ARVR & Ai in Classroom: Middle East's Largest VR Education Program Launched for Public Schools

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Dubai is hitting another major milestone with VR based STEM Lab Program for schools

Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all”

— His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, Artificial Intelligence Minister

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over a million students and thousands of teachers across the Middle East have experienced the most immersive technologies. Their collective huge response in favor of these technologies and the positive impact they have on education has already led many schools in Dubai to introduce the modern learning methodologies in classrooms. These schools have termed VR technology as “a powerful learning tool”.

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Moving forward, the education ecosystem in UAE is now hitting another major milestone with VRXOne’s VR based STEM Lab Program for schools. Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East. A massive initiative to put the region on world’s map as the most advanced in classroom learning solutions and teaching aides.

“Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East.”

Prior to it, UAE government’s A Million Coders Program and subsequently, VRXOne’s One Million Expeditions for Emirati youth, gained immense response for their impact in enhancing students’ learning abilities. It comes as no surprise then that immersive technologies are dictating a massive shift in human-technology interaction. And VR based STEM Lab is the next step in classroom education not only locally but globally as well. Instead of moving around a mouse or tapping on a screen, we are able to step inside and explore the realities of our universe in the virtual world.

We know for a fact that the early adoption of these immersive technologies is a must as per the government’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. It is the only way to close the gap between education and job markets at a rapid pace. And VRXOne’s VR based Lab Program helps to work towards that goal by providing the youth with the most immersive learning solutions.

“VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM Subjects.”

VR FOR STEM EDUCATION – LEADING THE WAY

Virtual Reality has emerged as the ultimate medium for delivering “experiential learning”. No other methodology even comes close in impact. The fact that no physical or geographical boundaries stand in the way of this technology, is reason alone for its huge impact. Add to that the element of safety and cost-effectiveness and you have a win-win combination.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology and well-suited to delivering the learning in STEM subjects. Since all these disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – are based on highly critical thinking and applied knowledge, VR is the perfect fit for STEM education.

VRXOne’s VR based Classroom Format offers the most advanced level standalone program today equipped with machine learning applications allowing the teachers full control of the curriculum-aligned virtual lessons. VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM subjects. No longer does a student need physical presence in a science lab to understand a concept thoroughly. Every VR class provides pedagogically sound, engaging content to students for proper exploration and understanding. For instance, VR technology eliminates the need for a microscope to examine an organism or to study the DNA sequencing. The VR lab actually provides full immersion for further exploration of DNA and the atom at the molecular level. Something which is not possible in a physical lab.

Such are the opportunities available to STEM students today in the UAE made possible through the VR technology. These captivating lessons are the way forward for the youth to develop the right skill-set needed for the future markets in the era of technology. Moreover, the technology is exactly in line with the innovation goals of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai,
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,"

LEARNING LANGUAGES IS FUN WITH VR

Learning a new language is one of the most exciting as well as daunting things for a student or any individual. There is always an initial hesitation with a new way to pronounce, speak and interact. VR helps to eliminate the element of hesitation and self-consciousness by providing scenario-based, highly interactive environments to develop new language skills. It can put you in a class full of learners or amongst the native speakers to perfect your command over language.

Because VR experiences support interaction and are able to replicate different situations, there isn’t a more realistic way to learn a language than reality itself. With VR, you could either be buying cannoli on the streets of Sicily or asking for directions in Turkey. There is the added benefit of instant feedback on pronunciation and suggestions for vocabulary to further enrich your learning experience. The Head of Languages at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Chloe Briand opines that VR helps to build students’ confidence and reduce the level of anxiety associated with learning languages, “This is a tool that you use to practise and improve on your fluency and accuracy in a real-life scenario, without feeling self-conscious in front of a native speaker. It’s the perfect segue between a relaxed familiar environment and the outside world.”

BUILDING A VR LESSON IS EASY

Being a great interactive medium, it is fairly easy to build and create a lesson in VR for both teachers and students. For instance, it is as easy as ‘1,2,3’ to get a class started on a Google Expedition. But in case you wanted something more, you could easily use Google StreetView to create an exclusive expedition of your own. Visit the famous landmarks or walk through historical places.

