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NASSP/MetLife: Breakthrough Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the MetLife Foundation Breakthrough Schools program highlights high-achieving middle or high schools, or schools that are making dramatic improvements in student achievement, whose best practices and outstanding results can inform other schools as they further their own improvement efforts.

Maximum award: $5,000, plus being featured in the association’s monthly magazine, Principal Leadership; principals of Breakthrough Schools participate in dissemination activities at the NASSP National Conference and other venues throughout the year.

Eligibility: high-achieving K-12 schools with 40% or more students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals.

Deadline: June 30, 2015.

ESA: President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education

The Entomological Society of America’s President’s Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education recognize educators who have gone beyond the traditional teaching methods by using insects as educational tools.

Maximum award: $400 to the winner’s school to purchase teaching materials required to expand the use of insects in the teaching curriculum; $400 to the winner for expenses associated with travel required to present a paper or poster on the use of insects in primary or secondary educational programs at a peer professional venue of their choosing; gratis registration to attend ESA’s annual meeting; and an $800 award to the winner for expenses associated with travel, hotel arrangements, and all other costs associated with attending the annual meeting.

Eligibility: primary teachers (grades K-6) and secondary teachers (grades 7-12).

Deadline: July 01, 2015.

Dow Jones Fund: National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year

The National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year award identifies outstanding high school journalism teachers who have done exemplary work in the previous academic year.

Maximum award: laptop computer, travel and lodging expenses to national conference, per diem for substitute teacher fees, and a quarterly column for the Fund’s newspaper; the winner also attends a seminar at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a senior student at the winning teacher’s school will receive $1,000 to study journalism, based on performance in a writing contest held at his or her school.

Eligibility: high school teachers with at least three years’ experience.

Deadline: July 09, 2015.

Dollar General/ALA/AASL/NEA: School Library Disaster Relief

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the National Education Association (NEA) is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in states served by Dollar General.

The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster.

Grants replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the library setting.

Maximum award: $20,000 to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment.

Eligibility: public school libraries preK-12 within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office, which have lost their building or incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism; or have absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.

Deadline: none.

Minnie Hamilton Health System Raises Over $17,500

Minnie Hamilton Health System Raises Over $17,500
Through Give Local MOV to Benefit Care Center

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Grantsville, WV – The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today that over $218,606 was raised through Give Local MOV, the 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by PACF on May 5th.  Of that amount, $17,592 was raised to benefit Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. dba, Minnie Hamilton Health System (MHHS). 

“MHHS’ participation in Give Local MOV marks a beginning point of an idea that began many years ago,” commented MHHS’ CEO, Steve Whited.  “Since our opening in 1959, our Grantsville facility has seen countless changes to fit the varying needs of the community, and we have risen to each challenge to make the changes happen.  The biggest change is yet to come, and we need the communities help to make it a reality.

Needless to say, our facilities are the backbone of our towns and communities; not only from a healthcare aspect, but also economically.  MHHS is the region’s largest employer and provides over 275 jobs and over $14 million annually in local salaries.  Some of our everyday challenges include: regulatory burdens, replacement of outdated / hard to find / and expensive materials, and the ability to expand to needed services in the community due to space restrictions, etc.  It is imperative that we build a new facility in order to continue meeting the needs of our patients into the foreseeable future.  We have determined that we need to raise upwards $2 million to make the project feasible.  The funds raised through Give Local MOV will go towards this goal.” 

A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 5th was the availability of matching funds.  PACF raised more than $118,000 which was awarded through matching fund challenges and prize contests over the 24-hour giving period.  Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota and the PM Company, supplied $56,000 in matching funds, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations totaling $19,000, and $1,500 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving. Additionally, PACF provided $42,000 to help grow each nonprofits permanent charitable fund. PACF also supplied the secure online giving platform and covered credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency.  Of the $17, 592 that MHHS received through Give Local MOV, $4512 came from matching funds and prizes. 

“On behalf of MHHS, I want to thank the PACF, and all the donors who made Give Local MOV successful for our organization,” said Whited.  “We have been very fortunate to be involved with the PACF and have received numerous grants through their Community Action Grant Program to help purchase such things as mammography machines upgrades, patient furniture, and community outreach/youth education.  Give Local MOV is another example of how a partnership with the Community Foundation can make a positive impact for our area.  We are proud of our community, our people and our facilities.”

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) is a PACF affiliate and works in collaboration to build resources specifically dedicated for Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt Counties. “We’re very proud of the accomplishment of Minnie Hamilton during Give Local MOV 2015. Our area’s health center was the #1 participant with its supporters raising funds far exceeding those of others in larger communities. Our Advisory Board congratulates Minnie Hamilton on this great achievement and for putting our area on the top of the leaderboard in giving,” said Jim Bennett, LKACF affiliate advisory committee chair.

