Creative Tutors of Allen-Lovejoy
The calendar we use today is something that most people take for granted. It is what it is. The year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st. The year has 365.25 days and every four years, are leap years, an extra day is added at the end of February. But how many people realize that the Gregorian calendar we use today is just 428 years old?
The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in February 1582. The Julian calendar in common use at the time included an error that had caused the calendar to be out of sync with the equinoxes and solstices of the solar calendar by adding an extra day each 128 years.
The time around the winter solstice has been a time of celebration as far back into antiquity as we can see. Each culture has created its own symbol set and traditions used to celebrate the various holidays of the season. Creative Tutors would like to wish everyone joy during this holiday season while we explore the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year.
In the wake of the 1966 Watts riots in Los Angeles Dr. Maulana Karenga, now a professor and chairman of the Black Studies Department at Cal State Long Beach, was searching for a way to heal and bring unity to the black community. His idea was to create a celebration of African American culture. The result was Kwanzaa.
Cherrie Leggett Kilby graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Education and has taught in elementary and middle school for over twenty years in the U.S., Taiwan, and Japan. In addition she has taught English as a Second Language in China. Cherrie pursued a Master's degree in Education with reading as her area of specialty. She continues to teach special needs students at the elementary level and also teaches reading at the local community college. Cherrie was a tutor for Creative Tutors when it was first founded and loved working with the families she met. She wanted to continue to make a difference and started working as an area manager in 2005.
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." | Francis of Assisi