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TGA Launches Youth Based Tennis Franchise Company Nationwide

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TGA partners with USTA’s 10 and Under Tennis

We are excited for the opportunity to introduce kids from all backgrounds to the fun, positive, character-building aspects of tennis while creating business ownership and job opportunities in the industry.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 29, 2012

TGA, the company that is introducing golf to thousands of children nationwide through programs at schools and community based organizations, is set to do the same for tennis in partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

This month the innovative youth sports franchise company will begin awarding franchises for its newly minted TGA Premier Youth Tennis, modeled after its successful eight-year-old TGA Premier Junior Golf program that is now in more than 2,500 schools, reaching upwards of 177,000 students in 23 states.

As with the golf program, the youth tennis franchises will create business ownership opportunities for motivated self-starters who are passionate about tennis, and job opportunities within communities for people who enjoy working with children. At the same time these individuals will change the landscape of growing tennis.

“I’ve always believed the best way to grow youth participation in tennis and golf is to make them accessible by bringing the sports directly to the masses through programs that lay a foundation for future growth,” said Joshua Jacobs, TGA’s founder and CEO. “We are excited for the opportunity to introduce kids from all backgrounds to the fun, positive, character-building aspects of tennis while creating business ownership and job opportunities in the industry.”

The TGA/USTA partnership aligns with USTA’s youth initiative, 10 and Under Tennis, which is geared towards getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s size and age. Together they have developed curriculums for K – 3rd grade and 4th – 8th grade, enriching kids’ lives through physical fitness, health and nutrition, education, and character building.

Steve Tanner, chief operating officer of TGA Premier Golf and Tennis, who oversees separate tennis and golf franchises, along with joint tennis-golf franchises, said the blueprint for tennis franchises would be the same as golf.

“We are generating tremendous initial interest in tennis franchises across the country due to our strong pedigree of proving this model with golf and the unique opportunities our partnership with the USTA provides. We’re excited about offering geographical franchises and working with people who are entrepreneurial, passionate about tennis and interested in owning their own business that grows the sport.”

TGA is expected to attract tennis industry professionals, as well as business professionals to develop TGA tennis franchises. Some owners of golf franchises, who wanted to expand their existing business, have already begun snapping up the first tennis opportunities TGA made available.

“We are currently launching initial tennis franchises with 35% of our existing franchise owners around the country,” said Tanner. “This was the first step in deploying tennis and I think it speaks highly of the opportunity that so many TGA golf franchisees are investing in tennis. We anticipate many more franchises coming online in 2012.”

Jacobs and Tanner are optimistic on the potential for growth and success for the in school tennis model. They said tennis will adapt to a school setting very easily using the modified equipment developed by the USTA.

“We think it’s going to be huge,” Tanner said. “With the USTA’s 10 and Under equipment, and the ability to put down lines and put up nets anywhere, kids are able to experience playing tennis with each other on a school campus.”

“By combining the USTA’s terrific initiatives for teaching tennis to kids, together with our full service consistent enrichment programs, we are filling a gap in the player pathway and delivering tennis to a nationwide youth audience.”


TGA Premier Youth Tennis (TGA) is a youth development program executed through a unique franchise opportunity for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides entry into youth sports, education, and the tennis industry. TGA introduces youth to tennis at elementary and middle schools, child care centers, and community based organizations, through a multi-level enrichment program before transitioning them to camps, clinics and leagues at local tennis facilities nationwide. TGA is a national supporting organization of the Afterschool Alliance and Lights on Afterschool and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President’s Challenge on Physical Fitness, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports. For more information on TGA, visit http://www.playtga.com or follow @tgayouthtennis on Twitter.

Media Contacts:

TGA Premier Youth Tennis

Joshua Jacobs – Founder and CEO

(310) 333-0622


Kevin Frisch – Public Relations

(989) 614-0241



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Article source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9348269.htm

Enumclaw High School Daily Bulletin | April 9 – Enumclaw Courier

Enumclaw High School Daily Bulletin

Monday, April 9, 2012


Athletics Activities or go on line at: www.highschoolsports.net.

Or more athletics www.spsl.org Keep up on the Hornet scores!


Today’s New Information:


There will be a Drama Club Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday from 2:45-3:45pm in the Auditorium.  All students are welcome to attend!  We will have the latest information on fieldtrips and we will be voting on the Buzzy Awards!  Drama Club is cool!


Credit Retrieval session begins TODAY.  Space is still available.  See Mrs. Bray in the main office.




Sadies Dance Passes (for students not attending EHS) must be returned by TODAY.


Buzzy’s Express will be closed TODAY.


Information in Review:


Seniors- For those of you with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, Honor Cords are available for purchase now through May 3rd. Price is $7.25, please pay the cashier.


After school math tutoring is available for any students who need a little extra help with homework or preparing for tests.  Tutoring is held Tuesday in portable 10 and Thursday in room 211 from 2:40 to 3:30.  Drop in for all or just part of the time to get your math questions answered.  Hope to see you there.


