Austin Ed Fund Announces ‘Student Opportunity Fund’ Grant Recipients

- Over $39,000 awarded in grants to support local small campus-based projects in Austin ISD - 

Mr. Min at Akins Early College High School.

Mr. Min at Akins Early College High School.

Austin Ed Fund, a recognized champion of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), has announced today that they will award more than $39,600 in Student Opportunity Fund grants for its fall 2019 cycle. The Student Opportunity Fund supports campus-based projects that provide educational enhancement for students considered economically disadvantaged in AISD.

Student Opportunity Fund grants support time-sensitive campus academic or extracurricular needs not covered by the campus budget. Requests include funds to provide experiences to students such as exposure to colleges, field trips, academic materials and equipment, and cultural opportunities. Since 2013, Austin Ed Fund has awarded over $680,000 in teacher grants.

“Thanks to generous donors to the Austin Ed Fund, these grants help level the playing field for our students,” says Michelle Wallis, Executive Director of the Austin Ed Fund and AISD’s Office of Innovation and Development. “We are thrilled to be able to support these amazing projects and initiatives and congratulate our teachers who go above and beyond to support our students. However, we have to acknowledge the huge gap between available funds and what our students and teachers need. This fall alone, we saw a gap of more than $250,000 in funds needed to support the initiatives that teachers applied for through our Student Opportunity Fund. The needs are great, and we invite the community to give to make sure our students and teachers have everything they need to be successful.” 

Fourteen grants were divided among twelve AISD schools all over the city for a variety of initiatives, including funding for field trips, academic support and musical instruments.

The 2019 Student Opportunity Fund Grant winners are as follows:

AISD AVID Department: $4,752

Off to a Running Start: One criteria for college readiness for students in an AVID Elective is taking the PSAT in 8th grade; this project will fund students in need of financial assistance. 

Akins High School: $1,500

Real World Criminal Justice Experience: The priority of the funding is to cover competition registration fees and allow for equipment purchases to be used to test their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a real world, tangible scenario. 

Becker Elementary: $1,074

It Takes a Village: This funding will go toward field trips, showing students that they have adults who care about them and who will expose them to culturally rich opportunities, making the students more engaged members of their community. 

Blazier Elementary: $1,438

Let’s Build a Community of Readers: This funding will allow children to be exposed to books and start building a love of reading.

Brooke Elementary: $645

Learning to Invest in Our Natural Self: This funding will provide staff with common curriculum and language to remove obstacles to learning for students and support them as they navigate changes.

Casey Elementary: $3,990

ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) Empowerment Program for Girls: This program is a 20-week, evidence-based empowerment program for girls that focuses on team building and healthy relationships. ROX teaches girls skills required to address the challenges and pressures they face every day. 

Dawson Elementary: $1,497

A Trip to Remember: This will allow students and their parents to go on an end-of-year field trip to Morgan’s Wonderland, an all-inclusive amusement park for kids with special needs. 

Dawson Elementary: $2,850

Community Experiences for Dawson Pre-K and ECSE: This funding will allow all Mollie Dawson Elementary students in Pre-K and Early Childhood Special Education to participate in various study trips connected to thematic units. 

Dobie Middle School: $10,000

Dobie/Northeast Orchestra Reboot: This project aims to provide each student with an orchestra instrument and private lessons, with the goal of resurrecting Northeast High School’s orchestra. It will also strengthen Dobie’s vertical alignment with Northeast and keep students wanting to stay in AISD. 

Eastside Memorial High School: $3,500

Research and Education Activities for Community Health (REACH) Research and Education Activities for Community Health REACH for New Horizons aims to increase awareness of community research around minority and underserved communities in East Austin. Funding will be focused on providing high school students with the real experience of working with a community-based organization that has a history of collaboration with special populations of targeted areas. 

Martin Middle School: $1,000 

AP Test Funding for Spanish College Credit: This funding will pay for each student to take the Spanish AP test in order to earn both high school and college credit. 

Perez Elementary: $4,110

Read. Write. Lead! By publishing their own books, Perez students will become the creators of the diverse books needed in every school library and classroom, as they tell their own stories. These student-written books will serve as mirrors where students can see themselves reflected.

