Guest post by: Alesia Netuk of primarylearning.org
We live in an age of growing opportunities for children to utilize technology to create their writing. From typing, to stylus pens, to voice-to-text software, there are many ways children can write other than picking up a pencil. While technology can be efficient and also provide accommodations for children who struggle with traditional pencil and paper tasks, there is still value in learning to write.
Writing helps develop visual motor skills. This is the communication between the eyes and the hands that allows us to write. These skills are necessary for other tasks as well, such as reading or catching a ball.
Writing by hand is also believed by some to slow down our thought process and allow us to dedicate time to areas such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar. These skills can be supported by technology but ultimately, rely on our own knowledge of how to use written language correctly.
Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to spread awareness about the disease that kills nearly 41,000 women each year. No matter your office budget, there are plenty of ways to raise breast cancer awareness in the workplace. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to engage the local community through educational events and fundraising challenges.
Ready to get started? Here’s 7 ideas to spread breast cancer awareness at your organization:
1. Wear a pink ribbon daily in October
At the beginning of the month, hand out pink ribbons to everyone in your office. Encourage your employees to wear it daily as a reminder and to keep conversation opportunities open about breast health. You can add a twist and the company can donate $1 for every employee that wears it. Each employee has the potential to raise $31 each for the month. This is one of the most simple breast cancer awareness month idea to get employees involved in the cause.
2. Hold a pink pumpkin contest
Aside from being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is a prime time for fun fall activities. Have employees create their best breast cancer awareness pumpkin to showcase. Display pumpkins in the lobby (or even the local chamber of commerce office) with collection jars next to each one. The pumpkin with the most jar donations wins!
3. Share education
Beyond the Shock is a free resource,an online guide and app to better understand breast cancer. It’s an ideal resource for employees struggling with a breast cancer diagnosis. Users can also watch inspirational videos from breast cancer survivors sharing their stories.
Sharing these facts with your employees may save a life. Send them off in a newsletter, share this blog, or print a list to hang in the break room. The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide
5. Casual Pink Friday
Let employees wear casual pink clothes or dress-down on Fridays. In order to participate, employees must make at least a donation of $1 each Friday.
6. Collect scarves and hats
Do you have an office full of givers? Take up a collection of brand-new scarves and hats to deliver to a local chemo center. Since many women lose their hair during treatment, a bright scarf or hat will make her day. Better yet, if any of your office staff enjoys knitting or crocheting, ask them if they’d be willing to make some hats.
7. Volunteer together
Giving time is just as good as giving money. There are numerous websites on the internet that post different breast cancer awareness volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer by participating in a breast cancer awareness walk like the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or Avon’s 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. There are endless other volunteer opportunities to volunteer your time. Some volunteer opportunities are becoming a breast cancer mentor, organize a breast cancer support group, become a breast health educator or donate your hair for wigs. There are endless ways to volunteer your time.
No matter how your company leadership decides to acknowledge breast cancer awareness month, you’ll want employees to feel comfortable reaching out if they have questions. These ideas and activities are meant to be lighthearted while still spreading valuable information that can start the conversation — and save a life.
What will you do to spread breast cancer awareness in your office? Share below!
By Shari King April 19, 2016 Reposted from Exceptional Lives Blog
The phrase “Autism Awareness and Acceptance” can elicit many feelings, and today, I would challenge us all to consider what it truly means. What follows is a summary of some of the lessons learned from some of the most capable, loving, devoted and remarkable parents. These lessons apply not only to autistic children, but all children.
AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE IS TO BE OPEN, TO BE COMPASSIONATE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO BE KIND.
Give a smile to the mom in the grocery store whose child is tantrumming over the candy bar that she’s so desperately managing to keep him from. Invite the child with autism to your child’s birthday party and make sure that those parents know that their child is genuinely welcome—whether it be for five minutes, for an hour or maybe hopefully, the entire time. If a child falls apart in your presence, ask that parent, “what can I do to make this better for you?”
Ask questions. Reserve judgment. Don’t assume you know more than you do.