Counseling Career Center News:



Sadies                                                               Saturday, April 14                      8:00PM to 11:00PM              Commons

Junior Achievement Banquet                                Thursday, April 19                      6:30 – 8:30PM                     Commons

EHS Fundraiser for Choir/Football – Pancake Feed Saturday, April 21                          8:00AM – 1:00PM             Commons

PTSO Meeting                                                       Tuesday, April 24                        6:00PM                           Main Office

PTSO Meeting                                                       Tuesday, May 22                        6:00PM                           Main Office

Cabaret                                                             Tuesday, May 22                        6:00 – 8:30PM              Commons

Senior Project Night                                            Wednesday, May 23                   TBD                                   Campus

EHS Streetmasters Car Show Car Bash                Friday, June 1                              7:00 – 1:45PM                 Auto Shop


Prom                                                                 Saturday, June 2                        6:00PM to 11:00PM

Choir Concert                                                        Wednesday, June 6                      7:00 -8:30PM                  Auditorium

Senior Check-out                                                Thursday, June 7                        Classrooms                 Library

2012 Seniors Last Day                                           Friday, June 8

Graduation (10 free tickets)                                 Monday, June 11                        7:00PM White River Amphitheatre

Last Day of school ( Undergraduates)           Tuesday, June 19


Robotics Summer Camp                                         Monday, June 25 – 28                  9:00 – 3:00PM                 602 -603

Girls Basketball Youth Camp                                   Monday, July 9 – 12                     12:00 – 5:30                   Gyms


Registration for fall 2012 Sports                           Monday, August 13

Athletic/Cashier Office NOT OPEN                        Tuesday, August 14

First Day of Football Practice                               Wednesday, August 15

Cross Country, Golf, Soccer (G), Swim (G)

Tennis (B), Volleyball, Water Polo (B) Begin          Monday, August 20

Hornet Days                                                      Thursday, August 23 Friday, August 24

First Day of School 2012                                     Wednesday, August 29               Campus

2012 Homecoming Dance                                   Saturday, September 29             TBD



GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) New club -Believe in stopping bullying and harassment?  Think everyone deserves kindness and respect? Wish you had a place to go for support?  Want to make an impact in our world?

GSA meetings are on Wednesday’s from 2:30PM to 4:00PM in room 142.  Get involved!


Interested in serving your community?  Want to help others?  Interact club is a service club here on campus that works with the Rotary Club.  We are looking for volunteers to help with events

throughout the school year.  Now is your chance to get involved and make a difference.  Please contact  christy_ weinbrecht@enumclaw.wednet.edu


National Honor Society students.  Need Service Hours?  If there’s a subject you’re good at or even a topic in a subject that you’re good at, we need you to be a peer tutor during CORE time.  Each

week you tutor equals 1 hour of community service time.  If you’re interested in being a tutor, see Mrs. Weinbrecht in room 210.


The Native American Club is an opportunity for students to participate in leadership and cultural activities. The group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the counseling offices. There are no fees to participate in the club. Club participation is a great opportunity to learn about Tribal leadership.


Weight Club meets Mon-Tues-Thurs at 3-4:30.  See Mr. Gutierrez for T-shirt after you sign up or Mr. Bartel for schedule.


Need something fun to do on Monday nights? Young Life is the answer. Come join us in the senior locker bay at 7:37PM.


COMMUNITY Happenings:

Enumclaw School District Clothing Bank  Need clothes? We have them for free. The clothing bank is located at JJ Smith School 1640 Fell Street.

We are here to help you out. We have gently used donated clothes and shoes!  .   Hours are Tuesdays 10 am – 6 pm.  We are open whenever school is in session.  Sheila  253-740-1367


Attention Class of 2012 Parents:

We still have room for students to sign up for the all night grad party following graduation.  Due to lack of participation in fundraising, we have increased the price per student to $200.  Please have money in no later than May 1st.  We need to secure the buses and will need a head count by that date. Mail payments to Lorie Ritzdorf at PO Box 812 Enumclaw WA 98022.

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Article source: http://www.courierherald.com/community/145401785.html

Trinity at 100: Still serving neediest

ALBANY — A century ago, the South End was a neighborhood of last resort, where immigrants who spoke German, Italian, Polish and a half-dozen languages arrived with no jobs, no money and unable to speak English.

With nowhere else to go, they settled along a sloping grid of battered row houses and grim apartment buildings that merged with a scruffy industrial corridor stretching to the Port of Albany and the city’s border with Bethlehem along the Hudson River.

Weighed down by high unemployment, crime and grinding poverty, the South End became a Darwinian proving ground. Those with drive and ambition and a bit of luck found work, saved money, moved uptown and claimed the American Dream. Those less fortunate remained stuck in the undertow of despair and broken dreams on the same downtrodden blocks.

In 1912, the Rev. Creighton Storey, an Irish immigrant who dropped out of Colgate University to become an Episcopal minister, opened a settlement house at Trinity Church that offered English language instruction and programs that provided food, shelter, clothing and other necessities. The programs expanded from short-term sustenance to long-term opportunity for impoverished residents of the South End.

On Tuesday, the Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region will mark its 100th anniversary at a gala celebration. Officials look ahead with optimism as construction is set to start this year on a $5 million Capital South Campus Center. They also acknowledge the reality of a neighborhood that remains largely in the seemingly intractable social problems it has faced for the past century.

“When you read the 1912 newspaper accounts of the neighborhood, it sounds like they were written in 2012,” said Trinity Alliance CEO Harris Oberlander. “It’s an ongoing challenge, but we’re on the right path toward building up this neighborhood’s capacity and strengthening families. The Capital South Campus Center is going to transform this neighborhood in a fundamental way.”

The three-story, 17,000-square-foot, multi-use educational complex at the corner of Philip and Warren streets, near Lincoln Park, will offer a “cradle to career” set of programs. Courses, training and support are meant to develop employable skills in one of the city’s poorest areas. Partner organizations include Hudson Valley and Schenectady County community colleges and the State University of New York.

As part of its centennial celebration, Trinity will honor 100 key people in its century of operation, including two of its longest-tenured employees, Luke Tran and Nancy Lonczak.

Tran was 21 years old when he left Saigon after the Vietnam War in search of opportunity. Along with a cousin, he spent more than a year at a refugee camp in Thailand. He arrived in Albany in 1981, with a few dollars in his pocket and a smattering of English words. He was sponsored by the International Center of the Capital District in Albany and was set up in an apartment in the South End. He regularly visited a South End food pantry.

