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Children Holding Donut and Orange(StatePoint) Fast food coupons used as prizes, candy sale fundraisers, vending machine exteriors -- these are just a few examples of the kinds of junk food marketing that regularly takes place in U.S. schools, and such advertising is taking a toll on children’s health, say experts.

“Fortunately, significant progress has been made nationwide to provide nutritious meals and snacks in cafeterias, vending machines and school stores. However, continued marketing of junk food at school can undermine these improvements. Over time, those messages being marketed shape children’s food preferences, purchase requests, diets and overall health,” says Cheryl Anderson, PhD, nutrition chair, American Heart Association. More ↠


Children with science experiment(StatePoint) Keep the excitement of the new school year going by finding fun ways to encourage learning at home.

Consider introducing interactive and engaging books into your household that make STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) more accessible.

Whether your children are reluctant readers or learning enthusiasts, these books will entertain budding scientists and inspire kids to make things and be creative.

Backyard Laboratory

Go on a journey of discovery in your backyard More ↠


Students with notebooks(StatePoint) School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips.

Consult the List

Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate their stress of being unprepared, by referencing the supply list the school sends home. More ↠


Audubon Child ExploringCHEVY CHASE, MD - Because Americans are spending an alarming amount of time in front of screens, the Audubon Naturalist Society offers families a little digital instruction book on how to help children get outdoors more often. Written by ANS naturalists and educators, the FREE ANS Parent Guide: How to Help Children Fall in Love with Nature (and Why), helps address the special concerns for children in urban settings.

In a recent article on rethinkingschools.org, a Washington, DC teacher, whose students were legitimately afraid of being attacked in the woods, shared the joys (and her genius way) of getting them out of their comfort zone and into birds. More ↠

Pictured L-R is: Denver Lark (North Carolina A&T University), Dana Blair, NNPA DTU Roadtrip Navigator; MC Lyte, Diamond Durant (Morgan State University) and Tyvan Burns (Norfolk State University) pose for a photo during the NNPA’s DTU 2018 Immersion experience with Chevrolet. Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte is the national spokesperson for the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) Discover The Unexpected (DTU) Journalism Fellowship program.

Her passion about education and her desire to create opportunities for HBCU students are two of the many reasons she partnered with the NNPA and Chevrolet, the program’s sponsor.

As she continues her great acts of philanthropy, MC Lyte said that music and journalism are much alike, as they are both used to tell stories. More ↠

Mithcell's Project Yellowstone ParticipantsSTATESVILLE, NC – Project Yellowstone, an annual student and community program offered through Mitchell Community College, celebrated the program’s 9th trip in June 2018. Since summer 2009, the Project Yellowstone program has taken high school and college students as well as others from the Statesville, NC community to Yellowstone National Park.

This year, due to many generous donations, full Project Yellowstone scholarships were offered to three curriculum students, Amari Grady, Mitchell Jordan and Jeremy Wagner. All three students called the trip an experience of a lifetime. More ↠

By DONNA FLETCHER

(Conference Coordinator, National Science Teachers Association)

Apple On BooksAs a parent, I recognize that I am my children’s biggest advocate and I work hard to make sure that they have the best learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. When I relocated from Washington, D.C. to Florida, I struggled to find schools that were rigorous in their instruction, included strong community and parental involvement, provided a diverse selection of extra-curricular activities, and offered the support services my children needed. Eventually, I found a school that met the majority of my expectations, but that school was located in a different county. As a result, I relocated to an address within that area. With a background in education and familiarity with the District of Columbia Public Schools system (DCPS) through my older children, I constantly found myself comparing the materials being taught at my children’s elementary school to the lessons that were taught in DCPS over 15 years earlier. To my chagrin, my younger children were lagging far behind, academically. More ↠

AmeriHealth Caritas offers tips for parents

Girls BullyingPHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A study published in School Psychology Review found that 30 percent of children admit to bullying others. In addition to potentially causing physical and psychological distress for their victims, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that children who bully others are more likely to engage in alcohol and, or drug abuse, physical violence, criminal activity, domestic violence, and other destructive behaviors.

“While it is certainly important for parents to confront signs that their children are being bullied, it is equally important for parents to respond when it appears that their child is the aggressor,” says Dr. Michael Golinkoff of AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need. More ↠

Children at computers (StatePoint) New and emerging technologies are supporting today’s students and teachers in unprecedented ways. Here are a few ways this is happening in schools in local communities across the country.

• Communication Apps. New apps such as ClassDojo, are making it easier for teachers to actively communicate with students and parents. Teachers can send encouraging messages to students via the app and message with parents. What’s more, students can create digital portfolios to share at home with their families. With flexibility to access the app on tablets, phones, computers and smartboards, its versatility helps foster a learning community.

• Collaborative Math Resources. The textbook is no longer the sole resource math students can rely on to succeed. New software is making mathematics more accessible, interactive and personalized. More ↠