Give your friend a hug or the squeeze of your hand when their child has the bravery to make it through a school performance. Be there for her with a shoulder to lean on, in her isolation, when he does not. Teach your children about inclusivity, that it is not merely a concept or an accommodation but a lesson in how we treat others. It is a horrible feeling to be excluded and there are gifts of friendship to be found in all of us. Acceptance is not simply to tolerate one another but to value our differences and to recognize the strengths that lie within all people.
EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERENCES. ALL PEOPLE MATTER.
Work harder to reach out. Be kind. Teach your kids about the act of kindness and that kindness benefits everybody. Know that kindness needs to be taught and continuously reinforced. Be proactive to affect change. Imagine what you would want if the tables were turned.
Stand up for the rights of all people, whether your child is “neurotypical,” “quirky,” “special needs,” “disabled,” “differently abled,” different,” or any label. A label does not even begin to tell the whole story about a child, their family or, their strength in love.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Hammermill has donated more than $1.7 million to support St. Jude. In 2016, we will do more by donating a minimum of $250,000 to their life-saving mission.
As you know, medical care is expensive. It costs $2 million dollars per day to operate St. Jude. We ask you to consider joining us in supporting St. Jude. Together we can make a lasting difference in the lives of children and their families. If you want to do more, by purchasing Hammermill paper you support St. Jude!
During the month of September, Twist is raising awareness and partnering with International Paper. Our drivers will be wearing Hammermill shirts and hats to support the cause. We will be passing out samples of Hammermill paper. Help Twist make a difference and raise awareness for childhood cancer.
Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been steadily rising for many years. Today, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD. Now more than ever, it’s important for everyone to be educated about autism and how to support individuals and families affected by ASD.
As a spectrum disorder, ASD affects people in different ways. While one person with ASD may exhibit significant disability, another may not show any signs except under stress. Some may have strong conversation skills, while others lack the ability to speak. One person may have above average intelligence, while another is cognitively delayed. People with ASD also may have unusual reactions to sensory input, and may exhibit behaviors that appear suspicious, heightened because they are experiencing stress.
Since 1971, AuSM has offered individuals with autism from birth through retirement a place to learn, access services, and develop skills for navigating what can initially be foreign emotions and information. AuSM helps individuals build a community – one that acts without judgment, searches for new possibilities, and connects families, professionals, and the world to each other.
Join AuSM this April to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, a time for our community to come together to educate others about autism. Twist Office Products is partnering with AuSM to sell puzzle pieces, share information, and increase awareness.
If you’re interested in partnering with AuSM for Autism Awareness Month, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651.647.1083 ext. 23.
Each year at this time we invite our employees, customers, vendors, friends and family to join with us in collecting toys for the children who end up spending the holidays at the Aunt Martha's Children's Reception Center. These children have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.
There are numerous toy drives during the holiday season. Many are for children of low income families. While all children are very important, they are spending the holidays surrounded by family and friends. The children at Aunt Martha's are not. Spending time with these children, you can see the heartbreak and desperation in their eyes. They are unsure of their future and what the next few days, weeks and months bring. Where will they be living? Does anyone love them? Are they valued by anyone?
Your small gift or donation can show these children that someone does care! The children receiving services at the Children’s Reception Center range from age 0 – 21, male and female. Gifts for any age is appreciated. We can arrange for our drivers to pick up your gift, or you can drop off gifts at 945 Edgewood Ave, Suite A. Wood Dale, IL. 60191
For more information on Aunt Martha's please go to www.auntmarthas.org
By now you’ve seen all the pink products…well here’s a Twisty spin on office supplies in light of breast cancer awareness. If you purchase any of these “pink” products, manufacturers donate a percentage of the profits to Breast Cancer Research.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States (other than skin cancer). But the most important thing to remember this month is to take preventive measures and have steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Do you want to give back to your community or contribute to a worthy cause? TwistOP is joining in the fight for the little warriors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this September in light of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
There are three ways you can help, too!
1. Join Team Twist on September 20th for the Walk to End Childhood Cancer .
2. Donate online.
3. Spread the movement by using the hashtag #ShowYourGold over social media.
One in 14,583 kids will be diagnosed with cancer this month alone. Whether it's walking, running, volunteering, or contributing financially, you can make a difference.
