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Ease School Day Stress

Must-haves for lockers and backpacks Rushing out the door for another busy day of hitting the books can mean important things get left behind. Keeping a ready supply of everyday essentials in a backpack or locker can help ease the stress of a forgotten item. Whether it’s rehearsing for the school play, gearing up for athletic practices or just spending …

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El Centro hosting workers’ rights and safety workshops

By Melissa Arroyo Although employers are required by law to provide safe work environments for their employees, injuries, illnesses and deaths are still taking place – and are often unreported. In 2015 alone, 4,836 workers were killed on the job in the United States – about 13 deaths per day, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help lower …

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How to determine if your child is ready for a cellphone

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Social Worker Most children receive their first cellphone between 10 and 12 years old. However, age isn’t the only factor you should consider when determining if your child is ready for a cellphone. Here are a few other considerations: *Responsibility and maturity level: Consider how your child takes care of items such as toys and …

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How to improve communication with your significant other

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo You’ve probably been frustrated if you’ve ever asked your significant other to take out the trash or pick up the kids from school, only to end up doing the job yourself. How you communicate your frustration with your partner afterward is important. The way you express yourself could get your point across. Or it could negatively …

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How to get involved in your child’s new school

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez, Licensed Social Worker A new school brings new opportunities for families to get involved in their children’s lives. Involvement shows your children that education is important and that you care about them. Here are a few ways to actively and positively get involved in your child’s life: *The Parent Teacher Association (PTA): This organization helps with …

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A retirement guide for DACA recipients

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo Planning for retirement can be intimidating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who are starting out in their careers and learning about their workplace 401(k) plans or how much of their money goes toward Social Security. If you’re a DACA recipient, here’s a quick guide for retirement planning: *Understand your options: Understand, for example, …

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America’s childcare crisis

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez There are few topics upon which America’s major political parties agree. However, there are three things Republicans and Democrats have in common: Both parties claim to love the United States, both wish to control Congress and both agree that the cost of childcare in the United States is outrageous. During the last presidential election campaign, the …

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Fun technology products and projects for the whole family

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo Because of the high demand in the workforce for computer science graduates, more resources for kids are becoming available to pique their interest in choosing technology-related careers. But there are other reasons why it’s beneficial for children to learn about computers and software. Doing so helps them stay on top of technological trends and become better …

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A controversial start for Trump’s Department of Education

President Trump believes the federal government shouldn’t do much about education. Instead, Trump believes the states should be the ones solely responsible for educating future generations of Americans. Repeatedly, President Trump has expressed a desire to give control over education to local entities and has expressed his opinion that the federal government is overreaching in education. Keeping the above information …

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College textbooks are a scam

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo The costs of higher education are inflating at a higher rate than healthcare, and one of the culprits is the textbook industry. By launching a “new edition” each year, textbook companies are responsible for inflating the price of textbooks. They’re also responsible for reducing the resale value of a $300 textbook down to nothing at the …

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