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Holiday Giving in Midland

By | Activities, Events

Taking care of our students in the Permian Basin is at the heart of Educate Midland. Not only helping academically, Educate Midland is invested in connecting our community to local charities and providing what we can to children in need this Holiday season. Whether donating money, school supplies, clothes, or canned goods, giving any way you can makes all the difference in our community. Here’s a list of some amazing charities accepting donations and volunteers this season: 

Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin

415 W Wall St Suite 1420 Midland, TX 79701

“The mission of Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit cispb.org/connect/donate

CASA of West Texas

1611 W Texas Midland, TX 79701

“The Mission of CASA of West Texas is to recruit, train, and support committed volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit casawtx.org/how-to-help

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin

1321 S Goode Midland, TX 79701

“The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Permian Basin is to help young people become productive, caring and responsible citizens by providing enriching experiences in a positive environment.”  For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit basinkids.org/payments-donations

Junior Achievement (JA) of the Permian Basin

306 W Wall Suite 827 Midland, TX 79701

“JA of the Permian Basin’s volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit juniorachievement.org 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Permian Basin

714 W. Louisiana Midland, TX 79701

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, Texas, Inc. is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, visit bbbspermianbasin.org

3:11 Ministries

12 E Industrial Loop, Midland, TX 79701

“3:11 Ministries is a non-profit organization with a total of six programs designed to help the children of our community. They work closely with local school guidance counselors to identify families that are in need of assistance, while allowing family information to remain private. In addition to regular projects, they also assist with other needs throughout the school year; upon request from school counselors; they provide shoes, coats & uniform pants as needed.” For more information, to donate, or volunteer, call Paris at 432-260-8524 or 432-288-2678 or visit 311ministries.org  

Educate Midland is both a non-profit entity and a community initiative in Midland, Texas with a mission to empower and align our whole community by connecting people, ideas, and resources with opportunity and hope so that all students achieve their highest educational potential. For more information about what we do or to donate, visit our website educatemidland.org/mission

7 Things To Do over Christmas Break

By | Activities, College, Travel

7 Things To Do over Christmas Break

Christmas break is here! This means a much needed, and well-deserved break from school. With extra time on your hands, you may be brainstorming how to put your time to good use. Here are a few ideas on how to enjoy your break to the fullest.

Spend quality time with your family

Once you go off to college, you most likely don’t get to see your family the way you used to. Use your break from school to enjoy quality time with your family.

Catch up with old friends

Chances are, some of your good friends may have ended up attending a different college than you. So, now that you’re home for break, it is a great time to make plans to catch up and hang out with some of your hometown friends.

Try new recipes

It’s the holiday season, which means there are plenty of seasonal recipes to try. With extra time on your hands, it’s time to put your cooking skills to the test. Pick a few of your favorite recipes and try them out. You’ll return to school with new and improved cooking skills under your belt.

Apply for scholarships

We understand school is probably one of the last things you want on your mind. However, with a break from the hustle and bustle of school, it may be the perfect time to tackle some scholarship applications. We know how hard these can be to focus on during the challenging school year, so it may be best to put forth the effort while things are a bit more relaxed.

Schedule out the remainder of the year

To finish out your school year strong, take some time to plan out your schedule for the Spring semester. Take another look at your class syllabi and ensure you are mentally prepared for the deadlines, assignments, and tests to come.

Read a book

No worries, we don’t mean a textbook. Pick up your favorite novel, or a new book you haven’t had the chance to read and dive deep into the story this break.

Netflix Marathons

This time of year is prime for new Netflix series. Park yourself on the couch, grab a snack and try tuning into a new show or re-watching an old one.

5 Activities to do with your child over Thanksgiving Break

By | Activities, Learning

5 Activities to do with your child over Thanksgiving Break

Don’t let your child waste away their Thanksgiving break playing phone games or watching television. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the community and interact as a family during Thanksgiving break. Ditch the devices, and use this small break from school as a big opportunity for you and your child to create lasting memories.

