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APRIL 29, 2022

Get ready for May, POLITI-Kids — there's a LOT going on! 

First of all, May is AAPI Heritage Month. So, what is “AAPI,” anyway? It stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander, but that’s a really broad term. Just look at some maps of Asia and the Pacific Islands. That’s a lot of different countries and regions, and they all have their own histories, cultures, languages and food. We hope you take some time this month to learn more about AAPI heritage  and be sure to check the POLITI-Kids at Home section for a fun activity.

Next week, is Teacher Appreciation Week. What used to just be a day is now celebrated the entire week! Read more about the history of this important celebration and be sure to let your teachers know just how grateful you are for them. We at POLITI-Kids LOVE teachers and hope they have a wonderful week getting all the love they deserve! 

Finally, May 8 is Mother's Day. So, we want to make sure to wish all of the POLITI-Kid moms, stepmoms, grandmothers, bonus-moms, mother-in-laws, aunts, godmothers, pet-moms and mother-like figures out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! You are loved and appreciated, and we hope each of you has a special weekend celebrating with your families — whoever that may include!

Bring it on, May!
The POLITI-Kids Team

Aloïse Phelps and Alexa Velickovich


As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth month, it is important to continue to find glimmers of hope and joy. A little Jack Russell terrier named Patron is one of those bright moments.

The two-year-old Ukrainian dog works with the State Emergency Service rescuers in a city called Chernihiv. His job is to sniff out bombs from Russia to help keep the people of Ukraine safe. He rides around with the SES and sniffs out devices so the rescuers can safely deactivate them.

Jack Russell terrier's have powerful noses, are extremely smart and the perfect size for traveling, making Patron the perfect breed for the job. 

Patron has helped neutralize close to 90 explosive devices. Here you can see a video clip of Patron on duty, as he wears his protective vest and walks around with his nose to the dirt, searching for the bombs. 

Word of Patron’s bravery has gotten global attention. Loved by both children and adults, the SES recently shared photos of more than a dozen drawings of Patron from around the country.

"It motivates not to give up no matter how hard it is, to keep the bar high and to fight with new strength, knowing how many people are still waiting for help and how many people believe in us," the SES wrote, according to Facebook's English translation. "Our Patron doesn't let his feet down either and sends his gratitude to everyone."

(Source: NPR)

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. This year, Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 1. What started out as just a day turned into a full week to make sure teachers around the country know just how grateful we all are to have them in our lives!

Though the origins of Teacher Appreciation Week are a little unclear, it was in 1944 that an Arkansas school teacher, Mattye White Woodridge, wrote to politicians and educational professionals about the demand for a day to appreciate teachers. Nearly ten years later, Eleanor Roosevelt introduced the idea to Congress. In 1953, she was successful in convincing lawmakers to adopt the day.

Despite receiving congressional support, the first National Teacher Day did not occur until March 7, 1980, when the National Education Association (NEA) and state affiliates from Kansas and Indiana lobbied Congress again to create National Teacher Day. People continued to celebrate the day in March until 1984, when the NEA decided to honor teachers with one full week in May instead of one day — National Teacher Day now occurs on the Tuesday of that week.

Q: Why was the broom late for school?

A: He over-swept! 

Below is an excerpt from a POLITICO article, along with some questions to help guide your reading. 
To read the full article, click here.
World's richest man buys 'free speech' for $44 billion.
By Rebecca Kern
April 25, 2022

Twitter’s board of directors accepted Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s bid to buy the company Monday, a takeover that could fundamentally change the types of conversations allowed on Washington’s favorite social media platform — along with who gets to have their say.

Musk — the world’s richest person — plans to pay about $44 billion for the social media platform that has found itself at the center of debates over what types of online speech should be permissible. Musk has described himself as a “free-speech absolutist” and criticized Twitter for not allowing a full diversity of views to be shared on the platform.

In a press release announcing the planned sale, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said, “Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world.”

Musk added: “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.” Musk said he wants to make Twitter’s algorithms open-source, to combat spam and to authenticate the accounts of all human beings, along with other, unspecified “new features.”

Musk soon after retweeted his quotes from the press release with rocket and heart emojis surrounding “Yesss!!!”

