Wildlife Prairie Park: The Basics

Wildlife Prairie Park: The Basics

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By Johnathon Kraus

    National parks are one of the many prides of America. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, there are almost 85 million acres to explore! One of these fantastic parks is based right here in Peoria! Wildlife Prairie Park, officially known as the Hazel & Bill Rutherford Wildlife Prairie Park has around 1,700 acres to roam.  Recently, Appsco has partnered with Wildlife Prairie Park, to provide an all-access electronic guide to one of the best parks in the Central Illinois area! From maps of the many trails that wind throughout the park, to a list of attractions to spice up your trip, our app does it all! Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the Wildlife Prairie Park App

Main screen of the app

 

Features of the app

The Wildlife Prairie Park app has loads to offer, from attractions situated around the park to ways you can stay right inside of nature!With a click of a button, you can choose which trails you want to hike, what seasonal activities are available, and you can even give the friendly staff at WPP a call. With our app, the fun doesn’t have to stop all day! Also included are downloadable PDF files for the maps of the park, so even when your service quits, you don’t have to. The WPP app helps you do it all! 

How do I download this amazing app?

Our app is downloadable FOR FREE on IOS and Android. Just use the keywords “Wildlife Prairie Park” to easily find us!

Have any questions?

Don’t worry, it’s all good! Appsco representatives are available at Wildlife Prairie Park to help you out in any way necessary. Also, located in the top right corner of the app is a phone number to the WPP staff, where they can also help you navigate our amazing app. With all of that said, we at the Appsco team wish you happy hiking!

We love hiking too!
How Communication Affects a Business

How Communication Affects a Business

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   By: Sarah Alasquar
09/25/18
Communication affects businesses because that is how others in the community are able to know more about you. If there wasn’t such thing as communication then it would be hard to get what you’re trying to promote across to people.
    There are good things that can come from having communication in a business. For example, if your business meets someone from the government or anyone important, the public can hear, from any source of communication, about what your business does, and with that it can boost your business and get attention from more people. But besides inside the business, people can use communication to get their business more well known by telling their close friends and family more about their business, and by telling those people, your business can begin to be more well known in your community, hopefully even further.
     But communication can also be bad for a business. For example, if something happens within the business and the it gets involved with a lawsuit or some sort of consequence, it will make the whole company look bad and can affect in the present and even in the future. Also with that, it could probably make you have to end your business because it won’t be meeting the goals that are set and the business might not be getting profit or whatever they need to be getting. 
    In conclusion, communication plays a big role in your business because without it your business won’t be doing the best it can potentially do. It just a convenient way to let more people know the purpose of your business. There are obviously more benefits and drawbacks about having communication in a business, but these are just a couple.
Benefits of Teamwork in Business

Benefits of Teamwork in Business

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By: Dina Taher & Shaelyn Johnson

09/18/18

Teamwork is essential to maintaining a successful business. If faculty staff and management cannot properly communicate, the workplace is going to be divided. Communication and teamwork allow for others ideas to be shown in the workplace. Incorporating multiple opinions and views on an issue may create the best solution for factors such as budgeting, logistics and convenience. Lack of communication creates problems in making decisions and also in finding out what work is being done throughout the company.  If you decide to work on a project, communicating what you are doing to your peers helps to get more ideas into the mix and can make a potentially better end result.

No one person knows everything or can do everything right, but when you combine multiple minds that have different perceptive and idea you can make one very big and intelligent end result. In most businesses they have certain roles and task they have to fulfill to help the business succeed. That right there is teamwork without people even realizing it! You may not be working directly with people but the work that you do can help the entire business flourish.

An example of good team work in a business is AppsCo! In our business everyone has a specific and valuable role in the company. Without our technology team we would not have apps for the marketing team to market out or for the sales team to try and pitch about. Without the multi-media team we would not have content to post on our other social medias, and last but not least without our leaders we wouldn’t have people to help push and motivate us to do all of our work from each department.

 

Without teamwork it’s very hard for a business to reach its full potential!

AppsCo Class: In Session!

AppsCo Class: In Session!

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By:Shaelyn Johnson & Mariah Cooley

09/01/18

School is in session here at Richwoods High School! And the new AppsCo class is jammed back with new students who are ready to learn and succeed! The AppsCo class here at Richwoods is taught by Mr.Parker Gross and the class is full of eager freshmen and sophomores who are eager to get into AppsCo and learn what we’re all about.

We went to the AppsCo class today during our study hall to go see what they were learning and working on, the past few days they were filling out all of the information about what their interested in and the departments they would potentially want to be in. They also took a Cliffton’s Strength Finder’s Test to find their 5 core personality traits that make them who they are. Today the students got to talk to Ann Oliver who was talking about their strengths finders test and she coaches them on their Strength’s Finder test results. The students then got assigned a pretty cool assignment! They worked in groups of 4 and did a powerpoint, poster, or even experiment to show how all of their strengths can go together and make a successful team!  Each student also did a 30 second pitch about their strengths and what they think about them, how they help them, and what they learned about themselves from seeing their strengths.

