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Annual drive collects over 20,000 toys

Originally published in the Urbana Daily Citizen – January 14, 2020 Ever since that first year, their toy drive has snowballed into a regional effort that has at least doubled the amount of toys they collected each and every year. Last year’s 4th annual toy drive effort managed to collected a staggering 9,224 toys that […]

Letter: Protect school choice

Originally published in The Idaho Press Tribune – January 12, 2020 Not everyone fits in the same academic box. As a teacher, I’ve seen firsthand how every student has unique needs. Fortunately, families in Idaho can choose from traditional and online academic options that aren’t one size fits all. For six years, I’ve been an […]

Online charter school fosters environment of inclusion, self-identification

Originally aired on WILX-TV – January 10, 2020 In this edition of Schools Rule, WILX News 10 is featuring one Lansing-area principal who is making sure every student has a safe, healthy learning environment. Pietr Hoekstra is the Principal of the Insight School of Michigan. It is an online, public cyber school. Hoekstra says feeling […]

How a teen from Olympia met the Dalai Lama and the inspiration he gave her

Originally aired on KING-TV – January 8, 2019 Very few people get to meet the Dalai Lama each year, let alone have a 90 minute conversation with him. Through the Compassion 2020 program, six students from Washington were given this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Kaya Sol, A 10th grader at Washington Virtual Academies, was chosen as […]

On Our Radar: Mia Chapman

Originally published in Sports Illustrated Kids – January 6, 2020 Mia, a senior at Insight Academy of Arizona, secured her first win in the Production 1000 class at the 2019 Lucas Oil SoCal Regional in San Bernardino, California, in September. She ended the 2019 off-road season with three podium finishes. Mia first started racing when […]

Online school was best option

Originally published in The Denver Post – December 26, 2019 When I was in a brick-and-mortar school, I was the student who enjoyed being in the classroom. This all changed when I was placed in a class where I was bullied. Other students called me “crazy girl,” broke my school supplies and taunted me throughout […]

Instagram feed leads young dance student to win special honor

Originally published in Macomb Daily – December 30, 2019 When Emanuel Dostine of Roseville went to watch his sister at her dance class, he asked his mom if he could try it too. His mother signed him up for dance lessons at age 12, and in that moment he found his passion for dance. Now […]

Ayden Kenny fights autism with story of hope

Originally aired on WFFT-TV – December 27, 2019 Ayden Kenny knows what it’s like to be seen and not heard. The fifteeen-year old Insight School of Indiana (ISIN) student lives with autism and remembers his unsuccesful attempts to make friends in elementary school. Kenny has experienced isolation, taunting, and unnecessary reprimand when he was just […]

Student works to help those with mental health needs

Originally published in The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram – Dec 27, 2019 Mental health is a growing concern in Dunn County. Menomonie native and UW-Stout student Katie Jo Walker wants to be part of a solution to help those with mental health needs. The senior majoring in human development and family studies is looking to spread […]

Menomonie native, UW-Stout student promotes mental health awareness

Originally published in The Dunn County News – December 27, 2019 Mental health is a growing concern in Dunn County. Menomonie native and UW-Stout student Katie Jo Walker wants to be part of a solution to a increasing issue. The senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies is looking to spread awareness of mental […]