By virtue of being a virtual medium, VR can put you in any location, inside a lab or an archeological site in an instant. There are boundless opportunities to explore and learn with VR so much so that not only does it remove geographical walls but time-bound as well. You can explore the lengths of Roman Colosseum or walk on the Acropolis of Athens. It is all within reach with VR.

BRINGING AUGMENTED REALITY IN SCHOOLS

In the same fashion, Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience for STEM lessons. You can use it to examine the 3D models of plants, animals as well as the natural features in your class. Students can go “deeper” in a lesson by rotating, swiping, and zooming in and out of a model at will. They can even take photos or videos of the model within their surroundings.

AR is a great learning technology and brings huge value to everyday lesson plans. Aligned with the standards of the UAE Ministry of Education, the platform supports all kinds of different visual overlays and hundreds of lesson plans with valuable educational content.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR TODAY'S CLASSROOM

Immersive technologies can help us to make classroom learning fun and exciting as well as more relevant and comprehensive. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the students’ performance to ensure positive outcomes and compliance with the educational standards.

This is where Artificial Intelligence helps to customize lessons for students providing cross-reference between subjects to support interdisciplinary learning. Moreover, automation of processes through Ai – such as performance monitoring, feedback, marking, tracking growth etc. – provide further assistance in the class freeing up more time for teachers.

On the part of students, Ai helps them understand concepts better and self-pace their studies. It also inculcates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in the students something which is the need of the day. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Gems Education Dubai, says that Ai opens a huge door of opportunities for young minds, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behaviour of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”

TEACHERS ARE READY FOR VR EDUCATION IN THE UAE

Arab teachers view the virtual and augmented reality apps as invaluable mediums to support “deeper learning” practices. As more and more content is being developed to align with curriculum requirements, the teachers find it immensely helpful to inspire curiosity to learn and ingenuity to create in their students.

Martha McCleary, Head of Digital Literacy at Foremarke School Dubai, shares her experience of VR in the classroom and how it has helped to involve students in the learning process, "We have been using VR to visit faraway places and go on virtual field trips. This heightens engagement in lessons as children get to experience new environments. Recently we have begun looking at creating our own VR experiences. The children are busy creating online galleries of their work. Beyond learning about VR, this engages the children in learning about design and user experience."

One of the GEM schools, The Winchester School at Jebel Ali has also teamed up with VRXOne to improve learning productivity of their students using VR and Ai. The Vice-Principal of the school, Dr. Ritika Anand believes that these immersive technologies become the basis to provide a thorough and holistic learning experience to the students, “Student experience is the biggest testimonial of a school’s commitment to provide holistic learning. The use of technologies like VR is aligned with the concept of experiential learning in pedagogy. Such technologies encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and excellence, and ultimately lead to bigger impact through nation development.”

STUDENTS READY FOR EXPO 2020 AND THE YEAR OF INNOVATION AHEAD

In the wake of these immersive learning experiences, students are well-equipped for the year of innovation ahead. Ai has a huge part to play in UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. Consequently, it is also a major component of Expo 2020 as well. As UAE gears towards the fast approaching event, the students are enthusiastically curious about using Ai to put their imagination to work and manifest their innovative ideas into reality.
The Emirati youth is more than ready for the upcoming challenges ahead backed by their mentor and the State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, “Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all.” Speaking to a conference in Sharjah, he stressed upon the importance of AI as part of youth’s everyday life now and said, “Each of you have to be aware how to use it and develop it for you to be able to adopt it.”

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National Drug Screening Recognizes 2018 Most Valuable Team Player and Top Gun Sales Award Winners

Each Year National Drug Screening hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year.

It's genuinely a pleasure to work in an environment that allows me to achieve such potential. I am very grateful for this honor.”

— Katherine Finnell

MELBOURNE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Congratulations to Katherine Finnell for being recognized as the National Drug Screening Most Valuable Team Player of 2018! At National Drug Screening (NDS), team is extremely important. This means both helping them grow personally and professionally, insuring they have a great work place, and recognizing accomplishments.

As a part of this, NDS hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year. This year featured numerous award winners and recognition in a variety of areas. The 2 Top awards each year are the Top Gun Sales Award and The NDS MVP Award. This years' winner of the Top Gun Award was Erika Hammer, who while "technically Part Time" achieved record breaking sales for 2018. NDS also recognizes the Most Valuable Team Player (MVP) for the Year. This is a person who consistently is reliable, is enthusiastic, is willing to help whenever needed. This is someone that seeks out ways to go above and beyond. The winner of 2018 MVP award is Katherine Finnell.

