What does independence mean to you? What does it mean to your students and children? This month, as we celebrate Independence Day, we've included some activities to help you start the conversation!
CHECK OUT THESE FUN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY
4th OF JULY ACTIVITIES
4th of July Paper Lantern Craft
(Save that toilet paper roll!)

Early Elementary

Fun tools and resources for teaching
the roots of democracy in America!

Grades 4-12
More Family Fun!
Gather in the kitchen and make this easy, no bake, patriotic cheesecake

Quote of the month : “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”
 — Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist
Nelson Mandela International Day
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July 18th is Nelson Mandela Day. Use this day as an opportunity to discuss freedom and equality and what we can do independently and collectively to make the world a better place.

Learn about Nelson Mandela on National Geographic Kids .

ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE!
Speaking of independence, here's a list of ways we can help children be more self-reliant:
FREE CHECKLIST
Maintain Relationships with Youth
During Covid-19
We know that when youth have positive relationships with adults, they are more apt to succeed as adults themselves. Communications and engagement with young people have been challenging for some because of the quarantine. However, you can make sure you're on track with this free checklist from Search Institute that will help keep relationships strong.
We need your help!
Three female high school graduates have been accepted into our PSE (Post-Secondary Education) Supportive Housing Program! We have located an apartment for them to share but it needs furnishing. Can you (or someone you know) help by providing the following items?

  • Bedding (sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets, etc.)
  • 2 dressers
  • Couch
  • Small desks for studying

Thank you for your support!

Contact: Bebe Johnson, Coordinator, The NEST Empowerment Center, 512-943-8056 or bebe@georgetownproject.org
Learn more about how The Georgetown Project is helping Nick and Valeria get a positive start in life through its Post Secondary Education Program and Ready by 21 Initiative.
Nick Dunn
“I entered into the PSE program (The Georgetown Project’s post-secondary education and supportive housing program pilot project with Georgetown Health Foundation and Goodwill) a year ago after graduating from East View High School. I have been living independently since that time with support from this program. One of the hardest things I’ve learned is managing my finances. The Georgetown Project pays for my rent while I am attending a training program, so that is amazing! However, I have only worked part-time while going to school, so I barely make enough to pay for groceries and utilities. I recently finished my certification program in Phlebotomy and am interviewing for positions in my field where I can make a living wage.”
Valeria Argote
"I graduated a year ago from Georgetown High School and entered into the PSE program. Thankfully, The Georgetown Project has provided me with a safe place to live this past year while completing my CNA program. Having my CNA certification allowed me to work in my field at the Wesleyan while pursuing a nursing degree. I have learned so much about living independently. Adulthood is hard!! Becoming an independent person has had many challenges, but as I have met the challenges, I have gained confidence in myself that I can do it. I have so many plans for the future, but I have learned that it all begins with hard work. Nothing comes easy and you have to be willing to think about your future, and make a plan for accomplishing your goals."
If all young people are to make a successful transition to adulthood, supports cannot end when students leave high school, either as graduates or dropouts. Ensuring student success requires broadening our thinking beyond school, beyond the school day, beyond academics and beyond the age of 18. Learn more!
MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU!
18th Annual Committed to Kids Conference
Coming to Zoom!
For teachers, childcare providers, administrators and parents!
New online venue, same great teaching!
Join us on Zoom for two days of live training sessions!
  • $25 per day. Register for one day or both!
  • FREE for CCMS providers!
  • Earn 15.5 hours of training over two day conference!
  • Earn an additional 6 hours of training by attending evening painting parties! (additional cost, see below)
  • Engaging, live workshops!
  • Fun, games, prizes and more!
  • Attend all 10 conference sessions and receive a free gift!
Please click here for workshop descriptions and more info.

We can't wait to see you at Committed to Kids for two full days of learning and fun!
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Issue Date: July, 2020