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NAACP to host 43rd NAACP Image Awards Viewing Event & Live Taping in New Jersey

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The NAACP will host its 43rd NAACP Image Awards celebrating outstanding achievements in television, recording, literature and motion pictures. The Awards Event will be taped on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:45 p.m. EST and broadcast from 8:00-10 p.m. EST on NBC.

The event will be held at NJPAC – Prudential Hall, One Center Street, Newark, NJ.

This first-ever Viewing Event will capture Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP, National Board of Directors and AARP CEO A. Barry Rand, present Cathy Hughes, TV ONE Founder and President, with the 2012 NAACP Chairman’s Award.

“I am thrilled to offer Cathy Hughes the NAACP Chairman’s Award,” stated Chairman Brock. “This recognition is long overdue for her accomplishments as a trailblazer in the media industry.  As the founder of Radio One and TV One, an advocate for small business entrepreneurship, and philanthropist, Cathy Hughes reminds us that collectively and as individuals, we can make a difference.  Her presence at the Image Awards continues the NAACP’s quest to celebrate and uplift individuals who model principles of hard work, perseverance and community empowerment.”

“On behalf of AARP’s millions of members, I am honored to join Roslyn Brock in presenting the 2012 NAACP Chairman’s Award to Cathy Hughes,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand. “AARP is pleased to be a part of the NAACP Image Awards and we applaud its long-standing commitment to recognizing the achievements of African Americans and all multicultural communities.”

AARP is the presenting sponsor for The 43rd NAACP Image Awards Viewing Event.

Also invited are Former New York State Governor David A. Paterson; City of Newark Mayor Cory Booker; and Rev. Al Sharpton.

The program is as follows:

                     6:15pm                   Press Check-in

                     6:45pm                   Taping

                     7:15 – 8:00pm         VIP’s will visit the press room for photos and interviews

Event sponsors for The 43rd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS include UAW/Chrysler, AARP, FedEx, Hyundai, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company, Walgreen’s, Bank of America, AT&T, Cadillac and American Airlines. The event is also sponsored by Moet-Hennessy.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. For more information on The 43rd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, please visit www.naacpimageawards.net.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

IL GOP Chairman launches online petition to stop “Flip-Flop Flider”

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Online petition at Cullertown.com for citizens to tell Illinois State Senate President Cullerton to stop “Flip-Flop Flider”


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady launched an online petition for citizens to demand that Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton oppose State Senate confirmation of former State Representative Bob Flider (D-Mount Zion) as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

“If John Cullerton allows the State Senate to confirm Flip-Flop Flider to lead an agency that oversees one of Illinois’ most important industries, it will lead us to believe that John Cullerton is a co-conspirator in a late night, lame duck ‘Quinn Pro Quo’ that gave all taxpayers – including those in the agriculture industry – a 66% tax hike that passed by only one vote in each chamber of the state legislature,” said Brady.

In his unsuccessful 2010 re-election campaign, Flider told voters he was opposed to Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed tax increase but on his last full day in office in 2011, Flider ‘flip-flopped’ and cast the deciding House vote in favor of a tax hike that was even higher than the one Flider had campaigned against, Brady added.

Brady said of the twelve ‘lame duck’ House Democrats who voted for the tax increase, six are now on public payroll. Cullerton, along with State House Speaker Michael Madigan, also supported the tax hike. Every Republican state legislator voted against the tax hike.

The petition is online at Cullertown.com.

Comptroller Topinka: POWER helps Illinois Businesses compete

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Program assists small & minority-owned companies


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka joined more than 50 area business leaders on Thursday in kicking-off POWER, an initiative launched by the state to assist small and minority-owned companies in competing for government contracts.

Created through legislation recently signed by the Governor, POWER (Providing Opportunities for Work through Education and Resources) teaches business owners about the state certification and procurement process, provides free counseling and guidance from leading executives through SCORE Chicago, and ensures members are alerted of state contract opportunities.

“The success of our small businesses is key to getting our economy moving again, to creating the new jobs that are so badly needed,” Topinka said. “And at the same time, POWER will expand our state contractor network, which will increase competition and ultimately save the state money.”