“All I asked for was a bag of rice,” he recalled. “Everyone got to know me.”

A minister directed him to Trinity, where he was hired as a janitor that same year. He completed English as a second language instruction and earned promotions at work. Today, he is Trinity’s maintenance director and supervises two other janitors who take care of six buildings.

He feels he has come full circle because he no longer needs to use the food pantry himself, but he offers to drive Trinity’s van to make food pantry pickups and deliveries for needy neighbors.

Tran and his wife, Teresa, own a home in Colonie and are raising four daughters. A fifth child died young. Tran has sponsored his mother, siblings and family members and helped pay for them to come from Vietnam. His mom, a sister and brother live with Tran’s family in Colonie.

“We’re grateful for what we have here in America,” said Tran, who shares his story with unemployed, hungry and homeless clients at Trinity. “I tell them they can make it if they’re willing to work for it. I say it takes courage. But it feels much better to earn it yourself instead of going on welfare.”

Lonczak began as a Trinity intern in 1978 while she was a senior studying social work at the College of Saint Rose. She began working at Trinity full-time in 1979 and is now director of the early childhood services program. She oversees outreach, home visits and intervention for 80 children in grades 1 through 5 who are at risk of learning deficits and developmental delays.

The distressed households she visits, often headed by a single mother, struggle with drug abuse, alcoholism, homelessness, incarceration, hunger and mental health problems.

“It’s hard for a mother to focus on raising her child when she’s hungry, has no place to live and is fighting addiction,” Lonczak said. “A lot of what we do is work with mothers to teach basic parenting skills because many never had the opportunity to learn it because their parents didn’t know how to do it.”

After 33 years at Trinity, Lonczak has worked in a few instances with second-generation single mothers in chronically dysfunctional families.

“I never think I’m going to solve all their problems, but we have breakthroughs, and I know we make a difference,” she said. “It also helps to have a sense of humor.”

John Lee directs a new program at Trinity that helps former prisoners to re-integrate into the neighborhood by helping them to find employment and teaching them coping skills. So far, the results with about 100 ex-inmates have been encouraging. About 70 percent found a job or went to college, while about 30 percent resumed criminal activity and were incarcerated again.

“We’re helping them find opportunities to succeed instead of returning them to a system that dooms them to failure,” Lee said. “We’ve made a lot of progress in 100 years at Trinity, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

pgrondahl@timesunion.com • 518-454-5623 • @PaulGrondahl

What: Trinity Alliance’s 100th anniversary with food, wine, entertainment and an auction.

When: April 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: State University Plaza (former DH Building), State Street and Broadway, Albany.

Info.: Tickets are $80. 449-5155 x105 or http://www.trinityalliancealbany.org

Article source: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Trinity-at-100-Still-serving-neediest-3448860.php

Orange Beach art center after school session starts April 2

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Orange Beach Arts Center’s After School Arts Program (ASAP) will begin the sixth class term of the 2011-12 school year on April 2. Term 6 lasts for eight weeks, ending May 25.

ASAP is a limited enrollment program designed to supplement children’s education with the best arts education possible. Individual attention is a hallmark of ASAP as children are guided through a broad spectrum of artistic educational experiences by qualified instructors who recognize and value the natural creative talents of each child, taking them beyond the often limited offerings of public education.

ASAP is offered to first through sixth graders each school day from 3-6 p.m. (class time is 3:30-5 p.m.). Transportation from Gulf Shores Elementary and Orange Beach Elementary School is available.

An additional class for middle and high school students is offered on Thursday afternoons.

Term 6 Classes are:

Monday: Public Art/Creative Writing. For term 6, this class will focus on Street Art. Street Art projects are planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public eye.

Contemporary street art includes a variety of media, such as LED art, mosaic tiling, murals, stencil art, sticker art, street installations, video projection and yarn bombing. Students will create individual projects from concept to execution using traditional techniques in new ways.

The instructor is Silverhill native Katie Avant, art/art history graduate of the University of Montevallo and Artist Relations/Graphic Design Administrator at Coastal Art Center at Orange Beach.

Tuesday: Pottery. This class will explore hand-building pottery techniques and glazing. Katie Avant will teach this class, also.

Wednesday: Island Voices Performance Choir. Sing! Move! This ongoing class presents an opportunity for Pleasure Island children to learn to sing and perform in our community. Island Voices is led by Gay James, Tim Brannan, and Ryan England, all of whom are music teachers at Orange Beach Elementary, Gulf Shores Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, and Swift School.

Thursday: Adventures in Drawing. Drawing is intertwined with the ability to see – the two can hardly be separated. To see the way an artist sees can and will enrich your life. This class will focus on five basic skills of drawing: perception of edges; perception of spaces; perception of relationships; light and shadow; and the whole, or gestalt.

Both pencils and colored pencils will be used. Yvette Jones, art teacher for Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, and Swift Schools will teach Adventures in Drawing.

Also on Thursday: Drawing for Real. This class is for both beginning and advanced middle high school students. Sixth graders serious about their art are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Spend Thursday afternoons exploring the fundamentals of drawing, shading and perspective.

Pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink media will be introduced. Students will have a strong foundation in draftsmanship by the end of this course. Shaun Conroy, a Graphic Arts graduate of Pensacola Christian College, leads Drawing for Real. Individual instruction is a hallmark of Mr. Conroy’s teaching, and continuing students build on their previous work, and newcomers begin “where they are.”

Friday: ASAP Theatre Troupe. The Theatre Troupe will present “Ars Dramatica,” a variety celebration of the theatre arts, on 12 May 2012. The ASAP Theatre Troupe is led by Grace Collins Stanton and Kathryn Price. Theatre Troupe enrollment has been determined by auditions and is closed until auditions for the 2012-13 school year in August.