1. Volunteer

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for you and your family to participate in a volunteer program. Volunteermatch.com is an excellent resource for finding volunteer opportunities in your area, as the website allows you to search by zip code. Not only will you be giving back to your community, some studies show that volunteer work can make you a healthier and happier person. www.midlandvolunteerconnections.org

2. Read fun Thanksgiving-themed books

Go to the library and let your child pick out a few Thanksgiving-related books to take home and read together. Not only are you keeping their mind sharp and engaged over the break from school, reading a book together is a great memory that your child will treasure for their lifetime.

3. Turkey crafts

The biggest symbol of the Thanksgiving season is the turkey. Celebrate by putting together some easy Thanksgiving turkey-related crafts. Pinterest is an excellent resource for finding simple and easy craft ideas.

4. Play outside and collect the leaves

No Thanksgiving holiday is complete without some fun in the sun. Tossing the football around outside, or diving into piles of autumn leaves can become some of your child’s most precious memories of the Thanksgiving season. Collect the Autumn leaves for some fun leaf art projects!

5. Create an indoor Thanksgiving scavenger hunt

A fun and exciting activity that can apply to the holiday of Thanksgiving: create a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt that leads your child to a small prize, candy or yummy Thanksgiving snack!

5 Best Books to Read This Fall

By | Activities, Learning

5 Best Books to Read This Fall

Fall is the perfect season for curling up from the cold, West Texas wind and crawling into a good book. Here is a selection of fresh material we think are worth a flip through this autumn!

Manhattan Beach

Author: Jennifer Egan

A thriller set in Great Depression-era New York, Manhattan Beach is a mesmerizing novel you won’t want to set down. This historical tale explores the life of Anna Kerrigan and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her father. Egan weaves a masterpiece involving organized crime, merchant marines, class conflict and World War 2. How much more action-packed can a book be?

Uncommon Type

Author: Tom Hanks

Yes, this is a collection of seventeen short stories by THE Tom Hanks. With stories involving a wide range of subjects from professional bowlers to eccentric billionaires, Hanks shows that he is as talented a writer as he is an actor. Hanks takes cues from his acting performances and delivers tales that are equal parts surprising, hilarious, and enlightening.

Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green

Sixteen-year-olds Aza and Daisy become detectives after a hundred-thousand-dollar reward is posted to solve the disappearance of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett. Turtles All The Way Down delivers a brilliant story of two girls searching for fugitives, love, friendship, and resiliency. Author John Green of The Fault in Our Stars fame returns in full-form for this young adult drama.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Author: Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing is a gritty and honest portrait of a family coming to grips with drug addiction, death, prison, and family values in rural Mississippi. The story dissects both the meaning and limitations family can provide for family members.

The Last Ballad

Author: Wiley Cash

The Last Ballad explores life before labor laws for textile workers in early 20th century America. Long days, little pay, injustice, and oppression were just some of the prices paid by factory workers in the 1900s. A young woman named Ella May looks to change the way workers are treated by joining a labor movement at a potentially high cost to her family and loved ones. Wiley Cash masterfully translates the bravery and struggle faced by early human rights activists in this historical drama.

Spooky Science Experiments

By | Activities, Education

Spooky Science Experiments

Halloween is a time for a child’s imagination and curiosity to run wild. When your children take a break sometime this month from eating candy, introduce them to some of these easy at-home science experiments.

Rock Candy

Why buy candy when you can make your own?

Materials:

  • Cane Sugar
  • Water
  • Large Glass Container
  • Smaller Glass Jar
  • Measuring Cups
  • Heavy Stirring Spoon
  • Pencil
  • Food Coloring
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
  • Adult Supervision

Instructions

 

Oobleck

You’ll be fascinated by this substance that acts like a liquid when poured and a solid when handled!

Materials:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1.5 -2 Cups Corn Starch
  • Food Coloring of Choice

Instructions

 

Glitter Volcano

This experiment will explode, sparkle and amaze!

Materials:

  • Vase
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter
  • Pan To Contain Mess
  • Adult Supervision

Instructions

 

Skittles Rainbow

A perfect snack and experiment for younger children!

Materials:

  • Pack of Skittles
  • ¼ Cup Warm Water
  • White Plate

Instructions

 

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