BoardShare Steps up to Donate to Hungry Kids during this Thanksgiving

BoardShare will donate $10 per document camera and $25 per interactive USB camera to No Kid Hungry during this season of Thanksgiving

BoardShare to Donate to NO Kid Hungry this Thanksgiving 2020

Like each year BoardShare is committed to give back to its communities. Donating to No Kid Hungry to provide much needs food to kids who depend on school meals

As a family-owned business, at BoardShare we believe we need not only be driven by monetary success but also play an integral part in the communities' fabric that we are all attached by.”

— Rahul Shah, CEO

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, November 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — November 23, 2020 – Evanston IL – Thanksgiving 2020 is sure to look different this year than it has in the past, but not for BoardShare. While we may not be able to gather as we did last year or give in-person, we have been able to find meaningful ways to give thanks this year to people in our communities and who need our help and support. Nurses and doctors were undoubtedly in the center of this pandemic, but schools and teachers were also severely affected.
BoardShare, a portable technology tool created to make learning more engaging and interactive, has donated and helped teachers and schools throughout this year, which has made teachers reinvent learning. We are so proud that we were a small part of a process that made teaching from home more manageable for them. A teacher in the New Caney area of Texas, Ms. Reyes said on receiving her donation of the BoardShare Camera, "I use my device in my new role as dyslexia specialist. It facilitates my lessons in teaching important reading strategies to students with dyslexia." While Jennifer Norwood, a teacher in the Zachary Community Schools, explained, "having the document camera has unquestionably benefited my students. It enables all students to see what we are working on and allows them to keep up with the pace of the lesson". With the switch to a hybrid and virtual schedule this semester, we are using our BoardShare document camera more than ever."

Elisa Friedman, a 2nd Grade school district, received our Document Camera through the Donors Choose Program and says, "I love how the document camera is plug and play. Very easy to set-up and use." She further described how easy and simple all the features were to learn and use during class time. She says her favorite part is that "the Camera is so easy to use with Google Meet." In the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania, Caitlin Cummings has also enjoyed using the Document Camera during this year that their schools have been 100% virtual. She adds, "this tool has been a lifesaver!" She guarantees that it has been most helpful when working with smaller groups that require more support and examples up close.

Rahul Shah, CEO, (N2N Holdings) BoardShare said, "the pandemic has exacerbated an already difficult situation where 1 in 5 children are living in a household facing food insecurity. As a family-owned business, at BoardShare we believe we need not only be driven by monetary success but also play an integral part in the communities' fabric that we are all attached by." While BoardShare may have donated to schools to support the learning and growth of kids' across America while remote learning, we realize the closing of schools due to this pandemic has left millions of children hungry, most of them depending on school meals. To help support and feed these children, BoardShare has decided to donate $10 per document camera sold and $25 for every USB camera sold during this holiday season to No Kid Hungry. Like last year when we donated 130 units to schools in the Chicagoland area, we will keep the steak of giving and donations up, hoping our efforts make a difference.

About BoardShare
Dedicated to bringing technology into classrooms worldwide – BoardShare was created as a platform to enhance and improve the quality of education. Technology is an essential part of a child's upbringing today, and many schools not exposed to it motivated the creation of a creative, low-cost alternative. BoardShare is invested in understanding the challenges educators today face and helping them eliminate them by continually working to improve BoardShare. We aim to bring interactivity and technology into every classroom to engage better and expand students' minds worldwide. Visit us at myboardshare.com.

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Da'shone Hughey Of CODEIT Institute of Technology Inducted into the Marquis Who's Who in America

Da’shone Hughey

CEO of CODEIT Institute of Technology, Da'shone Hughey, to be inducted into the Marquis Who's Who in America in recognition of his contribution to society.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, November 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Da'shone Hughey has added another feather to his well-decorated hat as he is being recognized by one of the world's most dependable resources for recognizing the contributions of talented people throughout the world, Marquis Who's Who. The CEO of CODEIT Institute of Technology, a leading tech company providing software engineering training to underprivileged individuals, has been officially inducted into the Marquis Who's Who in America, as he continues to make the world a better place one individual at a time.

