Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning?s numerous centers design personalized programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Coral reefs seem to sway across the ocean floor, where purple starfish rest and large manta rays soar gracefully through the water overhead. When founder of RC Scuba Center Jeanne Whelchel set out on her first dive in 1975, this is the sort of vista she wished to see for herself. Today, with more than 8,000 dives in both cold and tropical waters under her belt, she opens oceanic exploration up to the masses. Her PADI-certified courses have certified more than 2,000 studnets and let the curious take their first breath underwater, the experienced work their way to master scuba diver, and the fugitive live the rest of their lives as fish. Aside from instruction, she and her staff of licensed instructors also organize dive charters, giving adept divers the opportunity to plunge the depths at nearby sites such as San Diego?s Wreck Alley or far-off locales such as the Red Sea.
Creative DJ's Photo Booth Rentals enlivens parties and events with DJ services, light shows, and snapshots of party guests. DJs host dance parties that pair diverse music selections with fog machines, confetti cannons, and flashing lights that pulse along to the beat. Photo booths, meanwhile, snap images of up to 10 people at a time, available on the spot as 2"x6" photo strips or after the event in an online photo gallery.
Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
When The National Orange Show Events Center held it first exhibition in 1889, it was predictably a citrus show. That's not to say that attendees weren't impressed. At that point, oranges were a fairly new phenomenon?the Washington Navel orange had only arrived in the San Bernadino area about 15 years prior?and the show piqued public interest to such an extent that it ran profitably for eleven days.
Since that first success, the center has grown substantially, partially because its original building burned down and was replaced with a more expansive one. The new facilities can now accommodate shows of hot new fruits?or anything else, for that matter?in 150,000 square feet of exhibit space. There's also a quarter-mile speedway for car races, and a satellite off-track wagering center, where visitors bet on horse races.
When the Fun Corner first opened its doors in 1956, it was actually located on the corner of the block. In 1980, it moved to its current location in the middle of the block. Locale aside, the Fun Corner still does today what it's been doing for the last fifty seven years: slinging costumes and novelty d?cor year-round. Today, it stocks approximately 5,000 different outfits?which range in size from newborn to plus-sized grownup?in addition to an arsenal of accessories, props, Halloween d?cor, hats, and wigs.
The staffers don't just sell new looks, however?they also help create them. On-staff makeup artists assist in making skin look appropriately ghoulish for a costume party or a formal undertaker's ball. They also teach customers techniques for easy replication at home.