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Get Money: Top 14 Little-Known Scholarships For Women And Girls In 2016

February 12th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Every year, billions of dollars in scholarships are given away to students all over the world. These scholarships can be used to pay for college tuition, boarding, books, and more. Every scholarship has different criteria to be eligible, but all are not required to be repaid as long as the scholar continues to meet the guidelines.

Here are the top 15 scholarship programs for women and girls in the year 2016. Of course, check for deadlines and keep these programs in mind for 2016/2017 too:
1. Executive Women International Scholarship Program: Offers scholarships to both male and female outstanding high school seniors who plan to pursue a four-year college degree program. Scholarships are based on academics, extracurricular activities, leadership and communication skills.

2. Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women: For women age 25 or older who want to complete their education. Candidates must complete a 500-word essay that explains the reasons for applying for the scholarship, how the funds will be used, and how the scholarship award will help them with their education and career goals.

3. Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Scholarships: For women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in the areas of engineering, engineering technology and computer science. Female students must be attending accredited colleges or universities and preparing for careers in technical fields.

4. Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship: Named after Joe Francis (1933-1994), the founder of several hair care franchises, this scholarship is for women (and men) applying for entrance into Cosmetology/Barber School, OR actively enrolled in a Cosmetology/Barber program. An application must be submitted, as well as a one-page essay, and one or two letters or recommendation.

5. Women’s Independence Scholarship Program: Helps women who have survived domestic violence to return to school and become self-sufficient. The primary candidates are single mothers with young children who lack the resources to attend college. It is based on financial need.

6. Young Women in Public Affairs Award: For young women age 16 to 19 with an interest in public affairs who plan to enroll in college. Interested students must be knowledgeable about Zonta, have experience in local or student government, and generally be active in volunteer work.

7. At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy Scholarship: These scholarships are available to help students attend a summer program at Princeton University, and is geared towards building leadership skills for minority girls entering the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades of high school.

8. Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund For Women: This program champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in the nursing and medical industries, address important gaps in treatment, and ensure that all Americans have an opportunity to work with their healthcare providers to make the best choices that lead to good health.

9. National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarships: Awarded to students currently enrolled in a nursing degree program. Eligible students must be enrolled in a state-approved nursing program that leads to a LPN or RN licensing.

10. Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) Scholarship Program: Open to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate female students interested in a career in law enforcement. Eligible students may major in criminal justice, social sciences, public administration, computer science, finance, chemistry, and physics.

11. Sara Scholarship: Available to female high school seniors who plan to attend college and are active in golf. The renewable scholarship is awarded to 12 deserving female students each year. Students must have excellent academic skills and demonstrate financial need.

12. Job’s Daughters Supreme Scholarships: Offers several different scholarships for single female students who are members of Job’s Daughters or whose parents are Job’s Daughters members. Applicants can be high school seniors, graduates or currently attending technical school or college.

13. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Open to female undergraduate seniors or female students enrolled in a graduate program and studying Computer Science or Computer Engineering.

14. The Ed Bradley Scholarship: Open to sophomores, juniors or seniors who are pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. One winner per year is chosen to receive a scholarship and an invitation to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference.

To learn how to apply for these scholarships and hundreds of others, visit

Here’s Exactly Why Black Students Are Snubbed In Gifted And Talented Programs

February 4th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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Not too long ago, a writer by the name of Alia Wong, wrote an obvious piece on Race Relations and the Education System for The Atlantic. In her article, the writer poses the question, “Why are there so few Black children in gifted and talented programs?,” and goes on to cite key points that have been studied, analyzed, and published for years; points that Black, and other minority educators, parents, and students have already known: stereotypes rule the classroom.

These stereotypes are largely specifically targeting Black children. In addition to combating negative perceptions projected on to them by school faculty, and educational tracking, they are also charged with the task of deflecting negative perceptions from their peers.

Like every other institution in America, the educational system was not built to serve all those matriculating equally. Wong cites a Vanderbuilt study, in which 10,000 students in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles were observed over time. In the study, 91 percent of educators were white and presented what researchers called, “racialized teacher perceptions.”

