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Giving Back from the Hill: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Never Too Busy to Give Back

Education reform in America will always be the absolute top priority for our current Secretary of Education, Mrs. Betsy DeVos. She has spent her entire life passionately working toward reforming education in the United States and it is the cornerstone of the political work she has done. From things such as encouraging a greater number of choices for families outside what district their home happens to be in, to lunch coupons for lower income families and for Charter Schools to become a greater more feasible option, education is her passion.


However, philanthropy is another passion of hers. Through the work she does with the Betsy and Dick DeVos Foundation, she has donated over one hundred million dollars to a variety of charities and non-profit groups.


Making a Difference at The Potter’s House

My favorite story of the DeVos Family Foundation’s charitable giving comes in the form of a personal relationship that Betsy DeVos has developed with a single school, the Potter’s House Christian School. The school is located in Grand Rapids in the DeVos’s home state of Michigan. Being passionate about education, when Betsy’s own children were nearing the age to choose a school she and her husband wanted to explore absolutely every option before selecting a school. They visited the Potter’s House School and saw such wonderful work being done in the institution that they immediately wanted to get involved.


The Potter’s House serves many low income families and provides a Christian education for students whose families may not have another option to send their children. Many of the public schools in the area are not of the highest caliber in education and parents worry just about keep their child safe when they are in school. The Potter’s House gives these families a second option and offers scholarships for low income families that can’t afford the tuition.


Betsy and Dick DeVos started out by providing scholarships for multiple students. When they saw the immense good those scholarships were doing for these children, they continued to increase their donations. Today, they are one of the largest funders of The Potter’s School and have helped many children receive a quality Christian education. The education these children have received is a testament to how financial giving can help even the playing field through the power of a quality education.


What’s On the Horizon for Betsy DeVos

Serving as the U.S. Secretary of Education is by no means an easy feat. While Betsy DeVos continues to make real change in education reform in the political arena, she has pledged to continue to increase giving from the DeVos Family Foundation. I am excited to follow the growth of the foundation as well as her work in education reform to track the tangible change.


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The Academy of Art University Shines in New York Fashion Show

The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its annual fashion show in New York on September 9, 2017. This was the school’s 21st show in a row. The goal of the show is to show off new styles and find new model talent. It is hard to find true talent at the shows. The diverse group of designers had a wide range of ideas that impressed industry icons such as Ms. J Alexander. The show was another huge success and received great reviews.

The Academy of Art University is located in San Francisco and opened its doors in 1929. The school was founded by Richard S. Stephens. The school has nearly 300 full time teachers, over 1100 part time staff and 12,600 students. The school states that it is the largest of its kind in the United States. When the school first opened, its focus was teaching students how to advertise art. The founder Richard Stephens was originally a painter and magazine editor. He ran the school until his son Richard A. Stephens took over in 1951. Elisa Stephens took over as president in 1992 and has had a very successful tenure. Under her leadership the school grew from 2000 to 18000 students in 2012. The school first started participating in New York Fashion Week in 2005. Participating in the show has been a great success for the school and students by bringing worldwide exposure to the school from the fashion and modeling industry.

The school is regionally and nationally accredited. It offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees primarily on campus but some online courses are offered. The school typically has a diverse group of students with females usually being in the majority. The school also owns and runs the prestigious Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. The school has at least 200 of the rarest and highly valued cars in the world. The inventory is worth approximately $70 million. Some of the cars are owned by the family and the others by the school. The school also plays nine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports.

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Keith Mann: Supporting The Police

This is a tricky time to be an American, there is no question about it. There are a lot of people with various opinions and in some ways, we are more than divided than ever and in other ways, we are closer than ever. It is all about how we approach it and how we look at it, at the end of the day. One person that chooses to look on the bright side of things and look at the positives is Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners. He is a person that is filled with positive energy and vibes. He is always looking to help people out in any way that he can and that is something to most certainly admire about him.


