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Nestle promoting Reading for Kids with fundraising program that offers consumers prizes

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(Best Syndication News) - Nestle has a reading program for kids with actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar, working along with them promoting “The Nestle Share the Joy of Reading Program”. Gellar was at the Los Angeles Public Library on Tuesday to read to children.

“The Nestle Share the Joy of Reading Program” will donate up to $250,000 to the non-profit organization, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The donation amounts given to the organization from Nestle, depends on consumers who purchase their branded treats and enter codes at their website.

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Mother’s Day History – How Flowers and Greeting Cards took over Anna Jarvis's holiday

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(Best Syndication News) - Today is Mother’s Day and according to the US Census Bureau, there are over 85 million moms in the United States. In recent years, the average age for becoming a first time mother is 25 years old said the US Census Bureau.

Mother’s Day became a national event when Congress approved it in 1914. The idea started with Anna Jarvis from West Virginia back in 1908, who wanted to have a special day to honor mothers.

Anna Jarvis had campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a US holiday two years after her mother had died. In 1920, Jarvis complained that Mother’s Day had become commercialized. Jarvis had set up the Mother’s Day International Association and had tried to trademark “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day.” She spent the rest of her life trying to change the holiday away from the commercial money making venture of the greeting card and flower companies which it had become. She felt that people buying premade greeting card were terrible. Instead she thought one should write their own words to thank their mother for all that she has done.

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Distracted driving campaign warns about the dangers of texting and talking on a mobile phone

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Distracted driving campaign educates on the dangers of texting and talking on a mobile phone

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has a campaign for educating about the dangers of distracted driving. This could include anything that takes your eyes off the road. However, talking and texting on a mobile phone while driving has become a big safety problem. According to the DOT, almost 5,500 people died in a car accident in 2009 because of a distracted driver.

The DOT has a website at http://www.distraction.gov/ that offers a wide range of educational material for community groups, schools, parents, employers, and law enforcement. The website also has videos featuring family that have lost a person due to a distracted driver. The latest one featured (see below) was Linda Doyle, a 61-year-old who was killed by a 20-year-old that was talking on mobile phone and drove through a red light without stopping. Doyle's daughter, Jennifer Smith, co-founded FocusDriven which is a national nonprofit organization that educates about the dangers of texting and talking on a cellphone while driving.

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Civil War Stamp collection introduced by the US Postal Service today

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Civil War Stamp collection introduced by the US Postal Service today

Civil War Stamps series issued April 12, 2011

(Best Syndication News) - The Civil War is being commemorated with several series of stamp collections with the first in the series being issued by the US Postal Service today. The American Civil War was the bloodiest war that the United States dealt with. The Civil War started 150 years ago which happened at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12-13, 1861.

The US Postal Service held a special first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Civil War Stamp collection on April 12, 2011. The ceremony was held at Liberty Square in Charleston which is near Ft. Sumter where the Civil War began.

The first pane of the Civil War stamp series was issued today, April 12, 2011 with each new Civil War Stamp series of the collection being issued every year up through 2015. The postage is using the Forever Stamps promotion. The pane has 12 stamps on both sides of the sheet.

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NASA Space Shuttle Orbiters final museum locations announced

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NASA Space Shuttle Orbiters final museum locations announced

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(Best Syndication News) - NASA announced the museum locations for their four space shuttle oribiters as the Space Shuttle Program comes to and end. The four space shuttles are Discovery, Endeavour, Enterprise and Atlantis. There are also hundreds of shuttle artifacts that will be distributed to several other museums and educational institutions. The Space Shuttle Program has been going on for over 30 years with a total of 130 missions.

The first orbiter built, Shuttle Enterprise will be moved from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. The Space Shuttle Discovery will be sent to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The Shuttle Discovery had its last flight in March and made it on a total of 39 missions.

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