Military Kids and Violence
Some of my friends who grew up in military families refer to themselves as military brats. They moved from base to base, school to school, and their dads were often away on deployments. A troubling new study from the University of Washington is shedding light on kids with military parents. The study found that teenage boys in these families are more likely than their peers to get into fights, carry a weapon and join a gang. Researchers say there s a great need for more school and community based initiatives that improve the health and safety of children in military families.

BPA in Canned Food
Uh-oh Spaghetti O's. The popular kid's meal is one of several being targeted by a group working to protect kids from toxins. Healthy Child Healthy Worldis urging Campbell's Soup Company to stop lining its cans with bisphenol A. A recent study found high levels of bpa in canned foods geared toward children like Spaghetti O's with meatballs and Disney Princess Cool Shapes Soup. The chemical used in plastics is linked to cancer, diabetes, early-puberty, and behavior problems. Canned food brands like Heinz, Chef Boyardee and Hunt's have started using bpa-free linings for some products. Campbell's has not announced any plans to eliminate bpa from its packaging. Activists are urging parents to sign a petitionto pressure Campbell's to change that.

Rachel s Challenge
Students at several schools in Edmonds, Washington are learning important life lessons from a 17 year old girl who died more than a decade ago. Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School massacre. Rachel had big dreams of making the world a better place. She wrote about it in a high school essay talking about her vision of starting a chain reaction of kindness. And Rachel put her words into actions, reaching out to new students and befriending bullied kids. Now, a program called Rachel's Challenge is teaching students across the country about kindness and compassion. Eleven schools in the Edmonds School District are participating in the program.

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