As kids, our parents, teachers, and others often ask us what we want to be when we grow up. Each time I’m asked, the answer has always remained the same—I want to work with marine life!

Over the past two years, I’ve been able to get closer and closer to my end goal via various internship and shadowing opportunities. The most recent was at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale, and it was an experience of a lifetime!

Pam Hulin and Nancy Schwartz, the lead librarians in the Roosevelt School District were making the rounds to all 18 of their schools spreading holiday cheer before the winter break. 

Last spring the lead librarians held a Scholastic Book Fair at their district STEAM event. The profits from that book fair were used to purchase all 18 schools new books for their library. Books were purchased that would appeal to all K–8 students.

Laser pointers are helpful when used appropriately, but they can also be extremely dangerous if used in the wrong way, such as when the laser light is pointed at flying airplanes.  When pointed at airplanes, the laser light can distract or blind the pilot and cause a serious accident. 

Ian Gregor works for the Federal Aviation Administration.  He is the Public Affairs Manager. What Gregor likes most about his job is talking about airplanes and aviation, and talking to reporters.

On Nov. 15, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at Conchos Elementary Library to kickoff “Patrick’s Corner.” 

Patrick’s Corner is an area in the library that consists of 1,700 books and furniture donated by the Patrick Peterson Foundation in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. and Papa John’s Pizza.

A Scholastic Book Fair was also held during the celebration and a $7 coupon was donated by the foundation for each student in the school to select a book for their own.

The Harry Potter series has been magically upgraded with this new book. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about Harry when he is grown up. He works in the Ministry of Magic and is trying to be the best father he possibly can.

“The Cursed Child” brings back the best characters ever, such as Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and, of course, the awesome Harry Potter. It is a fun story written in a script form for the play, but once you start reading, you barely even notice. 

Ever since I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a barrel racer. I have loved horses all of my life. I got my first horse when I was 2 and I absolutely loved him.

Becoming a barrel racer takes a lot of training. You have to have a trainer and a fast and well behaved horse. It takes a long time to find the right horse. If you are just a beginner rider you don’t want a crazy horse. You will definitely want one that is well behaved. Taking care of a horse takes a lot of time and dedication.

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