Would it be a leap to decode “racialized teacher perceptions” as just plain old racist? Clutch your pearls, because I said it. A large number of white teachers are racist. To sugarcoat the issue with a sweet, and palatable title for an institutional status quo, speaks to the volume of the issue.

Despite the empirical truth, laid out by research data, Vanderbuilt researchers take care with the fragility of white comfortability by not only creating a new and rosy title for racism, but also plainly stating, that their own research should be taken with a grain of salt, as ” their study isn’t definitive about what’s causing the underrepresentation.”

Much like recent news over Blacks being snubbed at the Oscars, Blacks in the classroom are no different. Variables by which Black students learn, and communicate have yet to be seen as viable means of expression and cognition. We are not overwhelmingly represented in any arena of  notable excellence because we are innately viewed as being incapable of being excellent.

As a mother, having just received my two-year-old daughters’ daycare assessment, I struggle with these very same issues. Knowing how my daughter is perceived, knowing that despite her high level of intelligence, ability to understand context in conversation, and express sarcasm, these are not intellectual qualities valued by a predominately white spearheaded institution.

Unless Black students are learning, advancing and regurgitating information by institutional guidelines their academic performance is seen as subpar.  We shouldn’t be asking why Black students are not in gifted and talented programs, but rather why are teachers not receiving culturally inclusive training on interacting, and assessing student performance.


It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye: Why My Daughter Changed Schools

December 4th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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By Yolanda Darville

Our family made an important decision last week.  After two years of feeling that my daughter needed a smaller classroom setting where she could get more attention in class, I finally decided to move her to a new school.  I’d done quite a bit of research and knew that it was the right decision.  After the first visit to the new school, my daughter was excited and couldn’t wait to enroll.  There was just one problem.  She had to say goodbye to her old school.

Let me give you some background.  My fourth grader had been at the same school since she was three years old.  For nearly six years, she’d seen the faces of the same children and teachers almost every day.  Her old school was all that she knew.  So although she was excited about moving to a new environment and starting a new adventure, she was a little scared.  I realized that this was a big deal for her.  As I thought about it, I realized that she had never had to say goodbye to anything in her life.

It dawned on me that helping my daughter make a smooth transition from one school to the other would set a precedent in her life.  As she continues to live and grow, she’ll deal with many changes.  She’ll have pets that die.  She’ll have friends come and go.  There will be jobs that she will leave.  There will definitely be romantic relationships that she’ll have to let go.  I realized that what seems simple to adults can be complex and confusing to children.  Children don’t innately know how to close one door and open another in a healthy way – they have to be shown. So I decided to walk my daughter through her first life transition the best way that I could.

First, I asked her about how she was feeling.  She told me that she was excited about the new school.  But she also admitted that she was afraid.  She was afraid of not knowing what to expect.  She wondered what her new teacher would be like.  She was scared that she wouldn’t make any new friends. I let her talk about all of her feelings without belittling them as childhood fears.

I was relieved when her new school suggested that she do a trial run for a day before transferring.  Was I ever thankful for that suggestion! It was the perfect opportunity for her to get all of her questions answered and her fears alleviated.  After the trial school day, she was much more confident and felt ready to say goodbye to her old school.

The last day at her old school was bittersweet.  At the end of the day, I walked with her as she hugged good friends goodbye and made promises to still keep in touch.  Then we began the long process of visiting each teacher who she’d had over the years. After seeing just a few teachers, she turned to me and said “Can we just go now, mom?  All these goodbyes are making me sad.” I told her that I was following her lead, and we quickly left campus.

On the way home from the last day of school, we shook off the sadness and spent our drive home talking about how great her new school would be.  I smiled because I knew that my daughter had learned an important lesson.  Now she knows from her own experience that each hard goodbye is followed by a bright promising hello.

My daughter changed schools, but many other changes go on in our children’s lives? How do you help them deal?

8th Grader Pens Heartbreaking Letter About Racist Experiences In School

November 16th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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It’s hard to think that with all that’s going on in our world that our children sometimes face racist experiences in school, but they certainly do.