Students may enroll at ASAP for one or more days per week. The fees are $10 per day or $40 a week for full time students. Enrollment is for the entire term.

For more information contact the Arts Center at 251-981-2787.


Article source: http://www.gulfcoastnewstoday.com/the_islander/article_4488f632-7b38-11e1-8525-0019bb2963f4.html

Uptown after-school squash program helps Harlem students

An uptown after-school program has students competing harder in the classroom and on the court — the squash court, that is.

“StreetSquash” is serving up squash to Harlem middle and high school students.

Keeping them active, it turns out, can also be a great hook to improve their academic game.

“The real goal is to make sure these kids get a good education,” says George Polsky, the StreetSquash founder.

Polsky started the program in 1999 as a way to use a sport virtually unknown among Harlem kids to improve their chances of graduating high school and getting into college.

What started as 25 kids playing on a handful of borrowed courts has grown into 160-plus players in StreetSquash’s $9 million facility on W. 115th St. between Fifth and Lenox Aves.

“I think that it’s the community that we’ve created and the services we offer that has attracted all these kids,” Polsky says.

Danny Cabrera, a 17-year-old senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy, says he wasn’t the “squashhead” he is today when he joined the program seven years back.

Now, he competes with the organization’s top-ranked team. “I had no idea what squash was before I came here,” Cabrera says. “I thought it was just a vegetable.”

The program has no athletic requirements, but students are expected to show equal commitment to the sport and their schoolwork.

They spend four sessions per week playing squash and engaging in academics through SAT prep, college advising and private tutoring.

“You don’t have to be a squash superstar,” said Cabrera, who hopes to make the Colby College squash team in the fall. “Even if you come here as the worst student and the worst squash player, you just have to stay dedicated on the court and in the classroom to succeed.”

StreetSquash boasts a 100% high school graduation rate, and program organizers say that 85% of those students go on to graduate from college.

“The program helps them get an education, go to college, graduate from college and find employment,” Polsky says. “Whether they can hit a forehand or not, that’s not relevant to me.”

Article source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown-after-school-program-serves-squash-education-harlem-students-article-1.1052428?localLinksEnabled=false

Oroville Calendar for March 31 – Mercury



Senior exercise classes: 8:30-9:30 a.m. $30 per month. Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd., 533-2011. Weekly.

Gymnastics: 3:30-4:30 p.m. $70 per month at Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd., 533-2011. Weekly.

After School Program: Weekdays, after school-6 p.m. $15 per day. Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd., 533-2011.

Line dancing: 6 p.m. $5 drop-in fee. Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd., 533-2011. Weekly.

Tai Chi: 7:45-8:45 a.m. led by instructor at YMCA. Call for fees. 533-9622. Weekly. Also Wednesdays.

Water Fitness: 8, 9, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at YMCA. Water exercise with instructor. Also Wednesdays and Fridays.

Call for fees. 533-9622. Weekly.

New Life Missions Boutique: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2014 Lincoln Blvd. Boutique, 538-9916; New Life Christian Center Church, 534-6816, with questions. Monday—Saturday.

Oroville Restraining Order Clinic: 10 a.m. 1720 Daryl Porter Way. Call 532-6427 to confirm attendance. Free. Sponsored by Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. Weekly.

Bolt Antique Tool Museum: 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Unique museum with close to 10,000 tools collected by Carl “Bud” Bolt, at 1650 Broderick St., one block from Chinese Temple. $3; under 12, free entrance; AAA members or groups of 15 or more, $2.50 per person. Group tours by appointment. 538-2528; Museum, 538-2406. Monday through Saturday; Sunday, 11:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.


Home: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tours of historic Victorian mansion in Sank Park at 1067 Montgomery St. $3. Museum office, 538-2406, or home, 538-2497. Weekly on Sunday, Monday, Friday.

Chinese Temple: Noon-4 p.m., 1500 Broderick St. $3. Group tours by appointment. 538-2406. Temple: 538-2496. Daily.

Low-impact exercise classes: 1-2:30 p.m. at First United Church, 45 Acacia Ave. Certified instructor Lynndee Caput; strengthening exercises, aerobic, balance, flexibility, relaxation and health

education. 533-0780. Weekly. Also Wednesdays.

Scrapbooking and Crafts: 3:30-7 p.m. at Wyandotte Grange, 4910 Foothill Blvd. Information, 534-0344. Weekly.

Hip Hop class for Youth: 4:30 p.m. at YMCA. Also Wednesdays.

Latin Hip Hop for Adults: 5:30 p.m. at YMCA. Also Wednesdays.

Irish Dancing: 6:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up at Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd. $30 per month. 533-2011. Weekly. Also Wednesdays.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): 7 p.m., Stonewall Alliance building, 358 E. Sixth St., Chico. Safe place for parents, friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to discuss personal journeys. First Monday.


Berry Creek Grange Women’s activities (GWA):

Crafts 10-11 a.m., potluck 11 a.m., business meeting noon, cards 1-4 p.m. 1477 Bald Rock Road. Social, all invited. 589-3360.

Historic Monday Club of Oroville: Noon potluck and meeting, 2385 Montgomery St. 533-5976. First Monday.

Wonderful Oroville Widows and Widowers: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. no-host luncheon. 533-0323 for dates and locations. Meets two Mondays a month.

Legal advocacy and court accompaniment support group: Held at Greater Oroville Family Resource Center, 1720 Daryl Porter Way. Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. 343-7711. Call for meeting dates, times. Weekly.

Karate: Call for times, $45 per month. Feather River Activity Center, 1875 Feather River Blvd., 533-2011. Weekly. Also Thursdays.

