LANK's Blog: The Bear Necessities

LANK Learns Nature-ally Reflections

Ask an adult about a special memory from childhood and frequently the response includes a recollection about the great outdoors. For our administrative director Patty Marsh, it includes crossing over logs and streams in her beloved home state of New Jersey. For me, it is a summer pajama party in a neighbor’s yard that included jars for catching fireflies at dusk. As I prepared for my new role as director this year, I felt it was critical to include our beautiful surroundings as part of our curriculum base. Our wooded playground is arguably one of the most idyllic spots for play, and the paths surrounding our school are perfect for nature walks. Lucky for us, our large classroom windows

Join Team Grace and The Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis

Fourteen years ago, (almost to the day), my husband and I learned that our daughter, Grace, has cystic fibrosis (CF). Our sweet, spunky, and happy two-year-old had been incredibly sick for months and was in and out of the hospital with no diagnosis other than pneumonia and other respiratory issues. I still look back and wonder how it was missed. She weighed under twenty pounds yet ate around the clock and constantly labored to breathe. The diagnosis was devastating but also ended up being a blessing because we finally knew what we were dealing with and were able to get her treatment. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other orga

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