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Senior Star at Elmore Place Wins 2015 Best of Assisted Living Award from SeniorAdvisor.com PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christina L. Maggio-Kellerstrass   
Friday, 19 December 2014 15:46

DAVENPORT, IA (December 19, 2014) – Senior Star at Elmore Place is pleased to announce today that they have won a 2015 Best of Assisted Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents, families and visitors in the past year on SeniorAdvisor.com, the premier ratings and reviews site for senior care and services nationwide.

Now in their second year, the Best of 2015 Awards celebrate the best of the best in American senior care and are only given to communities and agencies that have consistently received outstanding feedback from residents and families on the SeniorAdvisor.com website.  This exclusive designation places the winners in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide according to those who matter most – their residents and families.  Of the nearly 100,000 providers listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, only 879 were recognized with this award including two of Senior Star’s 13 communities across the United States.

To qualify for a SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2015 Award, winners must have an average overall rating of at least 4.5 of 5 stars and a minimum number of reviews.  Additionally, winners must offer at least one of the following types of care:  assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, independent living, low-income senior housing, skilled nursing or in-home care.  Further details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.

“To be in the company of other elite senior care providers by winning a Best of 2015 Assisted Living Award given by SeniorAdvisor.com is an honor,” said Marc Strohschein, Senior Star at Elmore Place executive director.  “Knowing that this award comes from the important critique and opinions of our residents and their families means a great deal as they are what makes us strive for excellence and the reason why we have the mission of providing quality senior housing programs.”

For more information about Senior Star at Elmore Place or to schedule a tour, call 563.484.5114 or visit the website at www.seniorstar.com.

About Senior Star at Elmore Place

Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Senior Star community, features 236 modernly decorated apartments spanning across 20 acres of beautifully landscaped property with many customized amenities to offer its residents three distinctive living experiences:  independent living, assisted living and memory care.  For more information, visit www.seniorstar.com.

About SeniorAdvisor.com LLC

SeniorAdvisor.com is the premier consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers nationwide.  The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior care decision and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones.  For more information, visit www.senioradvisor.com or call 1.800.805.3621.

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Rutherford Institute Defends 4-Year-Old Pre-Schooler Who Was Handcuffed, Shackled and Transported to Police Station for Allegedly Acting Up in Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John W. Whitehead   
Friday, 19 December 2014 15:04

STANARDSVILLE, Va. — The Rutherford Institute has come to the aid of a four-year-old Virginia student who, after allegedly acting up in class, was turned over to police, who handcuffed and shackled the preschooler and transported him to the sheriff’s office. While at the sheriff’s office, the police forced C.B., the four-year-old, to speak with prison inmates in an apparent attempt to “scare straight” the preschooler. The child was left in handcuffs or shackles for about 20 minutes.

Pointing out that handcuffing and shackling a four-year-old is excessive, unwarranted, and unnecessarily traumatizing, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have asked that public school officials take steps to assure the child’s family and the rest of the community of parents and concerned citizens that what happened to C.B. will not happen again to him or other students of similar age. Specifically, Institute attorneys have asked that protocols be established to guide school personnel and allow them to deal more appropriately with students who are acting up or have become upset, preventing such incidents from escalating to the point where use of law enforcement is considered an option.

The Rutherford Institute’s letter to Greene County Public Schools is available at www.rutherford.org.

“That it was a sheriff’s deputy and not a public school official who handcuffed and shackled this four-year-old does not detract from the fact that this mother entrusted her son to the care of school officials, trusting them to care for him as she would, with compassion, understanding and patience,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. “That such extreme restraints would even be contemplated in a case such as this points to a failure by those in leadership to provide the proper guidance to school personnel in what forms of restraint and force are appropriate when dealing with students, especially the youngest and most vulnerable.”

