Archive for March, 2011

Is Sharing Always a Good Idea?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

picture of grandma Maureen Grandma Maureen and Arthur J saw a situation that made them ask, “Is sharing always a good idea”?

SharingGrandma Maureen and her grandson Arthur J were having lunch out at the diner on “Can Do” Street.  At the table next to them there were two mothers and their sons also having lunch. The boys looked and sounded like they were about 3 years old.

The one boy kept bouncing around on his seat, whining and hanging on to his mother’s arm. The other boy ate his lunch quietly and let his mom enjoy her lunch.

The waiter came over to the table and asked if the boys wanted a treat. The boy who had been eating quietly was finished his lunch and asked his mom if he could have an ice cream. His mom said yes. The other boy had left most of his lunch on his plate, but his mother asked him if he wanted ice cream. ” No,” he said loudly, “I want a smoothie.” His mom reminded him that he didn’t eat his lunch and a smoothie would be a lot to drink. He began to cry and slide down in his seat. His mom gave in and ordered him a smoothie.

When the treats arrived, the boy with the ice cream was enjoying his treat, while the boy with the smoothie took a couple of sips and said, “I don’t want this. I want ice cream.”

Grandma Maureen and Arthur J couldn’t help listening and watching. They wanted to see what would happen next!

The mother of the boy who wanted the ice cream turned to the other boy and said, ” Would you mind sharing half of your ice cream “? Before the boy could even answer, his own mother took his bowl of ice cream, scooped out half of it and gave it to the other boy!

Grandma Maureen and Arthur J couldn’t believe their eyes!

The boy who lost half his ice cream pulled his dish close to him and gobbled up what was left as fast as he could. The other boy grinned at him while eating what was once his ice cream.

Arthur J felt mad about what he had just seen. “Grandma,” he said, ” That  just wasn’t fair!  The boy never got a chance to say whether or not he wanted to share. He was forced to share. I don’t know who I feel madder at, the selfish boy who took his ice cream and ate it, or  the mom who asked him to share his ice cream, or his mom who just took his dish and gave his ice cream away. “

Grandma Maureen nodded and said, “Sharing isn’t always a good idea.There were lots of ways that could have been handled fairly. Maybe the boys and girls hearing this story can come up with some other ways than what we just saw.”

What do you think boys and girls? Do you have any ideas?

Orrie Wants to Play a Sport

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Orrie want to know if he can play a sport from his wheel chairOrrie wants to play a sport. What sports can he play from his wheelchair? Are there sports and activities he can do without his wheelchair?

All the other “Can Do” Kids play a sport and Orrie wants to play a sport too. He plays basketball with his dad in the back of his house but that’s not the same as being on a team and playing against other teams.

Orrie was sitting around with some of his buddies, asking them what they thought he could do.

Hector suggested that he talk to Coach Campbell about what other kids do who use a wheelchair and want to play a sport.

Orrie thought that was a good idea, so he wheeled himself down to coach’s office and made an appointment to see him. When he met with Coach Campbell he shared his feelings, saying, “I want to be like my friends. I want to play a team sport and have my family and friends come root for me.”

“Well Orrie,” said Coach Campbell, “I can understand your wanting to be like your friends and play a picture of coach campbell golding a clipboard and wearing a whistlesport but you need to like a sport if you hope to do well at it. Let’s talk about what sports think you might like. Then we can talk about how you can try them out to see which one you really like.”

Orrie sort of nodded, then said, “First, I have to find out what sports I can play from my chair and where there are teams that play those sports.” Coach Campbell said, “Let’s begin at the beginning. Let’s take a look at what sports can be played from a wheelchair. Let’s invite our readers to pick out what sports can be played from a wheelchair.”

Help Orrie to play a sport by picking out the sports that kids who use wheelchairs can play. Circle the sports you think Orrie could play:

volleyball                basketball                   archery                 bowling                     hockey              shuffleboard

Answer – If you circled all the sports, you would be right!”

