Register for an Alex’s Lemonade Days Kit and Help Fight Childhood Cancer!




I hope you join the fight against childhood cancer and register for a free kit to host your own Alex’s Lemonade stand!  June 12-14 (Friday through Sunday), 2015 are this year’s designated “Lemonade Days” from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  This is a nationwide effort to host a lemonade stand with your friends, family, neighbors, and more to help fund research for cures for childhood cancers.  One in 330 children will be diagnosed with childhood cancer by the time they are 20.  Less than 5%  of federal research goes towards finding a cure for childhood cancer.  Your help is needed for cutting edge medical research and nursing grants!

Check out these cancer facts.  They are alarming and heartwrenching:


I hosted a Lemonade Days stand last year with my children and the neighborhood kids and it was such a wonderful experience!  It is such a great way to teach children to care for others!



Here are ways you can help this year!

  1. Visit and register by June 5, 2015 to request a free fundraising kit and to access downloadable materials for your lemonade stand. The kits include needed materials; posters, banners, thank you notes, fundraising tips, and more.
  2. Please join @AlexsLemonade on May 28th from 1-2pm ET using #LemonadeDays to learn how you can fight childhood cancer and to chat with some “hero families”.
  3. Follow the movement through #LemonadeDays!


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Help Mothers and Children Around the World with the Global Moms Relay


I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

On May 1, 2015, United Nations Foundation and Johnson & Johnson hosted the Moms+SocialGood conference, a one-day event for mothers, experts, and a global audience to share dialogue on how to improve and emrich the lives of mothers and familes around the world.  Speakers such as Jennifer Garner, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, photographer Anne Geddes and more.  The theme for this year’s event was

What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?

I encourage you to watch videos from the event as they are eye-opening, inspiring, and an excellent reminder that we all need to have a responsibility for families to thrive in their communities, no matter what country or economic situation.

Some significant points that resonated throughout the event:

  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease.
  • Medical complications from pregnancy and childbirth are leading causes of death among girls ages 15-19 in low–and middle–income countries. And girls between the ages of 10 and 14 are five times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than women aged 20-24.
  • For millions of mothers living in poverty, access to vital health information is a matter of life or death.
  • Ethiopia is among the countries with the highest number of annual newborn deaths: nearly 90,000 in 2012

What Can You Do to Help?


The Moms+SocialGood event kicked off the Global Moms Relay led by the Global Moms Challenge.  From May 1, 2015 through to Father’s Day on June 19, 2015, advocates, mothers, fathers, community leaders, and celebrities will be sharing personal stories of what they want for all families in the future.  Each day they will “pass the baton” to another to share more stories.  The final hope is that we as a global audience can join the conversation and share awareness of critical concerns affecting mothers and children worldwide.

For every share of these stories and posts, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 on each social network, up to $300,000, to help moms and children through UNICEF, MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), Shot@life, and Girl Up.

It’s that simple.  So please follow these channels, share posts and help raise funds!

Global Moms Relay website:

Global Moms Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramGoogle+, Pinterest, and Youtube

You can also follow the converstion at #GlobalMoms




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Become an Advocate for Common Sense Kids Action




Do you want to be part of a movement to help put kids and education at the top of the U.S.’s priority list?

Common Sense, the organization widely known for providing unbiased information, recommendations, and innovative tools to advocate for children in media and technology, has recently launched Common Sense Kids Action.  This is an opportunity to join with others in working with policymakers, business leaders, and advocates across the nation in driving policies at the state and national levels that impact children with regards to education.  This includes critical needs such as:

  • online safety and privacy
  • access to high-quality early education
  • access to high-quality digital experiences
  • reducing childhood poverty

I have long referred to Common Sense Media as a trustworthy resource for guiding information for my children including reviews for movies, apps, and books as well as instructional tools for my classroom and fellow teachers.  They are a strong force in promoting success for children in the 21st century both inside and outside of the classroom.  I strongly urge you, whether as an educator, parent, or citizen, to become an advocate for Common Sense Kids Action.  As an advocate, you will receive email alerts on legislative activity that impacts your local community as well as have the opportunity to share your actions and these issues with your friends.

Education is such a critical issue for the progress of our society.  The decisions we make today great impact the success of the future.  This is an impactful way to stay informed and have a voice in preparing children for the challenges and needs of what is to come.  Please get involved!

You can sign up here!  Follow Common Sense Kids Action on Twitter @CSKidsAction.



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