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Tots & Teens Notes: Two writing challenges and a backpack drive

Do you have a tale to share with Luna the sea turtle ambassador?

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton invites budding writers to submit stories about Luna the sea turtle ambassador, who returns to the beach at the center each year.

What has she been doing all year? That’s up to the budding writers.

Prizes will be awarded for the top winner in each age category: 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15. Story submissions are due July 27. Winners will be announced at Luna’s birthday party on Aug. 11. Fill out an application, available at, and email it with your story to

Another writing challenge

At the Delray Beach Historical Society, children in summer camp are learning about the fading art of writing letters. Adults are needed to write postcards to campers so the kids can experience the joy that comes from old-fashioned snail mail.

The camp director is asking adults to send postcards, written by hand and addressed to “Dear Camper.” Content should be age appropriate for 7- to 13-year-olds.

Suggested topics: Share a story or a childhood memory or talk about local events or a favorite hobby. You can have a postcard made from a favorite photograph or send one from your favorite local destination. Consider using stickers, stamps, clippings, drawings or craft materials to make your postcard pop. Be sure to include your name and address so the campers can write you back, and send your cards by July 8. For more information, call 274-9578.

Mail postcards to: Snail Mail Campers, Delray Beach Historical Society, 3 NE First St., Delray Beach, FL 33444.

School supply and backpack drive 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is hosting its annual school supply and backpack drive.

Help send  disadvantaged children to school prepared with the supplies they need to succeed. Through July 27, donate school supplies or host a supply and backpack drive. Donations of gift cards to office supply stores or retail vendors are also welcomed to purchase needed supplies from school-issued lists.

To get a list of recommended supplies and for drop-off locations, call 683-3287 or visit

— Janis Fontaine

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