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Chief Seattle Club
Chief Seattle Club is a human service agency that provides for the basic needs of our members, many of whom are experiencing homelessness. Over 90,000 meals are served every year and members can access quality nursing care, mental health providers, chemical dependency professionals, and traditional healing practices. Native people in urban areas face unique challenges and Chief Seattle Club embraces the cultures, languages, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives as the primary method for healing and transformation.
Seattle Indian Health Board
Seattle Indian Health Board is a community health center that provides health and human services to its patients, while specializing in the care of Native people. We are recognized as a leader in the promotion of health improvement for urban American Indians and Alaska Natives, locally and nationally.

Maths Chase
Welcome to Maths Chase, we aim to make maths learning more fun for everyone. We have found that our simple game really helps children learn their times tables. Our games help children learn by repetition and increase their speed gradually as they become more skilled. Maths Chase allows you to increase the speed you need to answer questions as you become more confident in a fun and engaging way.

Gathered as One People - Tulalip Administration Building
The administration building consolidates 21 departments and services that were previously distributed across the reservation. For the first time, the tribe has a single building housing tribal services, council and administration.
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Handwashing is our number one weapon against the spread of infections and viruses such as influenza and coronavirus. While handwashing has always been important to our health, it has stepped into the limelight now that health professionals are repeatedly reminding us that the best way to stay healthy is to wash our hands and not touch our face.
CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands
Learn five steps to wash your hands the right way, and when and how to use hand sanitizer. Be sure to click on "Read the science behind the recommendations" to learn more about microbes and germs, with an extensive list of links to online public health sources. "To date, studies have shown that there is no added health benefit for consumers (this does not include professionals in the healthcare setting) using soaps containing antibacterial ingredients compared with using plain soap."
Children's Hospital Vanderbilt: Step-by-Step How to Wash
A simple step-by-step handwashing guide for both kids and grownups. For more about healthy hands, look in the right-hand menu for links to sections For Families and For Kids. "Lead by example. Children learn best by seeing and doing. Start early as kids as young as three years old can grasp how to properly wash."
Living Montessori Now: Handwashing Activities for Kids
"Singing the ABC Song is one way for children to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Following are some other ideas of songs that can be introduced at circle time to encourage handwashing and/or help children wash their hands for 20 seconds." This page is chock full of preschool handwashing resources including oodles of videos, handwashing song lyrics, and links to free printables on third-party sites.
Meraki Lane: How to Teach Kids About Germs
Blogger Meraki Lane wanted to teach her daughter about the cause-and-effect relationship between poor hygiene and illness. Her research uncovered eleven "super fun ways to teach kids about germs". Her list starts with Glitter Germs. "This is probably one of the most popular handwashing activities for preschoolers on Pinterest, and for good reason. It's a simple, fun and effective way to visually demonstrate to small kids that rinsing our hands with water will not remove germs."

Scrub Club
BAC is the "kingpin of all bacteria, he can pop up everywhere and anywhere without being seen by the naked eye. He has millions of bacteria, parasites and infections at his disposal to help him carry out his grimy deeds." But have no fear, because the Scrub Club is here to fight BAC, and his evil sidekicks E. Coli, Influenza Enzo, Sal Monella and other evil germs. Make handwashing fun with this cartoon site developed by NSF International, an independent organization that tests and certifies the safety of products.