From the NDS Leadership Team: MVP Award Winner Katherine Finnell
"Katherine Does an amazing job; she is someone I can really count on. She always has a positive attitude and is a valued member of the team. I really would not want to imagine my job without her!" –Julie Floriano, VP Operations

"Katherine is always smiling and fun to work with; she is also very creative and willing to help wherever needed,"
–Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Katherine is a valued member of the team; she not only does her job but is always willing to go above and beyond to help others'" — Joe Reilly, President

"Katherine is a pleasure to work with. She always has a great attitude and goes above and beyond her duties here at NDS. She is a major asset to our team and enjoy working with her." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

From the NDS Leadership Team: Top Gun Sales Award Winner Erika Hammer
"Erika is a very dedicated and knowledgeable member of our team. To say she goes above and beyond would be an understatement. This is her 2nd consecutive Top Gun Sales Award and my money is on her making a trifecta by the end of 2019." –Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Erika exemplifies what is takes to be a great member of our sales and support team. She is constantly expanding her knowledge, making positive suggestions to improve service, and is very dedicated to serving our clients. Thanks for all you do!" — Joe Reilly, President

"Erika is a super star sales person. She always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to assist our customers when they call in. She is very thorough and helps the customer understand the steps involved with purchasing a drug test and/or setting up an on-going account." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

National Drug Screening would like to also recognize all the other award winners and team players at NDS. See more on our video spotlights, meet the team videos, and blogs on www.NationalDrugScreening.com . Want to know more about the culture at NDS? Check out this video: http://www.nationaldrugscreening.com/show-blog.php?id=550

About National Drug Screening
National Drug Screening (NDS) assists employers in reducing liability, improving safety, and attracting and retaining better employees by providing drug testing services, supervisor training, Drug free workplace policy development, and other employer resources. In addition to testing for employers and individuals, NDS provides MRO services, software, and training to assist other drug testing service providers. For more information, contact Tom Fulmer at 321-622-2040.

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$100,000 Grant Results in 750,000 Diapers for Diaper Banks Supporting Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

NDBN member diaper banks distributed diapers to furloughed federal employees.

Greater DC Diaper Bank is among the NDBN member diaper banks that have distributed diapers to furloughed federal workers and families impacted by the recent government shutdown.

National Diaper Bank Network uses GoFundMe grant to get 750,000 diapers to diaper banks supporting federal workers impacted by the recent government shutdown.

Going without pay for a month left many furloughed federal workers and their families straining to afford basic necessities, like diapers.”

— Joanne Goldblum, CEO National Diaper Bank Network

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) announced today that it has directed more than 750,000 diapers to 18 NDBN member diaper bank programs engaged in emergency diaper distribution efforts that are supporting federal workers impacted by the recent 35-day government shutdown.

The diaper donation was made possible by a $100,000 grant to NDBN from GoFundMe and the thousands of individuals who contributed to the “Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund.”

“Going without pay for a month left many furloughed federal workers and their families straining to afford basic necessities, like diapers,” said NDBN CEO Joanne Goldblum. “Fortunately, diaper bank programs stepped in to help, much like they do following a natural disaster.”

“However, the unexpected demand depleted the number of diapers available to address ongoing diaper need among families living in poverty. The GoFundMe grant allows NDBN to get three-quarters of a million diapers back into these communities so they can continue to be there for families when needed.”

One in three U.S. families experiences diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. A lack of clean diapers impacts the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of children and families.

NDBN member diaper banks sharing in the diapers include: Austin Diaper Bank; Diaper Bank of North Carolina (Durham); Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson); Galveston Diaper Bank; Greater DC Diaper Bank (Washington); Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank; HappyBottoms (Kansas City); Help A Mother Out (San Francisco); Hope Supply Co. (Dallas); Jake’s Diapers (Kaukauna, Wisc.); Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank; Mitzvah Circle Foundation (Philadelphia); Nashville Diaper Connection; St. Louis Area Diaper Bank; Texas Diaper Bank (San Antonio); The Diaper Bank of Connecticut (North Haven); Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank (Pittsburgh); and WestSide Baby (Seattle).