The incident occurred on October 16, 2014, while four-year-old C.B. was in one of the pre-Kindergarten programs at Nathanael Greene Primary School. According to school officials, C.B. was removed from the classroom after allegedly becoming agitated and throwing several items onto the floor. School personnel then telephoned C.B.’s mother, Tracy Wood, who indicated she would come and get the child. Although school personnel knew C.B.’s mother was en route to NGPS, they called in the school’s resource officer, a Greene County deputy sheriff, to confront the preschooler. The sight of the law enforcement officer reportedly only served to agitate C.B. further. Instead of employing positive reinforcement, a bear hug or some other method of control appropriate for children, the officer escalated the situation by treating the 4-year-old as if he were being arrested: handcuffing C.B. and transporting him in a police car to a Greene County Sheriff’s office. Upon arriving at NGPS, Ms. Wood was stunned to learn that her son had been transported to the Sheriff’s office.

After a frantic trip to the police station, Ms. Wood arrived to find her son traumatized and in leg shackles, like an inmate being transported for a court appearance. To her dismay, Ms. Wood learned that not only had the 4-year-old been handcuffed and shackled for about 20 minutes, but that the police officer had forced C.B. to speak with persons who had been arrested in an apparent attempt to “scare straight” the preschooler. Incredibly, C.B. was held in handcuffs or shackles for about 20 minutes. Rather than recognizing the imprudence of treating a young child like a hardened criminal, school officials and the sheriff’s office not only defended their actions but actually suspended C.B. from the pre-K program and instructed his mother to seek “homebound instruction” for him. In coming to C.B.’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that school officials rescind the suspension, remove any indication of the incident from C.B.’s records, and implement policies making it clear that handcuffing, shackling and other similar excessive restraint techniques are never appropriate when dealing with children of tender years.

 
Harkin Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Honor Child Labor and Education Activists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:00

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement on the passage of his U.S. Senate resolution to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. The resolution is Harkin’s final legislative effort of his career and was the last item passed by the U.S. Senate in the 113th Congress. Harkin is a longtime champion for ending the scourge of child labor around the world and ensuring the right of children to an education. Harkin first nominated Mr. Satyarthi for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his work in India and internationally to eradicate the worst forms of child labor.

“I am pleased that the Senate has recognized these two amazing advocates for the rights of children,” said Harkin. “Their efforts have not only saved thousands of childhoods, but have also inspired countless others to take action in this critical fight. I hope that this leads to new emphasis from governments, civil society organizations, and all individuals on eliminating child labor and promoting education for children around the world.”

The text of the resolution is below.

Whereas, on October 10, 2014, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai; 

Whereas the International Labour Organization estimates that, worldwide, 168,000,000 children are exploited financially, with 85,000,000 children working in very hazardous environments and deprived of an education; 

Whereas the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 101,000,000 children  are not in school; 

Whereas Kailash Satyarthi and his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, have rescued more than 82,000 children from the worst forms of child labor;

Whereas Malala Yousafzai has promoted education for girls in Pakistan since she was 11 years old and is an advocate for worldwide access to education; 

Whereas Kailash Satyarthi has endured threats on his life as a result of such rescue efforts; and 

Whereas the Taliban attempted to kill Malala Yousafzai on October 9, 2012, as a result of her efforts to encourage more girls to attend school: Now, therefore, be it resolved

 

That the Senate — 

(1) recognizes Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai as symbols of peace and advocates for ending the financial exploitation of children and for the opportunity of all children to have access to education; 

(2) commends all individuals working around the world to end the scourge of child slavery and to advance education for all children; 

(3) recognizes the challenges that remain in ending the financial exploitation of children and providing access to an education for all children; 

(4) urges all governments, civil society organizations, businesses, and individuals to unite in the common purpose of protecting children from losing their childhoods as well as   their futures; and 

 

(5) recognizes the dedication and commitment to freedom, the rights of children, and the endurance of the human spirit, demonstrated by all individuals who make sacrifices to build a more peaceful world.

 

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Harkin Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Honor Child Labor and Education Activists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:00

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement on the passage of his U.S. Senate resolution to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai. The resolution is Harkin’s final legislative effort of his career and was the last item passed by the U.S. Senate in the 113th Congress. Harkin is a longtime champion for ending the scourge of child labor around the world and ensuring the right of children to an education. Harkin first nominated Mr. Satyarthi for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for his work in India and internationally to eradicate the worst forms of child labor.