Da'shone Hughey has shown extraordinary leadership skills at CODEIT Institute of Technology and other organizations he has served. In his years at the company, Da'shone has taken CODEIT Institute of Technology to great heights, touching the lives of people across the nation. The institution targets the community's vulnerable, organizing initiatives to help unemployed, underemployed, low-income earners, women, and other underrepresented individuals.
In two years at CIT, he has fulfilled the company's goal of lifting the underprivileged from poverty and into real wealth, with the institution earning several accolades in the process. CIT earned the distinction of being the first and only Nationally Recognized U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program in New Jersey to specialize in Software Engineering, and only one of two entities in the state to be designated an AWS Amazon Academy Institution. CIT was also awarded The Best Software Training Provider by US Business News 2019 – 2020.

Currently, in its third year, CODEIT Institute of Technology is expanding its reach to other countries by taking its programs to Kampala, Uganda in addition to launching its new Blockchain Technologies program. CIT’s efforts have been recognized by the New World Report and have garnered them another award as the Best Software Engineering Education Provider – Mid-Atlantic USA – 2020-2021.
Prior to joining CIT, Da'shone Hughey worked as was the Chief Education Officer and founder of Leadership Prep Academy for Young Men. Da'shone holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Law from Shepard Broad College of Law and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Cambridge College. He is also an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management, where he studied Blockchain Technologies.
For more information about CODEIT Institute of Technology and Da'shone Hughey and the CIT team's works, please visit – www.citinstitute.tech.

About CODEIT Institute of Technology

CODEIT Institute of Technology was founded as an institution to train and develop individuals who are least likely to be involved at the highest levels of technology. The institution provides them with the skill sets and knowledge to empower them and enable them to participate in a technology-driven workforce and to become the world's future innovators while creating generational wealth for themselves and their families.
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Pantene’s #PrideHair project highlights the struggles of LGBTQ+ community when job-hunting

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Two LGBT+ jobseekers

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Jobseeker 2

LGBTQ+ Jobseeker

LGBTQ+ Jobseeker

We want the #PrideHair project to become the impetus to start the conversation around better and more diversified job hunting. It was encouraging to see the campaign had such a positive impact”

— Yoshiaki Okura, CMO, Hair Care APAC Focused Market, Procter & Gamble

TOKYO, JAPAN, November 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pantene’s #PrideHair project highlights the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community and seeks to transform job-hunting in Japan

In Japan, it is said that the LGBTQ+ community makes up 8.9% of the population, which is a larger % portion compared to many other countries such as the US. Yet, a recent survey* revealed that over 70 percent of LGBTQ+ job hunters in Japan struggle during their job search because of “fear of discrimination and prejudice” (*based on a 2019 survey by certified NPO organization Rebit). Pantene Japan and GREY Tokyo launched the #PrideHair project, featuring LGBTQ+ former-job hunters who have felt pressured to pretend to be someone they’re not; even though hair is one of the main expressions of identity for an LGBTQ+ person, it becomes a main stressor for them during the job-hunting process.

The #PrideHair project is the third installment of Pantene Japan’s “#HairWeGo: My Hair Moves Me Forward” campaign, encouraging everyone to express their true selves and to take the first step towards being who they really want to be. The main film features an interview with two transgender former job hunters.

Based off the experiences of LGBTQ+ former-job hunters, the project was launched with a series of ongoing ads which began airing last month. The aim is to create awareness and start a conversation around the challenges for LGBTQ+ job hunters, and to give courage and hope to not just LGBTQ+ job hunters, but also to the next generation; so they can also be inspired by the stories of these proud and brave LGBTQ+ role models.

Within a week of the launch, the film received an overwhelmingly positive reaction, including from the LGBTQ+ community. It was viewed more than 20 million times on Twitter and Youtube. The campaign was also aired on TV, featured on billboards near the main train stations around the city, and and printed in the newspaper.

