4-H Youth: A Revolutionary Force in Science
(NAPSI)-At 14, Luana Xiong,
from Merced County, California, has participated in a wide
variety of activities throughout her five-year 4-H career, but nothing has
intrigued her more than the 4-H science programs.
For the last two years, Luana has participated
in the 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD)--an event in which hundreds of
thousands of young people throughout the world simultaneously conduct a
single science experiment. With aspirations to become a cardiovascular
surgeon, Luana appreciates her 4-H science
programs, as involvement in the curriculum and activities have helped her
become comfortable with the subject.
In 2009, Luana demonstrated the 4-H National
Science Experiment for 250 members of her community. The experiment, Biofuel Blast, showcased how cellulose and sugars in
plants can be converted into fuel. “My goal was to spread my knowledge
to as many people as I could.”
As a newcomer to 4-H science, Brit Stevens from Gibson County, Indiana,
will be getting his first taste of 4-H science at the 2010 4-H National
Science Experiment: 4-H2O.
At 13, Brit’s favorite 4-H activities involve showing animals at
fairs. But as an aspiring architect, Brit knows the importance of having a
solid foundation in the sciences. “I am pretty good at science. People
should know the scientific explanation about things.”
With plans to participate in NYSD again, Luana
thinks it’s important for youths like Brit to get involved in 4-H
science. “I am participating in 4-H Science Day again because I enjoy
it so much. I also think it is so important to get the word out about what
4-H is and why Science Day was created-to get youth to go into science
As part of 4-H’s One Million New Scientists, One Million New
Ideas™ campaign, 4-H science programs like 4-H NYSD work to spark an
early youth interest in science education in an effort to combat a national
shortage of young people pursuing science in college and future careers.
“Engaging youth in scientific exploration early on provides the
necessary platform that they need to build a long-lasting interest in the
field and to make ongoing contributions to the sciences,” said Donald
T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “Science is
often an overwhelming and consequently overlooked subject for young people,
but 4-H science programs make the subject exciting, accessible and relevant.”
The 2010 4-H National Science Experiment: 4-H2O—was developed in
conjunction with North Carolina
University and the
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Program. Generous sponsor support has
been provided by Toyota,
John Deere, IBM, BAE Systems and Karo. For more
information on 4-H National Youth Science Day, please visit www.4-H.org/NYSD.
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Showcasing The Wonders Of A Favorite American Park
(NAPSI)-Visitors to one of America's
most time-honored vacation destinations--Yellowstone National Park--now
have the opportunity to learn much more and broaden their exploration of the
The recently opened Old
Faithful Visitor Education Center
features new ways for people of all ages to appreciate this natural, national
treasure: hands-on, interactive exhibits, a theater for viewing films about
the park, and a special area for kids to embark on their own exploration.
Park features more geysers and hot springs than the rest of the world
combined. The best known of its geysers, Old Faithful,
is one of the nation's most recognized landmarks. Ninety percent of
Yellowstone visitors stop by to see Old Faithful.
At the Center, visitors can learn about the park's 10,000 geysers and
other geothermal features. They can discover what makes a geyser erupt, what
microscopic creatures thrive in the scalding-hot springs and how the park's
fascinating volcanic past is visible today.
The Center's exhibits are designed to help visitors better understand the
broader ecosystems and natural resources in the park, and why it is so
important to protect them.
The Center was made possible through an extraordinary private/public
partnership. Hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations
contributed to the Yellowstone Park Foundation's (YPF) successful $15 million
capital campaign to build this new Center, including major corporate support
from ConocoPhillips, Unilever, Toyota
and Coca-Cola. These donations were matched by $12 million in federal
A fundraising campaign was necessary because government funding only
covers the park's basic infrastructure, staffing and day-to-day operating
needs. Private contributions funded the development of exhibits and enabled
the building to be large enough to house them. The Yellowstone Park
Foundation is the official fundraising partner of Yellowstone National Park.
