As summer winds down and children begin a new school year, research shows that families play an important role in children's reading success. Here are a few tips from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and the Buddig Be A Reader campaign sure to get your young students on the right back-to-school track.

The urge to help others runs deep in America. In 2006, roughly one in four adult Americans, 61.2 million total, volunteered their time, according to a new federal report by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Now there's a new way to give back that incorporates charitable giving into our daily lives.

Are you or your son or daughter heading to college this fall? Are you daunted by the costs and financing decisions? Ponder these facts...

Nature offers many beautiful gifts and wonders to explore, and parents can help get kids outside to discover them when they step away from the television or computer screen. Encourage your children to get out and explore nature with fun projects.

Cash-strapped school districts across the country are cutting summer school programs in record numbers. In fact, more than a third of administrators polled in a recent American Association of School Administrators survey said they are considering eliminating summer school for the 2010-11 school year. The good news for parents is that the recent boom in online K-12 education means many high-quality, engaging online summer school programs are now available to students.

If you want to be right in the middle of the media world, a career in audio production may be for you. Within the audio field, you can take a variety of career paths. You may have the opportunity to mix sounds for your favorite video game series, produce hit music, record the dialogue of famous actors and much more.

If you are a working adult who has accumulated some college credit but haven't earned enough to be awarded a degree, you are not alone. There are at least 54 million people in the nation who fall into this category. To once again put the United States among world leaders whose citizens have college degrees, these "near completers" are receiving increased attention.

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