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October 25, 2014

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Many Parents Are Unhappy With Standardized Tests

(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
First Above-The-Elbow Amputee To Return To Active Duty Swims, Cycles To Medals
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student Population
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.

Supporting The Army
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a soldier, Army veteran or proud Army supporter, you can now be part of the future home to Army history. You can inscribe a personal message on a brick that will be permanently laid in the outdoor pathways and plazas of the future National Museum of the United States Army.

Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Wednesday 10/01/2014
3 Pescadores Rescatados en el Mar gracias a Dispositivo GPS
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - El uso efectivo del dispositivo GPS VehSmart probablemente salvó a tres pescadores de Ecuador cuando su bote fue atacado por ladrones. Los pescadores navegaban en su pequeño bote, el Luis Miguel, al suroeste de la penísula de Santa Elena cuando fueron alcanzados por atracadores que les robaron sus pertenencias y el motor del bote y luego los encerraron en un compartimiento de almacén, según la Armada Ecuatoriana (DIRNEA).

How You Can Help Improve Your Community’s Spaces
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(StatePoint) Have you ever wondered why abandoned or dilapidated buildings lie vacant for years on end, or why traffic patterns isolate people from businesses, or why there is a lack of safe and accessible open space in your community? 

Friday 09/26/2014
3 Fishermen Rescued at Sea Thanks to GPS Device
Updated: September 27, 2014 - 3:58 am

(NewsUSA) - The effective use of the VehSmart GPS device likely saved a trio of fishermen from Ecuador after their boat was attacked by robbers. The fishermen were sailing their small boat, Luis Miguel, southwest of the Santa Elena peninsula, when they were overtaken by robbers who stole their personal belongings and the boat's motor before locking them in a storage compartment, according to the Ecuadorean Navy (DIRNEA).

Thursday 09/25/2014
Program Helps Kids Prepare For 21st Century Careers
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Recently, a program that helps put young people on a path to careers in science put one young man on a path that led to the White House.

Doing Good With Wood
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you watch a home improvement show on TV and think “I can do that,” consider this: Through the Do Good With Wood Award program, you may earn national recognition for your creativity with wood combined with your community spirit.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Grandparents, Keep Your Meds Up and Away From Young Children
Updated: September 18, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Grandparents love spending time with their grandchildren. Grandbabies bring so much joy. However, it's not unusual for the curious, tiny fingers of youngsters to end up in places they shouldn't. Putting precious or breakable objects out of reach is important, and so is keeping medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight of young children.

Monday 09/15/2014
Ways to Keep Your Community Safer
Updated: September 15, 2014 - 3:39 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.

Friday 09/05/2014
New Ways to Volunteer in Your Community and Beyond
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) If you want to help a local non-profit organization, but are strapped for time, making a difference is easier than ever.  In fact, there are a variety of new ways you can make an impact in your community even from your computer or mobile device, as a “virtual volunteer.”

Thursday 09/04/2014
Warrior-Athletes Competition Inspires International Imitation
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—For the fifth consecutive year, warrior-athletes from across the country compete in Paralympic-style competitions—demonstrating their resilience, camaraderie and courage.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
Posted: August 26, 2014

(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you’re thirsty, it’s used to produce the energy and oil we use to produce goods.

Friday 08/22/2014
Fall Foes: Watch out for These Stinging Insects
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Many stinging insects become more aggressive in late summer and fall. Their hives are near maximum capacity, and they are scavenging for food to sustain the colony into the colder months. Being able to recognize different types of stinging pests can help determine whether there is an actual threat.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Organization Serving Today's Girls Needs Volunteers
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NAPSI)—If you think the Girl Scouts of today are just about camping and cookies, you’re in for a big surprise; fun, new experiences are the main focus.

Thursday 08/14/2014
Arts And Crafts Can Help Children Learn Important Skills
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Whether it is with finger paint, chalk, crayons or construction paper, children love crafting and creating their own special works of art. Not only are crafts an enjoyable activity for children, simple crafting can also help children learn important skills that affect their overall development and is a way through which parents can observe their children’s developmental progress to make sure they are school ready. It’s important for parents to be in tune with their child’s development during their early years because the first five years of life lay the foundation for a child’s long-term success.

Thursday 08/07/2014
Brawny Brand Extends Partnership With Wounded Warrior Project To Help Support Our Nation's Heroes
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NAPSI)—After soldiers return home from demanding tours of duty, they’re eager to resume the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with family, enjoying abandoned hobbies or reconnecting with friends. But the warriors—as well as their caregivers—often learn that resuming “normal” life can be a challenge.

Thursday 07/24/2014
A Moving Way To Honor A Fallen Hero
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Traveling 12,000 miles in 31 days, four Navy SEAL bikers honored one of their own—and you can go along for the ride.

Moroccans Celebrate Leadership And Reforms
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Citizens of Morocco are marking a period of significant change and progressive developments. July 30th marks the 15th anniversary of King Mohammed VI ascending to the throne.

Help Send Girls To Summer Camp
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—This summer, enjoying a sweet treat can be more than an indulgence, it can also be an opportunity to contribute to the future success of hundreds of girls. That’s the word from Nestlé Crunch, which is collaborating with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on a new campaign to help send girls to summer camp.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
Have a Blast With the Family This Summer, but Stay Safe
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Summertime. It's the time of year to put your feet up, relax and have a little fun. So, why not make it a little safer for the whole family?

Thursday 07/17/2014
Showing A Love Of Science Can Pay Off
Updated: July 18, 2014 - 3:46 am

(NAPSI)—Statistics indicate that the U.S. is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With that in mind, National 4-H Council and HughesNet® have partnered to introduce more American youths to hands-on, community-based STEM learning.

Thursday 06/19/2014
Got An Hour? Give It Back
Updated: June 20, 2014 - 3:58 am

(NAPSI)—Volunteering is easy way to give back the increasing number of older Americans who rely on services and social activities within their community.

Teaching Kids to Be More Caring
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 4:27 am

(StatePoint) In today’s hectic world, simple acts of care can often be overlooked. However, more parents are taking steps to help kids become more caring.

Monday 06/16/2014
Survey: Americans Like Their Community Associations
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 4:20 am

(NewsUSA) - The vast majority of the 65 million Americans who live in condominiums and homeowners associations are satisfied with their communities, according to a national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Research.

Thursday 06/12/2014
Future Army Museum To Salute Service Groups
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—A foundation that honors the U.S. Army has found a new way to salute the efforts of organizations that serve veterans.

Volunteers Are Key To Serving Blinded Veterans
Updated: June 14, 2014 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Thanks to dedicated volunteers, an organization that was created to serve blinded veterans has been able to carry out its mission and steadily expand its range of services for nearly 70 years.

Thursday 05/29/2014
Community Fundraising Made Easy
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:46 pm

(NAPSI)—Warm weather is here and that means youth sports teams, nonprofits, schools, church groups and other community causes are raising money for the season. Through the Schwan’s Cares fundraising network, these groups have discovered a convenient way to earn funds.

Thursday 05/15/2014
$100,000 To Be Awarded For Acts Of Kindness
Updated: May 16, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—If you know someone who brings joy and happiness to others in your community, you could help that person receive one of 100 grants available from a national grassroots campaign, valued at $1,000 each.

Thursday 05/08/2014
Giving back to the everyday heroes who inspire you
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - When you think of public servants or people who do heroic jobs, do you picture police officers, firefighters and soldiers? While all those people selflessly serve the public, they’re not the only everyday heroes whose jobs contribute to the greater good. The field of public service is broad, encompassing teachers, health care workers, law enforcement professionals and social workers.

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