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Punctuation Man“Learning is easier when you’re having fun, and that’s what we do a lot of,” says Jeff Rubin, creator of Punctuation Playtime®, and founder of National Punctuation Day®.

Rubin and his wife, Norma Martínez-Rubin, facilitate the 45-minute program of non-stop music, games, and punctuation learning.

“We involve children in a participatory theater-like experience,” Jeff says. “They’ll remember this program and the lessons they learn for a lifetime.”

“Understanding the rules of punctuation helps children learn to read and comprehend what they read,” Jeff says. “Statistics show that students who read well do better in school, get better jobs, earn more money and live more satisfying lives.”

JeffJeff Rubin, founder of Punctuation Playtime® and National Punctuation Day®, is The Newsletter Guy, owner of the Pinole, CA-based newsletter publishing firm of the same name.

Jeff has written and designed more than 1,600 newsletters for companies in a wide variety of industries since beginning his business in 1981.

Previously, Jeff was a newspaper reporter, columnist, and editor for papers in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California. His freelance articles have appeared in Family Weekly, Runner’s World, Basketball Weekly, Consulting Today, and Professional Speaker magazines.

Jeff is a professional speaker (www.JeffRubinSpeaks.com) who gives programs to companies, organizations, and professional associations about effective writing and marketing techniques, customer delight, and integrity for owners of small businesses.

Norma Martínez-Rubin is a veteran of EAST BAY IMpRoV classes and a born laugher. She has a gentle way with children, dogs, and her husband, Jeff.

Norma holds an MPH from UCLA and an MBA from John F. Kennedy University, in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Norma owns Evaluation Focused Consulting, which performs health program evaluations for foundations, health-maintenance organizations, and corporations with community benefit interests.

She provides a high level of qualitative data that enables her clients to maximize the effectiveness of their community health initiatives.