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2,000+ to attend Tampa area’s National School Choice Week festival

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Tampa area’s National School Choice Week festival will be going to celebrate next week. It features a student jazz band, an avionics demonstration, a speaker from the Florida Department of Education, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks player Jerry Wunsch. The festival combines family-friendly entertainment with informative booths from a wide range of education stakeholders. Celebrate Youth is coordinating the event.

The festival runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Pasco Safety Town and about 2,000 people are expected to attend.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states. From January 20 through 26, 2019, more than 40,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week.

“Many families in our county live in poverty and parents are unaware of what resources are available for their children’s education. For families who do not have access or confidence in reaching out for those resources, we provide a face-to-face, hands-on approach to get them the information they need and deserve,” said Kelly Steen, member of the Celebrate Youth planning committee. “The festival helps them decide which school choice is best for their children.”

“School choice gives parents the ability to choose a school that is the best fit for their child’s needs. It gives parents the power to decide how to educate their children,” said Tricia Staltare, member of the Celebrate Youth planning committee. “With the many scholarships available, parents have the ability to choose the school that works best for their child.”

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Airstream announces public cleanup campaign Across America

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Photo Source: airstream.com - Airstream partners with National Forest Foundation to re-open campsites
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Airstream, the manufacturer of “silver bullet” travel trailer, has announced that it would conduct public campsite cleanup campaigns across the country The campaign, named Campsite Cleanup Campaign, will be conducted as a partnership between Airstream and the National Forest Foundation (NFF).

“Our forests were really impacted,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream President and CEO. “In addition to re-opening campgrounds, the NFF and Forest Service are hard at work clearing trees and trails, improving access, cleaning restrooms, and picking up trash. This campaign is about leveraging our strong Airstream community to help preserve our public lands and get families and friends outdoors.”

The Campsite Cleanup Campaign will direct contributions from the Airstream community and supportive public to the National Forest Foundation. Every dollar raised goes directly to the NFF to support the clean up of campsites and campground facilities and improve access to roads and trails impacted by the partial shutdown.

As part of its Leave It Beautiful program, Airstream will match donations up to $25,000 given to the NFF, which has the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator.

“Our National Forests and Grasslands provide recreation and adventure for millions of visitors each year,” said Mary Mitsos, National Forest Foundation President and CEO. “After a closure, it’s important that we redouble our efforts to ensure campsites, trails, and byways are accessible for families to see and explore. We’re thrilled to have the Airstream community as our partner.”

The Campsite Cleanup Campaign officially launched on January 30. Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign can visit:

https://www.airstream.com/blog/campsite-cleanup-campaign.

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SuperCom gains contract for Electronic Monitoring Project in Estonia

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SuperCom Ltd. has secured a contract with the national government of Estonia to deploy its Pure Security Electronic Monitoring (EM) Suite with an emphasis on house arrest. This project was formally awarded in November 2018 through a formal bid process.

This nationwide programme with the country’s Ministry of Justice will cover all cases requiring house arrest within the country, with a simultaneous unit count starting at 200 and an option to grow up to 400. The project will be billed at a per-unit daily rate and generate steady-state recurring revenues accordingly. The total duration of the contract is up to 4.5 years.

“We are pleased to begin work on this contract award,” said company President and CEO Arie Trabelsi. “As in many of our previous awards, we competed against other providers for this business and displaced the incumbent EM vendor who had been in place for the past 10 years in this country. We expect to begin generating recurring revenues from this new business within a few months of today’s announcement, and we look forward to seeing additional wins around the globe as more and more countries shift to a more modernised approach to alternatives to incarceration such as our EM offerings”, he added.

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60 Strong Ambassadors programme launched to inspire seniors

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60 Strong Ambassadors have overcome chronic health issues and life challenges and are “paying health forward.” The 60 Strong initiative is a partnership between agilon health and physician groups nationwide to help transform the way they care for seniors. Pictured here are the Austin 60 Strong Ambassadors
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Agilon Health, a US-based healthcare agency, has launched 60 Strong Ambassadors programme in collaboration with US physicians to help the 60-plus people to fight the chronic health conditions and share the inspiring stories of the seniors. The company has chosen number of 60 Strong Ambassadors as community leaders and are “pin ups” in 2019 calendars featuring events and activities seniors enjoy.

When Ben Barlin, a 60 Strong Ambassador in Austin, was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer, he could have wallowed in self-pity. “Instead, I decided to summit Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere,” he says.

Angela Bosela, an Akron 60 Strong Ambassador who had 70 per cent of her stomach removed in 2007 and endured chemotherapy and radiation treatments, was inspired to become a competitive runner.

“After cheering for my daughter at a race, I was motivated to start running,” Angela says. “I’ve now completed 200 races, including a marathon and 15 half marathons, and I often place in my age group.”

Kevin Spencer, M.D., Medical Director for the Austin-based partnership with Agilon health and Chairman of the Board of Premier Family Physicians, says, “All of the winners in the 60 Strong Campaign are very inspiring. They struggle with debilitating health issues, but make fitness a priority. They also donate tremendous time to charitable organisations.”

The 60 Strong initiative was launched by Agilon health with its partnership practices: Austin Regional Clinic and Premier Family Physicians, Austin; Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Columbus; and Pioneer Physicians Network, Akron. Later this year, Sixty Strong Calendar Contests will roll out in several other markets, including Pittsburg and Dayton. The Ambassadors speak at Medicare expos and senior events. While their life challenges differ, they all have a common philosophy about maintaining good health—a growing concern in this age group.

The Centers for Disease Control reports three in four US adults aged 65 and older have chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes. Those numbers are expected to rise significantly with a growing population and increased life expectancy. The Population Reference Bureau estimates the number of Americans 65 and older will more than double from 46 million today to 98 million by 2060.

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