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Find Your Park to make memories
April 20, 2018 - National Park Week begins tomorrow and extends through Sunday, April 29. The network of 417 National Park Service (NPS) areas offers a plethora of recreational activities but also many opportunities for reflection. Standing at the top of Little Round Top at sunset in Gettysburg, watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone, and learning about the brave 9/11 heroes on Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania are some of Student News Net's favorite park experiences. Find Your Park to make your own memories.
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Current events in Syria have centuries of historyCurrent events in Syria have centuries of history
April 16, 2018 - For hundreds of years before WWI, Syria was a province within the Ottoman Empire.
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Week of April 16

angst: noun; fear, trepidation;
Another winter blast but - it's spring!

concentration: noun; the amount contained in an area or volume; also mindfulness;
Drink a glass of fresh water on World Water Day

foothills: noun; the bottom portion of a mountain that gradually decreases in elevation;
Southern California faces threat of flooding, mudslides

precipice: noun; a point from which someone can fall, a cliff; in figurative terms, a turning point to danger, anguish;
April 8, 1935: Works Progress Administration authorized

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2010: An oil rig, called the Deepwater Horizon, exploded and sank, releasing oil into the Gulf of Mexico that flowed unabated until September. Eleven people died in the explosion. It is called the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill because British Petroleum (BP) was leasing the oil rig.

1850: Library of Congress: American sculptor Daniel Chester French was born in Exeter, New Hampshire and raised in Cambridge and Concord, Massachusetts. Author and fellow Concord resident Louisa May Alcott encouraged French to pursue a career as an artist. Louisa's artist sister, May Alcott, was his early teacher. He sculpted the statue - The Minute Man, completed in 1875. It is located in the Minute Man National Historical Park. French also sculpted the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.


1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?"

INSPIRE Day was an exciting, informative and educational field trip for students.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 

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