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Screen-Free Holiday Initiative 2015



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Last year the students, staff, and families of our learning community committed to more than 300 hours of technology-free family time during our first Screen-Free Holiday initiative. This student-led project continues to inspire dialogue about our complex relationships with our devices, and this month we invite everyone to be part of this meaningful challenge.

This year we hope to exceed 500 hours in our student-led Screen-Free Holiday initiative. Each hour spent without a satellite-connected device during the Thanksgiving Technology Fast counts for 15 minutes of required community service for Middle & High School students (11th/12th graders, talk to Paul about this).

JOIN US and make your pledge of time and/or money today by completing this simple form, or contacting Keelan Wackman at 512-623-5419 or k.wackman@headwaters.org.

Last week, 10th grader Hannah Levit visited Elementary classrooms and presented to our Middle & High School students about the project. We encourage you to join the conversation and share some of your favorite tech-free moments and activities.

JOIN US and make your pledge of time and/or money today by completing this simple form, or contacting Keelan Wackman at 512-623-5419 or k.wackman@headwaters.org.

Why Screen-Free?

1. RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT. Whether you’re traveling to visit others, having family come to Austin, or just spending some slower days together around the house, Thanksgiving Break is an ideal time to regain lost ground in our ability to have rewarding social interactions. Hannah, our 10th grade champion of this project, wants you to check out this short video entitled “Look Up” and be inspired to find occasions in your everyday life when you could be connecting to people rather than devices.

2. OUR ACTIONS CAN CREATE POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE.   If you are looking for a relevant way for you, your family members, friends, and businesses to make a meaningful impact through a donation and to support the school; sponsoring screen-free hours provides the chance to do so while being a champion for youth development and transformative social mores.

3. MINDS NEED TIME TO WANDER. In our busy world technology is a great asset. It often helps keep children occupied and teens satisfied as we manage our to-do lists. However, we all have less and less time when we are just doing nothing, and this can have an adverse effect on our brains and our creative abilities. More and more people are recognizing the importance of allowing for “boredom” and are paying attention to what research, like that linked here, is pointing to as the advantages of positive constructive daydreaming.

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