Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The boy took a deep breath. Rolling his shoulders, he focused on the board in front of him. With a stomp he pounded his foot against the wood.
"It's okay, you can do this," the director said.
The boy nodded. "I can do this." He smiled thinking of the good he was doing.
Again he took up the proper stance and kicked down onto the board held up between two blocks. This time a resounding snap sounded as the wood gave way.
The board was broken and with it another donation given to help find a cure for ALS.
The boy took up his pieces of wood and a proud smile spread across his face. He gave the director a high five. The boy was proud that he could break the board, but he was even more proud that he could help someone else too.
This isn't just a story, this is happening everyday this week in Fitchburg MA, kids breaking boards and donating to finding a cure for ALS.
From Len Brassard's Family Martial Arts Center:
We are helping to "Kick"start the "Kevin Thompson Board Breaking Challenge and ALS Awareness Campaign"
For a $5 donation we are inviting everyone to come break a board and help to raise money to fund research for a cure for ALS. We will be collecting donations through Friday April 17th 2015. If anyone is interested in supporting this cause (student or not) please contact Len Brassard's Family Martial Arts Center at 978-342-9911 or visit http://www.fitchburgkarate.com/ for more information on where we are located.
To all of the martial arts school owners in our network we encourage you to challenge your students to do the same!
Thank you very much for your support! #BreakthroughALS
Monday, April 6, 2015
Title: Wind Catcher
Author: Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef
To Be Published: March 23rd, 2015
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: YA, Native American, Fantasy
Awards & Honors: Mom’s Choice, the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval, and 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best YA Fiction
~ Synopsis ~
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can't make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.
When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can't help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.
All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average—could never be average.
Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
~ About Jeff Altabef ~
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official.
He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller from Tate Publishing, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing released his second novel, the thriller Shatter Point, in 2014, and will release his young adult fantasy series Chosen, co-written with his daughter Erynn, starting in the spring of 2015.
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories. You can find his blog, The Accidental Writers’ Workshop, on The Chappaqua-MountKisco Patch, via the link under the “Contact” tab above. You’ll also find under that tab ways to join with Jeff in various social media venues.
~ About Erynn Altabef ~
Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.)