Student Achievement - PTA Great Idea Bank 2011-08-14T12:31:00Z http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/forum/categories/student-achievement/listForCategory?feed=yes&xn_auth=no SPELLATHON tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-08-11:2919887:Topic:45964 2011-08-11T10:31:13.051Z Richard Wood http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/RichardWood <p class="summary"> </p> <p class="summary">Spellathon will provide a spelling practice resource for teachers and the biggest, best and most exciting sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!</p> <p class="summary">Spellathon has been a successful, paper based annual fundraising event for learning disability charity Mencap for the last 18 years. In 2011 , by applying online, laptops, mobiles, tablets and…</p> <p class="summary"> </p> <p class="summary">Spellathon will provide a spelling practice resource for teachers and the biggest, best and most exciting sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students!</p> <p class="summary">Spellathon has been a successful, paper based annual fundraising event for learning disability charity Mencap for the last 18 years. In 2011 , by applying online, laptops, mobiles, tablets and smart whiteboard technologies with state -of-the-art 3D animation, Spellathon will reach a wider audience.</p> <p class="summary">Registration is now open for all Schools and Universities from around the world, to receive a personal invitation from Stephen Fry (<a target="blank" href="http://www.linkedin.com/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Fen%2Ewikipedia%2Eorg%2Fwiki%2FStephen_Fry&amp;urlhash=auQu&amp;_t=tracking_anet">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry</a>) and a Free Digital Schools Pack that will contain the interactive whiteboard game, assembly video, pre-populated digital marketing materials and everything else they need to take part. <br/><br/>Spellathon will launch early September 2011. To register please visit: <br/><br/><a href="http://www.spellathon.net">www.spellathon.net</a></p> PARP - Parents as Reading Partners tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-07-22:2919887:Topic:43719 2011-07-22T03:48:00.884Z Melissa Maher http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/MelissaMaher <p>Every year, our school has a theme for PARP and we need help coming up with an idea for this year.</p> <p>Last year, we did "Come Read Under the Sea" with a whole underwater theme- mermaids, seas creatures, etc.</p> <p>Any ideas for a slogan and the corresponding visuals to go along with it? Thanks in advance!</p> <p>Every year, our school has a theme for PARP and we need help coming up with an idea for this year.</p> <p>Last year, we did "Come Read Under the Sea" with a whole underwater theme- mermaids, seas creatures, etc.</p> <p>Any ideas for a slogan and the corresponding visuals to go along with it? Thanks in advance!</p> PTA su tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-05-30:2919887:Topic:38618 2011-05-30T05:13:28.156Z Craig clark http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/Craigclark Tap here to begin writing Tap here to begin writing 6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying. Please share tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-05-25:2919887:Topic:37940 2011-05-25T23:07:00.211Z Paul Murphy http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/PaulMurphy <div class="tb"><h1>6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying. Please share</h1> <ul class="navigation byline"> <li><a class="nolink">Posted by</a> <a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/profile/PaulMurphy">Paul Murphy</a> <a class="nolink">on April 10, 2011 at 8:25pm in</a> <a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/categories/untitled-category-1/listForCategory">Untitled Category</a> <a class="nolink">(</a>…</li> </ul> </div> <div class="tb"><h1>6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying. Please share</h1> <ul class="navigation byline"> <li><a class="nolink">Posted by</a> <a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/profile/PaulMurphy">Paul Murphy</a> <a class="nolink">on April 10, 2011 at 8:25pm in </a><a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/categories/untitled-category-1/listForCategory">Untitled Category</a> <a class="nolink">(</a><a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/topics/6yearolds-book-aims-to-teach#">Change</a><a class="nolink">)</a></li> <li><a class="xg_sprite xg_sprite-view" href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/topic/listForContributor?user=26yfkfw1effbj">View Discussions</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="discussion"><div class="description"><p>     {  LaNiyah Bailey is  6 years old, and I tend to believe she  is changing the  landscape  of the obesity crisis. Will the food industry take her on? Will the media report on her ground breaking work? Will you, the reader give her story a tiny press of a  key, and send her work viral? She is a warrior, and she is standing up against the bully. She can do this all alone in isolation , or we can lend a hand.The choice is your's to make . Here is your chance to stand up along side a warrior, who has been bullied due to obesity.