Business, creole cooking, Education and Schools, General Editorial

Cottage Cooking Asheville Adds New Classes from the Big Easy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Cottage Cooking continues to expand its class repertoire. A recent trip to the great city of New Orleans inspired the owners to add Cajun and Creole classes to their current schedule. While visiting what many refer to as the "Big Easy," Cottage Cooking owners, Liisa Andreassen and John Godts, took a class on local fare to hone their culinary skills; they're happy they did.

"Our instructor, a Le Cordon Blue culinary graduate, explained that the class would be more like a chemistry class than a cooking class - and she wasn't kidding," Liisa says. "She encouraged us to focus on chemical reactions and interactions and to use all of our senses. It was a wonderful experience and one we wanted to modify to fit our style and bring back to our hometown of Asheville, NC."

Cottage Cooking now offers two new classes:

Creole Cooking; and the New Orleans Classic. In Creole Cooking, guests will learn how to make a delicious shrimp, chicken and sausage jambalaya. The New Orleans Classic (Cajun) features shrimp etouffee. Both cooking classes start with light and airy hushpuppies and end with Bananas Foster for dessert.

"Many folks that we teach don't realize the main difference between creole and Cajun," John says. "Want to know? The easiest way to explain it is that Cajun cooking typically does not use tomatoes or any tomato-based sauces while creole cooking does."

Guests who participate in these cooking classes will even get some Mardi Gras beads of their own to take home. So, let the good times roll or as they say in Louisiana, "Laissez les bons temps rouler."

About Cottage Cooking:

Cottage Cooking classes are designed for the home cook and a typical class is designed like a dinner party where guests prepare and eat an appetizer, main course and dessert. There's also a Saturday morning baking class once to twice a month.

These cooking classes make for a great date night or ladies' night out. The company also goes offsite so folks can host their own cooking class in the comfort of their home. Bachelorette parties, family reunions and corporate retreats are popular too. In addition to the cooking class schedule which can be found on their website, they'll also design custom dates and menus as requested for private classes - on or offsite.

The Cajun and Creole classes are $89 per person. Guests are invited to BYOB. Gift certificates are also available.

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Business, Education and Schools, education management, Reason and Republic

S.C. Education Management Organization Reason & Republic Announces Key Leadership Positions

ANDERSON, S.C. -- Reason & Republic, a South Carolina charter school leader, is pleased to announce the promotion of two highly accomplished individuals to pivotal roles in its organization. Mrs. Jamie Brumer-Clemons Appointed Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer

Reason & Republic proudly announces the promotion of Mrs. Jamie Brumer-Clemons to Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer. Previously serving as R&R's Director of Operations, Mrs. Brumer-Clemons brings over 22 years of invaluable experience in the education sector, with a decade of her work dedicated to charter school education and operations. Holding a Masters in Education, Jamie has consistently demonstrated an ability to operate high-performing charter schools that provide students and parents with what they need to flourish outside the traditional education setting. Residing in Greenville, SC with her loving husband William and their cherished animals, Jamie is a proud parent of two daughters who are attending college in Florida, and two stepsons in Michigan.

Dr. Kelly Griffis Named Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Kelly Griffis is being promoted to Reason & Republic's Deputy Superintendent, bringing 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in public, charter, and private schools. With a proven track record in developing thriving charter schools, Dr. Griffis brings a wealth of expertise and passion to her new position. With a Masters in Special Education, an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in School Administration, Dr. Griffs formerly served as an adjunct professor at Tri-County Tech and as a curriculum developer at the university level. Kelly has been married to Rev. Stacey Griffis for 34 years, and they are blessed with three daughters and five grandchildren.

"We are delighted to announce these well-deserved promotions, which underscore Reason & Republic's commitment to developing a leadership team that understands our students' needs, and is committed to providing personalized, flexible, and effective learning environments for the families we serve," noted Reason & Republic's founder, James Galyean.

About Reason & Republic:

Reason & Republic is South Carolina's premier education management organization, dedicated to developing high-performing charter schools that provide an excellent education to underserved populations across the southeast. We put students first in everything we do, utilizing time-tested curricula and individual feedback to help students achieve and exceed their academic goals. Visit us on the web at https://reasonandrepublic.com/.

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Education and Schools, NonProfit and Charities

National Postdoctoral Association Announces Free Membership for HBCU Students

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced that it would provide free membership to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at any Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU). The same is true for any postdoctoral scholar ("postdoc") working at such an institution.

