Don’t Gamble with Your School Furniture Purchases!

Las vegas Conference logoYour Power of Choice and ATD’s Charter Power add up to a winning combination for your school.

Stop by ATD’s Booth #1542 and let our experts show you how to take the gamble out of buying school furniture.

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The School Day Just Got Healthier – Healthy Eating = Better Learning

CAF205_1mEducators have been telling us for a long time that hungry kids can’t concentrate on learning. Studies show that good nutrition plays a key role in a child’s performance in school. Kids who are well-nourished come to school each day ready to learn and do better in class.

Getting kids to eat well, however, sometimes seems impossible to many parents, especially those who are dealing with picky eaters or kids who demand the junk food they see advertised on TV commercials.

Our guest blogger today is Rebecca Zaslow who holds two titles. At ATD-AMERICAN, Rebecca is our Vice-President of Marketing. At home, she’s Mom to Zoey and Guston.

Rebecca has been working to teach Zoey and Guston about healthy eating and she would like to share a few of her ideas with parents trying to instill healthy eating habits in their own children.

1. Breakfast Starts the Day off Right – Skipping breakfast is never a good idea. Kids who start the day with a healthy breakfast are more alert in the classroom. Mornings are a busy time in most homes, though, and it can be a challenge to get kids to eat a healthy breakfast and still get out the door in time for school.

A quick and easy breakfast can still be healthy. A good breakfast for children would be whole grain toast, an egg and some fruit. If you have a picky eater, whole grain toast or an organic whole grain cereal with some fruit is a good alternative. Another great choice is a yogurt smoothie with either fresh fruit (the ideal choice) or frozen fruit. These are the types of food that will keep your child full and focused until lunch.

 2. Even Kids Need a Power Lunch – Lots of schools do their best to provide nutritious lunches for school children, but it costs a lot of money and most kids don’t always want to eat the healthier foods. Many schools also offer speedy quick food, greasy pizzas, French fries and other low-quality foods alongside the healthy lunch selections.

One of the most important things parents can teach their kids is the importance of eating nutritious foods at lunchtime (really at all times). Hopefully, with your help and example, they will choose healthier salads, vegetables instead of French fries, and water instead of soda.

If you worry about how your kids eat at lunchtime, you can always pack a healthy lunch. If you do pack a lunch, make sure you get them involved in selecting what goes into the lunch box. That way they’re more likely to actually eat it instead of throwing it away and filling up on junk food.

3. Re-Charge with After School Snacks – After a long day at school, a light after-school snack is the perfect way to refuel before study time. Keep a variety of healthy snacks on hand and easily accessible so your kids get used to reaching for them instead of “empty-calorie” snacks like cookies, candy or chips.

Some good healthy rebuilding energy snacks for your kids include nuts, fruit (for example apples, grapes etc.), carrots with hummus or any other type of veggie and dip your kids may like. For a healthy drink, give them milk or water and stay away from sugary drinks that may make it difficult to focus on their homework.

If you need more ideas for teaching your children about healthy eating, check out the links below for some great tips and advice from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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ATD-AMERICAN Salutes America’s Charter Schools

President Obama has declared this week (May 4-10) National Charter Schools Week.

ATD-AMERICAN joins President Obama in paying tribute to America’s charter schools, teachers and administrators and saluting the role they play in advancing opportunity for our children.

Presidential Proclamation — National Charter Schools Week, 2014

The Early Bird Gets Their School Furniture ON TIME!

Early Bird logoSummer is the busy season for education projects and demand increases as the last day of school approaches.

ATD is ready to receive purchase orders for all of your education projects for the 2014/2015 school year. By submitting your purchase orders now, you’ll beat the end-of-school-year rush and avoid problems that can arise with last-minute orders.

If your project doesn’t requre delivery until late in the summer…no problem! Just provide your required delivery date when you submit your purchase order and we’ll handle all of the details. Remember, we’re here to make your buying experience easy and stress-free.

If you need another reason to order now, check out ATD’s special “Buy Now – Pay Later” financing offer and see why it pays to be an Early Bird.

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Contact an ATD Sales Consultant for your personal quote and get things started today!

                  888.283.7246                    www.atd.com                     educational@atd.com

 

Click here to view our new 2014 Education Furniture Buying Guide.

