Action needed for Social Security beneficiaries with dependents and who do not file tax returns to receive $500 per child payment

Act Now – Go to IRS.gov – A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul (April 20, 2020) “Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon. People receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 […]

Emergency Child Care available at Rockwall YMCA for front line workers

Emergency Child Care available at Rockwall YMCA for front line workers

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 22, 2020) Although all YMCA branches are currently closed due to COVID-19, the JER Chilton YMCA at Rockwall is among eleven branches across the metroplex offering limited childcare to those who serve as first responders, medical professionals, government officials, and those who continue their work during this challenging time. This care will be […]

NYE Masquerade Gala honors Mac & Cheese and Pancakes, Shenaniganz

NYE Masquerade Gala honors Mac & Cheese and Pancakes, Shenaniganz

(ROCKWALL, TX — January 4, 2018) On December 31st, 2017, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas hosted their 3rd annual Masquerade Gala at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront, benefiting the Rockwall Club. The Rockwall Club serves over 500 youth per year and hosts up to 126 kids per day, providing a safe, productive place […]

Learn how to protect children from abuse Aug 4

ROCKWALL, TX. (July 28, 2015) The public is invited to learn how to better protect children from abuse from Metro Dallas YMCA child protection education specialist Ellen White at the monthly Rockwall area family violence prevention meeting Aug. 4, 7-8:30 pm, at the Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club Champions Room. The meeting is hosted on […]

The Child’s Love of the Adult

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 16, 2015) In my kitchen at the back of the drawer that holds the hot pads, is a green oven mitt.  Worn, with a few holes in it, the mitt is visible every time I open the drawer.  Its mate, regrettably, was lost in a move.  The mitt’s been around for […]

Teaching children the 3 Rs (and it’s not what you think)

Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. These are the basic academic skills. There are also three R’s that are important to our leadership abilities: Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness. I would like to give credit to the person who initiated this phrase, but when I did a search for these 3R’s on the educational research data base (ERIC), I […]

Montessori teachers’ credo: ‘To be a help to life’

“No man is free who is not master of himself.”—Epictetus A flower begins with a seed sprouting from the earth with the seed leaves coming out of the ground first.  The plant grows a stalk, and sends out more leaves.  On the stalk or branches of the plant, small buds form and are protected by […]

Extend an olive branch for children’s sake

The troubling nature of censorship is clearer when it falls on the very young.  A certain kind of silence, that which comes from holding back the truth, is abusive itself to the child. The soul has a natural movement toward knowledge, so that not to know can be to despair.  In the paucity of explanation […]

ADHD: Teach children to pay attention, instead of paying for drugs

Attention deficit to attention abundance Nine million prescriptions were written last year in the United States for school aged children for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).  In 1975 roughly 150,000 children were taking Ritalin.  In 2003, the latest figures available, about 6 million American children took Ritalin. Drugging children to get them to behave seems […]

Know the three C’s of motivation

“The manager’s job, then, is not to motivate people to get them to achieve; instead, the manager should provide opportunities for people to achieve so they will become motivated.” – Frederick Herzberg    Charlie walked over with the teaching clock.  “I’ve learned to tell time.  Do any time and I can tell you.” Five-year-old Charlie sat […]