The Student Who Taught Me I Have Room for Thankfulness

  As I drove from my house in the country, fields and green lawns gave way to rows of colorful single-family homes and then to enormous gray warehouses and boxy brown garages. The buildings, encircled …

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What to Do About a Bad Report Card


In most local school districts, students are receiving first nine weeks grades about now. Did your student bring home a report card that was less than exciting or not quite what you were expecting? Here …

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Manners Matter


In this era of smart phones at the dinner table, texting instead of talking, self-indulgence and social media, how do we make sure our children are not losing the ability to conduct polite conversations and …

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What to Ask at Your Child’s Parent Teacher Conference


Fall is the time for Back to School Nights and parent-teacher conferences. You may be wondering what to expect at these events. At most schools, you will get a chance to walk your child’s schedule …

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Is this what your kid’s backpack looks like?

I see a lot of kids whose good-intentioned parents buy them a whole pile of school supplies, only to find that by week two, their book bag is a mess, and they are using none …

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UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools!


UMW Partners with PLZ and Spotsylvania County Public Schools to Stuff the Bus with school supplies this Friday Aug. 1 at the Southpoint Wal-Mart from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  All donations will go to the Spotsylvania …

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Ten Tips for Tax Free Weekend: Back to School Shopping

1. Take an Inventory, Reuse, and Recycle Look to see what’s left over from last year. It is likely that there are many binders, pencils, pens, calculators, and other supplies that can be reused. Let …

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Tax Free Weekend…A Great Time to Buy School Supplies for Your Children and Those in Need!

Tax free weekend is a great time save a little money on school supplies for your children and those in need. Here are some tips on what items are tax free this weekend.   (, …

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