Other national nonprofits receiving grants from the GoFundMe campaign include World Central Kitchen, Feeding America, and Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). To date, the fund has received more than $470,000 in donations.

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 200 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).

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Renowned Author Dr. Gregg Jantz is Also the Founder of The Center, A Place of Hope

Dr. Gregg Jantz

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Gregg Jantz has penned a range of self-help books that explore meaningful topics such as overcoming anxiety and stress and defeating eating disorders. Besides lecturing and writing, he shares his vision of hope, peace, and healthy living through The Center, a Place of Hope in Edmonds, Washington.

Dr. Gregg Jantz believes in a “whole-person” approach to care, which means that he considers emotional, intellectual, physical, relational, and spiritual existence when helping others through their problems. This way of addressing common issues like anxiety, stress, and depression helps his audience arrive at holistic, long-term solutions. He’s spent decades researching common problems, penning his thoughts, and giving guest lectures to provide healthier, more impactful alternatives to typical treatment.

At A Place of Hope, Dr. Gregg Jantz leads a team of 40 world-class, licensed and board-certified professionals who provide unparalleled treatment for a number of health issues. Patients of The Center, A Place of Hope are treated for things such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addictions, PTSD and more. The Center was even recognized as one of the top 10 facilities in the entire U.S. for treating depression. The operation has helped transform lives of patients from across the country and around the world since opening in 1984.

“Life can be difficult at times, and many find themselves struggling with depression, eating disorders, addiction, broken marriages, and more,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “But we know that those struggles do not define that individual, and there is always hope for a balanced, healthy and happy future.”

After he spent years researching and discovering a holistic solution for eating disorders, depression and the like, Dr. Gregg Jantz wanted to increase both his ability to help his patients and his capacity for learning. From that, he brought together a team of world class professionals to address the medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual considerations involved in recovery. Dr. Jantz named this team’s facility The Center, A Place of Hope and has used it in its full capacity to transform patients’ lives ever since.

The Center tailors treatment programs to both men and women, covering a broad range of healthcare issues. It may come as a surprise that such intricate, individualized levels of care and treatment programs are offered at a fraction of the cost of most in-patient, hospital-based programs. However, you can compare prices for yourself.

The team at The Center understands that it’s ultimately up to each individual to seek help for their personal recovery. However, they promise to do their very best, to give patients all there is to offer, and to stay with them each step of the way toward healing.

“We are passionate about our work, and compassionate about those who seek help with us,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “It is a sacred trust to put faith in our treatment team, and we work very hard to ensure that each person receives expert care…and receives their life back.”

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Women’s Rights Forum Brings Issues to Clearwater

United for Human Rights of Florida regularly hosts seminars to raise awareness of basic human rights.

The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923, [b]ut nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

— Sanna Heden,D/ED UHR's Florida Chapter

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

“The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923,” said Heden. “But nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

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California Extended Vehicle Warranty Replacements Start at $1,488

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California extended vehicle warranty replacements available from autopom!

Vehicle protection plans are affordable alternatives to extended vehicle warranty plans.

LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Drivers with an expired California extended vehicle warranty can now find an affordable alternative at autopom!. autopom! is a leading provider of Vehicle Protection Plans. Plans for California drivers start at $1,488. Meanwhile, plans start at $2,500 in other states nationwide.

autopom!’s Vehicle Protection Plans offer many of the same benefits an extended vehicle warranty from a dealer or manufacturer would and help drivers cover repair costs to their vehicle. Benefits include nationwide breakdown coverage, rental vehicle assistance, and roadside assistance.

“We represent a variety of Administrators, ensuring plans are available for drivers of nearly any car at any budget,” says Mike Jones, President and CEO of autopom!.

autopom! has been named one of the top Vehicle Protection Plan providers in the nation thanks to its affordable prices, variety of plans, and experienced customer service representatives. To learn more about extended car warranty replacement plans from autopom! and to request a free quote, visit http://extended-vehicle-warranty.com/ or call 1.800.724.8141.

