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Education is Fun When You Start with Science

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 30, 2016 | Categories: Education

We have always encouraged the love of science with our son. Every subject is important but the love for science and hands on learning is crucial for his future. Thanks to brands like today’s sponsor, Everywhere Agency on behalf of Orkin,  for promoting and encouraging that spark, but most importantly recognizing that our children’s futures start with science education through the Orkin Start with Science initiative.

We’ve always tried to make sure our son had a well-rounded education, with an emphasis heavily on STEM education.

My son’s favorite subject has always been science, mainly because of how exciting and fun science can be. Who doesn’t love a good science experiment? I know, right?

Before my son started Kindergarten we did our own STEM learning activities, like making flubber or erupting a volcano with vinegar and baking soda. I love the look on a child’s face when they try a science experiment for the first (or hundredth) time.

STEM education start with science

Science class has a way of exciting a child like no other subject. Science is important for us to understand our world and how everything works.

If you can teach a child science and math concepts in practical and fun ways, they will excel in STEM education and have a brighter future.

STEM education Start with Science initiative Science Fair

Unfortunately, not every school has a STEM program. Orkin is trying to change that by inspiring young minds with their Start with Science initiative.

Orkin has donated over $325,000 to fund over 1,400 projects for more than 123,000 U.S. public school students so far. Talk about amazing and inspiring. And Orkin is working to make even more of these activities possible through their Start with Science initiative.

I love the Start with Science projects that teachers all across our nation are excited about bringing to their students. However, they need some financial assistance to make it happen.

While searching for schools in my area I found several to choose from, so it wasn’t easy to pick one, but I ended up choosing to donate to Green Magnet Math & Science Academy in Knoxville, TN, a school in a low-income district. The particular class my donation will go to, will provide a new teacher and her students in a Learning Letters Activity carpet and a Science Discovery Chest. This will allow her students a science activity center for more hands on learning.

She still needs more donations to meet her goal, if you’d like to help her out, I have no doubt that she will appreciate it so much… and so will her students.

If STEM education and helping out schools that need some financial assistance to bring science and math activities to their students is important to you, too, please consider donating to a school of your choice at Orkin Start with Science.

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$100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway Ends 9/12

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 28, 2016 | Categories: Giveaways
$100 Amazon gift card giveaway

One thing I’ve always loved being able to do since I started Blog By Donna over 8 years ago was giving away gift cards or cash to YOU, my loyal readers. There would be no blog without you. I truly appreciate every person that visits and comments. Every person that follows me on my social […]

Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked Smartphone

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Gadgets, Technology
The Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked Smartphone from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. As always my opinion is 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products, like the Huawei Honor 8 Unlocked Smartphone and services that I believe, based on […]

Tips on Hiring Your Child to Work For You

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 26, 2016 | Categories: Children, Family
Tips on hiring your child to work for you...

Many entrepreneurs and/or work from home moms and dads with children that are tweens or teens debate whether or not hiring their children to work from them is a good thing or not. As you work towards the internal debate over whether to hire your child or not, I wanted to express my thoughts and […]

Younger Looking Skin with RENU Advanced

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 25, 2016 | Categories: Beauty
Younger looking skin with RENU Advanced skin care products...

Looking younger is a centuries old quest. From looking for the Fountain of Youth to buying beauty products and having cosmetic surgeries, beauty and looking younger is a billion dollar a year industry. We are constantly searching for something to make us look younger. I received RENU Advanced to facilitate my review… no other compensation […]

Nectarine Lemonade Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 24, 2016 | Categories: Recipes
Nectarine Lemonade recipe for summer, cookouts, parties, picnics, or anytime...

Summer isn’t over yet, in fact, we still have several weeks of hot weather here. In my quest to come up with refreshing drink recipes, I thought that nectarine lemonade would be a perfect drink. Not to mention I bought a lot of nectarines at the grocery store the other day. We love lemonade and […]

Save on Pet Supplies with Groupon

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Pets
Groupon goods on things like pet beds for dogs...

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, like Groupon, products, like pet supplies and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. Our Baxter has worn out his doggie bed. He has had […]

Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2016/2017

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 23, 2016 | Categories: Movies
Horror movies coming out in late 2016 and 2017

As fall of 2016 approaches, people are getting antsy about some upcoming movies that are getting a lot of press. Horror has always been a hot genre for many people. Some years are better for horror while other years aren’t so noteworthy. However, the second half of 2016 and 2017 both seem to be great […]

Live Your Life with Confidence

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 18, 2016 | Categories: Health and Fitness
Live your life with confidence and trust Impressa for light bladder leakage...

I laugh, a lot. I love to make people laugh. I enjoy comedies and I have a warped sense of humor. I have been known to laugh at very inappropriate things and at very inopportune times. I also like to jump and jog and dance and… live my life! Thanks to today’s sponsor, Poise Impressa […]

Foot Care for Busy Moms with Amopé Pedi Perfect

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Beauty
Foot care for busy moms for soft beautiful feet all summer with Amope Pedi Perfect

School is back in full swing here. Which means my life will be busier than ever. Some days I’m lucky to brush my hair and I can remember when I was a new mom, I was lucky to take a shower every day. So for busy moms like me, it’s not easy to find the […]