San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — Greeting Card Universe, the world’s largest greeting card store, announces its popular collection of 353 original and uncommon cards to acknowledge, celebrate and ease the transition for students heading back to school.
“An estimated 35 million pre-K through grade 8 students will begin classes at public schools this year in the United States,” says Mindy Rosso-Gaemi, Community Manager at Greeting Card Universe. “An additional 14.8 million are attending high school, and another 18.5 million are going to college. In today’s digital age, with 4 out of 5 Internet users also using social media, more schools and colleges are taking advantage of on-line classes and other Internet based tools to network with students and enhance their educational experiences.”
In 1995, only 50% of U.S. public schools boasted Internet access. Today, 100% of public schools offer Internet access, 9 out of 10 teachers use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as part of their collaborative learning initiatives, educational mobile apps are being integrated into classrooms around the country, and 93% of all students research on-line rather than at the local library.
“As parents know, regardless of a student’s age or Internet savvy, the first day of school can be a nerve-wracking experience, for students and parents alike,” says Rosso-Gaemi. “Our one-of-a-kind School Days greeting cards offer positive, reassuring, and often humorous designs and messages for Back to School, First Day of School, and Off to College. Once shoppers discover the diversity of cards available in our online collection, they’ll never shop anywhere else.”
Additionally, shoppers can personalize the inside of all cards at Greeting Card Universe with their own text and photo.
“Adding a personal touch couldn’t be easier while enjoying the ease of ordering online. Custom greeting cards can also be created within 48 hours at no additional cost by requesting changes or a totally new design from our artist community of over 5,200 freelance artists from around the world,” says Rosso-Gaemi. “And ready in as little as 1 hour at select Target stores when using our new in-store pickup option is the ultimate in convenience.”
Greeting Card Universe’s traditional and niche offerings of over 563,000 cards gives nod to the importance of choice and personalization in today’s marketplace and stays true to its tagline “any card imaginable.”
“Teachers can find cards to welcome new students to their class. We even have cards to console empty nesters; parents feeling blue having sent their last child away to college,” says Rosso-Gaemi. “We’re living in a digital age, but sending a paper greeting card isn’t old fashioned – it’s still the best and most appreciated way to communicate and connect with the people who are important to us.”
About Greeting Card Universe Greeting Card Universe (http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com) is a division of BigDates Solutions, a private company that provides consumers with unique, personalized services for any holiday or occasion. Greeting Card Universe is the world's largest paper greeting card store, offering an unlimited selection of birthday greeting cards, photo cards, invitations, and note cards. BigDates Solutions is the leading provider of Online Reminder Service Solutions, powering gift-reminder services, including 1800Flowers.com and FTD.com. The company is also the owner of Birthday Calendar, a Facebook application with over 43 million installs.