The students are taking a great start on AppsCo and learning so much so they can start doing more for the company!

Back to School Tips 2018

Back to School Tips 2018

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By:Shaelyn Johnson

08/02/18

Back to school time is looming over us and it’s time to start thinking about what you can do this next school year to  make it the best and most productive one yet! The beginning of the school year is the most exciting time of the year, you find out your classes, meet new people, and have football and other sport games that you can attend. After the 1st month of school some people loose their motivation and drive but here are some tips that can help you have a great 2018-2019 school year!

  1. 1. Set goals for yourself!
  2. Setting small or large goals for yourself can  help push you to finish a task faster or better! If you have a boat-load of work on your plate you can set goals that you want to get a certain one done on a certain day or time. Once you accomplish that goal it helps you feel better and you have 1 less thing on your plate.

2. Ask for help!

-If you don’t understand a concept or a question don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for help! You may feel like its a “dumb question” but nothing is ever a dumb question! If you don’t/can’t ask your teacher ask a friend or peer about it and if they know they could help you understand it better.

3.Relax!

-Yes, everything can be stressful at times but make time for yourself where you don’t think about the pressures of school. Hang out with friends, go on a walk, or do yoga to help calm your mind and chill out. Everything will get done at some point so don’t drive yourself insane!

4.Have fun!

-Go to a football game, have a sleepover, or a bonfire! Do something fun with your friends and family, don’t lock yourself in your room 24/7 !

 

How To Increase Summer Productivity

How To Increase Summer Productivity

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In the summer, students tend to put off working and lose motivation. Many students can spend the summer studying for standardized testing such as the ACT and SAT, work a part time job, or research colleges. Instead of working on these things, students decide to hangout with friends, sleep in, or be lazy. To increase summer productivity students need to set goals. If you decide that you want to research a college, study or apply for a job, you should set an end goal in each category. This entails creating a schedule.

If you intend to accomplish a goal, schedule dates and times to work. As a student, it would be beneficial to choose one or two days a week to a certain task. Another idea is assigning a time to complete a task daily, so there is time for leisure during the rest of the day. One issue with increasing summer productivity is the obvious distractions most students face. Many teens will see a phone notification and immediately respond or check on it rather than completing a task. The simple solution is to just turn your device off when you are scheduled to complete a task.

Lastly, to maintain motivation , it is smart to keep in mind the end result of completing your task. If your goal is for example to apply to colleges, keep the benefits of a good career in the back of your mind to ensure you start the application process. All in all, to increase summer productivity students should set goals, schedule work times, eliminate distractions, and think of the end game.

Y.E.S! Youth Empowerment Summit

Y.E.S! Youth Empowerment Summit

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By:Shaelyn Johnson

07/28/18

AppsCo was offered the opportunity of a lifetime! It was a 3 for 1 special, we were able to meet local heroes , like Shaun Livingston(3x NBA champion), Mrs.Jehan Gordon-Booth (Illinois State Representative), Mr.Tim Kelley (Grammy Award Winning Producer), Mr.Chris Reynolds (Athletic Director, Bradley University) and over 10 other influential people. Then we were also able to listen to the advice and back stories of these people, as well as network and make connections!

If you haven’t heard of this event, I’ll give you a quick description of what Mr.Booth and Tri-County Urban League said about this event and the vision they embodied, “Our vision is to inspire and impact all of those in attendance by experiencing living testimonies that prove you can be successful regardless of your economic or living circumstances.” The message and reasoning behind this summit is very influential and made us as a group feel empowered and influenced.

On to the days events, we first met and checked in and got some super cute T-shirts (pictured below)! After that we went from room to room to listen and converse with local leaders. The leaders we went to were, Mr.Chris Reynolds, Shaun Livingston.Mr.Tim Kelley,Ms.Dionne Gipson Mr. Marcellus Sommerville, Mrs. Marcia Bolden, Mr.Kamal Bolden, Mr.JerryHester, Mr.Glen Bowie, Mr.Jamere Jackson, Mr. Chris Duncan, Mrs.Jehan Gordon-Booth, Mrs. Marquita Furness-Davis, PHD , Mrs. Jedediah Cantrell & Sherrif Asbell! Each leader gave us things to think about and empowered us, some key quotes that we took away from these conversations we plan on sticking with us. Mr. Tim Kelley said , “I’m not the only one who made it out of Peoria doing what they want, you all can do that too.” Then when we were talking with Mrs.Jehan Gordon-Booth, Mrs.Jedediah Cantrell and Mrs. Marcia Bolden they gave us key advice that was something children of all ages needed to hear about. They told us about healthy relationships and friendships and other important things that we could all apply to our lives. “Real friends don’t let you do garbage” was a key quote that stuck out to us and that really made every child in the room think.

