It’s important to remember that the Holiday season is about so much more than shopping for gifts and sipping on peppermint mochas. This time of year, the team at 171 Nissan likes to make an effort to remember those less fortunate who don’t have the same luxuries as us. During the Holiday season, it’s more important than ever to give back to children, veterans, and others who may be in need. Here are some ideas on giving back this Holiday.
Donate to a Cause
There are tons of reputable charities all over the country who can use your funds for a good cause. One option near 171 Nissan is CASA of West Central Louisiana. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children are a group of community volunteers who work to find safe, loving, permanent solutions to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Your donation this time of year could help a child have a special, memorable Holiday season.
If you don’t have money to give, you may instead have time, and volunteering can be just as meaningful and helpful to those in need. Local food pantries, such as God’s Food Box in DeRidder, Louisiana, are always looking for people to help serve those in need, especially during this time of year.
If you or someone you know if preparing to move up from high school to college and you live in the Lake Charles area, here’s some of the best Louisiana colleges to attend near us.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
A number of academic benefits and innovative SMART classrooms await you at one of the best colleges in Louisiana, which offers over 80 degree programs and counseling services for first-generation college students.
McNeese State University
One of McNeese State’s main draws is that it’s one of few universities that house a farm on campus – with over 1,400 acres of land dedicated to agriculture and research. Also, newly-admitted students can attend “Cowboy Camp,” a special and exclusive orientation.
If you’re looking for a Christian private school, head to Louisiana College. There are various degree programs, an on-campus chapel, spiritual programs, and accreditation through professional organizations.
Louisiana State University in Alexandria
This branch campus in Alexandria offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs as well as benefits like varsity rodeo and rugby teams and an undergraduate academic journal. Check out the exclusive Honors Program, too.
Some of the best Louisiana colleges are near us right here in the Lake Charles and Alexandria area. If you want to stay close to home, schedule a tour for one of these schools today.
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When it comes to helping save homeless animals and improving their health and welfare, no one does more than the Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana (ARFLA). ARFLA’s effects can be seen across the state, including here in DeRidder.
ARFLA is a non-profit organization that strives to protect the animals around Louisiana who can’t protect themselves. Their physical shelter is located in Lafayette, but they frequently have adoption and fundraising events in other parts of the state. They rescue animals through a variety of sources, including picking up abandoned animals, rescuing dogs from high kill shelters, taking animals from people who cannot keep their pets, and taking litters of puppies in when the owners agree to have the mother spayed.
If you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, please consider choosing ARFLA as your pet adoption center. Every animal available for adoption has been fully vetted and temperament tested before being eligible for placement. In addition, all animals receive the necessary veterinarian care, including vaccinations, de-worming, spaying or neutering, microchipping, heartworm testing and treatment, necessary surgeries, and, of course, love and care.
To adopt a dog from ARFLA, you first need to fill out the adoption application. You can also help by donating needed supplies or donating money to the shelter.[Top]
Achieving your New Year’s resolution is something to be proud of, no matter how time-consuming or difficult it may (or may not) be. There are plenty of goals to choose from, which makes it hard to pick just one. Then again, nothing is stopping you from attempting to achieve multiple goals throughout 2017! Here are some New Year’s resolution goals to challenge yourself with.
- Lose Weight – One of the most common resolutions people have is to lose weight. Some set specific goals while others decide that any amount of weight loss will do. Fortunately, since there are so many people with the same goal, it’s relatively easy to find a workout buddy to keep your motivated throughout the year.
- Kick Soda – Soda isn’t good for you, plain and simple. Large amounts of High Fructose Corn Syrup, sugar, chemicals, and other ingredients can do serious harm to your body. Kicking soda to the curb is one way to both detox and lose weight.
- Learn a Language – Widen your horizons and get ingrained in a new culture by learning a new language. Whether you plan on traveling or not, a new language has a number of additional benefits, including getting to say you’re bilingual. You could even advance in the workplace thanks to your newfound skill!
Nissan is working harder than ever to partner with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that creates affordable housing for those in need. Nissan has pledged millions of dollars to the organization over the years in order to help those in the community, and it has also recently renewed a specific campaign in the Nashville area.
According to Nissan, the brand recently launched the House the Media Built campaign by drawing over 50 prominent journalists from around the globe in order to cover a new story on a house being built in Nashville. In addition to donating funds over the years, the Nissan brand has also managed to donate vehicles and volunteer, helping to build over 71 homes across the US in the past decade.
“Nissan began its relationship with Habitat for Humanity more than a decade ago with a donation of $1 million, 50 TITAN trucks and an abundance of employee volunteer time following Hurricane Katrina,” said Dan Bedore, director, Nissan Division Communications. “This relationship goes to the heart of our values, not only as a corporate citizen, but as neighbors in the communities in which we live, work and serve.”
The Nissan and Habitat for Humanity partnership is stronger than ever. The organization has managed to build more than 770 homes in the greater Nashville area, many of which were paid for in part by funds from Nissan. This is just one more way the company is giving back. Find out more about how 171 Nissan is helping to give back as well![Top]
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, a holiday synonymous with good cheer and Irish celebrations. However, this time of year is also one of the worst when it comes to impaired driving. At 171 Nissan we want everyone to have a great holiday, but we also want everyone to have a safe one as well. Statistically, someone is killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash, a number that increases this time of year.
