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Statistics September October 2012

46% The percent of fourth-graders in the U.S. who say they read just for enjoyment almost every day.  The flip side? 14% say they hardly ever read (

10 to 15  The average percentage of elementary through high school students who are absent from at least 10 percent of school days.  That means up to 7.5 million students are missing almost a month of class time.  Seniors skip the most and between third and fifth grades, kids attend the most regularly.  (

Skipping the Kids' Menu  Sales of kids' meals that come with toys are on the decline.  According to NPD Group restaurant industry analyst Bonnie Riggs, "Kids have become more sophisticated, and just like adults, they want to try new things, new foods." (

NOT ONE, BUT TWO  Inspired by a man who, through a series of trades, turned a paper clip into a house, 9-year-old Brendan Haas started a trade chain with the toy soldier.  His goal was to trade up to a trip to Disney World to give to a family of a fallen soldier.  When Disney heard of Brendan's idea, they gave Brendan another trip, which Brendan then gave away to another family.  (

Leaving Their Mark  First- through fifth-graders at Sun Valley School in San Rafael, California, are showing their true colors by starting an online petition asking Crayola to take back and recycle used markers.  the kids have already collected nearly 80,000 signatures!  (

It's Not Fair  Harvard researchers paired up children who didn't know each other and gave them each a different amount of candy.  Kids who received less candy were asked whether they wanted to keep the candy they got or have both them and their partner give all of it back.  The result:  More often than not, children between ages 4 and 8 gave back all the treats so neither would get candy.  (

4 out of 5  Number of hospitalized kids who are given drugs that haven't been approved for their age group.  (

40% The percentage of urban, single mothers who go to a religious service at least once per month.  A recent study by The Journal of Marriage and Family shows that young children with service-attending moms are less likely to display aggressive, delinquent behaviors.  (

WIN-WIN RELATIONSHIP  Research indicates that supportive relationships between caregivers and infants or toddlers have a positive long-term effect on social, emotional, and cognitive development, and help shape a child's self-image.  These relationships also help promote Christian values such as compassion and generosity.  Source:

WONDERFULLY MADE  In a study where 3- to 5-year-olds selected game pieces that were either thin, average, or large body types, 69 percent of girls chose the thinnest figure.  Even preschoolers need to hear the message that God made them wonderfully.   Source: 

KIDS AND SELF-INJURY  The kids in your ministry may need strategies for stress relief.  Nearly 8 percent of kids as young as 7 admitted to intentionally hurting themselves using various methods, such as cutting or burning according to a study funded by the National Institutes for Health.  Source:

THE AUTISM/BULLYING CONNECTION  Children with autism spectrum disorders are bullied most between ages 10 and 13, with almost 50 percent reporting they were bullied according to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Be proactive-not reactive-about teaching your preteens to embrace people with differences.  Source:

Spiritual Gifts Assessments  Two-thirds of more than 760 churches said they had no courses/programs to help people discover spiritual gifts and move into service.  the top three reasons:  (1) not a priority (35 percent); (2) no one to manage it (34%); (3) struggles to find resources (33.4 percent).  Source:  Group's Church Volunteer Central


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