Please Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/TimxJ0ALcfs

Examples of Twitter quotes include, “This ad can’t, and shouldn’t, be skipped,” “#PrideHair is creating a new era,” “The campaign goes above and beyond simply slapping a rainbow on a corporate logo.”

"Through conversations with former LGBTQ+ job hunters, we have come to realize the importance of being able to express oneself without pretending to be someone you are not, and that your hair can help you take a brave step forward in achieving this. We want the #PrideHair project to become the impetus to start the conversation around better and more diversified job hunting. It was encouraging to see the campaign had such a positive impact. " — Yoshiaki Okura, CMO, Hair Care APAC Focused Market, Procter & Gamble

When I heard the words, ‘I spent a year agonizing over whether I should job-hunt as a man or a woman,’ spoken by our interviewee, I was deeply affected and shaken to the core. While most people worry about facts like which job or company, there are people who worry about how or whether they should reveal the most basic aspect of their identity. Only someone who’s been through this can understand and share their story. My job was to get their life experiences out to the world. It has been such an honor to be trusted to do this.” — Masanori Tagaya, Executive Creative Director, GREY Tokyo.

Credits: #HairWeGo #Pantene (P&G Japan)
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Marymount California University Offers FREE Application Day

Future Mariners Can Apply to MCU for Free on November 30

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA, USA, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Just in time for Thanksgiving, Marymount California University has announced a Free Application Day on Nov. 30 for students applying for admission.

The MCU Office of Admission will waive the $50 application fee for any student who applies for admission on Monday and uses the promotional code THANKFUL when submitting an application.

“Marymount wants to do everything it can to support prospective students and their families navigating the college admission process in these extraordinary times,” said Robyn Jones, vice president of enrollment management. “We’re here to answer questions and encourage students to start early so they have ample time to apply for scholarships and financial aid, and plan for housing. Getting a jump on the application can ensure they don’t miss a deadline or an opportunity.”

Marymount California University offers test-optional admission, allowing students to choose whether they include SAT or ACT exam scores in the evaluation of their application. The Office of Admission will conduct a holistic review of an application, considering academic performance and personal qualities demonstrated in community involvement, extracurricular activities and achievements to determine an applicant’s fit and potential to benefit from opportunities available at MCU.

Nearly 90 percent of students receive some form of financial aid to attend MCU, with award packages averaging more than $21,000.
College-review site Niche recently awarded Marymount California University the safest college campus in California and third safest in the United States on its annual 2021 Safest College Campuses list. The university has also achieved a College of Distinction rating and spots on top liberal arts college lists by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Monthly.

Students needing help with their MCU applications can speak with an admission representative at (310) 303-7311 or by email at admission@marymountcalifornia.edu.

Marymount California University is a private liberal arts university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, rooted in the Catholic faith. The school welcomes students of all faiths, backgrounds and diversity of experience to build skills for lifelong learning in a supportive community that promotes academic and career success. Students thrive in small, interactive classes guided by engaged faculty who challenge them to explore, create and imagine—as a foundation for their own personal and professional development. Marymount offers undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers. For more information, visit www.MarymountCalifornia.edu.

 
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Introducing Dr. Chad Tackett

Dr. Chad Tackett

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Dr. Chad Tackett: Apollos Administrator, Faculty Member, Avid Skateboarder

Dedicating my life to facilitating education is how I believe I can help the world the most.”

— Dr. Chad Tackett

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, UNITED STATES, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Chad Tackett joined Apollos as a faculty member in 2019 after completing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Northcentral University in 2017. More recently, Apollos University welcomed Dr. Tackett onto the administrative staff in October 2020 as the Director of Registrar and Academic Scheduling. As an individual who champions education as “the most important thing in the world for our economy and society,” Dr. Tackett sees his role as a professor and now as a university administrator as key ways that he is doing his part to ensure that others have the same opportunities that he enjoyed. According to Dr. Tackett, “dedicating my life to facilitating education is how I believe I can help the world the most.”