POWER is built upon three primary components. Specifically, the program:

  • · Counsels entrepreneurs on becoming certified as a small or minority-owned business and guides them through the procurement process
  • · Offers free business development workshops and private sector insights through partnership with SCORE Chicago, a nonprofit association that is dedicated to entrepreneur education
  • · Provides ongoing communication, information and support to businesses as they compete for state contracts

The initiative will provide much-needed resources to small businesses, and ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed, said David Kirshner, SCORE Chicago Chapter Chairman.

“It is encouraging to see this commitment from the state, and it will make a difference,” Kirshner said. “Too often, entrepreneurs simply don’t know where to turn or how to navigate things like the state’s procurement process. The personal approach of POWER is exactly what is needed, and I’m excited about SCORE Chicago’s  involvement.”

For more information on POWER, please visit illinoiscomptroller.com, or call 312/814-2451.

Better Business Bureau joins Government Partners for Consumer Protection Event

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CHICAGO, IL – Consumer protection information and brochures will be among the free items available from the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois(BBB) from 8:30AM to 3:00PM on March 8, 2012, in the lobby of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. in Chicago, as the BBB joins federal, state, and local government agencies and national consumer advocacy organizations in the 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 4-10, 2012.


National Consumer Protection Week focuses on giving consumers the tools they need to make smart financial decisions in today’s marketplace.  This information can help people get the most for their money, whether they are trying to stretch their paychecks, find a quick fix for a spotty credit history, or distinguish the difference between a real deal and a potentially fraudulent product or service. 


“The Better Business Bureau is proud to be part of this year’s National Consumer Protection Week campaign,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “In times like these, information is one commodity that retains its value.  We invite everyone to visit www.bbb.org for tools they can use to make smart choices in the marketplace.”


The BBB offers the following tips on making smart financial decisions:  

  1. Check Them Out. Check out a business before you spend money on any product or service. Visit www.bbb.org to view the BBB’s free Business Review on the company
  2. Three Bid Rule. Obtain bids from three companies and carefully compare before you begin construction or any other type of work on your home or business.
  3. Signing Contracts. Never sign any contract that has blank spots or contains incomplete information about the work to be accomplished.
  4. Don’t Pay to Work. Jobs that require you to make some type of payment upfront before work begins are typically scams. 
  5. Shred It. Protect yourself against identity theft.  Shred all documents that contain any financial information. Including offers for new credit cards and loans.

The “For Consumers” section of the BBB Web site (www.bbb.org) provides consumers hundreds of specific, easy-to-understand tips including: how to get a free credit report, how to spot a telemarketing scam, dealing with debt, deterring and detecting identity theft, avoiding auto repair scams, and how to file a consumer complaint with the appropriate authorities. 


For more information on consumer safe shopping or National Consumer Protection Week, visit www.bbb.org


Music Institute of Chicago students win big at National Sphinx Competition

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CHICAGO, IL – The Music Institute of Chicago has swept the 15th annual national Sphinx Competition in Detroit, Michigan. Music Institute Academy violinist Adé Williams (14, Chicago/Bronzeville) won First Place Laureate in the Junior Division, and Music Institute cello alumnus Gabriel Cabezas (19, Philadelphia, attending Curtis Institute of Music)—winner of the Junior Division in 2006—was named First Place Laureate in the Senior Division. Two additional Music Institute Academy students advanced to the semi-finals: Caitlin Adamson (16, viola, Evanston) and Mira Williams (14, viola, Chicago/Bronzeville).
During the competition week February 8–12, semi-finalists received coaching and master classes from a distinguished jury and rehearsed and performed in chamber groups.
The Junior Division Honors Concert featured the three Junior Division finalists competing for final placement, accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra on February 10. The Finals Concert, hosted by the Detroit Symphony at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan on February 12, featured the top three Senior Division finalists competing for placement, accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.
First place laureates receive significant cash prizes as well as performance opportunities with major orchestras, and all semi-finalists in both divisions may be eligible for full scholarships to attend a wide variety of top summer education programs, camps, and festivals. In addition, all semi-finalists in both divisions receive a Sphinx Music Assistance Fund scholarship in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, which each student can apply to his/her musical development.
Music Institute and Sphinx
The Music Institute of Chicago has a history of achievement in the Sphinx Competition. Music Institute students have won the Junior Division in four of the past seven years:

