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Girls “Kick It” at BLS

On January 10th, BLS girls had an awesome time “Kickin’ It“ at the all-girl Focus Group in preparation of the February 7th workshop! Register for the workshop by following THIS LINK or call Ms. Ariel at 410-263-0050   After a good warm up (including 20 push ups!), we split into teams for an obstacle course and a game of dodgeball. Then we circled up for a discussion of how girls fit into the martial arts world. The girls had awesome input about their feelings of being a female martial artist, what BLS could do to be more appealing to girls, and how they

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Holiday Gift Card Collection — Crunch Time!

Very recently, Balanced Life Skills has been contacted by two local Anne Arundel County Schools to support SIXTY homeless students this holiday season. BLS is proud to be recognized by local schools as a community of students and families that give & serve! GOAL: $40 in gift cards per student in the next TWO WEEKS. Due Date: Monday, December 16th by 5:00 pm WHAT TO DO: Purchase an extra $5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 gift card the next time you’re out getting gas, grocery shopping, or picking up presents from the following places: Visa Gift Cards American Express Gift

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Suicide Awareness Activities in Annapolis Area

Starting Saturday September 7 and for the next week across the country thousands of individuals will be taking part in Out of the Darkness walks and other activities to bring attention to the mental health issues of suicide.  Suicide has been a very difficult subject to talk about, but those times are changing.  In our country in 2010 (latest reports available) suicide has moved to the 10th leading cause of death of Americans.  While the numbers decreased from 1990 – 2000, since that time they have been on a very sharp rise.  With the latest figures we know that every

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The Character of Leadership

Our conversation this month on Leadership started with asking the students, What is a leader? There were many comments, but all ended that the person had to be honest and “nice” to others. Obviously a leader has to be someone that others want to follow, but why? Why are people willing to follow another person? People are willing to follow others if the leader has a vision or a goal and then is able to make good choices and set a great example. Leaders have a very strong vision, yet they are willing to listen to the ideas of others,

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Rubber Duck Fun Race for a great cause – fighting hunger in Anne Arundel County

The Rotary Club of South Anne Arundel County is sponsoring Quacks for Backpacks on Sunday May 19th from 12:00-3:00 at Camp Letts – 4009 Camp Letts Rd. Edgewater, MD 21037. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Bountiful Backpack Program, sponsored by South County Rotary. Hunger in Anne Arundel County is unfortunately a grim reality for many area children. Nutritious meals are available at school; however weekends are not covered. In an effort to sustain these children, South County Rotary launched the Bountiful Backpack Program as part of its hunger initiative. The backpacks are filled with a weekend supply of nourishing food for

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