When he sets his mind to doing something good for someone, he goes all the way and he does not hold back in how he handles it. Right now, it is not a secret that the police are under a lot of fire and getting criticized quite a bit. In many ways, it is unfair. Unless someone has walked a mile in the shoes of a policeman, they don’t know the struggle they have to endure and what the job entails. They might think they know, but until they have put in the line of fire, it is a whole different ball game.


That is why Keith Mann is beyond grateful for all they have done to keep the world safe. They work around the clock and many of them are underpaid and underappreciated. He wanted to remind them that they are appreciated and people do care about them. After all, his uncle is a detective. Because of this, he has a personal connection with it. He treated the NYPD 54th precinct to lunch not once but twice. That is just the kind of guy he is. He wanted to show some support for them and let them know he he has their back during this trying time and they are going to get through it and be better off in the long run because of it.


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Shea Butter—The Best Cream for Your Skin

By now, shea butter has made its quiet mark on the world of beauty and fashion as one of the highest-quality products to make your skin feel healthy and young again, and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, it’s made with shea nuts, and these have oils in them that retain healing properties, and second, it’s got Vitamins A and E in it.

These butters, made from shea nuts, are pure, and like no other skin products, they’re able to make your skin feel like its old self again. Shea butter is produced without chemicals, for this would ruin the natural effect of the product on your skin, and it would not retain the same healing properties this way.

For the best shea butter you can find, check out EuGenia Shea. EuGenia is Naa-Sakle Akuete’s mother, and her vision for shea butter is unparalleled in Ghana, where, now, the butter is produced through sustainable cooperatives of young Ghanian women. This provides opportunities for African women, while also producing excellent shea butter.

The best one can hope for is EuGenia Shea, and the conditions of the women who make the shea butter include above-average wages and high-class training. And EuGenia Shea comes in different fragrances (all natural, of course) and has the healing qualities of just that shea butter that you’ve been hearing about.

So, try the subscription option if you’re interested. And make sure that you take note of how your blemishes and allergic rashes just disappear, almost overnight. EuGenia Shea can do this for you, and you’ll be pleased to know that the story of its inception is a good one.

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Dojo’s Education Platform Will Create More Positive School Environments

ClassDojo was created back in 2011 and is based out of San Francisco. Their goal is to provide solutions for increasing the quality of education across the world. Since ClassDojo first launched, it has expanded to be used by half of all schools in the United States. Available in more than 180 countries, ClassDojo’s reach is far and they have raised millions in order to extend their boundaries even further.

Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary founded ClassDojo and say they designed it to fit the need for educational solutions not provided anywhere else on the market. Most other companies with educational and learning programs do not usually offer their apps for free, and they are usually complicated to use. Sam and Liam were aware of this problem and decided to create a more viable education product with ClassDojo, accessible by students, parents, and teachers.

ClassDojo’s communication and education platform gives all parents the ability to check in on their kid’s progress while they are in school. Instructors are capable of taking photos as well as videos to share as special moments happening within the classroom. Teachers may also posts reminders and notes for parents to check on to stay up to date. This app helps kids see school and class as a more positive environment that can be engaging and fun.

Proper communication and engaging activity is needed for students to get the most out of learning in the classroom and ClassDojo will help bring teachers and parents closer to achieving this goal. The program offers constant communication available to students, teachers, and parents all day long. At any time teachers can leave feedback or notes for parents to help guide them with teaching their child outside the classroom and helping the absorb what they learn during the day.

ClassDojo has seen many positive reviews and much success around the communities. The founders of ClassDojo have said they would like to expand their team and continue to develop the program and its available features. As technology continues to develop, education and learning platforms like ClassDojo will help build better communities related to school around the world.

Education and learning should not come at a cost, and the individuals behind ClassDojo have released their app completely free for use. As ClassDojo continues to expand its reach across the globe, they will be able to generate funds with premium features while still leaving the original and main functions of the app entirely accessible to all.


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