Articles in the ‘Inspiration’ Category

What does “Holiday” mean to YOU?

November 14th, 2017 | By

The word “holiday” actually comes from the term “holy day,” because many holidays began as religious celebrations. Today, the word “holiday” means “a day(s) free from work or play.” That’s why we even…

Kids can make the world a better place

November 13th, 2017 | By

Meals from the Heartland Thousands of kids your age have volunteered at Meals from the Heartland (MFTH). And around the world, MFTH packs and distributes millions of meals every year to hungry people!…

Do you eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?

November 12th, 2017 | By

Many children in Des Moines are “food insecure.” That means they don’t have all the food they need to be healthy. Chances are one or more of your classmates doesn’t get enough food…

Brain Games – Thanksgiving Crossword

November 11th, 2017 | By

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The Gratitude Game

November 11th, 2017 | By

  Thanksgiving is a great time to think about all you have to be grateful for. Here is a little game you can play with your family or friends to help you get…

a pinky swear is forever

September 21st, 2017 | By

Mitch was nine years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. When he was in the hospital in December, he overheard the family next to him having a discussion that there would…

Hello! Zdravo! Hujambo! Hola!

September 20th, 2017 | By

Imagine being in a place where you can’t understand anything anyone is saying, or maybe you can pick up one word out of every sentence, but not the whole thing. There are lots…

Feeling good…body, mind, and spirit!

September 20th, 2017 | By

Being healthy doesn’t just mean eating healthy foods and drinking lots of water. It also means having a healthy mindset. This is especially important since you have just started a new school year….

Kids can make the world a better place

September 18th, 2017 | By

Des Moines has KWAKers! Right here in Des Moines, Community Youth Concepts engages and connects Iowa elementary students just like you. Youth development programming provides coaching, training, and technical assistance so non-profits can…

Around the world, kids make a difference

May 16th, 2017 | By

Here in Des Moines, we are almost exactly in the middle of the U.S.A. The boy and girl we featured in this article live in Texas and California. That means they are hundreds…