Holiday Traditions that Nurture Generosity and Gratitude

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The holiday season is the perfect time of year to create new traditions with your family. Most kids and adults appreciate the tradition of breaking bread as a family at Thanksgiving and exchanging gifts at Christmas, though sometimes the beauty and meaning of these holidays can be taken for granted. By creating new traditions with your family, kids and adults alike can gain a new-found sense of gratitude and generosity. Below are a few ideas for traditions that will connect your family compassionately with others and fill everyone with the spirit of the holiday season.

  1. Volunteer at a Food Bank
    Thanksgiving is a great time of year to volunteer at a food bank or distribution center bagging food for hungry families. Children can especially benefit from this type of service by learning that not everyone can afford to put a feast on the table, even once a year. Helping other families can nurture children’s innate desire to share and connect, and of course you’ll be helping a hungry family.
  1. Help a Neighbor
    Most neighborhoods have at least a few residents who are elderly, alone, or disabled. The season of good will offers a great opportunity to create a tradition of helping a neighbor in need that can be carried on throughout the year. The opportunities to offer help are endless; your family can pick up groceries for a neighbor, shovel her walk, put up Christmas lights, or offer rides to appointments and social visits. Not only will your family be lending a hand to a less-able citizen, you’ll be forming a new friendship with someone in your community.
  1. Send a Letter to a Soldier
    Many organizations, including the Red Cross, offer programs and instructions for how individuals and groups can write letters or create holiday cards for overseas soldiers during the holidays. Sending a personalized note of gratitude to a serviceman is a wonderful way to warm his or her heart and remind yourself of everything you have to be grateful for at home.

How does your family celebrate the holidays? Do you participate in any community service activities, or unconventional traditions?

 

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Football and Homecoming – America’s Favorite Fall Events!

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Fall is here — the leaves are turning, there’s a brisk chill in the air, and… forget all that, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON! It’s time for that annual tradition, heading out to your kid’s high school stadium to watch America’s true pastime under the Friday night lights. And one of the best parts of football season is the pageantry: the homemade signs, the marching band, the color guard and, of course, the homecoming game and dance.

There’s just nothing quite like homecoming. As alumni head back to their old stomping grounds to see how today’s kids are representing their alma mater, students are getting dressed up and exchanging bouquets and corsages. The football team has spent weeks preparing to show their mettle in front of the whole town. And of course, the parents (watching their son or daughter have a first real date or make the starting lineup) are just as excited and nervous as the kids themselves!

Of course, if you’re volunteering for the booster club, PTA, or working for school administration or alumni association, homecoming season requires a lot of thought and planning. You’ve got to make sure your game, dance or other event goes off without a hitch while still being memorable. We are here to help! We have not only tickets for individual games or events — all of which you can customize, uploading your own logos and photos — but also season ticket books that let you include the year’s game schedule, information about the team, and a picture of your stadium or star player! For alumni events, we offer a variety of quality, durable thermal or Tyvek wristbands.

Whether you’re on the field, in the stands, or behind the scenes, it’s important to get into the spirit of the season and make sure it’s a special one.

Students, Music is Good for Your Soul and Grades!

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Learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. It’s important for high school students to develop interest and involvement in the marching band, symphony, orchestra or other concerts because music learning supports all learning. Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument – a child learning about music must tap into multiple skill sets simultaneously.

Teachers and educators can help prepare their students to be future artists, audiences and patrons of the arts by putting on their very own concert. We offer tickets you can design yourself, tickets for reserved seating, and even tickets with security foil. If you plan to incorporate your concert performance into a fun fall or holiday carnival, you can use our concert wristbands. You can announce your concert to the entire school and community by using our beautiful design it yourself posters too.

It’s been proven that children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in some form of musical activity. Furthermore, research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness!

Participating in the high school symphony, band or orchestra could increase your child’s chance of graduating, as well as increase their scores in English and Math. Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.

However, it’s important not to oversell how smart participating in music can make your child. The real goal should be to help your child become more musical, which will in turn make them more interesting, happy and the smarts will follow. By learning to appreciate all aspects of music, and to respect the process of learning new things such as how to sing or to play an instrument, your child will without a doubt become a better student.

Make a Slam Dunk with Our New Basketball Products!

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All across the country, high school gymnasiums are filling up with the sounds of squeaking sneakers, pounding dribbles, and nets swishing as student-athletes gear up for a new basketball season! With its free-flowing offenses, fluid ball movement, and improvisational highlights, the game is often compared to jazz music – and it’s usually just as exciting and unpredictable. There’s just nothing like watching a shooter come off a screen set by his teammate, catch a pass in stride, and lift up for a perfectly arcing jump shot that falls through the net just as time expires.

But even if you wouldn’t know where to begin to help your budding all-star with his cross-over dribble or post-up moves, there are still tons of ways you can get involved and show your support. Help make your kid’s next game, tournament, or skills clinic memorable with professional-grade products from our new basketball section. While there, you can create great looking, personalized ticketing products for the upcoming rivalry game.

Our high quality foil game tickets incorporate security features and are sequentially numbered to let you track attendance. Our foil tickets are even designed to let you use them as raffle tickets, so you could have a half-court shot contest at halftime. Choose from multiple designs of vividly-colored posters that will let you get the word out about the next game.

But don’t forget that selling game tickets isn’t the only way to raise money for your favorite basketball team. Set up a weekend clinic for younger children in the area, with your kid’s high school team teaching them the fundamentals and importance of teamwork. At our website, you can design badges and lanyards for the clinic (or tournament) that will make the event feel even more special for everyone involved — you can even upload your team’s logo onto the badges! Or if you want something a little more simply, especially for small children, opt for our fun, basketball themed wristbands!

Basketball season is right around the corner, and it’s the best time of year for hoops junkies all over the world. How can we help make this season more memorable for your team?