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Back in Class

August 27, 2021

Kids all over the country have returned to classrooms. This is usually an exciting time. But this year, the excitement is again mixed with uncertainty. “I’m wondering if school will be back to normal, or if it’ll be the same…

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Health

Mattel Honors Frontline Workers

August 5, 2021

Mattel is honoring frontline workers with dolls modeled on real-life doctors and nurses. Among them is a doll version of Amy O’Sullivan. She’s a nurse at the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. That’s in Brooklyn, New York. O’Sullivan appeared on the…

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Reflecting on Racism

June 7, 2021

In June 2020, Sesame Workshop began a study of how kids and families in the United States feel and talk about racism. Researchers questioned 147 families with children from ages 6 to 11. In January 2021, they checked in with…

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Toys for the Summer

May 21, 2021

There are so many ways to have fun and stay cool during the summer months. Here are some of our favorite outdoor toys and games. Colorful Creations Sidewalk chalk is a classic tool for creative expression. You can draw pictures…

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Calling for Change

April 23, 2021

On March 28, Mina Fedor, 12, organized a rally with four friends: Bee, Anna, Juno, and Mila. It took place in Berkeley, California. More than 1,200 people joined them. The girls led a crowd onto a bridge across a freeway.…

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World

Mummies on the Move

April 9, 2021

The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade took place in Cairo, Egypt, on April 3. It celebrated the country’s history, transporting 22 royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. The mummies of 18 kings and four queens…

History

Blast from the Past

February 19, 2021

A conch shell discovered 90 years ago in France is now thought to be the oldest instrument of its kind. Researchers say it's about 18,000 years old. The shell was found in a cave in France's Pyrenees region in 1931.…

Media Literacy

Closer to the Truth

February 17, 2021

Many of the Southeast Iowa Union’s older readers live in rural areas and don’t get their news online. So when they need to know how the coronavirus is affecting their community, they rely on the newspaper. “People appreciated the reporting…

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Dancing Lions

January 21, 2021

This time of year, you might see lions roaming the streets. They prance, wriggle, and rear up on two legs as drums beat and cymbals clash. Have no fear: These aren’t real lions. They’re dancers in colorful costumes, celebrating a…

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The Best Toys of 2020

December 1, 2020

The best toys of 2020 are a reflection of this year's events. There's Monopoly House Divided, a state-of-the-nation take on the classic board game. There's also Playmobil's Large Hospital play set, which introduces kids to what goes on inside a…