Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

What Will Keep Carpenter Bees Away?

The spring season brings us all lots of joy, and causes flowers to bloom across the country. The flower season attracts lots of bees as well, and not every type of bee is friendly or good for your house. Take carpenter bees for example, they can literally dig holes in your patio by eating away all the wood, thus the name carpenter bees. These bees are notorious for digging holes in wood. They do this just to lay their eggs.

While carpenter bees don’t eat wood, the holes they drill can cause water retention issues. This can cause the wood to start rotting, and also cause lots of financial issues for you.

While a carpenter bee infestation can tempt you to use insecticides, you should avoid using extreme ways which can harm the bees, and try less harmful techniques to keep the bees away.

Preventing Carpenter Bees

  • Carpenter bees usually eat and lay their eggs in soft woods. That’s why you should prefer using hardwoods in outdoor construction. This way, carpenter bees would never dig holes in the wood.
  • If you can, fill any cracks and holes in outdoor wooden fixtures before the spring season arrives. These cracks and holes can be used by carpenter bees to make new hives.
  • You can use caulk and steel wool to fill the holes.
  • While it might sound ridiculous, making fake wasp nests can also keep carpenter bees away from your house. That’s because carpenter bees avoid making hives near wasp nests.

If none of the steps seem to work, you can hire Carpenter Bees Control |  EZ BB Exterminator service providers for the task. These companies can use preventive measures to try and not harm the bees in any way while getting rid of them. So, a professional service is your best bet.

The Benefits of Carpet Cleaning For Music Studios

Running a music studio can be an excellent way to profit off of your creative prowess, and there are a few things that you need to get your hands on in order to make this studio functional in some way, shape or form. You would obviously need to invest in high end recording equipment, but the thing to note here is that this equipment is so sensitive that it can only be used in situations where absolute pin drop silence can be attained at any given point in time.

A highly useful thing that you can add to your music studio is a carpet, since suffice it to say that it can absorb extraneous noises and make it so that only the music you are trying to create will end up getting recorded. It is also important to do frequent carpet cleaning near me so that the carpet does not end up becoming so dirty that it compromises on your productivity. Thorough and deep carpet cleaning can be a game changer for your recording studio, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it would enable you to focus on the task at hand rather than letting you get distracted.

The music industry has become significantly more profitable these past few years due to the rise of the internet, and by installing and cleaning a plush rug you can leave yourself well poised to benefit from this occurrence. Just make sure that the carpet is thick enough otherwise it won’t give you quite the same kind of soundproofing that the industry requires from all its participants.

How to Start Homeschooling?

When you are faced with the situation of teaching your kids at home and all of their learning and schooling would come from you, you are homeschooling them and you can make it successful if you follow the right guidelines and do the right things, first of all before you start searching for curriculum, books, timings and how it is actually done you should first ask yourself whether you have the time, resources and the temperament to carry out successful class after class because it will require all of that and if the answer is yes only then you should start looking at the laws that you need to comply and things that make homeschooling successful.

Different states and countries would require to fulfill different requirements and there is documentation involved which you might to have submit annually or quarterly, for example parents might have to submit annual declaration of intent with the superintendent, provide attendance records, conduct standardized tests and share results and all of these are dependent on the strictness of laws and regulations in the area where homeschooling is conducted.

Thankfully for us online home schooling in Western Australia was a viable option, all we had to do is apply through the local education regional office and get them registered and it was a fairly simple process and we didn’t had to visit multiple offices or get any professional help involved, the process was straightforward because the laws regarding homeschooling are pretty straightforward as well but it could be quite the opposite for you as it all depends on the place you are living and you should act accordingly and always fulfill the legal responsibilities first, you shouldn’t blindly follow any of your friend or associate doing homeschooling without any legal documentation because they could face punishment.

