Author Archives: Mary Stennes Wilbourn

About Mary Stennes Wilbourn

Blogger for Free Spirit Publishing.

Free Spirit Publishing Around the World

Young people all over the world often face many of the same challenges when it comes to learning, growing up, and relating to others. Those challenges may relate to bullying, stress, grief and loss, succeeding in school, or simply learning … Continue reading

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Oh Pencil, My Pencil!

On March 30, 1858, Hymen Lipman was issued the first patent for a pencil with an attached eraser. A simple cap of rubber changed the writing world, and the pencil industry, in a flash. Thank you, Mr. Lipman! Oh Pencil, … Continue reading

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week

By Mary Stennes Wilbourn and Alison Behnke March 23–27, 2015, is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Teachers, students, counselors, and others will be doing activities to help kids choose effective ways to reduce or prevent violence. Students will tackle topics … Continue reading

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Women in Education: A Bit of History and a Few Trailblazers

In 1817, nineteen-year-old Abigail Powers was a school teacher in Sempronius, a small town in central New York. She also ran a lending library, not yet a common thing even in larger cities. Among her students was eighteen-year-old Millard Fillmore, … Continue reading

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Read Across America Day: 10 Facts, Links, and Activities

March 2, 2015, is Read Across America (RAA) day. Schools, libraries, and individuals are spreading the word and trying to get everyone to pick up a book and read. Read to themselves. To a child. To a grandparent. To a … Continue reading

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