"Black History Month provides time for both reflection and action," said NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "We want to do our small part at pushing back against the tide that has historically disadvantaged certain Black students from attaining their desired jobs through first obtaining postdoc positions."

Data show that Black researchers are underrepresented in postdoctoral and university faculty positions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "6 percent of faculty were Black, specifically 4 percent Black female and 3 percent Black male" in 2021. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau finds that Black students make up 15.7 percent of all enrollments in higher education during the same time period, creating a significant disconnect between student and faculty positions.

According to a White House initiative, "HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors."

"Building an inclusive community of support is foundational to the mission and the vision of NPA," said NPA chair of the board of directors, Caleb C. McKinney. Starting immediately, the NPA will offer free access to all of its resources to individuals at HBCU institutions to broaden understanding in the Black community of the pathways opened through postdoc positions.

As the national voice of the postdoctoral community, the NPA provides professional development, networking, skills education, and leadership opportunities to postdocs following a path to top academic, industry, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization, and government positions.

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

Learn more: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/Join

RELATED LINKS:

https://nces.ed.gov/

https://jbhe.com/2023/01/black-enrollments-in-post-pandemic-higher-education/

Related link: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/

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Education and Schools, NonProfit and Charities

National Postdoctoral Association Announces Free Membership for HBCU Students

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced that it would provide free membership to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at any Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU). The same is true for any postdoctoral scholar ("postdoc") working at such an institution.

"Black History Month provides time for both reflection and action," said NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "We want to do our small part at pushing back against the tide that has historically disadvantaged certain Black students from attaining their desired jobs through first obtaining postdoc positions."

Data show that Black researchers are underrepresented in postdoctoral and university faculty positions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "6 percent of faculty were Black, specifically 4 percent Black female and 3 percent Black male" in 2021. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau finds that Black students make up 15.7 percent of all enrollments in higher education during the same time period, creating a significant disconnect between student and faculty positions.

According to a White House initiative, "HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors."

"Building an inclusive community of support is foundational to the mission and the vision of NPA," said NPA chair of the board of directors, Caleb C. McKinney. Starting immediately, the NPA will offer free access to all of its resources to individuals at HBCU institutions to broaden understanding in the Black community of the pathways opened through postdoc positions.

As the national voice of the postdoctoral community, the NPA provides professional development, networking, skills education, and leadership opportunities to postdocs following a path to top academic, industry, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization, and government positions.

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

Learn more: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/Join

RELATED LINKS:

https://nces.ed.gov/

https://jbhe.com/2023/01/black-enrollments-in-post-pandemic-higher-education/

Related link: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/

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Education and Schools, General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities

10th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Launches for Students in North America

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced that their annual "Cursive is Cool"® contest is now open to North American students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024.

Students are encouraged to enter early. Prizes will be awarded for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place based on legibility and neatness. One of each prize per grade will be awarded. There will also be a prize awarded for each grade for the most Creative Content and a random drawing will be held at the conclusion of the contest, so every entry has the chance to win a prize!

"We are helping young writers find their voices. Every entry has an equal chance to win. Our judges are excited and look forward to reading the kids' points of view. The entries are enlightening and often entertaining," remarked Lauren Mooney Bear CG, Campaign for Cursive Chair and President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.

The annual cursive contest has many supporters. The North American contest supporters continue to grow, with Holistic Health Counseling Center, Blind Pig Press, Amsterdam Printing, CursiveLogic, Sheila Lowe Author, Dixon Ticonderoga, Fahrney's Pens, Itoya, Louise Borden Author, Caran D'ache, Gary's RV Repair in AZ, Christy Zwenger Author, New American Cursive, J6R6, Mirthos Paper, PEN World, Profolio, Sakura, and Writing Academy. People and businesses from the four corners of North America are enthusiastic about supporting the Cursive Is Cool contest.

"Write don't type! Cursive is creative and it's fun to try different kinds of pens to write with," says Dr. Marion Rollings, Vice-President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.

The contest dates are January 23 through April 15, 2024.

For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear: CursiveIsCool@gmail.com.

Learn more: https://ahafhandwriting.org/AHAF_s_Campaign_for_Cursive

"You don't have to be the best writer this year

To win a prize that will bring you cheer.

Entering is the main thing to do

To win a prize to be sent to you!"

