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Winter Break Creativity Camp – Registration Open!

Winter Break Creative Writing/Creativity Camp

2nd-5th graders

  • Your child will expand their imagination, confidence and creativity.
  • Walking Field trips! ACTIVE in-class exercises!  Dress-up performances!  
  • Your child will discover a world of possibility for their expanding imaginations.
  • Your child will discover their inner talent; and their confidence will grow exponentially!

We will use the camp to practice our powers of observation and description. This will deepen your child’s ownership of these skills, should they join me for Creative Writing Club during the spring semester, and contribute to their general confidence and growth in school.

Dates, Time, Location

Date: December 27-29, 2011

Time: 2:30-4:30pm

Location: My home. 11812 Greenleaf, Potomac.


Tuesday, Day 1 – Candy Man!

Wednesday, Day 2 – Anthropology walk to Cabin John/Baskin Robbins

Thursday, Day 3 – Slurpee day and nature walk

Cost: $87 (Fee includes field trips and all materials, including yummy creative snacks, notebooks, etc…)

Registration is open! Space is limited so sign up now!

Click here for the application.


“I love creating my own stories and using my imagination. Writing is actually fun!” – 5th grade student

“I love that my girls are enjoying writing and letting their imaginations create wonderful stories and that they are actually doing it in their free time.” – Mom of two current students

President Obama: “Dakota, thanks for taking my call…”

Medal of Honor Ceremony, White House, September 15, 2011

Dakota, thanks for taking my call . . .

‘As the citation was read, Sgt. Meyer continued to stare straight ahead, his stillness repelling the adulation he still does not think he deserves. Of course, we know a very different truth.’ -NATASHA ROSENSTOCK (NADEL)

Click on headline for complete story, plus photo(s)

By Natasha Rosenstock
(c) Natasha Rosenstock, exclusively to

WASHINGTON, DC – No government waste at this ceremony! The audience, filled with black dress uniforms, seemingly bereft of room for one more pin or medal, hung on each word, moment and movement as President Barack Obama told the story of Dakota Meyer’s heroic actions.

For his part, Sgt. Meyer stood stoically, at attention the entire ceremony, only looking at the President when he recognized his comrades in the audience and, per Sgt. Meyer’s request, asked the audience to recognize them. In fact, Sgt. Meyer insisted he was only accepting the honor on behalf of his fallen comrades, whom the President named; He also pointed out that their families were only able to bury them at home, with dignity, due to Sgt. Meyer’s bravery.

Before launching into the emotional and valiant details of the 6 hour gun battle for which Sgt Meyer was being awarded the Medal of Honor, the President said, “Dakota, thanks for taking my call.” The President called to tell him about the medal while he was working his civilian job on a construction site. Sgt. Meyer said he couldn’t talk. “If I don’t work, I don’t get paid.” According to the President, he called back during Dakota’s lunch hour, told him the news and then Dakota got back to work.

The President pointed out that Sgt. Meyer is one of the youngest Medal of Honor recipients at age 23. In fact, his “extraordinary actions” were performed when he was just 21 years old.

As those in Adair County already know, Sgt. Meyer is a very down-to-earth guy. The President made sure to tell the audience that not only was he down-to-earth, he asked him to have a beer. In the President’s very non-Kentucky way, he said, “We were able to execute that yesterday.”

As President Obama began the story of Sgt. Meyer’s rescuing Afghan and US soldiers from a Taliban ambush, Sgt. Meyer’s eyes immediately filled with tears.

From across the room, I could see his painful memories rolling like a movie on repeat inside his electric blue eyes.

“I didn’t think I was going to die. I knew I was,” the President quoted Sgt Meyer as saying.

I heard the network news cameraman behind me sniffle.

“Because of your humble example, our kids, especially back in Columbia, KY and in small towns across America, they’ll know that no matter who you are or where you come from you can do great things as a citizen and as a member of the American family,” said President Obama.

As the citation was read, Sgt. Meyer continued to stare straight ahead, his stillness repelling the adulation he still does not think he deserves.

Of course, we know a very different truth. -Natasha Rosenstock (Nadel)

My exclusive interview with Medal of Honor winner Sgt Dakota Meyer!

Dakota Meyer allows one last interview before ceremony

‘Do your best every day, give 100 percent every day and never stop.’ -DAKOTA MEYER

As this is posted,

A Unifying Quiet has begun to settle over in Columbia/Adair County
in Shared Pride, and Silent Participation in A Unique, Sacred Moment in our History

By Natasha Rosenstock

This is an Exclusive Interview as Dakota Meyer is not giving any other interviews this week. The only condition of the interview was that I ask him questions pertaining to today and the future, rather than from the past. -NATASHA

Q: How can Adair Countians best honor you, but give you your privacy?

A: “I’m not about getting honored. They don’t have to treat me different than any one else. My privacy is the same as everyone else.”

He said those who want to do something can certainly give to his scholarship fund.

Q: What would you say to young people in Adair County who might want to join the Marines?

A: “It’s a great opportunity. It got me to where I’m at and set me up for success for the rest of my life.”

Q: What should young people do in school to prepare them for success in the Marines?

A: “Just what you need to do in any situation. Do your best every day, give 100 percent every day and never stop.”

Q: How has growing up in a rural area like Columbia influenced your values?

A: “Everyone knows where I’m from. In Columbia, KY everybody knows and takes care of one another. They’ve taken care of me and stood behind me since I came back.”

That being said, Dakota Meyer does not know where he’s going to be living in the near-future. But we can be sure he’ll carry his tenacity and perseverance with him wherever he goes. -NATASHA ROSENSTOCK for