I spent time at The Wheeler School on Friday, August 24, 2012 talking with Mary Larsen of The Rhode Show about getting ready for back to school. I find it helpful to have a checklist, shop early for deals, and make a family plan about daily and monthly expectations. Read more helpful tips and to watch The Rhode Show segment…
As of July 1, 2012 Providence Community Library became the new home of the Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC). The SRRC provides quality reference services, online databases and electronic resources to everyone in Rhode Island.
As host to the SRRC, PCL will provide technical support for statewide online electronic resources and AskRI.org (the portal to access those online electronic resources), marketing and publicity for AskRI and its resources, and education for library staff and the general public on the use of AskRI. PCL will also provide reference services to all Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island libraries. These reference services are available to the general public via email, chat, or phone every day but Sunday.
AskRI.org has a wealth of free, online education resources and services available. Just what’s so great about the AskRI.org resources?
The Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) Digital Literacy program aims to educate Rhode Islanders who lack access to and information about technology through a freely available curriculum, volunteer instructors, and face-to-face classes based in communities and locations where the need for digital literacy education is highest.
Learn more about the program…
Rhode Island is one of the first states to complete an Environmental Literacy Plan. And now, the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA), in partnership with the six state professional Environmental Education (EE) associations in New England, will award at least nineteen grants up to $5,000 each to eligible groups such as non-profits, EE organizations, schools, and local or state agencies. Made possible by a $150,000 grant from the U.S. EPA Regional Environmental Education Sub-Grants program, the awards will support projects that increase environmental education capacity or advance education by helping implement state environmental education plans. Projects may include professional development, student projects, or statewide capacity building for delivering environmental education. All proposals must be received by Friday, August 31, 2012. To learn more, please visit the RI Environmental Education Association website.
Volunteers Needed for Phase One of Old County Road School Playground Rebuild: Set for August 17 and 18
I’m a big fan of playgrounds. Unfortunately the cost of new and repairs to the older equipment is prohibitive for many schools or towns. Funds are often scraped together from a variety of sources for the cost of the equipment leaving the installation of it up to a group of committed individuals and volunteers. Having been through 2 playground builds, I can say it’s a truly rewarding experience and huge benefit to the community at large. If you have a little (or a lot of) time on August 17th or 18th, please consider helping rebuild the Old County Road School Playground at the Old County Road School in Smithfield, RI. – Anisa
When the final school bell rang in June, not all children were excited by the prospect of two months away from school. For the 49,000 children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, summer can be a time of increased hunger. Many families find it difficult to fill the gap created by the loss of school meals.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank kicked off its Summer Food Drive the end of June in hopes of collecting an additional 150,000 pounds of food by August 31 to ensure that no Rhode Islander goes hungry.
Many of us will be participating in water-related activities this summer. Now is a good time to review water safety rules with your spouse, caregiver, and children. Follow these safety tips from the Red Cross whenever you are in, on or around water.
Make Water Safety Your Priority
– Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
– Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
Plan ahead. Have the car seats, crib or bassinets, strollers and basic gear ready well in advance Stock up on a few diaper sizes, have basics like onesies receiving blankets cleaned and ready. Stock your freezer/ pantry with prepared meals and easy fix snacks. Continue this one babies are born. My babies were nursed and […]
1. Quality time with the kids. A family outing or just dad and the kids may start with breakfast at home or at his favorite diner or coffee shop followed by an afternoon outing like a trip to the beach, park, or museum. My husband loves having bagels and lox at home as much as dining out at the Modern Diner in Pawtucket or Julian’s on the West Side.
2. An event. Give a gift-certificate (for two, if it includes you) to his favorite local restaurant or tickets to a sports game or music concert.
I would like to welcome new contributing writer, Carolyn Dalgliesh, a professional organizer and “sensory” mom. She is the founder & owner of Systems for Sensory Kids, a leading-edge organizing model that teaches parents how to tap into systems, routines, and visual aids to organize and empower their rigid, anxious, and/or distracted children. Carolyn also does professional home and small business organizing through Simple Organizing Strategies. A native Rhode Islander, she lives in North Kingstown with her husband and two children. Although I long for a break from the school-year bustle, “sensoy” kids and others often benefit (and even thrive) on a bit of structure. I welcome Carolyn’s advice on how to “organize” our summer. – Anisa