Our new sponsor, The Ottawa Public Library, is once again launching The Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest!
Children and teens between the ages of 9 and 17 are invited to submit their original, previously unpublished poems and short stories in either French or English to any branch of the Ottawa Public Library You can submit either in person or online.
You can find all the contest details and submission form on the Ottawa Public Library website. The contest deadline is February 9, 2014 and winners will be announced in the spring and you can win lots of awesome prizes! Local authors Tudor Robins, Michel Lavoie and JC Sulzenko will judge all the submissions.
In order to help Ottawa’s young authors get ready to write, the contest judges will be offering English and French workshops to share their knowledge and experience with young authors. Registration for workshops begins January 10, 2014.
Get your kids ready to write and help them share their words with the world! Good luck to all.
Have you heard about the new movement that encourages people everywhere to band together and support those charities and organizations that they feel are worthy?
GivingTuesday, initiated in Canada by CanadaHelps, GIV3, and several other partners, marks the opening day of the giving season. After you’ve done all your holiday gift buying on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to pay it forward on GivingTuesday.
Giving Tuesday is a day for each and every one of us to really make a difference. It’s also a great way to get your kids involved in learning about helping those who are less fortunate.
Be a part of this new tradition of generosity and give back to a cause that matters to you.
Who will you support today?
Now that December is upon us, many people are starting to get into the holiday spirit. For some, that means thinking about what they are thankful for during the year and wanting to pay it forward in the season of giving.
Over the past year, my girls have volunteered in a few ways. Both have visited the Ottawa Food back and learned that not everyone in Ottawa has enough to eat each and every day. They’ve visited residents in nursing homes to play games and sing with them and have shared their allowance with the typhoon victims in the Philippines.
Giving back doesn’t need to be big. It just needs to be meaningful. For kids, learning that there are people who need a helping hand is a great lesson in empathy and kindness. There are so many ways to get your kids involved. Here are a few ideas for you and you kids:
- Donate to a charitable organization
- Invite an elderly neighbor or someone who lives alone to join your celebration
- Deliver a meal to a family in need
- Write a thoughtful note to someone special
- Donate clothes you’ve outgrown
- Donate food to a local charity or food bank
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen
- Send a care package to a soldier
- Visit hospital patients
- Foster a dog or cat
- Adopt an endangered animal through a zoo
- Shovel snow for a neighbor
- Help pick up trash at a local park
- Join a church or school group that does community service projects
Giving back is a great thing to do all year round, but the holidays tend to bring out the charitable side in most people. Try some of these ideas with your family and make a difference this holiday season.
How does your family give back at the Holidays?