Last year, roughly 9,878 people were victims of alcohol-impaired drivers, demonstrating the dangers of drunk driving. According to the CDC, the two groups most at risk are young people and motorcyclists. In fact, one of the leading causes for the deaths of young people is alcohol-related vehicle accidents.
So, what can you do to prevent these drunk-driving numbers from increasing?? If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. There is no way to become sober other than through time, which means that cold showers, coffee, and other remedies are just myths. To put it simply, your body must digest and eliminate the alcohol in your system. Impairment is directly related to the rate of alcohol consumption, as well as the percentage of alcohol consumption. That means that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is affected by both how fast/often you drink a beverage, and by how much alcohol is in a beverage.
Knowing what is in your drink is also important. Beers tend to have 3.5% to 6% of alcohol (some have up to 12%), wines have 8% to 20%, and distilled liquors can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf brands have 45% to 80%). You should also be aware that fortified beers and wines tend to have much higher alcohol content than normal.
Everyone is different, which is why it is important to know you limits. If you have been drinking at all, you need to get a ride or call a taxi. Drink and drive responsibly. For more information on drinking and driving, visit DoSomething.org.[Top]
Many recent high school graduates are headed off to college. For these students, the transition to college can be a difficult one. One of the most difficult things about college is finding somewhere to park on campus. Nissan is determined to help out with that.
According to a press release from Nissan, the automaker has teamed up with Enterprise CarShare to supply universities around the country with Nissan vehicles.
“The Enterprise CarShare program offers a convenient way for college students, faculty and staff to enjoy an extended test drive of a wide range of Nissan vehicles and to experience ‘Innovation that excites’ firsthand,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America, Inc., in the press release. He goes on to say that, “for those about to graduate and recent graduates, we’ll be there to support the transition into the working world with our College Grad program when they are ready to purchase a new Nissan car, SUV or truck.”
The deal with Enterprise will supply over 90 campuses nationwide with Nissan vehicles that can be used for car sharing. What makes the deal even better is that through December 31, students can rent these vehicles for just $5 an hour.
Over the last few years, the number of Enterprise CarShare vehicles on college campuses has dramatically increased by 20%. With Nissan’s help, it looks like this number will continue to grow! Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think about Nissan’s latest endeavor![Top]
With the kids home from school all summer, it’s a great time to have some extra family fun. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous times of the year. Follow these simple tips to keep your family safe in the summer.
- Stay cool. Playing outside and getting some sun is great. However, to prevent any heat-related illnesses, remember to stay cool by wearing appropriate clothing, staying hydrated, using sunscreen, and seeking the shade when you can. Also remember to never leave a child or pet unattended inside a vehicle.
- Water safety. Make sure all children use appropriate flotation devices. The “puddle jumpers” are a popular and functional choice for young children. Also, never leave your children unattended in the water and do not rely on the lifeguard to watch your children. Consider enrolling children ages 3 and up in swimming lessons.
- Don’t get bitten. Bug bites are not only a nuisance, but can lead to insect-related diseases like Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and others. Use an insect repellant while playing outdoors and check everyone, including yourself, for ticks.
It’s going to be an exciting weekend in Lake Charles! At 171 Nissan, we can’t wait to make it out to the Lake Charles Civic Center events on Saturday, where the Juneteenth Celebration Family Fun Day and the first ever Shrimp and Jazz Festival will be held. Juneteenth will take place in the sports facility of the Civic Center and costs $10 to attend. The Shrimp and Jazz Festival will be held from 11 AM to 7 PM.
Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery, which ended 151 years ago on Friday. The event will include lots of fun games and activities for kids, performances from both local and nationally recognized musical artists, and a celebrity barbecue cook-off. For those of you who’ve been to this festival in the past, you remember just how fun this event can be!
The Shrimp and Jazz Festival is intended to make jazz music more available in Lake Charles and will feature Grammy-nominated artist Mickey Smith, Jr., along with many other musicians and, of course, lots of shrimp and food! This festival is a perfect pair to Juneteenth, as both will celebrate Black history and the impact of Black culture. So come out and see what we’ve got going on in Lake Charles this month and share it with us here at 171 Nissan![Top]
Nearly 800 students plan to skip a round of Common Core Testing in the Lake Charles area and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them. Students have the option to opt out of the tests. In all 318 elementary and 458 middle school students will not be taking part.
The problem comes down to school performance scores and, by extension, funding. The total number of students opting out comes to 6% of the total students scheduled to be tested. When a student opts out of the common core testing, it counts as a zero for the school. In turn, this could affect the No Child Left Behind funding. Representative Brett Geymann is leading the battle against Common Core standards.
This isn’t the first set of reforms the area has seen recently. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a $36 million increase in state aid for public schools. The funding also sets new rules for how public school teachers are evaluated with less emphasis on student performance.
The Lake Charles students represent only 0.2% of test takers and only two schools. State Superintendent of Education John White said, “We don’t just govern two schools. We govern 1,400 schools.” Whether any changes will be made to Common Core Testing remains to be seen.[Top]