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Summer is fading fast. School is here for some and just around the corner for many! Today we’re featuring our top ten school wristband uses:

10. Events

Silicone wristbands can make a great souvenir for memorable school events like homecoming, dances, or other student body activities. More durable than Tyvek, they can also be used as a way to keep track of ticketing and entry.

9. Thank-you

Custom wristbands can be a great way to say thank you to teachers, volunteers, PTA members, and administration. Here’s one example of how parents banded together and used wristbands to thank teachers.

8. Support

Silicone bracelets are often used as memorial bands or to demonstrate support for class members or staff going through tough times. Here’s an example of silicone bands supporting a high school coach through cancer, or wristbands being used to raise funds for a sister school after a hurricane.

7. Graduation

Custom wristbands make a great way to commemorate graduation — even sixth-grade graduation. Bands that read “Class of ____” are some of our most popular school wristband choices. For more graduation ideas, try this article on high school graduation traditions.

6. Clubs

Mark club membership and support by using wristbands for clubs: chess, art, drama, debate, etc. Different benefits and ways to use silicone bracelets for identification, pride, raising awareness, and fundraising can be found here.

5. Achievement Programs

Some teachers and administration like to use wristbands as part of reading, studying, or achievement programs. They can be used as either a reward for success in the program or be used to launch and garner attention towards and serve as a reminder for the program.

4. Sports

Track, football, soccer, cheer, basketball… custom sports wristbands are great for building team spirit (and fundraising) for school sporting events and teams. Here are ways to use wristbands for fundraising, building awareness, tournaments, and more.

3. Excellence

Schools often use wrist bands to promote and reward excellence in behavior and good deeds. One school used wristbands to promote kindness.

2. Awareness

 

Whether the cause is staying drug-free, stopping bullying, a suicide prevention message, health commitment, or Walk-to-School Day, wrist bands are a tangible, wearable reminder of the cause or promise and a great way to spread awareness among students and staff. Give them out at an assembly or classroom event to build awareness and even save lives.

1. SCHOOL SPIRIT

School mascot/school spirit wristbands are the number one most popular back-to-school wristband from Reminderband. They are used to fundraise, given out at assemblies or activities, worn around the school, and build school pride. They can also be used to commemorate anniversaries

For more school bracelet or wristband ideas and examples see http://www.reminderband.com/designed/school-bracelets.

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A cool wristband idea from @coach_kenzie on Instagram

workout wristband

She uses custom Reminderband wristbands as a daily workout reminder for those she coaches. When they’re done with their workout for the day, they can flip them over from “One Thing” to “Done Thing.”

We love this innovative wristband use for motivation and fitness!

 

 

 

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In a matter of hours Friday, the regional chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sold 5,000 black and gold silicone wristbands honoring Mayor Bob O’Connor, prompting the group’s officials to order 10,000 more.

The wristbands will be produced and shipped to the Pittsburgh area in about five days, said Jeff Morgan, director of operations of Reminderband, the Utah-based company that makes the wristbands. They’re expected to go on sale Friday.

The overwhelming show of support for O’Connor, 61, brings the total number of wristbands sold to 10,000. O’Connor remained in stable condition yesterday at UMPC Shadyside, where he is being treated for primary central nervous system lymphoma.

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As the new vice president of the American Cancer Society Phoenix Metro Market, Lavin puts those leadership skills to use as the top official in the organization, said Diana Kuhns, who hired Lavin.

As vice president, Lavin is expected to spend most of his time outside the office, networking in the community and coordinating activities such as camps for children. Lavin is responsible for virtually everything the organization does in Maricopa County.

Prior to taking the job, Lavin called the plays as a longtime high school football coach and athletic director. He moved often, rebuilding athletic programs for schools. He most recently coached at Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix. There, as the advancement director, his job was to increase enrollment and run a capital campaign. Auction dinners, golf tournaments and million-dollar contributions followed.

Kuhns said she hired Lavin because of the experience he had in the non-profit school setting. He was no stranger to fund-raising and leading people, she added.

Longtime friend Wallace Estfan, 76, thinks she hired the right man for the job.

“He can work with bank presidents, and he can work with kids down the street,” Estfan said. “I think they’ve got a real steal.”

On July 27, Lavin sat behind his desk in a gray and black collared shirt. Vibrantly colored rubber bracelets clung to his wrists: The red one was for awareness of multiple sclerosis, the pink for the American Cancer Society.

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Our new company, Impressions, became involved with a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society (ACS) local Relay for Life ® this year. It is an overnight outdoor family-focused event where teams of people from local businesses and the community participate in a 24-hr relay walk at a local track or field. In additional to celebrating survivors, its purpose is to raise funds and awareness about cancer prevention.

