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Kids Read Now is building students’ home libraries – Pushing back against the Covid slide in New York

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Kids Read Now (KRN) has partnered with school districts across New York, including New York City Public Schools and Corning-Painted Post School District, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures.

"Kids choose what books they want to receive weekly over the summer. Eradicating the summer slide and gaining up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer has never been so fun and easy for parents and their children," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"It [KRN summer reading program] created a culture of excitement over books during Covid-19 when kiddos and adults needed something to look forward to," said John Paul P., Classroom Teacher, Corning-Painted Post School District.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

*VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/513510815

Related link: https://kidsreadnow.org/

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Wonder While Wandering: Camp Tyler Features ‘Classroom Without Walls’ Learning Experiences and Unique Venue for Private Events

WHITEHOUSE, Texas -- Camp Tyler Outdoor School (CTOS) is located in East Texas on the shores of Lake Tyler. Camp Tyler has over 300 acres of forest, meadows, and prairies with ponds, lake front, and facilities to host day-only or multi-day overnight academic programs for private and public schools. Camp Tyler is also a great venue for weddings, family reunions, celebrations, church camps, corporate retreats, conferences, and special focus and special needs groups on weekends or during summer.

"Camp Tyler has been a field-trip destination for students to learn science, Texas history, and important life skills since 1949," said Tracy Walker, Program Director for CTOS.

"Research has shown classrooms without walls provide many developmental and learning benefits," said Walker.

A recent study in Frontiers in Psychology found exposure to hands-on outdoor academic programs increased students' intrinsic motivational behavior. Specifically, feelings of competence, autonomy, and connection with teachers and the natural world increased relative to traditional indoor settings. Other known benefits of outdoor learning environments include improved overall health, interpersonal skills, self-reliance and confidence, and recollection and understanding of subject matter.

Camp Tyler offers a large suite of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned and customizable programs to meet almost any academic need.

"Teaching at CTOS is framed around research-based concepts to inspire curiosity and critical thinking through student-led and nature-centered programs. The goal is to improve observation skills, access the power of autonomous discovery, and emphasize basic life-skill principles of communication, cooperation, caring, and commitment," said Walker.

Multi-purpose facilities at CTOS include a beautiful lakefront lodge (a 1,940 sq ft event and dining hall with full kitchen), dorm-style cabins, picnic sites, primitive camping areas, a pavilion, an outdoor team-building challenge course, and a zip line. Summer and weekend event activities include canoeing, fishing, and swimming in Lake Tyler, hiking trails, a farm, a team-building challenge course, archery, campfire circles, and a gun range.

Developmental opportunities for children and adults provided by CTOS came to a screeching halt last spring courtesy of COVID-19. For the first time since 1949, the woods and meadows at Camp Tyler fell silent of human activity. No shrieks of excitement upon discovery of an empty turtle shell while wandering and wondering along a wooded trail. No squeals of delight and surprise when a goat's tongue feathered food off the palm of a child's hand. Celebrations of victory when a group fused together as a team to overcome a team-building outdoor challenge were replaced with solitude.

"We're seeing the beginning of the end of COVID-19, and the woods and meadows of CTOS would once again welcome those wonderful sounds of discovery, excitement, learning, and joy," said Walker.

ABOUT CAMP TYLER OUTDOOR SCHOOL:

Located in Whitehouse, Texas, Camp Tyler Outdoor School is a non-profit organization dependent on donations and program costs for operation.

For more information about CTOS's academic-based programs or facility rental, contact Tracy Walker at 903-565-4475, email program@camptyler.org, or visit https://camptyler.org/.

Related link: https://camptyler.org/

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Wonder While Wandering: Camp Tyler Features ‘Classroom Without Walls’ Learning Experiences and Unique Venue for Private Events

WHITEHOUSE, Texas -- Camp Tyler Outdoor School (CTOS) is located in East Texas on the shores of Lake Tyler. Camp Tyler has over 300 acres of forest, meadows, and prairies with ponds, lake front, and facilities to host day-only or multi-day overnight academic programs for private and public schools. Camp Tyler is also a great venue for weddings, family reunions, celebrations, church camps, corporate retreats, conferences, and special focus and special needs groups on weekends or during summer.

