This Schoolhouse Rocks!

In Doing The Deed by Holly Walker

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Help a child to learn?  Now that’s a deed for me!!


Kids love to learn in fun, creative ways. My generation had School House Rock. They played in between cartoons on Saturday mornings. They were the best!!! Captain Crunch and ‘Conjunction Junction‘ … you couldn’t beat it!!

The last generation had The Animaniacs. They’re really pretty good. The ‘Nations of the World‘ video is pretty spectacular even if it’s a little outdated (goodbye Czechoslovakia … Hello Czech Republic, you saucy minx!)

My friend came up with this great, hands-on idea to help today’s kids … well … her nephew’s kindergarten class anyway.

She asked her Facebook friends around the globe to send postcards of their cities so that kids can learn about geography and social studies. I think it’s genius! I sent a card from Vegas. I told them about the gambling and drinking on the streets. KIDDING! You can’t gamble on the streets.

I told them about the desert that Las Vegas is situated in. I could have told them that just 35 miles away is the Hoover Dam and how its workers and their families helped keep Las Vegas afloat during the Great Depression. Or maybe how the infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel was the driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas Strip. I could have told them all that, but they’re 6 years old, and there is very little room on a postcard.

I was horrible at geography in school. I only know the 50 States because of a song I learned in the third grade. If you listen to it, imagine a bunch of soulful kids singing it. The third voice from the left … that’s me. These postcards, however, should help these kids learn much more than I did.

Do you know any interesting facts about your hometown? Do they sell postcards near you? Wanna do a good deed? Then feel free to send a post card to:

David Miller
Mrs. Roth’s Kindergarten
Windsor Elementary School
6208 Hwy 61-67
Imperial, MO 63052

I hope these postcards do for Mrs. Roth’s kids what Schoolhouse Rock did for me. SR could very well be the reason that I like to write. It made nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs so much fun.

Okay. Gotta go. Talk to you later.

And, yes, I already know what you’re going to say.

“Darn, that’s the end.”

Photo (Flickr CC) by Ethan

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Holly Walker

Holly Walker

Ms. Walker made her acting debut at the tender age of 8 in For Spring is the Season of Happiness. She almost turned down the role of Mother Nature (she wanted the role of "Spring") until she found out Mother Nature had the most lines. On that day, a diva was born. Holly has traveled the world performing comedy. She has been to more than 40 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide. She is an alum of the improvisational companies Boom Chicago and The Second City. Holly currently works on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore as a writer and performer. She has been a part of the Rebel Storytellers family since 2009 and hopes to be with them for many years to come.
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