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Last Minute Educational Gifts for Ages 13-18

Wallet Ninja Multi-tool – This nifty gadget is a slim piece of steel that can easily fit into a wallet or pocket and is no bigger than a credit card. With 18 tools including a cell phone stand, this would make a perfect stocking stuffer for a teenager on the go. This summer fashion trend of flashy metallic tattoos has stayed strong this school year, thanks to teen celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez continually showing them off. Gone are the days of temporary butterflies and peace signs – sheets of these fun shiny body art can be picked up almost anywhere. Another stocking stuffer idea if your student drives often is a gift card to a local gas station. Across PA Sheetz and Wawa let you purchase gift cards in store and online for almost any amount.

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Last Minute Educational Gifts for Ages 5-12

The Fuze Bike FX Wheel Writer attaches to any bike wheel and comes with a dozen pre-loaded LED patterns that light up the street when the wheels start to turn. You can also program your own picture or text messages using any Apple device. For less than $20, the waterproof battery operated lights can be mounted to almost any standard sized bike wheel. Encourage outdoor exercise, while keeping them safe. LEGO! Well, Lego anything really. With the recent successes of The Lego Movie (available on DVD or Blu-Ray) these timeless toys are always a safe bet. From a full blown Millennium Flacon or Elsa’s castle (for the ambitious builders) to starter packs with simple cars and buildings, these toys are great for kids of any age – and adults too!

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We Perform Community Service at PA Virtual

Our FSC (Family Support Coordinators) organized service learning projects in their local communities and worked with Jump Rope for Heart, Koats for Kids, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Make A Wish Foundation. Here is a video highlight from our 2015 Ugly Quilts program where PA Virtual Charter school students, families, and teachers from across the state took action to help the homeless. An Ugly Quilt can best be described as an emergency sleeping bag. Made from recycled fabrics, the Quilt’s sole purpose is to provide warmth to those who need it most. Included in each Ugly Quilt donation were a variety of basic toiletries. In total we made 36 Ugly Quilts!

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Educating Kids About the Importance of Giving

Did you know? This year over 30,000 partners in 68 countries joined a global movement called #GivingTuesday and raised over $116 million dollars for charities, small businesses, non-profits and government agencies globally. Held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) #GivingTuesday aims to kick off the holiday giving season and bring people together around the values of service and giving back. How can you get in the giving spirit this holiday season? Here are a few ways you and your child can help in your community:

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Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

Sniffle season is upon us, and our nurses here are PA Virtual have a few tips on how to stay healthy this winter! In traditional brick and mortar schools, the common cold spreads very quickly this time of year. Cyber school students may be at an advantage when it comes to consistent exposure to germs, but that does not mean they won’t get sick. PA Virtual school nurse, Christina Woltjen has a few tips and tricks for students on how to stay healthy this winter:

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PA Cyber School Offers Health Services

Did you know? Just like traditional school districts, cyber students are required by state law to receive health screenings each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates all children in grades K-12 receive this screening, and depending on your age, also requires hearing, vision, and scoliosis tests at no cost to the student or family. PA Virtual nurses provide all of these services to our students– no matter where you live in the state!

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