Since 1996, YPF has raised $60 million to support more than 200 projects
in the park. Such projects help to make visits to the park safer, more inspiring
and more enjoyable. Examples include hiking trail rehabilitation, wildlife
research and educational programs. To learn more about the Old Faithful Visitor
or to become a Friend of Yellowstone, visit www.ypf.org.
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Five Simple Tips To Successful Fundraising
(NAPSI)-Many schools and nonprofit groups depend on fundraising to round
out their operating budgets.
The difference between a so-so and a successful fundraiser can be five
1. STATE your goal plainly. Whether your goal is revamping a playground or
providing your school with funding for the arts, be specific about what you
hope to achieve.
2. PROVIDE added value. Rather than just asking for money, find a
fundraising partner and offer your potential donor an item with
3. OFFER convenience. Today’s busy consumer values convenience. Make
your offer easy to explain and use--your volunteer salespeople will
appreciate it, too!
4. PARTNER well. Choose a fundraising partner company with a track record
of success and a product that is fresh and appealing. Chairpersons like an
established program that reduces their headaches--and leads to big sales!
5. RECOGNIZE your donors. Publicize donor names in a letter to the newspaper
and post the list at your school or headquarters. And be sure to send a
thank-you letter--it will help in future fund drives!
SALES APPEAL is the key to making it all work. For example, one of the most
popular fundraising lines is Sally Foster and its gift wrap, gift items,
gourmet chocolates, books and home decor items. Sally Foster has a new
approach that adds convenience to its sales appeal: Donors purchase gift
cards and make purchases online. In the new program, donors can order
whenever they want and have the products shipped directly to their door.
For schools, this approach is simpler and less labor intensive than
traditional fundraising. In the past, once the sales drive was complete, the
school still had to receive and distribute the items to donors. With the gift
card system, the fundraisers simply submit their record of sales and receive
An organization like Sally Foster has been in the fundraising business for
a long time, too. It can share its knowledge and experience, and provide
fundraisers with the tools and support they need.
In addition, schools can receive additional revenue if a gift card buyer
makes more purchases at www.sallyfoster.com
beyond the value of the initial gift card.
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You Don’t Have To Be A Doctor
To Wear Scrubs And Help Patients
(NAPSI)-Scrubs are useful for more than just scrubbing up in. A recent
issue of Oprah magazine featured one luxury scrubs designer both for its
quality work wear and because sales of those clothes were helping cancer
patients feel better.
A big fear among cancer patients is losing all of their hair. Now, thanks
to the company, Blue Sky Scrubs, patients can get free, attractive hospital
scrubs hats that offer a way to cover hair loss with a bright and
The hats are sent to cancer patients whenever someone buys the attractive
clothing and accessories created by a company that specializes in medical
wear, a style now increasingly popular for casual wear all over the country.
In fact, though it’s branched out since, the firm was founded to
make surgical headgear—so it knows how to turn out top-quality,
good-looking toppers. Consumers who buy scrubs can have the free hat sent to
themselves to give to a cancer patient of their own choosing.
The hats are fun and can make people feel good. As one recipient, Margaret
Moore, put it, “After undergoing chemotherapy at MD Anderson in Houston, I finally got
to wear a Blue Sky Scrubs hat. I feel so much better now. This is a big ego
No one knows the exact cause of most cases of cancer, the American Cancer
Society explains. Scientists are studying and learning more about the many
steps it takes for cancers to form and grow.
Although some of the factors in these steps may be a lot alike, the
process that happens in the cells is generally different for each type of
The hats, clothes, jewelry and other accessories are available online at www.blueskyscrubs.com.
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Help For Families Affected By The Oil Spill
(NAPSI)-For 16 years, one nonprofit, nondenominational organization has
provided food relief and financial support to communities throughout the U.S.—and
it recently lent a helping hand to families affected by the Gulf oil spill.
Angel Food Ministries recently arrived in Pensacola, Florida,
with two semi trucks containing more than 80,000 pounds of food for people
affected by the BP oil leak. The oil spill not only left a slick across the
water and coastal region but did lasting damage to industries from fishing to
was one of the areas that was badly affected, its
families taking a direct hit from the economic blow.
