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Educating School Districts About the Importance of Clean Transportation

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(Family Features) Although most school districts have implemented technology that makes it easy to connect with teachers, you may still wonder how to create dialogue within your district about larger scale issues than your child’s homework assignments.

One example is sustainability, which is an issue many parents feel strongly about. Opening conversations with leaders in the school district can result in many kinds of eco-friendly changes, such as a greater commitment to recycling and teaching kids about the importance of protecting the environment. Transportation is another area where districts can make more sustainable choices, which can also save money over time.

Most of the school buses on the road today run on diesel, which is known to cause respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis. There are two primary energy alternatives to diesel for clean student transportation: propane and electric. While both can achieve clean transportation, the cost to do so is not equal.

Propane is a fraction of the cost for the initial bus purchase and infrastructure is affordable, scalable and available in communities across the country. What’s more, propane has a range of 400 miles, allowing a sizable vehicle like a bus to reliably travel long distances without stopping to refuel.

If you’d like to talk with your school district about reducing emissions in your community and saving money for your district’s budget, consider these tips:

Compile Information to Share
Your concerns are more likely to attract attention if you collect meaningful details and data to support your request. In addition to statistics and research that explain why your school district should reconsider traditional diesel transportation, you might also gather information on the district’s transportation expenses. You can make your points more relevant by learning about how other districts in your area are making sustainable choices like choosing propane buses.

Write a Letter to District Officials
Once you thoroughly research and organize the details most relevant to your community, you can begin to share it with others. One important step is a letter to the school district that documents your concerns and conveys the importance of clean, safe, healthy transportation for children. The key is to not only spell out the harm being caused, but also to provide a viable solution.

Educate District Officials
Once you’ve gone on record with a letter, you can work to educate leaders in the school district about clean energy buses. Often, a school board meeting is the most efficient way to open this dialogue because you can address the entire board at once. An added benefit is other members of the community who are deeply interested in school operations are likely to attend, and reporters covering the school district may also hear and report on your information, which can spread word to the larger community.

Call a Parent-Teacher Meeting
Working together, parents and teachers have a strong voice within the school system. A meeting among like-minded parents and teachers can be a forum for you to collectively develop a strategy for gathering further support for your cause, educating about the importance of the issue and ultimately driving change for your community.

Visit BetterOurBuses.com to find resources to talk to your school district about important matters like switching to propane school buses.


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George Magazine Introduces Children’s Magazine: George Junior

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HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, USA /EINPresswire.com/ — GeorgeMagazine has recently launched their latest creation, a new children’s magazine focused on leadership, patriotism, and faith. The magazine is geared toward children ages 6 to 12 and features a thought-provoking theme each month. Its latest edition set to release today focuses on setting goals and creative ways to stick with them.


In this issue, readers can also look forward to:

1. Comic Book Style Stories: Read along as George Jr., his friend John, and his
sister Betsy, learn a lesson in setting goals, practicing, and staying patient.

2. Bible Stories: Each issue brings to life Bible stories, offering a kid-friendly
perspective on the teachings and morals found within these tales.

3. Branches of the Military: Children will learn the branches of the United
States Military and what each branch is responsible for.

4. Activities: Readers will learn how to create their very own snow globe as
well as how to make Garlic Toast Pizza.

5. Vocabulary: George Junior believes learning new words is important, and
each issue features a set of five words in the beginning of the magazine the
children will seek to find throughout the rest of the magazine.

6. Notable People: This issue features information about Nikola Tesla and the
inventions he created.

Parents can rest assured that George Junior magazine provides a safe and enriching environment for their children. The magazine’s focus is on providing quality content that is both educational and entertaining, allowing kids to explore the world around them while maintaining the innocence of childhood.

George Junior is available at georgejuniormagazine.com. Subscriptions are also available for added convenience and savings. The magazine is a monthly
subscription, allowing children to have something fun to look for in the mail.

With its dedication to fostering intellectual growth and character development, George Junior is the perfect gift for parents and grandparents looking to inspire children while keeping them engaged. Each issue is thoughtfully crafted to stimulate young minds and encourage them to dream, investigate, and thrive.
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Brainingcamp and Savvas Learning Company Partner to Make Math More Visual and Hands-On

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AUSTIN, Texas (Newswire.com) – Brainingcamp, a globally recognized provider of world-class digital math manipulatives, announced today that it is partnering with Savvas Learning Company to provide its premiere digital manipulatives for the Savvas K-8 math programs. The combined content will transform students’ grasp of abstract math concepts by making math visual and interactive.

