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Nearly $30,000 in scholarships awarded

PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) hosted its annual Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration on May 2 at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI, where nearly $30,000 in scholarships and awards were granted to high school students. These courageous students took a stand to raise awareness amongst their peers on the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving and texting while driving.
   "Courageous Persuaders provides a platform for bright young minds to take a stand against everyday pressures and convey thought-provoking messages to their peers," said Doug North, DADA President. "The DADA is committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and I'm confident that lives have been saved as a result of the messages conveyed in these powerful videos."
   Now in its 18th year, Courageous Persuaders is a competition where high school students create 30-second television commercials warning middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving, and texting while driving. The contest drew 632 entries from 225 high schools, and has involved over 900 students from 40 states across the U.S. and from British Columbia.     Nearly 1,100 middle school students viewed and evaluated the videos as part of the judging process. Courageous Persuaders continues to grow in scope and reach each year as it connects with more students and partners across the nation.
    "Courageous Persuaders would not be possible if it were not for the gracious support from our partner companies," added North. "Underage drinking, drinking and driving, and distracted driving are national problems and having longstanding partnership with State Farm has allowed us to expand our national reach and ultimately positively impact more lives."
    For more information on the program, and to view the winning videos, go to CourageousPersuaders.com.

Five ways to make math a part of 
your kids' daily life
(StatePoint) For many students, math can seem like the most challenging school subject. But it doesn’t have to be. Math is actually all around us. Here are five ways you can help kids draw connections between classroom math and the math that touches their daily lives.
1. Bake and Cook. Math and the kitchen go hand-in-hand. Making cookies? Double or halve the batch to learn about dividing, multiplying and fractions. Have the right recipe but the wrong measuring gear? Convert from metric to English to practice simple formulas. Witness how fractions work firsthand by quartering ingredients like peppers and apples. For more hands-on education, let kids do the measuring, timer-setting and anything else that requires math.
2. Build Something Together. Following instructions from start to finish is important for any math student, so build something together, like a new toy box or a bench for a reading nook. These types of projects require the use of math -- from measuring materials to calculating the area and volume that objects will occupy. Be sure to point out when and how math is being used.
3. Have Family Math Night. Play games that deal with math and the tools on hand to win them, like the Casio fx-55 PLUS, a scientific calculator which helps students learn elementary mathematics such as fractions, division with remainders and random numbers. The True Fraction Display helps student understand the mathematics behind improper fractions, mixed fractions and simplification, providing the tools they need not to be intimidated by math concepts.
4. Go Shopping. Shopping is the perfect opportunity to practice percentages. Kids can calculate how much an item will cost and the money saved any time there’s a listed discount, like 20 percent off or half off. They can also calculate what the total charge will be after the sales tax is added. At the grocery store? Let kids weigh produce and calculate the cost.
5. Create a Budget. A great way to teach kids how budgets work is with their own spending money. They will learn how to make their money last, as well as how to count it out and figure out how much change they’ll get back. You can also loop them into your own budgeting process. For example, if you have vacation plans on the horizon, you can show them how to create a budget for transportation, accommodations, food and more.