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You Are Cordially Invited to Enter a Giveaway from the Youth School of Etiquette

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The Youth School of Etiquette is getting ready to offer a new series of classes for boys and girls ages 7-14. And you are cordially invited to enter a giveaway for a chance to win a session for your child!

Taking place on Saturdays May 20 & 27 and June 3 & 10, this educational program is about more than just saying “please” and “thank you” and using the correct silverware at the dining table. Full of fun and interactive activities, the program’s mission is to prepare children and youths for the future, and inspire in them excellence, self-esteem, and social responsibility for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Classes are held at Cabin John Middle School in Potomac, MD. A Boys Ambassador Club will run from 1-2:30pm, and a Boys & Girls Class from 2:30-4pm. Both will cover the following over the course of the series:
• Manners and Social Etiquette
• Meetings & Friendships
• Manners at School & in Public
• Peer Pressure and Sticky Situations
• Respect for Self & Others
• Social Media Etiquette & Safety
• Posture, Poise, & Grooming
• Sportsmanship

The cost per session is $245, and you can register online here.

Visit the Youth School of Etiquette online to learn more about their programs and mission. And for a chance to win a session for your child, enter the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a free session of classes with the Youth School of Etiquette, simply leave a comment below. Get an extra entry by also entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page (you need to “like” it first). This giveaway will run through Saturday, May 13, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


This post is sponsored by the Youth School of Etiquette, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Flex Academies Provides After School Enrichment — and a Great Boost to PTAs

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[Note: This is a sponsored guest post contributed by Flex Academies.]

If you are active in your school’s PTA, you can probably relate to the experience that once you get involved in one thing, you’re likely to be asked to do 10 more things. One PTA position leads to the next, and soon you may even be asked to run the after school enrichment programming. This is when it might be the time to say no. And this is where Flex Academies comes in.

While PTA’s rely on volunteers, certain tasks, like managing after school enrichment offerings, may be better left to outside sources for a few reasons:
Volunteer Burnout: Parent volunteers donate a lot of time and resources to create and manage a successful program. These well-intentioned parents become so overloaded that they become frustrated and quit, leaving schools in a difficult situation.
Relying solely on volunteers: It literally “takes a village” to run an enrichment program. Getting volunteers to commit is difficult. Plus, there is constant turnover when the children of the volunteers graduate.
Quality of programs: PTA volunteers have the best intentions, but may not be informed about the latest trends in enrichment or know of the best local vendors.

Flex Academies: Enrichment Made Simple
Flex Academies is the nation’s first before and after school program management solution. We partner with your PTA to create a true “win/win” where your PTA does virtually no work, makes more money, and creates an incredible enrichment program for your families! Our extensive experience allows us to come up with a fun, safe program utilizing the best vendors. We also help eliminate “volunteer burnout” in your PTA, freeing up volunteers to focus on other priorities.

Flex Academies now serves 54 schools in DC, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In DC, Maryland, and Virginia alone Flex Academies manages 30+ schools in 3 districts.

Fill in your PTA about about what Flex Academies can do for your school. We’d love to discuss how we make PTA volunteers’ jobs easier and generate funds for your PTA at the same time.

Contact us to learn how working with Flex Academies can help transform your enrichment program!


This post is sponsored by Flex Academies, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Give Kids a Fun & Educational Summer Encounter with e² Young Engineers

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Just because kids are out of school for the summer, that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. And when it’s through activities they love, like LEGO building and experiments, complemented by creative work and outdoor games, well, that just makes it plain ol’ fun.

This is the thinking behind e² Young Engineers summer programs. It’s not just a STEM summer camp — it’s a complete fun and educational encounter! Everyday, campers participate in a variety of enriching activities with sessions centered around one main theme.

Hosted at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, camp takes place in an air-conditioned clubhouse the first half of the day, where kids enjoy a fun, educational experience, like building an electric motor LEGO model. The second part of the day consists of supervised outdoors activities. Each day of camp also includes a ride on the Cabin Ride Miniature Train.

Space is still available in all of these sessions, and you can get early bird discounts if you sign up soon:

Superheroes Camp | June 19-30
Dedicated entirely to children’s favorite superheroes. Sessions, production, and construction will take place around famous superheroes and different types of powers.

Sweet Camp | July 10-21
A literary and culinary experience for children centered around the world of food. The experience will take place while building, creating, and playing in relation to the subject.

Science Camp | July 24 – August 4
Learn the laws and concepts of the world of science, math, and engineering through the combination of a construction challenge and experiments that campers can take home.

Challenge Camp | August 7-18
Challenge the mind through the exercise of finding creative solutions to problems. Then take it outdoors for physical and sports challenges, too.

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Visit the e² Young Engineers website for more information. And if you’re ready to enroll your child for a fun and educational summer encounter, go here!

This post is sponsored by e² Young Engineers, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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