Welcome to the December 2015 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Around the holidays, people often ask what gift items they can donate to Hope House for the people we work with. Here is our holiday wish list:
Please note that all items should be donated unwrapped. You may donate wrapping paper if you wish for parents to be able to wrap the presents for their children.
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and Youth
Mindfulness: Helping Youth Learn to Feel Emotions and Choose Their Behavior: “Neuroscience has revealed in recent years that trauma resulting from adverse childhood events can actually change the brain — for the worse — of a developing child. And their thought processes and behaviors can become impaired as a result… A growing number of experts, including psychologists, social workers and physicians, have found a new tool in their kits for treating young people: mindfulness”…Read more
Hundreds of Nude Photos Jolt Colorado School: “At least 100 students at a high school in Cañon City traded naked pictures of themselves, the authorities said Friday, part of a large sexting ring…Members of the high school football team, the Cañon City Tigers, were at the center of the sexting ring…Mr. LeDoux, the district attorney, said the investigation would look into whether any adults were involved, whether children were bullied into participating, and whether any illegal sexual contact occurred”…Read more
Parents and Youth Service Providers' Section
Help Your SRO Support Bullying Prevention Efforts: “NIOT is proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice/COPS Office as we release a new guide to help law enforcement officers and agencies address and prevent bullying. "Preventing and Addressing Bullying and Intolerance: A guide for law enforcement" is intended to be a primary resource for law enforcement officers who can play a vital role in educating children and adults about problems resulting from bullying, teasing, and all forms of bias; offering ways to prevent and intervene in bullying situations; and helping to break cycles of bullying and transform student behavior. The guide features anecdotes from Not In Our School campaigns. Download the guide.
Sexting Handbook: Common Sense Media has released a new handbook for teens on sexting. Check it out here.
Understanding Your Students: A Glimpse into the Media Habits of Tweens and Teens: “That's why we're pleased to release a new report, the Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Tweens, which paints a more complete picture of how tweens and teens are using media”…Read more…Read related article for parents: The New Guide to Managing Media for Tweens and Teens
Faith Communities' Section