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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/30/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

A brave 12-year old girl teaches children to never ever give up.

In March 2011, Jessie Joy Rees and her family received a devastating diagnosis—she had brain cancer and the prognosis was not good. But the Rancho Santa Margarita girl, who lost her battle less than a year later at the age of 12, decided to commit the time she had left to bringing joy to others.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/23/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Nearly half of O.C. 3rd graders are at risk of falling behind.

Literacy is crucial to an individual’s ability to achieve his or her full potential.  But grim statistics show that the ability to read proficiently can be defined as early as third grade, when functional literacy has been established – or not.
Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/16/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

It’s known as the "witching hour," the school-is-out-but-parents-aren't-home-yet time between 3 p.m. and about 6 p.m. every weekday, when children as young as elementary-school age, may be unsupervised. A lot of families live with the witching hour. In 2009, the Afterschool Alliance estimated that as many as 15.1 million children nationwide -- about 26 percent of the school-age population -- go to a home without adult supervision after school.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/9/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

We all remember—or experience with our children—the mixture of nerves and excitement that accompany the start of a new school year. First-day-of-school outfit? Carefully-chosen backpack? Pristine packages of school supplies? Check, check and check. But for almost half of the K-12 students in Orange County, this ideal is far from reality.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 9/3/2013 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

There is no denying it, as baby boomers age, they bring with them a population explosion previously unseen in modern times. The numbers alone indicate we will see an influx of issues we have never faced before, and coping with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia will top the list.