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Scholarships available for area students

By Emiliano Gross Many Kansas City area students seeking a college education will need financial aid. For those who don’t want to take out student loans, there are scholarship opportunities available. They include the following: *The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF): The GKCCF offers several financial aid opportunities. They include the Hallifax Scholarship for Mothers, designed to benefit mothers …

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Street Talk: Teen pregnancy

By Paula Alzate Statistics show teen pregnancies are decreasing in America. Everyday people are questioning the statistics. According to a Vital Statistics Rapid Release report provided by the National Center for Health Statistics, teen pregnancies have decreased by 67 percent since 1991. According to CNN, factors that have contributed to the decrease include more access to birth control, including condoms …

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Your handy back-to-school checklist

Commentary by Carey Juez-Perez With a new school year approaching, families must prepare for the upcoming year in many ways. Use this back-to-school checklist to ensure your child is ready for the new school year: Register for school (this might include providing a lease or mortgage agreement and utility bills as proof of residence) Get up-to-date on immunizations and provide …

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Working during high school offers many benefits

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez According to a 2014 article posted online at Bloomberg.com, 52 percent of teens worked in the year 2000. However, that number has dropped significantly since then. In 2009, only 33 percent of teens worked – and in 2010, only 16 percent of high school schools had an after-school job, the article stated, relaying information from the …

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Author emphasizes importance of teaching children financial lessons

By Emiliano Gross Most schools don’t teach children financial skills. As a result, parents need to teach their children those skills, especially the importance of saving money, according to journalist, commentator and best-selling non-fiction author Beth Kobliner. Kobliner, a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability whose books include “Get a Financial Life,” believes one lesson children should …

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How to stay safe this Independence Day

Commentary by Katherine Diaz It’s another year of celebration for this nation, as we Americans observe Independence Day (July 4) with family, friends, barbecues and fireworks. Although this holiday is a great time to honor America’s independence, Independence Day also is a day that presents various safety concerns. To keep you and your family safe this Independence Day, consider the …

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Independence Day: More than a big barbeque

Commentary by Dermidio Juez-Perez Independence Day (July 4) celebrations will soon be here again. With them, there’ll be endless hours of barbecuing, visiting with family and parties all over this great country. But does anyone stop to think about what makes this day special? The historically correct answer to that question, of course, is that Independence Day is special because …

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Generations and technology: Generation Z

Analysis by Chara Of the living generations in America, one generation appears to be linked more closely to the latest technology than the others: Generation Z. Born between 1995 and 2014, Generation Z is the generation after the Millennials. Members of Generation Z have had smartphones, tablets and social media all their lives. Typically introduced to technology by their parents, …

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Plyer v. Doe turns 35

By Katherine Diaz Free public education offered to all children because of landmark ruling June 15 marked the 35th anniversary of a landmark case for undocumented children in the United States. On June 15, 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in Plyer v. Doe that “states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status,” according …

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Colombian student following his dream in the Kansas City area

By Paula Alzate In January 2015, Carlos Farfan arrived in the United States with two bags full of clothes and family pictures, ready to start on a journey. Farfan left his native Colombia to attend college in Kansas City, Mo. Now 19 and working part time while studying at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods Community, he said the education he received …

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