<a href="http://www.obesitythunderbay.ca/">www.obesitythunderbay.ca</a> # <a href="http://www.obesitythunderbay.ning.com/">www.obesitythunderbay.ning.com</a> #<a href="http://www.notfatcauseiwannabe.com/#">www.notfatcauseIwannabe.com#</a>.  She will not go quietly into the night and her Parents deserve our respect and appreciation. Personally, I want to thank her Parents  for joining this site .They and I do not ask for money to carry the message of hope and dignity for all.</p> <p> Just watch  her stand up for a generation of children.</p> <p> What can you do ?}</p> <p>6-year-old's book aims to teach other kids on obesity, bullying</p> <p><br/> By Dawn Turner Trice - Chicago Tribune</p> <p><br/>  <br/> CHICAGO — Children began teasing LaNiyah Bailey about her weight two years ago when she was in pre-kindergarten. She told me they called her "fatty-pants" and "big, fat elephant girl." Some kids said LaNiyah's distended abdomen looked like she was carrying a baby. One adult, a former day care provider, even called her "fatso."<br/> <br/> LaNiyah's mother, LaToya White, said that although most adults don't say anything, many do stare when she and her daughter are in the grocery store.<br/> <br/> LaNiyah is now 6 and weighs 115 pounds, about 70 pounds more than the average child her age. "People look at me like, 'What are you feeding her?' " said White, 34, who works for a property management company. "When we're in the store, they look in my shopping cart expecting to find a bunch of junk food. But she's always eaten healthy."<br/> LIFE CMP-SELF-BULLIED TB<br/> MCT - 6-year-old author LaNiyah Bailey plays the board game CandyLand with her mother Latoya White and father Songo Bailey in Bellwood, Illinois on Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Scott Strazzante/ Chicago Tribune/MCT)<br/> <br/> *<br/> <br/> So, as this west suburban Berkeley, Ill., child finds herself at the intersection of a couple of hot issues — the country's epidemic of childhood obesity and the destructive effects of bullying — her parents are determined to make sure neither erodes her self-esteem.<br/> <br/> White said that she and LaNiyah's father, Songo Bailey, first noticed their daughter was gaining an abnormal amount of weight when she was 3 years old. The family met with a nutritionist, who put LaNiyah on a strict 1,800-calorie-per-day diet. They also hired a personal trainer, but LaNiyah's weight continued to increase. She gained 30 pounds during 2009.<br/> <br/> "The personal trainer said, 'Something is wrong,' " White said. "Outside of the training, she's a very active girl. She's taken dance classes, and she has a treadmill at home. And she runs around the house with our puppy."<br/> <br/> White and Bailey took their daughter to doctor after doctor, and they blamed LaNiyah's weight on bad dietary habits.<br/> <br/> "One doctor told me, right in front of LaNiyah's face, 'She's just fat because you're feeding her the wrong things,' " White said.<br/> <br/> "She became so self-conscious that she doesn't wear jeans at all. She wears sweat pants, and I buy her cute tops. Or she'll wear dresses because she's a girlie-girl."<br/> <br/> Medical problems found<br/> <br/> Outraged and frustrated, LaNiyah's parents continued taking her to doctors until one ordered an X-ray, which showed LaNiyah had a swollen colon. Other tests have shown evidence that she may have a hormonal abnormality.<br/> <br/> She now is being treated by an endocrinologist and a gastroenterologist.<br/> <br/> "We want people to know that childhood obesity isn't always food-induced," said Bailey, 33, a firefighter.<br/> <br/> Dr. Rebecca Unger, a pediatrician at Children's Memorial Hospital and a member of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, said it's unusual for children to be obese because of issues not directly related to overeating. But it does happen.<br/> <br/> "By far, the most common cause of childhood obesity is the imbalance between calories in and the amount of energy expended," said Unger, who is not LaNiyah's pediatrician. "But even when a child's weight gain is because of medical reasons, the goal is to get it under control so there aren't other adverse physical and psychological effects."