"Camp Tyler has been a field-trip destination for students to learn science, Texas history, and important life skills since 1949," said Tracy Walker, Program Director for CTOS.

"Research has shown classrooms without walls provide many developmental and learning benefits," said Walker.

A recent study in Frontiers in Psychology found exposure to hands-on outdoor academic programs increased students' intrinsic motivational behavior. Specifically, feelings of competence, autonomy, and connection with teachers and the natural world increased relative to traditional indoor settings. Other known benefits of outdoor learning environments include improved overall health, interpersonal skills, self-reliance and confidence, and recollection and understanding of subject matter.

Camp Tyler offers a large suite of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) aligned and customizable programs to meet almost any academic need.

"Teaching at CTOS is framed around research-based concepts to inspire curiosity and critical thinking through student-led and nature-centered programs. The goal is to improve observation skills, access the power of autonomous discovery, and emphasize basic life-skill principles of communication, cooperation, caring, and commitment," said Walker.

Multi-purpose facilities at CTOS include a beautiful lakefront lodge (a 1,940 sq ft event and dining hall with full kitchen), dorm-style cabins, picnic sites, primitive camping areas, a pavilion, an outdoor team-building challenge course, and a zip line. Summer and weekend event activities include canoeing, fishing, and swimming in Lake Tyler, hiking trails, a farm, a team-building challenge course, archery, campfire circles, and a gun range.

Developmental opportunities for children and adults provided by CTOS came to a screeching halt last spring courtesy of COVID-19. For the first time since 1949, the woods and meadows at Camp Tyler fell silent of human activity. No shrieks of excitement upon discovery of an empty turtle shell while wandering and wondering along a wooded trail. No squeals of delight and surprise when a goat's tongue feathered food off the palm of a child's hand. Celebrations of victory when a group fused together as a team to overcome a team-building outdoor challenge were replaced with solitude.

"We're seeing the beginning of the end of COVID-19, and the woods and meadows of CTOS would once again welcome those wonderful sounds of discovery, excitement, learning, and joy," said Walker.

ABOUT CAMP TYLER OUTDOOR SCHOOL:

Located in Whitehouse, Texas, Camp Tyler Outdoor School is a non-profit organization dependent on donations and program costs for operation.

For more information about CTOS's academic-based programs or facility rental, contact Tracy Walker at 903-565-4475, email program@camptyler.org, or visit https://camptyler.org/.

Related link: https://camptyler.org/

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AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to partner with Pennsylvania to disseminate 94,600 COVID-19 vaccines to schoolteachers

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- AMI Expeditionary Healthcare announces its partnership with the state of Pennsylvania and for its special initiative to help vaccinate all schoolteachers, child-care worker and school staff. Pennsylvania expects to receive an initial allocation of 94,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose vaccine this week and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare will begin vaccinating on March 10.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to be able to help Pennsylvania open the doors to school children from Pre-K to 12 across the state of Pennsylvania," said Dr. Michael Wilson, Medical Director, Vaccine and Testing Programs for AMI Expeditionary Healthcare. "We are relying on a proven track record of being on the ground across the country and globe to help Pennsylvania execute this very ambitious plan."

Constellis, an integrated risk management leader and provider of essential mission support services to government and commercial customers worldwide is partnering with AMI. Constellis delivers comprehensive COVID-19 response mobilization and operations at all levels of government and its vaccine services program ensures rapid, compliant execution of state and federal COVID-19 vaccination plans.

The Wolf Administration is collaborating with Intermediate Units (IUs) and other education partners to equitably vaccinate all school employees and contracted staff as quickly as possible.

"The approval of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides a great opportunity to launch this special initiative to vaccinate all teachers, child care workers and school staff without interrupting the flow of vaccine local providers have already administered to more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians," said Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam.

Allocations received by Pennsylvania from the federal government will be distributed to each IU based on the proportion of Pre-K to 12 public and non-public school employees and contracted staff in each IU's region.

