“You are Special, No matter who you are! So always be you and I will be me!” -
John Paul Padilla, Award-Winning Author of Johnny Big-Ears, The Feel Good Friend
Local author John Paul Padilla is a remarkable young man. As a child he was teased and bullied because of his big ears and remembers how the bullying made him feel alone, unwanted, and insecure. Now he is the author of an inspirational poetry book for adults, called Wings to Cross an Ocean, and two award-winning children’s books featuring his character Johnny Big-Ears. In Johnny Big-Ears, The Feel Good Friend, and Johnny Big-Ears Meets His New Neighbor Suzy, John Paul uses his own childhood experiences to teach children how to deal with teasing and bullying, and how to accept and love themselves.
Originally from Los Angeles, the author is a resident of Turlock and a graduate of Turlock High School. After working for several years in elementary classrooms as a paraprofessional, he felt the need to give a voice to kids who are struggling to find acceptance. John Paul now devotes his time to writing books that feature Johnny Big-Ears and his many friends, and volunteering his time to help spread the anti-bullying message. He is a frequently featured speaker in schools, churches, and at community events, along with his Johnny Big-Ears mascot.
He says ‘Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and allowed to live in peace and harmony. We all need to be assured and told that no matter who we are or how we look; we are all special and loved. Being different should not be something to be ashamed about but something that you should welcome and make you feel happy about because through your own unique appearance, you stand out from everyone else in the world.’
John Paul’s message has caught the attention of parents and educators across the country. He was a recent guest on The Lifetime Channel’s The Balancing ACT , was featured in Turlock Living Magazine, and his books have won many awards including the 5 Star Readers Favorite Book Review Award, Mom’s Choice Distinguished Honoree Award, and the Indie Excellence 2012 Finalist Award.
For more information about John Paul Padilla and Johnny Big-Ears, visit the author’s website at http://www.johnpaulpadilla.com/.
Featured Article in Turlock Living Magazine: http://turlock.livingseriesmagazines.com/turlockso12/index.html
Guest appearance on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBW9njN6hrE
Interview and review on Feather Quill Book Reviews: http://www.featheredquillblog.com/2012/08/interview-with-author-john-paul-padilla.html http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/childrens/padilla.shtml
BBVA Compass is a supporter of Turlock Education Foundation via the Compass for Your Cause program. This is an ongoing program where BBVA Compass will contribute a payment of $50 to TEF with every new, qualified checking account opened by a participating member (see their website for details). In addition to the $50 TEF gets when you open your account, we'll get a percentage of every signature based purchase you make with your credit card or debit card! Supporting public education has never been easier! And if you already bank with BBVA, let them know you'd like to support Turlock Education Foundation and have a percentage of your purchases support public education and they'll make it happen.
TEF isn't the only ones who benefit by you opening your BBVA Compass account. From now thru March 31st, if a qualified non-customer opens a new consumer checking account at BBVA and sets up a minimum of one $300 direct deposit and pays three bills through our bill pay application within 90 days, they will receive a new KINDLE FIRE HD. And of course TEF will still receive $50 for each qualified supporter account.
For more information on the promotion, please visit BBVA Compass for Your Cause website. All you have to do when you set up your account is mention you'd like to support Turlock Education Foundation (or let them know our affinity code is 97529) and they'll do the rest!
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TUSD is committed to the development of the entire student. For this reason the classroom includes time to study civility, art, and MUSIC. Civility is essential in character development; it’s how we show respect for one another and ourselves. Art is the creative expression that will develop throughout a person’s life.
But why is music so important? The majority of students don’t go on to become professional musicians, yet educators and parents believe music is an essential component of a well-rounded education.
Why study music?
What is music education?
In the TUSD, all elementary students, beginning in 1st grade, have music class once a week. This class teaches the fundamentals of music along with practical experience in singing, understanding of musical notation, and the basics of reading music.
In 5th grade students are given the option of band, orchestra or choir. Many students choose to study an instrument but if not, they will be added to the choir. We have approximately 600 students in choir, 650 students in band, and 650 students in orchestra, (Grades 5-12 Total).
What is the role of the Music Teacher?
Throughout the early grades Music teachers are planting the seeds for the older grades. In time, the skills learned in Music class will support the student in many other areas such as math, public speaking, and reading. Music teachers don’t teach a skill only, they teach students an entire way of thinking and interacting with the world around them. It takes a special person to be a Music teacher; they need patience, creativity, mentorship, and a willingness to see beyond the student’s current skill to what they could become. Where most of us hear a squeak, the Music teacher hears a symphony.
How can we support music education in the Turlock Unified School District?
Of the various music classes, Band is the most expensive due to the cost and care of instruments. At present, our need is for $3,000 to repair instruments and another $3,000 to replace instruments that are too badly damaged to be fixed.
You can support Music education by contributing to the cost to repair and replace instruments. The Festival on the Green is an event co-sponsored by TUSD and Turlock Education Foundation. TEF will have a booth at the Festival where you can see and interact with the instruments used by students every day. Contributions will be accepted at the booth and funds raised by the Festival will be used to fund Music education within the district.
You can also stay informed on the challenges faced by the District in funding Music education and offer your support of funding proposals.
And don’t forget the teachers!
Music teachers are a huge and positive influence for your children. Please remember to thank them and encourage them whenever possible.
Here’s a note from Toni Boster, a Turlock resident, board member of TEF and educator:
“I have three children in the TUSD, two at Medeiros and one at the Junior High. My two older children have the pleasure of having Sarah Carpenter for their band teacher. She is a dedicated, inspiring, and talented teacher. She truly is a master at her craft. My son who is in 7th grade now decided to learn to play the saxophone in 5th grade. He had never touched this "horn" before then. Now he is really quite proficient. She taught him everything he knows. The program she has put together for the Junior High is extensive and goes far beyond the classroom. Thank you for continuing to offer music in our schools and having such high standards for your staff. Sarah is one in a million!”
Join us at the Festival on the Green - A Celebration of Character, MUSIC, and the Arts.
Saturday, March 9th, 10am - 7pm at Pitman High School, 2525 West Christoffersen Parkway, Turlock
Stop by our booth to say hello, check out the musical instruments, and consider a donation to the instrument repair fund.
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