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Danken, The Pygmy Elephant: Local author Trolonda Terrell teaches children about friendship and individuality with first book

Story by AUGUSTA ROBINSON // Photos by SARAH A. MILLER After praying for inspiration for the topic of her first book, Trolonda Terrell, 49, of Tyler, was surprised when it came from an object on her nightstand. As a lover of elephants, a figurine of a mother elephant walking alongside a baby elephant reminded Mrs. Terrell of the trust and ...

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Adventure Time: Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari 1200 County Road 4405, Jacksonville, TX 75766 CherokeeTrace.com, 903-683-3322 Each paid Admission comes with one sack of feed. Adults: $15.95 Kids 3-12: $10.95 Seniors 65+: $13.95 If adventure is what you’re looking for, that is exactly what you will find at the Cherokee Trace Drive Thru Safari in Jacksonville. Tucked back in the woods of ...

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Kids Fashion: Spring Styles 2017

Wardrobe: OshKosh/Carters Jewelry: Molly King, Whimzy Bitz Fashion Director: Elisabeth Ashley, Eforfashion Photographer: Rebekah Cummins, Edie Photography Location & Set Design: Kim Hitt, Hitt and Miss Models: Tristyen Ayub, Winter Cummins, Brooke Labrum, Polina Zhilchenkova, Zaya McCoy

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Adventure Time: Parent’s night put at Rockett Allstarz Gym

April-June 2017 The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 4- and 5-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on “adventures” almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and follow them on Instagram at @adventuresofseriandabi_. ...

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Carseat Safety: Knowledge is key when it comes to making sure that your child is safely secured in the car

Written by: KATHI WHITE (TxDOT Public Information Officer), HEATHER SINGLETON (TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist) / April-June 2017 Do you know how to buckle your kids up right when they’re riding in your vehicle? It’s a goal of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to keep kids safe when you’re traveling with them on Texas highways and to that end, the ...

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Top Teen: 14-year-old sickle cell disease patient, Destiny Williams, named 2017 Miracle Child

STORY BY AUGUSTA ROBINSON | PHOTO BY SARAH A. MILLER | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 Looking at 14-year-old Destiny Williams’ smile, one might never suspect she sometimes experiences aches and pains so severe they put her in the hospital. Destiny, of Tyler, was born with sickle cell disease, an inherited, chronic, incurable condition that results in red blood cells becoming ...

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Special Needs: Mother with autistic son tells about her experiences with his diagnosis and the blessings that come from having such a special child

STORY BY Natalie Soultanov | Small Town Kids Jan-Mar 2017 On June 25, 2007, my husband and I welcomed our first child. We decided to name our little guy, Maxim. I always loved the name Max. I feel Max is a very masculine name. And not to mention I also loved Maxim on “Dancing with the Stars”. My husband liked ...

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Adventure Time: The Adventures of Seri & Abi at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education

The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 3- and 4-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on “adventures” almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. This time they visited the Center for Earth and Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. The ...

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Playing in the Park

Kids enjoy the day playing outside at the children’s park in tyler, texas. Clothes are fRom Peek-A-Bootique, wardrobe style by Elisabeth Ashley from EforFashion. PHOTOS BY: Rebekah Cummins

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Food Freebies: Lots of little mouths to feed? No problem. Here is a list of restaurants that offer free meals to kids

Writer: Jennifer Flanders / Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 Go easy on the cook and on the checkbook! Next time you take the family out to dinner, refer to this handy list of Tyler restaurants where kids eat free. With rare exception, these offers are for dine-in customers only, and all require an adult purchase. Other restrictions may also ...

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The Adventures of Seri & Abi: The Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center 5550 FM2495, Athens, Texas http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc Admission: $5.50, adults; $4.50, seniors 65 & older; and $3.50, children ages 4–12 FitBit Steps: 6,500!! FYI:  Don’t go on this awesome excursion unless you have at least 4 hours to enjoy! Have you ever had one of those mornings when you’re running behind, children aren’t cooperating, traffic is bad, you ...

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Motocross Kid: 6-year-old Matthew Bonner has a lot going on in his life right now. He just started kindergarten, he’s busy being a big brother, oh, and he is a motocross racing champ

Writer: Haley Holcomb / Courtesy Photos / Small Town Kids Magazine October/November/December 2016 Matthew Bonner is not your average 6-year-old. This Flint, Texas, native has been riding dirt bikes since the age of 2 and has been competing in motocross competitions since he was 4. “We started with Matthew riding when he was late 2s on a Yamaha PW with ...

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Super parents: Couple finds having house full of love worth the challenge of adding special-needs children to the family

Writer: JACQUELINE HILBURN-SIMMONS / Photographer: SARAH MILLER / Small Town Kids / Summer 2016 A small sign stationed at the front door of Robert and Jessica Ogden’s home seems to sum up their happy-go-lucky attitudes. The plaque reads, “Ogden Nuthouse,” but it could just as easily say “Ogden Funhouse.” Inside, the living room floor features a scattering of educational toys ...

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Adventure Time: Fun at the zoo with Seri & Abi

The Adventures of Seri and Abi is a blog featuring the 3- and 4-year-old daughters of Lili Rodriguez and Alyx Pace. They go on “adventures” almost every week to a new place around East Texas and share their experiences on their blog, AdventuresOfSeriAndAbi.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and follow the on Instagram at @adventuresofseriandabi_. Caldwell Zoo ...

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