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February 24, 2014 Vol. 11, No.8

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

YOU CAN DANCE IN THE PROMISELAND – THIRD EDITION

We at the FCSR have devoted a good portion of our resources and efforts to providing special programs for our PromiseKids that they wouldn’t normally receive in their state public schools. Our Arts Director, Basia Kolasinska has conducted a very successful dance and music program for all of our PromiseKids in our 10 Promiseland Schools for many years, and we are very proud of the progress she has demonstrated.

Two years ago, Basia introduced a new concept to our arts curriculum, You Can Dance in the PromiseLand, which was based on the famous TV program that was sweeping the world at the time. We are happy to report that our program has gone a long way in teaching our kids amazing dance skills. But more importantly, it has taught our kids poise, grace, rhythm, self-confidence and has enhanced their self concepts. The You Can Dance program has become one of the most popular programs in our PromiseLand schools, and we wouldn’t dare discontinue the program.

You Can Dance in the PromiseLand kicks off it third edition on March 3rd in all 10 of our PromiseLand schools, and the excitement level among our kids has hit a crescendo as they prepare their dance routines.

The rules are the same as seen on national TV. Our talented kids will present their special dance skills in Hip Hop, Popping, Salsa, Quickstep and Jive, before a panel of three judges headed by Małgorzata Ciućka, FCSR PromiseLand Coordinator. Those who are selected during the first auditions will move on to the next round. At the end of this process, a small number of dancers will be chosen as 'finalists,' and will move on to compete in the final competition where they will perform solo, duet and group dance numbers in a variety of dance styles. The winners will be crowned the “Best PromiseLand Dancers” at the end of the competition in May at the Lekowo PromiseLand School.

Winners will be chosen in three categories:

Solo performer (age 7-10)
Solo performer (age 11-13)
Duet or Group dance (age 7-10)
Duet or Group dance (age 11-13)

Good luck PromiseLand dancers!

FIND OUT YOUR GIVING FOOTPRINT AND MEASURE HOW CHARITABE YOU ARE

An online giving company hopes that its new tool for helping people visualize their giving across the web will inspire them to be more creative in their activities.

Everydayhero was one of the earliest companies involved in online giving when it launched in 2007. Now the Australian site, which offers a peer-to-peer fundraising platform, as well as branded fundraising pages for charities, is going to the U.S. at the same time it launches an intriguing new service: a "Giving Footprint" that quantifies people's giving behavior across the Internet.

"We spent the last 18 months heavily researching, uncovering desires in the giving sector, and looking at what are the unmet needs," says Simon Lockyer, co-founder of Everydayhero. The team emerged with a handful of key insights: fundraising isn't a true measure of how much people support various charities and causes, giving can include more than fundraising (it's also about giving up personal time and spreading the word), feedback and acknowledgment are often lacking in fundraising platforms, and a larger community is missing.

The Giving Footprint, a visualization of a person's giving patterns across the digital world, is Everydayhero's way of fixing some of these shortcomings. "It makes the experience much more inspiring, holistic, and allows people to see all that they give," says Lockyer.

So far, Giving Footprint can pull in data from a handful of sources, including Facebook, Twitter, and MapMyFitness (for people who attach fundraising efforts to their runs or walks). Everydayhero is also working with volunteer platform VolunteerMatch, so that users can log volunteer hours and see them reflected in their Footprint. "It's about pulling data back into the user account, visibly representing that, and giving them a score--a visible impact, a visible image," explains Lockyer.

POLISH STATE TO FINANCE TEXTBOOKS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN

Poland plans to finance textbooks and educational tools for all primary school and gymnasium pupils starting 2017, Education Minister Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska said on Wednesday.

Financing of textbooks by the state will be introduced gradually starting in September 2014, according to Rzeczpospolita Daily. The elementary textbook for first grade pupils will be based on an existing book for Polish pupils abroad.

40% OF YOUNG POLES HAVE A HIGHER EDUCATION

Nearly 40 percent of Poles between 30-34 years of age have a higher education. The EU average is 35.8 percent. The highest averages in the bloc can be observed in Ireland (51 percent), Cyprus (49.9 percent), Luxembourg (49.6 percent) and Lithuania (48.6 percent). Poland is fourteen among all 28 EU member states. What’s more important is the fact that among young people with higher education, only 4.7 percent were unemployed.

According to Eurostat statistics, the highest levels of unemployment in the EU are among the 30-34 year olds with higher educations in Greece (21.9 percent), Croatia (18.3 percent), and Spain 16.6 percent). The lowest is in the Czech Republic (1.4 percent), Austria (2.4 percent), Germany (2.5 percent) and Romania 3.3 percent).

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HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 3, 2014 - You Can Dance in the PromiseLand Competition Begins

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Lead with optimism, enthusiasm and positive energy, guard against pessimism and weed out negativity."

-- Jon Gordon

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