Calls For Free

Securus is a company that many jails and prisons across the country use so that inmates can call home to their family and friends. In the wake of the recent flooding in Louisiana, Securus has made it possible so that inmates across the state can make one free call to family members each day. Securus knows that it’s important for inmates to keep in touch with those they love in times of crisis so that they don’t add to the anxiety already felt while being incarcerated.


The company will let inmates make a free call a day until September 7, 2016. The company is expected to provide about $300,000 worth of free phone calls. This is a huge cut to the amount of money that the company makes from people who put money on an account to accept a phone call, but it is a benefit to everyone involves. It’s a gesture that other phone companies should follow and that Securus should be commended for as they are making sure inmates rest a little easier at night.


ClassDojo Is Creating Community Among Students, Parents, and Teachers

Parents all across the globe care about their children’s learning. They want to make sure that their child is getting the necessary education in life in order to succeed. It also stretches beyond that. Parents want to be proud of their children. They want to see the accomplishments, projects, papers, and various forms of learning that their children are doing. They want to be involved and more importantly, they want to be proud. Luckily that dream can now become a reality. It’s all thanks to a relatively new concept called ClassDojo,

The Journal recently came out with an article summarizing what all the hype is about ClassDojo. The article explains that ClassDojo is a way for students to record what they’re doing in school and share it with their parents. Parents never have to miss out on a moment. Each student has their own portfolio and they can add pictures and videos to it. A few teachers in the article shared their love of Class Dojo. Overall, they are proud that parents will be able to be a part of their child’s learning.

To sign up, a student has to simply pick a username that they will remember. They then join a classroom by typing in the code that was given to them by their teacher and their parent’s email address. Students then create their own portfolios where they can share pictures and videos of what they learned. ClassDojo is creating community by helping everyone to join together in the power of learning.

Overall, ClassDojo is a great way to bridge that gap that exists between teachers, students, and parents. It’s bringing everyone together in the power of learning. Parents can instantly see what their child is learning about and doing in school. They can actually learn right along with them! It’s not just the learning.  This tool is truly the way of the future and opening up all sorts of new interactive ways to learn.


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Dick DeVos and the Prestigious West Michigan Aviation Academy

The West Michigan Aviation Academy is the name of a prominent charter high school. It’s situated in Grand Rapids, which is a large West Michigan city. Dick DeVos founded the educational institution in the autumn of 2010. Tuition is not required for students who attend the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The academy is located at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

The school’s first students enrolled in late 2010. There were initially a total of 80 pupils, all of whom were freshmen. The West Michigan Aviation Academy‘s curriculum is centered around aviation, which is not surprising. Although aviation is indeed a strong area of concentration for the pupils who attend this academy, there are many other vital academic focuses at the school, too. Other subjects that are greatly emphasized at the West Michigan Aviation Academy include physical education, health, social studies, engineering, world languages, science, mathematics, English and technology.

Dick DeVos is a well-known entrepreneur. The businessman was born with the name Richard Marvin DeVos, Jr. His date of birth is October 21st in 1955. He was born in Grand Rapids, the city of the West Michigan Aviation Academy’s location. His father is Richard DeVos, one of the individuals who created Amway. Amway is a well-known multi-level marketing business that has its main location in Ada, Michigan. Dick DeVos is married to Betsy Prince. Another notable business that was established by DeVos is called Windquest Group. DeVos works as Windquest Group’s president. DeVos is committed to the idea of bettering Grand Rapids, his beloved hometown.

Patrick J. Cwayna serves as the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the West Michigan Aviation Academy. Cwayna has worked as Michigan educator for close to four decades now. He worked as East Grand Rapids High School’s principal for more than two decades, too.