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Grants available to schools for free milkweed plants
Grants available to schools for free milkweed plants

Jan. 21, 2021 - So far winter 2021 has been relatively calm without any major snowstorms or blizzards dropping feet of snow on millions of people. With each passing day, spring is one day closer so it's the perfect time to plan for spring planting. For schools, grants are available for free milkweed plants to provide habitat for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Students can step outside to watch very hungry caterpillars eat and grow!

Word of the Day
community: noun;group of people who share a location or similar interests, such as concern for saving the monarch butterfly; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 18

diversion: noun; an action (or actions) that diverts (verb form) or distracts from another action, either on purpose or unintentionally
Year in Review: The Great Conjunction

mutation: noun; a change in the genome of a virus, a plant cell or an animal and human cell
CDC: COVID-19 and Flu update

normality: noun; normal times; normalcy; regular times and conditions;
FedEx ships first wave of COVID-19 vaccine

Today In History

January 22

1904: George Balanchine, one of the leading ballet dancers of the 20th century, was born in Russia. He choreographed more than 200 ballets and founded the New York City Ballet. He died in 1983 in New York City.

1775: Andre Ampere, physicist and student of electrical and magnetic phenomena, and founder of electrodynamics, was born in France. His father was killed during the French Revolution. Andre died in France in 1836. The ampere, a unit of electrical current, is named after him.

1561: Francis Bacon, statesman and essayist, was born in London.

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