Travis High School: $2,800

Travis ECHS Social Studies Department Creative Learning Field Trips: This will allow all students to go to Blanton Art Museum once per semester. There, students will experience hands-on workshops as a creative learning initiative. Additionally, students will tour the UT Austin campus in order to explore their post-secondary options after graduation. 

Walnut Creek Elementary: $520

Gettin’ Diggy With It: This archeological expedition is designed to give students exposure to one-of-a-kind experiences in STEM fields where they can do hands-on investigations. Our students will be led by researchers through critical archaeological field work and teach them how to get diggy with it.

This funding opportunity is awarded two to three times a year and is exclusively for Austin ISD educators and campus leaders. Projects must be able to measure the impact of the grant and serve a targeted group or campus where the student population is greater than 70 percent economically disadvantaged. The Student Opportunity Fund awards grants up to $10,000. For more information on the Student Opportunity Fund, please visitwww.austinedfund.org/student-opportunity-fund

About Austin Ed Fund:

Austin Ed Fund is a recognized champion of Austin ISD. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Austin Ed Fund develops and stewards meaningful public-private partnerships that promote innovation and support opportunities that prepare Austin ISD students for college, career, and life. The organization has successfully served as a catalyst and facilitated over $20 million in support for Austin ISD strategic priorities and initiatives since 2001. Austin Ed Fund empowers teachers and students through two campus-based grant programs. Through these programs, Austin Ed Fund has awarded over $680,000 since 2015. For more information, visit www.austinedfund.org.

School Day Solutions

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Morning routines, homework, practices and more are all part of back-to-school season, and even when time is short, flavorful meals can be, too.

Whether it’s breakfast and dinner together as a family or sending your little learner out the door with a nutritious lunch, making tasty recipes in your own kitchen doesn’t have to be a drain on an already busy schedule. With dishes like a new take on French toast to a quickly packed lunchbox and bolder burgers, you can keep your loved ones fueled for everything the school year brings your way.

For more back-to-school recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Freshen Up Family Breakfasts

A truly beneficial start to the day is usually centered around breakfast. Start your family on the right foot with a meal that delivers sweet flavor along with nutritious fruits.

This Honey Leches French Toast recipe swaps out syrup for hot honey combined with the crisp taste of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Visit honey.com for more family-friendly recipes.

Honey Leches French Toast

Recipe courtesy of chef Rob Corliss on behalf of the National Honey Board

Servings: 4

Honey Leches:

  • 2          tablespoons blueberry honey
  • 1/4       cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4       cup light coconut milk
  • 3          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon

Berry Garnish:

  • 1/2       cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Hot Honey:

  • 1/2       cup blueberry honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pound Cake:

  • 8          small slices premade pound cake
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. To make Honey Leches: In mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey, evaporated milk, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  2. To make Berry Garnish: In mixing bowl, lightly toss raspberries, blueberries and strawberries to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  3. To make Hot Honey: In small mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey and cayenne pepper to evenly combine. Keep warm so hot honey is pourable.
  4. Heat electric griddle to 375° F.
  5. Arrange pound cake slices, side by side, flat, in casserole dish or pan with sides. Pour Honey Leches over and around pound cake slices; soak 1 minute.
  6. Lightly coat griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Remove pound cake slices from Honey Leches, allowing liquid to drain off, then place each slice on hot griddle.
  7. On griddle, cook pound cake slices approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden crispy and hot throughout.
  8. To serve, place two overlapping pound cake slices on plate (four plates total). Top each with approximately 1/4 cup mixed berries then drizzle each with approximately 2 tablespoons hot honey.

A Healthy, Happy Midday Meal

Back to school means back to packing daily lunches, and for parents aspiring to send healthier options with their children, look no further than a bento box loaded with the nutritional values of fruits, dairy and protein.

Surprise your little one with this Happy Lunchbox, a sweet treat to help keep him or her hydrated throughout the school day. Start with watermelon, a portable, versatile and easy-to-serve staple composed of 92% water for a hydrating snack. Add in a favorite yogurt flavor, mixed berries, cheddar cheese cubes and smoked turkey breast for a well-rounded lunch to maintain energy all day.

By assembling this nutritious meal using a divided bento box, you can add a little fun to an already flavorful lunch. Find more refreshing recipes for back-to-school season at watermelon.org.

