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Author: Kara Bachman

Ocean Springs High School Takes First Place in Wellness

By: Kara Martinez Bachman Schools aren’t just for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic; they’re also for instilling good behaviors and habits that aren’t always so easy to measure with standardized tests. The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has found a way, however, to evaluate Mississippi’s schools for their ability to impart messages and behaviors generally associated with “wellness.” Awards were recently announced for schools deemed best at promoting “healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness, tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, and parental and community involvement.” Ocean Springs High School took top honors statewide. The Jackson County school...

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Learn and Play at Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe

  By: Kara Bachman In a recent issue of Parents & Kids, we examined the many benefits of bringing children to art museums. This month, we thought we’d further explore one local option that would make for a great activity once school’s out for summer: The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, in Biloxi. According to Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director of the Ohr-O’Keefe, the exhibits are diverse. He said visitors might find an exhibit on vintage motorcycles in one museum gallery, and in another, an exhibit on a ceramics artist. This variety is good for keeping children interested. “In addition to fine...

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Visit New Orleans for a Taste of Maritime History

The city of New Orleans — the birthplace of jazz — is about a five-hour drive from the Mississippi Delta, the birthplace of the blues. As both places are home to some of the world’s most influential music, they share the common bond of both having a huge influence on the wider American popular culture. If you’ve never driven the five hours to introduce your kids to New Orleans, it makes for a great summer vacation. But this year, April is also an ideal time to take a weekend trip to explore the music, food and culture of the...

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The Family Pet: Coping with Loss of a Beloved Dog or Cat

Often, losing a family pet — whether due to old age or health issues — can be a tremendous blow to a family and cause lasting grief among adults as well as children. Pet “parents” might feel as if they have lost one of their “babies,” and children — who often relate to beloved pets as if they were special friends or confidantes — are often left with a sense of upheaval and loneliness. It’s never easy, but according to Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, there are things families can do to make the loss of a family dog, cat, rabbit,...

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Letter From The Editor: Delta Mar/Apr 2018

Parents: Now that spring is here, we’ve entered a season of freshness, renewal, and planning for the future. For many parents, that planning involves scheduling summer trips for the family and registering kids for summer camps. I’m grappling with these issues myself; we’re trying to decide whether or not to enroll my teenage daughter in a theater camp this summer, and whether or not to take a summer vacation. It’s not too early to plan for these things. In fact, the time is now, before your camp of choice is filled! Don’t let it sneak up on you. It’s...

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