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Cartridges for Kids is wishing you and your family a very safe and Merry Christmas!
We hope this year has brought you much joy and delight and we hope it continues through out the season and into the upcoming year!
Bet you didn’t know….
“Jingle Bells” was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word “X-Mas” comes from.
” Rudolph” was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930′s for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.
Want an activity that will keep the kids busy for few moments?
Click here for a Christmas Word Search
Or better yet, try this recipe for some Homemade Holiday Cocoa….
1 box Nestle Quik
1 jar of powdered Coffeemate
1 box of dry milk
2 cups of powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients together….will make a nice sized batch for you and family to enjoy for days! Just spoon into cups of hot water and enjoy! Don’t be afraid to keep heaping it in by the spoonfuls, in my opinion the more chocolate the better!
However you may choose to spend this wonderful time of year, the staff here at CFK wishes you and your family the warmest holiday season!
December is officially here and the hustle and bustle of the season has begun. The air is more brisk and here in beautiful Colorado the snow is covering the ground.
CFK understands how hectic life can be now, so we challenge you to reward yourself… take a moment from your exhausting schedule to relax and enjoy the many different things this season brings. Should you stop and take a second glance you just may find a little peace in this very busy time of year!
Digital Wish (the group that partners with us on the Recycle Forward campaign) needs your votes to help over 500 classrooms with technology grants!
THE LOW DOWN:
Digital Wish is participating in the Pepsi Refresh Project. If they generate the most votes in the month of September and finish as one of the top two $250,000 awardees (www.refresheverything.com/digitalwish), Digital Wish will use the proceeds to award over 500 classrooms with technology grants. The three teachers who garner the most votes throughout the month of September will receive $10,000 grants for their classrooms. The four teachers with the next highest amount of votes will receive $5,000 grants. After that, 100 teachers will receive $500 grants, and 400 more educators will receive $250. These grants can be used to purchase new technology from Digital Wish’s extensive online catalog.
HOW TO HELP:
Visit the Digital Wish homepage at www.digitalwish.org to find your favorite teacher and help them win a portion of the proceeds by clicking on the Pepsi Refresh button from their profile. One vote is allowed per day, so return often to help Digital Wish and your favorite classroom earn new technology!
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
According to Digital Wish’s Founder and Executive Director Heather Chirtea, “Every classroom teacher has a huge network of parents and students who care about technology. If even a handful of people from those networks vote, Digital Wish will be able to enhance learning for thousands of students nationwide. These grants will spark a wave of technological upgrades and inspire teachers to refresh their curriculum.”
Digital Wish hopes back-to-school excitement will fuel their campaign with fresh energy and propel them to victory. “We couldn’t have asked for a better time to be campaigning for this project than right now,” said Chirtea. “This could start the school year off right for many classrooms that suffer from a shortfall of new technology.”
At CFK, we like to hear about groups who are doing good things for education. We’re proud to work with Digital Wish on Recycle Forward, and we’re proud of their efforts with the Pepsi Refresh Project. Click here to turn recyclable electronics into new technology for your classroom.
July is Recycle 4 Soldiers month here, and you’re right, I’m gonna quote Uncle Sam…We want YOU to help out!
1. Go right now to your junk drawer and take out the 1, 2 or 3 retired cell phones you have sitting in there. (You can grab the chargers while you’re at it.)Put the phones into an old box and tape it up. Tape the shipping label to it, and put it in your mailbox. Or, if you’re lucky enough to know your mailman/woman personally, you could hand it to them with a smile.
And you’re done! Your cell phones will be recycled or refurbished, and the proceeds will be sent on to the soldier support organizations we work with. See below for the list.
2. Go to the Recycle 4 Soldiers enrollment page on our website. Sign up your school, church, neighborhood association, bridge club, or sports team (or any other group really, because do people still join bridge clubs?). We’ll send you all the info you need to start a year-round recycling drive to support our troops. This means you collect all the stuff we recycle and send to us on our dime. We recycle all the stuff and send the money to those non-profits listed at the bottom of the page. Everybody wins.
