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First Week of DC Public Schools Proved Positive and Productive

First Week of DC Public Schools Proved Positive and Productive

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District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) welcomed back thousands of students across the city for the 2012-2013 school year that started on August 27th.  While official enrollment numbers won’t be available until later this fall, DCPS is on track for a positive and productive year that will include modernized facilities across the district, new math standards and curriculum, innovation and technology and improved instruction. These improvements and efforts all come under the strategic direction of A Capital Commitment, DCPS’ five-year, bold plan to improve the school district.

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Cats and Kids Scratch Out Bullying – What to Teach Kids About Bullying

Over the next few weeks, roughly 79 million students will head back to schools around the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When the school year resumes, so too will the perpetual cycle of students missing days of school because they fear bullying. Each day, it is estimated that 160,000 students stay home from school to avoid being bullied.

“The first step in preventing bullying is to realize that we all share common traits and we all need to feel safe, accepted, and liked for who we are,” explains Peter J. Goodman, author of the book “We’re All Different But We’re All Kitty Cats.” “One of the main themes in my book is tolerance, because it is crucial, especially when we live in such a diverse world.”

Enter to Win a Free Healthy Vending Machine for Your Favorite Location

Enter to Win a Free Healthy Vending Machine for Your Favorite Location

Fresh Healthy Vending and Healthy Child Healthy World have teamed up to give away a free healthy vending machine placement. The winning entry will choose their favorite location to have the machine placed, completely stocked with healthy foods and beverages. The move is the latest in a series of ongoing efforts to help fight childhood obesity, an issue that the Centers for Disease Control says now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in America.

“The rate of childhood obesity is considered to be triple what it was a generation ago,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending Café (www.freshvending.com). “Our mission is to be part of the solution in fighting childhood obesity, and this is just one more way that we are helping to do that. Now at least one lucky consumer will have their say on where a healthy vending machine should be placed.”

Dancing With The Stars, William Levy Promotes Latino Youth Grants

Cuban-actor William Levy, known for his role in Mexican soap operas and this year's Dancing with the Stars third runner up, is encouraging Latino youth across America to take advantage of educational grants and awards offered by the Washington-based Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF).

As this year's Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards spokesperson, Levy urges Latino high school students who serve as leaders and role models in the classroom to apply before the prestigious Youth Awards no later than July 6, 2012.

Students will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, which focus in various categories including: Math & Engineering, Education, Business, Healthcare & Science, Community Service, among others.   Three students will be selected from each of these categories in the following 10 markets: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco-Bay Area, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New Yo

Local Candy Store Offers Sweet Rewards For Good Grades

Local Candy Store Offers Sweet Rewards For Good Grades

Good grades never tasted so sweet for kids in the D.C. area.

Local candy store, The Sugar Cube, located at 1218 King Street in Alexandria, introduced a new academic appreciation program to reward a good report card this week.

Students in grades 2-8 can bring in their spring 2012 report cards any time before July 15, and then pick out a small treat of their choice. Children can choose from rainbow milk chocolate nonpareils, gummy alphabet letters, all-natural jellybeans, certified nut-free M&M’s, and sugar-free gummy bears.

“A celebration is in order when kids have worked hard all year and are looking forward to their summer vacations,” said sisters and Sugar Cube owners, Kimberly and Alyssa Theodore.  “How better to recognize their efforts than to kick off the summer with a sweet treat?”