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Today’s feature focuses on a writer whose books are part of a mission to stop bullying.

11-year-old Brenden Santos has published not one, but three books to date.

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Says Santos, “I have a few missions in life and I have a campaign against bullying.” Santos began working on his three books at age ten and has since created a website, www.againstthebullying.com.

 

To help spread his message, Santos has distributed wristbands among the community, sharing the essence of his campaign “only one me”. He has been making some waves with his progress, and recently met and had dinner with the Lt. Governer of North Carolina.

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Santos has big plans for the future of his anti-bullying campaign:

“I am trying to get bully awareness to be one day in August and one day in September because when school starts is when bullying is at its peak.
I want everyone to wear my wrist bands and look at them and remember there’s only one me and that means you.”

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You can learn more about Brenden’s mission against bullying and his books at his website.

Santos plans to continue his efforts with his writing and sharing his mantra: “I hope that one day I can have enough money so that I can buy millions of wristbands as I would like to give them away free to everyone in the world so that not only children but also adults who get bullied can remember we all matter.”

We wish Brenden and his cause the very best of luck!

For ideas and options to start your own campaign or fundraiser, check out reminderband.com.

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A roundup of news articles featuring innovative wristband uses from around the world!

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  • This week begins Red Ribbon Week in the United States, a week-long alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign. Once school district is handing out more than 70,000 wristbands to promote a healthy lifestyle among its students and serve as a reminder to stay drug and alcohol-free. For more information about Red Ribbon Week, visit redribbon.org/.
  • A consultant at the Royal Derby Hospital in the UK won a prestigious health care award for the hospital’s use of wristbands to indicate how much oxygen patients need. The color-coded system ensures patients are not administered too much oxygen, which can be dangerous for some conditions, and are an easy way for professionals to determine the correct amount.
  • A mother made a wristband for her son to wear while swimming to inform staff and other swimmers that he was hearing-impaired. The wristband helps ensure safety and independence. It has worked so well that she is now producing more to sell to others. Wristbands work as waterproof, hypoallergenic medical alert bracelets to bring awareness for many conditions and in many environments.
  • One high school is using wristbands to promote its second annual No Swear November. Students at Hazel Park High School in Hazel Park, Michigan will have the opportunity to take the pledge to use positive communication and think about the effect their words have on others, and contributions to “swear jars” will raise money for good causes.
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Should wristbands with a message be banned from the sporting arena?

A member of the national English cricket team was banned from wearing rubber wristbands in support of Palestine during international cricket matches by the referee.

“Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ wristbands in the remainder of the third Test against India in Southampton by David Boon, the former Australia batsman who is the International Cricket Council’s match referee,” reports the Guardian.

The International Cricket Council released the following statement:

“The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match. Moeen Ali was told by the match referee that while he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match.”

Do you think the ban was fair? Did the referee make the right call? Are there places where it is inappropriate to wear political wristbands or silicone bracelets supporting a cause?

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The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates the number of homeless adults in D.C. at more than 12,000, half of which are part of families. Every weekend, volunteers gather in Allan Millington’s apartment and take to the streets to make a difference.

“Wealth disparity is spreading in the nation,” says Allan. “It’s especially [visible] in the nation’s capital.”

Allan, an army veteran himself, says many of the homeless and hungry are veterans. He and his friends began Universal Kitchen to provide dinner to veterans, the homeless, and low-income people in the Washington, D.C. area. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, volunteers assemble sack dinners at Allan’s apartment and then go out into the community to hand out food and hygiene items.

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(Photos from Universal Kitchen’s Instagram.) 

Volunteers and supporters of Universal Kitchen sport army-green #ProjectHunger #UniversalKitchen wristbands to increase awareness and support in the fight against homelessness and hunger.

For more info visit @universalkitchen on Instagram or see their WalMart wishlist. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.

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Here’s a roundup of some cool news stories and creative uses involving wristbands:

  • Birchbank Public Elementary School rewarded its students’ good deeds with wristbands in its “Make a Difference” Campaign. 100 students received blue rubber bracelets for acts of kindness observed by staff and fellow students. “If you tell some people about being good… they tell other people to be good too.”
  • The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office introduced a free wristband program to help seniors. Seniors receive a black and gold wristband with the sheriff office phone number and registration number. “Should the senior become incapacitated or unable to communicate emergency personnel can contact the Sheriff to get the relevant information.”
  • Did you notice World Cup-winning Germany’s coach? Joachim Low was wearing wristbands throughout the Brazil matches. They weren’t for awareness or to make a statement, however… they were to protect him from mosquito bites.
  • University of Washington students have designed a wristband called Vive that would make it easier to connect and may also help with safety from sexual assault. They presented the design at Microsoft Research’s Design Expo.
  • Mike Porath wrote a beautiful blog post on being a father to a girl with a rare chromosomal disorder and what the wristband he wears means to him. “I have a sweet little 7-year-old girl with a rare chromosome disorder called Dup15q Syndrome, and it has really challenged me as a dad. When I look at this little blue bracelet, it reminds me to BELIEVE.”
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April 2 is Autism Awareness Day and the entire month of April is Autism Awareness Month. A variety of activities, fundraisers, and other outreach efforts are used to commemorate and spread awareness for autism.

