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Community Action With Global Impact: International Student Exchange Program


Today we want to introduce you to the International Student Exchange (ISE).

There’s a huge difference between vacationing and exploring a different country on your own and actually living with and seeing the country through the eyes of the local people. Not only do you have the opportunity to learn and experience the culture and the language in a much more personal way, you will also gain new perspectives, broaden your world view, and build long-lasting friendships.

Find out more about the International Student Exchange program, how you can become a host family and how your child can participate in the program and spend time abroad.
By Birgit Sund on April 23, 2018

School Grants from Action for Healthy Kids - Calling All Parents


Are you looking for tips for healthy living at home and ways to reinforce those healthy habits at school? Apply for the Parents for Healthy Kids grant and start promoting school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives!

Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas:

  • Help your school start or grow their school garden and use their harvested vegetables and fruit in the school kitchen or the cafeteria
  • Organize a sporting event or an event that includes healthy activities
  • Create a running group or some other group that supports physical activity
  • Raise money for playscapes and other play spaces at your child's school
  • Organize a field trip to local farms and food banks
  • Bring in nutritionists, farmers, doctors, nurses, or other professionals to talk about healthy foods and healthy living
And here's how to apply for the grant.
By Birgit Sund on April 12, 2018

Kealing Middle School Student Advances to Scripps National Spelling Bee


Pranathi Jammula, a 7th grader at Kealing Middle School (Austin Independent School District) was crowned champion at the Austin Regional Spelling Bee at the ZACH Topfer Theatre. She will represent Austin in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.
 
The Austin Regional Spelling Bee went 12 rounds before declaring Jammula the winner. She correctly spelled the winning word “coriaceous” 3.5 hours into the competition, advancing over 46 other competing student spellers to claim her victory. Read more about the spelling bee and how you can enroll your child.
By Birgit Sund on April 2, 2018

Two Fun Art and Writing Contests for Texas Students of All Ages


Does your child like to draw or to write? Here are two fun contests Texas students of all ages can show off their art or writing talent at.

The deadlines are approaching, so better get them going!
By Birgit Sund on March 5, 2018

Free Classes for Children to Explore Entrepreneurship


Last year we wrote an article about ‘Kid Entrepreneurs From Austin And How To Become A Kidpreneur’ where we highlighted some of Austin's very own young entrepreneurs who turned their passion into business. We also listed some organizations and businesses that will help your little one get started. Today we’d like to introduce you to $tart-Up! Kid's Club, a non-profit that provides students with free access to entrepreneurial education. Learn more about $tart-Up! Kid's Club.  
By Birgit Sund on February 6, 2018

2017 Austin School Expo

Free Family-Friendly Event to Help You Find The Right School for Your Child

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably browsed through the 697 childcare providers in the Child Care category and/or the 385 schools in our Schools category of our kid- and family-friendly business directory before (if not, you can do so here). 

Now, if you want to get some face time with some of those schools, get your questions answered, or get a feel how the schools operate on a daily basis, the upcoming Austin School Expo is a great opportunity to interact one-on-one with school administrators from public and private schools. Read on for details.

By Birgit Sund on September 27, 2017

20th Annual Austin Museum Day

Love museums? Love free?

Then you’ll love Austin Museum Day. On Sunday, September 17, 2017, more than 35 history, science, culture, and art museums open their doors to visitors at no charge. Enjoy special programming, guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more. 

Read on for participating museums and details.

By Birgit Sund on September 13, 2017

Preschools And Pre-K Programs In And Around Austin

Summer's almost over and it's time to get ready for school. While the school your big kiddos (so, age 5 and up) go is determined by your school district or the charter or private school you've chosen for your child, choosing a preschool or pre-K is a whole different story.

To help you find the school that's right for you and your little one, we've done some of the work for you and gathered the information of over 360 Preschools and over 400 Pre-Kindergarten programs in and around Austin. Read more.

By Birgit Sund on August 10, 2017

Beyond the Grade – Keeping Music Alive in Austin Schools



Did you know that living in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ is not just an awesome treat for grown-ups but also for kids of every age, every background, and every ability? In addition to many music events and kids concerts throughout the year, Austin has a plethora of businesses and organizations that allow and help children to enjoy their natural birthright as musical beings.

Beyond the Grade, one of Austin’s many nonprofit organizations serving children in the 512, made it its goal to “Keeping Music Alive in Austin Schools” and to provide music educational opportunities to students beyond the traditional classes offered in schools. Read more about Beyond the Grade programs.
By Birgit Sund on February 27, 2017

Free Mentorship and Professional Etiquette Training Classes for Young Women

Crystal Ngumezi, a 26-year-old originally from Houston, TX now living in Austin, TX, recently started The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization, a nonprofit organization that offers free mentorship and professional etiquette training classes to young women from low-income families living in underprivileged neighborhoods.

“I started The Proverbs 31 Women's Organization because I felt there was a need for an organization that supplied underprivileged young women with proper mentors to help lead and guide them through life.”, Crystal says. “As a young woman myself, I always desired to have a female mentor to help coach and guide me through my profession as a female engineer. I never received this type of aid, so I made it my mission and purpose to create opportunities for young women who looked like me to receive free help and guidance, as well as free professional training and teaching.“ Read on for more information on participating, volunteering, and donating.

By Birgit Sund on February 1, 2017