The Chatterbox | April 4
File under: “Art for eggs’ sake”
- Michelle Obama recently chose nine-year-old Reed Preston Lindsey of Boonesville, Mississippi and Breonna Bailey, a seventh-grader from Washington, DC as the winners of the White House Easter Egg Roll Student Art Contest. Their submissions addressed the contest’s theme, “Let’s Go! Let’s Play! Let’s Move!”, a tie-in with the First Lady’s campaign against childhood obesity. More than 35,000 people are expected to join the Obamas on the South Lawn on April 9 for this year’s Egg Roll, a tradition since 1874. Peep our exclusive photos from last year’s Roll at the White House right here.
File under: “with a grain of salt”
- To judge by the flood of coverage popcorn’s recently discovered health benefits received, many were happy to share the good news. We’ll second TIME magazine, however, in reminding butterfingered celebrators that “the findings aren’t license to substitute popcorn in your diet for fruits and vegetables.”
File under: “Shhh”
- We’re all for cars that run on alternative energy—skies should stay blue for our children’s children’s children and beyond. Miller-McCune raises an interesting point about electrics, however: As silent cars gain traction, how can we ensure safety for pedestrians of all sizes?
File under: “Get creative”
- New research released by the NEA adds credence to the logic that arts participation helps students academically. The UCLA-led report (PDF here) also addresses how exposure to the arts can help bridge achievement gaps opened by socioeconomic inequalities. In related news, the Department of Education released Monday “the first nationwide arts survey in a decade that comprehensively documents the state of arts education in U.S. public schools,” according to the department’s blog, Homeroom.
File under: “Heroes”
- “Many professional skateboarders have tried and failed to complete the 1080,” six full rotations in mid-air, according to The Guardian. Twelve-year-old Tom Schaar must feel pretty good about being the first.
- Chatterbox regulars know how much we at TOCK HQ heart little kids with badass dance moves. Which is why we must give a shout out to two-year-old Danish dancer William Stokkebroe: You rock!
- Also rocking our world is The Great American NO BULL Challenge, a viral-video contest that encourages kids to use social media channels to speak out against bullying that happens online. There are more than 200 compelling entries, such as the lively effort below from students at Cypress Ranch High School in suburban Houston. (The video pays tribute to a bullied classmate who committed suicide in 2010.) The polls are open through April 15, so be sure to check out the NO BULL entries and vote. Fifteen finalists will be chosen May 17 to attend an awards ceremony in San Francisco, where eight winners will be awarded big prizes like a trip to the Sundance Film Festival.