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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Guns, Gangs and God: The State of Public Schools

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:05 AM 0 comments

Parents we have a problem! The state of the public school system has gone from bad to worse in recent months. The most recent incident of a student bringing a gun to school happened in the New York School System where three teens were busted for bringing loaded guns to school (source: New York Daily News ).

Parents send their children to school to get an education, not become gang bangers or gun toting thugs.  As a parent, you need to question why guns and gangs run rampant in the Public School System. Who's to blame for this major problem with our schools? 

Do parents blame the teachers or principals who cannot control the out of control student? Do you blame organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who sued Birmingham Schools in December 2010 for using mace on hundreds of students? According to Ebony Glenn Howard, lead attorney on the case for the Center, “We must ask ourselves, what kind of school system allows armed officers to come in and use mace on its children?” (Source: AL.com) No Ms. Howard, we must ask ourselves why so many students are out of control. 

Christian parents have enough to think about with their child being segregated into a secular school system without having to worry about guns and gangs. The problem went beyond control once God was taken out of the Public School System. A lot of parent's don't have the option of home schooling or sending their child to private school because the cost is too expensive. Some private schools charge as much as a two year college.

What are concerned parents supposed to do about this growing problem? Parent's need to make the teachers, principals, and administrators accountable, demand action and attend meetings to voice their concerns.

God needs to be back in the Public School System. Without Him,  guns and gangs will become the education your children receive.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

May 5th is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day #HeroesofHope

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 1:26 PM 0 comments
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2016 is Thursday, May 5.

Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) holds National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to raise awareness for children’s mental health issues. This year’s event -- themed Finding Help. Finding Hope. -- is all about access to these care services – what resources are available and how they can be found.

People can attend the event in DC on May 5th or - for the first time - participate in the onstage discussion online during the Awareness Day Live! Webcast. If you’d like to get involved in the conversation, here is how:

·       Attend the free Event:  
May 5th, 7:00pm EST
The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs’ Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
·       Watch live via Awareness Day Live!: https://nvite.com/HeroesOfHope/ae59
·       Tweet to join the conversation: Send questions, insights or ideas using #HeroesofHope

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Giveaway ends May 8th #LearnWithOrkin

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:00 AM 49 comments
Disclosure: I received a blogger pack in exchange for this post and giveaway.

Their creepy and crawly, but bugs can be fun with the Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit!

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

About Orkin Mosquito

Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?
At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.
Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl 
Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/TheOrkinMan 
Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.
• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.
• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

One lucky winner will win an Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit.
The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:
2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.
Go bug crazy this summer with Orkin's Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit by entering on the Rafflecopter below. Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Everyday MOMents” blog tour March 10-April 10, 2016

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 2:44 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: I received this book from Cedar Fort in exchange for my honest review

About the book:
Discover the divine purpose in your motherhood! Each inspiring chapter moves through another hour in a mother’s day, highlighting spiritually symbolic insights and describing how Christ is by your side even during the daily routine. From sun-up to bedtime, this entertaining and uplifting book will help you find the inherent divinity hidden in the every day details of motherhood.
About the author:
Jessica Poe has spent the last decade writing professionally for healthcare systems across the nation. Prior to freelancing, she worked as a communications specialist for Intermountain Healthcare and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Brigham Young University. She and her husband homeschool their three children under the lively green trees of Oregon; basking in the small, natural moments. Jessica maintains a collection of divine details from their daily doings at www.jessica-poe.com/blog and she’s a regular contributor at www.multiplygoodness.com.

My thoughts:
 As a mom and grandmom, it is easy to get caught up in the "I'm busy" trappings and we tend to forget what motherhood is all about. Motherhood isn't just about responsibility, it's about love and how Christ wants mom's to discover the divine purpose of motherhood. Jessica's book gives mom's an insight into what Christ wants and expects. This short, faith-based book takes mom's on a wonderful, spirit-filled journey through motherhood. 

If you want to rediscover motherhood through everyday MOMents, be sure to pick up a copy of Jessica's book at Amazon , Barnes & Nobel, or Deseret Books.


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