September 2019 Newsletter

September Newsletter

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Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is an organization that was created by Israel & Danielle Paskowitz for their son, Isaiah. Isaiah has autism and when he struggled with meltdowns and sensory overload, riding the waves with his father really helped to calm him down. Not everyone has a championship surfer for a dad, so the Paskowitz family invited others to join them at the beach to help those like their son. Their idea caught on, and now they’re a nationwide, grass-roots non-profit organization that is known as the original surf camp for children with autism.

Our Business Development Manager, Joe Cohen who is an avid surfer, loves to volunteer his time with this organization and has been doing so for the past 6 years at Doheny State Beach. I asked Joe what he enjoys most about volunteering with this organization and he said “Surfers Healing uses the sport of surfing to connect with children and adults who have autism and special needs. Some of these parents have never seen their child smile or speak, but when they get on these boards and ride a wave, they open up in a way their parents’ haven’t seen before. It’s so rewarding to help these families connect with their children in a new way.”

For more information about Surfers Healing, click Opens in new windowhere.

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7 Facts About Teachers that Might Surprise You

“What really makes a teacher is love … for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.”

Almost everyone has a story about a teacher who inspired them—the one who made learning fun, ignited a passion for a specific topic, or even pushed students hard to soar beyond expectations.

Those are the teachers we remember; their legacies live on in the professional and personal achievements of those who passed through their classrooms. And they can still inspire, long after the last class.

Since the school year has started we thought it would be fun to share a few interesting things we’ve learned about teachers and their dedication—because as any good teacher will tell you, learning is a lifelong journey.

  1. There are more than 3 million teachers in the U.S. Public schools have a total of about 3.2 million full-time equivalent teachers, according to federal statistics. Sounds like a lot, until you consider that there are approximately 51 million K-12 students to teach!
  2. The vast majority of teachers are women. The fact that many teachers are women probably isn’t a surprise, but the percentage might be larger than you think: It’s nearly 77%. And more than 54% of principals are women, too.
  3. They probably work more than you realize—and not only in the classroom. We’re all envious of the summer vacations most teachers get, but according to surveys, teachers work an average of 50 hours a week. And they might not have a summer vacation at all: About 30% of them have second jobs
  4.  When they’re not teaching, many teachers are taking classes of their own. Nearly 60% of teachers have a postgraduate degree—in order to advance their careers, additional education usually is required. And unlike training in the corporate world, this is done on the teachers’ own time (and often on their own dime).
  5.  They spend their own money in the classroom. When teachers don’t have enough supplies, or they want to provide their students with more, almost all of them (94%) dig into their own pockets. The average cost for teacher-funded supplies? About $500 annually. That’s not pocket change, especially when you consider that teacher salaries average about $55,000 nationally.
  6.  Frequently, that support goes way beyond school supplies. More than 65% of teachers in one survey said they had paid for food or covered the cost of field trips for students in need. And 33% have purchased coats, gloves, or other winter clothing for kids in their classes. Clearly, they’re dedicated to more than just education—they want to ensure the well-being of their students.
  7.  The best gift isn’t a red apple. Despite the classic image of an apple on the desk at the front of the room, teachers say there are better ways to show your appreciation. Try a gift card for a coffee shop, or to an office-supply store to help with their classroom expenses. If you’re one of the 88% of people who say a teacher has had a significant positive impact on your life, though, the most meaningful thing of all might simply be a heartfelt note saying, “Thank you for doing what you do.”

Provident Plus Insurance Agency recognizes and applauds all teachers past and present!

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Tell a Friends

Your business means the world to us. We work hard to earn your trust with great service and products. We understand the importance of an insurance package tailored for your lifestyle needs.

The highest compliment we can receive is that you’ll tell your friends and family about your good experience with us. As our way of saying thank you, we’ve created a referral rewards program.

Here’s how it works:

  • For every referral that is sold we will send you a $20 Gift Card!
For more info, give us a call at 800.310.0395, or click here.
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End of Summer Bucket List

Unfortunately summer isn’t endless and as the sun starts setting earlier and earlier, we need to enjoy the moments we have left of this beautiful season. Here are some ways to capture what’s left of summer.

  • Eat ice cream for dinner
  • Go cloud gazing
  • Plan a family photo shoot
  • Hike a local trail that you haven’t visited yet
  • Roast hot dogs and ‘smores by a bonfire
  • Take the scenic route home
  • Host an outdoor movie night
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Watch a sunset together