Whether you’re fundraising, hosting an event, or just want to show some support, custom awareness bracelets can help with that. Here’s a story about how wristbands were used to raise funds for the Autism Center of Pittsburgh.

Here’s some input from someone who ordered Reminderbands to build autism awareness:

“We wanted to show off our Support to our son who has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. We got exactly what we wanted printed on it, and what colors we wanted. I will order again!!!”
Terri from Bloomington, IL
For more autism awareness information, ideas, or events, try Autismspeaks.org or the Autism Society.
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Researchers at Oregon State University are using silicone wristbands to track chemical exposure.

In a paper entitled “Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers” published in Environmental Science and Technology, Kim A. Anderson and colleagues used silicone wristbands to identify exposure to a variety of chemicals.

Capturing and tracking chemical exposure is important to understanding the risk factors for certain diseases and conditions, but it’s difficult to measure.

“People are constantly exposed to all sorts of low level pollutants, from industrial compounds used in disinfectants and upholstery, to fragrances and nicotine in consumer products to pesticides. Research suggests there is a link between some of these chemicals and health problems, but long-term measurements to confirm that are difficult to make,” says Voice of America.

Researchers got the idea to use silicone wristbands after seeing the bracelets at an OSU football game.

While silicone doesn’t absorb water, it does act like a sponge in that it absorbs chemicals. After running tests on the wristbands, which participants wore continuously for 30 days, researchers were able to identify exposure to 49 compounds. It’s possible to screen for more than 1,000.

Backpacks are still most effective, but wristbands are helpful for getting data because they’re easy to wear. The researchers said it could be used in remote regions or for pregnant women.

“Silicone personal samplers present an innovative sampling technology platform producing relevant, quantifiable data,” the report said. “…Studies utilizing this sampler are currently underway, and we hope this easy-to-wear and dynamic application of silicone may become a valuable tool to address challenges of the exposome and mixture toxicity.”

Another group of researchers said they would use the bands soon for a project.

“Julie Herbstman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, says the backpack monitors are still the gold standard for personal exposure monitoring, in particular because they can track particulate matter, which the silicone bands would miss,” reported Chemical and Engineering News. “But the advantage of a wristband is that it’s so unobtrusive that the wearers “sort of forget about it.” Herbstman is now working with Anderson’s team to test the bands with pregnant women to track their exposure to PAHs and to compare the performance of wristbands with backpack monitors.”

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2013 was a big year for Reminderband and those using wristbands to support, educate and remember. Looking back, here are some of our favorite news stories from around the world involving wristbands:

Cedar Hills honors lung cancer survivor,” Cathy Allred, Daily Herald. A city recognized a resident’s efforts to build awareness of lung cancer while battling the disease.

Firefighter widow receives message from Mormon husband of eternal family,” Heather Hemingway, Chron. A wristband brings hope to the family of a deceased firefighter.

Always play smart, sometimes play fast,” David Buchanan, The Ledger Independent. How a football team used wristbands to make the right plays.

Wristbands provide incentive for better performance at Land O’Lakes High School,” Jeffrey S. Solochek. A student-designed incentive program uses wristbands to motivate students to get on-track for graduation.

UG students wearing pinkwristbands to mark week against bullying,” Orangeville Citizen. In Canada, a school district uses wristbands to encourage students to stand up against bullying.

Thunder Quartet hosts fit clinic,” NIck Gallo, Oklahoma City Thunder. Four Thunder players helped promote healthy living to nearly 50 children from the Kickapoo Tribe.

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Veterans’ Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth is a day to honor sacrifices made in war. This year, some innovative uses of awareness wristbands are helping communities commemorate this day and show appreciation for veterans.

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While Remembrance Day is traditionally marked by the wearing of a red poppy on the left lapel, in Canada, the symbol is getting a rebrand with the use of rubber wristbands that say, “Lest We Forget.”

“Our organization, as old and traditional as it is, is continuing to (evolve) and seek out changes,” said Gerry Finlay, a provincial command service officer with the Royal Canadian Legion.

You can read the rest of the story here.

Meanwhile, in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the county is offering free wristbands for veterans so members of the community can thank them for their service. The red, white and blue wristbands can be worn all month.

For more information, see the news story here.

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A U.K. schoolgirl was banned from wearing her “Help the Heroes” wristband at school, the Express reported, because of safety and uniform concerns.

Elly Sandwell, 11, of Packmoor, Staffordshire in the U.K., wears the wristband in support of her cousin and brother who are in the military.

But school administration says wristbands violate the strict school uniform policy and might even be dangerous.

The Sentinel quotes executive headteacher Sara Stevenson as saying,

“While the Academy fully supports many charities, we also have to maintain high standards in health and safety and in presentation.

“Rubber and plastic wristbands are not permitted in school because, not only do they not form part of our school uniform, but if they were to get caught on items such as door handles they may cause injury.

“Pupils are allowed to attach their wristbands or other decorations to school bags to show their support for their chosen charities.”

According to the Daily Star, Elly is determined to wear the wristband regardless.

What do you think? Should wristbands be permitted with school uniforms? Could they pose a safety risk at school?

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