As part of the agreement to buy the company, Musk would also take it private, meaning it would have less financial oversight from the SEC and generally be less transparent, making it in certain ways more difficult for lawmakers to regulate.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “No matter who owns or runs Twitter, the president has long been concerned about the power large social media platforms have over our everyday lives,” and that President Joe Biden has long argued that “tech platforms have to be held accountable for the harms they cause."

Musk’s previous calls for lifting of permanent bans could allow the return of Former President Donald Trump to the platform (Twitter permanently banned Trump for violating policies against inciting violence following the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection). However, Trump told Fox News on Monday that he doesn’t plan to rejoin the platform and will stay on his own Truth Social.
Later Monday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson tweeted “We’re back.” Carlson had not tweeted since late March, when Twitter forced the removal of one of his tweets for violating its policies.

By contrast, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted, “Tax the rich,” adding, “It’s absurd that one person can afford to buy Twitter for more than $40 billion while working families across this country have to choose every day between buying groceries or their prescription drugs.”

Progressive groups have raised concerns that a Musk-owned Twitter could lead to more harassment and hate speech facing particular minority populations on the platform — potentially driving these groups away.

Shortly before the news of Musk’s purchase was announced, he tweeted: “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that’s what free speech means.”


(Image Source: POLITICO)
Elon Musk is a South African-born, American entrepreneur. He is known for:

– Co-founding, which later became the electronic payment system known as PayPal

– Co-founding and the CEO of the electric car company Tesla

– Founding and chief engineer at SpaceX, which manufactures rockets. 

He is currently the richest person in the world. 

1. Why do you think Elon Musk buying Twitter could change the platform?

2. What are the disagreements around the concept of "free-speech" on Twitter?

3. Why is it important that Musk has to make the company private?

4. Why is this a political issue?

5. How did you interpret Musk's statements around his purchase? Did they seem serious?

6. If you had $44 billion, what would you buy?

Use the guided reading questions in blue italics to help gain a deeper comprehension of this week's notable news.

The Biden administration is asking Congress for a massive new $33 billion funding request to bolster Ukraine’s military as its war with Russia enters its ninth week. In addition to new military and security assistance, the proposal is seeking billions in economic and humanitarian aid to help the people of Ukraine. With this ask, the administration is hoping to send a signal to Russia that the United States intends to continue backing Ukraine in the fight for the long run. In a White House address announcing the funding request, President Joe Biden said it is “critical this funding gets approved and approved as quickly as possible.” What other ways can we support the people of Ukraine during this time?

Moderna on Thursday formally asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its Covid-19 vaccine for children under the age of 6. The request comes a month after the drug company released findings that showed its two-dose regimen generated immune protection in the youngest children comparable to young adults, however, the study also found that the vaccine is not as effective in preventing against infection. The FDA is expected to make a final decision in June. Children under 5 are the only age group ineligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Currently, the only vaccine available for children ages 5-11 is made by Pfizer and BioNTech. What would happen if the FDA approved the Moderna vaccine for children under the age of 6?

A black cat named Jinx was declared mayor of Hell, Michigan! On Sunday, April 24, Mayor Jinx, formally known as Jinx Sploinky Scoot, assumed power over the town...but just for the day. Anyone is allowed to rule Hell for a day for a fee of $100, but Jinx — a cat-fluencer known for her big eyes and wobbly walk (check out her TikTok and Instagram) — is the first pet to hold the title of Mayor of Hell. As mayor, Jinx received a mayoral proclamation certificate, a Hell souvenir mug, souvenir shirt and certificate of impeachment. Jinx now also owns property in Hell. One square inch. Would you vote for a pet mayor? 
Submitted by POLITI-Kid Caitlin Bugas

Hi! I'm Poppy. I'm a 4-month-old Red Fox Labrador Retriever, and I live with my mom in Richmond, VA. I enjoy walks, being outside, playing with my toys and FOOD 😍 🍗🍔🧀🥜! Mom has to watch me with a close eye this spring because I have tried to eat several bees 🐝.  I can't wait to graduate from puppy class 🎓 and learn how to swim this summer 🌊.