Honors student Za’Khari Waddy is also star of his football team at Tabb Middle School in Yorktown, VA. The 13-year old recently wrote a letter that’s making national headlines. “Yesterday on the football bus coming from our football game a kid started saying racist things to me. He then started saying he does not like blacks and he told me 200 years ago my ancestors hung from a tree and after he said that I should I hang from a tree” the heartbreaking letter read.

“That made me super mad, so in the locker room I told him not to call me n—-r or that I should be hung on a tree…I was really mad and they think I was going to fight him but I want someone to do something about it because I’m tired of boys messing with me because of my skin. I’m at my boiling point with this. Please do something about this because when I bring it to the office/principle you do nothing about it and I’m tired of the racism.”

 Za’Khari’s mother, Zettrona Powell, said the racism has been ongoing for the past three years. “He’s been asked if he was going to rape or rob a young lady, he’s been pushed into lockers and called the ‘N-Word’ on numerous occasions” she said. According to The Dailymail, Zettrona reported these instances to school officials to no avail.

The media has caught wind of the story, and now the school district has released a statement.

“The York County School Division believes every student is entitled to a safe and welcoming school environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Racism and bullying have no place in our schools and will not be tolerated. Students are given information and counseling on appropriate and acceptable behavior throughout the school year. Additionally, every staff member in the division is required to participate in annual anti-bullying training.”

“It’s not right to judge people on their skin color before you get to know them because you can miss out on how good that person is,” Za’Khari said in an interview with news outlet WTKR.

Has your child had racist experiences in school?

School Uniforms Debate? I Vote Yes

September 14th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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Everyone has an opinion on the school uniforms debate. Mothers, fathers, wacky childless Uncle Gerald with the hermit crab collection. Everyone. I am writing in defense of the school uniform. If you’re vehemently anti-uniform, hear me out before pelting me with rotten tomatoes. You might agree with my by the end of my mini diatribe.

Here are three reasons why I think school uniforms are the way to go:


Pick one. I hate to break it to you but they’re the same thing. Choosing a fresh outfit for myself every single day is a chore. I enjoy looking nice but prefer sleeping in. If I have to chose between the two please believe that fashion will always come in second. I’d like to believe that my lovely face distracts coworkers during the the handful of times I’ve worn my skirt backwards for half the workday.

So, it’s all good.

Throw a child or two or three into the mix and your mornings have become mayhem. You could obviously lay everything out the night before but guess what? That takes time too. Valuable time I, er I mean – you, could spend on your couch watching Real Housewives of Compton or whatever is hot these days.

Forget it. Everyone throws on a fresh polo shirt with a pair of khakis and races out the door. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Who has time for outfit coordination when your inbox hasn’t been cleaned since Sisqo was hot?

Just buy the uniforms and call it a day.

Avoid Distractions 

Clothes can become a major distraction in school as your children grow older. I was in honors and advanced placement classes but I failed calculus. You want to know why? I was showing too much knee.

Perhaps if I had spent less time channeling Dionne from Clueless and more time focusing on calculus I’d know how to…do percentages or something. You see how mathematically inept I am? Blame the lack of school uniform.

Don’t let this happen to your kids.

Adolescence is difficult enough for children. Help make their lives easier by leveling the superficial playing field. Everyone looks the same. Bam. One less thing to worry about.

Set the tone 

Kids go to school to learn. Period. It’s their job. School uniforms are to children what business suits or business casual are to adults. If one wants to be taken seriously in the workplace then one dresses accordingly. The same goes for school. The old cliche ‘dress for success’ rings true.

Of course, it is still possible to dress sloppily while adhering to a school uniform, but as a parent it is my responsibility to instill a good work ethic in my children and that includes ensuring that they put their best foot forward academically and professionally. Appearances matter. Take yourself seriously if you want others to do so as well.

Where do you stand? Are school uniforms a good thing?

5 Ways To Deal With A Mean Teacher

September 7th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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When my oldest son went to the fourth grade I entered the school year with the same optimism I have every year.  I hoped to join the PTA, build a cordial relationship with his teacher and most importantly support my boy in having the most educationally stimulating fourth grade experience possible.  And for the first two months that exactly what I did, but I sensed some tension between his teacher and me.

