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In previous posts we have mentioned the plans of our compassionate impact grant recipient, Starfish, to open an impact school for middle- and high school-aged Guatemalan girls. The generous contributions of Foundation Beyond Belief members have helped launch the rigorous teacher training courses that will serve as the core of that school and the launch pad for innovation. Now that our quarter of support has come to a close, we look to the future of Starfish’s impact school and what our support will help them achieve. Starfish has proven through their Girl Pioneer program that a combination of individualized educational attention and cultural support is a potent recipe for achievement. Their students have outpaced their peers in many ways, from ...

By Matt De Stasio

Foundation Beyond Belief celebrates the Supreme Court ruling today that marriage is a constitutional right guaranteed to both same-sex couples as well as heterosexual couples. As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stated in the majority opinion, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” Equality wins and that is a victory for us all!

By FBB

Beyond Belief Network Event Guides: Park Cleanup Cleaning up a park is a great seasonal activity for groups of any size or age. Children as young as 3 can also be involved with picking up trash. While Earth Day (April 22) is a popular day to volunteer, parks may need more attention later on in the year. Necessary Equipment In order to have a successful cleanup, your group should have the following equipment: Plenty of trash bags Reusable rubber gloves or heavy-duty work gloves Brooms (for sidewalks) Water (if none is available at the event location) Hand sanitizer Bags for recyclable material (if applicable) Bags for plant material (if applicable) First-aid kit Tips to Get Started Get in contact. Contact ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Congratulations to Beyond Belief Network’s June Team of the Month: Corpus Christi Atheists! This Level Two team is based in Corpus Christi, TX and was featured as January’s Picture of the Month. Corpus Christi Atheists was chosen for this distinction because of their dedication to their community and regular service event schedule. Corpus Christi Atheists are an environmentally conscious team. Recently, nine members volunteered with the city of Corpus Christi to clean, mulch and paint columns at the Agnes/Laredo overpass. Not only did they help beautify the city, the team also saved a baby grackle. The chick is now in the care of the Sea Lab at the Texas State Aquarium. In February, Corpus Christi Atheists joined forces with Burners ...

By Elizabeth Minutello

Our Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams Development Coordinator, Rebecca Vitsmun, will be speaking tomorrow, June 20, at the 2015 Oklahoma Freethought Convention at the Tulsa Convention Center. Her speech is scheduled to begin at 2:15 pm. In addition to Rebecca, the convention features other speakers such as Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist and Matt Dillahunty, current host of the webcast and cable access television show “The Atheist Experience.” You can find more information on their website. Rebecca first came to the attention of many in the nation back in 2013 when an EF5 tornado destroyed her Moore, OK home and left Rebecca and her son, Anders, running for their lives. Shorty afterward, while standing in the rubble, she was asked if ...

By FBB

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