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United Way’s first-ever  Write Start Project, is a back-to-school initiative targeting those who make a difference in the lives of our children, the individuals who spend their days ensuring that our students succeed in the school … teachers.

The community-wide project will fill the gap and cost of teachers’ supplies by providing much needed school supplies to teachers in three underserved San Antonio school districts: Southside ISD, East Central ISD, and eleven SAISD schools.

Donations of school supplies will be accepted from June 21 – July 21 during business hours at United Way offices at 700 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205; and at Firstmark Credit Union locations.

“Firstmark is proud to partner with United Way in an effort to create awareness for this important school supply initiative,” said Wendy Bryant-Beswick, chief retail officer. “As an educators’ credit union, we understand firsthand how the lack of necessary school supplies can impact a teacher’s ability to do the basic fundamentals of teaching.”

The wish list of supplies includes: crayons (16 and 24 count), composition notebooks (wide rule), Clorox wipes, dry erase markers, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, highlighters, notebook paper (wide rule), #2 pencils, pens (blue, black, and red), Post-it Notes, Sharpies, spiral notebooks (wide rule), and Zip Lock bags. Project supporters may also text “WriteStart” to 71777 to donate.

Volunteers are needed for a Back to School Kit Assembly Party at the AT&T Center on July 29, 2017. Visit  www.volunteersanantonio.org to learn about opportunities and register.

Over 99 percent of teachers dip into their own pocketbooks to provide supplies and instructional materials for their students, according to the most recent survey of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA).

Across the United States, public school teachers during the 2012-2013 school year spent $1.6 billion of their own money on school supplies and instructional materials, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association. On average, teachers surveyed said they spent a total of $268 on school supplies in the 2012-2013 school year, $491 on instructional materials and an additional $186 on other classroom supplies for an average total of $945 on materials for their classrooms during the last school year.

In San Antonio, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families. The Write Start Project is aligned with United Way’s work to support ready children and successful students.

Parent engagement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, communication, and collaboration between parents, schools, and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure students achievement and success. Parent engagement refers to all activities that parents do to help their children succeed. It includes everything from ensuring that kids are prepared to go to school every day, to attending parent meetings, conferences, and events, to volunteering their time and talents at their child’s school. It is vital to the student’s success.

The first parent rooms opened in San Antonio Independent School District in 2006. The parent room model was the driving force behind the United Way applying for and receiving the U.S. Department of Education Eastside Promise Neighborhood grant.

During the 2015-2016 school year, 780 parent volunteers logged over 10,000 hours in home visits, parent leadership development training, and campus support.

United Way’s ReadyKidSA Coalition launched the Children’s Agenda for Bexar County in April 2017, which was developed in collaboration with local early childhood education professionals, child development advocates, health professionals, community members, parents, and civic leaders. The aim of the agenda is to set forth a far-reaching framework to better support local families to grow healthy, happy, and ready children.

The Write Start Project kickoff coincides with United Way Day of Action, when communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live.

Sponsors of the Write Start Project include: H-E-B, the San Antonio Stars, Firstmark Credit Union, the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, ReadyKidSA, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and United Way.

Contact:
Brandyn Moore-Rodriguez (210) 352-7077 office, (210) 204-9277 cell, bmoore-rodriguez@unitedwaysatx.org

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Episode 97 | Book Author Myunique C. Green

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Today’s guest is Myunique C. Green

Book: To Mend a Broken Heart

Description: “I just want to write the words as I feel them bleeding from this old heart of mine…”

Bad memories are never really forgotten. Just suppressed under the mountain of lies we’ve told ourselves, so that the painful ones are easier to bear. I remember a lot, and my life has been emotionless for a long time. I recall watching as my mother was beaten bloody in front of me, and then, as if I were old news, I was cast away. Until now, I’ve been patching the holes in my heart with band-aids; but I’m ready to feel again. So that true healing can finally begin.

Women are wonderfully made with a heart that can easily accommodate and deal with several life challenges. While some can outlive or outgrow these negative experiences to become better adults, others are not so lucky and usually live their lives in the shadow of their past experiences and memories. Dedicated to the girls who turned into broken women, To Mend a Broken Heart is a guide to growth, healing and learning to love again. Now a TOP 100 Bestseller in Love & Relationships, Self-Help!

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Episode 90 | Victoria Khaze of Money Munchkids®

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast is Victoria Khaze of Money Munchkids®

Bio

Victoria has almost a decade in business and over five years in marketing. She specializes in small business strategy and marketing. Victoria is a four-time published poet and has been featured in several local and national publications. Victoria believes in hard work and leading by example. She has been an entrepreneur since she was in elementary school when she started her first business making and selling jewelry. Despite her business bug Victoria has a laid back and casual demeanor. She’s creative, silly and almost always the first person to make a joke. Oh, and she’s a total nerd.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
“The only person you’re truly competing against is yourself.” – Captin Picard S1 Ep19

Money Munchkids® Mission
Money Munchkids® is a company dedicated to teaching kids between K-3rd Grade financial literacy and money management. The goal of Money Munchkids® is to teach children about basic financial terms and principles in order to provide a sound foundation for their lives as adults and the financial responsibilities that await them.

