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Cuteness overload: Tell-A-Tail uses puppy love to encourage Flint kids to read


While it maybe the most adorable reading program you’ll ever see, Tell-A-Tail also is effective. Photo by Mike Naddeo.

This article was previously published on Flintside is an online news magazine about the Flint region.

FLINT, Michigan—A young girl runs towards the Children’s Learning Place inside the Flint Public Library. She holds a book in her hand, excited and eager.

The dogs are here today.

She rushes past the fish tank, puppets, and Legos and heads right to the quiet German shepherd in the corner, resting on his dog bed. The owner is close by, and invites the young girl over.

With a huge grin, she kneels down on the floor next to the dog, gives him a loving pat on the head, opens her book, and begins to read.


To the dog.

This is Tell-A-Tail, an incredibly cute and unique program at Flint Public Library designed to encourage children to read.

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Art classes are back at Flint elementary school—thanks to one creative UM-Flint student’s nonprofit

By Reyna Hurand


This article was previously published on Flintside is an online news magazine about the Flint region.

It was raining earlier—but now the sun is shining again at Art in the Park at Lake Callis, and people are admiring paintings under a tent near the beach, kids are laughing while playing on the splash pad, and others are making art of their very own.

Two little girls come over to show off their projects for Anna Schuller, one of the hosts of the event. They have Mason jars filled with colorful sand. Schuller has them stand together for a photo. They both proudly hold up their masterpieces and even after the photo, the large grins remain on their faces.

Schuller sits back down with a smile of her own. “That right there proves how much fun kids have with art,” she says. “It just brightens them up.”

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5 Environmental Matters You Should Be Aware Of – And How You Can Help

We face an abundance of environmental problems. However, many people have acknowledged them with forms of denial: “Global warming isn’t real! The weather changes all the time!” Even Rupert Murdoch, the man who bought National Geographic, has expressed his skepticism towards climate change. This is pretty scary, considering National Geographic has been a resilient voice for these issues throughout the years. This could impact the future of the content of National Geographic because Murdoch will have more authority over science grants in the United States. As critical thinkers and consumers of news and media, bias is a very important thing to be aware of. This is because information can be misleading and facts can be left out. You need to get both sides of a story or topic to fully understand it and form your own opinion. What is happening in the world? What steps are others taking, and how can we help?

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