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Bedtime math helps children’s math achievement

Bedtime math helps children’s math achievement

There is always a place for bedtime math story! Integrating math activities into daily routines is a great way to socialize kids and their parents to the benefits of math both inside and outside the classroom. In this blog, Eric Westervelt, NPR Education Correspondent, explains how doing math at bedtime can help advance your child’s match achievement. Read article -> Where The Wild Fractions Are: The Power Of A Bedtime (Math) Story   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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Students receive free housing in exchange for volunteer work

Students receive free housing in exchange for volunteer work

Social interaction has been found to improve health in older adults. “Saying hello, sharing a joke, bringing fish from the market: It’s the little joys of everyday life that the students bring to the seniors.” This happens when volunteering turns into a meaningful relationship. In this The Atlantic blog, freelance writer Tiffany R. Jansen shares how some Dutch college students are living in nursing homes in exchange for volunteer work. Read article -> To Save on Rent, Some Dutch College Students Are Living in Nursing Homes...

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Encouraging kids to love books starts early

Encouraging kids to love books starts early

Did you know getting a child to love reading starts early? There isn’t really any secret formula, but Katherine Lee, school-age children expert for About-Parenting, writes about eight smart ways to do it in her blog. Read article -> 8 Effective Ways to Get a Child to Love Reading   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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Making the most of your parent-teacher conference

Making the most of your parent-teacher conference

  “When parents and teachers work together, the results are always better.” Are you ready for a parent-teacher conference? Educators agree that coming prepared to a parent-teacher conference can help make it a positive experience. In her blog, Elissa Nadworny, digital journalist on the NPR Ed Team, offers three 3 tips for you. Read article -> How to make the most of your 10 minutes with the teacher   Roman J. Salamon is Director of Communication and Marketing at United Way of Rock River...

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How opportunity measures up in our community

How opportunity measures up in our community

Meet John and Jane. John and Jane were born in two towns of similar size with the same unemployment rate. But that’s where the similarities stop. John grew up in a town with a higher household median income, more affordable housing and lower poverty rate, resulting in better opportunities for John to succeed in life. We can’t change the circumstance of John and Jane’s lives, and their talents and ambitions play a role in how far they will go in life. But looking at the right measurements and comprehensive information in our community, we can...

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Top 5 reasons to be a volunteer tutor

Top 5 reasons to be a volunteer tutor

Last week was National Tutoring Week (October 5-9). In case you missed the celebrations, Mei Cobb, Director of Volunteer & Employee Engagement at United Way of Worldwide, listed five reasons why someone would want to be a volunteer tutor: 1. Tutoring works. 2. You get more than you give. 3. You’re the expert. 4. It’s flexible, and predictable. 5. All eyes are on you. Read the entire article on her blog page to learn more about the importance of volunteer tutors. Then if you’re interesting in helping children get more out of their...

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Bedtime stories for young brains

Bedtime stories for young brains

It’s important that young children hear language, and they need to hear it from people, not just from screens. But while we know that reading to a young child is associated with good outcomes, there is only limited understanding of what the mechanism might be. The New York Times blogger Perris Klass, M.D. shares two new studies that examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book. > http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/bedtime-stories-for-young-brains  ...

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Breakfast: the Fast and the Simple

Breakfast: the Fast and the Simple

Eating breakfast is important for everyone, but is especially so for children and adolescents. A well-rounded meal helps children perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills, and eye-hand coordination. Breakfast can be tough to include when you are rushing around in the morning but with a bit of planning, you can eat a healthy, satisfying, tasty meal, and start your day off right. Our friends at Familywize have some great tips for starting off your day right: Breakfast: the Fast and...

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Increasing access to nutritious foods creates opportunities for a healthier community

Increasing access to nutritious foods creates opportunities for a healthier community

Kids are more likely to succeed in school if they’re healthy and well-fed when they enter the classroom. Adults who make healthy choices and have access to affordable health services are more productive in the workplace and their community. When individuals experience better health, they contribute to the collective well-being of the entire community. One of the ways United Way creates a healthier community is collaborating with partners to increase access to healthy and affordable food. Programs like Roots and Wings Youth Leadership...

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More than just a reading mentor; sharing love of reading through friendship

More than just a reading mentor; sharing love of reading through friendship

  An 86-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy walk hand in hand down the halls of Westview School, headed to the library. The scene is a story waiting to be told – and that’s just what happens when the two are together. Stories are told and opportunities are opened. “If these kids can learn to read, their worlds will really open up,” says Dorothy Baits, a United Way I READ mentor. Having no teaching experience, Dorothy was at first hesitant to get involved in the I READ program. But it didn’t take long before Dorothy and her student,...

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Honoring the legacy of Frank Ware, beloved community advocate

Honoring the legacy of Frank Ware, beloved community advocate

For over 30 years, Frank Ware fought to provide respectful and high quality care to individuals in the Rock River Valley suffering from mental illness, who were too often overlooked or stigmatized. When others turned them away, the beloved former president and CEO of Janet Wattles Center personally took the time to understand the needs of each individual. His high standards and expectations over the years resulted in better care for those in need. The community lost a great local champion in Ware when he passed away in 2011. Shortly after his...

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Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

Community service for kids: easy ways to get your children involved in their neighborhood

  In order to improve a community, volunteers of all ages are needed to advance the common good. Even children can make meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. While the extra “hands” are helpful, volunteering together as a family produces real benefits for children in the long-term. Children learn to develop life goals, share family values, and spend time with their parents talking about important community issues. Last week, several families with FCA US, and UAW Local 1268 and Local 1761 put these lessons into...

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