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5 Reasons Why Kids Need Music Education

School music programs nationwide are disappearing, suffering at the hands of state-by-state budget cuts. Though it can be tempting to dismiss this as no big deal, the impact of eliminating music programs at schools is worse than you may imagine. March being Music in Our Schools Month (#MIOSM), we’re sharing a list of five reasons why music education is incredibly important—and why, in turn, we here at Schoola donate 40% of proceeds to schools to keep programs like music, art, and PE alive!

1. Music education helps kids do better in school.schoola

Numerous studies show music education improves academic performance. A 2007 study published in Nature Neuroscience reports that “students in high-quality school music education programs score higher on standardized tests…regardless of the socioeconomic level of community.”
To get a perfected picture of what this means, let’s look at some other studies.  One study found that students who had a quality music education score an average of 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math on their SATS. Another discovered that, with good music programs, elementary school students did 22% better in English and 20% better in math across all geographic regions. Even basic music programs sparked improved academic achievement in comparison with schools that provided no music education at all.

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#greenbacktoschool with Ecolunchbox, Paper Culture and Schoola

Sharpen those pencils, parents! Back-to-school is either already here for you or just around the corner, and it’s time to starting ticking to-dos off your list. But don’t go stocking up on off-the-rack clothes, plastic baggies, and non-recycled paper just yet! There’s a better set of solutions thanks to sustainably minded companies like ECOlunchbox and Paper Culture . We here at Schoola have teamed up with our friends to help you get back-to-school in an eco-conscious way.

Not only are these sites innovative and wallet-friendly, they help you eschew the waste-making, $75 billion dollar back-to-school industry that reigns over the US like a grumpy toddler. Boasting darling duds, creative, durable supplies, and more, these alternative shopping options make back-to-school shopping a complete win. Embracing the three r’s of green living—reduce, reuse, and recycle—these sites will help you keep the planet, and your pockets, filled with green.

Reduce: Say Bye-Bye to the Brown Bag with Ecolunchbox

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It’s incredible, but true: 100 million pieces of lunchtime trash are thrown away every hour. And one of the worst culprits in this crime? School-time lunch waste.

Though every small paper bag and ziploc you use may not seem like such a big deal, don’t be fooled. Over time, these items add up to mountains of trash—4.6 billion tons in the US alone—that could make even Everest seem small. In fact, lunchtime trash And worse, plastics are full of chemicals that are anything but healthy.

Happily, you can kick this toxic, trash-making mess out of your life with smartly designed items like those crafted by ECOlunchbox. Non-toxic, durable, and charming, ECOlunchbox’s stainless steel containers and artisan-crafted bags will make your kid’s lunchtime waste- and worry-free.

The impact products like ECOlunchbox’s make is not to be underestimated. By helping parents switch to smarter lunch-packing options, ECOlunchbox annually prevents 8 million pounds of trash from hitting landfills and offsets the CO2 equivalent of driving 5.4 million miles. And speaking of waste, the average family spends $450 a year on throwaways like disposable baggies, so when you snag yourself a reusable lunch bag or box, you’ll have some extra cash for those little luxuries parents need—like date nights and dinners out.

Reuse: Cute Clothes Meet a Good Cause with Schoola 

Schoola SF ProjectsNow that you know how to make lunchtime green and great, let’s look another blindingly wasteful slice of back-to-school shopping—the wardrobe.

The amount of pollutants produced by the fashion industry is incredible. Yet, kids constantly need new clothes. Not only do studies show kids lose 80% of new school supplies throughout the year, they grow like beanstalks. Children ages 2-10 grow 2 ½ inches and 6 pounds a year, and after puberty, these rates more than double. This means you need to get new clothes for your kids practically non-stop.

Instead of turning to off-the-rack garments from your local box store, opt for a more environmentally and financially sustainable option like Schoola. Full of carefully curated, preloved fashion for kids and women, Schoola helps you get adorable new clothes without buying into the polluting fast fashion industry. And as a cherry on top, Schoola also donates a large portion of their proceeds to your kids’ schools.

On average, parents spend $670 on their K-12 graders each year. When these dollars are spent at Schoola, over $240 per parent goes towards art lessons, music classes, PE, or other at-risk programs in over 12,000 donor schools nationwide. Plus, when you donate clothes to Schoola you don’t just help your school, you help the planet. For each bag of clothes send to Schoola, you offset up to 6,500 gallons of water and 22.27 kg of C02. When it comes to looking good on the outside and feeling even better on the inside, Schoola can’t be beat.

