Melissa Rooney Blogging

Melissa Rooney Blogging

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." – Mahatma Gandhi

DPS Having Trouble Finding Substitute Teachers

I sent the email below to Durham Public School board members today. If you live in Durham and agree, please follow suit. . __________ . Dear School Board members, I hope you are all well, and I thank you (sincerely) for your service. Please note these excerpts from Greg Childress’s Herald Sun and Durham News… (read more)

Money, Money, Money…

Money, Money, Money…It’s a Rich Man’s World. – ABBA*** As a child, I wondered at the adults who spend most of their lives doing jobs they dislike so they can grow old and do next to nothing. Now that I’m an adult, I’m beginning to understand our addiction to money. My husband Mike and I… (read more)

Struggling Schools Benefit from Adding Arts to Learning…!?

This is what is missing in our schools. In most cases, the day they enter first grade (sometimes earlier), public school kids’ creative and experiential education ends, and worksheets and standardized testing begins. (Fortunately, this is anomalously NOT the case at EK Powe and DSA (both public), where my kids go to school.) Education is… (read more)

With the lack of public school funding, the need for school districts to facilitate (not just permit) PTA’s is long overdue.

To: Superintendent L’Homme and Durham Public School Board Members Cc: Durham News Editor Mark Schultz Date: February 6, 2017 at 10:38:45 AM EST   “We will need help from families, partner agencies, and communities,” states Durham Public Schools Superintendent Bert L’Homme’s February 5th commentary regarding DPS’s challenges in meeting the educational needs of low-performing students (LHomme_DN_Feb2017). By… (read more)

Advanced Reader’s Copy: *Eddie the Electron Moves Out*

I received my ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of “Eddie The Electron Moves Out” (the sequel to “Eddie The Electron”) today! I got tears in my eyes when I read it – seriously. I can’t get over the incredible quality of every aspect of the book. Harry Pulver’s illustrations are PERFECT. Better than I ever imagined…. (read more)

Protect and Improve Affordable Care Mental Health Coverage

It pains me to think of all the mentally ill persons languishing on our streets or in our prisons. So many are uniquely brilliant in ways we are only beginning to understand. What’s more, the NRA and supporting politicians argue that we don’t need better gun control, we need better treatment of mental illness. So… (read more)

The Power to Change

Click on the link below to see my recent post in the Durham News (News and Observer). I do believe it’s time for a change. But meaningful change can only come from within. http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/durham-news/dn-opinion/article115243688.html

*Eddie Moves Out*, Picture-Book Sequel to *Eddie the Electron*

Just got a sampling of the illustrations for the sequel to Eddie the Electron (Eddie Moves Out), with a tentative release date of June, 2017. Check ’em out below. I love the playfulness of Harry Pulver’s illustrations and their absolute synergy with the story. If you’re looking for an educational stocking stuffer this Christmas, please… (read more)

3 Days Before Election, Adams Persists

With 3 days before the election, these quotes from Founding Father John Adams (one of my favorite persons ever to have roamed the planet) are more pertinent than ever: . . . “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” *There is… (read more)