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Good Deeds Scholarship

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Do you have experience feeding the homeless, mentoring children, or volunteering for a nonprofit organization? Maybe you've started your own charitable program, project, or group?

Well guess what- MOM was right- It's pays to be good!

The Good Deeds scholarship is for anyone who has volunteered or is planning to volunteer. So, if you have a good heart or great idea that will help others, submit it and you could win $1,000. Deadline: December 31.

Whatever you do, don’t believe the hype that you need to wait until senior year to start applying. Next year, you’ll have plenty on your plate and won’t need the added pressure of finding enough scholarships to help finance your dream college. By starting the process now, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you may be able to afford in terms of tuition and can continue to build your scholarship bank. It may take a few applications before you get the hang of things, so do yourself a favor and start your scholarship search today!

Source & Apply at: https: www.scholarshipexperts.com

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New Year, Back to School Safety

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It's a new year and it's back to school time! Keep children safe. While our nation's schools are expected to be and usually are safe havens for learning, unintentional injuries and even violence can occur, disrupting the educational process and negatively affecting the school and surrounding community. Fresh haircuts, new clothes, and backpacks stuffed with markers, pencils, and binders—everything a child needs to start a new school year. As millions of students return to school this fall, teachers will plan their school supply list, and parents will carefully make sure their child is prepared with each and every item. However, safety should also be on every teacher's and student's back-to-school list. Parents, students, educators, and community members can all take action to keep children safe—in and away from school.

Get to School Safely

  • Walk to School Safely Children face an increased risk for pedestrian injuries. You can help by learning more about these risks and steps you can take to promote pedestrian safety in your community.
  • Child Passenger Safety Motor vehicle injuries are the greatest public health problem facing children today. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Learn how to keep children safe by using an age- and size-appropriate restraint system.
  • Teen Driver Safety One out of three deaths among US teens are the result of a motor vehicle crash. During a teen's first year of driving, crash risk is particularly high. Learn tips and facts to help a new driver arrive at school safely.
  • Teens Behind the Wheel: Graduated Driver Licensing Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems address the high risks new drivers face and are proven methods for helping teens to become safer drivers. Research shows that strict and comprehensive GDL systems reduce both fatal and nonfatal injury crashes.
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School Safety

  • Youth Violence Homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the United States. Behaviors such as bullying and hitting often start at a young age and may continue into young adulthood. Youth violence can often lead to serious injury or death.
  • School Violence While US schools remain relatively safe, any amount of violence is unacceptable. Parents, teachers, and administrators expect schools to be safe havens of learning. Acts of violence can disrupt the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school itself, and the broader community.
  • Sexual Violence Sexual violence begins early in life. Approximately 80% of female victims experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and almost half ex­perienced the first rape before age 18. Most victims do not tell friends and family about the abuse and suffer alone. Those who do disclose the violence may be stigmatized by friends, family, and their community.
  • Youth Suicide Suicide (taking one's own life) is a serious public health problem that affects even young people. It is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24. Suicide results in approximately 5,100 lives lost each year.
  • School Health Guidelines to Prevent Unintentional Injuries and Violence School Health Guidelines are designed to prevent unintentional injuries and violence. Guidelines promote safety and teach students the skills needed to prevent injuries and violence. They are designed for all grade levels and provide support for a coordinated school health program.
  • School Health Index School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that enables schools to identify strengths and weaknesses of health and safety policies and programs, develop an action plan for improving student health and safety, and involve teachers, parents, students, and the community in improving school services.

Safety During Sports and Physical Activity

  • Playground Injuries Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Learn about risks and how to avoid severe injuries associated with playgrounds.
  • Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs A child can take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond. This flexible set of materials was developed for professionals working with grades K-12 and helps principals, school nurses, teachers, or other school professionals identify and respond to concussions and learn strategies to help support students returning to school after a concussion.

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For additional resources visit the source of this article: www.cdc.gov

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Exercise that Beats Cancer

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Black women who exercise vigorously every week are more likely to be protected against the most aggressive subtype of breast cancer, according to a nearly 20-year observational study of almost 45,000 African American women co-led by Georgetown researchers. Read more here: Exercise for Life
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DIY: Last Min. Halloween Treats

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Halloween is Friday... Need more treat ideas?

These creepy crawler sandwiches will leave your child with happy goose bumps. 

Ingredients: Whole wheat bread, desired sandwich ingredients and pretzels or thin carrot strips.

 

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Didn't have time to carve pumpkins? Let’s paint pumpkins this fall! This decoration technique is a great way for your child to express their artistic ability. 

 

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Reduce your child’s risk of getting sick this fall by providing plenty of fruits and vegetables at meals. The produce will help boost his or her immune system. 

Try this veggie skeleton at snack time. It’ll have your kids “rattling” for more!

 

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This new twist on the peanut butter “sandwich” will be a smash with your kids! 

Ingredients: apple and peanut butter (or almond butter)

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Teens Apply: Birthday Mail Scholarship

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The Problem

Over a million children experience homelessness every year. Many kids’ birthdays fall while they are in a shelter, making it hard to celebrate.

The Solution

Make and mail a birthday card to help ensure everyone gets to celebrate on their special day!