“I am pleased that the Senate has recognized these two amazing advocates for the rights of children,” said Harkin. “Their efforts have not only saved thousands of childhoods, but have also inspired countless others to take action in this critical fight. I hope that this leads to new emphasis from governments, civil society organizations, and all individuals on eliminating child labor and promoting education for children around the world.”

The text of the resolution is below.

Whereas, on October 10, 2014, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai; 

Whereas the International Labour Organization estimates that, worldwide, 168,000,000 children are exploited financially, with 85,000,000 children working in very hazardous environments and deprived of an education; 

Whereas the United Nations Children’s Fund estimates that 101,000,000 children  are not in school; 

Whereas Kailash Satyarthi and his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, have rescued more than 82,000 children from the worst forms of child labor;

Whereas Malala Yousafzai has promoted education for girls in Pakistan since she was 11 years old and is an advocate for worldwide access to education; 

Whereas Kailash Satyarthi has endured threats on his life as a result of such rescue efforts; and 

Whereas the Taliban attempted to kill Malala Yousafzai on October 9, 2012, as a result of her efforts to encourage more girls to attend school: Now, therefore, be it resolved

 

That the Senate — 

(1) recognizes Nobel Laureates Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai as symbols of peace and advocates for ending the financial exploitation of children and for the opportunity of all children to have access to education; 

(2) commends all individuals working around the world to end the scourge of child slavery and to advance education for all children; 

(3) recognizes the challenges that remain in ending the financial exploitation of children and providing access to an education for all children; 

(4) urges all governments, civil society organizations, businesses, and individuals to unite in the common purpose of protecting children from losing their childhoods as well as   their futures; and 

 

(5) recognizes the dedication and commitment to freedom, the rights of children, and the endurance of the human spirit, demonstrated by all individuals who make sacrifices to build a more peaceful world.

 

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Dec. 31 deadline for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City-area youth and school groups to earn up to $1,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anthony Triana   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:20

Money can be used for custom apparel, traveling, event expenses or whatever groups might need

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Youth groups, high school groups and K-12 school groups within a 50-mile radius of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City have until Wednesday, Dec. 31 to earn up to $1,000 in cash funding or custom apparel through the “Better Community Connections” sponsorship program from U.S. Cellular® and Pear. Groups, from youth or high school sports teams to academic clubs and music groups, can utilize their social networks to complete online tasks to earn sponsorship dollars for the items they need most. The best part is that it’s completely free.

In fact, 19 groups in the state have already earned $5,852 for band and orchestra groups, academic clubs and athletic teams, with those numbers continuing to grow.

“This is such an amazing opportunity for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City-area youth and school groups to utilize on traveling, paying for equipment or event expenses, custom apparel or whatever they might need,” said Jared Golden, Pear’s co-founder. “Pear is designed to bring two organizations together – those seeking funding and those seeking groups to sponsor. This ‘Better Community Connections’ sponsorship is a win-win for both parties and makes it easy for youth and school groups to earn funding.”

Visit www.pearup.com/uscellularsponsors to create a sponsorship page, and then invite friends, family and others to join. Once a sponsorship page is created, the group has 10 days to earn up to $1,000 toward a donation or custom apparel. The more people who support the page and interact with U.S. Cellular on the site, the more money the group earns. Groups can earn points by completing simple online tasks, like visiting U.S. Cellular’s website, subscribing to an email list, liking U.S. Cellular on Facebook or answering a survey. There is no purchase necessary to participate.

For every Pear referred into the program, Pear will add $50 to both the referrer and referee Pear. Adult groups will be allowed to participate as long as they are in support of a youth or school purpose, including Parent-Teacher Associations, booster clubs and similar groups.

For more information about Pear or the sponsorship, visit www.pearup.com/uscellularsponsors.

About U.S. Cellular

At U.S. Cellular®, we focus on having the world's best customer service and delivering industry-leading innovations. Our strong line-up of cutting-edge devices are designed to simplify and organize your life. For more information, visit www.uscellular.com.

About Pear

Pear makes sponsorship easy for groups and events of all shapes and sizes. Find a sponsor in less than 60 seconds and activate your community to raise up to $1,000 or more toward custom shirts, cash donations, products and services or food and catering from a national brand or local business near you. For more information, visit www.pearup.com.

 
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