Child care workers will be contacted by one of the local Retail Pharmacy Program partners - Rite Aid, Topco and Walmart - to schedule vaccinations using the additional, separate allocations of Johnson & Johnson vaccine they will receive from the federal government.

The rollout begins Wednesday in two locations with scores of others opening over the next few days. The sites will likely support up to 500 doses a day, with some of the sites being able to administer up to 1,000 doses a day. The full operation should take between eight and 10 days.

"I am grateful to Governor Wolf and the Legislative Task Force for making educators a priority for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine," said Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega. "After a year of unprecedented educational shifts and tensions, we are closer to relieving some constraints and increasing access to in-person learning opportunities, services, programs, and supports that will positively impact entire communities."

It's important to note that Philadelphia is not included in these allocations, because Philadelphia County is a separate vaccine jurisdiction.

There will be at least one vaccination site per IU region. School staff will be directed to the vaccination site in the region within which their school is located. The Pennsylvania National Guard (PANG) and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare, LLC, a health organization contracted by PEMA for planning and staffing assistance at commonwealth-established vaccine sites, will direct operations and administer doses at these sites. Vaccination sites are expected to begin operations between March 10 and 13 with daily operational hours.

For media inquiries please call +1-571-375-8366, or email info@ami.health.

Learn more at: https://ami.health/

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Kids Read Now partners with North Dakota schools – In-home reading program delivers books to students

NEW TOWN, N.D. -- Kids Read Now is excited to partner with New Town Public Schools to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. New Town Public Schools is the first school district in North Dakota to partner with Kids Read Now to eliminate learning loss and close the opportunity gap for their students. The number of students coast-to-coast in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures.

"Parents strongly recommend the comprehensive in-home reading program that engages families, is proven to eradicate the typical summer slide, and helps kids to gain up to 2.5 months of learning," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

*VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/513510815

Related link: https://kidsreadnow.org/

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Kids Read Now continues literacy partnership with schools, eliminating the summer slide for Michigan students

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across Michigan, including Brighton Area Schools, Grand Haven Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, and Coopersville Area Public Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Kids are excited to receive books at home by mail, and not only eliminate the summer slide, but gain up to 2.5 months of learning during the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"Students and parents loved getting books to read over the summer. Students picked the books they wanted to read and that was a powerful tool for motivating young readers! Great program," said Molly B., Classroom Teacher, Eaton Rapids Public Schools.

"Families loved the engagement and excitement students felt over the summer months when a new book arrived. Educators loved the fact that we were getting books in our students' hands over the summer months helping to decrease summer slide," said Monica T., Elementary Principal, Holly Area Schools/

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

*VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/513510815

Related link: https://kidsreadnow.org/

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Associated Colleges of Illinois to Host March 9 Virtual Event Focused on Solutions to Illinois’ Economic Challenges

CHICAGO, Ill. -- College presidents, corporate leaders and students will lead an Associated Colleges of Illinois' (https://acifund.org) virtual event March 9, at 11 a.m., focused on how educators and the business community are working together to offer solutions to economic challenges faced by Illinois' companies, schools and students.

Registration (ow.ly/NzAm50DNZCo) for the virtual event is open through March 9. The video program can be viewed on ACI's website (https://acifund.org/march-9-virtual-event/).

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2q_DTK-PnKPDVx42kIlZUvzEnnlUeOxNXRw9kprHVG76-xw/viewform

The event, "A Smarter Solution: How the Liberal Arts and Business Community Together are Solving Illinois Challenges," includes discussion of ACI's extensive alumni employment data (https://acifund.org/member-employment-data/). Presidents of four ACI-affiliated colleges and universities, a Fortune 500 company CEO and two corporate members of ACI's Board of Trustees, including a student, will be presenters.

The virtual event is planned for 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. CST. President Jamel Santa Cruze Wright, Eureka College, will introduce the program and offer concluding remarks. Wright is also ACI president.