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Flatten the Curve
"Flatten the curve" is a rallying call for social distancing amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. What curve? What does it mean? Why is flattening important? In a nutshell, the curve refers to the number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus over time. Flattening the curve refers to keeping the number of patients requiring health care low, so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed. Many people around the world (including me) are sheltering in place under a government ordered quarantine. Staying at home and practicing social distancing are two ways to help flatten the curve. Learn more at today's selection of recommended websites.
Flatten the Curve
Created by assistant professor Julie McMurry from the College of Public Health at Oregon State University, Flatten the Curve's purpose is to increase knowledge and slow the spread of COVID-19. "You can help by following as much as possible of the following guidance. The earlier the precautions are taken, the more precautions are taken, the more lives are saved. It is that simple. Resist the urge to ricochet or give up hope. The key is to stay calm and do the steady work of infection control and urge others to follow suit."
Michigan Health: Flattening the Curve for COVID-19
Flattening the curve will lower the death toll and buy time for scientists to find potential treatments and (hopefully) a vaccine. It will, however, stretch the pandemic out for a longer period of time. "Canceling, postponing or moving online for our work, education and recreation may be inconvenient, annoying and disappointing. But hospitals need to have enough room, supplies and staff to care for those who need hospital-level care – whether it's for coronavirus, a heart attack, car crash, broken bone or birth. "
New York Times: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve
"What does it mean to 'flatten the curve'? The ideal goal in fighting an epidemic or pandemic is to completely halt the spread. But merely slowing it – mitigation – is critical. This reduces the number of cases that are active at any given time, which in turn gives doctors, hospitals, police, schools and vaccine-manufacturers time to prepare and respond, without becoming overwhelmed." New York Times is one of several publications that have made all their coronavirus articles free to the public; usually you need to buy a subscription to read more than five New York Times' articles a month.
Washington Post: Why Outbreaks like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and How to "Flatten the Curve"
This Washington Post article (free to the public) has terrific animations explaining how a virus spreads through a population. It is my don't-miss-it pick of the week. As you watch the animations, remember that blueish green is a healthy person, reddish brown represents a sick person, and the pink dots are people who had the virus, but are now recovered. Although the animations are oversimplified, they are a great teaching tool. "And like a ball bouncing across the screen, a single person's behavior can cause ripple effects that touch faraway people." Don't be that person. Stay home.

Wired: How Does the Coronavirus Spread? Your Covid-19 Questions, Answered
"A full-blown pandemic may sound frightening (after all, it shares the same root word as pandemonium), but the designation isn't based on how dangerous the disease is. As epidemiologist Seema Yasmin explains, a pandemic is characterized by how geographically widespread a particular illness has become." This Wired article answers twelve questions you might have about the coronavirus. "What is social distancing? Aside from being good news for introverts, social distancing is a public health tactic that helps communities slow down the transmission and spread of contagious illnesses like the coronavirus."

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Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. In honor of April’s status as National Kite Flying Month, today’s sites explore the history, the science, and the sport of kite flying.

American Kitefliers Association: Education
"Whether you are flying alone or in a busy park, it is good to remember the 3 C’s of kite safety: Caution. Courtesy, and Common Sense." The American Kitefliers Association provides a treasure trove of educational material including kite safety infographics (click on Field Guide), a history of kites, a roundup of kite styles, kite activities, kite plans, lesson plans and links to additional kite resources.

NASA: Kites
"An excellent way for students to gain a feel for aerodynamic forces is to fly a kite." This NASA site starts with a short history of kites, and then introduces the forces that act on kites. "In fact, with the exception of thrust, the forces acting on a kite are also the same forces which act on an airliner or a fighter plane. Like an aircraft, kites are heavier than air and rely on aerodynamic forces to fly." To progress through the Guided Tour about Forces on a Kite, use the blue arrow at the bottom of each page.

G-Kites: Professor Kite and the Secrets of Kites
Professor Kite teaches us how to pick the right kite for different days. "Deltas, Diamonds and Dragon kites fly well in light to medium winds (approximately 6-15 mph) while Box Kites and stickless Parafoil kites fly better when the winds get a little stronger (approximately 8-25 mph)." Flying is most fun in a medium wind, when you can do more than just hold on for dear life. Look for movement in the leaves and bushes, but not blowing or shaking. The Professor also explains how to get your kite to fly and lists important safety rules.

Virtual Kite Zoo
"Come in and see my sketches and descriptions of kites of every shape and size, many of them also including historical, anecdotal, allegorical or aeronautical snippets of information." The Virtual Kite Zoo categorizes more than fifty types of kites. Start with the terminology page (unless you already know your longerons from your spreaders) and then take the guided tour. You can finish with the interactive kite quiz.

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