About autopom! autopom!, LLC is a BBB accredited, A+ rated provider of vehicle protection plans for both new and used cars, as well as a licensed California agency. autopom! sells mechanical breakdown insurance in California and vehicle service contracts in most other states. When your original manufacturer warranty, extended auto warranty, or used car warranty is about to expire, autopom!’s team of licensed agents can help you find a protection plan designed to protect your vehicle and your budget. Learn more about autopom! and request a free quote by calling 1.800.724.8141 or by visiting http://extended-vehicle-warranty.com/. autopom! Insurance Services llc CA DOI Lic.#0I13220

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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS ASSOCIATION TAMPA BAY HOSTS “FOSTER SHOCK” DOCUMENTARY SHOWING.

The Way to Happiness Assn. of Tampa Bay invites residents to see an important documentary on what is happening with our foster children – Feb 2nd

Bringing a child into the world today is a little bit like dropping one into a tiger’s cage. Children can’t handle their environment and they have no real resources. They need love and help to make it”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On February 2, 2019 at 6pm The Way to Happiness will be hosting the showing of “Foster Shock” a documentary film about Florida’s privatized child welfare and fostering programs by Miss Mari, with special guest speaker Tami Martin, Guardian ad Litem.

"Foster Shock" shows how Florida's “privatized” child welfare was created and how this has led to substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars being spent with little oversight and no accountability. The makers of Foster Shock are not looking to place blame but seek to make life better for the children, not some day in the future, but right now.

Mr. L. Ron Hubbard wrote in The Way to Happiness, “Today’s children will become tomorrow’s civilization. Bringing a child into the world today is a little bit like dropping one into a tiger’s cage. Children can’t handle their environment and they have no real resources. They need love and help to make it.” This is why volunteers for The Way to Happiness supports those who forward the message to take care of children, such as “Foster Shock”, and holds workshops and events to assist anyone in raising children with the common sense moral code, The Way to Happiness.

“The Church of Scientology and its parishioners proudly sponsor The Way to Happiness to keep the doors open to our The Way to Happiness Center and provide education and materials to the community at no cost,” says Ms. Tanja Cranton the Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay.

Find out how you can help and make a difference. Attend the “Foster Shock” documentary showing on Saturday February 2nd, at 6pm. There is no cost to attend, refreshments will be served and materials are included.

The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755 opens its doors daily from 10am – 10pm to offer free tours, workshops, seminars and educational materials to the community. Community members are invited to join in, please call: (727) 467 6961.

About The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

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SHOWING THAT A DRUG-FREE LIFE IS MORE FUN, KIDS CELEBRATE AT DRUG-FREE YOUTH FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Children learn that planting is a fun Drug-Free Activity at the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Youth Festival

No parent wants to go through the horrors of their child getting addicted to drugs or the pain of losing a loved one to an overdose,”

— Julieta Santagostino,President of the FDFW Fl Chapter

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In celebration of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s (FDFW) Florida Chapter held a Drug-Free Youth Festival on January 26th in the Osceola Courtyard in Clearwater, Florida. Kids enjoyed live music, dance challenges, a scavenger hunt, a photo station, fun games, and raffle prizes all while learning the truth about drugs. The scavenger hunt included such things as: finding five facts about drugs, watching a Truth About Drugs Public Service Announcement, and signing the Drug-Free Pledge.

“No parent wants to go through the horrors of their child getting addicted to drugs or the pain of losing a loved one to an overdose,” said Julieta Santagostino the President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Florida Chapter. “It is important that both, parents and youth, learn the facts about drugs and alcohol and how these affect the body and mind. With this event we wanted to create a fun way for them to learn these facts.”

Several other organizations participated in the event and had a booth with fun activities for the kids as well. These included Drug-Free America Foundation, Narconon Suncoast Drug Rehabilitation Center, Community Learning Center, Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay and the Florida National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

In 2016 alone, over 5,300 young people died from drug overdoses. This is why the Foundation for a Drug-Free World has as its mission educating as many youth as possible about the harmful effects of drugs.

“This was such a fun way for kids to learn the facts about drugs and how drugs can harm them,” said a father who attended the event with his two daughters.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and the Church sponsored the Drug-Free Youth Festival for the community to enjoy and have fun. Last year in Florida, FDFW distributed over 230,000 Truth About Drugs booklets and educator kits to children, teachers, law enforcement officers and residents of Florida.