What Time Does Dicks Open on Black Friday

A lot of people who are looking to purchase things that they plan to use on a more or less regular basis will be excited at the prospect of Black Friday coming up. After all, this time of the year brings some truly incredible discounts, and in some cases people can knock up to eighty percent of the price off of the items that they had been planning to buy. This makes it so that you can stock up on gifts for the Christmas season, and there is also nothing wrong with taking advantage of this period of heavy discounts for no other reason than you want to treat yourself!

A great way to make it absolutely certain that you’d avail maximum savings during the black Friday season is to pair it up with other discounts that you are owed. For example, you might be wondering does Dicks do military discount, and suffice it to say that they offer some of the best discounts for military personnel out there right now. The great thing is that you can combine your military discount with your black Friday discount to get upwards of ninety percent savings which really have to be seen in order to be believed.

The only thing you need to be certain off before you go off to Dick’s to start a long lived buying spree is what time the store opens on black Friday. They usually open a bit later so that they can get ready for the veritable stampede that is about to occur, so it would be best if you arrived at their location at around noon. Most stores open at this time.

What to Expect After Cataract Surgery

Going for any kind of surgery is most likely going to be a very stressful experience for you at this current point in time, but there are some surgeries that would be perceived with a lot more trepidation than others. For example, if you are about to enter the operating theater for a surgery that will focus mostly on your eyes, suffice it to say that your stress levels would be considerably higher without a shadow of a doubt. After all, these kinds of surgeries can be quite challenging, so you might want to learn a thing or two about what to expect once you go through them.

If you want to consult a professional so that you can get your opinion on cataract surgeries, the best place to go would be LaserCare Eye Center. This clinic has been around for a long while, and in this period it has managed to make a reputation for being highly reliable as well as immensely trustworthy. As a result of the fact that this is the case, you can take whatever information you get from this clinic at face value without having to make any other considerations in that regard.

One thing that you should expect after undergoing a surgical procedure that cleans up your ocular lens is that your vision might be somewhat blurry. This blurriness will only last a few days though as the lens settles in and becomes securely fastened by your eye muscles and nerve endings. Once the blurriness dissipates, your vision will become several orders of magnitude clearer than it used to be. You can get a lot out of surgeries like this all in all.

How Much Does Body Sculpting Cost

It has taken our society several decades if not centuries to realize that there is no silver bullet that can help you lose weight at this current point in time. Anyone that wants to reduce their body mass index whether for health reasons or just because they want to look nice, suffice it to say that they’d need to get ready for the long haul without a shadow of a doubt. The only proven way to lose weight and keep it off for as long as possible is to induce a caloric deficit through cardio workouts such as jogging as well as making sure that you only eat unrefined, wholesome foods with no added sugar and minimal saturated fats.

The only problem with this approach is that when you finally lose a huge quantity of fat your skin might end up hanging really loose. This is where body sculpting near me can come into play. Body sculpting is the process by which loose skin that is hanging off of you can be trimmed without doing any damage or causing any kind of injury whatsoever.

As a result of the fact that this is the case, you might want to at the very least consider investing in body sculpting otherwise the hanging skin would look quite dreadful and that’s if we put it mildly. You can get this procedure done for around three thousand dollars, so if you want to save up for it within a year you should do so by setting aside approximately two hundred and fifty dollars every month. Some procedures like this can also be covered by your medical insurance so make sure you inquire about that.

How to Kill Carpenter Bees

Bees are often seen as little more than sources of honey, but the value that they create in the modern world extends far beyond their ability to create the sticky, translucent substance that we all love to spread on our morning toast. Suffice it to say that the vast and diverse ecosystem of gorgeous flowers would never be able to survive if they didn’t have bees due to the reason that bees are the ones that take their pollen from one place to another and allow them to propagate at the end of the day.

That said, while it is difficult to dispute the relevance of bees when it comes to the natural order of things, things can take a turn for the worse if they set up a beehive in a tree that is in your yard. Kids can get stung by bees and suffer a lot of pain, so it would be sensible for you to go for Carpenter Bee Removal | M&H Pest Control if you notice a few flying around because of the fact that failing to do so might just end up landing your kid in the hospital.

