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The CARES Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act was passed on March 27th. It includes a $30 billion education stabilization fund, a large portion of which can be flexibly used for supports including afterschool and summer, as well as provisions for school-age child care for children of essential employees, non-profit business support, and charitable giving.

The afterschool community  can continue to reach out to Congress about the important role afterschool programs are playing during this global health crisis.

2020 Census Video Competition  

Want a chance to win $500, $250, or $100? The 2020 Census Video Competition is still accepting entries! Create a 3 minute video about why the 2020 Census is important with your family or independently for a chance to be one of three local winners!

For ideas and more information, visit:

https://becounted2020.org/resources-for-educators/

Please submit your videos to: CensusVideoComp@aiu3.net
Mindfulness Exercises for Children

The Feeling Exercise: Collect a number of interesting objects such as feathers, putty, stones, or anything else that might be interesting to hold. Give each child an object and ask them to spend a minute just noticing what it feels like in there hand. They can feel the texture, if the object is hard or soft, and the shape.Afterwards, ask the children to describe what they felt.
The Seeing Exercise: Ask the children to spend one minute silently looking around the room. Their goal is to find things in the room they've never noticed. Maybe there are some big things like a poster or a picture, or just little details like cracks in the ceiling or an interesting pattern on the door. After the minute is up ask the kids to share the most interesting thing they noticed. 
The Power of Listening: Ring a bell, a wind chime, or anything else that creates a long trailing sound. Ask each child to listen and silently raise their hand when they can no longer hear the sound. After the ringing ends, ask the children to continue listening to any other sounds they can hear for the next minute. When the minute ends, go around the room asking everyone to tell you what sounds they heard.  
 
Grants
 
Teaching Tolerance: Grants that educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Deadline: Rolling
Book Bank: New and donated books and resources. Deadline: Rolling. 
Pittsburgh Foundation: is establishing an emergency action fund for nonprofits. More info to come as they release details. Deadline: TBD
Emergency Fund for Artists: potential $500 support from GPAC for artists at a loss of income due to coronavirus. More emergency arts funding resources here. Deadline: Rolling
PA Food Recovery: Grants up to 200K for shelters, food banks, nonprofit food management. Deadline: April 24th. 
Governor's STEM: $500 grants to students grades 9-12 competing in STEM. Deadline: May 7-8th
Peace First: $250 grants to youth 13-25 for projects developed to address community response to COIVD-19. Deadline: Rolling

2-1-1 Resources 

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, if you are in need, contact United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania's PA 2-1-1 Southwest by dialing 2-1-1, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting pa211sw.org. 

Sign up to receive alerts with the most up-to-date information and resources at pa211sw.org/text-alerts. #COVID19 #UnitedWeWin

If you want to help raise funds to support our community, join us and our partner The Pittsburgh Foundation by giving to the Emergency Action Fund here!

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