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Inexpensive and Easy! Spice Up Your Schoolbooks this Year by Covering Them with a Gift Bag

Well!  I'm not jealous or anything (maybe a little) but back when I was going to school we only had brown paper bags to cover our books.  This idea will add a little color and personality to your schoolbooks and it's SO easy!  Just recycle a gift bag (of the right size, of course) and you will have unique school books that stand out from the rest.

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Duluth’s Central High School Property Pops Up on Craigslist For Sale

It's no secret that the prime real estate that is home to the now vacant Central High School  is for sale, but measures to sell the property have been taken to the next level.

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Girl, 13, Suspended for Bringing Butter Knife to Cut Fruit at Lunch

A butter knife is causing some major controversy in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Yes, a butter knife.

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New Prague Minnesota School in Lockdown, Students Reported Okay [UPDATED]

WCCO TV in Minneapolis is reporting a middle school in New Prague, Minnesota was placed on lockdown this morning after someone called 911 reporting a shooting within the school.

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School Suspends Boy, 7, For Biting Pastry in the Shape of a Gun

The issue over guns in our schools has taken on a very strange twist in one Maryland school.

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Bizarre New Rule Bans Kids from Blowing Out Birthday Candles in School

Australia has decided to blow out the candles on a birthday tradition.

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Bullied Teen Leaves Behind Heartbreaking Video [VIDEO]

Amanda Todd was a bullied teen who took her own life.  She left behind this video that describes how other kids acted towards her.  It is so heartbreaking, you just want to hug her and tell her it's all going to be okay and that life will catch up to the evil kids in her class.  Sadly, Amanda never realized that.

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Do Bad Teeth Equal Bad Grades?

There are some obvious pitfalls for those children with bad teeth, including self-esteem issues, poor quality of life, and uncontrollable pain.

However, a new study suggests that kids walking around with busted-out, rotten grills may actually suffer more academically.

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7 Things Your Kids Don’t Need For School

With school getting underway again, there are supplies and things most kids need and want. There are some they shouldn't have, and good reasons why.

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Can Too Much Homework Lead to Bad Grades?

It may seem like summer’s just begun, but parents are already focused on the upcoming school year — and some are even encouraging their kids to study now and get a head-start on all the work ahead.

But does all that extra time with the books pay off?

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Burnsville Weighs Shorter School Weeks To Save $5 million, Should Northland Schools Consider Similar Plan?

When I was a student I'd be all for this!  As a working parent, it sounds like a nightmare to make sure the kids would have programs and supervision on the off days.  One of their proposed plans is giving the kids every other Monday off, which I think is too confusing to schedule around.  If you must do this to save money, I'd say end the school year earlier.  I'm fine with extending the school days by 36 minutes so kids would still get the same amount of total class time.

If Burnsville does this and it works, I bet other communities would consider it.  Should Duluth or any Northland school districts look into the following plan?

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Service Learning Award Goes To Harriet Beacher Stowe Elementary

Yesterday, Cathy Kates and I drove out to Gary New Duluth to visit with Jill and deliver a $200 Service Learning Northland check from maurices.

5th grade elementary students at Harriet Beacher Stowe are participating in various science experiments in the after school science club

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