One thing that bees of the carpenter variety simply can’t stand is boric acid, so sprinkling some on their hive should force them out and make them find a new tree to burrow into. The truly dangerous thing about these trees is that their hives are usually invisible due to their tendency to be concealed within the bark of the tree trunk. This makes it even more likely that a child might accidentally run afoul of these aggressive creatures and suffer painful sting marks all across their body.

How to Retain Your Private Number Plate

When you buy your first car, there is a pretty good chance that you would want to just hop right into it and start driving around without a moment’s delay. However if you try to do so without first getting the proper kind of number plate you might find that a police officer would eventually pull you over and give you quite a serious financial penalty in the form of a fine. Hence, you should consider getting a number plate before you start driving so that you can mitigate the likelihood of such occurrences as you go about your daily routine.

That said, if you had already gotten a private number plate and you recently purchased a new vehicle, you might be wondering if you can retain your private reg plates. The truth of the situation is that if this new vehicle is your sole car, you can probably retain the plate if a period of ten years have not elapsed since you received it. This is because of the fact that private plates are viable for up to ten years, and you need to renew them after a decade so that the government can ensure that you are living life in a legal and trustworthy manner.

If your private number plate is over a decade old, you might not be able to get it transferred but the fact of the matter is that this means you can get a brand new one. Once plates are ten years old they are no longer usable on cars without reregistration, so take great care not to skimp out on this step otherwise the consequences would be really tough to bear.

Where to Buy Silica Sand For Artificial Grass

A rather prevalent misconception that quite a few people tend to have about artificial grass is that it does not require any maintenance whatsoever. While there is a pretty good chance that grass that is of the artificial variety would need several orders of magnitude less maintenance than real grass, this doesn’t mean that you can just leave it without at least putting a little bit of effort into taking care of it as best you can. One of the most important things to do as far as artificial grass maintenance is concerned is to add silica sand to the ground that it is about to be placed on.

This is because of the fact that artificial grass needs a bit of breathability underneath it, and the truth of the situation is that silica sand may just be the single best item that can make this breathability dream a reality. You don’t need to replace this sand all that often either, since it usually lasts upwards of half a decade if not more. As for where you can buy this silica sand, you are truly spoiled for choice since most major retailers will have it in stock.

If you want to buy this product in the most convenient way imaginable, the fact of the matter is that Amazon is your one stop shop. This massive corporation has almost everything that people might need to purchase, and since silica sand is a widely demanded product it makes sense that they would have it in stock. You can also compare different sellers on Amazon so that you can see if there are any better prices that you can avail.

What is The Best Carpet Cleaning Solution For Cigarette Smoke

Smoking has been a part of human culture for thousands upon thousands of years, and there are numerous excavation sites that revealed tobacco consumption that occurred in societies that emerged shortly after the invention of farming. There is a pretty good chance that you know how bad smoking cigarettes is for you, but despite that you are a fully grown adult who is responsible for his or her own choices so if you want to smoke a cigarette to relax after a long, hard day at work no one should be able to criticize you for it to any extent at all.

That said, while you are well within your rights to smoke anything you like if that is how you want to live your life, the truth of the situation is that it can cause complications other than lung cancer and heart disease. This is because of the fact that the smoke that would waft out of your cigarette would also get into your carpet and make it smell truly awful. You need to go for the right kind of carpet cleaner rental if you want to get rid of this smell, otherwise your whole house might end up smelling like a tar factory.

The fact of the matter is that steam cleaning is the single best carpet cleaning solution for cigarette smoke. You might think that this smoke dissipates into the air, but it also has some solid particles that would fall into the ground and get embedded in your carpet fibers. Steam cleaning helps to melt these particles down and they will no longer cause an odor when this ends up happening.