“Orrie,” said Coach Campbell, “Next time we get together I will have places we can visit to see these sports being played. We need to let you try out the ones that look good to you. We also need talk about sports that you can be part of out of your chair like horseback riding and competitive swimming.”

Orrie left Coach Campbell’s office feeling confident that he was going to get to play a sport.

The Can Do Kids Fund Raise for Kids in Japanese Earthquake

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Miss Sue called a meeting of the “Can Do’ Kids Club at the Community Center to talk about ways to fund raise to help the kids in the earthquake in Japan.

A building where the community meetsThe “Can Do” Kids knew about the earthquake from their parents  and their teacher, Miss Pat. They all agreed that everyone needed to help that could help because the kids who experienced the earthquake need so much. Not only do they need clothes and food and housing, they need school supplies and books.

fund raiseMiss Sue opened the discussion by asking the kids to come up with ways they thought they could fund raise .

Kathy suggested that the Can Do Cooking Club organize a bake sale and ask the seniors to help them with baking. They would sell the baked goods on a Saturday, during sporting events at the center, when parents came to watch their kids games. Miss Sue said, “That’s a great idea, Kathy.

Let’s have a show of hands to see if everyone agrees that this is a good way to fund raise.” It was unanimous!

“OK, how else can we fund raise,” asked Miss Sue. Hector raised his hand and when called on said,”How about a community car wash? We could get our older brothers and sisters to help.” Not everyone was for the idea, but the majority voted yes, so the car wash was a go for a Saturday in April in the parking lot of the Community Center.

Miss Sue beamed at the group and said, ” You are very generous to want to help the children in Japan. I am very proud of you.

What you fund raise will go to a Japanese charity for children!

The Cooking Club Made Raspberry Cream for the Red Hat Society Ladies

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

A raspberry cream pudding served in a tall glass dishThe “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club’s Raspberry Cream Dessert Was a Big Hit at the Red Hat Society  Ladies Meeting !

The local chapter of the ladies of the Red Hat Society met at the “Can Do” Street Community Center yesterday. Members of the Raspberry Cream“Can Do” Street Cooking Club made a special dessert in their honor. Since the ladies always wear red hats, Yundi suggested a dessert that had red in it.  The other members of the cooking club liked that idea and began thinking of things that were red.

Annie suggested  strawberry jello . Hector suggested strawberry ice cream since that is his favorite and he was hoping there would be left overs!   Nellie suggested red velvet cake. Bobbie suggested strawberry shortcake.

Raspberry Cream

Then Kathy came up with the winning suggestion…raspberry cream pudding. Everybody cheered! Not only is it a pretty dessert, it always tastes great and is so easy to make.

The Red Hat ladies loved the raspberry cream and gave the cooking club a round of applause.

The “Can Do” Cooking Club thought you might like the recipe just in case you want to make raspberry cream for your family.

Raspberry Cream -Recipe for 4 -1/2 cup servings before adding the raspberries


1 pkg. of instant vanilla pudding (1 oz)

2 cups of  cold 1% milk

1 pt of fresh raspberries

Can of Redi Whip topping

Chocolate syrup for drizzling the to of the dessert(optional)


1 medium sized, deep bowl

4 dessert dishes large enough to hold pudding topped with fruit and cream

Wire whisk or electric hand mixer

Liquid measuring cup


A few sheets of paper towels


Pour milk into  the bowl

Add vanilla pudding

Beat with a wire whisk or on low speed of electric hand mixer for 2 min.

Let set for 5 minutes

Wash and gently pat dry raspberries with paper towels

Spoon pudding into  4 dessert dishes, leave room for fruit

Arrange raspberries on top of fruit, covering all of pudding

Swirl whipped topping on the middle of the raspberries

Drizzle chocolate syrup (optional)

Serve and watch everyone enjoy Raspberry Cream!