Digital Wish: One link, 43 grants

Create a lesson plan with Digital Wish and be entered to win a digital camera lab and up to 43 grants and awards. Each lesson plan will be entered into your class profile, and the top entries will be invited to be part of a national database. Olympus and Tool Factory created Digital Wish to help connect educators with funding for technology. Your digital “wish list” will also be posted so that donors can see what your classroom needs. For more information, visit www.digitalwish.com. There is no deadline.


Students

Share your stories of success and struggle.

Does your PTSA unit effectively utilize its students as leaders?    If you have been involved in helping your PTSA unit utilize its students, we’d love to hear from you.    Share your stories so we can help others.

What distinguishes a PTSA unit from a PTA unit is the inclusion of its students, not just as members but also as leaders.    If your unit is not including students as leaders, it should.    Likewise, if your unit is utilizing its students as leaders, we’d love to hear how.

Send us your stories of success and struggles in your unit’s efforts to include the “S” and actually be a PTSA.  If we can all learn from each other’s experiences, then we can ALL make our PTSA units more effective than any of us could do alone. (Click here to submit a story)

Remember to check back here for information that can increase your PTSA’s student involvement.


PTA Three for Me

Three for MeThree4Me – “A little volunteering goes a long way.parents must find time to participate in their children’s education and schools must provide the supports necessary for them to be involved. Three4Me will open the door to parents at every school.”

The Three4Me program helps plug-in parent volunteers by having parents sign a promise card to do at least three hours of volunteering in their school. The Three4Me program will help your PTA unit reach volunteers that you thought were unreachable! Learn how to get Dad’s involved, get helpful forms, and read success stories. Don’t wait, start learning how today! For more information visit PTA Three for Me Program.


Be More Involved With Your Teen

Although teens who are close to their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors, ALL teens are at risk when it comes to drugs. It’s important for parents to talk to their teens and build open and trusting relationships. The more involved you are in your children’s lives, the more valued they’ll feel, and the more likely they’ll be to respond to you.

  1. Establish “together time.” Establish a regular weekly routine for doing something special with your child – even if it’s just going out for ice cream. Even a few minutes of conversation while you’re cleaning up after dinner or right before bedtime can help the family catch up and establish the open communication that is essential to raising drug-free children.
  2. Have family meetings. Held regularly at a mutually agreed upon time, family meetings provide a forum for discussing triumphs, grievances, projects, questions about discipline, and any topic of concern to a family member. Ground rules help. Everyone gets a chance to talk; one person talks at a time without interruption; everyone listens, and only positive, constructive feedback is allowed. To get resistant children to join in, combine the get-together with incentives such as post-meeting pizza or assign them important roles such as recording secretary or rule enforcer.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask where your kids are going, who they’ll be with and what they’ll be doing. Get to know your kid’s friends – and their parents – so you’re familiar with their activities.
  4. Try to be there after school. The “danger zone” for drug use is between 3 and 6 PM; arrange flex time at work if you can. If your child will be with friends, make sure there’s adult supervision – not just an older sibling.
  5. Eat meals together as often as you can. Meals are a great opportunity to talk about the day’s events, to unwind, reinforce and bond. Studies show that kids whose families eat together at least 5 times a week are less likely to be involved with drugs or alcohol.

Source: The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign’s Behavior Change Expert Panel.