Lucy the emu is found


Emus are large birds. They do not fly.
(Photo: TOM WATT / CC, Flickr)

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun and Wikipedia by Patty Bossort
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Lucy is an emu.
An emu is a large bird.
Emus do not fly.
Lucy lives on a farm near Cassidy, BC.
Lucy ran away from home.
Lucy was gone several days.
She walked about 20 km to Nanaimo.
Searchers found Lucy at Vancouver Island University.
Lucy was ready to go home.

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Emus have cute little faces.
(Photo: WWARBY / CC, Flickr)

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International Youth Day 2014


International Youth Day is August 12
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“…[L]et us show that mental health matters to us all.”
-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Today is International Youth Day.
It is a day when governments and others
can bring attention to youth issues.

The theme this year
is Youth and Mental Health.
A U.N. report shows that
20% of the world’s youth experience mental health issues.
The slogan this year is “Mental Health Matters.”

Too many youth suffer pain in silence.
Many people do not like to talk about their struggles.
But it is important to talk about it. It is important to listen.
There is help available for youth.

If you or someone you know need help, call the local crisis line.
In B.C., visit this link to find the help you need.

To learn more about youth around the world, visit the United Nations website.

(Source: United Nations)©2012 The Official Westcoast Reader

Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut


Hadfield’s crew members in July, 2012. Hadfield is in front on the right.
(Photo courtesy of  NASA)

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
Level 2

Chris Hadfield is an astronaut. He is the first Canadian to walk in space.

He flew into space three times. He commanded the International Space Station
for five months. He orbited the earth 16 times every day.

He watched the earth during the day and at night. He watched storms come and go.
He saw the northern lights from space.

He describes it as awe-inspiring.

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