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  • Celebrate your heroes during Teacher Appreciation Week with Free Downloads!

    Celebrate your heroes the week of May 2-6, 2016 during Teacher Appreciation Week and School Nutrition Employee Week. To help you celebrate, Learning ZoneXpress is offering three downloadable certificates of appreciation and recognition. These certificates are easy to print and award to deserving individuals in your school and community. During Teacher Appreciation Week, award educators that have a positive influence at your school. Let’s express gratitude for those teachers impacting tomorrow’s leaders. For School Nutrition Employee Week, recognize directors, managers, staff, parents – anyone that is a champion for school nutrition. Let this week serve as a reminder for all...

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  • Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities

    From our friends at GrantStation... Grants Enhance Skateparks in Underserved Communities Tony Hawk Foundation The Tony Hawk Foundation is dedicated to funding the construction of new, quality skateparks located in low-income communities throughout the United States. The Foundation primarily supports projects that can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, particularly in the form of planning and fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups. Priority is given to projects that are designed and built from concrete by experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the design process. Grants of $1,000 to $25,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations and state or...

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  • K-12 Service Learning Programs Funded

    From our friends at GrantStation... Youth Service America: State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants The State Farm Good Neighbor Impact Schools Grants program, a partnership of Youth Service America (YSA) and State Farm, supports K-12 administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service at their school or school district. The program will select 20 K-12 public schools or districts to be recognized as Good Neighbor Impact Schools. Each selected school or district will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to authentically engage students in service during the 2016-2017 academic year...

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  • Who benefits from financial education? Millennials, girls, and credit scores!

    As a teacher you often know when you’ve made a difference. You see the spark. You get the answer that’s so right it puts a new spin on a topic for you! But it’s always nice to get a little confirmation from the research. The Minnesota Credit Union has some good news… Minnesota Credit Unions have assembled and reviewed the research to show how millennials, girls, and credit scores are benefiting from financial education such as that required in Minnesota. Here’s an example… Students exposed to mandated personal finance education exhibit meaningful improvements in credit outcomes. Three years following the implementation...

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  • Grants Promote Access to Oral Healthcare

    Dental Trade Alliance Foundation The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is dedicated to supporting promising initiatives that achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change in oral healthcare. The Foundation is offering grants of up to $25,000 for innovative, sustainable, scalable projects designed to increase access to oral healthcare for those in need. Funded projects should not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country. Applications are accepted from dental organizations, dental schools, universities, government organizations, and nonprofit organizations for programs located in the...

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  • Elk River and Sauk Rapids-Rice High Schools Repeat Top Honors at Minnesota’s 2016 ProStart Invitational

    Teams from Elk River and Sauk Rapids-Rice high schools repeated first place honors in the culinary competition and management competition respectively at the 10th annual Minnesota ProStart Invitational, sponsored by the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation and Sysco Minnesota. The event, held March 10 at Sysco Minnesota in Mounds View, showcased the cooking talents and business skills of high school students enrolled in the ProStart program at their schools. Both teams now advance to the National ProStart Invitational, which will be held in Texas on April 29-May 1. Culinary Competition Each of the competing culinary teams had one hour to prepare...

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  • You'll go "craisy" for these bars!

    A couple weeks ago we announced the winner of the Soar with School Breakfast Recipe Challenge and this week we decided to try out the recipe for ourselves. The winning recipe, Craisy Pumpkin Breakfast Bars was submitted by LiveWell@School Food Initiative in Colorado. We gathered all the ingredients and made them for breakfast. The team here at Learning ZoneXpress loved them!! They were all gone and all that was left was crumbs on a plate. To make some for yourself or for your school, download the Craisy Pumpkin Breakfast Bars recipe here.

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  • Hop on Over to a Healthy Easter Sunday

    It’s hard to believe that Easter is only four days away and today in Southern Minnesota we are expecting a snow storm. But that’s your typical Minnesota Spring! One day it’s 65 degrees and sunny and the next day there’s a blizzard. Well, fear not Minnesotans, you can still partake like the rest of the country and enjoy Easter! This year, why not try and add more healthy choices to your meal? Adding more vegetable side dishes, like Simple Roasted Baby Carrots or Roasted Brussels Sprouts, is sure to make your meal more colorful, as well as provide healthier options...

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  • Interactive Game Programs Educating Youth Funded

    From our friends at GrantStation... Interactive Game Programs Educating Youth Funded Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of today's youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations for programs that serve youth ages seven to 18. Funded programs and services should utilize technology or computer and video games to educate America's youth and young adults. Programs must be available...

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  • Spotlight on Mississippi DOE/FACS

    When Janie Leach took her position as Program Specialist at the Mississippi Department of Education, she knew she wanted to raise the bar for FACS programs across the state. Mrs. Leach wanted to provide support and visibility for programs under her umbrella: FACS, Early Childhood, Culinary, and Teacher Academy through the Office of Secondary Education and Career Technical Education. Most importantly,Janie wanted teachers to know that they have a partner at the state level to advocate for them. Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) include a wide variety of technical applications. These applications include: basics of food safety...

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