Category: Education

Celebrities Read for Save with Stories Campaign

Celebrities such as Chris Evans, Hillary Duff, Jimmy Fallon, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Garner and more are participating in the Save with Stories Campaign to help read to children while they are being homeschooled right now. Chris Evans himself is reading If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff.

 

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Many more celebrities, such as Demi Lovato, have partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. Celebrities are reading children’s books and posting their videos on Instagram and Facebook.

By donating to the Save with Stories campaign, people are helping to feed children and provide them with the nutrition they need. So many schools have been shut down due to the virus, and these celebrities are helping children stay healthy and educated while also having fun with stories.

Some of the stories that are being read by celebrities are: Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, The Life of La Vida De Selena by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stain, Mixed A Colorful Story by Arree Chung.

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Donations can be made at savethechildren.org/savewithstories.

You can watch all of the celebrities videos on the Save with Stories instagram page here 

 

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J.K. Rowling Removes ‘Harry Potter’ Copyright To Allow Teaching

Many things have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that includes the way children are being taught. Now, author J.K. Rowling has granted open license for teachers to use the Harry Potter book series as a teaching tool while kids are being homeschooled.

 

 
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Teachers are now allowed to read from Rowling’s books via video recording in order to teach their students. It is very important for children to keep reading, especially in times like these. So Rowling and her agents the Blair Partnership have temporarily taken away the copyrights to allow teachers to read the series to their students.

 

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Of course there are certain guidelines that teachers have to follow when they teach by using Harry Potter. The guidelines have been posted on Rowling’s website. Teachers can record their videos only by using secure school networks or educational platforms. However, this license is only temporary and the videos will be deleted at the end of the school year.

Teachers anywhere in the world are permitted to post videos of themselves reading from Harry Potter books 1-7 onto schools’ secure networks or closed educational platforms from today until the end of the school year (or the end of July in southern hemisphere).

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Teachers all over the world can now read Harry Potter to their students, allowing them to open the children’s eyes to magic and adventures while they are being homeschooled during these uncertain times. You can follow along with the hashtag #HarryPotterAtHome – just don’t read under the stairs.

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Coronavirus Shut Down School? Scholastic has a Solution!

Schools across the nation are unfortunately closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. This means that millions of students will be stuck at home with either their classes on hold or their schools switching to an online class plan. Still, this strategy of staying home can be a bit anxiety provoking.

 

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Despite schools being closed, Scholastic has just launched a program called Learn at Home, where students (particularly children) can continue to study and learn with special “cross-curricular journeys.” According to their website, the company has day-by-day projects that are designed to keep children’s brains stimulated while they are at home.  Parents, rest assured that your children will still be getting some form of education.

 

Scholastic’s website has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades six and higher. If, for example, you have a child that is in grade three, four, or five, lessons that they would be learning are hottest and coldest places, facts about our first president, George Washington, or building dominoes with math! Scholastic’s learning plans cover all the things your children would be learning in school.

 

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According to an article by CNN, senior Vice President and editor-in-chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines said that “as more and more teachers, students, and families around the world are affected by the coronavirus, our priority is to support them in the best way we know how — by providing them with rich stories and meaningful projects that will keep kids academically active.”  Each grade level has about five days’ worth of content, each offering about three hours of learning per day.  Scholastic also said in a news release that another fifteen days of content will be coming.

 

If you’re interested in the courses, you can check it out at Scholastic’s website linked above. It’s accessible to anyone with access to the internet and will remain open indefinitely!

 

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Trump’s Budget Plans Threaten Library Cut

To book readers everywhere, libraries are important. They provide a pressure-free environment for people to enjoy books and literature that isn’t present anywhere else. Sadly, however, libraries are under attack. For the fourth time during his presidency, Trump and his administration want to get rid of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  This choice is part of Trump’s 2021 budget that will push more funding towards military defense and NASA while cutting funds for social programs like Medicare, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the IMLS.

 

These cuts directly impact communities that revolve around their public spaces and social programs. In places like Cambria Heights in Queens, New York, this cut would remove the public library that serves as an educational space for the children who attended the nearby school.

Thankfully, Trump’s plans have not come to fruition. This is mainly because of pushback from library supporters and book readers alike. In the past three years, funding for libraries and the IMLS has actually continued to rise. This is quite exciting, but we can’t let people forget that libraries are an important part of every community. Like the president of the American Library Association (ALA), Wanda Brown, stated, libraries serve everyone in the community. “[The elimination of] federal funding for libraries [will eliminate] opportunities to serve veterans, upskill underemployed Americans, start and grow small businesses, teach our kids to read, and give greater access to people with print disabilities in our communities.”

