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April, 2021 - Issue #198
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Celebrate International Children's Book Day on April 2 with SCV Author
"Reach for the Stars: A Children's History Book of Visionaries & their Dreams" is a collection of stories about 18 people who have changed the world, including Robert F. Kennedy, Ben Franklin, Mother Teresa and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was authored by Ken Dean, who started his career as an actor in Chicago and has been a resident of Canyon Country since 1981. Dean is one of the founding fathers of the City of Santa Clarita and is the author of 10 children's books, including "Reach for the Stars," perfect for kids aged 7 to 12. Ken is an award-winning interior designer, set designer and has been teaching in the William S. Hart School District for 17 years. "Reach for the Stars" is available for purchase on Amazon.

"Substantive quotes like those included in 'REACH FOR THE STARS' can be used by teachers as
writing prompts for opinion writing and interpretation - both important skills."
Mark Winger, EdD, Retired Superintendent of Newhall School District


Foster Families Needed for Local Children
Children's Bureau Offering Virtual Information Orientations

Children's Bureau is now offering two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption. A live Zoom Orientation is scheduled on April 15 from 4pm to 5pm hosted by a Children's Bureau team member and a foster parent. For those who want to learn at their own pace about becoming a foster and/or fost-adopt parent, an online orientation presentation is available.
Sadly, the current health crisis has accelerated the need for foster and foster-adoptive parents to help local at-risk youth stay in their communities. In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children's Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families. Older children are also in need of families.
Children's Bureau welcomes every individual regardless of race, age, religion, disability, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity. Qualifying families receive training and support throughout their journey. All4kids.org


"I would like to start by saying how extremely excited I was to take my daughters to
Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts! Growing up out here in the SCV, I always heard great things about SCSOPA. My daughters are 5 and 9, my 9 year old has wanted to act since she was 3. My husband works in the entertainment business on Disney's 'Bunked,' and we really wanted them to wait until they were a little bit older. We knew when they were ready we would take them to SCSOPA. Mike is amazing! We came in not knowing anything or how much it might cost. Mike really worked with us and our budget to make this happen for our girls. This is a very unique place, it is a one-stop-shop for all your acting needs - and the best thing is I don't have to leave the SCV. With four kids, this makes everything so much easier. Not to mention every Saturday, agents come to SCSOPA to see the students audition. We'd been with SCSOPA for only a week when we went to our very first Saturday audition to meet an agent. The kids memorized a commercial and auditioned in front of an agent. We got a call back already - and it was their first time auditioning. We will see where this goes, it is for sure very exciting - fingers crossed! Thank you SCSOPA!"

The Cheek Family
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