Brainingcamp’s suite of digital math manipulatives will be included in the newest Savvas K-8 math programs: the award-winning enVision Mathematics © 2024 and the brand-new, student-centered Experience Math © 2025.

More than 7.5 million students and educators rely on Brainingcamp virtual manipulatives. With all the familiarity of their physical counterparts, Brainingcamp’s 17 manipulatives allow students to explore math concepts more deeply through its interactive and intuitive digital functionality.  

“Embedding Brainingcamp digital manipulatives into Savvas content creates incredible visual and interactive learning,” said Dan Harris, Brainingcamp’s president and founder. “We admire Savvas as a longtime leader recognized for its innovative and exceptional curriculum. I know the teachers and students who use Savvas Learning Company’s high-quality math programs will love having Brainingcamp manipulatives at their fingertips to increase engagement and develop deep conceptual understanding.”

By partnering with Savvas, Brainingcamp will provide best-in-class digital manipulatives to the millions of students and educators using the Savvas K-8 math solutions. Additionally, with Brainingcamp LIVE, teachers can host a screen-sharing session with their class for real-time instruction and instant feedback on student progress.

“Math manipulatives are an integral part of an active learning classroom. They combine visual and hands-on learning to help students develop critical problem-solving skills,” said Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company. “By partnering with Brainingcamp, Savvas is offering best-in-class interactive math manipulatives for use with our evidence-based, K-8 math solutions. This combination offers educators the instructional flexibility and accessibility they need to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed.”

To learn more about Brainingcamp, visit www.brainingcamp.com.

ABOUT BRAININGCAMP  

Brainingcamp is a globally recognized provider of world-class digital math manipulatives. Through their versatile manipulatives, Brainingcamp is creating a world where students can deepen conceptual understanding through hands-on and visual learning. Brainingcamp’s mission is to bring math to life. More than 7.5 million educators and students trust Brainingcamp worldwide. For more information, visit Brainingcamp.

ABOUT SAVVAS LEARNING COMPANY

At Savvas, we believe learning should inspire. By combining new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of interacting, we design engaging, next-generation K-12 learning solutions that give all students the best opportunity to succeed. Our award-winning, high-quality instructional materials span every grade level and discipline, from evidence-based, standards-aligned core curricula to supplemental and intervention programs to state-of-the art assessment tools — all designed to meet the needs of every learner. Savvas products are used by millions of students and educators in more than 90 percent of the 13,000+ public school districts across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as globally in more than 125 countries. To learn more, visit Savvas Learning Company. Savvas Learning Company’s products are also available for sale in Canada through its subsidiary, Rubicon.

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Exploring Study Abroad: Opportunities for High School Students

Discover exciting study abroad opportunities for high school students. Expand horizons, foster intercultural understanding, and create lifelong connections through international exchange programs.

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In an increasingly interconnected world, fostering intercultural understanding is crucial. That’s where ASSE, a non-profit public benefit organization, comes in. Dedicated to promoting closer ties of friendship between the United States and other countries, ASSE offers an enriching opportunity for high school students aged 15 to 18 through their youth exchange programs.


Female tourist relaxing by the sea. She is looking at the beautiful town Vernazza, Cinque Terre

ASSE’s selection process is based on academic performance, character references, and a genuine desire to experience life abroad. Students have the freedom to choose their host country, irrespective of prior language knowledge. Scholarships are available, considering academic performance, leadership skills, and financial need.

The program ensures that families abroad are carefully screened, providing a safe and nurturing environment for students. Although language proficiency is not a requirement before departure, students acquire language skills through immersion in the local culture and attending regular high school classes alongside their new teenage friends.

Moreover, ASSE offers American families a chance to host international students from various countries, including Spain, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Thailand, and Japan. Hosting an ASSE student provides an invaluable cross-cultural experience, as the students actively participate in the host family’s daily activities and attend a local American high school for an academic year or semester.

To learn more about becoming an ASSE exchange student or hosting an international student, contact Saphia Lesch at 1-800-473-0696, visit www.asse.com, or send an email to [email protected].

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs create opportunities for personal growth, lifelong friendships, and a deeper appreciation for diverse cultures. Join ASSE today and embark on a transformative journey of intercultural exchange.

Source: ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

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