Trips to the school every other week for a progress and problem update and emails to ensure all homework was complete were not welcomed by his fourth grade teacher as they were in previous school years. It seemed like every time I attempted to build a positive teacher-parent relationship with Mr. Fourth Grade, I was brushed off or given the “what’s so special about your child” look.  So, by Christmas break I knew there was no chance of having a friendly relationship with this teacher.  This meant I needed to develop some strategies for dealing with a non-engaged, mean teacher.

  1. Strictly business: Other than good morning and good afternoon, I stopped exchanging niceties with my son’s teacher.  Before making my bi-weekly visit to the school I made a list of questions or concerns that I wanted addressed.  During our conversations I would no longer stray from that list to ask how the school year was going or how his Christmas break was.
  2. Make friends with the teacher next door:  If the teacher is truly anti-social, trust me, everyone knows already.  I’ve even had other teachers give me a rundown of the “good v. bad” teachers.  By forming a close relationship with another educator who teaches the same grade or a parent of another child in your kids class a parent can still keep their thumb on what’s going on in the classroom without further straining the relationship with the teacher.
  3. Absolutely no emails: When dealing with a teacher who doesn’t like you, or vice versa, the last thing you want is to send an email that is misconstrued in a negative manner.  Not only is it now written fodder for the playground of teachers at your kids school, but it also sets precedent for the teacher’s excuse to no longer deal with you.
  4. Get principal visibility: Unless the situation becomes unbearable with your kid’s mean teacher, I’d stay away from complaining to the principal. She has bigger fish to fry.  Before resorting to that,  I would make sure the principal and guidance counselors know your name.  Whether you show up to PTA with cookies the last Thursday of every month or offer to fill-in for the secretary’s lunch period occasionally, once the principal knows you are actively involved at school the teacher will have less validity to claims your presence at the school is useless.
  5. Maintain privacy: This is a biggie.  Never, I mean never, talk down or reprimand your child in front of a teacher who you are unsure has your child’s best interest at heart.  Teachers are people too, and can be manipulative.  While I truly believe most teachers are loving and want the best for all of their kids, some will use the divide and conquer strategy of pitting a parent against a kid.  Once a parent begins to equate their visits to the school with negative behavior from the child, a parent is more likely to keep their distance.  Teachers can use this to their advantage if they don’t want parents checking in on their class style.  Always handle behavior, homework or peer issues with your child at home.  Simply respond to the teacher: “We’ll work on that at home.”


C.C. Mendoza is an audio journalist with American Urban Radio Networks and blogs at

Back To School: 15 Ways to Break Up School Year Boredom

September 3rd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Remember all those years ago when you were in elementary school? The novelty of heading to a new grade wore off before the first round of tests in the first few months. Wake around 6:00 a.m. to be fed, dressed and hustled out the door by 7:00 a.m. School is work for kids, so why shouldn’t they enjoy a little break from the monotony of it all sometimes? It can be something as simple as adding some special one-on-one time to the schedule. Need a couple of ideas? Here are 15 ways to break up school year boredom and keep your kids feeling refreshed and motivated while they’re hitting the books.

Behavior Blues: What You Need To Know About Teen Suspension

September 1st, 2015 - By Allyson Leak
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It’s 9:00 a.m. and you just sat down at your desk to take the first sip of your hot coffee. Relaxed and ready to start the workday, you receive a call from your child’s school that you must come right away. Once you arrive you discover that they have been suspended… again. It’s important as a parent to understand the different kind of school suspensions so that you know how to handle the situation. The process differs per school and state, but generally goes something like this:

In-school suspension is when your child is taken out of her classes and put into a separate room where she does her work and has lunch for the entire day.

Out-of-school suspension is usually a number of days when your child is not allowed to go to school. And this one usually means they can’t go to any extracurricular activities or other school activities like a dance or sports game.

Expulsion is when they are removed from the school and not allowed to attend school or school-related activities for a long time period. This usually forces a parent to have to take off work because an expulsion involves having to go before the school board for a hearing.

Once an incident happens at school consider the following tips…


It’s important that you really listen to their side of the story and absorb what they are saying. Even if they were in the wrong it’s important for them to know that you want to hear their side and not just fuss and shut them down.