Oroville Tea Party

Patriots: 6:30 p.m. Thermalito Grange, 479 Plumas Ave. 533-4348. Second Monday. Also fourth Thursday at Kelly Ridge County Club.

Oro Dam Peggers cribbage club: 6:30 p.m., Eagles Hall, Montgomery Street. $7 ($5 goes back to players). 589-2192. First, third, fifth Mondays.

Health, emotional support

Early Bird Fellowship, Alcoholics Anonymous: 6:30-7:30 a.m., open meetings, Oroville Family Resource Center, 2085 Baldwin St. Weekly.

New Beginnings AA: 6:30-7:30 a.m., Alano Club, 2471 Bird St. Open meeting. 534-9960. Weekdays.

Public Health Clinic: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Confidential reproductive health services for men and women, 78 Table Mountain Blvd. 538-7341. Weekly.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program: 9:30 a.m., Grange Hall,

1477 Bald Rock Road. Cosponsored by Berry Creek Grange 694. 589-2695. Weekly.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Lake Oroville Fellowship: Noon and 8 p.m., 2471 Bird St. All welcome. 538-8180. Weekly.

Mental Health Peer Support/Self Help Group: 3-5 p.m. 592 Rio Lindo Ave., Room 3, Chico. 343-1731. Weekly.

Oroville Support Group for Victims/Survivors of Domestic Violence: 3:30 p.m. 1720 Daryl Porter Way. 532-6427. Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. 24-hour crisis line 800-895-8476. Weekly.

ADAM 12-Step Christ-Centered Support Group: 6:30 p.m., Corker House, 2649 Elgin St. 532-9261. Weekly.

Unity Al-Anon: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Greater Oroville Family Resource Center, 1720 Daryl Porter Way. Use front door. For families and friends of alcoholics. 534-7395, 589-3678. Weekly.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): 7 p.m., Stonewall Alliance building, 358 E. Sixth St., Chico. Safe place for parents, friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to discuss personal journeys. First Monday.

Gamblers Anonymous: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 711 Ocasia Blvd., Oroville. 844-4435. Weekly.

Forbestown Fellowship AA: 7 p.m. open meeting at 201 Old Forbestown Road, Forbestown. Weekly.

Overeaters Anonymous 12-Step Recovery: 532-3614, 345-3129 for times, places. First Monday.

To submit an item for “Oroville Calendar,” please email the pertinent information to calendar@orovillemr.com, fax it to 342-3617 or mail it to: Oroville Community Calendar, P.O. Box 9, Chico, CA 95927. Please include your name and telephone number on all correspondence.

Article source: http://www.orovillemr.com/news/ci_20297016/oroville-calendar-march-31

Changes needed to make schools shine

My education-focused roots run deep; this journey started about 25 years ago. I have been involved in my children’s education from day one — chaperoning field trips, working with the PTA and more. My volunteer responsibilities changed as my children grew. In 2006, we adopted our special-needs grandson, which brought new parenting and educational challenges, reinvigorating and expanding my passion for education — and teaching me tons. (By the way, someone told me she was concerned that I’m a single-issue candidate and am only focused on special education. Not at all. I have worked hard and will work hard for my children. What’s more, I have worked hard and will continue to work hard for your child, every child, doing my best to give them the best possible education and the best possible start in life.)

While I’m still active in the PTA — I’m president of Wendler’s — I now work on several districtwide issues. I testified at School Board meetings on topics such as ASD’s Improvement Plan, the achievement gap, the findings published from the Councils of City Schools on Everyday Math, and budget cuts. I joined the Special Education Advisory Council and became chair. I was appointed to the Capital Investment Advisory Committee and helped formulate the bonds you’ll see on the ballot. I have been asked to serve on two other committees, one to review educational specifications and the other to review the findings for Everyday Math. Now it’s time to move from making recommendations to making decisions.

Here are five points I’ve learned from my work with our schools:

• We have to do away with social promotion, promoting children who academically are not ready to proceed to the next grade level. This only creates more frustration and failure for children.

• We cannot continue to spend money we do not have and ask taxpayers to pay for more new schools. We need to extend the life of existing schools whenever possible.

• Some of our elementary schools are not operating at full capacity. This presents a great opportunity to expand our alternative programs and/or charter schools. Putting these programs in neighborhood schools gives parents and students more options.

• We must provide an incentive program for our students to become teachers here in Alaska. Most of our teachers currently come from the Lower 48.

• The last Curriculum Management Audit was conducted in 2002, with noted deficiencies. Student proficiency scores have dropped four years straight and the achievement gap among students has continued to widen. I recommend that an external Curriculum Management Audit be conducted before next school year. The ASD’s Curriculum Plan expires in September 2012.

These are only some of the changes needed in our schools. The job of a School Board member is to be informed and keep up with the innovative ways to educate our children — to think outside the proverbial box, to consider creative solutions, to never be afraid to ask questions, even the hard ones, and to listen and take action. After all, the future of our children and schools does not lie in any one person but in our community.

I’m passionate for children and education. I’d like to put my skills and experiences to work for you and your children. I’d appreciate your vote on Tuesday. You may visit my website for more information at starrforschoolboard.com or on my Starr for School Board Facebook page.

Starr Marsett is a candidate for Anchorage School Board Seat G.

Article source: http://www.adn.com/2012/03/30/2400076/changes-needed-to-make-schools.html

Decrying cuts to Baltimore after-school programs, hundreds march on harbor

“It’s hurtful,” said BUILD organizer Shada Allen, for Baltimore to cut after-school programs.

Photo by: Fern Shen

Organized by the faith-based group BUILD, hundreds of children, teachers and parents descended on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Convention Center yesterday to blast Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposal to slash the budget for after-school programs.

