Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competition awards $20,000 to the National Champion

Graduation speech (2)Does your school participate in the Poetry Out Loud contest? If not, make this the year that it does! 

Poetry Out Loud is the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Top finalists and their schools receive $50,000 in awards, including $20,000 for the National Champion. Nearly 3,000,000 students and 9,500 schools have participated.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. Poetry Out Loud gives students an …

September is Library Card Signup Month!

Delaware Library cardsSeptember is Library Card Sign-up Month! This is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply of all is a library card.

All Delaware residents are eligible for a free library card. Complete a registration form and present it with a photo ID at your local Delaware public library.

New Castle County registration form
Kent County registration form
Sussex County registration form

If you don’t have a Delaware photo ID, please contact your local library for card registration requirements. Children under the age of 18 must have …

Back to Basics celebrates 4th anniversary of The Back to Basics’ Annex in Newark, Delaware

BTBLOG~1Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. recently celebrated the 4th anniversary of its Newark Education Center, located at 1300 Paper Mill Road.

The first Education Center, located in Wilmington, made it easy for students in northern New Castle County to receive 1-on-1 tutoring and education services outside of their home or school. Now, Newark, Pike Creek, and southern New Castle County students have a closer Center to go to as well.

“Students from Hockessin, lower New Castle County and Eastern Maryland are now able to keep “drive time” to a minimum, making kids — and their parents — very happy,” …

The Bezos Scholars Program deadline is February 17, 2015

BSP logo FINALThe Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. For 11 years Scholar teams have mobilized communities around a range of critical issues to alleviate rural poverty, increase digital literacy, as well as create healthier food environments, inspire conservation leadership, and more.

Every year, 30 top high school juniors and leading educators …

Kids aged 7-18: Get ready for the Paradigm Challenge and a chance to win your share of $100,000!

paradigmThe Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross to inspire youth aged 7 to 18 to affect positive change in the world. The first annual challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires – America’s #1 disaster threat.

Youth, aged 7 to 18 (as of May 1, 2015), are invited to accept The Challenge, build a team, become problem solvers, learn about home fires, and help save lives. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.

To learn more, …