Over the years, Dr. Tackett has worn many hats and gained many credentials along the way. He has worked as an admissions advisor for other proprietary universities, has served the front lines of education as a P-12 substitute teacher, and has honed his marketing and sales skills as a sales consultant. Beyond these professions, Dr. Tackett holds certificates in education, admissions practices, a medical examiners DOT license, OHSA, OHSA Construction, and most recently a certificate in higher education accreditation standards and practices.

In the classroom, Dr. Tackett brings all of these experiences into his engagement with students along with an enthusiasm for learning and knowledge transfer that is second to none. Dr. Tackett has already proven that he brings this same level of enthusiasm to his new role as an Apollos administrator and has jumped right in and taken ownership of various tasks and projects. Tackett also brings a wealth of knowledge relating to admissions and personal selling and he is sharing his experience with the admissions team by leading role-playing and skills-building exercises during our staff and team-building meetings.

Of his time with Apollos, Dr. Tackett remarked, “I have never met a nicer group of people that share the same passion for education as me”

As a father of five and an avid skateboarder, Dr. Tackett describes himself as a “100% family man, 100% skateboarder.” Beyond skateboarding, though, he enjoys hiking, swimming, and hanging out at the local playgrounds with his children and fiancé.

It is with great pleasure, then, that we at Apollos introduce Dr. Chad Tackett to our growing team. We are excited about the level of expertise, professionalism, and energy that he brings to our online classrooms and now to our administrative functions. Thank you to Dr. Tackett and welcome to the head of the herd!

Onward Bison!

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New Book Helps Teachers Excel in the Virtual Classroom

National Virtual Teacher Association releases best practices for teachers and administrators to improve online instruction outcomes

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The sudden shift to remote learning in 2020 was not only a struggle for PK-12 students and their parents, but also for teachers. Even the most seasoned instructors were left scrambling to adjust their approach to a virtual classroom, often for the first time and with little training or support. With virtual learning options likely to continue growing in demand, it’s vital for our nation’s teachers to gain the necessary skills to deliver high-quality online instruction that supports student success.

The National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA) is on a mission to help teachers transition from the brick-and-mortar classroom to the virtual classroom, with the goal of providing online instruction that’s even more engaging and effective than in-person learning. Their new book, "Virtual Instruction Standards: Optimizing Teaching & Learning" (October 2020), is a comprehensive guide based on current research, proven best practices and the expertise of virtual instructors across the country that addresses all learners and learning environments, as well as the evolving needs of students, educators and schools.

“We believe schools must invest in their teachers and teachers must invest in themselves by developing the 21st-century skills needed to create a dynamic virtual learning environment that will meet, and even exceed, the current in-class experience,” says Dr. April Willis, Director of Operations at NVTA. “We’re excited to release 'Virtual Instruction Standards' to give educators a common standard for virtual instruction.”

"Virtual Instruction Standards" is built on a set of rubrics (available as a free download for educators) for setting expectations, evaluating the quality of virtual instruction and helping teachers continuously improve. The book also features real-life stories of virtual teachers and administrators who excelled within specific indicators and a series of questions at the end of each chapter that encourage self-reflection.

The National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA) was built by a group of educational leaders who pioneered the delivery of virtual education in PK-12 and higher-ed. They believe properly trained virtual teachers can create a world-class learning environment that engages students where they exist every day — online. NVTA promotes effective virtual instruction by building a community of educators who work together to create standards and share quality educational options. The Education Advisory Board consists of leaders, scholars and innovators from around the country with extensive knowledge of the importance of quality virtual instruction. For more information, please visit www.virtualteacherassociation.org.

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THE GIVING SPIRIT AND LAUSD PROVIDE 6,000 HOMELESS STUDENTS WITH BACKPACKS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES & VITAL HYGIENE ITEMS

The Giving Spirit and LAUSD to furnish 6,000 homeless students with backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene items

The Giving Spirit unites with Los Angeles Unified to provide 6,000 backpacks for homeless students

Poster depicts #Backpacks4LAUSDKids initiative between The Giving Spirit and Los Angeles Unified School District to provide backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene items to 6,000 homeless students and their families

The Giving Spirit unites with Los Angeles Unified to provide 6,000 backpacks for homeless students

Backpacks 4 LAUSD Kids is part of The Bravelings Project, a larger body of outreach that will serve the growing student population who self-identify as homeless

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The staggering knowledge that nearly 20,000 students served by the Los Angeles Unified School District are homeless catapulted The Giving Spirit into action with the LAUSD Homeless Education Program to provide 6,000 backpacks to the most vulnerable among us – our children. This inaugural initiative entitled Backpacks 4 LAUSD Kids, launches today, announced The Giving Spirit founder, Chairman and CEO, Tom Bagamane.

