Recognition for higher ed involvement in communities

Launched in 2006, the President’s Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

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$400 for vegetable gardens

This grant helps applicants start a vegetable garden to feed people in need in their communities.  The winner will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $400), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest.

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Up to $5K to boost physical health in communities

Grants, up to $5,000, are available to nonprofit organizations, public schools or tax-exempt public service agencies in the
U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.  Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

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$4,000 grants for MLK Day of Service projects

This program engages youth and adult volunteers on Martin Luther King Day of Service by encouraging families to serve  together. Together, youth ages 5-25 and their families will focus on some of the nation’s most pressing issues, such as  education, health, environment, economic opportunity, and disaster relief.

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Up to $10K to educate girls, women

Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW  branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs  or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

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HP says it will keep personal computer unit

Hewlett-Packard Co. has decided against spinning off or selling its PC division—a plan first brought to light in August by the technology conglomerate’s now former CEO, the Associated Press reports. HP said Thursday that it reached its decision after evaluating the impact to the company of jettisoning the business unit, which is the world’s biggest manufacturer of desktop and notebook computers for consumers and businesses. The unit supplies a third of HP’s revenue, and PCs are an area where the company is a market leader. But it is HP’s least profitable division, and its disposal was meant to be part of former CEO Leo Apotheker’s plan to transform the Silicon Valley stalwart into a twin of East Coast rival IBM Corp.: a company focused on businesses, rather than both businesses and consumers…

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Teachers use cell phones in the classroom

You won’t find Willyn Webb telling her high school students to put away their cell phones, even though they are technically banned in her Colorado district, U.S. News reports. She’s been using cell phones to augment her lessons at Delta County Opportunity School for years. It all started when she forgot a stopwatch to time a student’s speech, and another student whipped out a cell phone and used its built-in timer. From there, Webb kept finding new uses for basic text-enabled cell phones. She now uses phones to poll students in class and send homework reminder text messages to students and parents. Students also use a Google text-messaging service that allows them to look up a variety of facts…

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