Recycle: Products that Are Pretty Inside and Out with Paper Culture

58fb753328242b28f89f8ffb928b3575Deforestation causes a staggering 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Mind boggling, isn’t it? Combine that with the fact that, over time, humans have destroyed 75% of the world’s forests, and any smart cookie such as yourself will understand that we can’t just sit back and let this continue to happen.

Inventive companies like Paper Culture want to help you combat the effects of deforestation without compromising on your need for quality school supplies. Offering a wide range of necessary and useful items ranging from kid-friendly notecards perfect for writing welcome notes to teachers, to fun wall decals greats for kids heading off to college, to well-designed labels for all your organizational needs, Paper Culture’s products are both creative and eco-conscious. Not only does the company use 100% recycled materials for products like those mentioned , they plant a tree with every order. And, as you can see here, the power of one tree is pretty darn potent.

By helping to reduce greenhouse gases and deforestation with the wisely crafted (and superbly cute!) products, you’ll be able to send your kids to school with a clean conscious.

Earn Top Marks in Environmental Excellence

With shopping options like those listed above, you’ll excellently execute upon back-to-school errands without even having to leave your house. By switching headache-filled trips to the store with simple at home task-tackling, and opting for ethical, economical consumerism instead of buying quick-to-break, full-of-waste products, you’ll make a better world for yourself, your kids, and the future that awaits your bright young minds.

Plus for a limited time, don’t forget to enter our #greenbacktoschool giveaway where you can win one of 12  – $50 credits for SchoolaECOlunchbox and Paper Culture. Enter here.

4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway – Wrap Up

Our Schoola 4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway has ended and summer is starting to wind down. Let’s cherish these final weeks with our family and friends and start thinking about all the FUN we will continue to have in the next school year.

We’d like to thank everyone for participating and congratulate all of our winners one more time.  Our friends at FlybarGreen Toys, Little Passports and Micro Kickboard made it so special with their awesome prizes.

Way to go!

Week 1 Winner – Chrissy Hazard from New York  for winning a Flybar Master Pogostick. When we told her she won, she said, “That’s fantastic! I never win anything!”

Week 2 Winner – Staci Nouri from Colorado for winning 6 playthings from Green Toys.  She commented on our FB page and said, “Thank you! Both my boys will be thrilled!”

Week 3 Winner – Chester Shaver  from Maryland for winning a 6 month World Edition subscription to Little Passports. He said, “Thanks Schoola!!!! Love this website and my kids are going to love their lilpassport!”

Week 4 Winner – Ashley Guzman for winning a Micro Maxi Scooter from Micro Kickboard.  She’s so excited for her kids to start carving up the streets with their new Maxi.

It’s been a blast playing with you and we hope you check back in soon for our next giveaway coming up in August.

And remember, all year long Schoola turns adorable outgrown clothes into money for your child’s school programs. Learn more about us and see how it works here.

How to Deal when Homework Nights are Hell!

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Homework Nights are Hell, by Tre Harrington

This year I have one kiddo in high school and one in elementary school. The child in high school is easy. He comes home, has a snack and does his work. There are no fights, no hostage negotiations, and no tears. The kid in elementary school, she is another story.

We have three children: oldest who is fifteen, middle who is ten, and then there is youngest, our two year old. Middle is in fourth grade this year. I have no idea what they are prepping these kiddos for, but I assume upon completion of fourth grade, she should be a brain surgeon. Each night middle child has had at least an hour and a half of homework. With her constant yelling, fits, defiant rages, and screaming, it typically takes about four hours. By the end of it, the husband and I are ready to call it a night and break out the wine.

I feel bad for her, but I can’t let her know that. I realize these kiddos put in hard days at school. It is stressful for them. I truly believe that they work hard all day and all of the homework is daunting for them. Middle child is also autistic. We do not let her use that as an excuse though. She gets no special considerations, and she is expected to do the same amount of work as her peers. I imagine it would be much easier on her, and us, to use her disability to her advantage. We could easily say that this amount of homework is not within her capabilities, but we know she is. It would not be beneficial to her long term. We do not let middle child be set apart in any way, instead we fight to keep her as mainstream as possible. Even if it means fighting for hours and hours over homework.

