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The holiday season is just around the corner. These few weeks leading up to the holidays can be stressful for students and teachers, with tests, grades and holiday travel.

If you want to make your classroom a happier place this time of the year, we've have your back. As part of generationOn's Joy Maker Challenge, we're sharing 10 ways you can make your classroom a more joyous place to be!

Military families face a unique set of needs, especially during the holiday season. While many of us get to see our family members on a regular basis, military families are often separated due to deployments or separated from extended family due to relocation. Additionally, veterans returning from active duty face a unique set of physical and emotional needs as they reintegrate back into civilian life.

Kids across the country are getting ready for Halloween! This day is filled with laughter, mountains of candy and, of course, fun and creative costumes. This time of year is also a great opportunity to give back to the community by bringing clubs members together to plan a service project. Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate service into your trick-or-treating plans.

Recently, generationOn had the opportunity to celebrate International Peace Day at the United Nations. International Peace Day is defined by the UN as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples." It is a day of recognition, remembrance, and acceptance, but it is also a day to create ideas on what actions need to be taken to achieve world peace.

generationOn's Clubs network has been busy this year! Between having an active role in our campaigns, engaging their schools and networks, and completing our annual survey, these kids and teens still had time to complete 2,023 projects and spend 1.8 million hours volunteering in their communities! That's equivalent to over 205 years of service!

"No one should have to feel insignificant" says Anjana Murali, one of generationOn's Kindness Ambassadors. "I believe that it only takes on person to make a positive difference in someone's life."

This blog post is written by generationOn Youth Advisory Council member and 2016 Kindness Ambassador Elise Jackson, of Plaquemine, LA. She has been both affected and actively supporting those affected by the recent Louisiana flooding.   

An announcement comes of the school loudspeaker:  School will be closing today August 10, 2016 at Noon. Please contact all parents regarding pickup. 

This is a guest post from Dr. Lynne Kenney, Harvard-trained psychologist, international educator and mother of two. generationOn recently engaged Dr. Kenney to have her share the science and secrets behind having a productive and meaningful brain-based 'Kindness Conversation' with the kids and teens in your life.

generationOn staff recently had the opportunity to celebrate International Youth Day at the United Nations! International Youth Day recognizes and celebrates the efforts of youth to enhance global society.

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before, and it is important to make sure kids and teens are prepared to handle those changes and support each other by being kind and compassionate.

That's why we're excited to kick off the Rules of Kindness Campaign, powered by Hasbro! We're challenging kids and teens to build empathy, be kind, and show they care.

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place.

It's that time of year--back to school! Whether you've already started or are gearing up, generationOn has LOTS of exciting new things to offer your Club this year!

The generationOn Kids Care Club program engages elementary school-age children in communities across the country and the world, enabling them to participate in on-going service opportunities that help them become caring, compassionate and capable young people. With the generous support of Debbie Spaide, the founder of the Kids Care Clubs, generationOn is excited to recognize outstanding Kids Care Clubs who have demonstrated excellence in service this past year.

Clay P. Bedford once said, "You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

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