Turn your passion into cash! The Afterschool Awards Scholarship: Deadline June 25th

The Afterschool Awards is a nationwide contest spotlighting after school achievements for Elementary, Middle School and Junior High students. IZOD, JCPenney and NOW Music have teamed up to bring students a chance to turn their afterschool passion into cash for their future education.

Students are invited to enter Afterschool Awards between now and June 25th for a chance to win up to $10,000 in scholarship money! Students can enter in up to four categories: Sports, Community Service, Science and Music & Arts to show everyone what they’ve got going on after the bell rings! Last year’s winners were a wave-catching …

Is there educational value in play?

Child development experts are beginning to reexamine whether the role of play in the learning process may be more important than was originally thought. The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that “play (or some available free time in the case of older children and adolescents) is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”

Dr. Stuart Brown, the foremost authority on play behavior in the U.S., contends that play makes us smarter in the sense that it enables us to process new information, adapt to new situations, and handle complex social interactions better than …

Staples for Students School Supply Drive: How you can help students in need

This summer, Staples and DoSomething.org will host their fourth annual Staples for Students School Supply Drive – a campaign mobilizing young people to collect school supplies for the 13 million kids who return to school without basic supplies. You can drop off school supplies at any Staples store throughout the United States from July 3rd through September 17th. DoSomething.org and Staples will make sure they get to local students who need them the most. Learn how to host your own school supply drive at Staples for Students.

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Summer internships for students provide real world experience in a tight job market

Summer is just around the corner and with the employment market still tight, many high school and college students won’t be finding jobs this year. A full summer of lazing by the pool or playing video games may sound like nirvana to your teen, but as parents, we know this is not the way to build an impressive resume or instill a strong work ethic.

The solution? An internship! There are many wonderful internships still available throughout Delaware that will provide students with real world experience in their chosen field or introduce them to a field they’ve been considering. An …

Meet Back to Basics representatives at 2011 Transition Conference for Delaware students receiving special education services

The annual Delaware Community of Practice 2011 Transition Conference for youth ages 14-21 receiving special education services, their parents, educators and professionals will be held at the Dover Sheraton Hotel in Dover on March 31.

The free event will include a variety of informational sessions including Transition: Now What, Then What?; New Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities; Using Transition Assessment as a Tool to Make Your Job Enjoyable; SuccessAbility! Taking the Burden Out of Navigating High School; On A Journey: Leading My Own IEP Meeting; Child Mental Health and Pediatric Healthcare Transition to Adult Services; Yes We …