<br/> <br/> 'Not Fat Because I Wanna Be'<br/> <br/> White said that while LaNiyah's health was her biggest concern, she worried about how the weight was affecting LaNiyah's self-confidence. So she and her daughter decided to write about it. The result is LaNiyah's new book, "Not Fat Because I Wanna Be," self-published by her mother. (Her Web site is <a href="http://www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com/">www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com</a>.) LaNiyah said it explains how the teasing made her feel. as well as how "you can't judge a book by its cover."<br/> <br/> "I came home crying to my mom and dad when I got teased and bullied," said LaNiyah, who is an effervescent and cute little girl. "I want people to learn that bullying isn't cool to do to other people."<br/> <br/> White said that when she talked with her daughter about what to put in the book, the way LaNiyah expressed her feelings broke her mother's heart.<br/> <br/> "I showed what I had to the editor (whom White hired), and she said that we had to make it more fun to appeal to kids," White said. "But when I read it to my daughter, she said, 'I don't want it to be fun. It's not funny.' "<br/> <br/> Proud father<br/> <br/> Bailey said that when LaNiyah told him she was writing a book, he was surprised by how motivated and self-possessed she was.<br/> <br/> "I started to cry because I knew what she had been through and I was so impressed with her," he said. "As a firefighter, I'm obligated to protect people and it doesn't matter what they look like. It hurts me that people don't have that same decency or kindness toward my child."<br/> <br/> White said it's not clear what LaNiyah's future will hold in terms of her weight. She just wants her daughter to be healthy.<br/> <br/> "Right now, her confidence level is through the roof," White said. "She told me she wants to be a chef, or day care provider or a firefighter like her dad."<br/> <br/> White said she understands that we live in a weight-obsessed world. She said she used to sing in a group, and her record label wanted her to be super-thin.<br/> <br/> "They make you feel like you have to be stick-thin," said White, who at 5-foot-6 weighs about 160 pounds. "At my thinnest, I was 120 pounds. I've learned to accept myself the way I am, and I want LaNiyah to accept herself, too, no matter her size."<br/>  <br/> <br/>  Please see and share.</p> </div> </div> Suicide Pact: Minnesota Teens Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz Commit Suicide at Slumber Party tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-05-25:2919887:Topic:37937 2011-05-25T23:02:59.601Z Paul Murphy http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/PaulMurphy <div class="xg_headline xg_headline-img xg_headline-2l"><div class="ib"><span class="xg_avatar"><a class="fn url" href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/profile/PaulMurphy" title="Paul Murphy"><img class="photo" src="http://api.ning.com/files/DFV3d6Xj91qwDcSefY4ISTUhGgVk-DMMY7rkMx1w-WESn4wKvvGrkozhAHpyeE7VTtkZauQC662B22cYJ44L-SsrvxKZeGSt/7UpBaby.jpg?width=64&amp;height=64&amp;crop=1%3A1" alt="Paul Murphy" width="64" height="64"/></a></span></div> <div class="tb"><h1>Suicide Pact: Minnesota…</h1> </div> </div> <div class="xg_headline xg_headline-img xg_headline-2l"><div class="ib"><span class="xg_avatar"><a class="fn url" href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/profile/PaulMurphy" title="Paul Murphy"><img class="photo" src="http://api.ning.com/files/DFV3d6Xj91qwDcSefY4ISTUhGgVk-DMMY7rkMx1w-WESn4wKvvGrkozhAHpyeE7VTtkZauQC662B22cYJ44L-SsrvxKZeGSt/7UpBaby.jpg?width=64&amp;height=64&amp;crop=1%3A1" alt="Paul Murphy" width="64" height="64"/></a></span></div> <div class="tb"><h1>Suicide Pact: Minnesota Teens Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz Commit Suicide at Slumber Party</h1> <ul class="navigation byline"> <li><a class="nolink">Posted by</a> <a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/profile/PaulMurphy">Paul Murphy</a> <a class="nolink">on May 18, 2011 at 5:40pm in <span> </span></a><a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/categories/untitled-category-1/listForCategory">Untitled Category</a> <a class="nolink">(</a><a href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/topics/suicide-pact-minnesota-teens#">Change</a><a class="nolink">)</a></li> <li><a class="xg_sprite xg_sprite-view" href="http://obesitythunderbay.ning.com/forum/topic/listForContributor?user=26yfkfw1effbj">View Discussions</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> <div class="discussion"><div class="description"><h1 class="headline">Suicide Pact: Minnesota Teens Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz Commit Suicide at Slumber Party</h1> <div style="width: 640px; 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left: 430px; display: block;" id="sponsoredByAd"></div> <p>A slumber party in Minnesota ended in tragedy when two eighth grade girls fulfilled a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=12299828" target="external">suicide pact</a>, killing themselves and leaving behind suicide notes telling their families that they loved them.