Here are more photos from Albany. Our students went to the state capital last week with other members of the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) to advocate for $25 million in funding for Adult Literacy Education in New York State. We held a rally on the Million Dollar staircase, where in addition to Senator Jessica Ramos and Assembly Members Ron Kim and Pat Fahy, our very own Adult Literacy Program students Lifen and Jose spoke about how important programs like ours are. After the rally we visited state assembly members’ and senators’ offices and to tell them why adult literacy programs need more funding in New York.
Since 2020 is the Year of the Rat, some people have been asking about what the difference is between a rat and a mouse. Here’s some useful info for you courtesy of Diffen.com:
Mouse Versus Rat Comparison Chart
|Identification Method||Small feces||Larger feces|
|Head||Small, triangular, small relative to body||Short, stubby, broad, large relative to body|
|Ears||Ears are large relative to the head.||Ears are small relative to the head.|
|Eyes||Slightly bigger in relation to the head||Smaller in relation to head|
|Muzzle||Narrow with sharp muzzle||Large and blunt with wide muzzle|
|Tail||A mouse is small and has a skinny tail.||A rat is bigger and has a thicker tail.|
|Digging burrows||Mice do not dig deep and even if they do so, they may dig only to about a foot.||Rats dig deep and long burrows.|
|Life Span||1.5 – 2.5 years||2-3 years|
|Genetic Differences||Mice have 20 chromosome pairs & 2.6 million base pairs||Rats have 21 chromosome pairs & 2.75 million base pairs|
|Best known species||Common House Mouse (Mus Musculus)||Black Rat (Rattus Rattus); Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)|
|Romans call it||Mus Minimus||Mus Maximus|
|Spaniards call it||Raton||Rata|
Last week we told you about how our Culture Club students attended a special workshop about art led by the Creative Center’s Robin Glazer and got to take an artwork home. Well, now you can take a look at the art for yourself and read each student’s description below. Enjoy!
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The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.
The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.
On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.