This event was amazing and we are so grateful we had the chance to go and talk to so many local leaders from a diverse variety of job fields. There was something there for everyone and we will take what we heard and learned away and apply it to our lives. Thank you to everyone who was apart of the program and for having AppsCo!

             

     

Tips on How to Become a Better Student

Tips on How to Become a Better Student

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By: Sarah Alasquar
07/20/18
Although AppsCo is a student-lead business, the students apart of it have another priority: school. This blog will give tips on how to become a  better student and do well in class.
   1.Studying: You might think that that is what everyone tells you to do but studying really helps you in the long run, especially if you have an exam later that year. Also when you study for a test, you will most likely do better on it.
   2.Do your homework: another thing that will help you do well is doing your homework. Yeah homework might seem repetitive but it will definitely help you on tests especially if the homework is similar to the style of your tests.
   3.Pay attention in class: Sometimes you might want to have a conversation with your friends or you want to sit on your phone but that doesn’t help you at all. It is really important to listen in class because if you don’t it will hurt you in the long run. Paying attention helps you learn because sometimes things that you learn in school may be hard to learn since the topic is usually new to you.
   4.Asking questions: Sometimes you might  not understand what is being taught, but don’t be shy to ask your teacher for help. You don’t have to ask in front of the class if you don’t want to. You can always go after school to ask for more examples. But it is better to ask at the moment because the teacher will be able to better understand what you are struggling with.
   5.Collaborating with others: Asking a classmate for help may be a better solution to understand a topic for some people. You might feel more comfortable to ask a friend rather than a teacher because you know them better.
There are a bunch more tips on how to be a better student and do well in school. Some of these tips may not work for everyone, but try to figure out what is best for you.
Importance of Workplace Literacy

Importance of Workplace Literacy

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07/10/18
By: Dina Taher
A great quality to possess is workplace literacy. It’s important to know the vocabulary of the work you are performing in. The more eloquently spoken you are, the more professional and knowledgeable you seem. Workplace literacy is also important in analyzing data and interpreting work from colleagues, supervisors, or even potential clients. If you are good at interpretation, you can develop creative ideas in relation to the work of others. Speaking to colleagues in a educated manner creates an improvement of professionalism in a place of work. This developing professionalism can lead to positive character traits such as politeness and diligence. In an article  about the importance of personal branding (https://www.accompany.com/importance-personal-branding/) ,professionalism caused by improved literacy also shows positive individuality, knowledge of a field of work, and creates a positive personal brand. The article also states how the entire purpose of being professional is attracting clients and creating revenue. An employee should always be looking to move the company forward and can meet this standard through improved workplace literacy. A company can see many benefits in teaching their employees good literacy skills. If employees learn these skills well and correctly, they can develop their own literacy programs within the company. In fact, companies in Canada spend an average $4 billion annually on training and developing their workplace including literacy programs. Surveys were given to employees at companies that had literacy programs put in place five years prior. “71 percent of the employees had experienced change in their work environment within the past five years” (http://www.mun.ca/educ/faculty/mwatch/fall99/fagancoish.html).
In conclusion, it is clear to see that if a company aims to further its profits and work environment, they must stress an importance on workplace literacy. Workplace literacy not only heightens professionalism, but also reflects the intelligence of an individual.
Why Entrepreneurs are Important

Why Entrepreneurs are Important

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07/06/18
by Ashanti Adams and Cecelia Panek

Entrepreneurs are people who have the power and creativity to transform a community. New businesses that are unique to a city create the cultural landscape of the city, helping it to stand out from places around it. Not only does entrepreneurship have economic benefits but it also provides cultural benefits making it extremely important. Entrepreneurship creates new jobs, serves as a basis of innovation, helps with political and economic integration, and creates and endless cycle of creativity.

1. They Help the Economy
About 500,000 small enterprises are established every year. The growth of these businesses contribute to the economy, both local and national.

2. New Jobs
Entrepreneurship firms add large shares of new jobs. And these jobs don’t  always require a high level of expertise which allows for more unskilled people to get theses jobs, giving them a chance to gain experience and training.

3. Basis of Innovation
People creating their own businesses provides new technology, products, and research.

4. Political and Economic Integration
Entrepreneurship is a very effective way to integrate people who may feel alienated from the economy like women, migrants, and minorities.

5. Endless Circle of Creativity
When entrepreneurs hire people, this can boost the entrepreneurship among them, inspiring them to use their own ideas for new businesses. Entrepreneurs inspiring others creates an endless circle of development and creativity.