</p> <p>The bodies of best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, both 14, were discovered Saturday by Fentress' mother, Tracy Morrison.</p> <p>Haylee's aunt, Robin Settle, said the girl had recently moved to the rural town of Lynd, Minn., and had complained to her family that she felt <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/phoebe-princes-family-speaks-settling-lawsuit-school/story?id=12465543" target="external">ostracized and bullied</a>. Settle also said there are indications that the girls had planned their deaths for a long time, even including funeral details in a good-bye note.</p> <p>"I'm shocked and I'm mad and I'm sad...I don't understand the mentality of kids torturing other kids, kids having to go through this. They don't think they have anywhere to go to," Settle told ABC News.com.</p> <p>Settle said that her niece, Haylee, had been the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=12456289" target="external">victim of bullying</a> after moving to Minnesota from Indiana with her mother and 8-year-old brother.</p> <p>"She was made fun of for being overweight, her red hair," Settle said. "She posted on my [Facebook] wall that she really wanted to come back...that the people were mean and cruel and she didn't fit in."</p> <p>Even though Haylee wasn't severely overweight, she was so uncomfortable about her size that she rarely ate in public at school, Settle said.</p> <div style="width: 200px; margin-right: 50px; display: block;" class="rel_container g_4" id="rel_image_feature"><div class="rel_content"><div class="rel_thumb"><a name="lpos=widget[Left_Rail_Image]&amp;lid=view[Image]"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/images/WN/ht_haylee_fentress_paige_moravetz_ll_110419_wg.jpg" style="margin-left: 0.5px; margin-top: 0px;" alt="PHOTO:&#xA0;Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz" width="199" border="0" height="112"/> <span class="image_icon"> </span></a></div> <div class="rel_headline"><div class="photo_credit">Courtesy Robin Settle; Brett Behnke</div> <div class="photo_caption">Haylee Fentress, left, and Paige Moravetz,... <a name="lpos=widget[Left_Rail_Image]&amp;lid=view[Image]">View Full Size</a></div> </div> </div> <div style="display: none;" class="rel_inactive"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/images/WN/ht_haylee_fentress_paige_moravetz_ll_110419_wg.jpg" style="margin-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px;" alt="PHOTO:&#xA0;Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz" width="640" border="0" height="360"/><div class="active_media"><div class="active_image_caption"><div class="photo_credit">Courtesy Robin Settle; Brett Behnke</div> <div class="photo_caption">Haylee Fentress, left, and Paige Moravetz, both eighth graders at Marshall Middle School in southwest Minnesota, were found together in a home in Island Lake Township, around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011. Two 14-year-old girls left a note saying goodbye to friends and family before taking their own lives.</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div style="width: 200px; margin-right: 50px;" class="rel_container g_4" id="rel_1"><div class="rel_content"><div class="rel_thumb"><a name="lpos=widget[Left_Rail_Video_1]&amp;lid=view[Video]"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/abc_wrtv_bully_suicide_100915_wl.jpg" width="200" border="0" height="112"/> <span class="image_icon"> </span></a></div> <div class="rel_headline">Teen Kills Himself After Being Bullied <a class="open">Watch Video</a></div> </div> <div style="display: none;" class="rel_inactive"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/assets/images/spacer.gif" style="background: #000000 none repeat scroll 0% 0%;" width="640" border="0" height="360"/> <span class="active_image_closer"> </span></div> </div> <div style="width: 200px; margin-right: 50px;" class="rel_container g_4" id="rel_2"><div class="rel_content"><div class="rel_thumb"><a name="lpos=widget[Left_Rail_Video_2]&amp;lid=view[Video]"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/images/US/abc_suicide_teens_100413_wl.jpg" width="200" border="0" height="112"/> <span class="image_icon"> </span></a></div> <div class="rel_headline">Rash of Teen Suicides Shocks Locals <a class="open">Watch Video</a></div> </div> <div style="display: none;" class="rel_inactive"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/assets/images/spacer.gif" style="background: #000000 none repeat scroll 0% 0%;" width="640" border="0" height="360"/> <span class="active_image_closer"> </span></div> </div> <div style="width: 200px; margin-right: 50px;" class="rel_container g_4" id="rel_3"><div class="rel_content"><div class="rel_thumb"><a name="lpos=widget[Left_Rail_Video_3]&amp;lid=view[Video]"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/images/site/abc_default_image_wl.jpg" width="200" border="0" height="112"/> </a></div> <div class="rel_headline">Teen Shoots Dad and Self in Front of Mom <a class="open">Watch Video</a></div> </div> <div style="display: none;" class="rel_inactive"><img src="http://a.abcnews.com/assets/images/spacer.gif" style="background: #000000 none repeat scroll 0% 0%;" width="640" border="0" height="360"/></div> </div> <div style="width: 200px; margin-right: 50px;" class="rel_container g_4" id="quigo_ad"></div> <p>Paige was Haylee's closest friend.