Have you ever heard of Alexander Graham Bell? Most of us should thank him—he made the first practical telephone. 

He was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bell died on Aug. 2, 1922. He had two brothers and was a parent of four children. 

Women have made great strides over the last century. March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day. 

Have you ever wanted to have a houseplant? Gardeners Network named Jan. 10 as Houseplant Appreciation Day. 

“We hereby endeavor to make this a very special day for growing, caring for, and loving houseplants. We want to encourage you to grow and keep houseplants, especially in the winter months. They add warmth and a calming effect,” says the network. 

National Gumdrop Day was on Feb.15. Gumdrops are a chewy candy that are madde with gelatin and sugar coated. The origin of the gumdrop is a mystery, but legend has it that the gumdrop was created in 1801. Percy S. Truesdell, chemist and candy manufacturer, gets credit for making the first gumdrop, according to National Day calendar. He was known as the gumdrop king.

Tolleson Elementary School District Superintendent Lupita Hightower has been nominated recently to help build a school in Constanza, Dominican Republic. Hightower is one of 50 participants who will be helping lay cinder blocks for the school.

Participants in the Lifetouch Memory Mission include parents, teachers, principals, PTA and NAESP members, school board members, the superintendent and employees of Lifetouch. 

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States during February. Black history month is also known as African-American History Month. 

Black history month is a month to remember all those important African-American people in history that have fought for their rights as US citizens. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for his rights. He is remembered for his, “I have a dream” speech. 

Do you know how to think like a river? According to Jan Schipper, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at ASU, to think like a river you have to have the touch of nature. Do you know what a watershed is? A watershed is like snow at the top of a mountain then melted and forms a river or stream, and that’s how rivers are formed. 

Rivers connect to many things and they shape the mountains, too. For example, the Grand Canyon wouldn’t look like it does now without the Colorado River. Desert Rivers will fill up during monsoon season but will dry up quickly later in the year.

Darrin Butters, a veteran Disney animator, spent a day meeting with bloggers and journalists in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, Nov. 4, to promote Moana, the new Disney animated movie set to be released this week in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Butters, who was born in Nebraska, was bitten by the performance bug at a young age, starting with puppet shows, magic shows and was active in theater as a kid.

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. It all began in November 1621, when the pilgrims got together with the Wampanoag Indians for an autumn feast, which is now regarded as America’s first Thanksgiving.

It has been an annual holiday in the U.S since 1863. Many people celebrate Thanksgiving by going to a nice restaurant or going to someone’s house to celebrate with the whole family. Some people even have a checklist that tells who is bringing what dish to share.

Do you think bullying is a big deal? It is a big deal and is one of the major issues at schools today. It is a very hurtful thing that can happen.

Angela Cravener, a psychologist at Arizona Desert Elementary, knows about this huge issue. Cravener, a mother of two daughters, has a counseling master’s degree and has helped children for 10 years. She gives speeches against bullying and bullying prevention lessons.

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