One of those programs “saved my life,” said Shada Allen, a 23-year-old BUILD organizer who said a city after-school center gave her a safe haven in the 1990s, during especially violent times in her Greenmount neighborhood.

“It’s not much to do there and there were killings and murders every day,” Allen said. Asked how the after-school program helped her, the Morgan State University student smiled to recall it.

“I learned to speak fluently, to use computers, to go to a four-star restaurant and sit like a lady,” she said, after marching with the children past downtown Baltimore’s shops, hotels and office towers.

“It’s hurtful that they can send all this money down here and forget about our children,” Allen said.

Organizers said they chose the city’s tourist waterfront and business district to protest the millions poured into the area over the years for hotels and office towers in the form of government subsidies known as TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) and PILOTS (Payment in Lieu of Taxes).

Children came from Calvin Rodwell Elementary School, Baybrook Elementary School and many others, to join the protest. (Photo by Fern Shen)

After parading through the city chanting “Save our youth! Save our city!” the group wound up at the Convention Center, which city leaders are proposing to rebuild (along with a new arena) at an estimated cost of more than $900 million.

“No more TIFs, no more PILOTs for downtown development until our children are placed first,” thundered Bishop Douglas Miles, clergy co-chair of BUILD. “Our children are our jewels, not the Inner Harbor!”

30 Programs Could be Scrapped

Administration officials have countered that the city’s $48 million fiscal shortfall has necessitated these and other cuts in programs.

Last week Rawlings-Blake released preliminary budget details that angered advocates for city youth.

Along with long-discussed plans to shrink and privatize the city’s recreation center program, it included a proposal to close seven public swimming pools. (That move would save $35,000 and reduce the number of people using the pools annually from 114,000 to 65,000, city officials say.)

Yesterday’s rally, though, focused on the $200,000 Rawlings-Blake is proposing to cut from the after-school program budget by funding only after school activities  at “community resource” schools. The cut amounts to 3% of the total budget.

Only 20 of the 50 schools with programs that are funded in part by the city currently have community-organization partners, according to Kevin Keegan, executive director of the Family League of Baltimore City Inc. (Funded with both tax and private dollars, the League administers the program.) To get the “community resource” designation, schools must have a community organization as a partner, and the community organization must supply an on-site coordinator.

Playing near the Inner Harbor Visitor Center, before the march. (Photo by Fern Shen)

Keegan said the idea for the change was not so much to save money as to promote the partnerships, which in turn bring more resources targeted to the principal’s goals to the schools.

“We’re insisting on collaboration among the partners,” so that the after-school programs will work better for kids and schools, he said. There are 5,000 children currently participating in these after-school programs and the proposed change in the rules would ultimately result in more children being served.

Miles wasn’t buying it. Pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church in northeast Baltimore, he said that the long-time after-school program his church runs would be among those cut.

“I have never seen people in the community more angry than they are right now about these cuts,” said BUILD clergy co-chair Andrew Foster Connors, of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. “Especially because she promised to do just the opposite.”

A Campaign Promise?

The “promise” reference dates to an August BUILD event, during the run-up to the mayoral election. Candidates were asked, “yes or no,” would they support doubling funding for after-school programs.

Yes, Rawlings-Blake had answered.

Miles brought an Etch-a-Sketch toy to illustrate how the Mayor, after winning election in November, appeared to be reneging on her promise. “Double funding,” he wrote, erasing the words and replacing them with “cut funding.”

“The Republican have no monopoly on Etch-a-Sketch politics,” he said.

– Bess Keller also contributed to this article.


The BUILD protest against after-school cuts took place at the Baltimore Convention Center. (Photo by Fern Shen)


Article source: http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2012/03/30/decrying-cuts-to-baltimore-after-school-prgrams-hundreds-march-on-harbor/

College Releases New Alcohol Policies

Harvard released a new College-wide alcohol policy Friday, ushering in an era of greater University regulation over undergraduate drinking.

The new guidelines, intended to standardize currently inconsistent enforcement of alcohol policy across the 12 Houses, outline how alcohol should be handled and distributed in a variety of settings—from students’ dorm rooms to social events sponsored by the College.

Harvard’s new policy, which has been in the works for months and is released in the wake of a scandal over fraternity hazing and drinking practices at Dartmouth College, will go into effect next fall after being reviewed by faculty. The guidelines specify the quantity and type of alcohol that can be served, how it can be advertised and licensed, and when it can be offered. The new policy includes no mention of jurisdiction over final clubs or Greek organizations.

While the College aims to tighten its grip over unsafe drinking on campus, it has loosened its restrictions on hard liquor. In response to student feedback, mixed drinks will once again be allowed at House formals.

When mixed drinks return to House formals next year, the College will view the relaxed policy as a pilot program to test whether students are able to drink hard liquor responsibly.

While House Committee Chairs applauded Harvard’s decision to reintroduce hard liquor to formals and incorporate other student feedback into the new policy, some questioned the guidelines’ vagueness about drinking games and punishment for infractions.


The document lays out one alcohol policy for all House formals.

It states that mixed drinks can contain only one type of liquor and must be served by a professional bartender approved by the Office of Student Life. While beer and malt beverages can be distributed at an open bar, mixed drinks must be purchased or disbursed through a drink ticket system.

Adams HoCo Co-Chair Jackson F. Cashion ’13 called the change “a good step toward treating us like adults.”

Cabot HoCo Co-Chair Laura S. Hinton ’13 echoed Cashion. Calling formals “a really important part of House life,” Hinton said, “Serving only beer and wine can be restrictive.”

