Cultivating interest

first_imgThat was part of the motivation behind Friday’s visit to the farmers market, said Hoover kindergarten teacher Letty Mendoza, who coordinated the trip with fellow teachers Kathy Anderson and Catherine Miyagishima. The youngsters also just completed a unit on farms that included a field trip to a working farm in Ontario last week, Mendoza said. “In class, we are chicken farmers – we kept our eggs in an incubator and they hatched, and now we have chicks in our classroom,” Mendoza said. “And by bringing them to the farmer’s market, they get to see the produce that comes from a farm,” she added. “And we also thought it was a great way to involve the local community in our lesson.” With the help of the three teachers and more than a dozen parent volunteers, the children waded through the produce stands Friday morning, wondering whether they had enough money to buy a basket of plump, red strawberries as well as a small bag of kettle corn. “I liked how we got to buy stuff,” said kindergartner Maleah Ammada, 6. “The strawberries tasted wonderful, they were very sweet. And we got to pet a cute little puppy, too.” On their way to buy kettle corn from the “popcorn farmer,” one student gasped as he laid eyes on a food stand that had fresh pineapples on a table with huge glass jars of fruit juice. “Ms. Mendoza, look – there’s a Hawaiian farmer!” the boy said excitedly as he pointed at the pineapples. “Oh my goodness, a Hawaiian farmer,” Mendoza replied good-naturedly. “Wow, that is something, isn’t it?” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local farmer Catherine Smith is very clear on the importance of children eating more fruits and vegetables – not only is it good for them, but it ensures the survival of farmers like herself for at least another generation. That’s why she was delighted Friday when a group of about 60 kindergartners from nearby Hoover Elementary School descended on her booth at the Uptown Whittier Certified Farmers’ Market, asking questions about her plants and taking time to pet her beloved puppy, Becky. “Without these kids, there is no farmer in the future,” said Smith, who grows herbs and vegetables on her Whittier farm. “Kids need to have little gardens of their own at school,” she added. “You’ve got to get them interested in this while they’re still young.” last_img read more

‘Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid would be BAD move for starlet AND Spanish giants’

first_imgRaheem Sterling to Real Madrid would be a bad move for the winger AND the Spanish giants, talkSPORT have been told.Real are reportedly lining up a £45million swoop for the Liverpool starlet, who is refusing to sign a new contract at Anfield.But, according to former Reds star Ray Houghton, the 20-year-old must resist the temptation to join the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Houghton feels that Sterling is not ready to take such a big step up, and claims the England international would be better served staying at Liverpool for the foreseeable future.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Raheem Sterling is someone a lot of clubs will be looking at because potentially he could be a fantastic player. But it is only potential at the moment.“It is a risk [for Real Madrid] signing someone like that. You don’t know how they adapt to the country, you don’t know what they are going to be like in training, you don’t know whether you are going to be good enough for the league you are playing in.“I still think Raheem would be better served staying at Liverpool for another couple of years. He is still a young man, he is still learning his trade, and he has still got a long way to go to be the finished article.“He would get more game time at Liverpool than some of the clubs looking at him.”last_img read more

