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Program
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Description
Fee
McKeon-Pierce, Lonna Character Education Stories: Tales of Wit and Wisdom Life Skills- Parenting,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Character education; teaching without preaching. Fables and folktales are ageless sources of wisdom that have fascinated folks of all ages forever.
$351- $500
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) NATURE’S RX Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Environment
Join Gary Feldman for an eye-opening program about our food choices. Learn the connection between industrial agriculture’s departure from nature and the decline of our well-being. Gary will teach you the fundamental differences between organic and conventional food. Learn about organic standards and how organic food is grown. Find out the correlation between how conventional food is grown and why so many of us develop brittle bones. Gary will show you the various organic certifications to look for on food labels, how to decode produce stickers and the most reasonably priced and nutritious food choices. Gain a new perspective on the food we eat. Gary Feldman has over two decades in the nutrition field. He created an innovative nutritional supplement specialty retail catalog and is a continuing education instructor in food and agriculture.
$201- $350
National Circus Project, National Circus Project National Circus Project Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Juggling
The NATIONAL CIRCUS PROJECT provides spectacular circus performances, exciting circus skills workshops and amazing student and camper circus shows. Our incredible programs are designed to generate enthusiasm, encourage motivation and self-discipline, and to foster creativity and confidence in “children of all ages”! We are a non-profit organization that exists to preserve and promote traditional circus arts through education and entertainment. For the past 25 years NCP has provided circus arts performances, residencies, workshop programs, teacher training seminars and more to schools, recreational centers, libraries and camps throughout the Eastern US. NCP's circus education programs are presented at every grade level - from elementary through university. Since its inception, our education specialists have presented over 5,000 circus performances and conducted more than 50,000 hands-on workshops, involving almost 6,000,000 students. Our international artist exchange program brings cultural dimension to the arts experience and has included acclaimed circus artists from England, Australia, Puerto Rico, Russia, Latvia and the People's Republic of China. The National Circus Project has been recognized with a US Congressional Commendation for "helping to further the cause of international understanding" through its artistic exchange programs.
$501- $1000
Harris III, Walter Finding Balance: Eastern Serenity Meets Western Activity Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
A Cultural, Philosophical and Artistic presentation about what happens when East and West meet.From the East, The Way of Tao advises going and pausing on one's life-path. In the West, however, we are often told to keep going and going and... Through Zen stories, music, poetry, current events, discussion, and more, this presentation will share ways to help learn about and balance East and West within.
$101- $200
Feingold, Rick Cornelius Vanderbilt – The First Tycoon History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Cornelius Vanderbilt began operating his own ferry in New York Harbor at the age of 16. He would work from dawn until dark ferrying passengers between Staten Island and the tip of Manhattan. The tiny business would grow into a massive steamship company. Vanderbilt would undercut his competitors by pricing his services so low that he would drive them out of business. Eventually he built a railroad empire from New York to Chicago and the First Grand Central Station at 42nd Street. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$101- $200
Lagan, Constance Thanks for the Pink Slip: The Upside to Being Downsized, Fired, Let Go, Laid Off, Eliminated, Terminated, Etc. Life Skills- Other,
Other
Whatever your boss calls it, you’ve been fired. Instead of holding the infamous “pity party,” try hosting a celebration bash. After all, you are now FREE to explore new possibilities, perhaps find a job you really could love, finish that screenplay you started in college, join the Peace Corp, or follow your passion into a self-employment venture. Consider the statistic: The unemployment rate ranges between 8 and 9% and that does not include those whose unemployment benefits have run out, those who have not held a job long enough to qualify for unemployment benefits, and the seniors who have stopped looking after being beaten down by ageism. Your chance of finding employment in the current economy is not good. With the assistance of career counselor Constance Hallinan Lagan, this seminar may enable you to transition into the life you have always dreamt about.
$201- $350
Feingold, Rick Selling on EBAY Life Skills- Finance,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
Millions of people earn a part-time or full-time income on EBAY and you could, too. Learn from an EBAY PowerSeller how to sell successfully--from start to finish. Topics include: How EBAY works, safe trading, registering on EBAY, selecting items to sell, learning the value of your items, pricing your merchandise, writing a description, photos, using a PayPal account to process payments, shipping your goods, EBAY and PayPal fees, collecting payment, delivery confirmation, handling feedback, and more. Rick Feingold operates an online EBAY store, is an eBay PowerSeller, and is licensed by EBAY to present this topic. BA, Rutgers University. MBA, Penn State University. Materials packet available
$101- $200
FELDMAN, GARY (ORGANIC FOOD/NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS) PARENTS’ GUIDE TO SUSTAINABLE FOOD Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Life Skills- Parenting
Are you raising your kids on biotech food? Is their fast food nano-tech? Gary, consumer food educator and innovator in the nutritional supplement retail field, will take you on a virtual tour from seed to plate. Learn the crucial differences between conventional, organic, and GMO (genetically modified organism) food. There is no requirement for GMOs to be disclosed on food product labels. Are you unknowingly filling your shopping cart with GMOs for your kids’ meals? Gary will give you the knowledge you need to identify GMOs when shopping. We’ll discuss the vital role of our food pollinators. There are profound connections between today’s “food” and DNA changes, allergies, chronic health conditions and disease. Learn the effects your food choices have upon people, animals, and the ecosystem – even the human genome. Gary created a first of its kind retail catalog of name-brand vegetarian supplements and cruelty-free personal care products.
$201- $350
Stelljes, Eileen Spies; Revolutionary Espionage! 18th Century Lecture and Demonstration History,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Presenter in 18th Century dress tells of British-occupied New York City during the American Revolution. People were not always what they seemed, and spying was a dangerous business! Learn why Gen. Washington became a Spymaster. Discover secrets of The Setauket Spy Ring, Lydia Darragh's buttons, and Benedict Arnold's treacherous plan for West Point. Examine displayed items, and learn the creative ways Patriots, Redcoats and Loyalists passed information. Use provided goose quills, inkwells, and paper for a hands-on activity of writing Invisible Ink Messages. Learn how to reveal the message!(activity takes about 20 minutes). Please request a copy of the related reading list.
$101- $200
Brian Chevalier, Susan Hamlin & Character ROCKS - Character Education Disability Awareness,
Life Skills- Other,
Music
Character ROCKS with Brian and Susan's engaging, upbeat character ed program. Bring the magic of good character to your school with this participatory assembly program. Also ask about songwriting workshops for your core group -- creat a new song to perform at finale show.
$501- $1000
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