On the morning of September 11, 2001, Dr. Judith Myers-Walls, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, was getting ready for work and watching the morning news when she saw the tragic events of that day unfold. She had significant experience with preparing materials to help parents and other adults talk to children about media events such as those. So that morning, she sent out the paper “Talking to Children When the Talking Gets Tough” over several listservs and promised more specific pieces later that day. However, instead of continuing to send out more email messages, she created a website called Terrorism and Children. Purple Wagon is the latest iteration of the website that was born that day. Purple Wagon offers research-based information, recommendations, and activities to help children understand political violence, cope with fears and sadness when groups are in conflict, and learn how to make peace. The website provides teachers with helpful information and resources that they can use to discuss values related to current issues. The Classroom Activities and Resources section includes curriculum guides that can be used in classrooms with children and youth of various ages. The Additional Links category provides links to websites of practitioner, professional, and civic organizations that continuously launch peace actions. The site also includes a section of Resources for Military Families.
TheWhite House Historical Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a student art competition on the theme The White House: An American Story. The association is seeking submissions from students across the nation that depict and reflect the White House, its collection, and its diverse history.