You Do Make a Difference

It’s so easy to get into a rut yet difficult to get out. A rut is a regular habit, pattern, or expectation. There is a certain degree of comfort associated with being in a rut. It is consistent, familiar, and safe. We can fall into a rut unintentionally without realizing it.

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Texas A&M AgriLife employees and volunteers harvest switchgrass at the research plots at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Monte Rouquette)

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Kay O’Neal, a Caddo Nation tribal council member, carries switchgrass during the grass house construction project. (Photo provided by the Texas Historical Commission)

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The grass house at the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. The grass house was constructed using traditional materials and methods. Construction was led by a group of Caddo Nation elders and apprentices. (Photo provided by the Texas Historical Commission)

Rebuilding History: Caddo Nation, Texas A&M AgriLife Connect

Volunteers, researchers and horticulturalists come together to help rebuild traditional grass house after tornado

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A member-elect of the House of Representatives grabs Mike Rogers, RAlabama, by the face as Kevin McCarthy walks away. Rogers had approached Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and members of the House Freedom Caucus after Gaetz voted “present” rather than voting for McCarthy in a late-night 14th round of voting for a new House speaker on Friday. Credit: REUTERS/Jon Cherry

Texans Help Elect Kevin McCarthy Speaker After Dramatic Late-Night Votes

Texas Republicans helped elect U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as House speaker in the early hours of the morning Saturday after four days of bitter infighting within their party that kept Congress at a historic standstill.

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The Difference You Can Make

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall When George Brown thought about how he could help the students in Forney ISD, he realized it was post high school aid from others that had helped him achieve hissuccess.Hisconceptforthe Forney Education Foundation was to provide scholarships for graduating seniors to help them through all four years of college. And, for a number of years as the Foundation was growing, this was the path that was used to help all graduating seniors in Forney. However, in 2007, the Board of Directors realized that the Foundation wasn’t reaching and helping nearly enough students and so began the teacher-requested grant program.

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How Young Children’s Vocabularies Benefit From Being Read To

A recent study from researchers at The Ohio State University found that the disparity between the number of words young children who are frequently read to have heard compared to those who have not been read to is significant. The study first appeared online in the Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics and found that young children whose parents read them five books a day entered kindergarten having heard roughly 1.48 million words. By comparison, children whose parents never read to them had heard just over 4,600 words by the time they entered kindergarten. Even children who are read to daily hear significantly fewer words than children whose parents read them five books a day. Such children hear just under 300,000 words prior to entering kindergarten.


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