Each backpack will be filled with school supplies, hygiene products and critical items of daily living for the entire family. Los Angeles Unified will mobilize delivery to students who have the greatest need.

Backpacks 4 LAUSD Kids is the brainchild of Bagamane and Tammy Wood, Senior Parent Community Facilitator, Los Angeles Unified Homeless Education Program, and is part of a larger body of outreach, now known as The Bravelings Project, that will serve the growing body of students who self-identify as homeless, namely, in shelters, motels, abandoned buildings, vehicles, doubled up with other families, or unsheltered.

“The stark reality is that we’re serving nearly 20,000 unsheltered students. We welcome the opportunity to use our resources, newly learned experience and capacity for hard work to brighten these young lives during the holiday season by letting them know they are cared for and not forgotten. The kits will also unburden parents taxed with the obligation of providing school supplies and other living essentials to their children – sparing their sparce resources,” said Bagamane.

“Between early December and mid-January 2021, we will take on the challenge to show 6,000 homeless students that we care about them and their families. These homeless students will receive a backpack to affirm that we are vested in their future and want to them to stay in school, graduate and thrive,” said Wood.

Observing strict social distancing protocols, the leadership teams of The Giving Spirit, joined by a handful of volunteers will assemble the backpacks at the Westchester Community Center in space provided by 11th District Councilman Mike Bonin. Backpacks will be delivered to the Los Angeles Unified team for distribution to elementary students prior to the start of winter holidays and to 6th through 12th grade students upon recommencement of classes in 2021.

Jointly, The Giving Spirit and Los Angeles Unified will collaborate to raise awareness of the challenges these children face to show up every day and compete with their sheltered peers – pre-COVID-19, a majority never missed a day of class – and to recognize the courage and perseverance of Los Angeles’ youngest unsheltered citizens.

The initiative anticipates individuals, houses of worship, businesses and corporations to give generously during this most critical Giving Season in the history of California. In lieu of volunteering, Bagamane and Wood ask that those interested in supporting the initiative contribute to its fundraising efforts.

ABOUT THE GIVING SPIRIT

Tom Bagamane founded The Giving Spirit in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on two fundamental principles. First, to provide survival assistance to the Los Angeles homeless community in the form of robust survival kits while personally serving homeless lives wherever they reside while engaging the homeless by actively listening and learning about their specific stories and challenges facing them, thus humanizing their plight. Secondly, and just as important, The Giving Spirit educates individuals and communities about the human face of homelessness. Through professionally curated content and moderated dialogue, The Giving Spirit uses fact-based learning to overcome stereotypes and objectification as barriers to long-term solutions. Since its inception, The Giving Spirit has served over 66,000 homeless lives with the help of over 20,000 volunteers.

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HOMELESS EDUCATION OFFICE

The Homeless Education Office (HEO) was designed to aid homeless students and families in compliance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, an integral part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The HEO personnel work in collaboration with school personnel and community service agencies in an effort to maximize access to various educational, social and enrichment programs that promote academic success and student achievement.

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Sarah Nasri cast in sitcom, 'Family Time'

Sarah Nasri shot by Nogen Beck

The Tunisian-born, German educated actress recently won awards at the Virgin Cinefest and Culture Critic Movie Awards.

Sarah is not only an exceptionally great and versatile actor to work with, she also boasts unique and diverse cultural experiences from her upbringing”

— Rajni Chamaraj

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — 'Finding Home’s' Sarah Nasri has been cast in sitcom Family Time from acclaimed company Nix Film, joining a high-profile cast.