Other topics and speakers are:

* What are the challenges? - President Philip G. Ryken, Wheaton College

* How can we meet these challenges? - Kunal Kapoor, CEO, Morningstar, Inc., and graduate of ACI-member Monmouth College

* What do ACI-member schools offer as one solution? - President Teresa L. Amott, Knox College

* What have been the results shown by the employment data? - President Troy D. Hammond, North Central College

* How can you get involved? - Chloe Overstreet, ACI board member and student at ACI-member Eureka College, and Mark A. Vargas, ACI board member and president, Licentiam. Vargas is also a graduate ACI-member Judson University.

After the virtual event, a recording will be available on ACI's YouTube channel.

About ACI:

Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is a collaboration of 26 private, independent colleges and universities, representing more than 70,000 students. Established in 1952, ACI supports member colleges and universities by advancing independent liberal arts and sciences education and helping underserved students succeed in college, career and life. The organization raises funds for scholarships, peer mentoring and emergency financial aid, and it provides member services such as professional development conferences and college-to-career seminars and events. Visit ACI's website https://acifund.org for more information.

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Kids Read Now sends books to students – engages families: North Carolina students will spend the summer reading free books

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across North Carolina, including Pitt County Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Everyone wins when schools enable parents to eradicate learning loss for K-3 students over the summer. Many of those students gain up to 2.5 months of learning during the 12-week summer break," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"It was a great way for my students to receive quality books that they could keep and read! It also helped motivate them throughout the summer to read!" said Amanda J., Classroom Teacher, ECU Community Schools.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

*VIDEO (Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/513510815

Related link: https://kidsreadnow.org/

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Kids Read Now Mails Books to Students – Eliminates Learning Loss: Closing The Opportunity Gap for California Students

VISTA, Calif. -- Kids Read Now is excited to partner with Guajome Park Academy to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. Guajome Park Academy is the first school district in California to partner with Kids Read Now to eliminate learning loss and close the opportunity gap for their students. The number of students coast-to-coast in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Educators love that the KRN program has been proven to eradicate the typical summer slide and help kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

To learn more about Kids Read Now, please visit https://kidsreadnow.org/.

*VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/513510815

Related link: https://kidsreadnow.org/

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TimeoutIQ App Allows Parents to Remotely Manage Kids’ Screen Time and Helps them Learn Something Too

TORONTO, Ontario -- Kids' screen time has soared during the pandemic, yet parents are reluctant to restrict it because it's their primary way of learning, socializing and playing. TimeoutIQ has the solution. It helps parents to subtly manage screen time, and challenges kids with educational content at their grade level while playing games, watching videos or engrossed in social media.

And, a child's health and development are critical in a digital world. In fact, the Canadian Paediatric Society provides recommendations to parents that include:

* Be present and engaged when screens are used and, whenever possible, co-view with children.

* Be aware of content and prioritize educational, age-appropriate and interactive programming.

* Use parenting strategies that teach self-regulation, calming and limit-setting.

TimeoutIQ checks all the boxes.

"It's kind of like a child supervisor and personal tutor all in one," Shawn Desouza, app developer, says.

The app is designed to monitor kids in kindergarten through eighth grade and has a new content library based on the Ontario Elementary School Curriculum; it was compiled by teachers and education coaches.

"The app has questions and challenges meant to make the child stop and think. The benefit of doing this is to distract and interrupt the child's recreational screen time - stuff like games, videos, social media - and acts as a refresher to what they're studying at school," Desouza, says.

It helps to keep their minds sharp as the app uses interactive STEM education-based gamification challenges.

And while parents may think they know what their child is doing, some research proves otherwise. An article published in the July issue of "Pediatrics," reports that tracking software revealed kids were accessing tons of apps classified for adults - like horror apps with scary characters, first-person shooter games and other media - and parents didn't know it.

The TimeoutIQ app also has an automated scheduler which allows parents to monitor their children every day between specific hours (e.g., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.). There's a free version and two premium paid versions.

"We've had more than 5,000 installs since launching in August 2020, with a rising number of paid subscribers," Desouza says.

For more information: https://timeoutiq.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/timeoutiqsmartapp

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