A shelter staff member will receive the card you send. Then, the staff member, family, or friends will write a personal message inside for the birthday boy or girl.

What You Get

Sign up for facts on youth homelessness and instructions and stencils for two simple birthday cards. You'll also receive instructions on how to mail your cards. Plus, you’ll enter for the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship!

Apply here before October 17: https://www.dosomething.org/campaigns/birthday-mail

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"AM I NOT A MOTHER?" Short Film

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 Hona Africa releases AM I NOT A MOTHER? A Short Film on Post Natal Depression 

HONA AFRICA is a boutique production company that saw the need to elevate awareness on the often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition of Post Natal Depression, particularly in the African community. The focus of the film is on Zimbabwean mothers who have suffered from the stigma of having this condition. The aim of the film is to share the stories of these women and to inspire others to speak up and seek support.

Having a baby is usually thought of as a happy time. However, many new mothers may not necessarily feel this straight away. Women may experience a brief period of feeling emotional and tearful – known as the 'baby blues'. It usually starts 3-10 days after giving birth and affects around 85% of new mothers. It is so common that it is considered normal.  

However, around 10-15% of new mothers develop a much deeper and longer-term depression known as postnatal depression (PND). It usually develops within six weeks of giving birth and can come on gradually or all of a sudden. It can range from being relatively mild to very severe. Between 10 and 30% of all mothers, in all circumstances, suffer from this middle-range depression. PND may develop slowly any time during the first year of the baby’s life. Untreated, it may continue as a chronic low-grade depression, becoming more acute with subsequent births. Every mother is different, and may have different combinations of symptoms.

“Am I Not A Mother?” gives these forgotten mothers a voice.
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Let's Move: Fresh, Fall, Fit

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Fresh Food, Fun, and Fitness this Fall

Fall is officially here, and what better time to start fresh: cooking fresh, healthy meals; enjoying activities in the fresh outdoor air; and finding ways to freshen up festivities with family and friends. Get inspired to try new dishes from the hundreds of recipes on the MyPlate Pinterest board, and visit LetsMove.gov/get-active for ideas to get moving with your family this fall.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

President Barack Obama proclaimed September 2014 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, encouraging Americans to help our youth lead more physically active lifestyles and make healthier food choices.

"As a Nation, we have a responsibility to ensure our children have every chance to fulfill their potential, and that starts by providing them with the opportunities to make healthy choices," the President said. "This month, we build on our progress and raise awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and active living so our children can lead prosperous and productive lives."

How will you answer the President's call to help America's youth lead long, healthy, and happy lives this month and throughout the year? Everyone from parents and educators to communities, schools, and businesses has a role to play, and we encourage you to join the movement to help kids and families lead healthy lives by getting involved with Let's Move!Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay connected on our latest updates and efforts.

Poll Finds Most Parents Support Higher School Nutrition Standards

This month, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association released a poll showing that most parents support the healthier meal and snack standards implemented through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Key findings of the poll include:

  • 72 percent favor national standards for school meals
  • 72 percent support standards for school snacks
  • 91 percent support requiring schools to include a serving of fruits or vegetables with every meal
  • 75 percent think salt should be limited in meals

Click here to read more about the results of the study.

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Bino and Fino, A Cartoon Celebrating Children's Diversity

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The face of children’s entertainment is changing with Bino and Fino, a ground-breaking cartoon which is now in its second season. By celebrating diversity, African parents and those of Caribbean and African descent are finally seeing the diverse cultural representation that they have been looking for with Bino and Fino.

Created by Adamu Waziri, a Nigerian animator, and produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon about a brother and sister who live in a city in sub- Saharan Africa. In each episode Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena, the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world. Aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, the series shows aspects of African history, culture and languages and educates children from all backgrounds.  According to Adamu there is a hunger for such programmes in an ever-growing multi-cultural society and parents feel let down by major international broadcasters.
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Adamu and his team have set about helping to change the status quo and with Bino and Fino, the first of its kind to come from Nigeria, and they are succeeding. The pilot episode of Bino and Fino was released in 2010 and has been well received internationally, with profiles on CNN and The Huffington Post.  A 24 minute TV feature of the show which is available on DVD has been broadcast on Television in the UK and South Africa, on YouTube and at festivals to a growing fan base of kids and parents from around the world.

The full second season is currently under production in Nigeria by EVCL and is set to be released at the end of 2014.

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Parent testimonials:
A mother had this to say. “Wow, you guys have made my Sunday. I am loving Bino and Fino, and Mr Adamu Waziri. I was just talking to my hubby and his sisters, and my cousins about the lack of black/African cartoons and positive educational stuff for the kids. Not to mention the lack of black characters on Disney. We need to put positive educational dolls, movies, shows for our kids because many do watch a lot of TV with mom and dad working.”

Another mother had this to say. “I am soo happy I found this. My daughter is such an outgoing young lady who loves to explore and missed the opportunity go visit Africa. Now she can get connected and find fun ways to connect. She, at 22, still dresses herself in garments and patterns that represent your fine heritage. God bless your efforts. I will enlist this as part of my classroom soon. Thanks”
 
A father had this to say. ‘Our daughter, 19 months old, just counted to 10 in Yoruba while watching Bino and Fino! ’

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