Did you know Halloween began as the Celtic New Year’s Eve 2,000 years ago? The festival of Samhain (Sow-in) celebrated the end of the summer harvest and the beginning of winter. Since winter was associated with darkness, death and much apprehension, Ancient Celts did “tricks” to tell the future. Since the day of Samhain marked a transition from life to death, Celts believed the dead roamed the earth. They wore masks to disguise themselves from evil spirits and left candles and “treats” on their doorstep for deceased family members. 1,000 years later the Pope strategically discouraged “pagan” traditions when he changed All Martyr’s Day to All Saint’s Day and moved it from May to October. You don’t need to blindly follow tradition when you have the ability to read about your history. After all, words have power!
SPREAD THE WORD
In 2014, 50% of Black 4th graders from low-income families read below the basic level.
WORD OF THE WEEK
MUMPSIMUS: One who sticks obstinately or wrongly to their old ways.
WORDS HAVE POWER
“I learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs
“Sometimes I’m terrified of my heart; of its constant hunger for whatever it is it wants. The way it stops and starts.” Edgar Allen Poe
ACTIVITY UPDATEoThanks to generous donors, Word Rebel is excited to donate 1,200 books to children (age 0 – 5) living in poverty in NYC! It get’s better! Every single hard cover Disney Storybook contains 19 classic stories. That means 1,200 low-income parents now have 19 stories to choose from at bedtime. Thank you again for making story-time and equal opportunity possible for the kids who need it most. Please consider making a donation in the name of a family member this holiday season. Upon checkout, you will be automatically redirected to a printable gift card.
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