About Money Munchkids®
Money Munchkids® was started in 2013 by Victoria Khaze. After over a year of research and beta testing, she launched the Money Munchkids, starting with the Financial Education Kids Course which has been in several LAUSD schools and recreation centers. Since then we have created educational activity books, educational home kits and a financial education curriculum for school classrooms. Money Munchkids has been featured by CNBC, California Jumpstart for financial education, LA Parent magazine, ADDitude magazine, several parenting websites and radio shows.

About The Creator
Victoria Khaze is the creator of Money Munchkids®. Money Munchkids® is important to Victoria because of her little brother and so many of the kids she’s known in her life. Victoria often saw kids mimic adults by “using their credit card” or saying they’ll just “go to the bank and get the money” for something. It showed her that a lot of kids aren’t taught about money. It was these personal experiences that brought Money Munchkids® to life.

“I believe the best gift we can give children is knowledge and a good foundation for all of the financial decisions and responsibilities they will face in the future.”
~ Victoria Khaze

http://www.moneymunchkids.com
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All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
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Episode 76 | Avraham Azrieli Author of the Book “Deborah Calling” (HarperCollins, 2017)

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Today’s guest on I Am Refocused Podcast Special Edition is Avraham Azrieli

The Book: “Deborah Calling” (HarperCollins, 2017)

Description: “Deborah Calling” is the second novel in the “Deborah Rising” series, an inspiring historical adventure about the first woman to lead a nation in human history. (Cover image provided separately)

In the tradition of The Red Tent, The Fifth Mountain, and The Alchemist, this absorbing novel delivers an inspiring story of suspense and adventure in pursuit of freedom and self-determination, starring a courageous young woman on her way to becoming the most powerful female leader in the ancient world.

Initial reviews: “A stunning historical epic journey.” Urban Lit Magazine. “A perfect read for Bible and history enthusiasts. Riveting!” US Review of Books. “Deborah, for all the tragedies she has endured, continues to survive while never losing faith. A seductive saga-peopled with a fascinating array of characters.” Bookpleasures. “This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at a fascinating time in history. I found this book absolutely absorbing and highly recommend it.” The English Informer. “Believable and engrossing–chronicling the life of one of the Bible’s and history’s greatest women. Captivating!” Pacific Book Review. “The story of this young woman has moved me emotionally, spiritually, and has inspired me. Highly Intriguing.” Hollywood Book Reviews.

Author Bio: Avraham is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the author of twelve books, including The Masada Complex (a political thriller), The Jerusalem Inception and The Jerusalem Assassin (spy novels involving Israel), Christmas for Joshua (a family drama dealing with interfaith conflicts), The Mormon Candidate (a political thriller), Thump (a courtroom drama featuring sexual harassment and racism) and The Bootstrap Ultimatum (a mystery involving the commercialization of Memorial Day). He also authored Your Lawyer on a Short Leash (a guide to dealing with lawyers) and One Step Ahead – A Mother of Seven Escaping Hitler’s Claws (a WWII biography, which inspired the musical By Wheel and by Wing).

Avraham grew up in Israel, where he received extensive Talmudic education, served as an intelligence officer and, after attending law school, clerked for the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. Residing primarily in the United States since 1990, he currently lives near Washington DC with his wife and children.

Email: avraham@azrielibooks.com
Website: www.azrielibooks.com
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/AvrahamAzrieli
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvrahamAzrieli
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avraham-azrieli-33248838

Hear this podcast on Googleplay, TuneinRadio, iTunes, Spreaker, Youtube, and iHeartradio

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Sponsors:

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http://www.allsportsfitness.net/

All Sports Speed and Conditioning is the top sports performance training gyms in San Antonio, and has produce many collegiate and professional athletes since opening. All Sports was founded in 1997 by Bremond “Bay Bay” McClinton. All Sports is based out of the beautiful city of San Antonio, TX. Having accomplished his own career in professional sports; starting a company like All Sports was a natural transition for him. Bay Bay is a native of San Antonio, TX. His 100 meter dash in High School at Roosevelt High in San Antonio was not broken until recently. In college Bay Bay played opposite the great future hall of famer, Darrell Green. He went on to sign a professional career with the Houston Oilers, Dallas Cowboys and played 7 years in the European Leagues before returning to his home town to finish his career “San Antonio Texans”. In 2006, his company, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the East vs West Shriners’s college senior bowl. In 2008-09, All Sports administered the strength and conditioning program for the Division II college Senior Cactus Bowl All Star game in Kingsville. Today All Sports Speed and Conditioning continues to train athletes to elevate their athletic performance to the next level in all sports.

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by D.W. Brooks Funeral Home
2950 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78202
Email: info@dwbrooksfh.com
Phone: 210-223-2045
Website: dwbrooksfuneralhome.com

I Am Refocused Podcast Sponsored by Overflowcafe.com

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