About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit organization, chartered and incorporated in California, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive®, and will graciously accept donations.

Visit https://www.ahafhandwriting.org/.

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Above and BEEyond Teacher Essay Contest, Business, Education and Schools, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Doherty Enterprises-Owned Florida and Georgia Applebee’s® Locations Announce 8th Annual Above and ‘BEE’yond Teacher Essay Contest

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Doherty Enterprises-owned Applebee's® Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants in Florida and Georgia today announced the official start of their 8th annual Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest. The annual essay contest recognizes top teachers - as nominated by their classroom students - rewarding teachers with a $500 sponsorship check and special end-of-year class party.

Starting today, the essay contest is open at participating Applebee's restaurants in Florida and Georgia that are owned and operated by local franchisee, Doherty Enterprises (see complete list of participating restaurants below).

One deserving teacher from each school district throughout 13 counties in Florida and Georgia will be awarded with a $500 sponsorship check to use toward their classroom for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, along with an end-of-year party for their current class!*

To nominate a teacher and enter the contest, students must submit an essay in-person at their local Applebee's explaining why their teacher deserves to be Applebee's "Teacher of the Year."

Elementary school students are required to nominate their teacher with a 1/2 page essay, while middle and high school students are required to write a 500-word essay on why their teacher is most deserving. As an additional incentive, students who enter an essay will also receive a free ice cream certificate** for later use.

Essay submissions are limited to one per student and will be accepted at participating Applebee's restaurants from Monday, January 8 through Sunday, March 17th, no later than 10 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 19th and end-of-year parties will be thrown before Friday, June 14th, 2024. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Free-Dinner-for-Four certificates for the winning essay writer.

"We're thrilled to celebrate the launch of our eighth annual Above and 'BEE'yond Teacher Essay Contest at our Florida and Georgia restaurants," said Kathleen Malato, Doherty's Director of Operations for Applebee's Florida and Georgia. "We're honored to recognize the local teachers who work so hard to educate the youth. It's truly gratifying to provide a platform where students can share the meaningful impact of their teachers make and to spotlight local community members making a difference each and every day."

Applebee's Above and "BEE"yond Teacher Essay Contest entries will be accepted at the following Applebee's locations owned and operated by Doherty Enterprises in:

:: FLORIDA: Cape Coral, Cutler Bay, Delray Beach, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Greenacres, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Margate, Naples, North Port, Okeechobee, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tamarac, Venice, Vero Beach, and West Palm Beach.

:: GEORGIA: Waycross.

*One winner will be selected from each school district. Prizes are subject. If end-of-year parties are not viable, class parties will be replaced with two Dinner for Four certificates.

**Offer valid only at Doherty Enterprises owned and operated Applebee's® locations in FL and GA. Limit one per person. May not be redeemed on day of purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

About Applebee's®

As one of the world's largest casual dining brands, Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar serves as America's kitchen table, offering guests a lively dining experience that combines simple, craveable American fare with classic drinks and local drafts. Applebee's makes it easy for family and friends to connect with one another, whether it's in a dining room or in the comfort of a living room, Eatin' Good in the Neighborhood™ is a familiar and affordable escape from the everyday. Applebee's restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to more than serving great food, but also building up the communities that we call home. From raising money for local charities to hosting community fundraisers, Applebee's is always Doin' Good in the Neighborhood®.

Applebee's franchise operations consisted of 1,654 Applebee's restaurants in the United States, two U.S. territories and 11 countries outside the United States as of September 30, 2023. This number does not include two domestic Applebee's ghost kitchens (small kitchens with no store-front presence, used to fill off-premise orders) and 12 Applebee's international ghost kitchens. Applebee's is franchised by subsidiaries of Dine Brands Global Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world's largest full-service restaurant companies.

About Doherty Enterprises, Inc.

Established in 1985, Doherty Enterprises owns and operates more than 140 restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Georgia, including five restaurant concepts: Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Panera Bread, Chevys Fresh Mex and its own concepts, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. In addition, Doherty Enterprises is also a franchisee of Sola Salon Studios with 13 locations in Staten Island and New Jersey.

Doherty Enterprises is ranked 25th in Top 200 Franchisees in the United States by Restaurant Finance Monitor, is recognized as the 77th largest Foodservice revenue company in the United States by Nation's Restaurant News, the 73rd largest privately held business in the New York Metro area by Crain's Business, and 34th largest privately held company in New Jersey by NJBIZ.