Happy Lunchbox

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • Watermelon, cut into sticks
  • yogurt, for dipping berries

Watermelon Kebabs:

  • 18        cubes (1 inch each) seedless watermelon
  • 6          cubes smoked turkey breast
  • 6          cubes cheddar cheese
  • 6          coffee stirrers or beverage straws
  1. In small plate with dividers, assemble watermelon sticks with yogurt in one section and berries in separate section.
  2. To make Watermelon Kebabs: Skewer watermelon, turkey and cheese cubes on stirrers or straws. Assemble in third section of plate.

A Bigger, Bolder Burger

Making a meal everyone loves can sometimes be a challenge when tastes differ and each member of the family craves something different. However, turning to a nearly universally enjoyed staple – a burger – may be just the solution.

Next time your group debates the night’s dinner menu, turn to a customizable creation like the Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger created by celebrity chef and author George Duran for Jarlsberg’s Global Burger Campaign. Topped with melted cheese and optional garnishes like fried eggs and tomato slices, this burger can be personalized to appease the taste buds of everyone under your roof.

Find more back-to-school meal solutions at jarlsberg.com.

Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran on behalf of Jarlsberg

Servings: 4

  • 4          thick chunks Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1          tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/2       pound ground pork
  • 1          onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1          cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 3          tablespoons sundried tomato paste
  • 3          tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          eggs for frying (optional)
  • 4          hamburger buns
  • 8          thin slices tomato
  1. Place cheese in freezer about 1 hour ahead of time.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat. In small bowl, mix hot sauce and mayonnaise; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, season beef, pork, onion, bacon, tomato paste and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Using hands, mix until well combined.
  4. Using hands, form meat mixture into four balls. With thumb, make indentation in centers of balls and place one chunk cheese in center of each. Begin shaping burgers around cheese until patties form.
  5. Spray grill grates with nonstick spray. Grill burgers, turning frequently, until cooked through and cheese begins to ooze out, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. In nonstick skillet, fry eggs, if desired; set aside. Serve burgers on hamburger buns with chipotle-mayo, tomato slices and fried eggs. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
National Watermelon Promotion Board

Jarlsberg

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019

Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

However, parents and community members can lend a hand. Helping to offset teachers’ expenses can take many forms, from working directly with your child’s teacher to identify needs to participating in school-based fundraisers. Another option is sharing your assistance with a program like DonorsChoose.org, which makes it easy for any individual to address the inequity in schools, one classroom at a time.

Over the past 19 years, more than 3.8 million people have donated to classrooms through the program. Last year alone, nearly 145,000 teachers had projects funded on the site and over 255,000 classroom requests were brought to life. These requests reveal some of the key things teachers across America need for success:

Books, Books and More Books

While books may seem “old school,” teachers know that a single book can change a student’s life. Year after year, teachers request books more than any other resource. Many elementary school teachers ask for leveled reading books to meet their students’ individual needs. Others want to diversify their libraries with books that reflect their students’ identities. “The Hate U Give” and “Wonder” are among the most popular books requested this year, and e-readers have become a popular way to expand libraries beyond what the classroom bookshelf can hold.

Flexible Seating and Classroom Furniture

Many teachers credit flexible seating with transforming the classroom learning experience. Rather than rigid desks, students choose from comfy chairs, bouncy balls, bean bags or wobble stools, all designed to let students get those wiggles out so they can better focus on their work.

Technology

Because of rapidly evolving technology, 65% of children now entering primary school will hold jobs that don’t currently exist. Resources like laptops and tablets help students learn at their own pace and practice 21st century skills like coding. For example, coding robots and 3D printers are becoming some of the most popular items requested in high schools.

Back to the Basics

Many teachers simply need basic supplies: paper, pencils and tissues top the list. Last year, teachers requested enough pens and pencils to write the complete works of William Shakespeare more than 2,000 times.

Life Essentials

Another popular request is “hygiene closets,” which allow teachers to provide students facing poverty with free toiletries to take home such as deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as laundry supplies and clean undergarments.

An Appreciation for the Arts

There are plenty of extracurricular activities at nearly every school that require care and compassion from the community. Drama teams, for example, require supplies to create music, perform plays and more. Donations often allow students to explore their artistic abilities while learning how to create sets, write their own scenes, use instruments and more while simultaneously building their management and teamwork skills.

