Monthly Archives: March 2014

Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics. 

National Law Enforcement Council

To step up its fight against all forms of illegal animal cruelty,
The HSUS has formed its first National Law Enforcement Council,
comprised of current and former law enforcement officers and
prosecutors from across the country. The council will assist
The HSUS in strengthening and better enforcing animal
protection laws.

Chosen For Leadership

Members of the national council were chosen for their
leadership in protecting animals from neglect, violence,
and other crimes.With a particular emphasis on animal
cruelty, fighting, and poaching laws, the council brings
together the best in the law enforcement field to help
combat animal crimes nationwide.

Member Activities

Member activities may include supporting state and federal
legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promoting
animal protection training opportunities for local law
enforcement, and raising awareness of The HSUS’s animal
crimes rewards, tip lines, and other resources.

Join Forces

Ann Chynoweth, Senior Director of the Animal Cruelty and
Fighting Campaign for The HSUS, said, “We are honored to
join forces with our National Law Enforcement Council to
combat animal cruelty, fighting, and poaching crimes. By
fostering relationships across local, state, and federal
levels of law enforcement and prosecution, we can make
meaningful improvements to policies and actions that
protect animals across the country.”

For additional information download the following webpage:

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

                         Prairie Dogs Are Protected                                                                    


ConnectED Initiative

New Initiative 

Recently, President Obama unveiled a bold, new initiative called ConnectED to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband  and high-speed wireless within 5 years.

Internet Connectivity

The President also directed the federal government to  make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages.

Living In A Digital Age

“We are living in a digital age, and to help our students get ahead, we must make sure they have access to cutting-edge technology,” President Obama said. “So today, I’m issuing a new challenge for America – one that families, businesses, school districts and the federal government can rally around together – to connect virtually every student in America’s classrooms to high-speed broadband internet within five years, and equip them with the tools  to make the most of it.”

Skills They Need

Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with countries around the world will rely increasingly on interactive, individualized learning experiences driven by new technology. But today, millions of students lack high-speed broadband access and fewer than 20 percent of educators say their school’s Internet connection meets their teaching needs. ConnectED will bring high-speed Internet within their reach, with a particular benefit for rural communities that have lagged behind in connectivity.

Private Sector

In addition to connecting America’s students, ConnectED harnesses the ingenuity of the American private sector get new technologies into students’ hands and support digital learning content.

Support Educators

ConnectED also better invests existing federal funds to ensure that every educator in America receives support  and training in using education technology tools to improve student learning.

Increase Broadband

The ambitious new vision for digital, connected learning builds on work the Administration has done over the past four years to increase broadband access across the country.

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Prairie Dogs Access The Internet



For more details on the ConnectED initiative, click on:

Join Kids Garden Club


We Love To Garden

We love kids, and we love to garden. On that – excuse the expression – common ground, we’ve organized . It’s for growing sprouts, and the ones who love to teach them with
the endless lessons of a garden!

Lesson Plans

If you subscribe, you will receive one youth gardening lesson plan per week via email. Of course, you can come to this website any time and get other ideas. Whatever it takes to get kids gardening, we’re all for! And it’s all free.

The Purpose

The purpose is to serve the organizers of youth gardens associated with schools, after-school programs, youth-serving organizations, neighborhood associations, churches, ministries, community gardens – anywhere there are children and youth interested in gardening, and at least one gardener willing to lead.

For more information please download the following webpage:

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Prairie Dogs Join Kids Garden Club

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Education Options

Parents Can Choose

The No Child Left Behind Act provides new education options for many families. This federal law allows parents to choose other public schools or take advantage of free tutoring if their child attends a school that needs improvement.

Another Public School

Also, parents can choose another public school if the school their child attends is unsafe. The law also supports the growth of more independent charter schools, funds some services for children in private schools, and provides certain protections for homeschooling parents.

Help Parents Make Choices

Finally, it requires that states and local school districts provide information to help parents make informed educational choices for their child.

 More information 

More information on No Child Left Behind, including the Act and policy, and the Obama Administration’s blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act can be found by “clicking” on the following webpage:

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Groundhog Helps Parents Make Decisions

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Information You Can Trust

Hosted By A Consortium

In January 2010, the website “ipl2: information you can trust” was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.

Public Service Environment

ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

We Value Your Input

Need an answer to a question that is NOT about the ipl2 site? Use our Ask an ipl2 Librarian form to reach our team of volunteer librarians. (If you’re under 13 years-old, please see the For Kids Ask an ipl2 Librarian form.)

Woody Woodchuck
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”

Prairie Dog Accessing The Information
You Can Trust