What inspires your heart with art? Modern archeologists say that long ago people were painting in caves to communicate to others. The paintings are more than 30,000 years old.

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is an annual celebration observed on Jan. 31.

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 Have you ever had a dream? A dream so big that it may change lives for the better? A dream so big that it could change the world? A man named Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream just like that.

King was born on Jan. 15, 1929. Who knew that he would make a huge change in our world? He is most famous for leading the Civil Rights Movement.

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 Do you believe in magic? How about magical places? If not, maybe this story will change your mind.

Walt Disney was born on Dec. 5, 1901, and died Dec. 15, 1966. Disney was the creator of Mickey Mouse in 1928. Mickey Mouse was his first success in the animated world. He also created the movies, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in 1937 along with “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia” in 1940. Disney won 26 Academy Awards, 22 being competitive and four honorary. Disney also won three Golden Globe Awards and one Emmy Award.

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 I reviewed “The Littlest Candle: A Hanukkah Story.” Every day during Hanukkah a candle is lit. In this book the candles come to life. They can talk, walk, dance and sing. The candles try to convince the other candles to vote for them to be the first one lit.

One of the main candles is Little Flicker, who is the smallest candle in the box. He sleeps in a kitchen drawer. Ms. Wicks is another character and so is Waxy, who is a very smart candle and teaches the history of Hanukkah and the importance of every candle in the menorah.

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Al Falk, Manager of Global Reclamation for ON Semiconductor,feels that waste recovery is important because “primarily it is theright thing to do.” The inspiration for this program was theprotection of our intellectual property, says Falk. “People come upwith ideas to make parts for things like cell phones, car accessories and cameras for your vehicle.”

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 March is American Red Cross Month. It is proclaimed by the President each year to celebrate everyday heroes who help each of us fulfill our mission.

The Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need every eight minutes. According to the Red Cross, an average of 90 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.

The Red Cross is in 187 countries and the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest volunteer network.

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 Although not a national holiday, some states do observe Susan B. Anthony Day. Those states are California, Florida, New York, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Anthony’s state of birth, Massachusetts.

February 15 is a celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. Anthony was born in 1820 in Adams, MA. Her father was a farmer and later became a cotton mill manager. Her mother, Lucy, came from a family that fought in the American Revolution and served in the Massachusetts government. Anthony had seven brothers and seven sisters.

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 The Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism is given to a recipient each year. According to Mark Lodato, Associate Dean at the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, “It is a very special honor to receive this award.”

Lodato started at the Cronkite School in 2006 and is part of the leadership team on the campus. According to Lodato, the Cronkite award helps bring national recognition to the school and an opportunity for the school to make money for the 2,000 students attending the school.

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 Ugly? Have you ever thought about where the “ugly sweater” came from? The National Day calendar says it started as a joke. A resale retail store noticed an unruly amount of unfortunate sweaters knitted by relatives—or ridiculously decorated ones—coming in their doors. As a joke they put them up for sale.

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 Thanksgiving can be a great time to be thankful and appreciate who and what we have. It is also a time for families and friends to get together and enjoy other’s company.

 We did a poll of the students and teachers to learn what they are thankful for. We asked, “What are you thankful for and why?” The second question we asked is, “Who are you thankful for and why?” We found out the following:

• Ky’mhere is thankful for his family and parents because, “they are the only ones I have.”

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