      * 2012 – Adé Williams, violin

  • 2011 – Alexandra Switala, violin
  • 2008 – Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, violin
  • 2006 – Gabriel Cabezas, cello 
All Music Institute students who competed in the Sphinx Competition have been students at the Music Institute’s prestigious Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.
About Sphinx
Founded in 1996 by Aaron P. Dworkin, the Sphinx Organization has grown from an annual competition for young black and Latino string players to a national arts and youth development organization. In 2010, Dworkin was President Obama’s first nominee to the National Council on the Arts. Sphinx programs reach more than 30,000 students, as well as live and broadcast audiences of more than 2 million annually. The Sphinx Competition, presented by DTE Energy Foundation, is held every year in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan and is open to junior high, high school (under 18), and college age (18–27) black and Latino string players residing in the United States. The Sphinx Competition offers young black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop, and recognize classical music talent in the black and Latino communities.

About the Academy

Founded in 2006, the Music Institute of Chicago Academy has established itself as one of the most respected pre-collegiate conservatory programs in the United States. The Academy’s internationally recognized faculty, rigorous curriculum, and instructional model, as well as the program’s highly gifted students, have solidified its preeminent reputation. Students in this prestigious program have come from throughout the United States, as well as from Central and South America, Europe, Japan, China, and Korea. The very selective program focuses on providing an intensive and comprehensive musical education and significant performance opportunities for developing musicians. The carefully assembled faculty represents teachers and performers with a passion for developing young talent and an established reputation for student achievement.

Approximately 50 young musicians participate in all aspects of the curriculum, including private lessons with Academy artist faculty, a rigorous chamber music component, a stimulating chamber orchestra, and accelerated music theory classes. Pianists additionally study keyboard literature, skills, and improvisation in an intimate group setting. A hallmark of the Academy is the Enrichment program offering regular master classes, discussion panels, lectures, and workshops with internationally recognized visiting artists, masterful pedagogues, and professional experts in the field. The Academy introduces students to a vast music community of peer musicians, pedagogical styles, and the rigors of conservatory training. The nation’s most elite college and university music conservatories, including The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory, actively pursue graduates of the four-year program.

About the Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute offers musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 101 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove. The Music Institute also offers lessons and programs at the Steinway of Chicago store in Northbrook and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. Nichols Concert Hall, an education and performance center in downtown Evanston, reaches approximately 14,000 people each year. The Music Institute’s community engagement and partnership programs reach an additional 6,500 Chicago Public School students annually. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall.

Illinois State Board of Education announces meeting on Tuesday, February 21

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following meeting for February 21 via video-conference.  All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972. 

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session. 

State Board of Education Special Meeting via video conference

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 

9 a.m.

Chicago Location:   ISBE Video Conference Room, James R. Thompson Center, 14th Floor

100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL

Springfield Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor

100 N. First Street, Springfield, IL

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net


   I.Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.   Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.Public Participation  

III.Resolutions & Recognition 

IV.  *Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence. 

A.   *Approval of Minutes:

1.   Plenary Minutes: January 26, 2012

2.   Education Policy Planning Committee:  January 25, 2012

3.   Finance & Audit Committee:  January 25, 2012

4.   Governmental Relations Committee:  January 26, 2012

B.   *Rules for Initial Review

1.   Part 226 (Special Education)

2.   Part 475 (Contested Cases and other Formal Hearings) REPEAL

3.   Part 475 (Contested Cases and other Formal Hearings) NEW PART

4.   Part 485 (Appeal Proceedings before the State Teacher Certification Board) REPEAL

C.   *Contracts and Grants Over $1 Million

1.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Administration of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

2.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA)

3.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Development of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

4.   Contract Renewal:  ACT, Inc. for Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), EXPLORE and PLAN Assessments

D.  *Spring 2012 Waiver Report


End of Consent Agenda


E.   The New Teacher Project – Unit Recognition

F.    ESEA Flexibility Waiver

G.   Rules for Adoption

1.   Part 50 (Evaluation of Certified Employees under Articles 24A and 34 of the School Code)

  V.  Discussion Items

A.    Legislative Update

B.    District Oversight – (verbal update)

C.    Open Meetings Act Training (verbal discussion)

D.    Other Items for Discussion

VI.    Announcements

A.    IBHE Liaison Report (Dr. Proshanta Nandi)

B.    P-20 Council Liaison Report (Joyce Karon)

C.    Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

D.    Chairman’s Report

E.    Member Reports

VII.  Information Items

A.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at www.isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm 

VIII.  Closed Session (as needed)

IX.    Reconvene (No action will be taken following closed session, other than to adjourn the meeting.)

X.    Adjourn

Children’s book author mixes inspiration with southern history

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Mitchell’s New Book, “When Grandmama Sings,” Adds to the Literary Record

Kansas City, KS (BlackNews.com) — Award-winning children’s book author, Margaree King Mitchell, has a new book that inspires children to sing their own song when deciding their life’s goal. When Grandmama Sings reunites Mitchell with James E. Ransome, the award-winning author and artist of Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. Mitchell’s books are set in the segregated South and focus on ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things for the time period in which they live.

