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Kidsday: Make your popcorn pop with flavor

Have you ever wondered how to flavor your popcorn? It's very simple. Just start with freshly popped popcorn. For every four cups of popped corn, stir in one tablespoon of melted butter or margarine and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt, which is optional. Then add seasonings as you prefer to give you the flavor you want. Because some seasonings are naturally salty or buttery, you may wish to reduce or omit the salt or butter. For example, to make cheesy popcorn you will need the following ingredients:

1 tablespoon melted butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

4 cups popped popcorn

1/2 cut finely shredded

Cheddar cheese

Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and enjoy. Just one extra ingredient makes a difference to a great tasting bowl of popcorn.

Celebrating Heritage Week

In February, our school had a Heritage Week celebration. It was a weeklong series of workshops designed to help kids find out about different cultures. Every kid in every grade participated. We learned about the arts, dance, music, legends and myths in different countries. And we found out about the different holidays different countries celebrate.

The kids visited workshops set up throughout the school, going from one workshop to another. Heritage Week is only at our school for a week - there is so much to learn and appreciate about other cultures. Heritage Week Rocks! For pictures of our special week, visit the Web site: http://www.herricks .org/denton.cfm?sub page=16051

- Alisa Liu, Kidsday Reporter

A close-up look at Albany

The fourth graders at our school got to go to Albany on a field trip. One of the places we visited is the New York State Museum (www.nysm.nysed .gov). Kids can find out many interesting things about Ellis Island and lots of different things about the state, from government to animals and their natural habitats.

In the afternoon, we get to go inside the Senate Gallery and the Assembly Chamber. Our guide told us about what the Senate and Assembly do. There is also a flag room, where there are a lot of different types of flags. It is a great trip and a long day. See if your school can organize a trip to our state's capital.

- Anisul Arefin, Kidsday Reporter

Produced by Rosemarie LaMarca's fourth-grade class, DENTON AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Albertson

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