The Bananagrams Challenge, the first official U.S. Bananagrams school tournament, is open for registration to elementary schools throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The free-to-enter challenge is intended to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school programs.
According to the Toy Industry Association (TIA), bills moving through the legislative process could have a damaging impact on toy companies with business operations in Vermont and Connecticut.
TIA referred specifically to Vermont Senate Bill 239 and Connecticut House Bill 5354 and Senate Bill 126, which would result in lists of products containing certain “chemicals of concern” and additional testing costs for toy companies. The companies would have to report and publicly list any products containing the identified chemicals.
TIA is calling for toy companies and their employees to file pre-formatted letters (which can be found here for Vermont, and here for Connecticut) to their state representatives and senators to support TIA lobbying efforts. Companies must submit their contact information and edit the second paragraph of each letter to provide company-specific information. For more information, contact Andy Hackman at (202) 570-8526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toy Industry Association and other organizations such as the American Chemistry Council, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Apparel and Footwear Association, and the Personal Care Products Association are calling for companies across the country to alert Connecticut state legislators that a proposed bill could be very costly for stakeholders involved.