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May 2013 :: Summer Reads   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button

Dear Educator,

I’m guessing that as you look forward to summer, you’re not thinking of curriculum. What’s probably dancing in your head is which hike to take, what book to read, and how to can dill pickles like Aunt June.

This time, we’re not providing ideas for your classroom. Instead we are featuring stories just for your reading pleasure. I’ve chosen some YES! stories to tickle (not tax) your brain, tug at your heart, and open your eyes.

I am also excited to share the winning essays from our Winter 2013 writing competition. The winners read and responded to Akaya Windwood’s YES! article, “What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other.” Plus, our latest issue of YES! Magazine, “Love & the Apocalypse: Why We’re All Radical Now” that’s jam-packed with stories about how change is happening now.

So, find a cozy spot on the porch, on the beach, or under a shady tree, and enjoy!

We’ll be back in August with our Greatest Hits edition. You’ll see the items from our 2012-2013 newsletters that were most read. We think they’ll spark some great ideas for the upcoming school year.

Here’s to a wonderful summer.

Jing FongBest,
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WINTER 2013 National Student Writing Competition  

Quill pen graphicWriting Competition winners Adam Dales, Nizhone Hickman, Reyna Flores, and Sumaiyah Mustaphalli We’re delighted to feature the four winning essays from our winter competition. Participants read and responded to the YES! article, “What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other” answering the questions, “If you intentionally noticed someone you would normally ignore, who would you notice? How would you acknowledge that person? And, what could possibly change for you and for them?” Congratulations to our essay winners, and a big thank you to all writers who submitted an essay.

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