In today's news, we visit a plethora of states that are encouraging education and growth in their communities. The stories showcase how communities come together to create greatness, and how their efforts will last a lifetime. From books that aim to represent the unrepresented, to plays that encourage talking about mental health in teens, today's news allows us to discover the theme of education in a plethora of disciplines. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on Newseum.org
Arizona Daily Sun published in Flagstaff, AZ
In Sawmill Park, Flagstaff children's book author Monica Brown is being honored. Her book, "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match," tells the story of a fiesty mixed race girl, who is Peruvian, Scottish, and North American. Marisol does not fit in to any box people want to put her in. She is fierce and represents children who feel restricted by societal norms. Sawmill Park honored Brown and her book about Marisol by creating an immersive book path for all to learn and be inspired by Marisol.
The Sentinel- Record published in Hot Springs, AR
In Garland County, there was no separation between every day trash and recyclables. Garland County took it upon themselves to start a recycling program. Due to their success, the Arkansas Recycling Coalition recognized the county with the Government Recycler of the Year award. The recycling program aims to recycle around 30% of the waste they receive, as well as educate the community on the benefits of recycling for the community.
The San Diego Union-Tribute published in San Diego, CA
With the Covid-19 vaccine emerging into the world in record time with groundbreaking research utilizing RNA technology, researchers have set their sights on creating an HIV vaccine using the same process. This vaccine would theoretically teach the immune system to make antibodies to stop the virus, a daunting but necessary task. San Diego scientists have been researching the impact of HIV on the immune system for years, and the need for a vaccine is extreme as one third of infected patients are not on any treatment. This is due to the lack of access to the proven antiviral methods. This is not the first time scientists have set their sights on an HIV vaccine, but those efforts proved to be disappointing. However, now scientists are optimistic that they could finally achieve this decades long goal.
Longmont Times-Call published in Longmont, CO.
In St. Vrain School Districts the multi-sensory literacy program is providing ESL students with a chance to master the foundations of reading. These students were especially impacted by virtual kindergarten due to the pandemic. This time around, the school district is pulling out all their tools to ensure their learners success as they catch up from last year. The teachers have been impressed by the structure and importance placed on multi-sensory instruction, which they believe is beneficial to all children, but especially to ESL students. The teachers and overseer's of the program are thankful for this grant, which provides them with 500,000 the first year and 250,000 for subsequent years. The grant prioritizes children living in poverty, ESL learners, and children with disabilities. They hope that this grant will further their goals of providing literacy for their students and professional development for their teachers.
Concord Monitor published in Concord, NH
John Stark high school requires its students to complete a senior capstone. One student, Ryan Flaherty, wants to encourage their classmates to speak up about their mental health. Flaherty is directing an one act play that addresses many mental health challenges that teens face. In Concord, a survey showed that close to 32% percent of students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks during the year. This alarming number, and Flaherty's experiences prompted him to direct the play I Don't Want to Talk About It, by Bradley Hayward. During rehersals, Flaherty and their classmates have met for group therapy to discuss mental health and have the opportunity to seek one on one counseling as well. The play will be performed in mid October for two nights.
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