Multi-lingual Nasri, who also boasts credits on 'User Not Found' and 'Childhood Chills', will play Gina Grouch, a young ‘homeschool mom’ overwhelmed with anxiety and the obligation to do the right thing, while seemingly never being able to ‘do the right thing.’

The sitcom already boasts an impressive international and American cast attached, including award-winning British star Letitia Hector and Aussie favourite Diesel La Torraca. La Torraca recently appeared alongside Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o in Sundance favourite 'Little Monsters' , while Hector appears on BAFTA-winning 'Famalam.'

Nasri has experience filming under COVID-19 restrictions as her Amazon series 'Finding Home' was shot at the beginning of the pandemic. Director of 'Finding Home' Rajni Chamaraj stated, “Sarah is not only an exceptionally great and versatile actor to work with, she also boasts unique and diverse cultural experiences from her upbringing.”

Once wrapping 'Family Time', Nasri has also been attached to a feature from award-winning production company, White Pixel.

After making her theatre debut in 'Revolution', Nasri treaded the boards in Germany on stage in productions of ‘And Then There Were None’, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name and ‘Don’t Drink The Water’ by Woody Allen before accruing credits in film projects 'Losing Your Marbles' and 'By the Strings.'

Nasri will be sponsored by KDM in New York

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UNIVERSAL PICTURES AND DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S THE CROODS: A NEW AGE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH FEEDING AMERICA®

TO HELP PROVIDE ONE MILLION MEALS TO FAMILIES IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Universal City, Calif., Nov. 20, 2020 — In advance of the Thanksgiving weekend theatrical release of the new DreamWorks Animation comedy The Croods: A New Age (out Wednesday, November 25), Universal Pictures has partnered with the nonprofit organization Feeding America® for a groundbreaking three-tiered campaign to help provide one million meals** for families in need this holiday season.

First, Universal will launch the #CroodsCare Social Initiative on Twitter. The Croods are all about being good neighbors, so fans can send a tweet using #CroodsCare, tagging their neighbors or loved ones. For every tweet, Universal will make a donation to Feeding America. Every tweet using #CroodsCare between November 23 and December 31, 2020, will go towards providing up to 500,000 meals for families in need.

Second, Universal will launch a new The More You Know public-service announcement featuring the Croods and encouraging fans to donate directly to Feeding America. Fans can donate directly to Feeding America on the “Croods Care” landing page on the Feeding America website. For every donation fans make, Universal will make a matching donation up to $40,000 as part of the studio’s larger donation of $100,000 to the organization.

Third, Universal will launch a “Virtual Fruit Drive” on Nintendo’s blockbuster online video game platform, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Fans playing the game can donate a virtual piece of fruit to “Croods Cove” island, which allows players to explore the universe of The Croods: A New Age. (To access the island, players can use Dream Code: DA-1282-8266-2121.) Every virtual piece of fruit donated to the island between Nov. 23 and Dec 31 will translate into real meals that Universal will donate to a family, up to 100,000 meals.

“We’re delighted to join forces with Universal Pictures and The Croods: A New Age to help alleviate hunger for so many families who are in need across our country this winter,” said Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread unemployment, we estimate that more than 50 million people in America may not have enough to eat this holiday season. We’re grateful to Universal, DreamWorks Animation, and the tens of millions of Croods fans out there for helping us help our neighbors in need.”

For Universal and DreamWorks Animation, the partnership between The Croods: A New Age and Feeding America felt like a perfect fit. “The Croods: A New Age is a film that celebrates the strength, power and importance of family, and it reminds us that the word ‘family’ extends far beyond the people we are related to,” said Margie Cohn, President, DreamWorks Animation. “We are all part of a national family, a human family, and we need to look out for each other. We are happy to be able to join forces with Feeding America to help provide some security and comfort for the most vulnerable members of our American family this holiday season.”

**A $1 donation helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

About Feeding America®
Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry

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Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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COVID Investing – Adding on The Down

Volatile market environments can create opportunities to ADD ON THE DOWN.

