Evan gets tickets to see his hero, Allan Houston, play basketball, and he's really excited. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford come along, and they strike up a friendship with Allan Houston's daughter, Remie, and her beagle puppy, Hoops. Evan winds up babysitting for Remie and Hoops during the game. He's happy to do it, but he winds up missing most of the game. But he's a good sport about it, and when Allan Houston makes it up to him by playing some one-on-one basketball with him - it's his dream come true!

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Be Responsible & Help OthersClifford's Ideas to Grow On: Be Responsible & Help Others

Children are born helpers! By sharing opportunities to serve and help others, children learn valuable lessons that foster social and emotional growth.. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills
  • language and literacy skills

Feel Better FoodFeel Better Food!

Help someone feel better by cooking up this healthy snack: Add healthy fruits like grapes, peaches, and bananas to prepared strawberry Jell-O. Refrigerate to set. Serve with graham crackers and top with cherry.

Friendly LettersFriendly Letters!

Read Clifford, We Love You by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). Discuss how Emily Elizabeth showed respect and love for her best friend, Clifford. Then help your child list more ways that friends show others friends how much they are respected and loved by one another. Assist your child in writing letters to friends that express how much they are appreciated. Place confetti, a coupon for a movie together, or a piece of stick gum in with the letter for an added friendly surprise

Smiles, Hugs, and Helping HandsSmiles, Hugs, and Helping Hands!

With a Group:
Smiles, hugs, and helping hands are priceless! Encourage children to cooperatively share their service and generosity among others by using these ideas:

  • Visit a retirement village for games and refreshments with senior citizens
  • Donate books, coloring books, and crayons to a children's hospital
  • Have group autograph new socks or small pillows for elderly friends
  • Feed pets, collect mail, and water plants for someone away from home

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