A Message from Karyn

This month, Sweet Blackberry's newsletter is focused on YOU. It's been a rough few weeks with news of COVID-19 outbreaks around the country. As we continue to socially distance ourselves and work to flatten the curve, many are turning to alternative ways to remain productive and active and adopt new routines.

Technology allows us in many ways to stay connected to each other whether it be a group video chat, engaging in those creative and funny social media videos or even join in on the dance parties led by DJ DNice and QuestLove benefiting the Food Education Fund. 

Below, we've included a few activity websites that you can introduce to your kids and encourage a fun-filled day with the whole family while indoors. 

Wishing you all the best during this time. 

At-Home Activities For Kids of All Ages  

With many schools and children's programs closing around the country, many parents and guardians are looking for activities to keep kids active while remaining indoors. 

We've recently collated a handful of  materials (aligned with our mission and just for fun) you can introduce in your home. Moving forward, each week, Sweet Blackberry will share links to fun, educational materials on our social channels so we never run out of ideas. 

If you have an activity you want featured on the Sweet Blackberry blog and our newsletter, please email us at admin@sweetblackberry.org. 

Education.com: This is a great website that allows you to look for different activities by grade, subject and topic. The image above is for a rocket building activity inspired by Mae Jemison, the first black woman to travel into space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. 

The Artful Parent: This cool website is dedicated to an abundance of arts and crafts ideas (500+). Need painting activities? Want to try 3D art? Maybe you want to dedicate your weekend to inviting spring into your home by making suncatchers, flower petal stained glass or paper flowers. Check this site out for your weekend inspiration and more.  

Mystery Science: Have a friend that loves science? Check out Mystery Science! This site offers free hour-long science lessons for kids grades K-5. Topics include biology, astronomy, meteorology, properties of light and sound among others. 
Video For Kids:  How To Wash Hands

While washing your hands is always important, it is crucial that we teach children to wash their hands properly to combat the spread of germs. Check out this cute, kid-friendly video on the basics of hand washing you can share with your household. 

How to Wash Your Hands
How to Wash Your Hands
Women's History Month 

As March marks Women's History Month, Sweet Blackberry would like to pay tribute to many notable women in American History who we never rarely hear about in history books.   

In addition to taking this  quiz to test your knowledge, you can also learn about notable figures such as Althea Gibson, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Jane Bolton and many more via these articles on HuffPost and Bustle.
What We're Reading

Book of The Month: 
Black Women in Science
By: Kimberly Brown Pullum, PhD

You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.

From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, Counting on Katherine is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Bold, black women in science -- where will their inspiration take you?

Throughout history, black women have blazed trails across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Black Women in Science brings something special to black history books for kids, celebrating incredible black women in STEM who have used their brains, bravery, and ambition to beat the odds.

Black Women in Science stands out amongst other black history books for kids -- featuring 15 powerful stories of fearless female scientists that advanced their STEM fields and fought to build a legacy. Through the triumphs of these amazing women, you'll find remarkable role models.

Check it out on Amazon here
I was the first Black woman to graduate from Yale Law School 
In 1939, I became the first and served for 20 years as the only Black female judge in the country
My father and I are featured in a mural at the Dutchess County Courthouse

Who am I? 
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