Know The School Rules

Most schools give every family a student handbook that list the rules for behavior and what happens if those rules are broken. This is a book that you should make the time to go through with your child. Make sure that when the principal tells you they are suspended, they are clear about what rule was broken and where it is in the handbook. If you feel like what they are saying isn’t justified and that your child wasn’t wrong you can contact your local department of education to find out what to do next.

Take Time To Process

It’s natural to panic when this happens and it’s ok to be mad but try not to lash out because it’s not very effective. Instead of spiraling out of control, take some deep breaths, step away, and try to relax. Then ask yourself “what lesson can they take away from this?”


It’s important for your child to learn that there are consequences for their actions. If they are suspended or expelled and have to stay home you should come up with a schedule for them. Maybe they can get up the same time they would on a school day, they can work on homework first and then chores. If they are home alone it’s unrealistic to think they won’t watch TV or try to find their video games so you may want to consider allowing them to do this once everything is done. Now, if they aren’t abiding by your rules of homework and chores you can go to the next step and have their cell phone turned off or put away their games so they don’t have access until they start cooperating.

What To Do When Your Kid Starts Learning About Sex At School

August 31st, 2015 - By Erickka Sy Savane
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Day 1

“Lea said that she saw a man on top of a woman, kissing her privates on TV.”

Excuse me?


Day 2

“Lea said a boy asked her to marry him and she said ‘no’ and then he got on top of her and started kissing her and she said ‘yes.’

Say what?


Day 3

“Lea said…”

“Stop talking to that girl!” you scream. “She’s making up stories!” It comes out harsher than you intend, but you don’t know what to do? Like, really, Pre-K is where your kid is supposed to learn about numbers and patterns, not SEX. But lately it seems that is the education she’s getting, and from another preschooler no less.

What do you do when your kid is learning about sex at school?

It ain’t right.

This little girl (who you’re already familiar with because early in the school year your daughter came home asking to watch Scandal because it’s apparently Lea’s favorite show), is undoing all the work you and your husband have done to keep inappropriate images out of your daughter’s sight. Your girl’s not even allowed to watch Barbie Life In The Dream House because Barbie’s got a boyfriend and spends her time shopping, hanging by the pool, and trying to emulate the Kardashian lifestyle. Music videos don’t exist in your home, which means she knows rapper Nicki Minaj more from some hair ads in your neighborhood than her music. But now the system has been corrupt and you’re screaming, ‘Mayday!’

You only see two options, have the sex talk with your kid way before you intended or let her learn about the birds and the bees through her buddy at school.

You talk to your friend Quiana about it because she has a daughter in Pre-K, and though she hasn’t experienced this, she has had situations where her daughter picked up on news stories before she and her husband were able to come up with an age-appropriate response. Boy, can you relate.

Being so caught off-guard on this caused you to lash out at her little friend Lea and something tells you that it wasn’t an appropriate response. Honestly, though, when your cub is being threatened you’re gonna make sure she gets away from the fire. But when you think about it, how realistic is it that your daughter will be able to stop talking to this friend? In fact, she’ll probably want to talk to her even more because we do what we’re told not to do, right?

So what’s the answer?

Oh, just call Dr. Carothers already! She’s gotten you out of more parenting jams than a traffic cop. She’ll help figure this out.

“While it’s totally normal not to want to have the birds and bees conversation with your four or five-year-old, it’s never too early to start talking about things that they may be exposed to whether it be on TV or from friends. There’s lots of content in the media that’s highly-sexualized that kids can see inadvertently, and it’s natural for them to have questions. They often talk about what they’ve seen as a way to explore what it means and as a way to get additional information. One thing I would do is explain that there are some things that are for adults who really care about each other, and as you get older you’ll learn more about those things, but what the girl probably saw is sex or making love.”

“You want to use the language that the child has given you, and you want to give as much truthful information back as possible,” explains the doctor. “You don’t want to say the girl is lying or make it so she’s an untrustworthy friend.”

Too late.