The Doherty vision is to be the "Best Food Service Company in the Communities We Serve" and its mission is to "Wow Every Guest Every Time, Wow our People, Wow Our Communities and Wow Our Suppliers." Doherty Enterprises has also been lending a helping hand to team members and their immediate families when financially burdened through the WOW a Friend Foundation. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,00 people and donated over $5.3 million directly back to those in need. ( https://www.dohertyinc.com/ )

Related link: https://www.dohertyinc.com/

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Business, Education and Schools, Software

Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland Selects Synergy Education Platform

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems today announced that Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has selected the company's industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for its K-12 student information and learning management needs. The district's solution will include Synergy Student Information System (SIS), Synergy Online Registration, Synergy MTSS, and Synergy Analytics, to be hosted in the Synergy AWS Cloud environment. PGCPS is one of the 20 largest school districts in the country, serving over 128,000 students across 206 schools in Maryland's Capital Region adjacent to Washington, D.C.

PGCPS set out to find a modern, intuitive SIS to replace its current 15-year-old system. After researching the marketplace and speaking with peers in nearby districts, the team at PGCPS selected three products to evaluate in depth. First, the IT team investigated all three solutions to ensure they met requirements around core functionality. Next, a cross-functional stakeholder group - consisting of more than 60 parents, students, teachers, secretaries, principals, IT staff, and other central office department leaders - attended a "demo day" and rated the products on user-friendliness of the interface, mobile responsiveness, system accessibility and scalability, software customization, integration with other systems, and communication. In the final round, schedulers from five middle and high schools, along with 23 staff from the district's accountability, academics, and student services teams undertook a deeper exploration of system functionality around scheduling, data analysis, and reporting. After emerging as a demo-day favorite, Synergy Education Platform clinched the top spot in the final round.

Synergy Education Platform is a comprehensive ecosystem that combines student information management, MTSS, analytics, special education, and more in one seamless platform that includes a powerful suite of native, role-based mobile apps. With Synergy, PGCPS will get a state-of-the-art platform capable of meeting the varied needs of the district's broad user base while keeping pace with advancements and innovations within the district and in K-12 public education more generally. Synergy includes powerful tools that facilitate convenient communication districtwide, including between schools and with parents and students. The MTSS module will allow teachers and interventionists to access all student data in one place, eliminating the need to log into an additional system to access SIS data.

"Synergy consistently ranked very high on customer service and product support based on feedback from our colleagues in benchmarked districts," said Andrew Zuckerman, EdD, Chief Information and Technology Officer at PGCPS. "And throughout the evaluation process, Synergy consistently earned the highest marks from our stakeholder evaluators."

"Our audience was impressed with Synergy and the Edupoint team," said Jinghong Gao, Director of Technology Applications-Student Support at the district. "The flexibility the system can provide us with its configurability and workflow definition features really stood out in the demonstrations. We are enthusiastic about the potential for building processes to support our needs in Synergy rather than having to rely on third-party systems. The two-way communication capabilities between schools and with parents and students were also exciting to see and will fill a gap we have in our current system."

"Prince Georges County Public Schools needed a modern student data management system to replace its legacy system and open up new possibilities for efficiencies and enhancements," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "Synergy Education Platform, with its seamlessly integrated, comprehensive functionality, is perfectly positioned to support the amazing PGCPS team in this regard. We are thrilled to partner with the district to upgrade the technical toolset available to the talented team there in order to meet the varied needs of all stakeholders."

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5.5 million students use Synergy in 22 states. https://www.edupoint.com/

Related link: https://www.edupoint.com/

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Business, Education and Schools, Software

Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland Selects Synergy Education Platform

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems today announced that Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has selected the company's industry-leading Synergy® Education Platform for its K-12 student information and learning management needs. The district's solution will include Synergy Student Information System (SIS), Synergy Online Registration, Synergy MTSS, and Synergy Analytics, to be hosted in the Synergy AWS Cloud environment. PGCPS is one of the 20 largest school districts in the country, serving over 128,000 students across 206 schools in Maryland's Capital Region adjacent to Washington, D.C.

