Mother-daughter duo donated 16000 books to students

PHOTO: Books at South Polk Elementary Schools Free Book Giveaway Day in May 2018.

One mother-daughter duo is proof that the power of learning goes beyond the classroom.

JoAnn Hooker, 59, and her daughter, Sara Hooker-Weaver, 34, are teachers at South Polk Elementary School in Old Fort, Tennessee, who have provided free books to hundreds of their students over the past four years.


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AU team studying impact of art lessons on human brain


If you have ever taken a drawing or art class, there’s a chance you may feel different after practicing the art form for a period of time.

“If you draw and you teach drawing, you can feel that there is something unique about that experience. And if you ask any artist, and I have, they’ll agree there is something special about this process [of] visual searching,” said Barb Bondy, Auburn University art professor and co-researcher. “It’s really about learning to see in a new way.”

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Los Angeles Film School Launches $1.5M Women In Entertainment Scholarship Fund To Bridge Gender Gap

In an effort to broaden the opportunity for women to find a foothold in the entertainment industry, The Los Angeles Film School has committed $1.5 million toward a Women In Entertainment Scholarship Fund Initiative. The long term goal to create parity in female enrollment in the film school and its subsidiary The Los Angeles Recording School. The organization previously provided $200,000 in scholarships for women. The film school has an enrollment of over 3,000.

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Ukuleles for Music Education


Ukuleles are a great tool for teaching harmonic function and accompaniment. This workshop offered by the University of New Mexico is designed to teach ukulele skills that can be brought to your students; consider songs that can be used to introduce musical skills; and present possibilities for arranging, improvisation, and composition. Participants required to have a soprano or concert ukulele for class.

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What Resulted When a Photographer Gave Rural Children Cameras

Every photographer has a give-and-take relationship with her subjects. Wendy Ewald has more give than most. Since 1975, the American artist has been entwining photography, activism, and education in a series of collaborations that upend our prevailing ideas of authorship and authority. For months, even years, at a time, she has moved into rural communities around the world—from Mexico and Morocco to India and the Netherlands—to teach local children how to use cameras. The resulting black-and-white photographs are credited to both Ewald and her students, who are quoted and named in the titles. (This started twenty years before the term “socially engaged art” entered the lexicon.)

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