27th February 2002: ACCELERATED LEARNING: Michael Tipper's February article is now on line - a little later than usual but a note was received from Michael which said: "please accept my apologies for the delay in getting this article online - unfortunately writing for the site this month was one of the casualties of juggling an ever increasing workload and presentation schedule. Still, better late than never." We just appreciate the fact that Michael *does* continue to write (free) for the Project HappyChild site - there are maybe not that many high-flyers who would give so much of their time and energy to help others. This month's article is called "Reading Faster - But What About Comprehension?".
19th February 2002: SCHOOLS INTERCHANGE: Our thanks to Nicola Wright at Hull City Council Internet Unit for forwarding details of changed page addresses including schools' website listings, for Kingston-upon-Hull. These have now been added to the England A-M page.
18th February 2002: Four more events for 2002 have been added to the General Events calendar - the I CAN Jubilee Ball in June, the Cathcart Spring Proms (celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee), also in June, a Ceilidh in March and the I CAN Chelsea Ball - for 13-17-year-olds - in July.
Take a look at the General Events calendar for these and many other fundraising events this year - also the Sponsored Events calendar which details a huge range of events taking place all over the world.
17th February 2002: The Appeal page for POD - entertainment for children in hospital - has now been updated. Every month, POD organises 103 shows in children's wards at 97 hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
There are about 250 hospitals in the UK which admit children, and there is still a long waiting list of hospitals asking to be added to POD's list. Each new hospital added means that funds must be found for the future - each show only costs about £50 [including the entertainer's fee] but that cost must be found for every hospital on the list, every month. Help through donations and fundraising is always appreciated.
Birmingham Children's Hospital summed up the effects of a POD show: "As usual, oncology patients had a great time and were able to forget their drips whilst having fits of giggles. On our trauma ward, it was a case of making sure the children didn't roll off their traction beds because they were laughing so much" ... take a look at the appeal page to see the huge list of hospitals where POD is already making a difference.
15th February 2002: Significant progress has been made (at last!) with the completion of the layouts for all major themed areas at Sol's Guide to Harry Potter. Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 keywords are in place, along with links where appropriate to new areas for The Ministry of Magic, Wands, Gringotts and Quidditch. The visual quality of pages right across the Guide has been enhanced, and comprehensive navigation tables are now in place so that all areas of the Guide are easily accessible.
As per the pagebuilding schedule detailed in the February Newsletter, the priority for the next three months has to be the completion of the Pokémon and French worksheets areas of the site, but it's hoped to fit in further pagebuilding of the Harry Potter guide whenever time allows during that period.
However, the next few days from here will have to be given to site updates and additions (which have stacked up at an unbelievable rate over the last two weeks!) - we trust it will be possible to return to the new pagebuilding about a week from now, 22nd February or thereabouts.
12th February 2002: Pagebuilding progress - keywords (and about 50% of site interlinks) are now on line for Book 1, Chapter 3 at Sol's Guide to Harry Potter. A week probably sounds an inordinate amount of time for a single page! - but all chapter pages are at some stage of composition now, this is a process which will become swifter as more areas of the site become interlinked, and we'll add further keyword summaries as soon as each chapter page reaches an upload-able stage.
5th February 2002: Pagebuilding progress - a further 15 pages of Characters have been added to Sol's Guide to Harry Potter, with interlinks as appropriate to Slytherin House and Hogwarts Staff.
1st February 2002: Project HappyChild News for February 2002 is now on