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Books On Wings Helps Kids Take Flight
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Books On Wings Helps Kids Take Flight

by Naomi Krueger

Books open doors to new cultures, time periods, and ecosystems. They also open doors to higher test scores and academic interests that could turn into careers. With the growing achievement gaps in US schools, educators and nonprofit organizations are working to put more books in the hands of early elementary children. Books On Wings donates books from teachers’ curriculum supplement wish lists, one for each student in the grade, to help at-risk students find a love of reading and learning. […]

A Home For American War Letters
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A Home For American War Letters

by Terri Barnes

The modest bungalow looks like any other home on the tree-lined street, but the rooms inside hold an estimated 100,000 cards, letters, and emails written by American service men and women and their families, during every American conflict from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan. This unique collection of personal letters of war is the vision of dedicated author and historian Andrew Carroll, in partnership with Chapman University. The Center for American War Letters opens November 5, 2014. […]

Comic Books Cultivate Uncommon Community
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Comic Books Cultivate Uncommon Community

by Naomi Krueger

In the back of Source Comics & Games, a St Paul neighborhood comic book store, 60 or 70 people sit around game tables. Bursts of laughter and general chatter confirm the good time. It’s a snapshot of the greater comic book community: primarily male and passionate about comics and the character worlds within. They gather like family, role play favorite characters, and use comics to spur reading comprehension, imagination, and creativity. […]