PGCPS set out to find a modern, intuitive SIS to replace its current 15-year-old system. After researching the marketplace and speaking with peers in nearby districts, the team at PGCPS selected three products to evaluate in depth. First, the IT team investigated all three solutions to ensure they met requirements around core functionality. Next, a cross-functional stakeholder group - consisting of more than 60 parents, students, teachers, secretaries, principals, IT staff, and other central office department leaders - attended a "demo day" and rated the products on user-friendliness of the interface, mobile responsiveness, system accessibility and scalability, software customization, integration with other systems, and communication. In the final round, schedulers from five middle and high schools, along with 23 staff from the district's accountability, academics, and student services teams undertook a deeper exploration of system functionality around scheduling, data analysis, and reporting. After emerging as a demo-day favorite, Synergy Education Platform clinched the top spot in the final round.

Synergy Education Platform is a comprehensive ecosystem that combines student information management, MTSS, analytics, special education, and more in one seamless platform that includes a powerful suite of native, role-based mobile apps. With Synergy, PGCPS will get a state-of-the-art platform capable of meeting the varied needs of the district's broad user base while keeping pace with advancements and innovations within the district and in K-12 public education more generally. Synergy includes powerful tools that facilitate convenient communication districtwide, including between schools and with parents and students. The MTSS module will allow teachers and interventionists to access all student data in one place, eliminating the need to log into an additional system to access SIS data.

"Synergy consistently ranked very high on customer service and product support based on feedback from our colleagues in benchmarked districts," said Andrew Zuckerman, EdD, Chief Information and Technology Officer at PGCPS. "And throughout the evaluation process, Synergy consistently earned the highest marks from our stakeholder evaluators."

"Our audience was impressed with Synergy and the Edupoint team," said Jinghong Gao, Director of Technology Applications-Student Support at the district. "The flexibility the system can provide us with its configurability and workflow definition features really stood out in the demonstrations. We are enthusiastic about the potential for building processes to support our needs in Synergy rather than having to rely on third-party systems. The two-way communication capabilities between schools and with parents and students were also exciting to see and will fill a gap we have in our current system."

"Prince Georges County Public Schools needed a modern student data management system to replace its legacy system and open up new possibilities for efficiencies and enhancements," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "Synergy Education Platform, with its seamlessly integrated, comprehensive functionality, is perfectly positioned to support the amazing PGCPS team in this regard. We are thrilled to partner with the district to upgrade the technical toolset available to the talented team there in order to meet the varied needs of all stakeholders."

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5.5 million students use Synergy in 22 states. https://www.edupoint.com/

Related link: https://www.edupoint.com/

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Business, Education and Schools, FinLit Initiative, NonProfit and Charities, Product Launches

Las Positas College Students Launch Financial Literacy Nonprofit

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Four students from Las Positas College have taken on the challenge of improving financial education and resources among college students in California. Their non-profit organization, FinLit Initiative, has recently gained 501(c)(3) status and has already made a significant impact on students across the state.

With the launch of their new conversational AI chat platform, FinLit Initiative provides a dynamic learning experience. The platform engages students in a direct, conversation-like format and delivers real-time, customized guidance and financial education tailored to each student's needs and queries. The platform also utilizes machine learning to adapt to each student's learning style and provide personalized recommendations for further education and resources.

Since its launch, FinLit Initiative has gained over 1,500 student users from various community colleges. The platform's user-friendly interface and personalized approach have been well-received, with 70% of users reporting an improved understanding of financial concepts. This success has led to partnerships with several underserved California community colleges, allowing FinLit Initiative to reach even more students and make a greater impact.

"We are excited to launch our new conversational AI platform, which we believe will revolutionize the way community college students learn about financial literacy. With our platform, we hope to reach and impact a larger number of students across the nation," read a statement from Arnav Jamwal, Revail Sidhu, Rittik Bhaduri, and Sajaad Gouhary, the founders of FinLit Initiative.

The founders of FinLit Initiative are passionate about their mission and are dedicated to helping college students become financially literate and empowered. They believe that by providing students with the necessary tools and resources, they can make a positive impact on their financial futures. With their innovative platform and growing partnerships, FinLit Initiative is well on its way to achieving its goal of enhancing financial literacy among college students in the United States.

FinLit Initiative's platform is now available for use by community college students nationwide. For more information about FinLit Initiative and their efforts to improve financial literacy, please visit their website at https://www.finlitinitiative.org/.