There is little downside risk and so much more upside potential to adding on the down.”

— Whitney Erin Johnson

SILICON VALLEY, CA, USA, November 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — One of the hallmarks of the stock market is its volatility, at times more volatile than others. Nonetheless, the markets inherent nature is to rise and fall. The current COVID environment has produced its fair share of volatility and that has created an equal amount of opportunities to ADD ON THE DOWN.

Euphoria, prosperity, wealth, success are just a few ways we can describe the feelings experienced with a market that is trending up. Contrasting, in a falling market one would expect diametric feelings; depression, poor, lack, failure. If you are new to investing or would consider yourself a novice, these are likely the experiences you have had. From these experiences many shy away from the market for the simple reason they cannot or don’t want to experience the pendulum of feelings that come with market volatility. For that one reason alone, many simply throw in the towel and lose out on one of the most prosperous wealth building avenues available.

A look back at the COVID downturn in March 2020 reveals a fantastic example of an opportunity to facilitate an expedited wealth building avenue. A 12-year bull run came to a sudden halt in March 2020 with the market falling over 30%. Despite the panic on Wall Street, this created a great entry point for adding to existing positions or establishing new ones in companies on a ‘wish list’. The entry point into an investment is important and more so if you are a short-term investor. Long term investors are afforded a more ‘loose’ expectation of an entry point in that over a 30 or 40 year timeframe the odds of a particular equity trending down or sideways is less likely. However, if one’s entry point was on or just before March 2020, there was likely short-term heart-ache experienced. For some institutions, and especially for those who were waiting for a pullback as an opportunity, it was one for the books.

A new position in Home Depot (HD) on March 11, 2020 at would have yielded a 35% increase in today’s market. In that same time frame, a new position in Costco (COST) would have yielded a 26% increase. These are not recommendations of companies to own or invest in, simply two of many examples that could be cited, simply to demonstrate the return that could be captured when adding on the down.

Ideally if the downturn had been anticipated one would have raised cash as a ‘risk-off’ strategy in preparation for the downturn. With cash sitting on the sidelines, the sell-off that started in March 2020 was an ideal opportunity and re-entry point for some select equities. In the weeks that followed, the market began to recover and just like that, the re-entry yielded its payoff nicely. Now, not all such sell-offs create this same perfect scenario. What if the market continued to fall once the re-entry was made? This would suggest that a dollar-cost-averaging strategy may want to be instituted.

Dollar-Cost Averaging is a strategy that allows an investor to buy the same dollar amount of an investment on regular intervals. The purchases occur regardless of the asset's price. In layman’s terms, one would continue to add to a position at regular periodic intervals (whether the value of the stock has increased OR decreased) thus averaging out the cost basis of the position.

There is always risk in investing, however strategies such as these are ways to reduce risk and increase potential upside. The real long-term risk of adding on the down is if shares continue to be purchased in a company that is failing. Historical examples of stated risk in such equities as Sears or Enron for example. These are two examples of falling knives that one just would not want to try to catch. Although less frequent, this ‘catch a falling knife’ scenario is a risk of being invested in individual equities.

In summation, there is little downside risk and so much more upside potential to adding on the down, this is a strategy which should be utilized more often than it is. Unless one has a crystal ball and can predict the markets, it is difficult to know when to make an entry point in a falling market. For institutional investors, this is likely one of the many services you are paying your financial advisor to do for you. Now, if you have a ‘passive’ portfolio manager, it is unlikely they will be making many if any adjustments to your portfolio, as most passive managers will tell you they’re riding it out. Riding it out is great for the investments already in place, but are they going to buy on any pull-backs? If the answer is ‘no’ you may want to think twice about the management fee you are paying them. Conversely, an ‘active’ portfolio manager will be all over the pull-back looking for the best entry point. There is never any guarantee that the re-entry will be a perfectly timed one, however, adding to any position while it’s value is lower than it was is generally a favorable trade (unless of course the position being added to was Sears, GE or any like kind equity which has fallen out of favor or filed bankruptcy).

Whitney Erin Johnson
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Source: EIN Presswire