Families

Compared with many other risks we face, mass shootings are still extremely rare. Yet, their increased frequency and visibility is causing a lot of fear and anxiety. No matter how low the risk of being in a mass shooting is, the fear itself can affect our well-being and quality of life. Protect and empower yourself, your family, and others in your care with skills and strategies that can help reduce fear and increase the chances of being safe in the unlikely event of a mass shooting:

1. WAIT! Work on making and practicing safety plans when you're rested and calm, not overwhelmed with fear. People learn best, communicate more clearly, and make wiser choices when they feel well-rested and calm.

2. Take charge of your media consumption. Teach youth to take charge of theirs. Live-streaming or recording real- world violence can serve a purpose, such as to document abuse of power. But, watching it can also cause trauma. Hearing and reading about it a lot can build anxiety. Taking it all in does not make you or those you love any safer.

3. Emphasize prevention, de-escalation, and avoidance skills. While it is important to practice 'emergency' skills like physical self-defense, lock-downs, and "stop, drop, and roll,' most of us will never need to use them. Spend much more time practicing "everyday' skills we can use all the time to help prevent trouble from growing into an emergency.

4. Practice skills for taking charge of safety "Everyday.' Awareness stops most problems before they start. Leaving trouble early while acting calm and respectful supports safety. Setting, respecting, and upholding boundaries helps create healthy, safe relationships. Getting help effectively shows strong safety leadership, not weakness.

5. Talk less about danger. Be safe in your imagination. Acknowledge risk without getting stuck in stories of despair. Practice safety skills without dwelling on the disasters that could happen if the skills don't work or if we fail to use them. When scary thoughts come up, transform them by imagining yourself taking charge and getting to safety.

6. Learn and practice the safety plan at your school/business. Participate fully in the drills - not just for shootings, but also for the more likely emergencies, like fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, or other safety risks common to your area.

7. Practice speaking up about safety to those with power to act. Adults, not kids, are responsible for ensuring physical and emotional safety in a school. Practice speaking up about safety respectfully and calmly. Practice persisting until safety problems are addressed. Avoid doing this by email; make voice connection a priority.

8. Practice overcoming the "Bystander Effect." Fear, disbelief, failure to understand what's actually happening, or uncertainty about what to do can stop people from taking action when they notice a problem. Even just one person taking leadership can overcome the Bystander Effect in a group. Practice yelling and giving clear directions, like "You in the black shirt, call 911!" to other bystanders. Practice persisting to get help from busy or reluctant adults.

9. Discuss and practice when/how people "break rules' to be safe. We might hit or kick someone who is trying to harm us if we have no other way to escape. We might lie and say, "I'll do whatever you want, just put the gun down" in an emergency. A kid might interrupt instead of waiting if they have a safety problem or might leave class to go get help without checking with the adult in charge if that adult is not able to give permission or is acting dangerous.

10. Practice making anonymous reports to be safe. Help kids see the benefit of talking first to a trusted adult, then making an anonymous report using the trusted adult's phone. Practice ways to block your number. Practice saying, "I don't feel safe giving you my name." Practice finding real-world help for problems in social media/gaming/online.

11. Help strengthen a positive social climate in your community. Mass attacks have been stopped in the planning stage when people shared information with authorities. Research shows that youth in schools are more likely to speak up when social climates are positive and supportive, not punitive. Positive social climates support learning, too.

12. Actively support the social-emotional health of all youth. Mass shooters are predominantly male. We have more to do to learn why, but we do know that mass shooters are not thriving, and that to thrive all youth need a sense of belonging and connection where they can express fear, insecurity, and vulnerability without shame or ridicule.

13. Strengthen adult/youth attachment. Peer friendships matter for kids, but research suggests a healthy attachment with at least one caring adult matters a lot more. Kids without many friends can thrive with just one caring adult. Kids with lots of friends but no strong adult attachment are vulnerable. Attachment with a caring adult is protective.

This article comes from Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International. We thank them for permission to use parts of their exceptional child protection, positive communication, and personal safety curriculum and program in this activity. www.kidpower.org.  https://www.kidpower.org/california/ 
Go to Kidpower to download a one page pdf of this article.  For information about local programs go here.

 

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  A 1917 Memorial Day Parade

(0 A May 2018) MemorialDayMomentInTime.jpgOn Monday, MAH and local military and veterans organizations will commemorate Santa Cruz's 151st Memorial Day at Evergreen Cemetery.

Jimmy Panetta is the keynote speaker for the event.

Pictured: a moment in time, thanks to the #maharchives.  This was taken at a parade downtown on Pacific Ave, c. 1917.

 

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California Roots Music & Arts Festival
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California Roots Festival
Date: Every day (May 25-May 27)
Details: Three stages on expanded festival grounds with music from around the world, delicious food and unique craft vendors...
Special Instructions: Children Welcome!
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Aptos Young People's Chess Tournament
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Friends of the Aptos Library
Date: 05/26/2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-18
Details: Annual tournament open to all young chess enthusiasts ages 6-18
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 427-7702 view all details >>
     
COME DANCE!
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Santa Cruz Dance
Date: 05/25/2018 from 6:40pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
CELEBRATING THE FEMININE, BOTH HUMAN AND DIVINE
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Library La Selva Beach Branch
Date: 05/25/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Stories to elebrate women and goddesses who inspire, tickle, and delight the heart, the senses, and the funny bone
City: La Selva Beach Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Summertime Connection - Parenting Kids Who Are on Vacation!
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: 05/26/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Parenting Your Kids When They're on Summer Vacation
Special Instructions: Call 831-476-7284 x107 for childcare and scholarships
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Nature's Reading Room
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every 4 weeks on Sa (Jun 2-Jun 30) from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come sit under our ancient family circle of redwoods, nature's reading room, and choose a book or two to read with your family
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831.338.8018 view all details >>
     
Skill and Luck
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State Park Mission
Date: 05/26/2018 at 1:00pm
Details: Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
Rockin' Pop Up
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: The 4th Sa of every month (Apr 28-Aug 25) from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: The Geology Gents are ready to ID your local (or not-so-local) geologic finds, as well as show off a rotating collection of spec
Special Instructions: Bring your rocks!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
Date: 05/26/2018
Details: A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
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Sunday Seaside Crafts
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every Su from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: Kids and up
Details: Join us with your small fry every Sunday for hands-on fun!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Tom Sawyer
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CYT
Date: Every day (May 18-May 27)
Details: Musical adventure, a tale of thrilling escapes, comedy and inspiration for the whole family.
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Movie: The Horse Boy
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Wisdom Center
Date: 05/25/2018 at 7:00pm
Details: The Horse Boy tells the story of a couple that goes to the end of the earth to find a way into their son's life
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Neighborhood Block Party
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Food Trucks A Go Go
Date: 05/25/2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Food trucks, music, art, and gorgeous weather...what could be better?
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Urban Farm Day
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Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 8:00am to 9:00am
Ages: All
Details: Play with baby goats, enjoy hyper-local food and drink, shop for plant starts for your garden and arts and crafts, enjoy worksho
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Evening Campfire Programs
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State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Mon, Tues, Th and Sa (May 26-Jun 30) at 7:00pm
Details: An evening of song and story
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
     
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