 

Libraries are a necessity for the public and should be treated as such by the government. The ALA stresses that supporters of libraries and library services should email or contact their congressional representatives to ensure the future of libraries across the country. And don’t forget to visit your local library, check out some books, and enjoy the services provided.

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Banker Turned Author Makes a Difference in the World

Are you a millennial looking to get financially savvy while also contributing positively to society? You need to read David Reiling’s new book Fintech 4 Good.
Reiling is passionate about “showcasing ideas, companies [and] innovations that fascinate me,’ and writing, he says, gives him the ability to share information he thinks should be seen by others. As a successful banker and entrepreneur, Reiling saw his opportunity to use his platform— you guessed it— for good. Under Reiling’s leadership, Sunrise Banks became the first Minnesota bank certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the first Minnesota B Corp, the first Minnesota bank to join the Global Alliance of Banking on Values and one of the first Minnesota Benefit Corporations.
As a result, Reiling himself has been recognized by Trust Across America as one of Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business four years running. He has also been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Finance & Commerce’s Innovator of the Year, received Minnesota Business Magazine’s Good Leader award, earned the Corporate Citizenship Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Corporate Citizenship and won a Stevie Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Phew!
But that’s not all. Reiling’s new book Fintech 4 Good is far from his first foray into the world of the written world. He has been published extensively in places like Green Money Journal, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Philanthropy.com and paybefore.com, as well as being a finance contributor to Grit Daily News. It makes sense that a book would come next. 
So, what is Fintech 4 Good about? Good question. This book is here to motivate you to get financially savvy, while improving the world around you. As Reiling tells us, ” Fintech4Good was inspired by fintechs around the country that are helping to make financial products and services more accessible and affordable. Fintech is changing the financial landscape, and allowing traditionally underserved consumers to take control of their finances through credit-building products, financial literacy and payday advance products.”
The blurb reads:

 

Get inspired:

Through the power of financial technology (Fintech), doing well and doing good are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, they are combining forces to exponentiate success across the board. Helping others is just as important of a metric as making money- and we can now achieve both at the same time. These 5 fintechs will illustrate that you don’t have to choose between making a difference in your wallet or a difference in the world.

You can dare to be different by picking both.

 

Sounds like something we could all do with reading!

According to an interview with techbullion.com, Reiling wrote the book “to highlight how certain trailblazers in the financial industry are using technology to solve some important financial challenges and issues.” He goes on to explain that “the book focuses on five fintech entrepreneurs who saw or experienced a financial health challenge and met the challenge head-on by creating solutions that can help thousands of individuals who find themselves in the same boat. These stories are compelling and empowering because most of them are sparked by issues the founders faced.” 

Reiling is also concerned with dispelling certain misconceptions around the world of finance in general, saying “I think the biggest misconception about the industry is that it can’t “do good.” A lot of people see bankers as the enemy – they’re looking for your money and that’s it. But, as I said earlier, there are so many people in the financial industry who truly want to make banking something that’s more accessible and equitable.”

Curious about what these five fintechs are? Reiling outlines each in an article for Grit Daily.

1. Self-Lender

Self Lender is a company that “creates a simple way to establish credit history for the first time.”

2. Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a student loan repayment company, providing strategies for paying back  student loans debt, and helping to answer questions.

3. TrueConnect

True Connect allows employers to offer small loans to their employees, paid off through their payroll system.

4. NOVA

NOVA enables immigrants to carry their credit history from their home country to the US.

5. EarnUp

EarnUp allows you to automate your load payments, and allocates funds to assist you in exiting debt efficiently.

 

These companies are all businesses that can help people get on their feet financially, and this is something Reiling is passionate about. He told us,

I saw first-hand the struggles that low-income and immigrant consumers face when I opened a bank with my dad in 1995. This experience introduced me to the many problems the financial industry had created for underserved populations – it wasn’t accessible enough; it didn’t adequately serve immigrant populations; and it was filled with jargon and nuance that wasn’t understood by a layperson.

It is everyone’s right to become financially healthy. Financial wellness shouldn’t be reserved only for top earners. I’ve made it my goal to create a banking industry that’s more equitable and understandable for everyone. And that is Sunrise Banks’ goal. Our mission is to be the most innovative bank empowering financial wellness.”

Reiling hopes to “inspire other entrepreneurs and technologists to continue to innovate. There is so much opportunity in the fintech space to do good and do well.”

And what’s next for Reiling?

“I’m currently working on my second book, which deals with workplace culture. Creating a sense of belonging and purpose is so important at work, and I try to unpackage what that entails in the second installment of the 4Good series. The book is scheduled to go to print in May.”

Check out more information on Fintech 4 Good below, and don’t forget to grab your copy here!