How Long After Pressure Washing Can I Paint

The kind of paintjobs that homes get in the modern era have been done to death, and that is if we’re putting it mildly. Virtually every single house that you can see on the open market will have the same cream to eggshell shade of white being used, and as if that weren’t already enough they never have any interesting patterns in them either. There is a pretty good chance that you would want to spruce up your home by painting it in a manner that is wholly unique, but there is a preparation process that you must go through before the painting can begin in earnest.

This is because of the fact that any home that you ever think of buying will already have a lot of paint on it, so the truth of the situation is that you need to remove this old coating with pressure cleaning so that you don’t have thick, chunky layers of paint peeling off underneath the new coat that you just worked so hard to apply. Another crucial thing to remember here is that the post pressure washing scenario will be a rather moist one for your home, since it will have most likely absorbed some if not much of the water that was striking it with such force.

Hence, it would be ideal if you waited for a couple of days before you painted your home in a way that is much more to your liking. The fact of the matter is that you can take this time to plan out your paint job, so it all lines up quite neatly if you manage your time effectively like this.

What is The Best Carpet Cleaning Machine For Pet Urine?

Human beings have been domesticating animals in some way, shape or form for thousands of years now, and our initial reasons for doing so was that these animals enabled us to hunt better back when were still living in hunter gatherer societies at any given point in time. However, as the eons went by, we continued to take pets into our homes even though they stopped fulfilling the functional purposes that we used to associate with them.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that pets can be wonderful additions to your family and they can love you just as much as a fellow human can. Now, suffice it to say that pets don’t know as much about the world as you do, and they might fail to realize that urinating on your carpet would be really inconvenient for you. The thing is, you can go for area rug cleaning near me with a top notch machine to get rid of the urine, and in our opinion the best carpet cleaning machine for the job is some kind of a hot water extractor.

This hot water extractor works by flooding the carpet with steam that has molecules that are so excited that they destroy odor creating compounds. The urine will be drenched and absorbed in an instant after which their unpleasant smell will no longer impact your life in ways that you might not prefer, so you should make sure that you go for this machine instead of dry cleaning variants that won’t give you the same results. Dry cleaning won’t deep clean your carpet after all.

What is The Most Powerful Carpet Cleaning

It can be truly frustrating to have spent so much money on an expensive carpet only to find that it quickly became too dirty for you to safely and comfortably use at this current point in time. Hence, it makes sense that so many people would want to invest not just in the carpet itself but also in whatever form of maintenance they can manage to pay for. This often includes things like cleaning their carpet, and since taking care of your rug is such a huge priority for you, you might be wondering what the most powerful method for this happens to be.

If you really want to take your carpet cleaning Magnolia to a whole new level, suffice it to say that you need to use the method that most people deem to be the most powerful which is steam cleaning without a shadow of a doubt. You might think that steam does not sound like a very powerful thing, and as a result of the fact that this is the case you would assume that using it in this context would not be quite as useful as people try to assert.

However, it is important to recognize that steam can be immensely powerful in the right forms. It can soften up dirt and make it loosen itself and separate from your carpet fibers which is something that the vast majority of other methods would not come close to accomplishing. It also has the added benefit of killing various disease causing bacteria which is another thing that you would most definitely come to appreciate when you see its numerous advantages in the long run all in all.

What Ratio of Bleach to Water is Safe For Carpet Cleaning?

It can be easy to judge someone for having a dirty and uncared for rug, but you need to realize that such a thing can happen to anyone no matter how proactive they think they are at this current point in time. You see, carpet cleaning is a really difficult challenge to surmount because of the various things that need to be kept in mind while performing it. Hence, it can be surprisingly easy to let things get this far, but suffice it to say that just because things have gotten this bad doesn’t mean they have to stay that way without a shadow of a doubt.

After all, you can use all kinds of rug cleaning methods to make up for the years of neglect. One thing that you might be forced to do is use some bleach while cleaning out the one and only rug that is within your ownership. Some people might be up in arms about us saying this because they would assert that bleach is incredibly damaging to both synthetic as well as organic carpet fibers. However, we feel like if you dilute the bleach enough you can use it in a really say way.