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Give Nature a Second Chance…Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and every day throughout the year with earth-friendly habits. Here are a few small changes you can make that will protect the environment, conserve precious natural resources and give nature a second chance.

water

  • Use only the water you need and reuse as much as possible.
  • Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater for watering your garden.
  • Help keep water clean by using biodegradable eco-friendly cleaning products.

air

  • Walk, jog, ride a bike or take public transportation to help reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Make sure the air is healthy in your office, school or home. Learn about indoor air pollutants.
  • Plant a tree. Or plant many trees!

land

  • Use pesticides safely! Reduce or eliminate their use if possible.
  • Try out composting.
  • Learn about “Greenscaping”. Use it at home and encourage it in your community.

energy

  • When running errands, plan your trip to reduce driving time and mileage and save on gas.
  • Save energy at home and at the office. Replace light switches with timers in rooms such as closets and bathrooms.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances and electronics that are not in use. Don’t forget battery chargers.

waste

  • Recycle metals, plastics and paper. “E-cycle” electronic waste such as computers and other gadgets.
  • When purchasing items, look for products made from sustainable, recycled and reused resources.
  • Cut back on the amount of “stuff” that could end up as waste. Print double-sided or don’t print at all – keep your documents electronically.

 

Buying on a Budget…The ATD Value Proposition for Educators

As schools struggle to meet their needs for classroom furniture despite decreasing budgets, ATD-AMERICAN brings the most essential and economical school furniture to school administrators, making it possible them to furnish their classrooms without wasting money or time.

Regardless of the size of the your school or budget, from pre-school to high school, private school to charter school, community college to university, ATD has the products you need and purchase most frequently.

We use our extensive knowledge of school furniture, our purchasing power and our access to hundreds of manufacturers to negotiate the lowest prices and pass along the savings to you through our catalog, our website, and through the bid process.

ATD also helps you stretch your budget by providing FREE Space Planning and Design Services. From individual rooms to entire buildings, our design experts can create customized classrooms, libraries, auditoriums, computer and science labs and administrative areas.

While pricing is important, you need to be sure that the school furniture you buy will stand the test of time and remain a good value far into the future.  You can buy with complete peace of mind thanks to our LIFETIME GUARANTEE .

In addition to product selection and pricing, the ATD Value Proposition also includes ATD’s commitment to providing the highest quality service. Our dedicated staff of highly trained school specialists understands the unique needs of schools and has extensive experience outfitting educational facilities. You will always receive fast, professional service, no matter how big or small the order.

 If Value, Quality, Selection and Service are the foundation of the ATD Value Proposition, customer satisfaction is its heart. Our promise is simple. We stand behind our products. If anything goes wrong, we fix it. We are not satisfied until you are satisfied.

Click here to view our new 2014 Education Furniture Buying Guide.

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ATD Among the Top Office Furniture Dealers in Philadelphia

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ATD-AMERICAN is proud to announce that in a survey conducted by the Philadelphia Business Journal, ATD is ranked 4th among office furniture dealers in the Philadelphia area.

The survey, published in the March 21, 2014, issue of Philadelphia Business Journal, ranks office furniture dealers based on the number of local employees.

In 1931, Irving Zaslow founded Jaffe’s Art Linens, a Philadelphia retail store that has grown into ATD-AMERICAN, a business still headquartered in the Philadelphia area and still owned and operated by the Zaslow family. Over our long history, ATD has grown into a manufacturer and distributor of thousands of items, including office chairs and furniture, school chairs and school furniture

Yvonne Zaslow

Yvonne Zaslow

“This is great news for ATD,” said Yvonne Zaslow, Executive Vice-president and co-owner of ATD-AMERICAN. “We were thrilled last year to be ranked among the top women-owned businesses in the Philadelphia, and we are equally thrilled this year to be ranked among the largest office furniture dealers in the area.”

“As we celebrate this new ranking, we are also looking to the future,” Ms. Zaslow added. “Growth is always a challenge, but our goal at ATD is to always keep moving forward. We are already looking ahead to next year and working toward achieving an even higher ranking on this list as well as earning top rankings on as many other lists as possible.”

Are You Ready for More Sunshine?

It’s been a long, hard winter for much of the country and everyone is probably ready for a little (or maybe a lot) more sunshine.

Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States on Sunday, March 9. It’s time to set your clocks ahead and “spring forward” one hour. It’s also a good time to take a few minutes for this “seasonal safety check”:

Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms save lives…if they work. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggests not only changing the batteries, but also checking the age of your alarms and replacing older alarms. The CPSC suggests that consumers replace smoke alarms every ten years and carbon monoxide alarms every five years.

Since you’re changing batteries already, this is also a good time to check flashlights, radios and other battery-powered equipment in your home or car. With fresh batteries, you’ll be ready for any emergency.

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