How to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Work
October is breast cancer awareness month. It seems that every company and
group is looking for ways to support breast cancer awareness. There will be
walks through out the month, fundraisers, and even TV shows about breast cancer.
You may be wondering what you can do in your little corner of the world to
support this important cause. A great idea to build an entire month of awareness
at work. You can support breast cancer awareness month at work by taking these
simple steps. Make sure to get the approval of your supervisor before you d o
any events at your work. You will want to make sure that none of your activities
for breast cancer awareness month go against any of the company policies before
Step 1 - Have your coworkers donate $5 dollars to support breast cancer
awareness month to be able to wear jean or perhaps a pink T-shirt on Fridays. If
your work already has a casual Friday dress code, you may want to go for the
pink T-shirt route or even pink baseball hat for breast cancer awareness.
Step 2 - Set up a special morning bake sale to raise even more money for
breast cancer awareness. You can have all your coworkers bring in their
specialties when it comes to baked goods. You can take the money that you raise
from your activities and donate to your local chapter of breast cancer awareness
Step 3 - Give out pink ribbons to all of your coworkers that they can wear
through out all of breast cancer awareness month. This will help your coworkers
to spread the information that you are sharing with them about this important
Step 4 - Post breast cancer awareness posters in the break area of work. This
will give coworkers vital facts about breast cancer and what they can do to help
At Twist OP we are giving away daily pink products and have special pricing on pink products.
Please visit us at www.twistop.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/twistop
This October marks the 27th year of recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink or pink-ribbon products line store shelves with a portion of the sales
donated to cancer care or research.
Breast cancer is an important
health issue, affecting one in eight women during their lives. Unfortunately,
the most significant risk factors for breast cancer are ones you cannot change -
being a woman and growing older. Despite the fact that every year approximately
200,000 women will find out they have breast cancer, there are still a lot of
misunderstandings about the disease, its diagnosis and prevention. Here we
separate fact from fiction.
Antiperspirants contribute to
FICTION: There are two myths associated with this
often-found internet rumor. First, that deodorants contain toxins that can build
up in the lymph glands of the armpit which then can cause cancer in the breast
tissue. And second, that deodorants inhibit your body from perspiring the toxins
that cause cancer. There is no scientific proof to support either of these
Mammograms are your most reliable way to detect early
FACT: By the time a tumor can be felt via self
examination, it is usually bigger than the average size that can detected by
mammography. When looking for a good mammography center, look a high quality
facility and a radiologist who reads about 300 mammograms a month. Keep in
mind, however, that mammography can sometimes miss detection, so self
examinations and regular exams by your doctor are also crucial to the screening
If there's no history of breast cancer in your family,
you don't have to worry.
FICTION: Every woman is at risk for breast
cancer. About 80 percent of women who get breast cancer have no known family
history of the disease.
Breast cancer can be passed through
FACT: Breast cancer genes can be inherited from your
dad's side of the family. So let your health care practitioner know about cases
on both sides of the family, in both men (although rare) and women.
Your risk for breast cancer increases with age.
FACT: A woman's chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 200
when she's in her 30s and rises to 1 in 8 by the time she's 85.
Breast cancer always starts with a lump.
While a lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign breast
conditions) there are other signs too. These include swelling, skin irritation
or dimpling, breast or nipple pain, nipple retraction (turning inward), redness,
scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin, and discharge.
Caffeine contributes to breast cancer.
connection has been found between drinking caffeine and getting breast cancer.
In fact, some research suggests the opposite could be true.
There are measures you can take to reduce your
FACT: There are several things you can do to lower your risk,
including losing weight, getting regular exercise, lowering alcohol consumption,
examining your breasts regularly, quitting smoking, and getting regular
This month support Breast Cancer Awareness with pink
products. Pens, markers, envelopes, staplers, binders, calendars are just a few
of the many items you can find at Twist OP. Go pink and
show you care!
For additional information on breast cancer, consult
the following sites.
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