The ideal ratio of bleach to water is about one cup of bleach to about one to one and a half gallons of water. This makes it so that the bleach would not strip any color out of your rug, and what’s more is that you can take advantage of the germ killing power that this chemical has. Bleaching your rug with a diluted dose allows you to rejuvenate it for the most part.

How Long After Pressure Washing Fence to Stain?

The fence that is surrounding your home is a really important aspect of your property rights. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that it demarcates the boundaries of your property, and anyone that tries to climb past these fences would need to justify their presence otherwise you can have them arrested for trespassing in some way, shape or form. However, fences are not restricted to this purely functional type of usage.

Rather, they can also be used as a type of aesthetic upgrade to the home that you are currently residing within the four boundary walls of at any given point in time. Suffice it to say that a beautiful stained fence can make your property look very appealing and drive up its real estate value, but when you start treating your fence like a visual feature pressure washing it can become a lot harder to handle. After all, your fence’s beautiful stain coating will disappear when you pressure wash it, so you should be ready to stain it once again when you are done.

That said, we feel it necessary to mention that you need to wait a couple of days after pressure washing a fence before you can stain it. Water that the fence absorbed will keep leaking out in tiny droplets, and these droplets can ruin the stain coating and make it get a weepy and unattractive appearance. Good quality stain work needs a dry surface to cling to, so you need to make sure that your fence is dry enough to make that a reality otherwise you will regret it in the long run.

Is Solar Panel Installation Worth It?

It’s pretty amazing that we have the entirety of our planet available to us. The world is so huge that it is more or less impossible that you or indeed anyone else could see all that it contains, but suffice it to say that despite the massive size of this planet, we must face the fact that it is the only one that we know of that is capable of sustaining human life. A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that every single other planet that we have discovered doesn’t even have an atmosphere let alone liquid water, and that means that if we destroy our current planet in some way, shape or form, we wouldn’t have anywhere else to go at any given point in time.

We’re very lucky to have the earth to live on, so it is high time that we started to take responsibility for it. Hiring someone from Greenleaf Solar to install some solar panels for you is a pretty reasonable first step to take in this matter. Solar power is absolutely incredible because it can generate massive quantities of energy without requiring the burning of carbon emitting fuels like gasoline or coal.

Solar panel installation is worth it because of this factor alone, but it’s by no means the only thing that makes it worthwhile. Another important aspect of solar panels that make them highly useful is that they let you generate electricity at little to no cost. The investment required to install them pales in comparison to the thousands upon thousands of dollars that you would save on your various utility bills.

How Can I Find Someone to Design My Kitchen?

Moving into your very own place is something that would leave you feeling truly excited about the range of possibilities that you can now explore at will at any given point in time. However, it is important to remember that you can’t just leave your home barren and devoid of any decoration. If nothing else, you should at the very least consider using some smart interior design to make your house a bit more visually appealing in some way, shape or form.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that bare bones homes can become difficult to live in for a long enough number of years. If you can only manage to design one part of the home that you are planning to live in for as long as you can manage, it would be best if you hired ThinkDzine Interiors for your kitchen. A kitchen that has been designed really well and has plenty of open space and natural light is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it so that you would cook far more often.

Cooking more can result in you being healthier, because you wouldn’t be stuffing your face with fast food, processed snacks or other junk. Kitchens are also somewhat central to most homes, so by upgrading it you can have a wider impact on the rest of your house as well without necessarily having to spend any on designing those areas on some kind of an individual basis. Kitchen design is instrumental to turning your house into a home that is full of comfort, warmth and security.

Is It Hard to Become a Patent Attorney?

Nothing in this world that would get you on the path to enjoying a much higher quality of life will come easy, so if you want to make your way in the world you need to be ready to put the requisite grind and hard work into your daily routine in some way, shape or form. We can think of a lot of examples where such a thing might be relevant, but none are more pertinent than the process by which you might become a lawyer at any given point in time.

