38. Age 16 And Making A Difference

Parrish Street

New Visitor’s…Please read the two paragraphs at the end of this column before beginning your explorations in theater, poetry, children’s literature, movies, television, books, and the Arts. It will say New Visitor’s Greeting and be in boldface.

Educational Website…
Please, also, check out my educational website at aimtjp.wikispaces.com. No www. is needed. If you have any teachers or children in the family, they will enjoy it immensely. There are tons of immediately ready to use ideas in reading, children’s literature, Internet explorations, problem solving, and poetry on the opening screen and in the Public Dropbox.

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Age 16 And Making A Difference…Most sixteen year old girls are on their iPhone, at the local basketball game, or giggling with their girlfriends. This is not the case with Suzanna Manziaris. She is too busy working on the charity she founded. It is called Girls Helping Girls. Her charity gives help to girls in Africa to obtain an education, receive learning resources, and enhance other tools these girls possess for a chance at a better life. Suzanna has sought help from authors and book companies across Canada.  Her efforts are very much like the Love of Reading Foundation’s efforts. That foundation has already given a million books to socially and economically challenged communities. If you are looking for a cause to support and a place for some of your donation dollars, Suzanna could use your help. By the way, I embellished the first two sentences for opening effect. She does have a phone, girlfriends, and she certainly supports her school’s programs in school to career, the arts, and athletics.

Here is Susanna’s email to me last night.
She is a gem!

Suzanna said:
Thank you for the great introduction. Jenny and I appreciate it very much.
Mr. Palumbo, I am very pleased to send you some information on the cause I have decided to bring much needed awareness to. GirlsHelpingGirls is a charity that I have created that aims to end the cycle of gendercide by raising the status of woman through education. I am so lucky that business and community leaders like Jenny Witterick have embraced my commitment to the cause and have supported me from the beginning. Without them we would not have been able to send a girl to school in South Africa.

I look forward to speaking to you directly at your convenience. Having said this I can’t take calls during class, so anytime after school (3:30) would be best.

Warm regards,
Susanna Manziaris

Age 16 And Making a Difference II…Global Youth United is a worldwide movement started by students in Philadelphia’s High Schools. GYU was created to make a difference in the way students learn and share world views. Go to their website (www.theglobalyouthunited.org) and sign-up for a presentation in your school or community. Their website has some interesting and instructional student videos about this world-wide movement spearheaded by high school students. Many of the original student founder’s of the group are in college continuing the effort.

The Power of the Comic Book…Philadelphia is a mecca for hundreds of big and small conventions a year. The giant Philadelphia Convention Center has doubled in size with a new building construction program. In consecutive weeks the Philadelphia Convention Center hosted national and regional reading conventions, math conventions, and technology conventions. These three conventions were followed by Comiccon. That is comic books embraced and multiplied times ten for those of you still watching House of Cards. You have already guessed where I am going with this opening statement. Comiccon’s attendance totals were better than all three of these conventions put together. Do you need a store idea or investment idea? How about comic books? The recent wealth of movies centered around comic books draw more and more watchers. The last Avengers movie, with a host of comic book stars helping to save the world, ruled at the box office. If the new and much anticipated Justice League comic book series starring Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkman zooms as everyone expects, look for new movie titles and additional spin-off characters, both good and villainous. The first Justice League of America issue out today is 32 pages long. That’s like buying a novel to comic book readers.


Children’s Literature I…John Henry by Julius Lester and illustrated by multiple award winning author and illustrator Jerry Pinckney is a wonderfully told story of John Henry and the battle of man against the machine that is trying to take his job and replace him. Teachers are encouraged to get the Nest Historic Series video of John Henry so skillfully told by Denzel Washington. There are a dozen other videos that bring history to life in the company’s catalogue. This story and the others presented make for a great comparison of video presentation versus book presentation. It is a good subject for an exercise in parallel writing for all grade levels. Plus and minus aspect looks can be conducted on this series, too.


Children’s Literature II…Olivia By Ian Falconer introduces the award-winning story of a picturesque pig that just wants to dance and play all day. Students pick their favorite animal and then bring them to life with drawings and cutouts after first designing two new things Olivia could do in her story. There are many stories about animals that don’t want to sleep at night and come up with all these other great things to do. Classroom stories can follow Olivia’s antics or branch out in a direction of their own. Student animal characters and story boards will make your hallway or classroom bulletin board a good stopping off point for parents, teachers, classmates, pass by lookers, and interested readers.


To Column Naysayers…You laughed at my prediction that Bruce Willis would outdraw all the kissing movies on Valentine’s Day weekend. My next prediction is that there will be a lot of Oscars given out at the Academy Award Ceremony telecast.

To ESPN…You made fun of our golf group who wanted to name their two dogs after famous golfers, like Chi Chi and Rodriguez. Your two-minute spot on presidents and ballplayers with the same names is a steal from our lunch group.

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To Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, And Book Stores That Want Jenny Witterick To Present Her Book On the Holocaust, My Mother’s Secret, To Their Communities, Good choice!!! (Apologies for all the capital letters. It was a title.)

To Smokey Robinson…At age 73, you sound just as smooth as ever.

To Ben Dibble Fellow University of the Arts Instructor and Actor…Your Walmart commercial is great. Couldn’t you have given more money to Meaghan in savings. We liked her!

To Fellow Writers…Elance is one of the many sites advertising fifty new writing jobs every day. Fill out your profile on their site and they will send you jobs in your area of expertise. Decide on a fee for your work and they add their fee on top of what you want. It is like a free booking agent.

To Greece…Sue all the newspapers that tell us 37% of all people that eat in your country will come down with some type of food borne illness. Horrors!

To James…Yes, Zero Dark Thirty was long, interesting and not monumental, but it was long, interesting, and not monumental to you. Others differ!

To Taylor Swift…Didn’t you think of checking the Carfax write-up on all these men you have been destroying in your songs before dating them?

To Patti…Taking a new look at last year’s The Ben Franklin Diet book doesn’t sound like me. It is interesting he lasted to eighty-six when everyone else was dying in their 40’s at that time.

New Visitor’s Greeting…Welcome to Let’s Talk, a freewheeling column on movies, theater, television, books, educational practices, current events, and the Internet. If you are a first time visitor to the column, I recommend that you start with the About topic in the Index Bar at the top of the page. Follow About with the Let’s Talk column in archives. It was the first column of the New Year. Proceed to Let’s Talk II and then work your way up to today’s column. These columns will introduce a plethora (a better word choice than myriad) of new ideas and old delights you may have missed. It will give you a foundation for some of the issues we are introducing and following up in newer columns.

New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.



About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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2 Responses to 38. Age 16 And Making A Difference

  1. Reblogged this on NuVote Reach and commented:
    One person can make a difference!

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