Community Service

Not all learning must take place in a classroom. In fact, teachers across the country often take aim at new ways to engage students, such as integrating practical life into the daily curriculum through an outdoor learning environment like a community vegetable garden. By requesting composters, rain barrels, seeds, gardening tools and more, educators can take their classrooms outside to help make the planet healthier while students learn how to be healthier themselves. It also gives students an opportunity to give back to their community by donating food to local families in need.

Most Requested School Supplies

  • Books
  • Technology
  • Basic classroom supplies
  • Flexible seating

Learn more about how you can make a difference for classrooms in need at www.donorschoose.org. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
DonorsChoose.org

NAVFAC EXWC Student Interns Showcase Summer Projects, Gain Valuable Experience

NAVFAC EXWC welcomed three high school and 18 college students this summer to participate in a ten-week, paid summer research project, exposing them to DOD science and technology

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2010) — Elise Bartel of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo discusses her project with EXWC staff.NAVFAC EXWC welcomed three high school and 18 college students this summer to participate in a ten-week, paid summer research project, exposing them to DoD science and technology. (Official Navy Photograph/Released)

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2010) — Elise Bartel of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo discusses her project with EXWC staff.NAVFAC EXWC welcomed three high school and 18 college students this summer to participate in a ten-week, paid summer research project, exposing them to DoD science and technology. (Official Navy Photograph/Released)

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) student interns displayed and discussed their engineering and scientific projects with NAVFAC EXWC scientists, engineers and staff members on Aug. 6, 2019.

As part of the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) and Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), 21 students received an opportunity to participate in a ten-week paid summer research project at NAVFAC EXWC. During the research, interns gained real world, hands-on experience and research skills while being exposed to DOD science and technology.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program manager Ms. Carina Morgan, M.T.A., C.V.A., arranged the event.

“The success of this event really captures the incredible results of our student interns’ hard work,” Morgan said. “You can see it in their faces; the pride, the satisfaction, and the joy of displaying their work to established scientist and engineers. I could not be prouder of them and this program. This was truly a triumph for all involved.”

Starting four years ago, NAVFAC EXWC leadership established partnerships with local academia to facilitate opportunities for students interested in STEM careers to work at the warfare center. Each intern works on a team supervised by an experienced engineer or scientist mentor.

“These students are very bright,” said Emily Johnston, NAVFAC EXWC Mechanical Engineer. “Committing to a summer of work and taking on a real-world engineering challenge shows that they will succeed in their future careers.”

Closing out the research, student interns presented nine projects ranging from additive manufacturing to expeditionary mooring. Comments from NAVFAC EXWC staff, engineers and scientists expressed an appreciation for the students’ work.

“In four years, we [NAVFAC EXWC] have come a long ways with this program,” said Mr. Kail Macias, EXWC Technical Director. “The complexity of the summer intern projects far exceeds that

from just a few years ago. These students are challenging us to challenge them. The result is amazing to watch.”

Moving forward, NAVFAC EXWC is carrying out efforts throughout Ventura County to improve STEM education across the community. According to Morgan, the warfare center is aiming to inspire, attract, employ, develop and retain the best young minds in the industry.

For more news from NAVFAC EXWC, visit https://www.navfac.navy.mil/ or on Facebook @NAVFACEXWC

About Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command (EXWC):

NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,300 dedicated federal employees, contractors, and military personnel who provide specialized facilities engineering, technology solutions, and life- cycle management of expeditionary equipment to the Navy, Marine Corps, federal agencies, and other Department of Defense supported commands.

Start the School Year Off Right

As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

To help your children put the best foot forward, consider these suggestions from The Salvation Army, which operates hundreds of low-cost after-school programs for kids of all ages in low-income neighborhoods across the country and understands the importance of setting children up for success all year.

Get back into a routine. During the summer months, family routines tend to slide, especially morning rituals and bedtime habits. A few weeks before school starts, begin transitioning your way back to a normal school schedule. A gentle progression toward earlier bed and wake-up times is easier on kids physically and mentally. Try adjusting by 15 minutes each day until you reach the optimal schedule for your family. Remember that routines aren’t just about the clock, though. If there are certain steps that are part of the school year routine, such as packing lunches and laying out clothes for the next day before bed, make those part of your transition plan, too.