To find out more about the Foundation for a Drug-Free World or to get free copies of its educational materials, visit the Foundation for a Drug-Free World information center at 41 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755 or contact the Foundation at 727-467-6962 or email info.fl@drugfreeworld.org

Foundation for a Drug-Free World:

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a non-profit organization that educates youth and the community on the truth about illicit drugs so they can make the right decision live drug-free. The Church of Scientology is a sponsor of the program making it possible for the Foundation to provide educational materials at no cost to educators, law enforcement and the community. Humanitarian and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, said, “Drugs rob life of the sensations and joys which are the only reasons for living anyhow.”

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
727-467-6860
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire

THE WAY TO HAPPINESS ASSOCIATION TAMPA BAY TACKLES PINELLAS TRAIL TRASH AND STEMS THE CAUSE WITH EDUCATION

It is of upmost importance to remove trash off the Trail as these can easily get into our waterways and into the ocean and cause thousands of tragedies for the wildlife we seek to protect”

— Tanja Cranton, ED of TWTH Association of Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 25, 2019 a team of twenty students and teachers joined with The Way to Happiness and removed 21 lbs. of trash on The Way to Happiness (TWTH) Adopted-Mile of the Pinellas Trail. The cleanup took place in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, a local environmental and awareness organization.

Approximately 1 million sea birds and about 100,000 marine creatures die each year from plastic entanglement from trash left behind by others.

“It is of upmost importance to remove trash off the Trail as these can easily get into our waterways and into the ocean and cause thousands of tragedies for the wildlife we seek to protect. It is important to educate at the same time as litter removal actions are taken,” said Ms. Tanja Cranton, Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay.

A group of 20 students and teachers from a local school made this their project on a brisk Friday afternoon to rid the Trail of these seemingly harmless but highly dangerous to the wildlife plastics. Before hitting the Trail, students and volunteers were educated on the precept from The Way to Happiness, “Safeguard and Improve the Environment” written by Mr. Hubbard to educates them on the importance of taking care of the planet and the environment as it is our home.

The Way to Happiness is sponsored by the Church of Scientology as one of its many Humanitarian outreach organizations, providing education as well a community center. With that it is possible to continue to fight the ongoing littering problems and educate at the same time curtailing the problem from continuing and safeguarding and protecting the environment.

The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755 opens its doors daily from 10am – 10pm to offer free tours, workshops, seminars and educational materials to the community. Community members are invited to join in, please call: (727) 467 6961.

About The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire

The Scientology Information Center Welcomes the Community, Provides Southern Hospitality and Answers Questions

The Scientology Information Center hosted a special Open House Reception for Downtown Clearwater visitors on January 25th. The Scientology Information Center is open for tours daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ms. Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center hosted a special reception and Open House during Downtown Clearwater’s Blast Friday concert. The Center offered refreshments, southern hospitality and answers to questions about the Church of Scientology and its religious beliefs at its location, 500 Cleveland Street, the Historic Clearwater Building.

“Every year between January and May the City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall provide a free concert for the Community,” said Skjelset. “While I’m originally from New York, I have lived more than half my life in the South and we felt it’s only proper to share with the community as we’re right next door. People have questions about Scientology and the Center exists to answer those questions.”

Close to 100 lbs of cookies, cheese and fruit and refreshments were served throughout the evening to the continual stream of visitors as well as hot coffee to help keep the chill at bay.

In addition to watching videos on aspects of Scientology and its founder – L. Ron Hubbard, guests were able to choose from an array of complimentary materials covering information about the Church of Scientology’s religious beliefs, the humanitarian programs it sponsors (mentioned above), and Churches of Scientology around the world.

Visitors also learned about the upcoming Downtown Block Party, (on Feb 9th) Celebrating Valentine’s Day, sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization. The event highlights over a dozen local non-profits and shares solutions to societal ills through the Church of Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs such as Foundation for a Drug-free World, United for Human Rights and more. It is a family-friendly event with complimentary kids’ activities, games, prizes and more.

Several guests made comments that summed up the evening’s experience. One man, Matt, said, “It’s amazing what you provide for the community. You do this for every Blast Friday? I’ll be back next month!” Another woman said, “Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions!”

The Scientology Information Center is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. For more information about the Center’s calendar of events for 2019 please contact Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center at (727) 467-6966 or email amber@cos.flag.org.

The Scientology Information Center:
The Scientology Information Center, located in the Historic Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public and civic leaders; holds concerts, theatrical performances and receptions for the community; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups. For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at appleTV, fireTV and ROKU.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire