As your children head back to another school year, we parents might wonder how we can support teachers and which programs are worthy of attention and support. Here are 5 to think about:
1. GIRLS WHO CODE: Men outnumber women in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering. This organization hopes to change that by partnering with Google and other tech companies to launch coding clubs for female teens across the country. Contribute at: http://www.girlswhocode.com
2. School Supplies: For every YOOBI brand pencil set, notebook or other school item purchased at TARGET, or at http://www.yoobi.com another will be donated to a classroom in need.
3. Sign a petition to encourage teaching handwriting in schools by going to: http://www.bicfightforyourwrite.com and BIC will donate a pen or pencil to Adopt A Classroom.
4. Dine Out: For the entire month of September, eat at one of thousands of restaurants nationwide to get meal discounts and help raise money to wend childhood hunger. Visit: http://www.nokidhungry.org for participating restaurants.
5. Used Books: If you donate or buy used books and textbooks at http://www.betterworldbooks.com a portion of the funds raised will go to literacy programs around the globe.
Make the school year count for those less fortunate and have a great year!
With summer winding down, we often want to welcome fall with a bit of cleaning and getting rid of some of the “stuff” that accumulated all summer long. If your children are tired of their old toys and books or you just need to make some room, try donating the items to some of the following:
http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org delivers gently used toys to children in need. Go on the website to check for your local community chapter.
http://www.Babybuggy.org takes kids and baby gear along with maternity and children’s clothing that is in good condition. They distribute it to needy families.
For books contact: www.donationtown.org to schedule a pick up along with others in your area. Just enter your zip code and choose from local charities you’d like to sponsor.
Another way to re-purpose books is at: www.booksforafrica.org You pay for shipping to the Atlanta warehouse, but it is tax-deductible.
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You can also donate unwanted items to your local GOODWILL, SALVATION ARMY, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA www.pickupplease.org And, Habitat For Humanity will accept household items and furniture at their ReStore outlets to use in their building projects. Check out their needs at: www.habitat.org
Saturday, August 26, 2017 is Play Music on the Porch Day. Musicians from 17+ countries will be meeting with friends on porches for a jam session. You and your family can join the fun. In the spirit of peace, harmony and fun for all ages, with nothing offensive or demeaning, make some music. Share your celebration of music – the international language – by posting your celebration on social media with the hashtag #playmusicontheporchday
Everywhere I look these days, people are talking about FIDGET SPINNERS. These gadgets were designed for use with children with autism as a way to help them with sensory issues. They come in all shapes, sizes and designs and some are even battery powered.
You can make some simple spinners with materials you probably already have at home. Here is a link from the Red Ted craft site that give you a step by step video.
A recent study of 70 kids aged 9-11, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that strong muscles in children correlates to better memory. Other studies found that aerobically fit children have better thinking ability, attention, memory, and academic performance.
Bottom line: Getting kids moving with strength-building and aerobic activities during their school years will lead to an overall better school experience. Kids don’t have to join a gym. Just make sure your child’s school has a playground with lots of equipment and that recess and gym classes are a regular part of the schedule. Set an example by doing active things together as a family. Taking after dinner walks, dancing to favorite songs, jumping rope, using a hula hoop, skipping and swimming. Try crab walks, wheelbarrow races, pillow case races, and soup can arm curls to build muscles.
Activity can be fun when parents set the tone and participate as well. The rewards are better health and a smarter brain!