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United Way of Rock River Valley is hosting a Santa's Workshop on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for the students and families of Ellis Elementary School. This event will reward families at Ellis Elementary School for attending various family engagement activities throughout the school year. 

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I had the pleasure to watch Anita Fricks, Parent Liaison at Kishwaukee Elementary, in all her altruistic glory yesterday. It was amazing to watch how joyful she was to simply help people. Ms. Fricks invited the Kishwaukee School community to a clothes closet that she had conceived, constructed, and cared for; the turnout was as positive as the spirit that created it.

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If you have a desire to create good Rockford youth development programs, then we salute you. Here at United Way of Rock River Valley, we have seen firsthand many times how influential these programs can be when they are created in the right way. Our recipe for success includes ways to promote education, income, and health. This post will briefly describe what we do to promote these important elements.

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Plain and simple: these cold winter months are rough on the body. But spring is on the horizon. As a way to motivate you through the harsh winter, set a goal to complete your first 5K. Don't think you can? If you can walk 20 minutes, we have a plan that will get you running in no time.

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Families at Lewis Lemon Elementary kicked off the year right with an evening of healthy eats and fun dance moves last week during their first Family Fitness Night event. United Way of Rock River Valley worked alongside Lewis Lemon PTO leaders to incorporate family health and fitness programming into their monthly family night events. Last week's event featured a hands-on demonstration on preparing low-cost healthy foods by Carol Erickson, Visiting Extension Educator, SNAP-Ed with University of Illinois Extension – Rockford. Families then participated in a Zumba dance workout lead by Vivian Keuter, Assistant Principal with Lewis Lemon School.

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It's important that young children hear language, and they need to hear it from people, not just from screens. But while we know that reading to a young child is associated with good outcomes, there is only limited understanding of what the mechanism might be. Blogger Perris Klass, M.D. shares two new studies that examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.

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Last week we concluded the 2015 season of Strong Neighborhoods Days. Thanks to residents, City of Rockford police officers and human services organizations for coming out to Rockford Housing Authority Blackhawk Courts. We look forward to engaging with residents at a neighborhood school during the school year.

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In order to improve a community, volunteers of all ages are needed to advance the common good. Even children can make meaningful contributions to their neighborhoods. Research has found community service for kids produces real benefits when they volunteer alongside their families. According to The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, volunteering:

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Look for a local summer program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating. It's important for children to keep active and eating healthy while school is out. We've compiled a list of local summer programs that help keep young children active and healthy throughout the summer.

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Summer slide can be a huge challenge for kids, teachers and parents. Did you know children lose, on average, one month's worth of skills during summer vacation without practice? In her article Top 10 Toys That Beat The Summer Slide, Forbes.com contributor Jenn Choi offers a sort list of toys for children to help make the summer very productive in a more fun way and to help beat the summer slide.

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Myron Simmons was discouraged by his financial situation. His student loans were defaulted and he had a bad line of credit – or so he thought. This discouragement led to an avoidance that only made matters worse.

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Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners: families! Week of the Young Child Rockford applauds you as your child's' first and most important teachers.

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Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials - from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

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When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today! Kids can use any building material - from a fort of branches on the school playground, a block city in the classroom, a hideaway made from couch pillows at home, to a Lego creation.

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Families are finding new ways to spend time together-and volunteering is one way to do just that. Research has shown that volunteering as a family:

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