To bring relief, representatives from 200 hunger advocacy agencies across
the Gulf area came with trucks and trailers, delivering donated food to those
who needed it most. Almost 40,000 families were helped.
The relief organization recently also sent food to needy fishermen and
families in the area of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.
The program, which began with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia,
has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 44
states. The organization crosses denominational lines, and various nonprofit
organizations and churches have signed on to use the program to feed people
in their communities.
Much like a food cooperative, Angel Food is available in a quantity that
can fit into a medium-sized box, and the cost of these boxes ranges from $22
to $30. Each month’s menu is different and consists of both fresh and
One unit of food usually feeds a family of four for about a week or a
single senior citizen for almost a month.
There is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can
receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which
participants must adhere.
Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program
(SNAP) and can assist applicants in obtaining food stamps.
For more information, visit www.angelfoodministries.com
or call (877) FOOD-MINISTRY.
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Humility And Common Sense In Politics
by Jeffrey R. Lewis
(NAPSI)-After all the rhetoric, finger-pointing and stimulus, America’s
economy has moved from “free fall” to “standstill”.
This should be an occasion for humility and a little common sense. But
common sense is a little uncommon in Washington.
Instead, a willingness to develop and implement a bipartisan effort to solve
problems in the national interest seems absent.
The Republicans hope to gain complete control of the Congress. The image
of the Republican Party is so bad, however, that they have embraced the Tea
Party, and many of the Tea Party candidates want to destroy a part of the
nation’s social fabric, such as Social Security.
Democrats hoping to hold on to a deteriorating base of support continue to
condemn everything Republican and cloak the Tea Party in doom and gloom. All
this at a time when every American family is asking, What is our economic
Today, perhaps more than ever before, there is an absence of real
leadership. Political pontificating is not creating jobs and is not offering
Americans any sense of hope.
Years ago, when Congress tried to make a political football out of the
solvency of Social Security, Senators John Heinz, R-Pa., and Patrick
Moynihan, D-N.Y., came together, putting aside partisanship to help broker a
successful resolution. Their efforts were not focused on their individual
political parties, but rather the common good of all Americans. This was not
only the demonstration of real leadership, but it also exemplified two
congressional leaders who put the interests of the nation ahead of partisan
America’s economic well-being is fragile. There is no one right
answer. If there were, the Obama administration or the Republican leadership
would have put it forward and blistered the media with all the reasons.
Politicians know they’re only one vote away from retirement, but for
those who put the country ahead of their own political future, it’s a
legacy no one can refute. Sens. Heinz and Moynihan demonstrated that; now we
must ask ourselves whether the voices of the past can influence the politics
of today and hope that two other bipartisan leaders emerge to create an
economic path for America’s future. All that is needed is a bit of
humility and a desire to serve not political interests, but the national
• Mr. Lewis is president of the Heinz Family Philanthropies and was
staff director for the late Senator John Heinz.
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Strengthen Your Community
(NAPSI)-According to a recent survey by MerchantCircle.com, the largest online
network of business owners, about 42 percent of local merchants believe the
current economy is weaker now than 12 months ago.
Improving your community is an important part of rebuilding the economy
and is easier than you may realize. Here are three ways you can help your
local community bounce back from the recession and thrive.
• Shop locally. Local shops create employment and self-employment; then
these people spend in the local economy. Research shows that for every $10
spent in an independent shop, $25 is generated for the local economy.
• Volunteer. Check the local paper or websites such as VolunteerMatch.org to learn what
you can do to help your local schools, libraries, charities and community
• Staycation. Save travel expenses and strengthen your community by
enjoying a staycation or weekend getaway at home. Discover all the local
treasures including parks, museums, theaters and unique shops.
An easy way to find businesses in your community is through www.MerchantCircle.com, an online
network of over 1.3 million local businesses. When you visit the site, you
can search for businesses and service providers, get coupons, read reviews
and learn about special events and offers. The MerchantCircle.com “Answers”
service lets you get free expert advice from local businesses in your
community and around the country.
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