</p> <p>"They were best friends. Haylee started school here about a year ago and over the course of the year, they'd become best friends," said Brett Behnke, Paige's uncle.</p> <p>Paige played hockey and was teaching Haylee to skate, Behnke said.</p> <p>"She had a big, round face and a smile that's intoxicating, just a charmer," Behnke said of his niece.</p> <p>The two girls were so close, Haylee had hyphenated her last name on Facebook to include Paige's last name.</p> <p>Haylee was recently expelled from school for defending Paige during a fight in school, Settle said.</p> <p>Calls and emails to the Marshall School District to confirm this were not returned.</p> <p>"That was really weighing on her, missing her friends and being excluded from school. She felt like she was defending herself and her friend," Settle said.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Minnesota Teens Leave Behind Suicide Notes</h3> <p>The girls died three days after Paige's mother and stepdad left for a 10-day vacation to Hawaii. Paige spent the night at Haylee's home.</p> <p>"Her and Paige got really close. I think they've had this plan for some time," Settle said.</p> <p>Sometime after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Haylee left a Facebook post for her cousin, Jessica, wishing her a happy birthday. After leaving a post on her cousin's wall, Haylee called her closest friend in Indiana, Settle said. Around 6 a.m., Haylee's mother found the girls.</p> <p>"They did hang themselves. My sister found them. She's a medical assistant. She attempted to resuscitate them," Settle said.</p> <p>Those efforts to resuscitate the girls failed.</p> <p>The girls also left behind letters.</p> <p>"She just didn't want anybody to be sad for her. She wanted everybody to pray for her and that's the gist of it," Behnke said of Paige's note.</p> <p>Haylee's letter was to her mother and detailed plans for her funeral, Settle said.</p> <p>"She requested everything pink and princess and butterflies," Settle said.</p> <p>A funeral will be held Thursday for Haylee and a second one will be held for Haylee on Saturday in Indiana. Paige's funeral is scheduled for today.</p> <p>"She was actually one of the most giving loving girls you would ever meet... She just loved everyone unconditionally...She couldn't stand people to be made fun of, tortured, teased. She stood up for the underdogs and she was one herself," Settle said.</p> <p> </p> <p>Please see and share.</p> </div> </div>
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Volunteer Hours tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-04-20:2919887:Topic:35031 2011-04-20T19:49:33.242Z Lee Jones http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/LeeJones Any suggestions on how to get people to submit their volunteer hours or a better way to track them? We have a lot of parents that volunteer but very few submit their hours. Any suggestions on how to get people to submit their volunteer hours or a better way to track them? We have a lot of parents that volunteer but very few submit their hours. Book Fair Theft tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-03-14:2919887:Topic:30720 2011-03-14T16:33:40.911Z Cindy Wilkinson http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/CindyWilkinson <p>What do you do to prevent theft at your book fairs?</p> <p> </p> <p>Our students are required to leave jackets and back packs outside and are given a "ticket" when items are purchased and the "ticket" must be presented at the door when leaving.</p> <p> </p> <p>HOWEVER</p> <p> </p> <p>we still have some theft...some are books and some are the small gadgets.</p> <p> </p> <p>Any ideas???</p> <p> </p> <p>What do you do to prevent theft at your book fairs?</p> <p> </p> <p>Our students are required to leave jackets and back packs outside and are given a "ticket" when items are purchased and the "ticket" must be presented at the door when leaving.</p> <p> </p> <p>HOWEVER</p> <p> </p> <p>we still have some theft...some are books and some are the small gadgets.</p> <p> </p> <p>Any ideas???</p> <p> </p> budget cuts! tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-01-10:2919887:Topic:26741 2011-01-10T19:31:47.000Z Deborah Grimshaw http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/DeborahGrimshaw <p>Our school district in Hillsboro, Oregon is facing budget cutsbetween 19 and 25 MILLION dollars next year. Principals in the districtare holding information and idea sessions to inform the public of theupcoming cuts and to gather input.