Flint Schools Overwhelmed by Special Education Needs After Lead Crisis

Photo: more special education students in Flint after lead exposure

Parent advocate Maxine Onstott, shown cuddling with her son Maximilliano, 6, said many families are having a hard time getting help for their children’s disabilities in the wake of the water crisis.
—Brittany Greeson for Education Week

Flint, Mich.

Years after reports surfaced of alarmingly high lead levels in the water system, the toll of the crisis is becoming clear: At least 1 in 5 students in Flint’s public schools … [more…]

Hawaiian Sunscreen: New Health Alert, Law and Suggestions

Hawaiian Sunscreen: New Health Alert, Law and Suggestions

Researchers announced today that chemical sunscreens may be far more dangerous than previously revealed, and that children may be even more at risk from these chemicals than adults. The study in today’s medical journal JAMA revealed that common sunscreen products containing avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene need much more research. Blood concentration of these chemicals has for the first time been studied and found, after just one day’s use. Serum … [more…]

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here’s how to stay safe

People getting sick from fecal parasite in pools, CDC says. Here's how to stay safe

Cooling off in the pool or spending the day at a water park are classic summer activities, but government health officials warn that there are parasites lurking in communal water that even chlorine can’t kill.

In a well-chlorinated pool, the Giardia parasite can survive for up to 45 minutes, and the hepatitis A virus can survive for about 16 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A … [more…]

6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference

photo: Gitanjali Rao

Twelve-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Lone Tree. Photo courtesy Eliza Donley Nolte

Meet six remarkable Colorado tweens and teens who are making a positive impact in their community.

A Push for Safer Water

Gitanjali Rao, 12, Lone Tree

“I heard about the Flint water crisis, and it was appalling to me,” says 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao (pictured above). While the rest of us were wishing for better, this eighth grader took action, … [more…]

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

poster art: Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

Activities & books about that teach our children about water conservation and the water cycle!

March 22nd is World Water Day.

It’s a day for all of us to remember that water is an important resource in our life and clean water is a limited resource for many around the world.

Everyone can make a difference in preserving this natural resource, even the youngest among us!

In fact, our kids … [more…]