Bandz Party Favors

Bandz

Bandz Party Favors

Finally a craze slow in coming to California, yet before it even takes hold, schools and school districts across the country are banning bandz.  The bandz craze seems to have begun in Birmingham Alabama last year and now bandz are flying off shelves throughout the country.  These colorful rubber bands are made of silicone and die molded, come in a variety of shapes and themes, and are manufactured by a handful of vendors. Basically, kids wear them, collect them, and trade them! Bandz come in multi-band packs starting at about $5.00/pack.  Best of all, Bandz make for great party favors and napkin rings! (Warning:  Choking Hazard!  Not recommended for children under 3 years old!)

So why are they being banned at schools?  Basically kids are distracted by the bandz — fiddling with them and plotting trading strategies, all day, all night.  Occasionally, trades go awry and schoolyard brawls ensue. Should bandz be banned?  And if so, does banning bandz make them more desirable?   Let us know what you think! Continue Reading →

Holiday Gift for a Cause

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  How about a beautiful, meaningful, trendy bracelet that benefits a good cause? Wrap2gether.org is offering a line of leather wrap bracelets that top our holiday favorites list.

Wrap2gether Bracelet

This picture fails to capture the full charm of the bracelet since most of the Swarovski crystals are on the top side of the bracelet.  This view, highlighting the dwennimmen toggle,  is the wrist side.

Wrap2gether bracelets are original, handmade, leather wrap bracelets, dotted with Swarovski crystals, and fastened together with a custom designed dwennimmen toggle, the African symbol of strength, humility wisdom and learning.  Customers can choose between pink and blue crystals or blue and purple crystals or the bracelets can be customized.  All profits benefit Mancona International School, Odumase-Krobo, Ghana and  JustWorld International, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness and funds in the equestrian community for positive change in the developing world..  These bracelets can be ordered directly from Wrap2gether.org.

A little about Wrap2gether.org

Wrap2gether is a non-profit social benefit organization dedicated to global education and social justice by creating cross-cultural relationships through strength, humility, wisdom, and learning.

In addition to the Wrap2gether Bracelets, recent Wrap2gether projects include:

Gift of Dreams Campaign

Collected and shipped over 700 books to Mancona International School, Ghana

Networking

Networking with local corporations to explore the possibility of bringing wireless technology to Mancona International School.

Adopt Mancona Campaign

Continuing effort to encourage local  elementary schools to adopt Mancona international School as their sister school.

Wrap2gether Phonics Series

Knowledge in rural Africa is often passed from generation to generation through rote recitation rather than through the art of reading. Wrap2gether believes reading enables students to become self-reliant learners. With most education research indicating cultural respect empowers student learning, we sought culturally relevant early readers. Finding none, the founder of Wrap2gether wrote and illustrated a phonics series designed to highlight Ghana’s landscape. Although highly stylized, each page features children with smiling brown faces dressed in their adorable pink and blue uniforms, set amidst the familiar setting of their own schoolyard. In the background, a butterfly-filled tree and rising sun symbolize promise and hope. By respecting and validating the students’ own experiences, Wrap2gether hopes to motivate further learning and build cross-cultural trust.

 

 

Current beneficiaries:

Mancona International School

Mancona International School is located about 2 hours outside of Acca, Ghana, in Odumase-Krobo,  a community with few resources but filled with joyful song, immense insight, and inspiring hopefulness.

Address:

Vincent Mensah, Principal

Mancona International School

PO Box 133

Odumase-Krobo, Ghana Eastern Region

Click here  for more information about Mancona International School.

JustWorld International

Just World International

JustWorld International acts as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by working with local partner organizations to provide basic education, nutrition, health, hygiene, and vocational programs for children in impoverished communities in Honduras, Cambodia, Guatemala, Brazil, and Senegal.

JustWorld International works through the international equestrian community and its extensive networks to fund and sustain programs that provide basic needs to children with little opportunity to receive support from other sources.

Click here for more information on JustWorld International

Party Hearty!

Pink Bat Thinking

Pink Bat Thinking

Turning Problems into Solutions!

Pink Bat with Free DVD

Everywhere you look today there are problems. Turn on your TV or computer, pick up a magazine or paper, and what do you see? Problems. The story of the pink bat is so engaging you and your team will be inspired to view problems as solutions. Pink Bat thinking will bring innovative results!

Pink Bat Movie

Michael McMillan's newest release “Pink Bat” will turn your thinking upside down and get you and your team seeing problems as opportunities. Maybe you think this idea seems impossible, but you're about to discover: “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Pink Bat …Turning Problems into Solutions is an  inspiring story that will change your thinking forever.  It is the perfect gift for anyone searching for creative inspiration whether it be a family member, a co-worker, or even an Odyssey of the Mind or Science Olympiad coach needing to jump start their team as they enter the dreaded but inevitable stage of  feeling like the obstacles to creating a viable solution are insurmountable.  Remember “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Designate  your next teacher institute day,  company team building event, or any day,  Pink Bat Day!

Looking for innovative ways to inspire your team without investing in a major team building initiative?  Model your next Pink Bat Day after Smith College's Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday  day off  to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells.  Even though you most likely won't choose to give employees a day off,  incorporate creative thinking exercises and inspirational activities  into the day's normal routine

Deliver a Dollhouse Miniature Baseball Bat painted pink to everyone involved.  (If out of stock, consider this baseball bat penor Baseball Bat keychain)

Develop spontaneous thinking skills by creating 5-10 minute team creative thinking breaks.  Consider investing in an Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous problem solving book

Create a spontaneous wiffle ball tournament at lunch.  Wrap the bats'  handles in a stripe of  pink duct tape.

Ask all employees to bring in canned goods to donate to your local food pantry.  Now surprise them and ask each department to take the collected cans and  collectively and collaboratively arrange them in a way to denote something special or unique about  your company.  Take pictures and post on the company website.  Now donate the cans.

Make it a great day! Make it a Pink Bat Day!

Music Party Theme Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Metal Musicians, Music Party Theme Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Music Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Looking for inspiration for your music theme party?   Continue Reading →

Bandz Napkin Bands!

Bandz

Finally a craze slow in coming to California, yet before it even takes hold, schools and school districts across the country are banning bandz.  The bandz craze seems to have begun in Birmingham Alabama last year and now bandz are flying off shelves throughout the country.  These colorful rubber bands are made of silicone and die molded, come in a variety of shapes and themes, and are manufactured by a handful of vendors. Basically, kids wear them, collect them, and trade them! Bandz come in multi-band packs starting at about $5.00/pack.  Best of all, Bandz make for great party favors and napkin rings! (Warning:  Choking Hazard!  Not recommended for children under 3 years old!)

So why are they being banned at schools?  Basically kids are distracted by the bandz — fiddling with them and plotting trading strategies, all day, all night.  Occasionally, trades go awry and schoolyard brawls ensue. Should bandz be banned?  And if so, does banning bandz make them more desirable?   Let us know what you think! Continue Reading →