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Homework for the holidays: a nonprofit representative offers some education resources. (We hear from readers).

Brian Puppa, The Communication Project, Washington, D.C.:

Here's some information about the free holiday resources that are part of the national "Something to Remember Me By" Legacy Project under the nonprofit Parenting Coalition and Generations United in Washington, D.C.

The "Something to Remember Me By" Legacy Project offers schools, community groups, and families free information, resources, meaningful holiday activities, and contests. Legacies are about learning from the past, living in the present, and hoping for the future. The project celebrates the legacies--the important personal histories, memories, traditions, values, and life lessons--passed down from generation to generation.

The project Web site, <http://www.some thingtoremembermeby.org>, offers free online information and activity ideas. A new Holiday Activity Kit looks at timeless traditions, stories, and keepsake gifts; explores the season's spirit of peace; and has intergenerational activities with reproducibles and curriculum connections. There's another activity kit with ideas especially for students and., grandparents/grandfriends, and a complete planning guide for a school Grandparents Day event at any time of the year. Kits are also upcoming for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

The Holiday Essay Contest gives young and old an opportunity to explore and talk about a special keepsake in their family. The Grand Prize is a Lane Cedar Chest filled with beautifully handcrafted keepsakes--ornaments and toys to quilts and a woodscroll clock--made by older adult artisans from Geezer.com. There are 10 runner-up prizes of a Holiday Album Kit from Memory Makers magazine.

A special activity added to the Legacy Project in response to the September 11 attacks is an Intergenerational Peace Chain. Students can create a paper chain holiday decoration of remembrance, healing, and hope. Submit the number of links in your chain to the project Web site with any message you wish (the messages collected will be presented to the United Nations). You will receive a special keepsake certificate with your school or group's name, a gold world seal, and Australian writer John Marsden's famous and compelling poem of hope for the twenty-first century.

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