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Grandpa Dooley and the Fast Food Menu

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Nellie and Willie were surprise to see their grandpa come into class. He didn’t tell them, when they had breakfast together that morning, that he was coming to their class. Nellie got worried. Was grandma sick? Willie raised his hand, saying, “Grandpa is everything okay? Why are you here?

Grandpa Dooley and the fast food listGrandpa Dooley smiled and said, “Everything is just fine. Miss Pat saw me at McDonald’s at lunch time and she noticed I was eating food from the healthy choice menu.

We got to talking. I told her that almost all of the fast food places now have healthy choice menus to choose from and still eat healthy while eating out  with your family and friends.

Miss Pat invited me to come and talk to you all about what’s good to eat at your favorite fast food restaurants.

The class didn’t look to sure about this. After all, each one of them had their favorite foods to eat at the local fast food restaurants and weren’t too sure about giving up what they always ordered for something off the healthy choice menu. But, after all, Grandpa Dooley loved to eat and if he said the foods on the healthy choice menu tasted good, well, they could at least hear what he had to say. Besides, he was their friend’s grandpa and their music teacher. Two more reasons to pay attention and be respectful.

“Okay, boys and girls,” began Grandpa Dooley, “I know your moms and dads and teachers are all talking to you about eating healthy so you feel well and have energy to learn and play.

I also know how much fun it is to eat out at a fast food restaurant. So, here’s a list of what you can eat at some of your favorite restaurants and still eat healthy:

Burger King -Whopper Jr, no mayo (260 calories, 10g total fat)   Side -Fresh Apple Fries with Caramel Sauce ( 70 calories, o.5g of total fat)  Sweet -Frozen Cherry Drink ( 140 calories, 0 total fat)

McDonald’s -Premium Grilled Chicken Classic ( 420 calories, 10g total fat) Side – Apple Dippers with Low Fat Carmel Dip (420calories, 10g total fat) Sweet – Kids Cone ( 45 calories, 1g total fat)

Subway – 6″ Turkey Breast on 7 Grain Bread ( 280 calories, 3.5g total fat) Side – Apple Slices ( 35 calories, o total fat) Sweet – Oatmeal Raisin Cookie ( 200 calories, 8g total fat)

Wendy’s – Ultimate Chicken Grill ( 370 calories, 7g total fat) Side -Mandarin Orange Cup (90 calories, o total fat) Sweet – Junior Original Frosty(150 Calories, 4g total fat)

Kentucky – 3 Crispy Strips ( 340 calories, 11 g of total fat) Side – Green Beans ( 20 calories, 0.5 g total fat) Sweet – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( 150 calories, 6g total fat)

So, boys and girls,” said Grandpa Dooley, “The next time I see you eating out at a fast food restaurant, I hope you are eating something from the healthy choice menu!”

It’s That Time Again…Mother’s Day

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Mother's DayTomorrow is mom’s special day… Mother’s Day. So, if you haven’t thought of what to make or do…you better get busy!

Here are some of the things the “Can Do” Kids are doing for Mothers Day. Maybe you will get an idea about what you want to do about Mother’s Day for your mom.

  • Nellie and Willie are looking forward to having their mom home on leave from the military. They’ve decorated the house with welcome home signs. On Mother’s Day, with the help of Grandma Hattie, they are going to surprise their mom with breakfast in bed.
  • Orrie wrote a poem about what his mom means to him and will put it on her dish at breakfast.
  • Hector wrote an”I promise” list to his mom. In it he promises to do extra chores around the house for a week as his Mother’s Day gift.
  • Maria made he mom a necklace in jewelry class at the community center.
  • Yundi and Wendy made cookies with Grandma Sue’s help to give to their mom.
  • Mickey is going to give his mom a rose.
  • Bobby saved up money he got for helping Grandpa John clean up the cellar. He is going to buy his mom a box of her favorite candy.

 What you are going to do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

Cold weather…a Play Date…Making Resolutions

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

resolutionsIt was bitter cold out, too cold to ice skate, or to go sledding, or even take a short walk. School was closed. So any “Can Do”who could catch a ride was welcome for a play date at Orrie’s house.

Grandpa John and Grandma Maureen had come by to help out with table games and serving snacks Willie asked, “Grandpa John why do adults make New Year’s Resolutions”? Before Grandpa John could answer, Annie asked,”What are resolutions anyway”?

Grandpa John stopped handing out fruit and sat down at the table with the “Can Dos”. All eyes were on him as he thought of the best way to explain what a resolution is.

He cleared his throat and began by saying, “Well, resolutions are kind of like promises to do things that you need or want to do. It’s about doing things that you need to do but may not having being doing such a good job about doing so far.

For instance, let’s take sharing. You know that sharing is usually the right thing to do, but it is hard to do. So, you might make a resolution, a promise to yourself or to someone else that you will be better at sharing.”

The “Can Dos” were all quiet for awhile, then Nellie asked,”Why do people make resolutions on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day”? Grandpa John smiled and answered. “That’s a very good question Nellie. The new year is seen as a new beginning, a time to begin again. A time to do things you want and need to do. So people promise themselves and their family to make changes in themselves and their lives.”

“Hmmm,” said Arthur J. “Maybe we should each make a resolution for the new year.” Hector shook his head. “Not me,” he said. “I like myself just the way I am. I don’t think I need to change a thing about me.”

Maria, his sister tossed her head and said, “Think again brother. There are a few things you need to change… like being late for school a lot and using my stuff without asking.” Hector turned red and answered, “Okay, I’ll stop taking your stuff without asking but I can’t make two resolutions, so I’ll have to wait on promising not to be late for school.” Everyone laughed.

