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September 29, 2014, Vol. 11, No.30

"If you see the world in black and white, you're missing important grey matter."
-- Jack Fyock

FCSR MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAMS IN THE PROMISELAND

Basia Kolasinska has worked with children and teenagers in Local Cultural Centers for many years and her students have taken part in many dance festivals throughout Poland and Germany. We're proud to say that she's been the FCSR Arts Director for 11 years.

Arts programs for the 2014/15 School year:

- Basia has her regular singing-dancing classes with the Brzeżno School band called "Diamond." Thirteen girls meet twice a week (Tuesday and Friday) at 1 o'clock to practice their vocal and dancing skills. We estimate that about 50 kids have this chance to participate in many events and ceremonies.

- She also has regular dance classes twice a week with a group of 20 PromiseKids from Lekowo (Mondays and Thursdays).

Both groups participate in many local events, for example: Sports Galas, school ceremonies, town events and many various festivals. This June,Basia and her student Marcelina Kosińska were appointed a special award from the Mayor of Świdwin.


Sports Gala


Photo of Nętno - anniversary


Basia receving a prize from the Director of Nętno School


Bierzwinica - childrens' day


Bierzwinica - childrens' day

- “You Can Dance”. Basia is responsible for this highly popular dancing program. It's the Foundation's initiative to help promote dance as a daily part of an active, healthy lifestyle. It is interesting to note that this competition became one of the favorite programs among all of our PromiseKids in all of our 10 schools. The rules are the same as in the famous TV Show: You Can Dance. Talented dancers skilled in everything from Hip Hop, Popping to Salsa compete to be named the PromiseLand's Best Dancers. We can say that since the beginning of the program, approximately 500 kids have taken part in it.


You Can Dance


You Can Dance

However, our members are most familiar with her work choreographing our annual Dinner Dance. To date, 440 children have taken part in our Dinner Dance productions!


Dinner Dance

Basia says: "Everyone knows that the most important and most exciting event to me is our Annual Dinner Dance! When one Dinner Dance is over, I immediately start to think about the next one. I have so many new ideas. The children are my inspiration. I love when we sit together and discuss our ideas, pick music, etc. Then we start rehearsals! I know how much work the kids put into rehearsals. The trip to the Hilton Hotel is the biggest reward for them. Each Dinner Dance is very emotional to me as I watch my kids do their best and perform as if they were professional dancers and singers! The dress rehearsal is always a mess but the big show is always amazing!”

Here's the schedule of the DD 2015 rehearsals:

Monday - Lekowo kids
Tuesday - Brzeżno kids
Wednesday - Nielep kids
Thursday - Lekowo kids
Friday - Brzeżno kids

Basia says: "When I'm asked about my work, I always say that I love my job and the work I do is my passion. It's not easy to teach children how to dance and sing, especially when they don’t believe in themselves and never had dance lessons before. You can always do wonders with the music! This is my motto during rehearsals. Thanks to these classes, children gain self esteem, are more fit and dance becomes a part of their lifestyle. I always tell them to believe in themselves like I believe in them."

Basia says: "I'm very thankful for the van that our member company, Athlon Car Lease provides. Thanks to them, I can travel from school to school and teach the children. Using the van, we can distribute the gifts from the member companies to all the schools. You can often see the van full of kids, singing and having fun as they travel to rehearsals! I love our PromiseKids; they are my biggest joy!

POLISH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 11.7%

Poland's registered unemployment rate stood at 11.7 percent in August, according to data released by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Tuesday. The figure is in line with an estimate announced by the Ministry of Labor and Social Polish earlier this month. GUS also revised the July unemployment rate from 11.9 to 11.8 percent. The total number of unemployed persons was 1.85 million at the end of last month. GUS said that 182,900 newly unemployed persons were registered in labor offices in August. The number of people removed from unemployment rolls after having found jobs was 208,200. Employers posted 94,100 new job offers.

POLISH PROSPERITY INDEX INCHES DOWN IN SEPTEMBER

The prosperity index calculated by the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) inched down by 0.2 points month-on-month in September, the Polish Press Agency reports. Changes in the indicator have been only slight since its maximum in May, BIEC said. This means that the economic situation of households is neither improving nor getting worse. The decline of consumer prices was visible mostly in food and clothing. At the same time, the situation of employees improved only slightly, BIEC analysts said.

TREASURY DEBT AT 751.33 BLN

Poland’s Ministry of Labor and Social Policy would like to secure additional fund to enhance employment among the country’s youth, reports Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Talks with the Ministry of Finance are scheduled to happen soon.

The Labor Ministry’s initial plan sees PLN 60 million spent on that goal in 2015.Economists quoted by the daily speak in favor of the policy, even if it is at the cost of cutting support for employment of over-50-year-olds. In their opinion, the money could help prevent a new wave of emigration.

PROSPERITY INDEX INCHES DOWN IN SEPTEMBER

As of the end of July 2014, Poland's treasury debt amounted to PLN 751.33, according to data from the Ministry of Finance, quoted by ISBnews. It grew by 0.1 percent month- on-month and fell by 10.3 percent compared with the end of 2013.Domestic debt amounted to PLN 488.94 billion at the end of July and remained unchanged compared to the previous month. It fell by 16.3 percent since the end of last year. Foreign debt amounted to PLN 262.39 billion and grew by 0.4 percent m/m. Since the end of last year it grew by 3.4 percent.

CAR REGISTRATIONS UP BY 4.9%

The number of new passenger cars registered in Poland in August reached 20,003, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association (ACEA) published by Exact Systems. This means that year-on-year it rose by 4.9 percent. Compared to the beginning of 2014 the number of new car registrations grew by 15.7 percent, to 221,477 altogether, the ACEA said. Throughout the EU (excluding Malta) the number of new car registrations grew by 2.1 percent y/y to more than 688,000 in August.

OTC MARKET GROWTH TO SLOW DOWN

The value of the Polish OTC pharmaceutical market in 2013 amounted to PLN 9.6 billion, demonstrating 7.6 percent year-on-year growth, according to a PMR report quoted by ISBnews. The increase was the highest since 2010.In 2014, the growth of the OTC segment is expected to slow down, due to a high base and weather conditions resulting in low illness levels. Data collected by PMR shows that painkillers are the fastest-growing group of OTC drugs.

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

July - August, 2014 - Sports camp for promiskieds sponsored by Ghelamco.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

-- Vivian Greene

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