“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV ,” said Julie Boyce, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer.  “Our local businesses truly stepped up this year and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents.  By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!” 

PACF plans to again host Give Local MOV in May 2016 and is already seeking partners.  Individuals, nonprofits, or businesses interested in having a significant impact for their investment and to get involved in Give Local MOV 2016 should contact the Foundation office at 304.428.4438 to learn more. 

About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit or call 304.428.4438.

About Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation:

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt Counties in West Virginia.  LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 2004, LKACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, visit or call 304.428.4438 (Parkersburg Office) or 304.372.8588 (Ripley Field Office).

Research: Raising Minimum Wage Doesn’t Hurt Employment

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s minimum wage is rising, and new economic research suggests that shouldn’t hurt employment levels.

Critics of increasing low-end pay say it prices some workers out of the job market. David Cooper, senior economic analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, says that used to be the standard thinking among economists.

A recent study compared employment in one location that raises the minimum with a neighboring location that doesn’t, while another study looked at 600 pairs of counties along state borders. Cooper says, to their surprise, economists found very little difference in job numbers.

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New research from the Economic Policy Institute
indicates raising the minimum wage will not slow employment.
Federal figures show the minimum wage has not kept up
with workers’ education levels or with inflation.

“Given the research, any effect on employment that would happen from the increases we’re seeing right now is going to be very small, whether it’s positive or negative,“ he says.

Cooper says research has determined that with higher wages, employers are getting lower turnover and higher productivity – more than enough to make up for the cost of the higher pay. He notes that a sizable number of minimum wage employers are in businesses that see higher consumer demand when low-income families have more money.

“That means there’s more customers coming through the door, in the retail sector in particular and in fast food,“ he says. “Presumably, a lot of those workers go out and shop in retail and buy fast food.“

Cooper notes the minimum wage has fallen far behind inflation, and in purchasing power, the current federal minimum would have to rise about $10 to get back to where it was 50 years ago. He says that until the recent increases, low-end wages in West Virginia – what the bottom 10% of workers make – were last in the nation.

“The lowest in the country,“ he says. “That is to say that the increase in West Virginia’s minimum wage is probably long overdue.“

Lawmakers voted to increase West Virginia’s minimum by $1.50 over two years. The first 75 cents of the raise went into effect in January, but Cooper says it’s too soon to know what it may be doing to employment.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Wall Street Falls as Greece Crisis Unresolved; Energy Shares Dip

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U.S. stocks fell on Friday as Greek debt talks hit a stalemate and as concern over how soon the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates kept investors cautious.

Energy shares dropped as oil prices fell for a second straight day. The energy index .SPNY, down 1.2%, led the day’s decline, followed by a 1.1% drop in the healthcare index .SPXHC.

Upbeat consumer sentiment and other data added to views the economy may be regaining momentum, which increased anxiety for investors ahead of next week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the U.S. central bank’s last meeting before September.

Also of concern, a day after the International Monetary Fund quit bailout talks with Greece, EU officials said they had held their first formal discussions on the worst-case scenario for the country.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI fell 140.53 points, or 0.78%, to 17,898.84, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 14.75 points, or 0.7%, to 2,094.11 and the NASDAQ Composite .IXIC dropped 31.41 points, or 0.62%, to 5,051.10.

For the week, the Dow was up 0.3%, the S&P 500 was up 0.1%, while the NASDAQ Composite fell 0.3%, its third straight week of declines.

U.S. consumer confidence surged in early June. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index rose to 94.6 from 90.7 in May.

The upbeat report capped a week of strong economic data and was the latest indication that growth was regaining momentum after a sluggish start to the second quarter.

That added to investor caution, “particularly in light of the fact that we’re just days ahead of the Fed meeting,“ Luschini said.

Higher rates will tighten the flow of easy money. Economists and top Wall Street banks expect the Fed to raise rates in September, in what could be its first hike in almost a decade.

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) shares were up 0.2% at $35.90, a day after Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said he was stepping down.

Among the biggest decliners in health care, shares of Eli Lilly (LLY.N) ended down 2.7% at $84.21. It hit its low for the session and volume spiked after Reuters reported the Alzheimer’s Association may not offer an early look at trial data on an experimental drug from Eli Lilly.

News of the impending release had led to a jump in the company’s shares. Eli Lilly’s stock had gained 10.3% from Monday’s close to Thursday’s finish.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 1,945 to 1,075, for a 1.81-to-1 ratio on the downside; on the NASDAQ, 1,586 issues fell and 1,146 advanced for a 1.38-to-1 ratio favoring decliners.

The benchmark S&P 500 index posted five new 52-week highs and eight new lows; the NASDAQ Composite recorded 73 new highs and 28 new lows.

About five billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, compared with the 6.1 billion daily average for the month to date, according to data from BATS Global Markets.

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