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Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance Celebrates Giving Tuesday on December 3
Just as Black Friday promotes holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday promotes shopping local and Cyber Monday encourages online sales, Giving Tuesday is designed to put the spotlight on charitable giving this time of year.
Giving Tuesday, philanthropy’s answer to the busiest shopping weekend of the year, takes place today. And the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance, which represents over 360 nonprofit organizations throughout the state, is doing its part to promote the nation-wide movement.
“While we don’t offer door-buster sales or rock-bottom prices like a Black Friday promotion, charities offer something deeper than even the deepest discount ever could,” said Stephanie Meincke, President and CEO of the alliance.
“Giving to a charity you care about is a powerful and emotionally fulfilling way to celebrate the holiday season. We know that people in Arkansas are incredibly generous to causes they believe in. In fact, our state ranks 7th in charitable giving nationwide. We hope to see that grow and #GivingTuesday is a great way to do that.”
The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is a membership-based organization that provides resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities to nonprofit groups throughout the state. Promoting Giving Tuesday is one way the organization hopes to strengthen philanthropy in Arkansas.
“We hope everyone will think about making #GivingTuesday a part of their holiday tradition,” said Meincke. “It’s a great way to teach children the importance of giving back and what a perfect way to celebrate the season.”
For more information about the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance or Giving Tuesday, visit www.ArkansasNonprofits.org.
By Bryan Redditt, Huntington Learning Center
It’s time for that first report card! Whether it contains good news or bad, the first report card of the school year is a great way to communicate with your young student about evaluating his or her school work. Here are some hints to make sure that communication is effective and understandable.
Talk to your child about the report card. If the grades show signs of struggling, let him or her know you want to help. Review the report card together and get your child’s point of view, determining together what subjects present the biggest challenge. Opening this line of communication is critical; it shows you want your child to succeed and are committed to helping do that.
Really look at the report card and write down any grades or comments that surprise you. Make a note of your concerns. Ask the teacher about what they think your child needs to work on at home; it’s a good idea to ask about your child’s attitude toward his or her schoolwork as well.
On that same topic, note any irregular behavior or patterns at home. If you see a bad grade in a subject that previously was no problem for your young student, make a note of it and investigate. Is the pace of the class different now than before? Is there a gap in your child’s basic skills — for example, sentence diagramming — that’s showing up now?
Study skills are crucial. Students who have knowledge about a given subject may be sabotaged by disorganization or time-management issues. If your child’s report card indicates a struggle with these items, talk with their teacher for ideas to develop a homework routine. A systemic approach to studying and keeping track of paperwork can make a dramatic difference in your young student’s scholastic experience, paying dividends for this school year and those yet to come.
Huntington Learning Center in Little Rock can help. Call 501-223-2299 or visit http://huntingtonhelps.com
Things to Look Out for as Kids Go Back to School
By Dan Hennessey, M.D., Little Rock Eye Clinic
Good vision can help a child’s physical development, success in school and overall well-being. But unfortunately, 80 percent of preschoolers DO NOT get eye exams.
Here is an eye exam guide for young children:
Newborn — First exam
Infant — Between 6 months and 1 year old
Toddler — Between 3 and 3 1/2
School age — At 5, then test every 3-5 years afterward if no problems are found
While exams are the best way to see if your child has vision issues, you should always be on the lookout for clues your child may be struggling. About 12.1 million school-age children — roughly 1 in 4 — have some level of vision impairment.
The key is to observe your child. Your child isn’t likely to complain about being nearsighted, but he or she may talk about having difficulty seeing the blackboard. Or you might see him or her squint while reading.
Here are some other things to look for:
— closing or covering an eye
— complaints of blurriness
— mucus, tearing or crusting
— difficulty reading
— eye rubbing
— holding things close
— frequent blinking
— crossed eyes
— red eyes
You can get more information on recommended eye care by going to LittleRockEye.com.
Dr. Hennessey is an optometric physician at Little Rock Eye Clinic. He provides comprehensive eye health and vision examinations and the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision disorders. He specializes in contact lenses and contact lens-related problems.
Dan and his wife, Beth, live in Little Rock and have three sons, Daniel, Jason and Michael.
With the advent of a new academic year at hand, prep is the order of the day. Prepping your young student for studying is something that is easily overlooked, but for kids the start of a new school year is like New Years Day. Everything is fresh, and they’re excited to be seeing friends and — in the case of younger students — getting back into their studies.
You can take advantage of the clean slate by working with your child to set measurable goals for the new school term, with clear definitions of what achieving those goals looks like.
Just as buying a backpack helps your child keep their school items together, designating a study space in your home will help keep their homework and their thoughts organized. This dedicated homework station could be a desk in a bedroom or a corner of the dining room. The key is to keep it tidy — free of distractions, like TV or video games — and it helps to have your child help get the space ready so they feel a sense of ownership about it.
Some students struggle with reading comprehension, which makes good note taking and studying for tests a challenge. There may be more to an issue your child has with specific subjects than simply understanding the course material. A poor math grade on a test full of word problems may point to a reading issue, and a history report may earn a below par grade if it’s full of spelling and grammatical errors.
If you know your child can make better grades than their test scores indicate, try looking beyond the course for a different issue that may be causing trouble.
Remember: learning is a process that builds on itself. Keeping your child’s learning foundation strong is key to success in this new school year.
Is your child struggling in a certain subject or having difficulty mastering certain study skills? Huntington Learning Center can help. Call 501-223-2299 or visit http://huntingtonhelps.com
I really do work with some of the most talented people on the planet at ARG.
Enjoyment of the storybook version, released in time for the original recording’s 50th anniversary, hinges partly on those preconceived views of the song. (Though I’d heard the song countless times growing up, I had managed to avoid developing strong feelings about it either way.)
Angie is the owner of Angie Davis Photography. She is married to Brian, who is the VP, Bookkeeper, and proudly refers to himself as “Pack Mule” of Angie Davis Photography. They have a teenage son, Dallas, who is the cutest, funniest kid they have ever met, 3 dogs, and 12 chickens. Life is fun at Camp Davis, needless to say!
A fun thing to do with chalk is to outline your child on a hard surface outside, then let them help you color it in. Then have them outline you (even if they’re young and it looks crazy like ours does!) and again, color it in, drawing in the face as well!
This is how it turned out me and Ethan:
Submitted by Amy Thompson, Little Rock Mamas friend and follower.
Tonight my family and I attended the Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam at Verizon Arena. My husband and I picked our daughter Mallory up from dance and headed straight to the show. We got an order of nachos, a couple of drinks and headed to our seats. Our seats were on the lower bowl on row 17. We had great seats. We had a good view of all of the action.
There were about 6 trucks tonight. We saw Fullboar, Nitemare, Fatal Attraction, Incinerator, Grave Digger and Mallory’s favorite, Monster Mutt. She loves Monster Mutt because he looks like a huge dog with ears and a tail that flop in the air during his stunts.
The show basically consists of very large trucks driving around the arena and performing various stunts that include driving over demolished cars, revving their engines very loud, doing donuts and a championship competition. It is really neat to see the trucks as they appear to bounce over the demolished cars. The show is really a competition. So you get to see each truck and what it can do. At each round of competition there is a winner declared. In between the main events there are other events to keep you occupied.
Tonight they had BMX ramp performances and mini motocross stunt riders.
Monster Mutt held the lead on the donut competition until Fullboar pulled it out at the end and won the donut competition. Grave Digger was the leader of the night winning the time trial and the overall freestyle.
The trucks are very loud when they are performing a lot of their stunts. You do want to make sure you and especially your children have proper ear protection. We stopped by a local sporting goods store and picked up 3 pairs of ear plugs for around $5. They worked great. I would be mindful though of the age of your child. The noise, even though, it is not constant, it can be loud and overwhelming to small children. We did see where they were selling ear plugs at the event for $2 a pair.
Also at the event were a variety of officially licensed merchandise available which included t-shirts, souvenir cups, ball caps, stuffed toys, pennants and programs. They were priced anywhere from $10 to $35. Mallory got a stuffed truck of Monster Mutt for $20.
Immediately after the event the drivers are available for free autographs. We got up as soon as the event ended and headed to the area by section 111 to line up for the autograph session. There is a roped off area where a line forms. We ended up being the 4th family in line. Once the line gets started moving, it moves pretty smoothly. There is an exit at the end of the autograph line.
Overall this was a very enjoyable, fun, exciting evening for our family. There was something for everyone. If you are looking for something to do this Saturday night, we would suggest you catch the Monster Jam show at Verizon Arena.