</p> <p> </p> <p>I'm curious about creative ways in which school districts aregenerating income. We can't just keep cutting days and programs. Weneed to find sustainable funding.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ideas?</p> <p>Our school district in Hillsboro, Oregon is facing budget cutsbetween 19 and 25 MILLION dollars next year. Principals in the districtare holding information and idea sessions to inform the public of theupcoming cuts and to gather input.</p> <p> </p> <p>I'm curious about creative ways in which school districts aregenerating income. We can't just keep cutting days and programs. Weneed to find sustainable funding.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ideas?</p> Budget Cuts! tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-01-10:2919887:Topic:26739 2011-01-10T19:29:26.000Z Deborah Grimshaw http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/DeborahGrimshaw <p>Our school district in Hillsboro, Oregon is facing budget cuts between 19 and 25 MILLION dollars next year. Principals in the district are holding information and idea sessions to inform the public of the upcoming cuts and to gather input.</p> <p> </p> <p>I'm curious about creative ways in which school districts are generating income. We can't just keep cutting days and programs. We need to find sustainable funding.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ideas?</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Our school district in Hillsboro, Oregon is facing budget cuts between 19 and 25 MILLION dollars next year. Principals in the district are holding information and idea sessions to inform the public of the upcoming cuts and to gather input.</p> <p> </p> <p>I'm curious about creative ways in which school districts are generating income. We can't just keep cutting days and programs. We need to find sustainable funding.</p> <p> </p> <p>Ideas?</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Teach Your Teens About the Dangers of Blacking Out from Heavy Drinking tag:www.ptagreatideabank.org,2011-01-06:2919887:Topic:26720 2011-01-06T13:18:09.000Z aimee http://www.ptagreatideabank.org/profile/aimee <p>Aaron White, PhD, who is now at NIAAA, and his former colleagues surveyed 772 college graduates on whether or not they had experienced a blackout.</p> <p> </p> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal">Of the students who had drunk alcohol, 51% reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40% experienced a blackout in the year before the survey.</div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> … <p>Aaron White, PhD, who is now at NIAAA, and his former colleagues surveyed 772 college graduates on whether or not they had experienced a blackout.</p> <p> </p> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal">Of the students who had drunk alcohol, 51% reported blacking out at some point in their lives, and 40% experienced a blackout in the year before the survey.</div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal">Students said they later learned they’d done things they didn’t remember during a blackout – including stealing, unprotected sex and driving. </div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal">Talk to your children about the dangers of blacking out (they're not unconscious they just don't know what they are doing and don't remember what they've done. Here's some science that can help start the discussion. Sharing the science can help.</div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>Alcohol primarily interferes with the ability to form new long–term memories, and the ability to keep new information active in memory for brief periods, explains White. As the amount of alcohol consumed increases, so does the magnitude of the memory impairments. </b></span></i></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><br/></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>Large amounts of alcohol, particularly if consumed rapidly, can produce partial or complete blackouts, which are periods of memory loss for events that transpired while a person was drinking.</b></span></i></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><br/></span></div> <div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small;"><i><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><b>Blackouts come from</b></span></i> <i><b><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">disruption of activity in the hippocampus, a brain region that plays a central role in the formation of new memories.</span></b></i> <i><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"><b> </b></span></i></span></div> </div> <div class="MsoNormal"></div>