3. Oh, you’re already a non-profit working to support our troops? PERFECT! You can sign up to recycle also. We’ll send you customizable fliers to advertise your collection, and you can be part of a recycling team full of soldier support organizations just like you.
Stay tuned later today for some exciting info about the new iPhone!
Want to find out what events are going on near you?
We talk about America Recycles Day every year, and every year we’re pleasantly surprised at the amount of feedback we get about events across the nation. This year, let us know how YOU celebrate. Post your comments here or email them to us. Whatever you do, get out there and RECYCLE! Make America Recycles Day one to remember. Make a small change like deciding to recycle electronics at your school or church, or a big one like participating in one of the neighborhood clean-ups.
“America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products…On November 15 each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of daily recycling and buying recycled products. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment.” –www.americarecyclesday.com
This Sunday, let’s make the world a better place. GO TEAM!
Time for a recycling question….
Did you know that 955 million personal computers are expected to go out of commission between 2005 and 2010?
That’s 3 computers for every person living in the United States!
Where are they ending up?
Sources: ecyclingtools.com, census.gov
Today is World Teachers’ Day, and CFK wants to join in by saying….
The focus of this year’s World Teachers’ Day is on the importance of investing in teachers now, even considering the current global economic situation. By investing in the teaching force, we are ensuring that their knowledge and experience can be used to bring new solutions to global issues, and to lead our children down the same path of global vision and creative thinking.
We here at CFK want to encourage and thank all those teachers out there who inspire, motivate, and energize our kids every day. You truly make a difference.
October spells awareness for some of the most pressing issues facing women globally in the 21st century. October is both National Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Cartridges for Kids is here to give our support. CFK has worked closely with the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation since 2006 and has helped fundraise over $250,000 and recycle over 70,000 cell phones to date. The MKACF was even awarded the title of CFK’s Featured Recycler in October of 2008; you can read the full story here. Their success is accomplished by the thousands of sales associates and consultants spreading the word about recycling.
Each event is an opportunity to raise awareness and perpetuate fundraising. Each color class, each consultation and each convention is a potential discussion about recycling cell phones, inkjet cartridges, and its benefit to the Foundation.
The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation is dedicated to eliminating women’s cancer and ending the epidemic of violence against women. Each year the foundation donates $20,000 to each of 150 women’s shelters nationwide, awards 15 respected doctors and medical scientists each $100,000 in cancer research grants, and donates over $1 million to organizations like CancerCare inc. and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Read more about the MKACF’s fight to end women’s cancer and DV here, in their 2008 Year in Review.
The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation is paving the way for a brighter tomorrow for women everywhere, and October is the perfect time to celebrate them and their legacy of giving.
First of all, CFK wants to give a big SHOUT OUT
to all of the PTA/PTO/Parent Organizations out there working to make our schools and communities better for everyone.
Here are some tips for making your PTA ULTRA SUCCESSFUL in 2009:
1. Carry out fundraisers that will accomplish goals for the whole school community. Using the CFK program can beautify your campus and neighborhood, educate about recycling, and provide funds for school trips, playground equipment, and anything else your school might need…Click here to sign up.
2. Get your community involved. Hospitals, community centers, banks, and libraries can offer free resources and information for your parents. They can also participate in CFK and recycle on your behalf. Give us their address and we will set them up.
3. Open the the lines of communication. Find the best way to get in touch with your parents, and GET CREATIVE. Email lists, tables set up at school events, newsletters or fliers sent home with students are all great ways to spread the word and get participation. Click here for MORE “Ways to Grow”.
Is your PTA already participating in CFK? Did you know you can EXTRA MONEY by referring another school/organization? CLICK HERE.
Did you know that over 150 million cell phones were decomissioned in the United States in 2007 alone? Your cell phone doesn’t have to be one of them! Cartridges for Kids processes over 1 million of those cell phones each year, for a total of almost 1% of all the phones that get the big ugly axe in a year’s time. Send in your phone and help us shoot for 2% next year!
Don’t let this be your phone’s final resting place!