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Kids just want to be kids!

Kids just want to be kids!

Each week, when we visit the kid’s cancer unit, I am always reminded of one very absolute reality. Kids want to be kids! No matter how sick or how isolated or how confined or how restrained they are. There is an innate desire in them for fun, for laughter, for playing…for the simplicity of childhood. They drag their IV poles with bags of chemo and pain pumps down the hallways at rapid speeds. At times, you will even see them actually trying to ride on their pole…like a scooter or a big wheel. My daughter, Brooke, always did. We even had a song for her IV pole. We would sing, “You get the line and I’ll get the pole and we’ll go fishing at the craw-dad hole, baby.” Brooke would unplug her pole and hop on the bottom rolling brackets as we pushed her up and down the halls. She would even do fancy stunts like lifting one leg or letting go completely while proudly retorting, “Look Mom – no hands!”

Cancer kids amaze me, and this past week at the hospital was no exception.

PCSSD hosts district-wide spring jamboree

PCSSD hosts district-wide spring jamboree

Parental Involvement Event to Benefit Both Students and Parents

WHAT: This event promises to be informative and fun! Students from various schools will showcase their talents. In addition, each school will be represented by displaying the highlights of their instructional programs. Over 15 Exhibitors will be present to answer questions related to summer opportunities, child safety, scholarship information, etc.  There will be jump inflatables, free food and door prizes. Lastly, parents will have the opportunity to attend a break-out session titled, Teamwork in a Child's Educational Experience/ Resolving Homework Issues.

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m.

Grief takes a break at Camp Healing Hearts

Grief takes a break at Camp Healing Hearts

Grief can be a very isolating experience, particularly for children, which is why the Kaleidoscope Grief Center hosts Camp Healing Hearts.

Camp Healing Hearts is a family oriented grief camp for children ages 5-18 and their families. It's a safe environment where everyone can develop coping skills both individually and within a community of others.

There are peer support groups where the kids are encourage to share their feelings, age-appropriate discussion that allow campers to manage the often overwhelming and isolating emotions that accompany a loss and plenty of fun activities that remind kids to just be kids.

This free camp will begin Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. and conclude Saturday, May 21st at 5 p.m. Little Rock's newly renovated Camp Aldersgate will host the campers.

Hop to it with egg hunts, brunches, more

Hop to it with egg hunts, brunches, more

Egg hunts, brunches and other Easter celebrations abound this weekend.

Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21

Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Camp Healing Hearts, a FREE grief camp for children and families, will be held May 20-21 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.

Is your child's seat safe?

Is your child's seat safe?

WHAT: On Saturday, April 23, North Little Rock Police Department is sponsoring Child Safety Seat Check Day at McCain Mall. Certified technicians and police officers will check child passenger seats for proper installation; help parents understand proper installation procedures for car seats and child booster seats; check that the seats being used are a proper fit for the size of the child; and check that the seats are structurally sound.

COST: Free and open to the community

WHEN: Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – Noon  

WHERE: McCain Mall – South parking lot near Firestone

3929 McCain Blvd.

North Little Rock, AR 72116

Fried Fish fund raiser May 7th 4-7 pm

Fried Fish fund raiser May 7th 4-7 pm

In Your Hands Ministries, Inc is sponsoring a Fish Fry fund raiser on May 7th, 4-7pm.  Live Gospel Music that features Ricky Dougan and others from churches of the area.  On the grounds of Full Gospel Temple, 3905 Hwy 161 North, North Little Rock, AR.  All the funds go to provide food for the hungry families and the homeless of our community.  $10 per ticket.  Pastor Mullen invites everyone to come and share in the fellowship and good food.