Aidan Hornaday

Aidan Hornaday loves rock climbing, basketball, traveling, and music.  He could be your son, student, neighbor, or friend.  But what makes this middle-schooler unique from many kids is his talent for playing the harmonica coupled with his desire to help others with needs that are greater than his own. One day, Aidan was surprised to…

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Why Looking at Race Matters


I happened to read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D. last week, the same week that Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist” came out. I haven’t personally listened to the song, but I did feel compelled to read the lyrics after…

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Spring into Action


April showers bring May flowers. We’ve all heard the saying many times. But we are interested in more than just flowers. We are interested in empowering our children! Here is a sampling of events that you might like to celebrate in your home or classroom to grow empowered children during the Month of April: Teach…

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Earth Hour

Earth Hour is celebrated on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 P.M. local time by hundreds of millions of people around the world. In order to bring attention to our planet, and the way we all depend on its food, water, fuel and fresh air, people unite by turning out their lights for one hour. It…

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The Magic Wand


I have a magic wand that I can wave that makes the following results appear for most kids just like that: 1.5 more days of school attendance per year Fewer headaches and colds 17% higher math test scores 20% more likely to graduate high school $10,000 more annual income after graduation Isn’t magic great? OK,…

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Making Friends


While I was running an errand at a nearby mall, I walked past one of those indoor play areas. There must have been two dozen little ones playing with and next to each other. Occasionally a baby was perched on a lap, in a stroller or snuggled next to a grandpa. There were squeals of…

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Modeling Behavior and Kids


In my last blog I wrote about Nicholas Winton, one person who saved the lives of nearly 700 children during Hitler’s reign of terror. I wanted to illustrate how one person’s actions could amount to something incredible. I hoped to inspire you personally as well as to help you to see that the time and…

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One Person


My alarm went off this morning and my tired brain thought, “Hibernate. Turn off the alarm and sleep the rest of the day.” Then in the corner my mind I remembered a story about a man who had a tremendous impact on the lives of 669 children and their families. Even though he was just…

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Empowered Three’s Lead to Empowered Teens

Empowering The Children

Can it really make a difference to empower young kids? Is it worth it to take the time to listen to their questions and answer them, to teach them how to communicate effectively with others, and to teach them about their world so they can be interested in others, their environment, and have compassion towards…

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Random Quotes and Cute Animals

I love reading books. I enjoy the stories and wisdom from the experience of others. I like to look at pictures of people, animals, places, and interesting things. The smell and texture of the paper, the sound the pages make when I turn the pages, and the knowledge that there is a new surprise coming…

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