Author Ellen Jackson

ACT NOW! One way kids can make a difference today

November 30, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Unplug Your Microwave

If you don't need to use your microwave oven to tell time, why not unplug it when you aren't using it? Most microwave ovens use more energy to power the clock than to heat food.

November 29, 2011

Tags: Thank you, Friends and family

Award For A Star!

Do you know someone who's done something special? Give that person an achievement award. Find out how here.

November 28, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says, "I'm fine as frog hair and twice as fluffy."

November 27, 2011

Tags: Learn

Learn About The Ocean

...and take a shark break here.

November 26, 2011

Tags: Write!, Speak out

Write To The President

What would you like to tell the president? You can write or email him at this address:

President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500


November 25, 2011

Tags: Give, Friends and family

Share Something Funny

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Find something that makes you laugh and share it with someone else.

November 24, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Used Containers

Always look for a "recycle" sign at the bottom of a container you want to throw in the trash. Separate it from the trash and recycle it.

November 23, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Get A Solar Dryer

If you live in a sunny place, try using a clothesline to dry your laundry. Instead of ironing, hang clothes in the bathroom while you shower.

November 22, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Plant a tree

Plant a tree seed and help save the planet. Learn how to plant a tree from a seed here.

November 21, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says, " Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads."

November 20, 2011

Tags: Write!

Speak Out!

Has a news event ever made you mad? Has crime ever made you afraid? Has a sports hero ever made you proud? Why not tell your community how you feel?

Write a letter to your local newspaper. Explain how the news event made you feel. End your letter with your name, your age, and your phone number.

Mail it to the editor of your local paper.

November 19, 2011

Tags: Environment, Learn

Take The Cool Food Pledge

Did you know that the way you eat affects the environment? Take the Cool Food Pledge and help prevent Global Warming. Learn more about the pledge here.

November 18, 2011

Tags: Give

Don't Wait To Be Asked

If someone drops something, help them pick it up.

November 17, 2011

Tags: Don't pollute

Buy White

Buy plain white toilet paper, tissues
and paper towels. Dyed paper products pollute the waterways.

November 16, 2011

Tags: Friends and family

Be Neighborly

Get to know the people on your street. Smile and say hello. When you bake cookies, give some to your neighbors. Or clean an elderly neighbor's windshield. When you're shoveling snow, clear someone else's walkway too.

November 15, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Help Buy Books For Kids

A click donates money for First Book, which gives books to children in low-income families. Go here.

November 14, 2011

Tags: Aunt Frances

Aunt Frances says:

"Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in."

November 13, 2011

Tags: Give

Get A Haircut

Donate your hair so it can be turned into wigs for people suffering hair loss from cancer. If your hair is at least 10" long, you can donate it. In fact, consider growing your hair just for that purpose. Go here.

November 12, 2011

Tags: Game

Play A Game

Learn to save energy by playing a game.

November 11, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle And Re-use

Plastic trash piles up much faster than it degrades (or goes away). Buy eggs in cardboard cartons instead of plastic (foamy) ones. If you already have a plastic egg carton, recycle it. Use it to hold screws and bolts, to mix paint, or to help sort coins.

November 10, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Give By Searching The Web

Google is a great search engine. Did you know you can use Google to donate to charity FOR FREE, as well as to seach the web? Go here.

November 9, 2011

Tags: Thank you

Write To An Author

November is a time to be thankful. Send a thank you note to your favorite author and tell her why you like her book. You can learn how to contact her by following these steps.

November 8, 2011

Tags: Speak out

Protect The Rainforest

Tropical rainforests are being destroyed all over the Earth. Why should you care? There are many reasons. Scientists have identified more than 3000 plants that can help fight cancer and other diseases. Almost 3/4ths of these plants grow in the rainforest. Tropical rainforests also help regulate the weather, affecting rainfall throughout the world.

Because of forest destruction, 48 species of animals or plants go extinct EVERY DAY. What can you do? Learn more here.

November 7, 2011

Tags: Volunteer


Can you volunteer time at an animal shelter? Animal shelters are always looking for people to walk pets and help clean and care for them.

November 6, 2011

Tags: Click to donate

Help Fight Hunger

According to UNICEF, 200 million children have stunted growth because they don't get enough to eat. To help fight hunger around the world, click here.

November 5, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Recycle Rubber Bands

Do you have too many rubber bands at your house? Ask your postal carrier if s/he can use them to help sort mail. If the rubber bands came with a newspaper, donate them back to the delivery person.

November 4, 2011

Tags: Recycle

Donate Cans and Containers

Have your mom save coffee cans and plastic or styrofoam containers. Donate them to your school. Most teachers can put these items to good use.

November 3, 2011

Tags: Recycle, Learn

Get Some New Ideas

Learn about recycling. Visit a recycling center in your town and make a list of all the items that can be recycled. You might be surprised at what you find.

November 2, 2011

Tags: Give

Leave Wood To Rot

If you've cut down a tree or even trimmed a few branches off, leave one of two on the ground to rot. Rotting wood gives food and shelter to many different kinds of creatures.

November 1, 2011

Tags: Conserve

Maintain Air Temperature

Keep doors and windows closed tight. Don't let heat (in the winter) or cool air (in the summer) seep out.