She writes to inspire children to dream great dreams for their lives. “If children can see that the characters in my stories, which lived during a time of racial barriers and discrimination, could achieve their dreams, surely they will believe that they can too. I’ll never forget the little girl who said to me that because of Uncle Jed’s story she now believes she can become a doctor even though her grandmamma told her she would never be one,” says Mitchell. She adds, “In all of my school visits I always ask the kids to tell me their dreams. I want them to be heard. I want them to feel that their dreams matter to someone.”

Mitchell has listened to thousands of children sharing their dreams about the future. More children will be sharing their dreams with Mitchell in the coming months as she has programs scheduled in Northern Mississippi, South Florida, Little Rock, Atlanta, Memphis, Houston, and places in between.

Although she now lives in Kansas City, Mitchell grew up in the South. “I was born and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi on my grandfather’s farm. My grandfather owned his own farm during a time when not many black people owned their own land. I was a firsthand witness to the struggles he went through in maintaining his farm, which is why I put obstacles to be overcome in my stories,” Mitchell says. “I want children to know that their dreams will not be easy to achieve. It seems like the bigger the dream, the bigger the obstacles that come your way. But with persistence and focus and determination, dreams can and will come true.”

Mitchell also takes time to explain the historical aspects of her books to children. “Valuable lessons can be learned from history,” Mitchell says. “If children learn the lessons of the past they will not repeat those mistakes.”

Set in the 1940’s, When Grandmama Sings follows eight year old Belle as she accompanies her grandmother, Ivory Belle Coles, a jazz singer, on a tour of southern cities. What she sees affects her deeply. But her grandmother’s handling of the obstacles she faces makes a profound impression on Belle. At the end of the tour Grandmama Coles is offered a record contract and moves up north. Belle realizes she also has a song to sing and one day her gift will takes her places. James Ransome’s imaginative watercolors breathe life into every page and every situation encountered on the tour.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with James again,” says Mitchell. “His work on Uncle Jed’s Barbershop and on When Grandmama Sings is filled with passion and exemplifies the era.”

Mitchell’s presentations also touch her adult audiences as she talks about the value of southern history in children’s literature. “I’m surprised by the way my stories affect adults, especially the ones who grew up in the South. I hear countless stories of their experiences. They tell me their stories with as much emotion as if the incidents occurred yesterday,” Mitchell says. “In some cases it is the first time they have shared family stories from the past. I hear stories from white and black people. They tell me that my books encourage them to talk to their children about the past.”

When Grandmama Sings is available online and in bookstores everywhere.

About Margaree King Mitchell

Margaree King Mitchell is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, illustrated by James E. Ransome, and Granddaddy’s Gift, illustrated by Larry Johnson. An award winning musical, featuring Broadway veteran Ken Prymus, has been adapted from Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. She is the creator of the EveryBody Has A Dream program, which empowers students in urban and rural areas to shoot for the stars with aspirations for their lives. Her new book, When Grandmama Sings, illustrated by James E. Ransome, was published January 2012 by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins. She lives in Kansas City.

Photo Caption: Bookcover

The National Urban League and Corinthian Colleges, Inc. announce $1 million partnership to create the Urban Empowered College Bound Program

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(Reprint from ReMARCs, by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League) 