A big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that lawyers need to go through a very long and exhausting journey that starts with them going to university for four years as a pre-law student, after which they would do four more years of law school. Suffice it to say that the trademark attorneys that you have seen shaping the way in which the world is functioning didn’t stop after law school, and instead they devoted their efforts on specializing in further fields so that they could be ready for a proper career by their mid thirties.

Hence, the question of whether becoming a patent attorney is hard or easy is a bit of a tricky one to answer. The simplest way to answer this is that patent attorneys definitely do have to work really hard to get to where they are, but that doesn’t mean that the work is impossible for you to do. It’s all about managing your time, and if you do this you can get well on your way to a long and illustrious career.

Can Pressure Washing Damage Windows?

The invention of glass is arguably one of the most underrated forms of innovation that humanity has ever been able to take part in throughout our long history. Just think about it, a few thousand years ago people didn’t have glass at all, and as a result of the fact that this is the case they made windows that were covered with wooden window covers and if they wanted to let some light in there was no way for them to keep dust and hot air out whilst doing so without a shadow of a doubt.

The great thing about glass is that it allows you to flood your home with massive quantities of natural light at this current point in time, and it does not have any impact on the cleanliness or temperature of your internal home environment. Cleaning glass is also a pretty easy thing for you to take part in, but suffice it to say that a pressure washing service Conroe can be a bit risky in this regard if you don’t let a professional handle the task for you and instead think yourself capable enough to do it with your own two hands.

Imprecise pressure washing is bound to damage windows by putting a few cracks in them, and there is also a chance that the window would end up shattering entirely. Hence, you should use a lower pressure setting with the dial pushed as far back as it can go. This creates enough pressure to wash the grease and dirt off, but it’s not even close to being high enough to exceed the force and pressure that glass is capable of withstanding for the most part.

Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Worth It?

Many of the services that you might acquire over the course of your years of living life are not all that essential for you if you try your best to get skills that are necessary for their performance. Plenty of people hire professionals for various things such as sorting out their plumbing, and if you adopt a DIY approach suffice it to say that you can save so much money that your finances would become several orders of magnitude easier for you to stay in control of at the end of the day.

However, you shouldn’t be DIY about everything, and in some situations hiring a carpet cleaning service Baytown might be better than trying to do it all on your lonesome. You can clean your carpet reasonably well yourself if you have the equipment for it, but this equipment is rather expensive since it is meant to be used in commercial contexts rather than being for residential use. Since you only need to deep clean your carpet twice a year at most, spending this much money into equipment just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense from our humble perspective.

That’s why we feel like people should at the very least consider hiring someone for professional carpet cleaning. It makes things more affordable for you because you can pay for the services as and when required instead of blocking a huge chunk of cash whilst buying an item that you are not going to use all that often in the long run. Another thing that makes hiring a professional worth it is that they probably have a lot of skills that can come in handy for using the machines properly.

Is a Pressure Washing Business Worth It?

Life usually involves you making countless decisions, and if you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of choices that you are being forced to make you should know that you are not alone at all. Everyone feels like this from time to time, so much so that scientists have actually given this feeling a name which is decision fatigue. This is the sort of thing that most if not all people end up experiencing at some point or another over the course of their future living years, and a great way to parse your decisions is to first and foremost ask whether they are worth the effort to start off with.

You have likely heard a lot of people telling you about Friendswood power washing and how it is a solid business that you should start dipping your toes into sooner rather than later. Since you are following our aforementioned line of logic, you might be wondering if starting a pressure washing business all on your lonesome would be worth your while from an objective enough point of view.

As far as we are concerned, a pressure washing business is so worth it that you would be a fool not to get into it as soon once all has been said and is now out of the way. The reason behind this is that it has a really high profit margin because it just involves buying some pressure washing equipment, and people are so happy with the results that they are more willing to forgive this margin than might have been the case otherwise. Hence, you can clearly see just how amazing such a business can be.