The business of getting back to the roots
of Halloween can be a fun, creative time for families to spend
together, too. Here are a few ideas to get you going that don’t involve
candy or store-bought plastic masks.
David Kisor and Tom
Lottman, a composer and researcher,
respectively, work in harmony perpetually crafting a chorus of
“strength-based” education for Growing Sound, a division of Children,
Inc. that produces
children’s songs and music videos to encourage pro-social learning in
the early years of childhood.
I talked to my kids about Trayvon Martin,
the flaws and intricacies of the American judicial system, about racial
profiling and about how the smallest of bad choices can keep them from
coming home at the end of the day.
Leave No Child Inside has initiated some extremely
successful projects during its seven years in existence. Its leaders
recently coordinated with Cincinnati Public Schools’ “5th Quarter”
system, which supports community organized summer learning.
Libby Hunter was used to seeing interactions between
different social, economic and age groups. But after witnessing a
particularly upsetting altercation where local youths began throwing
rocks at a disabled client who was moving into a renovated property,
Hunter took action and flipped the script.
Patsy looks too young to have a small son. In fact, I didn’t know she did. I
met him one afternoon two weeks ago. I wasn’t supposed to meet him at
all, but I’m glad I was the one who was here to look out for him when he
found himself with no family members around.
To say that we need to address the topic
of bullying in our schools, communities and society at large should mean
that the Weinstein Company’s efforts to drum up controversy (and
publicity) surrounding their battle with the MPAA over the rating of Lee
Hirsch’s documentary, Bully, have worked.
You might be aware of many of Cincinnati’s local theaters. But there is one probably not on your radar. Nevertheless, ArtReach annually reaches
hundreds of thousands of kids in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan,
Illinois, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Halloween is, at its heart, a children’s holiday. Despite the hugely popular and profitable businesses of haunted houses and adult costumes, it’s kids who get more out of October than anyone else. It does not memorialize a war and has little religious significance. Its the playful, secular traditions that have risen above its Christian and Gaelic ones.
It begins with a strange and stiff little figure from the 17th century, "Robert Gibbs at 4-1/2 Years." Young Gibbs appears as a miniature adult, in the fashion of the times, holding gloves as his father might, painted by an artist known only as the Freake-Gibbs painter.