Related link: https://www.finlitinitiative.org/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Education and Schools, Environment and Ecology, Environmental Health Heroes, NonProfit and Charities

California Safe Schools Celebrates its 25th Anniversary Honoring Environmental Health Heroes!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On Monday, December 4, 2023 at the California Endowment in historic downtown Los Angeles, California Safe Schools, a celebrated children's environmental health and environmental justice non-profit celebrated its 25th Anniversary with an event called "Your Life is Now" honoring seven trailblazing health and safety heroes and organizations.

California Safe School's founder and Executive Director, Robina Suwol, welcomed guests stating, "The solution to the environmental challenges facing us can only be found if we actively engage as a community. We are enormously happy to celebrate such accomplished individuals whose efforts continue to make our world a much better place."

"I could not be prouder to support CA Safe Schools and 'Your Life is Now' as we work for environmental justice for all," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). "We must ensure all communities have clean air and water and work with 'Your Life is Now' to ensure our communities are involved."

"We thank each of these leaders for their passion and commitment to student success and safety. Thank you California Safe Schools, and congratulations on an incredible 25 years of truly impactful work," added Clayton Heard, Senior Field Representative from the Office of Assembly Member Josh Lowenthal.

DISTINGUISHED 2023 HONOREES

Lowell Anger, joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in January 1995 and has been a Head Deputy District Attorney of the Environmental Crimes Division and the Organized Crime and Hate Crimes Division. He received the 2016 Project LEAD Award for the outstanding teacher in the District Attorney's program that works with at-risk fifth graders. Throughout his career, Lowell has been a frequent guest lecturer in schools throughout Los Angeles County.

Enrique Baeza, Branch Chief Peace Officer, California Department of Toxic Substances, Office of Criminal Investigation. Enrique is one of the first in the nation to create an Environmental Justice unit within a Law Enforcement office and has also been recognized for outstanding performance in the investigation and prosecution of a polluter in the highest traditions of the US Department of Justice.

Maria Dolores R. Dalusong has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Division for 20 years and is now Chief of the Vectorborne Disease Surveillance Program. She also serves on the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management Committee to protect children and all school stakeholders from pesticide exposure.

Mui Koltunov, Ph.D., Research Scientist Supervisor II, Branch Chief of the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in Pasadena for the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Dr. Koltunov and her team established the Toxic Crusaders Program to work specifically with K-12 students and teachers to learn about toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment.

Pete Treebumrung, Combines analytics and technology into visual map layers that provide a simple but transformative understanding of data to enable clear communication and focus problem-solving. Projects he has completed include, "Asthma Alley, CA", "The Diesel Death Zone of Los Angeles" and "The Poverty-Pollution Loop".

Los Angeles 10th District PTSA Children are the main focus of everything the PTA does with Informed parental involvement in the schools being essential to effective educational programs. Issues on their agenda: gun control, drug abuse, vaping, homelessness, teenage suicide, cultural diversity and belonging and social media impacts.

Los Angeles 31st District PTSA The 31st District PTSA serves 6 councils and over 110 PTA/PTSA units in the San Fernando Valley, Sunland and Tujunga area. Their areas of focus are: student and school success, health and safety, arts and culture, and advocacy.

"Congratulations to all the honorees. Your hard work and dedication to ensuring that children have safe schools free from harmful pesticides is admirable and wholeheartedly appreciated," said Joel Torrez, Jr. Environmental Health Deputy Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn.

Noemi Emeric-Ford, US EPA Region IX Director, Southern California Field Office said, "Protecting children from harm isn't just a responsibility, it's a commitment to shaping a safer future. Honoring those who have been champions to identify and eliminate toxic exposures in schools underscores the California Safe Schools Coalition's dedication to nurturing healthy spaces for our most precious resource - our children."

Each honoree was presented with California Safe Schools engraved Hero Award designed by celebrated artist Michael Bruza. Catering for the event was by Wolfgang Puck.

About California Safe Schools:

Founded by Robina Suwol in 1998, California Safe Schools (CSS) is children's environmental health and environmental justice coalition. CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools and the first to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and "Right to Know". The success of the policy led to California's Healthy Schools Act. Today the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities.

On October 6, 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 405 (Montanez) sponsored by California Safe Schools. The bill bans experimental pesticides, whose health effects are unknown, from California k-12 public schools. As a result, more than 6 million California children and hundreds of thousands of school children are protected from experimental chemicals, whose health effects are unknown.

Learn more: https://www.calisafe.org/

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