Set a good example. Kids learn important behavioral lessons by watching the adults in their lives. The back-to-school season provides many opportunities to demonstrate compassion and social responsibility. For example, giving back to an organization like The Salvation Army helps provide funding for programs that support the educational needs of children who otherwise may not have access to the same resources.

Research resources for homework help. Discovering your child is struggling in school can be overwhelming. You’ll want to be able to pull in help as quickly as possible, so it’s a good idea to research resources in your area that can help provide support outside the classroom. Your school likely has some options available, but it’s a good idea to also look into tutoring programs and other community services that encourage literacy and study skills as well as provide one-on-one assistance with homework and school assignments.

Get organized. The first few weeks of school typically bring plenty of change and adjustment. You can help manage the stress by creating some structure. Use a wall calendar to keep track of school start and dismissal times, bus pick-up and drop-off times, after school activities and other appointments. Review lunch menus and plan ahead so you’re not finding out at bedtime that you need to pack a home lunch in the morning. Stock up on breakfast foods and make time to catch up on laundry before school begins so hunger and wayward socks don’t derail your mornings.

Explore extra-curricular programs. With the new school year comes numerous ways to enrich your kids’ social and cognitive development. Extra-curricular activities let kids continue practicing skills even after the school bell rings, but in a fun environment so they may not even realize they’re still learning and cultivating healthy, safe relationships with friends. In addition to sports and clubs, a wide array of music and art education activities may be available that focus on everything from choir, band and dancing to drawing, writing and acting.

Set goals. Begin the school year by encouraging your children to take ownership and pride in their learning. Talk about goals like reading a certain number of books each month or earning grades that reflect their highest potential. Get kids motivated by designing goal boards or charts that can serve as daily reminders and track their progress. For larger goals, consider setting milestones so they can celebrate progress along the way and stay motivated for a big finish.

Learn more about educational and giving opportunities in your community at SalvationArmyUSA.org. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
The Salvation Army

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Invests Almost $1M in the Educational Futures of Area Students

Photography courtesy of Anthony Johnson Photography.

Little Brother Harold receives his scholarship certificate

Little Brother Harold receives his scholarship certificate

On Saturday, June 15th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas held its 33rd annual ‘Promising Futures’ scholarship ceremony to recognize and celebrate the educational achievements of nearly 200 students in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

$403,000 in scholarship funds were made available to 124 of the agency’s graduating seniors, and $539,500 in scholarship funds were committed to 166 newly eligible Littles, to be made available when they graduate high school.

Alejandrina Guzman, 2017 – 2018 University of Texas Student Body President, was the keynote speaker for the event, which was held at the For the City Center in East Austin. Alejandrina was the first Latina Student Body President at UT Austin, and the first physically differently-abled Student Body President in the Big XII Conference.

“You are capable,” Alejandrina told BBBS’ students. “Your stories of immigrant parents who sacrificed everything for a better life, of the siblings you inspire, of all the beautiful moments you have shared with your Big Brothers and Big Sisters… these stories make up your strength. You have already overcome challenges in your lives, and we’re here to celebrate not only what you’ve accomplished so far, but what you’re capable of achieving.”

BBBS’ Promisees and graduates alike crossed the stage to receive their promise medals and scholarship certificates as their families, friends, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and BBBS staff cheered from the audience.

Jamie Avila, a member of BBBS’ Executive Board, Foundation Board and a former Big Brother, presented the awards to each student. Lauren Petrowski, former news anchor for Fox 7 Austin and a former Big Sister, was the emcee for the event. Speeches were given by Alejandrina Guzman, and BBBS of Central Texas CEO Brent Fields.

“This scholarship means a new future,” said Little Sister Carolina. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and living life.” Carolina is planning on studying web development and computer programming. Her Big Sister Anna attended the ceremony with her.

“The scholarship ceremony is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Brent Fields, “because it so clearly reflects our investment in the power of mentoring. It is such an honor to partner with these amazing families, volunteers and young people. We can’t wait to see where they go, and what they do next.”