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Print out this special Mother's Day-themed cartoon from Pulitzer Prize-Winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker, color it in and give it to your mom, grandmother or a mom-like person in your life! 
Use the template below to show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate them!
Adapted from Will Cook For Friends

We thought this would be a perfect recipe for POLITI-Kids who might want to give their POLITI-Parent a special breakfast treat this weekend! 
– 8 large eggs
– 2 cups of milk
– ¾ tsp of salt
– ¾ tsp of pepper 
The rest of the ingredients are just suggestions. You should add in whatever you think your family would like!
– 1 ½ cups cooked breakfast sausage, bacon or ham 
– 1 cup broccoli, cut into teeny tiny florets
– 1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
– 1 red bell pepper, chopped small
– 1/2 cup onion, diced
– 1 ½ cup grated cheddar cheese
– ½ cup diced cored and seeded tomato

1. If using meat (bacon, sausage, etc.), cook it fully first. Set it aside to cool, then cut into small pieces.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and thoroughly grease a muffin tin. 
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
4. Get all your veggies diced up and ready to go. You can sauté your onion with a bit of olive oil to soften it up and take away some of its bite. Set aside and allow to cool.
5. Add all the veggies to the bowl with the egg mixture, and stir to combine. Stir in half of the cheese, and all of the meat, if using.
6. Using an ice-cream scoop or ¼ cup measure, scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin pan. Fill to about ¼ inch from the top, then sprinkle a small amount of reserved cheese over each. Place in the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the egg is fully set and the cheese has just started to turn golden on top.
7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before running a butterknife around each muffin, and gently removing from the pan.
8. Enjoy while warm, or let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from First Palette

In the Pacific Islander culture, leis or neck garlands may be a symbol of welcome, but are so much more than that. In fact, ever present at Pacific gatherings as a sign of celebration, mana, mourning or beauty and always a bestowal of alofa and respect. Leis usually take the form of a garland of fresh flowers, my research has uncovered that leis can be made out of all sorts of objects. The only requirement for something to be a lei is that it be a collection of objects woven or strung together into a garland that is typically worn around the neck 
– Colored paper, craft foam, felt or paper coffee filters
– String
– Drinking straws
– Scissors
– Hole punch

1. Cut a length of string for your lei. Make a large knot on one end.

2. Make 16 or more flowers out of paper, craft foam or felt. Here are two templates your can use if you do not want to draw and cut out your own flowers. 

3. Create the same number of leaves as the flowers. You can draw or cut your own, print out the second page of the flower lei template on green paper or cardstock.

4. Punch a hole at the center of each flower and leaf.

5. Cut drinking straws into 1-inch long pieces. You'll need approximately the same number as the flowers.

6. String the pieces together in this order: straw, flower, then leaf.

7. When you've strung enough pieces, make a knot on the string after the last piece. 

8. Knot the ends of the string together to complete your lei. Enjoy wearing your lei!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the following POLITICO'sPOLITI-Kids and celebrities. Is your birthday coming up? Let us know by submitting your name and date of birth here!

April 30: Kedest Tadesse, Luiza Savage, Travis Scott, Kirsten Dunst, Willie Nelson, Gal Gadot

May 1: Jay CrawfordNat Rubio-Licht, Stephanie Zimmerman, Will Heidlage, Victoria Monet

May 2: Andrew Atterbury, Andrew McGill, Justine Lore, Nick Sobczyk, Ru Balay, Tomio Geron, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Christine Baranski, David Beckham, Ellie Kemper

May 3: Anna Stubbs, David Nicks, Matthew Friedman, Christina Hendricks, Bing Crosby

May 4: Abigail Henderson, Will Arnett, Lance Bass, Audrey Hepburn

May 5: Alex Guillen, Ryan Heath, Adele

May 6: Claire Whedbee, Trevor Corning, George Clooney, Gabourey Sidibe, Orson Welles

May 7: Aidy Bryant, Eva Peron

May 8: Jackie Velickovich, President Harry S. Truman, Enrique Iglesias

May 9: Chris ReShore, Victoria Guida, Billy Joel, Rosario Dawson

May 10: Jackson HowellAndrew Desiderio, Ariel Wittenberg, Chris Farmer, Courtney Rohrbach, Mike Lee, Kenan Thompson

May 11: Celia BrownAllison Davis, Haley Siddall, Sabrina Carpenter, Lana Condor, Salvador Dali

May 12: Devereaux Phelps, Tony Hawk, Rami Malek, Florence Nightingale 
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