We did find a few helpful hints for homework time. These are not full proof and I cannot guarantee they will even work. The best you can do is try. In our home, they work sometimes, depending on middle’s mood. Like parenting, homework time is all about making mistakes and learning from them.

  1. Let the child be in control. If they have four different subjects, let them choose what order they do things in. It allows them to feel like they are making the rules. This is pretty important to them, especially after being told what to do all day.
  2. Be sure the child gets a ten minute break when they walk in the door. No talk about school, no unpacking the backpack, just allow them to unwind. When you get off work, you need some time to decompress. Give them that as well.
  3. If you see the child getting frustrated, have them take a time out. No toys or television, just have them sit in a quiet place for a few minutes. Let them chill and be calm. They are getting frustrated, so work to stop the blow up before it occurs.
  4. We have found that getting through the hardest subjects first works best. If your child struggles in math, and they save it until last, it will be weighing on them all homework time. So, try to get it out of the way. If it is taking too long, break it into sections and work on something else in-between sections.
  5. Use positive reinforcement. You cannot ever tell your child how awesome, smart, or wonderful they are enough! Do it! Many, many times a day.

Every time you and your child are having an awful homework night, know there are many other parents going through the exact same thing as well. In the end, it is worth it. We are raising the future doctors, scientists, and teachers. So, take a deep breath and tell your kiddo they are awesome and keep going. You only have to do this until they graduate.

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Introducing Schoola2U: Bringing More Funds to Bay Area Schools

Another school year is in full swing, and we’re as committed as ever to find ways to support important programs that impact students’ academic success – including art, music and physical education.

Despite the fact that California is home to more million-dollar tax filers than any other state in the U.S., there is still a significant wealth gap between Bay Area residents and the money allotted to education. Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are taking matters into their own hands – one out of every 10 schools in the Bay Area is using Schoola to raise much needed funds. 

We’ve come a long way from the five Bay Area schools we launched with in June 2013. Today, we have more than 500 Bay Area schools raising money through our program.

One of our schools, Yick Wo Elementary in San Francisco, raised more than $1,000 to put school supplies in the classroom during the 2013-2014 school year, and is partnering with us to help fund its art program this year.

We’re proud to be an ally to Bay Area parents looking to supplement school resources, and we want to do more to help.  So this week we are debuting our fundraising fleet – 6 three-wheeled pop-up shops will be hitting the road to raise awareness and drive donations to local schools.  Our bikes will be visiting Bay Area visiting schools, museums and family festivals spreading the word about how parents can raise money for schools by doing something they already do – buying clothes for their kids!

Schoola has pledged to donate an additional $5 to the shoppers’ school of choice for every purchase made from the pop-up shops – with a goal of raising $100,000 for local schools.

We look forward to continuing support the local schools in our own backyard with this initiative. You can follow @Schoola on Twitter, Facebook & @Schoola2U on Instagram for updates on our Bay Area Tour – it’s going to be #WheelieGood!

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Abyssinian Benefit Schools

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Physical activity has a vital role in education. Play breaks help young learners release stress, get their blood moving, and re-energize their minds so they can return to the classroom focused and ready for success.

Schoola is partnering with Abyssinian Development Corporation to provide the equipment and opportunities students in Harlem need to build healthy bodies and healthy minds.

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For the kids at many Harlem schools, the benefits of physical activity don’t come easily. With no gym, the playground is the only place students can get the exercise they need. As they file outside for their 20-minute recess period after lunch, though, all they find is a patch of astroturf, a cracked blacktop, a couple of aging basketball hoops, and some stray furniture. They’re making do with what they have—but imagine how much they could discover about themselves and the possibilities available to them through a play structure with swings and a slide, as well as a level surface to run and play safely.

Schoola is helping these schools build their students’ academic success and well-being by launching an effort and building a community to raise $25,000 for a playground upgrade. Here’s how you can help:

• Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to Abyssinian Benefit Schools or start a fundraiser for your own school

• Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save physical education, music, art and other essential programs

• Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids

JOIN US – So we can show the kids at at these Harlem schools and thousands of others like them that we care—and make a positive change in their school experience every day of the week.

See their story at http://www.schoola.com/savepe

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