“Thanks to our unique BBBS Scholarship Foundation – founded back in 1986, as a powerful incentive for students in our program to graduate high school and pursue higher education – we are able to help lots of young people think differently about their futures and offer some practical, direct financial assistance to help them.”

Since the Scholarship Program’s inception Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has promised and awarded more than $5 million dollars in scholarship support to over 2,500 students. In addition, 10 schools in Texas now generously match the agency’s scholarship dollars for BBBS Littles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texaswww.BigMentoring.org • 4800 Manor Road • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 48 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6 – 16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. It is our vision that all youth achieve their biggest possible futures. To that end, BBBS’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

WonderWorks Branson Providing Local Schools with In-Service STEM Educational Programs

WonderWorks, the indoor amusement park for the mind, is scheduled to open in Branson, Missouri in October 2019. They are teaming up schools in Branson and Hollister County, to offer in-service educational opportunities. These programs will begin the week of April 15, 2019. This is just one of many STEM activities that WonderWorks offers and focuses on using scientific methods to engage students in learning about both the principles of pressure and fingerprints.

“Since WonderWorks is under construction, we are happy to bring these great programs to the classrooms” says Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer at WonderWorks. “These hands-on programs provide them with fun STEM lessons that will engage students and expand their understanding of the topics.”

The interactive lessons that will be taken to the local schools include:

The Principles of Pressure: 

This program will be in-service at local elementary schools. It uses the scientific method to understand how pressure works and specifically how you can lay on a full size bed of nails and not get punctured. This is a two-part demo that includes understanding how much pressure it takes a nail to puncture something. The kids will work with the teacher to develop a hypothesis, conduct an experiment using a balloon on a nail, and then repeat the experiment using a block of wood. They will use math to determine the weight that can be on the nail before the balloon pops.

Fingerprints: 

This program will be in-service at local middle schools. Using scientific method and reasoning, the interactive learning program includes having students look at their fingertips through the magnifying lens and examine the patterns on their skin. They will learn how unique fingerprints are formed, they will make a set of their own printed fingerprints, and will compare their unique pattern with common types of fingerprints.

Both sessions will give students a hands-on learning opportunity that should boast their science interests. The programs offer opportunities for interaction, using scientific methods, creating hypothesis, and evaluating the outcome.

“We are excited that WonderWorks is entering the Branson market and bringing educational programs not only within their attraction but to the schools directly,” says Brian Wilson, superintendent at Hollister Schools. “They are committed to STEM programs and are helping teachers by creating an interactive learning environment.”

WonderWorks Branson will be the company’s 6th location. WonderWorks new home was the previous location of Baldknobbers Theater located at 2835 W 76 Country Blvd. The new location will feature the attraction’s iconic exterior – a grandiose house flipped upside-down. The unique façade is part of WonderWorks’ background story. According to legend, it was once a top-secret laboratory that was lifted and flipped on its roof by an experiment gone awry. From its exterior to its interior, visitors of all ages will enjoy a family friendly, out of this world experience, which will make for some amazing memories.

The interactive indoor amusement park offers STEM-focused activities for all ages. There are over 100 hands-on activities that are focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Some of the exhibits will include a bubble room, Professor Wonder’s adventure, interactive sandbox, illusion art gallery, and xtreme 360 bikes. For more information on WonderWorks, visit the site at: https://www.wonderworksonline.com/branson-coming-soon/.

About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, the upside-down adventure, is a science focused, indoor amusement park for the mind, that holds something unique and interesting for visitors of all ages. There are four floors of non-stop “edu-tainment,” with over 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits that serve a STEM educational purpose to challenge the mind and spark the imagination. WonderWorks has locations in Orlando, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Panama City Beach, and Syracuse. For more information visit: https://www.wonderworksonline.com.

Welcome to the March / April 2019 Edition of Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William T. Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Every morning, I wake up at 4:45. I spend around an hour answering emails from all ten of my accounts, check my phones for any messages from writers, graphic designers, and family, wipe away the eye matter that tends to form after only five hours of sleep, and get dressed for a full day of business.

I’m William Jackson and I’m the Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, the multi-award winning internationally read E-zines, Dedicated to the Art of Living Well.

