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Harrison Jeannel ITCA

Letter to the Editor: Online Education

Originally published in the Idaho Statesman– July 19, 2018 Public school at home has been a life-changing experience for me, and Boise-area families should know about the free options available to them that go beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar school. As the child of a military family, I have moved often, each time worrying about school. Before […]

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Letter to the Editor: Idaho Virtual Academy

Originally published in the Meridian Press– July 16, 2018 Ezra Kennedy, Meridian It is often difficult for a teen to find a sense of belonging — especially at school. Six years ago, I found my place with online education. I attended Idaho Virtual Academy from middle school up until my high school graduation this spring. […]

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Option for Public School at Home

Originally published in The Idaho Press-Tribune – July 13, 2018 I wanted to share my family’s experience with public school at home in the hopes of helping another family realize that there are free, high-quality education options available to us in Boise beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar school. My daughter Kat had home-schooled off and on throughout […]

Emily Harper

KAAL-TV: Hayfield Teen Fosters 12 Cats

Originally aired on KAAL-TV – July 13, 2018 Soon to be a high school senior Emily Harper has an unusual after-school activity. She takes care of 17 cats, 12 of which she fosters as part of Camp Companion. Emily attends an online school called Minnesota Virtual Academy, which allows her to have a flexible schedule, […]

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LETTERS: The benefits of public school in a home setting

Originally published in The Chronicle– July 11, 2018 Wendy Wilson, St. Helens Dear Editor, I wanted to share my family’s experience with public school at home in the hopes of helping another family realize that there are free, flexible options available to us in Portland. I’ve learned through our experience that many other families don’t […]

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KIMT-TV: Finding ‘Fur’ever Homes

Originally aired on KIMT-TV– July 12, 2018 Emily Harper is both standing up against bullying and making more time to pursue her passion, all thanks to changing her schooling. Emily is a rising 12th-grader at Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA) and spends her free time volunteering at her local animal shelter, Camp Companion. To learn more about Minnesota […]

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Clayton Girl with Autism Uses Violin to Overcome Anxieties

Originally aired on WNCN-TV – July 11, 2018 A young violinist from Clayton isn’t letting her autism or anxiety stand in the way of her talent. In fact, she says playing the violin helps her cope. When Emma Palys was a toddler, her parents realized something was different. She wasn’t developing as quickly as expected, […]

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Podbielski Siblings Share Love for Taekwondo

Originally aired on WTMJ-TV – July 10, 2018 For Ron Vorpahl,  Erich and Hanna Podbielski are more than just students. “They are like my left and right arm when I’m not here. They run classes, they teach at the YMCA for me. They do everything here,” said Ron Vorpahl, master instructor, and owner of American […]

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The Gazette: Thank you to online school

Originally published in The Gazette– June 28, 2018 As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank the teachers and staff at Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS) for helping my daughter find her voice. Abby has oral apraxia, which is a condition where the connection between brain and tongue is slower […]