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EXPRESSION SESSIONS: CHCHC provides creative outlets

first_img What little kid doesn’t like to dabble with paint? Turning circles into happy faces, lines into horses’ legs and window panes into cascades of color?Charles Henderson Child Health Center (CHCHC) in Troy has just the space for such a place.For an hour each Wednesday afternoon, from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., happy, carefree kids and their moms and, dads, too, come to CHCHC for Expression Sessions, which is a creative outlet for kids ages five to eight. However, Shanlie Wolter, art teacher, welcomes any child to the art experience. Even though little Charlie was “underage,” he showed a huge amount of interest in what wet paint feels like on a little boy’s nose. Latest Stories EXPRESSION SESSIONS: CHCHC provides creative outlets Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson 123PrevNextStartStop Published 4:43 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019 Sponsored Contentcenter_img Grillfest raises money for scholarships Grilling teams from around the county cooked up burgers, ribs and chicken Saturday on Trojan terrace to raise funds for… read more Lydia Brown has been working on a painting of a horse for several sessions.“I love horses so that’s what I wanted to paint,” she said. “It’s fun to paint a horse and to give him a place to run and play.”Hearing the word “fun” when talking about art pleases the teacher and the parents as well.Andrea Pack said her children look forward to Expression Sessions and so does she. “We want the children who come to Expression Sessions to have fun and art is fun,” Wolter said. “We want children to experiment with colors and shapes. We want them to paint what interests them and we want them to feel free to express their feelings through art. We want them to have a good art experience.”Wolter said sharing time at Expression Sessions with friends and family enhances the art experience and is an incentive to come back again and again.“Expression Sessions is not something you have to come to every week,” Wolter said. “It’s understandable that there are other things to do or that have to be done. But, it’s exciting that the kids really enjoy being here and look forward to coming every week.” You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “The children have a good time with the other children and they always enjoy the art projects,” she said. “I enjoy watching them and seeing their excitement about what they are doing. Shanlie is a great teacher. She doesn’t tell them what and how to do, she leads them.”Pack said Expression Sessions supplies the paint, paper and brushes needed for the art activities.“These are things that we don’t have readily available at home,” she said and added, laughing, that it’s wonderful to have a place where children can come and be expressive, and even make a bit of a mess doing it.Lydia Carmody said her daughter, Maddie, enjoys spending time with her friend doing something they both enjoy.“Maddie loves to come to Expression Sessions because art experiences are limited in school,” she said. “And, it’s relaxing for the children. If they’ve had a ‘bad’ day at school, doing something creative helps them forget all about it.”Carmody’s comment hints at the fact that creative endeavors, including art, can be stress relievers for children as well as adults.The world of children is often viewed by adults as happy and carefree. Kids don’t have mortgages to pay or clocks to punch so they should have no worries.But children often experience stress, said Charles Henderson Child Health Center pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Dawson.“In today’s world, children often experience stress,” Dawson said. “There are different reasons for stress. Children don’t have mortgages but home situations, school struggles, friends, insecurities, illnesses, so many things can cause stress.”Children can relieve stress in different ways. Crying is a stress reliever. Some children run away. Some find a quiet corner. Some discover creative outlets for their stress – art, music, dance, theater.Art is a great stress reliever and children who participate in Expression Sessions can be the beneficiaries.“Children can express their feelings through art – happiness, anger, love, sadness,” said Dawson, who initiated Expression Sessions. “We provide them with art activities that are fun and also stress relievers. Expression Sessions is something children and parents can do together. CHCHC is proud to offer this opportunity to families and appreciate the support of the Daniel Foundation in helping making this creative art experience available here in Pike County.”Ben Busbee, CHCHC administrator, said the child health center is proud to be able to offer Expression Sessions to the public.“This new program is open to the public and it’s free. We invite everyone who is interested in learning about art and art therapy to join us,” Busbee said. “The children who participate in Expression Sessions will have pieces of their artwork for sale at TroyFest, the last weekend of April. All proceeds will support the Expression Sessions.”Parents who are interested in Expression Sessions for their children may contact CHCHC at 334-566-7600 for more information. By Jaine Treadwell Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

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Norway’s Askøy municipality weighs founding separate pension fund

first_imgThe Norwegian municipality of Askøy is considering setting up its own, separate pension fund for employees, once its current arrangement with pension provider Storebrand comes to an end.The local authority, which lies within the county of Hordaland around the west Norwegian city of Bergen, has put out a tender notice on the EU’s TED service, looking for potential service providers for a separate occupational pension fund.Many Norwegian public sector employers have had to look for alternative pension fund provision arrangements for staff since commercial providers Storebrand and DNB Livsforsikring announced two years ago they were pulling out of the public service pensions market.In the tender notice, Askøy kommune said its chief councillor was now preparing a case on the future provider of the occupational pension for employees. The local authority currently has an occupational pension for its employees in Storebrand, it said, adding that the case would be decided by Askøy’s municipal council.“The establishment of a separate pension fund will be a real alternative,” it said.Askøy said it was inviting tenders for a turnkey system for a separate pension fund in accordance with the main tariff agreement in the KS (the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities) tariff area.This is to include tenders for all the necessary liabilities and assets services, it said, with the exception of the manager, board and auditor.The Askøy municipality pension scheme had 1,750 active members in 2014, and 650 pensioners.Total premiums were NOK115m.The local authority said the contract would be subject to two possible renewals, starting 1 January 2016.It said it envisaged inviting three providers to tender.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 13 April.Following the exits of Storebrand and DNB Livsforsikring, the only external provider that will be left in the sector is Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP).KLP is the second-largest provider of public service pensions in Norway after Statens Pensjonskasse (SPK), and has been expanding rapidly over the last year as municipalities and other public sector employers transfer their existing schemes to it.It has said it is taking in 150,000 new members as a result of the corporate exits by the end of 2014.DNB Livsforsiking has blamed its decision to leave the public service pensions business on the tightening of requirements and regulations, and the intense competition that exists in the market.Storebrand said it would have had to put a high level of investment into systems and processes to continue direct provision of public service pensions.Earlier this month, KLP reported a 100% rise in contributions last year to NOK62.5bn in 2014 from NOK30.9bn the year before, as municipalities continued to transfer their pensions to the scheme.In 2014 alone, KLP said 58 local authorities and 203 public businesses had transferred their pensions to it.Some local authorities have already moved to set up their own pension funds, however.Last October, Tromsø regional council in the north of Norway established the new Tromsø Municipal Pension Fund with 5,000 members and NOK2.5bn in assets under management.last_img read more

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