The National Urban League and Corinthian Colleges Inc. this week announced a $1 million partnership to create the Urban Empowered College Bound Program, an education initiative that will help people who did not finish high school to earn a GED.
The Urban Empowered College Bound Program will enable National Urban League to strengthen and coordinate GED programs being offered by its local affiliates around the country.  Beginning July 1, the Corinthian grant also will enable National Urban League affiliates in Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL to expand their successful GED programs to serve more than 200 students.
We at the National Urban League have focused our mission of economic empowerment on guiding young people toward the skills they need for career success in the 21st Century. Students who earn their GED have a better chance of completing postsecondary education, gaining full-time employment and earning higher salaries than those who do not. Corinthian has a long history of preparing students for careers in demand and of giving every student an equal opportunity to succeed.
Corinthian Chairman and CEO Jack Massimino said, “Both the National Urban League and Corinthian understand that education is the key to economic success and a better life.  For the 29 million Americans who don’t have a high school diploma, earning a GED is an essential first step.  Both our organizations help hundreds of people take that first step every year.  We’re proud to help the National Urban League do even more of this life-changing work.”
The Urban Empowered College Bound Program will be planned and overseen by the National Urban League, and managed and delivered by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Central Florida Urban League.  The affiliates will work closely with local Corinthian Colleges campuses to identify and enroll interested and qualified students.  The Program’s first classes are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012.

Social Entrepreneurs bring free funding to black organizations, schools and churches

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — One new African American owned company is on a mega-mission to give free and fast funding to all organizations including schools, churches, day cares, athletic teams, causes… In a nutshell, any organization needing money – and it only takes 14 days.

Acquiring much needed funding really can be easy when you are working with like minds, like spirits and of course, like visions.

The concept is called “Chips For Cell” (www.chipsforcell.com) and it was founded by Marcus Brewer and Janice Rodgers in the latter part of 2011 to support communities and to fill a need. The co-founders created something very unique that is working – Free And Fast Fundraiser For All. They are helping others raise money by using something that actually changes the lives of many.

The product that drives the free fundraiser provides a viable solution to the harms caused by cell phone radiation. Is cell phone usage really a problem? Experts, scientists and the late, great Johnnie Cochran’s widow either believe in the possibility or say YES, the danger is real.

A director of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States has made an analysis of the possible brain tumor incidence… He estimates that by 2019 we will see 1.59 million brain tumors caused by cell phone use in the USA alone. “Brain tumors now account for more deaths among children and those under 40 than any other cancer,” says Samantha Dickson, Brain Tumor Trust, February 2008.

“It only makes sense to raise funds and awareness at the same time. Candy and Cookie Dough taste really good but doesn’t enhance our bodies or our communities,” states co-founder Janice Rodgers. “Now more than ever, our communities are asking for solutions to growing problems. We have a proven winner here and we are on a mega-mission to get the word out and the committed action will follow. The proof regarding the silent, long term effects caused by cell usage is overwhelming and real. It’s sad to say, but our children are at a greater risk than any of us. How many children have you seen with a cell phone?”

“Every time; we call our little loved ones to simply say, I love you, we are giving them a daily dose of radiation,” explains lead fundraising specialist Elaine Turner. “Is that our intention?” Not only is the threat effecting our youth, studies have shown that it lowers a man’s sperm count and can have lasting effects on unborn babies. Rod LaMar, one of the company’s leaders likes to ask, “Are you having unprotected text or suffering from a cellular transmitted disease?” He continues to exclaim, “Don’t let history repeat itself, lots of people died of lung cancer before the tobacco industry ever admitted there was a problem.”

The Chips For Cell fundraising track record is growing fast and going strong in just a very short time. The free and fast funding source is already endorsed by the non-profit group P.A.R. – Parents Against Radiation and several school districts including the Inglewood School District in sunny southern California. The district was taken aback by the company’s generosity. They will actually give $10 for every $25 sale of the Chips. The numbers become amazing at times and everyone walks away happy and more prosperous than before. The co-founders admit that they still experience shock from the results they are helping to actualize.

Carrie Johnson, one of the company’s fundraising leaders, adds, “Size doesn’t always matter. The Chip is small but so powerful. As soon as you put it on, the protection and funding begin. This works for any group, school, team, church or organization and it only takes 14 days. It is simply phenomenal.”

For more details, visit www.chipsforcell.com

About Janice Rodgers and Marcus Brewer

They are serial entrepreneurs who share a genuine interest in being a part of global change. Not only do they work diligently to promote funding awareness and overall growth to thousands, they also volunteer their time to assist inner city children in fulfilling passions and goals. The company is now hiring fundraising referral agents. In other words, even if you don’t need a fundraiser, the company will compensate those for referring others who need funding.

Photo Caption: Janice Rodgers, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Chips For Cell

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