Reminderband custom silicone bracelets was a natural fit for this fundraising event. We requested Glow-in-the-dark, filled samples to present at the monthly Relay planning meeting. We knew that the other teams would be interested in selling the commemorative (filled) Glow-in-the-dark wristbands as part of their team’s fundraiser. When we turned the lights off to demonstrate the glow effect and they sold themselves. People also like the size selection and the price.

The initial order of 800 bands were sold to Relay teams (at a reduced price) to help boost their fundraising efforts. Team Impressions placed a subsequent order of 500 bands to be sold the day of the event. It is amazing how many people we see wearing these bands around town now. Reminderband helped our business raise funds for a great cause and helped us to become better known in the community. It’s a great conversation starter. We have already been contacted about future Reminderband orders for similar fundraising events and we are looking forward to next year’s Relay. .

We would like to express our appreciation to Jason and everyone at Reminderband silicone bracelets for the helpful service and quick turn-around that helped make this fundraising event a big success. It was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to doing even more business with Reminderband.

Thank you,

Mike and Barrie Benson
Impressions
Vacaville, CA
Impressionsthatlast.net

Nearly everyone has seen the pink ribbons that symbolize support for breast cancer. But what about a gray ribbon and rubber bracelet bearing the words “think about it”?

After the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in Kentwood last weekend, more people might know that the gray ribbons and cancer bracelets support one of the rarest, but most deadly, of all cancers: brain cancer.

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At the start of each school year, Principal Werner tells a story about a wrinkled heart and how when people say something cruel to others their hearts get hurt. It’s a story to teach kids to be kind to one another.

“I know you’re going to go (to your new schools) and be great examples to other kids,” she said. Parents, teachers and students will say, “I am so glad I got those A. Young Tiger kids, they are so kind to each other and don’t wrinkle hearts.”

The students also received orange and black wristbands that say “Protector of Hearts.”

Later, members of the Parent-Teacher Organization gave Principal Werner a silver bracelet with two hearts — one engraved with “protector of hearts.”

The PTO members also told a story about how when Werner was a teacher, she had to leave her last school because of staffing cuts. One of two teachers had to leave and it was decided by a coin toss, which Werner lost. But Beth Utto-Galarneau noted that Werner became a teacher and then principal at Alexander Young and she was a “dream come true for the whole school.”

“We won her on a coin toss — how about that,” Utto-Galarneau told the students. “We know we did win and how very blessed we are.”

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The Lightfoot Running Club expects as many as 300 people — its largest field ever — to run the first race of its 29th season at 8 this morning at Norwalk High School.

The record turnout is attributable to its prime beneficiary, Chelsea Cohen.

Cohen, a Norwalk High School senior, scheduled to graduate Friday, was stricken two years ago with a rare form of neurological cancer that has left her paralyzed. Before her illness, Cohen ran track and played soccer at Norwalk High.

“She has a real strong network of friends who are all graduating with her, and they came to me and asked if we could organize a race for her,” said Kristin Simonsen, a Lightfoot runner who also is Cohen’s math and science tutor.

Simonsen contacted Don Capone, Lightfoot’s race director, and asked if the club could dedicate its first summer race to raising funds to help pay Cohen’s medical bills. Capone was eager to help.

“We’re a nonprofit group organized to benefit the running community, but we also donate to charitable causes,” he said.

Capone said funds would be raised from part of the $7 entry fees, “plus whatever the runners donate and the sale of bracelets.”

Simonsen has ordered 300 light blue rubber bracelets with the word “Hope” inscribed on them, which will be sold at the event.

“They’re blue because her dream was to go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and their color is baby blue,” Simonsen said.

Cohen suffers from soft tissue sarcoma of the brain and spinal column.

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Fourth-graders walking through a Shreveport neighborhood are a sign of a new trend in physical education.

Prompted by increasing concerns about childhood obesity, as well as a federal requirement that school systems promote health and nutrition, Caddo school officials are creating a wellness policy.

Board members are expected to approve the policy without comment after a public hearing June 27. The proposed policy consolidates parts of a lunch program and physical education guidelines and adds goals for teaching health and promoting nutritious eating habits.

Elementary-age students typically attend PE once a week. Teachers are finding other ways to work exercise into the day to meet a requirement that children have at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity, said Karen Eason, principal at Shreve Island Elementary in Shreveport.

On Friday, Shreve Island students pelted each other with foam balls in a dodge ball pit, ran a race over miniature hurdles and jumped rope during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

“A lot of teachers are incorporating activity with math and reading,” Eason said. “Last week fourth-graders walked around the neighborhood taking pictures, then came up with LEAP-like problems based on the pictures.”

