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Photos from the 3rd Annual Mason Square Community Festival

The Springfield Carnival Association recently partnered with Springfield City Library’s Mason Square Branch to present the 3rd Annual Community Festival.  The free yearly event honors the Mason Square Branch Library’s benefactor, Annie G. Curran, and includes a wide variety of fun activities for children of all ages. Attendees were treated to live music from The Expandable Brass Band, Upstream, and LaDawn and Friends. Children were able to enjoy facepainting and parrots, rabbits, and sheep from the Zoo in Forest Park.  The Festival was held at the Mason Square Branch Library on State Street this past Thursday.

Back to School with Asthma : The Basics for Parents

Have a child or student with asthma? Get resources for parents and schools to help your child stay heaasthma-in-schools-bannerlthy, in school and ready to learn.  Are you a teacher, school nurse or school staff member interested in creating an asthma-friendly learning environment?

How asthma-friendly is your school? Accounting for more than 10 million lost school days every year, asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school. The air children breathe in school is critical to their success in the classroom and their overall health. As a parent or caretaker, learn how you can work with your community to support healthy air at school, keeping students with asthma healthy and ready to learn.

As the parent or guardian of a child with asthma, you have lots of questions about how can you work with your school to make sure your child stays safe and healthy during the day.

Here are some resources that can help:

ChildObesity180 campaign

When Jacqueline Semomrrano, of Springfield, needs a quick meal for her kids and stops at a fast-food restaurant, she now knows a few tricks to make sure the meals are healthier.

“My youngest son likes the chicken sandwich, which is fried, but lately I have been switching it for the grilled chicken and he has been eating it,” Serrano said while standing in front of a mural of her face in the city’s South End neighborhood.

Serrano is one of the moms involved in the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s ChildObesity180 “You’re the Mom” campaign, which celebrates mothers for the important role they play in their family and community. The messages that will be shared on radio and various news outlets as well as original artwork like Serrano’s mural are empowering and show that making healthy choices can be easy and fun….Read more.


Gardening the Community inspires Springfield teens to grow, eat, fresh, healthy produce

Looking across the large plot of land on Walnut Street where vegetables and berries will grow, fruit trees will sprout and a greenhouse will provide produce in the winter, Qamaria Wadud almost lizcan’t believe it’s real.

“This is what we have been dreaming of for a long time,” said Wadud, the youth and farm manager for Gardening the Community, a Springfield-based, youth-led food justice organization which focuses on urban agriculture ans sustainable living.

Wadud was 14 when she joined GTC, just a young student wanting to learn about gardening and cultivating her own food. Twelve years later she oversees all of the gardens/farmland run by the organization.

GTC recently broke ground on its newest farm at 200 Walnut St. in Springfield. After 14 years of work in the Springfield area, this is the first plot of land owned by the organization and not borrowed from private landowners or the city.





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