The College’s move to reintroduce hard liquor at both on- and off-campus House formals reverses two decisions made over the past two years to restrict mixed drinks at these semester-end events. In April 2010, the College banned hard liquor at on-campus formals after the Cambridge License Commission decided that it would no longer issue all-liquor licenses to students. A year later, in March 2011, administrators extended the hard liquor ban to off-campus House formals.

Quincy HoCo Co-Chair Catherine G. Katz ’13, who, along with all the other HoCo chairs previewed the policy at a meeting Tuesday night, pointed to the reintroduction of hard liquor as evidence that the College took student input into consideration when drafting the guidelines.

“They could easily have taken a very hard-line policy and said no,” Katz said. “The fact that they were willing to try [the pilot program] shows they were willing to listen.”

Over the past year, the College has made an effort to solicit student feedback on the new policy at seven meetings. When these meetings generated low student turnout, the alcohol policy committee turned to an online survey for students last month. Next week, the College will hold three more student meetings to solicit feedback on the new policy.


The new guidelines seek to clarify the College’s alcohol policy by examining terms such as “social events on campus” and “private party.”

The policy defines the former as “organized functions held in House common areas…or non-residential facilities…where alcohol is served.”

At these events, the policy said, beer, wine, and malt drinks will continue to be allowed, while hard liquor will still be banned. Kegs will be permitted at non-athletic social events—perpetuating the ban on kegs at tailgates which has long irked attendees.

The events must be registered and may not serve alcohol for longer than five hours. For parties longer than two hours, partygoers must get in line for alcohol at least thirty minutes before the event ends and receive their drink at least fifteen minutes before the conclusion of the party.

A “private party” under the new policy constitutes an event hosted by one or more students, in their own room or suite, where guests are allowed by personal invitation only.

If all hosts of the event are 21 or older, then kegs, beer, wine, malt drinks, and hard liquor will continue to be permitted at these private events.

Students seeking to host a private party are required to meet with their tutor before hosting their first party of each academic year. While the policy states that hosts must also demonstrate a “satisfactory understanding of strategies to create safe social environments,” as well as comply to state laws, it does not elaborate on how administrators, House Masters, and tutors will operationalize such standards.


When it comes to the details of actual alcohol consumption—particularly drinking games—the policy is vague.

The document states: “Activities that promote high-risk drinking, such as excessive and/or rapid consumption of alcohol, particularly of a competitive nature, are not permitted. It is expected that hosts will plan parties where drinking is not the central activity.”

Asked on Thursday whether the new policy permits students to play beer pong, a College administrator who spoke on background declined to respond.

Winthrop HoCo Co-Chair Marissa C. Friedman ’14 said she was concerned that the new policy’s “vague language” about competitive drinking games would leave each tutor to enforce the regulation as he sees fit.

“There are going to be some tutors who see any drinking game as a competitive high-risk drinking game and will shut it down…versus other tutors who are going to be very lax about it and say it’s okay as long as people aren’t chugging a handle,” Friedman said. “The vague language doesn’t really allow for University consistency, which I think could be a problem.”

Leverett HoCo Co-Chair Gary D. Carlson ’13 said that the HoCo Chairs expressed concern about the new policy’s ambiguous wording, particularly with regard to punishment, at their meeting on Tuesday.

“Nobody knows where the line is for Ad Boarding,” Carlson said. “That just causes fear among the student body.”

But Katz defended the policy’s wording. “It’s good that they are leaving some of this up to the autonomy of the Houses to deal with things as they see fit,” she said.


The College’s new policy seems to be unlike anything that has come before it. While predecessors do exist, they are brief or hard to find.

The 2011-2012 Handbook for Students offers guidelines about drugs and alcohol that are much shorter than the policy released Friday. By searching Google, students can also find a more detailed form of the old alcohol policy in a document titled “Alcohol and Drug Policy for RD manual” on a Harvard iSite website

Friday’s announcement marks the culmination of a year-long effort by the College to universalize its inconsistently enforced alcohol policy. In March 2011, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds began taking quiet steps to crack down on campus drinking, publishing an op-ed in The Crimson about alcohol use the day before the alcohol-soaked illicit tradition of River Run. She also sent a memo to House Masters instructing them to enforce the College’s alcohol policy more consistently.

Later that month, the Pforzheimer HoCo canceled its biannual Pfoho Golf event, where groups of students traveled to designated rooms, called “holes,” which offered alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. The House Masters said that the event did not adhere to the College’s ID-checking policy for House-sponsored events.

The month ended with Dean of Student Life Suzy M. Nelson’s announcement banning hard liquor at off-campus House formals.

Amid these reforms, the College convened an alcohol policy committee that spring and charged the group of administrators and students with drafting new guidelines for on-campus drinking.

—Staff writer Nathalie R. Miraval can be reached at nmiraval@college.harvard.edu.

—Staff writer Rebecca D. Robbins can be reached at rrobbins@college.harvard.edu.

Article source: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/3/30/college-new-alcohol-regulation/

T-Mobile Helping to Advance Mobile Learning and Digital Education for K-12 …

BELLEVUE, Wash. WASHINGTON–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. underscored its commitment to make widespread
mobile learning a reality as T-Mobile President and CEO Philipp Humm
participates in an executive digital learning summit hosted by the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of
Education today in Washington, D.C. Showcasing its support for mobile
learning and digital education, T-Mobile announced successful programs
in several U.S. schools that are leveraging the company’s high-speed
network, affordable rate plans, and mobile broadband devices for a range
of purposes, including tutoring, textbook replacement and mobile
Internet access at school and at home.