Shreve Island’s PTA plans to put a walking track around the school playground by this fall.

“A lot of schools have running clubs. We’re thinking about that,” Eason said.

Walking, running and physical activity tied to lessons represent the new face of physical education, said Kaye Cochran, president-elect of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Cochran, who just retired after teaching PE in Caddo Parish schools for 33 years, is working with the district’s physical education directors to pilot middle and high school programs that focus more on lifelong activity and fitness than team sports.

Tuesday, she and others with the state PE association handed out rubber wristbands bearing the exhortation, “No Child Left on Their Behinds!” to state legislators.

“I want people to bring fun and enthusiasm to PE,” Cochran said. “PE can be a dumping ground. I want to rise above that.”

Meth has a way of hijacking a user’s personality, says Attorney General Rob McKenna. The drug is so addictive and causes so much long-term damage that it is best if young people never try it.

McKenna brought this message Wednesday to Olympic High School in his first presentation in Kitsap County. Methamphetamine has become the biggest law enforcement, social welfare and environmental problem in the state, he said, and urged students to partner with the community and look for ways to alleviate the drug use locally.

“We hope to give you information that will persuade you to never ever go near this stuff,” McKenna told the assembled students.

He listed items where the chemicals used for cooking meth are found — batteries, Drano, gasoline, etc. And cooking up the drug itself is cancer-causing.

Meth’s social welfare effects ripple through the child dependency proceedings McKenna’s office handles. There has been a 60 percent increase in foster care cases in the last 10 years, six to 10 times the growth rate of the general population, he said.

It wasn’t the statistics that made the most impression on the students.

“I knew drugs could mess you up, but I didn’t know they could put big holes in your brain just from two years’ (use),” senior Amy Rainwater said.

One of the videos McKenna showed students was an MTV story about a 22-year old ecstasy user, who gradually incurred sleeping problems and paranoia. A CAT scan her doctor ordered showed gaps in her brain in the memory and association areas. Her brain was that of a person in her 60s or 70s who had suffered multiple little strokes.

“Ecstasy is the chemical cousin of methamphetamine,” McKenna told students.

Ecstasy and meth both cause long-term damage to the brain, skin and central nervous system, all in addition to the chemicals’ cancer-causing properties.

There are more female than male users, perhaps because of meth’s weight-loss side effect, McKenna said.

Rainwater and her sister Sasha, a sophomore, had no problem believing that statistic. They said they knew a girl who started using meth three months ago and lost a lot of weight, but looked unhealthy. Now they don’t see their acquaintance at school very often.

After the first of two presentations Amy and Sasha wore “Don’t Meth Around” red rubber bracelets, which McKenna’s assistants distributed.

The sisters were most impressed with the story of Jamie Crawford of Yakima, a 21-year-old recovering meth addict.

Clean and sober for two years, Crawford served three months in a county jail, five months on house arrest and is still serving her five-year probation.

It was the prosecutor of her case who asked Crawford to share her story with various law enforcement groups. Then she started talking to students and OHS marked her fifth school visit with McKenna.

“If you can save the life of one child, it’s worth it to me,” Crawford said. “If someone had done this when I was in high school, it could have made a difference in my story.”

Her story, as she told the students, started when she was 15 and tried meth in the summer before her junior year of high school.

“Before I knew it, my class was graduating and I wasn’t there,” she said.

She barely completed her GED recently and is starting college, she added.

Crawford said when she was 18, she was at a friend’s house with other meth users and a 7-year-old boy. They all witnessed a murder and took off, jumping fences and dragging the child along with them.

She was arrested shortly afterwards.

“I had a good lawyer, so I got a slap on the wrist,” Crawford said.

Within a month, though, she was back using meth.

In a second arrest, in June 2004, Crawford was caught red-handed with 282 pieces of stolen mail and $150,000 in cash and checks.

She had a friend’s 8-month-old baby and 4-year-old child with her. The baby used to cry almost constantly and later Crawford and her friend learned that while they were getting high on meth, the baby was too. It cried during withdrawals.

She never thought becoming a meth addict would happen to her, Crawford said. Sitting through the attorney general’s presentation most students probably thought the same thing, she added.

“Hopefully you learned something from (the presentation) that will help you say no to it,” she told students.

McKenna said he hopes to come back to Kitsap to visit more schools. He has given more than 20 similar presentations throughout the state as part of the “Operation: Allied Against Meth” program McKenna launched in May 2005. A three-part strategy focuses on coordinating law enforcement efforts, working with community anti-meth action groups and educating youth.

“We’re spending a third of our time on the outreach component because it’s such an addictive drug,” McKenna said. “It’s much better for people never to try it.”

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