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Grants available to schools for free milkweed plants
Grants available to schools for free milkweed plants

Jan. 21, 2021 - So far winter 2021 has been relatively calm without any major snowstorms or blizzards dropping feet of snow on millions of people. With each passing day, spring is one day closer so it's the perfect time to plan for spring planting. For schools, grants are available for free milkweed plants to provide habitat for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Students can step outside to watch very hungry caterpillars eat and grow!

Word of the Day
community: noun;group of people who share a location or similar interests, such as concern for saving the monarch butterfly; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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Weekly VOCAB

Week of January 18

diversion: noun; an action (or actions) that diverts (verb form) or distracts from another action, either on purpose or unintentionally
Year in Review: The Great Conjunction

mutation: noun; a change in the genome of a virus, a plant cell or an animal and human cell
CDC: COVID-19 and Flu update

normality: noun; normal times; normalcy; regular times and conditions;
FedEx ships first wave of COVID-19 vaccine

Today In History

January 21

1915: Now a global service organization, Kiwanis International established its first charter in Detroit, Michigan.

1824
: Library of Congress: Stonewall Jackson, one of Robert E. Lee's most outstanding generals in the Army of Northern Virginia, was born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Orphaned at a young age, Jackson spent much of his childhood moving between the homes of various family members. In 1842, he was awarded an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. A commissioned officer during the Mexican War, he served as a second lieutenant of artillery, was promoted to first lieutenant, and later won brevets to captain and major.

1738: Ethan Allen, Revolutionary War hero and leader of the Vermont "Green Mountain Boys" was born in Litchfield, Connecticut. He died in Burlington, Vermont in 1789.

   

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