Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program’s creation. As founder Larry Martinek’s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn’t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade’s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen in other countries. At each, highly trained tutors develop custom learning plans for students in grades K–12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and break complex problems into smaller components to solve simply. Tutors allow some time during each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.
Douglas Animal Hospital's staff is small, but their hearts are big. They take special care of all animals, whether furry, feathered, or scaled with a range of services ranging from annual vaccinations to veterinary acupuncture. What's more, general wellness appointments are made easier thanks to a slew of on-site conveniences. Digital x-rays provide immediate viewing of images, and an in-house pharmacy and lab mean that owners won't have to leave to get their pets' medications or test results.
Lions Gym is a full-service fitness studio with a full battery of free weights, weight training machines, and cardio machines, classes, and a complete set of gym amenities such as lockers, showers, scales, towel service, and more. Vanquish Valentine's Day chocolates or establish a new, lasting routine with a full month of curls, presses, and cardiopulmonary turbo boosts. Lions' dedicated staff is always available to give encouragement as well as advice about how to burn calories without releasing greenhouse gasses.
Car-X Auto Service works wagons into shape with an array of alleviating automotive services. The trained lubricant sommeliers will pour your car a refreshing 5-quart glass of oil while rim rejuvenators revolve your ride's rubbers with a tire rotation. Heroic windshield wipers are retired from service and replaced with fresh recruits, and the vehicle's road trip longevity is ensured with a 30-point courtesy inspection.
When Mark and Susan Lacek's baby died two weeks before she was to be born, they admitted that their "world was shattered." They named her Faith to represent the faith they'd need to get them through this dark period. In her honor, they also founded Faith's Lodge to help other parents remain strong in the face of grief.
Faith's Lodge provides a respite for referred families that have suffered the loss of a child in the past three years or have a child with a serious illness. Set on 80 acres of tranquil northern Wisconsin woodland, the Lodge has eight guest suites, a reading library, an arts and crafts space, and a network of trails. Families can stay in the suites up to five nights once a year for a suggested donation or with scholarship help. During their stay, the Lodge runs therapeutic activities including journaling, woodworking, and painting memorial heart stones to help parents work through their grief. Group therapy and a welcome dinner bring bereaved families together, and parents are encouraged to take walks in the woods or spend time in quiet reflection.
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For more than 30 years, dedicated staffers at All Seasons Cleaners' four locations have cleansed garments with green processes such as wet cleaning, which yields a 100% biodegradable discharge. At this Certified Environmental Dry Cleaner, the diligent workers ready threads for same-day store pickup, or retrieve clothes from homes with their twice-weekly deliveries.
The cleaning extends to laundry services, washing towels, clothes, and household fabrics such as quilts and drapery with environmentally friendly detergents. At the Crystal store's laundromat, washers and dryers handle up to 60 and 80 pounds respectively, and a soap machine doles out soap, bleach, dryer sheets, and rubber duckies to calm down nervous pants. The cleaning pros also tend to specialty items such as costumes, leathers, and wedding gowns, keeping delicate garments safe with hand-cleaning, hand-pressing, and acid-free products.