Kathy Chats

It’s no secret that Kathy O’Connell likes to talk
--- whether or not there’s anybody else there. 

These Kathy Chats are aimed at parents and other adults looking for some guidance in this historically unique time.
Throughout the CoVid-19 pandemic and subsequent lock down,  we’ll chat with experts in a variety of fields to present resources, comfort and ways of dealing with a New Normal. 
Kathy Chats is brought to you with support from PA Virtual Charter School – Pioneer in Pennsylvania Cyber Education since 2001.

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Kids Corner and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education have teamed up throughout April to celebrate our collective home... the planet Earth. Each day on Kids Corner, we'll share another way you and your family can Go Green ... but you can hear all the tips right now! Just click a file below and GO GREEN!

Also, plan to celebrate the environment with us at Naturepalooza - Saturday April 24 at the Schuylkill Center. It's their 10th annual signature family-friendly festival, with a new COVID-safe twist! Hike along their trails, stopping at various activity tables on the mission to become a Planet Protector.


Learn about the importance of planting native, make a bird feeder and other wildlife-friendly crafts to take home, and explore the Schuylkill Center's ponds to discover what macroinvertebrates or water bugs can tell us about the health of local waterways.

Registration is required. Due to COVID, space is limited. Masks are required throughout the program. The event will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather. To learn more and register, visit schuylkillcenter.org


Kids Corner Go Green series is made possible with support from The Energy Co-Op and XPN Members.

Kathy chats with Sharla Feldscher about her new book, KIDFUN … 400 Easy & Fun Ideas for Kids 2 to 8 Years Old

Rabiya Bower, Registered Dietician and regional nutritionist for the GIANT Company, joins Kathy to chat about the HAES approach to good nutrition.

Kathy chats with Robb Reichard, Executive Director of the AIDS Fund about its history, how the current Covid pandemic is affecting those living with HIV/AIDS and their upcoming AIDS Walk Philly - this year, their 34th year, it will be a virtual event held Sunday, October 18.

Kathy Chats with Faust Ruggiero, published research author, clinical trainer, and therapist who has developed the Process Way of Life counseling program, and now explores it in his new Fix Yourself Handbookfaustruggiero.com

Kathy continues her chat with Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon who offers background, understanding and ideas on how to begin a conversation with your family about race, racism and privilege - Part Two

Kathy chats with Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon who offers background, understanding and ideas on how to begin a conversation with your family about race, racism and privilege - Part One

Kathy chats with longtime librarian, and Kids Corner regular, Joe Hilton about unique ways to discuss racism with your kids - as well as the many resources available at your local library to help with that conversation.

Click HEREto see Joe's list of additional resources

Kathy chats with Fawn Zwickel, co-author of "From Omaha Beach to Nuremberg: A Memoir of World War II Combat and the International Military Tribunal", which details her grandfather’s war experiences. fawninc.com

Kathy chats with Tim Whitaker,executive director of Mighty Writers, whose mission to 'Think clearly and write with clarity' was recently amended to help the communities they serve in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. mightywriters.org

Kathy chats with Dr. Jonathan Spergel, Chief of the Allergy Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to discuss the differences between seasonal allergy and Covid-19 symptoms as well as how regular asthma medication might play a role treating Covid-19. chop.edu/centers-programs/division-allergy/

Kathy chats with Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, founder of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development who offers suggestions on how to manage the increase of screentime that kids face during the CoVid-19 pandemic. childrenandscreens.com

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