Teaching Aid: Great Causes For Back to School.

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!


Help Fight Hunger With These Service Projects.

On this day of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, one of my own weekly service projects is working at a local food bank.  It’s no secret that many people here in the Land of Plenty often go to bed hungry.  One in five children struggle with hunger every day.  What can you do about it?

Besides donating canned goods to local food banks ( an important and wonderful thing to do!), here are some other ways you and your children can help.

1. Host a BAKE SALE with the proceeds going to: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign  http://www.nokidhungry.org

2. A contribution to:  http://www.wholesomewave.org   provides fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved communities and helps support small and mid-sized farmers.

3. Buy items at the design store West Elm and support the hunger organization FEED.  Proceeds from many items go to local food projects. I bought two beaded bracelets for $36.00 and provided 10  school lunches for children in need.   http://www.feedprojects.com

4. Action Against Hunger   http://www.actionagainsthunger.org   helps feed more than 7 million people every year.   At this site you can choose from a variety of options, from $49.00 for a fishing kit, to $100.00 for a dairy goat.

5.  The site:  http://www.greatergood.com  facilitates donations to hunger programs such as Mercy Corps, Food Recovery Network and other agencies.  See how you can get involved.

Together, let’s make 2015 the year when no one in our great country goes hungry.