Manchester City sell starlet to Monaco for £9million

first_imgMarcos Lopes has left Manchester City to join Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 19-year-old is understood to have cost the French club around £9million.City boss Manuel Pellegrini had insisted Lopes would only be leaving City on loan in his press conference on Friday lunchtime, hailing the young midfielder as a top talent.Pellegrini said: “Marcos is still a player here for Manchester City. We will see his future in the next hours.“I think Marcos needs to play more in another club. He is a very good player. I am sure in the future he will be part of our club, but for this year he must continue trying to play as much football as he can.“Here he has a lot of competition with David (Silva) and Samir (Nasri) so it is better for him to go on loan.”But moments after Pellegrini had discussed Lopes’ future, City announced that they had sold the Portugal Under-21 international to Monaco.Lopes was regarded as one of City’s most promising youngsters after joining the club from Benfica in 2011.He made an immediate impact with a goal on his debut – becoming City’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 17 years and nine days – in an FA Cup tie against Watford in January 2013.But had made just five appearances for City in total and, having spent a successful spell on loan at Lille last season, has now been allowed to return to France with Monaco. Marcos Lopes 1last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_img“Having played and coached in the Valley, I know this league wants to get on the half court,” DeVries said. “We’re going to do everything we can to fight that norm and push the tempo on every possession. We want the game to go up and down, that’s how we build our practices to get out in transition and put pressure on the defense in transition. We want to score before we’re playing 5-on-5.”DeVries first roster returns just one starter from last season’s 17-17 team. However he and the staff have been diligent in quickly assembling a talented roster that is consistent with the program’s philosophy.”It has been a unique transition where you have three guys on scholarship and you have to put a roster together that you want to be competitive without sacrificing your long-term goals and vision for the program,” DeVries said of the team’s spring and summer additions. “I feel like we were able to do that with the guys we signed and this group is ready to compete.”The Bulldogs officially open their 2018-19 season Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center against Buena Vista following a Nov. 4 exhibition against Coe. Season ticket and flex plans are currently available for the 2018-19 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-3647 or by visiting draketix.com. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team welcomed members of the local and state-wide media to the Knapp Center Tuesday, Oct. 23, afternoon for the Bulldogs’ annual media day. Preparing for his first season at the helm of the Bulldog program, head coach Darian DeVries shared what his first few months on the job have been like in preparation for the 2018-19 season. “We’re certainly excited,” DeVries said. “It’s been a fun fall but it’s time to play somebody else and I know our guys are excited about it. It should be an exciting year with all the new faces and we can’t wait to see what this new group of guys can get done this year.”DeVries leads the Bulldogs into the season after spending more than two decades as a successful assistant coach at Creighton where he developed countless all-conference standouts and helped the program to 12 NCAA appearances. DeVries alluded to employing many of the strategies learned at Creighton to his first Bulldog squad. last_img read more

2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge winners named

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A plan to educate young students about agriculture and fund 4-H agriscience programs in major cities earned Leah Brown of Warren County, Natalie Pavlick of Hamilton County and Tyler White and Mercedes Woodson, both of Montgomery County, the first place award in the 2015 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finals.Sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the challenge brings together youths age 14 to 18 from around the state to discuss community issues and concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.The contest started in March when groups met to learn about public policy issues and began planning their proposals. Then in May, 10 teams competed to advance in the semifinals, with four teams advancing to the finals, which were held during the Ohio State Fair.The teams were judged on their public policy proposals dealing with a specific issue or problem. In the final competition, the teams described the steps necessary to have their public policy proposal adopted by the appropriate government authorities. Scholarships were given to each participant based on their team’s placing: first, $250; second, $150; third, $50, fourth, $25.Judges for the finals were Sereana Howard Dresbach, Dresbach Consulting; Elizabeth Casasanta, Ohio State University assistant director of competitive admissions, and state Rep. Brian Hill, chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.“You’ve all spent a long time on your projects, and I can tell the effort you all put in and the passion you expressed today for the topics you chose,” Hill said. “Maybe we will even see some of these policies being proposed or implemented in legislation in the general assembly.”Other finalists and their proposals:Second: Natalyn Landis of Fairfield County. Her proposal addressed dropout rates. It suggested funding for after-school programs in every county including an after-school educator to implement programs free for all students or requiring every school in the state offer the New Directions After School Program.Third: Emily Kanney of Richland County and Jacob Serio of Morrow County. They want to improve roads in Richland County and proposed redistribution of the gas tax so more of it goes to road maintenance and improvement.Fourth: Katie Conley, Rachael Herring and Alec Ogg, all of Wyandot County and Shaye Creamer and Jordan Furer, both of Ridgemont High School. Their “Fitness Out of the Classroom” proposal focused on getting Fitbits for eighth graders in six schools to track their fitness and see if fitness improves based on having a Fitbit.last_img read more