Statistics September October 2012

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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 (nationalreportcard.gov)

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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.  (getscooled.com)

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.” (npd.com)

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.  (abcnews.go.com)

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!  (sanrafaelpatch.com)

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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
(bostonglobe.com)

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

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.  (blog.heritage.org)

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:  zerotothree.org

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: 
dailycomet.com 

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:  Pediatrics.org

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: ianproject.org

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
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