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Thursday 11/12/2020
BookBites: True Crime, Historical Fact and Fiction, Learning Tips for Parents
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:34 am

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Craft Therapy Healing the Nation's Veterans
Updated: November 14, 2020 - 2:33 am

(StatePoint) Therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits of crafting are well-known to those who’ve experienced them firsthand, but advocates want more people to understand what a powerful healing tool it can be, particularly for the nation’s veterans during this time of increased isolation and anxiety.

Thursday 11/05/2020
Water Stations Keep Kids Safe, Hydrated In School
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever been the parent of a school-aged child, you know the drill. A new school year means a new list of required school supplies. And these days the list is definitely different.

Hoping to prevent the spread of coronavirus this year, most schools sent parents shopping for items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and personal water bottles. 

Normally, students can quench their thirst at school water fountains. But there’s nothing normal about this school year. And after the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommended schools discontinue the use of shared drinking fountains, many did just that.

But that meant some schools didn’t have a convenient, affordable way to keep students hydrated throughout the day. That’s one of the reasons the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation decided to offer more water refill stations to schools in need through its Cool Water program. The foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

Today, more people understand the importance of adequate water intake to overall health as well as dental health. Drinking enough water can help increase energy levels, decrease headaches, and improve cognitive function. Water, especially when fluoridated, can help reduce cavities and protect tooth enamel by washing away harmful bacteria. 

Youth who drink water during the day are also less likely to consume sugary beverages, which can help to reduce excess weight gain and diabetes. Yet over half of U.S.. children and teens are not properly hydrated. 

Through its Cool Water program, the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation provided grants to dozens of Wisconsin schools to help them replace existing drinking fountains with water-bottle filling stations. The program covers the cost of installation and a supply of reusable water bottles for students and staff. 

This year, the Foundation paid for water bottle filling stations and their installation—valued at over $100,000—to dozens of schools across the state. 

The touchless systems ensure that learners stay well hydrated while helping to prevent the spread of germs. Many schools also have fluoridated water, adding extra protection for teeth.

Almost all water contains some of the naturally occurring mineral fluoride, but the levels are usually too low to prevent tooth decay. That’s why most U.S. communities—and dozens of developed countries worldwide—add very small amounts of fluoride to their public water supplies. 

“In optimal amounts, fluoride is proven to be a safe way to make teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities,” says Dr. Greg Theis, DDS, MBA, Dental Director at Delta Dental of Wisconsin. 

“In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $32 in costs to treat dental problems,” he adds. “As a parent and a dentist, I’m pleased to know more of Wisconsin’s students will have the advantage of fluoridated drinking water during the school day, and I’m proud that Delta Dental of Wisconsin can help make an impact.”

 

Wednesday 11/04/2020
Three Lessons From the Past to Help You Understand the 2020 Election
Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Think this election season has been the craziest of all time? Think again. American elections have long been highlighted by drama, scandal and intrigue -- and the surprising twists and turns of presidential campaigns have a habit of repeating themselves.

Tuesday 11/03/2020
It's Time for A New Political Movement
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

By Marc Victor

Monday 11/02/2020
Virtual Holiday Drives
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—There are two easy and fully virtual ways to ensure the holiday season is bright for youth in foster care this year through Treehouse. The nonprofit partners with thousands of youth to provide access to childhood experiences and critical resources as they plan for the future.

“It’s been a challenging year in so many ways, and youth in foster care have shouldered some of the heaviest burden,” said Spencer Sheridan, Treehouse’s Senior Event Coordinator.

“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere.” 

Here are the two ways you can get involved: 

1.Host a Virtual Donation DriveIt only takes a minute to set up. Determine the goal, pick a name for the campaign and select a photo. “The donation drive is fun because you can set a goal as a group and easily see your collective impact. We’ll provide the proper materials and guidance for a successful virtual drive that gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” Sheridan said. Visit www.treehouseforkids.org to get started. 

2.Shop the Holiday Wish List—Treehouse’s online registry has been curated to match the ongoing winter and holiday needs of youth in foster care. All items will be shipped to Treehouse for distribution. Just visit www.treehouseforkids.org/wishlist. “The wish list is a way to do a little shopping and stay safe since it’s virtual. You can see the toys and clothes that are in demand for our youth,” Sheridan said.

Treehouse will be updating the wish list all holiday season long so it matches the latest requests. 

Any individual or organization interested in learning more can call Spencer at 206.498.3910 or contact drives@treehouseforkids.org

Learn more at treehouseforkids.org.

 
 "“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere,” said Spencer Sheridan, Senior Event Coordinator at a nonprofit committed to youth in foster care.https://bit.ly/35WRkCr"

What Kids Care About: Education And The Coronavirus
Updated: November 06, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—The debate over schools reopening during the pandemic has included a great deal of feedback from educators and parents. But what about the students themselves: How are they feeling? Are they worried about catching the virus—and what do they think about safety measures and about remote learning or coming back to the classroom? 

To find answers, the EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker and Morning Consult asked teens about their schooling, the pandemic and other hot topics.  

What Students Want 

Spoiler alert: Young people are just as uncertain as grownups. When asked for three words that describe going back to school, “nervous,” “excited” and “confused” were the most common responses. 

In all 76 percent of the students—and older and minority teens in particular—are concerned about the pandemic.  

The top two things students are worried about are infecting a family member (81 percent) or getting the virus (70 percent) but they’re also worried about not being able to see their friends, missing classes and taking classes online. A significant number of teens—25 percent—say they’re worried about not having access to the food they normally get at school. Nearly 70 percent think other students would take wearing masks seriously, but less than half believe their peers will socially distance and refrain from sharing objects with each other. 

As for returning to school, 64 percent said they’d prefer online only or with a mix of online and in-person learning. Just over three-quarters reported having Internet access at home to do their online class work. 

What Students Think 

The two most important issues on teens’ minds are the coronavirus outbreak (61 percent) and Black Lives Matter movement (60 percent). LGBTQ rights, police/criminal justice reform, climate change and this year’s presidential election werent nearly as important to the students. Falling to between 26 percent and 27 percent.

Teens reported being most comfortable discussing current events and social issues with their friends (84 percent), and parents or guardians (78 percent). They were less comfortable with teachers (56 prcent) and least comfortable with their friends’ parents or guardians (39 percent). 

As schools have reopened in varying degrees, it will be interesting to find out how American teens’ opinions and behaviors change throughout the remainder of this year and into the future. 

Learn More 

For further facts and stats and to see the whole survey, go to www.edchoice.org

 

Wednesday 10/28/2020
As COVID Anxiety Grows, Tips to Avoid Crisis and Conflict
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) Among mask mandates, social distancing, outspoken political views and personal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a heightened risk for public spaces turning into places of conflict.

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