“Reliable connectivity and affordable data access is critical to the
success of these mobile learning programs”

Noting that annual textbook costs for U.S. K-12 public schools has
reached nearly $8 billion1, the FCC and the Department of
Education have encouraged
the country to transition to interactive digital learning within the
next five years. Today, T-Mobile’s Humm and other industry leaders will
participate in the next step of that vision by discussing – alongside
FCC and Department of Education leadership – how technology can be
leveraged and new offers created to support a widespread digital
education ecosystem.

“Advancements in mobile technology are rapidly changing how and where
students learn, shifting from a paper textbook in a classroom during
school hours to a nearly everywhere, all-the-time digital education,”
T-Mobile President and CEO Philipp Humm said. “Our work with the FCC and
others to advance the Digital Learning initiative and put devices and
connectivity in the hands of students will not only help them learn more
effectively, but can positively impact our country’s future economic

To further highlight the need for an expansion of mobile learning
solutions and programs, the FCC asserts that approximately 100 million
Americans, nearly one-third of the country, don’t have high-speed
Internet at home. Unfortunately, those students without access are six
to eight percent less likely to graduate than students with connectivity
at home2. Though federally funded programs, like E-rate,
have helped more U.S. schools access the Internet, many do not have the
connection speeds needed to deploy a successful mobile learning program3.
However, today’s mobile broadband devices have the potential to close
that gap, particularly with respect to connectivity, access and
functionality. America’s K-12 schools are beginning to deploy these
solutions and T-Mobile is partnering with many of them as they do so.

“Reliable connectivity and affordable data access is critical to the
success of these mobile learning programs,” said Frank Sickinger, vice
president, MNC and federal government sales at T-Mobile USA. “With
highly capable mobile broadband solutions running on our high-speed,
nationwide 4G network, T-Mobile is able to deliver value to these
programs, impact communities across the nation, and contribute to the
future of U.S. education.”

Among the successes spotlighted by T-Mobile, the Metropolitan School
District of Lawrence Township in Indiana and Illinois-based Learn
Charter School Network and Youth Connection Charter Schools are all
working with T-Mobile to establish innovative textbook replacement
programs. In Texas, 1 to 1 Tutor Distance Learning and has deployed
T-Mobile mobile broadband solutions to students to improve online
instruction. Similarly, Colorado’s online G.O.A.L. Academy has selected
T-Mobile to support their deployment of mobile broadband devices to
at-risk students requiring online learning, tutoring and mentoring.
Monterey Ridge Elementary School, a California Distinguished Award
recipient, is working with T-Mobile to deploy tablet solutions that
allow them to enhance the digital learning experience while still
utilizing existing technology and solutions, such as smartboards,
digital projectors and current eLearning curriculum.

To learn more about T-Mobile and its mobile broadband solutions suitable
for mobile learning, please visit mobile-broadband.t-mobile.com.
Or, for more information about the company’s GSA schedule or how to kick
off a digital education initiative, please contact T-Mobile at GovernmentSalesContracts@t-mobile.com.





About T-Mobile USA:

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless
operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third
quarter of 2011, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served
by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group —
33.7 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform
based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s
wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those
who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank
T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S.
in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please
visit http://www.T-Mobile.com.
T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For
further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

Mobile Learning and Digital Education

T-Mobile Customer Testimonials


“Recently, Learn Charter has undertaken the deployment of an
innovative 1:1 mobile broadband initiative in our school network
to advance digital education and mobile learning. T-Mobile was
able to provide the reliable connectivity, easy-to-use technology,
affordable rate plans, and the high quality customer service we
required. As we look forward, we hope to leverage this partnership
to expand our program to benefit even more children.”

– Terrence Roberts, IT Director, LEARN Charter School Network


“We are proud to be one of the first programs in the state of
Indiana to have embraced the shift toward digital education with
24/7 connectivity. The connectivity made possible through this
unique partnership with T-Mobile allows teachers to go beyond
traditional instruction and move beyond the walls of the
classroom. The excellent customer support from our partner,
T-Mobile, is making our transition to mobile learning possible.”

– Dr. Jan Combs, Associate Superintendent, Metropolitan
School District of Lawrence Township


“With mobile learning technology and initiatives, we can keep our
at-risk kids in school and improve their chances for success in
the future. Because we video stream our curriculum, network speeds
were critical. T-Mobile met our connectivity and device
requirements and we are excited to roll this program out with

– Kenneth Crowell, Executive Director, GOAL Academy


“For our district, it was our goal to create a collaborative
mobile learning platform. Reliable, high-speed Internet
connectivity is a critical component to the success of our
long-term digital learning initiatives. T-Mobile provided us with
the coverage and the connection speeds needed to meet the demands
of students and teachers now and in the future.”

– Theresa Mayerik, Chief Administrator for Academic Services
and Secondary Education, School City of Hammond


“Partnering with T-Mobile has strengthened our ability to provide
end-to-end mobility solutions to our campuses. Whether it’s
CIPA-compliant security services, device management, flexible
billing or support offerings, T-Mobile is delivering. Did I mention
price? T-Mobile provided us with very competitive pricing, which
will enable us to acquire the devices and service plans we need to
build out our mobile platform.”

– Cliff Rallins, IT Director, Youth Connection Charter School


Increasingly, we have come to realize that mobile
broadband devices, like tablets, have the potential to deliver the
capability and connectivity to make digital education and true 21st
century learning a reality. As we looked to meet the needs of our
students, we wanted to remove the boundaries associated within the
traditional classroom while also utilizing the existing technology
that we have – from smartboards and digital projectors to current
eLearning curriculum. We are thrilled to work with a partner like
T-Mobile, who has been willing to customize our solutions and meet
our needs every step of the way. They have exceeded our
expectations and enabled us to take learning to new heights.”

– Dr. Rich Newman, Principal, Monterey Ridge Elementary

Article source: http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20120329005445/en/T-Mobile/education/digital-education

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