Dr. Carothers goes on to say: “So you tell your daughter that what her friend Lea is talking about is a natural part of life, but at this age it isn’t something that she has to worry about. It may be a good time to have a conversation with the Pre-K teacher to let’em know that some kids have been exposed to this type of content so she can have a general conversation about parents being more cognizant of what they’re kids are seeing. That will definitely happen.”

“One thing to remember as you’re raising your child is they’re going to get this information from somewhere so you want to be able to funnel it and have the first say. It’s better to get ahead of it and be proactive than reactive.”

But where do you start?

“There are some children’s books that do a really good job of giving developmentally appropriate information about things related to nature, sex and reproduction,” says Dr. Carothers. Read a few books to find which you’re most comfortable with and that way you’ll have a consistent message you can give to your kids. Common Sense Media is a website that can help you see what type of content is appropriate for your kid.”

Man, you didn’t handle this well, but that’s why you reached out to the good Dr. You can’t know what you don’t know. More than anything, you’re seeing that there’s a positive way to move forward with this, and no, your daughter won’t be turning to prostitution because Lea talked to her about sex.

The more casual you can be around sex as a conversation, the less she’ll see it as a cause for alarm. One thing you do regret is how you demonized the other little girl. She doesn’t know what she’s seeing and probably just wanted someone to talk to about it. You didn’t have to drag someone else’s kid down to save your own. Next time, you’ll see if there’s a way to stand for both of them. That’s the true meaning of ‘it takes a village.’

Erickka Sy Savané is a freelance writer and creator of THE BREW, a social commentary blog. Before that she was a model/actress/MTV VJ. She lives in Jersey City with her husband and two daughters. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Cool Mom Alert: The UnBake Sale Is The New And Healthy Way To Do Fundraising At Schools

August 20th, 2015 - By T Hall
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Let’s be real. When it comes to schools raising funds, bake sales are still winning. Because funding is not as plentiful as it could be, using bake sales as a way to make extra money is the go-to option for most schools. Athletic teams, debate clubs, and the Parent-Teacher Association use bake sales to come up with extra funds for a variety of school-based needs. But given the newest changes to the federal guidelines when it comes to food served at schools, the menus at many have changed. There are fewer calories and sweets being served and more healthy food options available.
While bake sales are usually made up of home-cooked and baked goods for purchase, the items are generally still full of sugar and salt. Cupcakes and brownies are a favorite but no matter how you dress them up, they are still high in sugar and calories. To help schools stick with the new food guidelines in schools, Bolthouse Farms came up with a great idea for fundraising. They introduced the UnBake Sale, the healthy alternative to a traditional bake sale. The UnBake Sale starter kit consists of items made of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy things that can be tweaked into really cool snacks for people to purchase.
From fruit salad to apple and grape panda bears to watermelon pizza, the possibilities for an UnBake Sale menu are almost endless. Taking fresh fruits and vegetables and turning them into cool edible creations is key when trying to make an UnBake Sale pop. And parents are excited to have healthier snacks being served at school. Bringing something like the UnBake Sale into institutions as a fundraising option is the perfect way to help promote healthy eating. Imagine how easy it could be to sell fruits and vegetables disguised as yummy fruit bugs and dinosaurs. Kids don’t miss a trick, but the UnBake Sale is a great way to”trick” them into making healthy choices when it comes to snacking.
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Making the transition away from cookies and cupcakes may seem like a difficult task but it’s really pretty simple. Not only is it easy but some of the products are cheaper to purchase and prepare. With the help of local farmer’s markets, products are more readily available for purchase to help make this happen. When the campaign first kicked off, Bolthouse Farms offered the first 100 schools to sign up the UnBake Sale starter kit to help them get started. The UnBake Sale website is chock full of helpful tips and delicious recipes that will assist you in making the UnBake Sale a successful event at your child’s school.
Schools all over the country are making the switch from bake sales to UnBake Sales to participate in the healthy food initiative. Ultimately, healthy eating starts at home, but the UnBake Sale is a sure way to make it look cool at school. This is an excellent way to transition away from the unhealthy and steer children in a healthier diet direction.
Check out The UnBake Sale for the UnBake Sale toolkit, recipes, and ideas on how to get an UnBake sale started at your school.