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Happy August 1st! As summer begins to wind down, the first day of school is right around the corner. Make sure your little ones are prepared with fun accessories from Skip Hop that are both fun and practical! These are some of our favorites.

ZOO KIDS ROLLING LUGGAGE

Your little one will travel in style with Zoo luggage. Sized perfectly for carry-ons and overnight trips, Zoo luggage is sturdy enough for everyday use. Carry or roll it with the detachable straps. We love the front zip pocket with mesh divider that makes it easy to reach smaller items like snacks or books!

ZOO PACK

This is the perfect whimsical backpack for your little one that is always on-the-go, easily holding all the supplies your preschooler might need for a busy day of “work” and play. Features include a mesh side pocket that adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle, as well as the front pouch that is ideal for snacks and includes extra pockets for pencils and other school necessities!

ZOO LUNCHIES

Make lunchtime fun time with wild lunch bags! Sized just right for little kids or a mom and baby on-the-go, these soft lunch bags have a roomy main compartment that holds your kiddos favorites snacks and drinks. The insulated, wipe-clean interior keeps food and drinks cold and clean. Choose from a variety of animals perfectly fit for your little one’s school day!

 

ZOO TAKE ALONG NIGHT LIGHT

A comforting companion in the dark! This portable, cord-free nightlight helps little ones foster independence. The oversized on/off button and an easy-grip handle makes it perfect for little hands. Send your little one off to sleep on a school night with this comforting companion.

MOONLIGHT & MELODIES NIGHTLIGHT SOOTHER

Plug-in this décor-driven friend and experience the multiple ways to soothe your baby, including music, lights and projection. Turn on the dimmable nightlight that emits a warm glow, and one of the eight gentle melodies and calming nature sounds available. Get baby to sleep quicker this season with this nightlight soother.

Shop everything your little one will need this school year at Bellaboo—in-store and online!

 

On Tuesday, December 13, Exit Lancaster presented a check for $6,000 to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Lancaster General Health and $3,000 to Tour De Pink as part of their 2016 PINK Lancaster Campaign, at McCaskey East High School.

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute representatives Victoria Nein, LGH Foundation Special Events/Corporate Relations, and Crystal Mills, LGH Major Gifts Manager, accepted the donation from Jenn Meadows, Exit Lancaster’s High School Director.

“We are so blessed to have such strong community support. This particular group has been donating the proceeds towards the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, that help our patients who are struggling through their diagnosis of cancer, so it’s a wonderful feeling to see kids this age bonding together and just working towards a better cause,” explains Nein.

Tour De Pink representative Gordon Hoover accepted the donation from Meadows, “It is mind blowing the generosity that Exit Lancaster has shown me, Tour De Pink and YSC. It means a lot, my mother had breast cancer so it is an issue that has been close to me for a lot of years.”

Exit Lancaster’s PINK Lancaster Campaign is a fundraising event and community-building initiative in support of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute and Tour De Pink. Exit Lancaster’s leaders say they do the fundraiser because they believe that showing youth the impact of community building establishes a sense of pride and responsibility within them.

For Exit Lancaster student, Melissa Serrano, the PINK Lancaster Campaign was a personal endeavor, “My aunt has been fighting cancer for the past couple years. It comes and goes, and I wanted to help Exit Lancaster raise money for people diagnosed with cancer, not only my aunt, but for everyone who is fighting.”

Exit Lancaster is a program designed to provide youth in the City of Lancaster with impactful experiences intended to create and inspire success. Our cornerstone belief is that all children can become positive members of society when they are given opportunities to succeed.

To learn more about Exit Lancaster, please visit: exitlancaster.org.

On December 17, Rosa’s Jar LLC will be holding a Community Christmas Party from 6 to 9pm at The Community Room at 106 West King on Saturday, December 17th.
 
Kids ages 5-12 will receive a free gift.
Storytime, elves, desserts, and drinks. Arts and crafts and time for photographs.
Admission: One non-perishable food item for the food drive.
 
You can also drop off toys/other gifts at any of the following locations:
The Candy Factory 342 North Queen Street
That Shuu Girl 147 East King Street
Ursa Lunar 317 North Queen Street (where you can also buy Rosa’s Jar cupcakes)

“JUST A KID”

Everyone is “Just a Kid” from somewhere, but Exit Lancaster students are different than most other kids. By growing up in Lancaster and being a part of this substantial program, Exit Lancaster students learn the fundamental values of giving back to their community.

Exit Lancaster’s Just A Kid campaign is not just about the positive impact this non-profit program strives to provide for its students, but more about the exceptional students themselves—the ones who are involved. Since 2003, Exit Lancaster kids have volunteered over 10,000 hours of their time—just one of the many ways in which Exit Lancaster’s core lessons have been implemented in their everyday lives.

“Exit Lancaster, to me, is mostly based off of community involvement. They always encourage us to do community service, be involved in our community, and know what is going on around us—how it betters ourselves being aware of what is going on around us, how the community is always there for you, and how you should always be there for your community,” explains an Exit Lancaster student, Danae.

When students and their families commit to the hard work, principles, and fun which encompass Exit Lancaster, a whole world of opportunities open up. With your help, Exit Lancaster can continue to encourage, educate, and mentor students to give back to their community, and create a winning life plan.

GET INVOLVED

Ready to get involved? Join Exit Lancaster’s Just A Kid campaign by getting involved. You can donate, mentor a student, volunteer, or purchase one of our “Just A Kid” t-shirts online.

Make sure to share a fun photo yourself wearing your “Just A Kid” t-shirt on social media, tagging #JustAKidFromLancaster.

 

For more information on Exit Lancaster, please visit www.exitlancaster.org.