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(NAPSI)—With all the sad stories of conflict and desperation from around the world, it can be heartening to hear of loved ones reunited.

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Monday 11/19/2018
Innovative School Is A Training Ground For Artists
Updated: November 21, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Art classes have slowly but steadily all but disappeared from public schools over the years. Lack of funding has been the culprit, but educators tend to agree that the arts play a crucial role in the academic and creative development of our children.

Monday 11/12/2018
3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) Want to give back this holiday season? There are many ways to get into the charitable spirit. And if you need some inspiration for how to go about benefitting those in your local and global community, consider the following ideas.

Tuesday 10/30/2018
YA Author Meyer Mentors Young Writer
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—Marissa Meyer, author of young adult fantasy series “The Lunar Chronicles,” recently mentored Riley Pearce, an aspiring author, and shared advice about writing as part of an intriguing job shadow program.

Friday 10/26/2018
Be A Hero—Mentor A Child
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—Helping to turn a young life around may be simpler than many people realize.

Thursday 10/25/2018
Girls: Our Time Is Now
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

by Shelby O’Neil

Monday 10/15/2018
Together, We Can (And Must) End Family Fire
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

Thursday 10/11/2018
Microsoft Destaca La Innovacion Y La Transformacion Cultural
Updated: November 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Microsoft se unirá a Hispanicize LA por segundo año consecutivo. El evento, diseñado para creadores de tendencias y creadores de noticias latinos, tendrá lugar en Los ?ngeles del 11 al 13 de octubre, y dos ejecutivos de Microsoft abordarán algunas de las últimas innovaciones e ilustrarán la transformación cultural en Microsoft.

Monday 10/01/2018
Never Forget: What the Past Can Teach Us About Today’s Problems
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) While history may feel like the distant past (and something you may think you don’t need to know much about outside the classroom), many experts believe it can offer valuable lessons for today.

Friday 09/28/2018
A Lasting Tribute To American Soldiers
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—More than 30 million Americans have served in the United States Army. If you or someone you care about is among them, you can now order a personalized, commemorative brick that will be permanently placed along the pathway to the future National Museum of the United States Army.

Saturday 09/22/2018
Parents: How to Build Empathy and Prevent Bullying
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Sixty-two percent of 9 to 11-year-olds say they have been bullied at least “once or twice,” according to a recent national survey.

Thursday 09/20/2018
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love - and everything in between. Join the celebration sharing your story using #MicrosoftLatinx and #HispanicHeritageMonth. 

Monday 09/17/2018
What You Can Do About 'Education Deserts'
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly 57 million children will go to shool in America this year. Some of them live in what are known as “education deserts,” but fortunately, there are solutions.

Tuesday 09/11/2018
Learning Golf Can Be Good For Your Career
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NAPSI)—Many women, looking to advance in their careers, have found the grass is always greener—on the golf course.

Friday 08/17/2018
How Service Leadership Prepares Today’s Students to Succeed
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Students are more successful when they practice leadership outside of the classroom. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 91 percent of respondents agreed with this statement.

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Is Your Child’s School Promoting Healthy Habits or Junk Food?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Fast food coupons used as prizes, candy sale fundraisers, vending machine exteriors -- these are just a few examples of the kinds of junk food marketing that regularly takes place in U.S. schools, and such advertising is taking a toll on children’s health, say experts.

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

Friday 08/03/2018
Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NewsUSA) - Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for these dedicated educators and administrators.

Thursday 07/26/2018
Aim for Compliance by Design, Not by Accident
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - While a global economy is an advantage for many companies that operate internationally, compliance with the multitude of complex and ever-changing laws and regulations can be a burden to doing business, and the penalties of non-compliance can be severe. This is particularly true when it comes to environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws that can impact everything from public opinion and stock prices to your employees' well-being and safety. As multinational companies are faced with heavy scrutiny by many different governments cracking down on importing and exporting violations, increased regulations and heftier fines, it is clear that businesses need to consider compliance as a key tool for surviving in a global economy.

How to Create and Spread Hope in Your Daily Life
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) With seemingly constant negative news reports telling of school shootings, suicides and more, you may feel like there is little to feel hopeful about these days, but experts say that having hope can be a powerful tool in good times and bad.

Monday 07/16/2018
Teen Driver Contest Highlights Tire Safety
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:50 am

(NewsUSA) - Teaching teens to drive can be a hair-raising experience for any parent. And while driver's education classes can help focus kids' attention on the rules of the road and basic etiquette while behind the wheel, they need to put their education into action on the road.

Youth Learn the Dollars and Cents of Agriculture this Fair Season
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NewsUSA) - For students around the country, summer vacation may be in full swing, but for many, that hasn't kept them from learning - especially those interested in a career in agriculture.

Monday 07/09/2018
Making Reading Social for Your Kids at New Book Hangouts
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(NewsUSA) - With so many TV shows, videos, and games vying for a child's attention, it can be hard to keep him or her inspired to read. It can be even harder to do so in "real life" settings, but interacting with other kids and sharing excitement for a series or character is often more powerful than swiping a screen.

Saturday 06/30/2018
Giving Back on Your Summer Vacation
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Hitting the road this summer and want to do something good for the world along the way? Consider using your summer road trip as an opportunity to give back to the communities you visit. For some inspiration, check out these great ways Americans are rethinking vacations to include a touch of philanthropy.

How to Help Military, Overseas Citizens Vote in Midterm Elections
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) For Service members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. During the 2018 midterm elections, you can be an important source of voting information, especially for 18-24-year-olds voting absentee for the first time.

Thursday 06/14/2018
How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident in Your Community
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Active shooter incidents are rare. You are 700 times more likely to die in a car crash, for example, than from an active shooter event, according to the National Safety Council. However, these terrifying events are on the rise. Experts say that being prepared can save lives.

Thursday 04/26/2018
Large-Scale Efforts Helping Pre-K Teachers Receive Resources; You Can, Too
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Studies have shown that high-quality pre-K education better prepares children to achieve in school and makes them more likely to strive for higher vocational aspirations. It also has a positive impact on society. For every dollar spent on high-quality early education, society gains as much as $13 in long-term savings, according to a 2016 study by Nobel Laureate, James Heckman.

Monday 02/12/2018
How to Spend Your Money with Companies that Share Your Values
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) From small one-time purchases to monthly service fees, you may not think much about what happens to your money after spending it.

Thursday 01/25/2018
How the Average Citizen Can Help Bring About Friendlier Politics
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 4:35 am

(StatePoint) At a divisive moment in our nation’s history, you may be wondering how average citizens can help bring about friendlier politics.

Monday 12/11/2017
3 Simple Ways to Give Back This Season
Updated: December 12, 2017 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Want to give back to your community during the holidays, but it’s just not in the budget? With total holiday sales forecasted to hit over $1 trillion this season, it’s good to know that there are plenty of ways to give back without spending another dime.