Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Crayon Day

Yesterday we celebrated the glory of the PENCIL – well before we worked the pencil we started with the might CRAYON!

There are currently 120 Crayola Colors plus specialty colors.  To view all of them you can visit Crayola’s Explore Color Page

Did you know that in 1990 some Crayola Crayons were retired? We didn’t know… (some of those were favorites too!)

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In 2003 Save the Shade contest. Burnt sienna was saved.

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After visiting the Crayola Explore Color page or if you already know it, be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your favorite crayon color is.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wed. 3/30 Is National Pencil Day

Standard No. 2, colored, rainbow, dull or sharp, mechanical, long or short, no matter how you like them a pencil is a student’s best friend so what better way to celebrate National Pencil Day that happens tomorrow MARCH 30th then to highlight a few things about this wondrous writing tool.

Let’s start with a visual of how they are made…How Pencils Are Made by pencilpages. Image by Incense Cedar Institute. #Pencil

How Pencils Are Made by pencilpages. Image by Incense Cedar Institute. #Pencil:

10 Pencil Facts

1. Pencils can be used upside down, underwater and in zero gravity.

2. French pencil boosters include Nicolas-Jacques Conté, who patented a clay-and-graphite manufacturing process in 1795; Bernard Lassimone, who patented the first pencil sharpener in 1828; and Therry des Estwaux, who invented an improved mechanical sharpener in 1847. (via )

3. Before erasers were invented, people used bread to remove their errors.

4. The metal band that attaches the pencil to the eraser is called a FERRULE

5. You can’t get lead poisoning from a No. 2 lead pencil because the “lead” is actually a mixture of graphite & clay.

6. Pencils are designated 1-4 with 1 being the softest & darkest, thus 4 being the hardest & lightest.

7. The average pencil can write 45,000 words.

8. The longest pencil record is 1,509 ft and 1.05 inch and is held by a company in Nuremberg, Germany since 8/5/2015.

9. Why yellow? Yellow was viewed as a color of luxury & quality and who wouldn’t want a pencil with those same qualities?

10. Lastly if you think you have pencils here, there and everywhere – well you don’t compared to Tushar Lakhanpal of India he has the world’s largest collection of pencils consists of 19,824 pencils verified 14 October 2015.

Image source: Tushar Lakhanpal/Facebook

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#tbt | Mr. Yuk

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If you grew up in the 70’s or 80’s you were privy to this little guy telling you that "Mr. Yuk is mean. Mr. Yuk is green. When you see him, stop and think. Do not smell, do not drink, do not touch, do not eat or you will be sick. Sick, sick sick! Sick, sick, sick!"

We thought with this being POISON PREVENTION WEEK he would be the most fitting #tbt item…but it turns out that you can still get this guy or at least a FREE sheet of stickers

For a free sheet of Mr. Yuk (aka Mr Yuck) stickers, send a self-addressed, stamped business-size (#10) envelope to:
  Mr. Yuk

  Pittsburgh Poison Center

  200 Lothrop Street

  PFG 01-01-01

  Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Poison Prevention Week | Mar 20-26

We have come a long way from the days of Mr. Yuck stickers (which are still surprisingly available.) This week is set aside by Congress and is intended that this event is a means for local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take such preventive measures as the dangers warrant.

There are two basic themes, "Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons!" and "Poisoning Spans a Lifetime."

For more info from the to common questions regarding poison prevention or To find your local Poison Control Center

Here are some interesting statistics for the take away…

POISON PERIL Poisonings are more common—and more deadly—than you realize Poisoning is now the #1 cause of injury death, killing even more people than car accidents.1 But poisonings are preventable and treatable and there’s a resources to help: the Poison Help line – 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center. The nurses, pharmacists, doctors and poison experts that staff the line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can give you free and confidential advice, from how to handle an emergency to how to protect your family from poison dangers. To learn more, visit How Common is Poisoning? • Drug-related poisonings cause nearly 700,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms each year.2 • Poisonings cause more than 35,000 deaths each year.1 Who’s at Risk? • Young people are the most likely to be poisoned, with children under age six accounting for half of all poison exposures.3 • 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths occur among people over the age of 20.3 Top 5 Causes of Poisoning3 • Painkillers • Cosmetics or personal products • Household cleaning products • Sedatives, hypnotics and antipsychotics medicine • Foreign bodies, toys and other objects What Can You Do? • Call the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, if someone you know may have been poisoned or just to ask a question. • Call 911 if someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing. • Program the Poison Help line into your cell and home phones • Share this information with family & friends. 1. Margaret Warner, Ph.D.; Li Hui Chen, Ph.D., et al. Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980–2008. NCHS Data Brief, Dec. 2011. 2. Yuxi Xianga, Weiyan Zhao, MD, PhDa, et. al. ED visits for drug-related poisoning in the United States, 2007. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine (Feb. 2012) 3. Bronstein AC, Spyker DA Cantilena LR, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2010 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 28th Annual Report. 2010. Clinical Toxicology (2010) 47, 911–1084.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10 Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

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  1. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.
  2. Almost 37 million Americans are of Irish descent!
  3. The top three (3) American places that celebrate St. Patrick’s day are
    1. Boston
    2. New York City
    3. Chicago
  4. Each leaf of a four (4) leaf clover has a meaning – hope, faith, luck & love
  5. St. Patrick was from Ireland – He was from Britain!
  6. 44% of people plan on wearing green today.  Why should you?  Image result for LeprechaunWell it is tradition to pinch people who aren’t wearing it.
  7. The legend of Leprechauns can be traced back to the 8th century tales of of water spirts called “luchorpanm” meaning small body.
  8. shil·le·lagh  (SHəˈlālē/) noun a thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.
  9. Legend states that St. Patrick drove snakes out of Ireland, but science has proven that it is too cold in Ireland and that snakes never existed there.
  10. Corned Beef and cabbage is the traditional meal to eat on St. Patrick’s Day
    1. Irish Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage RecipeHere is a recipe via
    2. 1 (3 lb.) corned beef brisket, plus seasoning packet
      1 large onion, peeled
      10 small (red) potatoes
      15 baby carrots
      1 head of cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
      Salt and pepper (to taste)
    3. Place brisket, seasoning packet and onion in a large Dutch oven or pot. Cover with water 6 inches above meat. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce to medium low or to a gentle boil. Cover and cook for 3 1/2 hours. Remove onions, cut into wedges and put back in the pot. Add carrots, cabbage and then potatoes. Cover and cook 30 more minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove vegetables, but keep the meat in the juices until you’re ready to slice it so it won’t dry out.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Monthly Celebrations & Activities!

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  • Red Cross Month
    • The Red Cross encourages people to donate blood during March.  To find a local blood drive visit this their site.
    • Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is NAfME’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 
    • For ways to get involved visit the link above or like NafMe’s Facebook page

Remember Spring starts this month too!

Have a great

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