Crafted by a cognitive scientist and a design team from the University of Washington according to state academic standards, the A4L program includes five units that merge traditional literacy-education techniques with activities such as theater exercises to accommodate different learning styles. The program anchors lessons in familiar stories such as The Three Little Pigs, with the goal of raising student achievement in both reading and writing. After participating in the A4L lessons, students have shown increased enjoyment in reading, as well as improvement in reading ability, which teachers report appeals to students of various reading levels and backgrounds. Each student will receive a copy of the book from their particular A4L program and an accompanying workbook.
Project Home Indy (PHI) provides a long-term residence for young mothers with individual case management and programming designed to help each person transition to self-sufficiency. The residence can house five young women aged 15–19 who are pregnant or parenting young children for up to two years at a time. During their stays, they complete secondary education and engage in courses on parenting and life skills, such as contraception, technology, and economic literacy. Project Home Indy also provides health care for mothers and children including pediatric care, substance-abuse treatment, and mental-health services. Each young mother can determine the amount and intensity of the services she requires from the program, while gathering the tools to support herself and her child.
Guests of Joy's House interact with a community of peers and caregivers in social activities. Staff members engage guests in games, conversation, crafts, and other activities throughout the day, and provide snacks and lunch. During the time of each guest's stay at Joy's House, her or his caregivers can go to work, attend classes, complete daily errands, and enjoy personal time knowing their loved one is in a safe and comfortable setting. Through its scholarship program, Joy's House provides adult day services to families who cannot afford them.
Massage is like a Snuggie for your soul, minus the shame and Doritos stains. It wraps you in warm fuzzies that relax your muscles and invigorate your spirit. Today's Groupon wipes away tension and snack crumbs with a healing touch. For $30, you get one of three types of massage at Common Source Massage, up to a $75 value. Choose a 60-minute Swedish/deep-tissue massage, a 60-minute hot-stone massage, or a 90-minute Thai yoga massage.Naturally, world powers began jockeying for access to the potentially weaponize-able massage, by means both diplomatic and unofficial. Many international observers believe that the 1992 Summer Olympics were, in fact, a complicated ruse carried out by Russia and the United States to distract Sweden long enough to steal its massage, as evidenced by the fact that Sweden won an unexpected 904 gold medals that year. Still, the Swedes held tight to the massage until 1999, when Y2K-related fears caused Swedish officials to release classified details of the massage, believing that the world would likely end. Today, the Swedish massage is practiced all over the world, though rumors that the Swedes are secretly working on an even better massage run rampant.
Ranked Indianapolis' best theater on WRTV's 2010 A-List, Madame Walker Theatre Center showcases African-American culture and performing arts with an abundance of concerts and signature programs. Legendary rapper DMC, formerly of Run-DMC, will take the 935-seat theater's main stage with a flurry of syllables as he performs a set of Run-DMC classics and demonstrates proper Adidas-tying. Before DMC’s performance, winners of the National Super Bold Battles of the Bands Competition will pump up crowds with original tunes and by twisting their instruments into balloon animals. An exclusive after-show party will be open to the first 225 audience members at the door, and 100% of concert proceeds will go toward the House of Restoration, Africa in its efforts to raise awareness and funds toward Sierra Leone relief efforts.
Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.
March of Dimes aims to distribute commemorative onesies to the families of the 400–500 babies who will graduate from the Methodist Hospital neonatal-intensive-care unit (NICU) this year. Each onesie will be printed with the words: Proud to Be a NICU Graduate. Parents can dress babies in the onesies for their trips home, and keep them as a reminder of overcoming health problems during their NICU stays.