With the assistance of a very talented and collaborative team, we work hard to publish exciting E-zines sure to inform, insight, inspire, and influence.  It’s our hope you’re finding something entertaining and useful in each edition.  Of course, we welcome your feedback so feel free to let us know how we can improve.  We enjoy hearing from you as it keeps us inspired and motivated to keep doing what we enjoy doing.

Nicole Glenn, our Editor of Teen InFluential and her awesome team, are doing a great job.  Though they are busy with all things that college life brings, family responsibilities, and such, they always carve out a huge chunk of their busy schedules to put together amazing editions of Teen InFluential.  We certainly couldn’t do it without their talent and collaboration so I’m always quick to say THANK YOU!

We hope you’ll join us and plan on Being so Chic! this spring season.  It’s the right thing to do!

Thank you, our amazing readers, for your constant support.  Be sure to subscribe to Teen InFluential at www.influential-magazine.com and connect with us on Facebook (@Teen InFluential) and Twitter (@TeenInFluential).

Sincerely,

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Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Announces New Director of Development:  Amy Borman Somek

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, part of Florida International University, announces that Amy Borman Somek has been appointed as the museum’s new Director of Development. Prior to joining the museum, Somek was the Director of Development at the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy, the oldest Jewish day school in the state of Florida (founded in 1947).

Her career includes experience in designing comprehensive development programs, annual campaign plans and strategies, corporate sponsorships, cultivation of prospective donors, and directing fundraising programs and events. She has a broad knowledge of the Jewish Communities, and the business and philanthropic arena.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is located in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District. The museum serves as a major cultural attraction and source of information for a wide audience of residents, tourists, students and scholars of all ages and backgrounds from throughout the state, nation, and the world. Located in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation, the museum’s restored buildings are both on the National Register of Historic Places.

Amy Borman Somek, the New Director of Development at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Amy Borman Somek, the New Director of Development at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

“Our museum has been going through a major transformation over the last few years, and we are thrilled that Amy is part of our team during this important time in our evolution,” said Susan Gladstone, the Executive Director of the museum. “Amy’s experience in leading fundraising strategies, her strong local connections and her national expertise will be pivotal in the continued growth and success of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.”

Amy Borman Somek was born and raised near Detroit Michigan, in the suburb of Birmingham where her family was instrumental to the growth of the city’s Jewish community. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, and earned her Masters degree at Florida International University.

Her new duties at the museum will include directing the new annual capital plan, fundraising strategies, major gifts, and cultivating the museum’s donor base – all in alignment with the museum’s new vision which has been recognized in the national press as creating groundbreaking new programming that propels the role of museums for the 21st century.

“I am honored to join the team at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU during this exciting time in the museum’s history,” said Amy Borman Somek. “I am eager to reignite the curiosity of the museum’s already strong core, and to expand even further into new audiences for this vital cultural institution.”

Celebrate Literacy this Year

Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

This year, you can help promote children’s literacy with these ideas:

Give books to children. You can find a book on virtually any topic, aimed at nearly every age and reading level. If you’re not sure what a child likes to read, simply choose a book about a topic he or she enjoys, or a favorite fictional character.

Support organizations working to promote literacy. Many organizations you conduct regular business with may have selected literacy as a cause that they support. For example, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was developed by The UPS Store and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This program, celebrating its 10th anniversary, provides books and educational resources to underserved communities. As part of the program, $10,000 worth of children’s books will be donated to 10 nonprofit organizations in support of children’s literacy in 2019.

Create traditions around reading. Making books part of family rituals can help instill a love of reading among kids. You might set aside an evening for a reading marathon or read a bedtime story every night. You can also find creative ways to get young readers involved, such as assigning one child each night to read that day’s mail aloud to the family.

Attend events that shine a light on literacy. One of the year’s most anticipated events is the annual Tournament of the Roses Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, which will include The UPS Store’s float titled “Books Keep Us On Our Toes” which aims to inspire people to experience life through the joy of reading. After the parade, spectators can view the float up close, and the store will hand out 10,000 children’s books – many of which were donated by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company – to parade-goers and post-event attendees.

Encourage kids to get hands-on with books. Reading isn’t the only way to appreciate books; kids can get creative and make their own literature, too. Encourage them to write and illustrate their own stories they can share with the family.

For more information on the float or to make a contribution to support literacy, visit theupsstore.com/literacy. (Family Features)

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The UPS Store