Grandpa John said, “Let’s go around the table and each make a resolution. I’ll start. “I promise to help Grandma Maureen around the house more.” Grandma Maureen gave Grandpa John a big smile and said,”You heard that children. You are my witnesses, he promised to help me more.” The “Can Dos” all laughed.

Then it was their turns to make resolutions. Nellie promised to help Grandma Hattie with the housework. Orrie promised to turn off his computer each night the first time he was asked to do so. Willie promised to empty the trash without moaning and groaning about it. Kathy promised to share with her sister Annie more and fight less. Arthur J. promised to help his brother with his math homework when he was having a problem.

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you going to make any resolutions? What do you promise to do?

Holiday Buffet Manners

Monday, December 30th, 2013

With New Year’s Eve coming, some of the “Can Dos”  were complaining to Miss Sue that all the New Year’s celebrations, at the recreation center,  were for teens and adults. Miss Sue thought about it for a day or so and then announced  that there would be a buffet lunch,  at the community center, on New Year’s eve for “Can Dos” 6-12 years old.

Parents and grandparents were invited to join the “Can Dos” for games, a sing-a-long and then the buffet.

Given what Miss Sue had seen in the past with “Can Dos” forgetting their manners, she thought it might be best to practice buffet manners before the actual buffet lunch. Good thing she did.  Wait till you hear what some of the “Can Dos’ did during the buffet rehearsal!

supper buffetFirst of all, Miss Sue had a long table covered with a white cloth and had the cafeteria ladies set out several different dishes with serving spoons and forks  laid out next to them. She had napkins, plates, forks, knives and spoons at one end of the table. At the other end she had glasses and pitchers of juice and water.

Miss Sue instructed the children to start the buffet at the end of the table with the napkins, plates and utensils. They were to move down the table, in a single line, taking what foods they wanted. When they got to the beverage, an adult would serve then a drink. Then they were to find a table where they could sit down and eat with each other.

Well, the buffet practice all started off well, but then Nellie broke out of the line because she didn’t want some of the foods, and didn’t want to wait until others ahead of her took some of these foods.

Then others  broke out of line and soon it was a mess with “Can Dos” yelling,  “No fair, I was ahead of you and now I’m waiting for you to go.”

Then Miss Sue saw Hector take food put it on his plate and then put it back in the buffet bowl. As she walked over to him, she saw Kathy use her fingers to pick up fruit from the buffet and put it on her plate!

That did it! “Children, said Miss Sue, “Come away from the buffet table. we need to have a lesson in buffet manners right now!”

When the “Can Dos” gathered around her, Miss Sue said, “When you are at a buffet these are the things you must remember to do or other people at the buffet will thing you have bad manners and you will embarrass your family:

  • Go in the direction that everyone else is going. Don’t start your own separate line.
  • Be patient! Stay in line and wait your turn. If the buffet runs out of a food you like, the food preparers will more than likely replace it with more of the same food.
  • Use the spoons and forks next to each dish of food. Don’t use the same spoon or fork to take from more than one dish.
  • Don’t put food back on the buffet once you put it on your plate. People coming after you don’t want food that was on your plate. Only take what you think you want to eat.
  • Only use utensils to take food from the buffet, not your fingers. Would you want to eat from a plate where someone had used their fingers to grab food ?”

The “Can Dos” listened carefully and when Miss Sue was finished speaking Annie asked,”May we try again Miss Sue?Miss Sue thought a minute and answered, “I think that is a good idea.”

The “Can Dos” lined up and went through the buffet line remembering to stay in line and using utensils to take food. No one used their fingers and no one put food back on the buffet after putting it on his or her plate.

The “Can Dos” were ready for their first holiday buffet!

Giving Thanks by Giving

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Miss Sue and givingMiss Sue waited until all the “Can Dos” got settled in their seats before she began to speak. “Good Morning children, she said. “Thank you Miss Pat for allowing me to speak to the class this morning about a new program of the ‘Can Do” Street Community Center, Giving Thanks by Giving.”

Yundi and Wendy beamed with pride as their grandma, Miss Sue, continued to speak to the class. “Thanksgiving is coming and I want to invite you all to be a part of keeping the spirit of giving alive in Thanksgiving,” said Miss Sue.”We have a few weeks to work together on a few projects. I am going to tell you about they projects and then you can each decide what project is for you.

First, there is the clothing drive. We need to collect warm clothing such as coats, hats, gloves and such to give to those families who need warm clothes for the winter. We need men’s and women’s clothing as well as clothing for children and teens.

Second, there is the food drive. We want to stock the food pantry in town with canned goods and boxed foods like pasta and rice for those who need food for their families. We need lots of families giving what they can.

Third, there is the school supplies drive. We want to be able to help out families that can’t afford school supplies by giving their children what they need for the school year.

Willie raised his hand and Miss Sue called on him. “Miss Sue why do people need all these things?” Miss Sue smiled and answered, “That is a good question, Willie. Some families have been having hard times and need a little help to get through until things get better for them.  Some dads and moms, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs. In other families, a dad or mom has been sick and unable to work, so there isn’t much money to buy what the families need.”

The class was quiet for a few minutes, then Hector raised his hand and said, “I’ve got lots of cousins, uncles and aunts. I will ask them to go through their closets and donate anything they haven’t worn in a year and don’t think they will be needing. I’ll ask my mom and dad and grandparents too.” A few of the “Can Dos” also signed up along with Hector.

Annie volunteered to collect food from family and neighbors for the food pantry. A couple of the other kids in the class did too.

The “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club volunteered to holding a bake sale at the Community Center and said they would be giving all that they raise to buy school supplies.

Soon everyone in the class was signed up for one of the three drives as their way of giving thanks at Thanksgiving.

What about you? Is there a way you can practice giving at Thanksgiving time?