Science Activity Kits

Are you looking for outdoor activities to do with your kids or students? Keep Austin Beautiful offers TEKs-aligned Activity Kits for outdoor exploration. The kits are stocked with supplies and easy-to-follow lesson plans for teaching youth about urban ecology and...
Art and Writing contest teens

Writing and Art Contest

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for teens are now accepting submissions from students in grades 7 - 12 from across the country. Presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the awards have fostered the talent of millions of students...
San Mercado San Marcos Price Center

Arts Shopping

The Price Center in San Marcos has announced it is expanding its "4th Flea" shopping event and renaming it "San Mercado." The updated event will have longer hours of operation, live music, more arts and multi-cultural activities. San Mercado will premiere during the...

Sights on Success

Students from 11 Austin ISD middle schools attended the first Gear Up Kickoff College Roadshow in September, hosted by Gear Up Austin and The University of Texas Institute for Public School Initiatives. At the event, which told students to "Commit to Not Quit,"...

Violence Prevention

Students at Burnet Middle School in Burnet ISD were recently recognized for their outstanding work to integrate and implement a program from Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The program, called “Start with Hello,” helps students to create an inclusive and connected community...

Mindfulness at School

Teachers, students and parents at Westlake High School benefitted from a mindfulness program in early October. A mobile PeaceBox was available on campus to help people manage stress through guided breathing exercises and the practice of being present. Local...

Racial and Ethnic Bias

Researchers at UT Austin say racial and ethnic discrimination affects development — from mental and physical health to risky behaviors and academic success. The study, published in the journal American Psychologist, looked at 214 previous studies on adolescents and...
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Rethinking the Meaningful Gift

Rethinking the Meaningful Gift

Kathy Terry is one half of the couple behind P. Terry’s Burger Stands. Kathy and Patrick Terry founded the business 13 years ago and have recently launched a new concept, Taco Ranch. But the project Kathy led on her own, and the one that best demonstrates her heart...

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Kids Waiting to Be Adopted Don’t Need Superheroes

Kids Waiting to Be Adopted Don’t Need Superheroes

The first time my parents decided to adopt was on a beach. A friend was telling them about a little boy she worked with whom no one wanted. Without missing a beat, my mom said, “We’ll take him.” And they did.   Sure, there were things to do: classes to take, visits...

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Charity Begins at Home: Encouraging a Giving Spirit in Children

Charity Begins at Home: Encouraging a Giving Spirit in Children

In this age of selfies, societal messages can tell us our worth is tied to the superficial approval and envy we obtain from “friends” who barely know us. In this environment, it’s acceptable to believe we’re the center of our own worlds. Ironically, experts tell us...

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Helping kids find their passion

Helping kids find their passion

Your daughter wants to be a rock star one minute, a doctor the next. How can you help her find direction without stifling her inquisitive spirit? The career counselors at Austin Community College (ACC) have some tips for explorers. Each year, they help thousands of...

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Lifelines
Are You Using Essential Oils Safely?

Are You Using Essential Oils Safely?

Essential oils are booming in popularity. Parents are looking for natural remedies without the side effects of prescription drugs. People’s Pharmacy in Austin reports a dramatic increase in essential oil sales over the past few years. Worldwide essential oil sales are...

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Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can happen to anyone in an intimate relationship — regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age or race. Also called “intimate partner violence,” domestic violence can happen in all types of intimate relationships, whether married, living together...

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RSV: What You Need to Know

RSV: What You Need to Know

Every year, respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV, an illness in the lungs and breathing passages) causes over 2 million doctor’s visits among young children in the US. About 57,000 of these children are so sick, they need to be treated in a hospital. The American...

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Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

Does Your Child’s School Support Health and Wellness?

We want our children to be healthy. When they’re at home, we offer nutritious food, encourage exercise and promote wellness. But once school begins, our kids spend many of their waking hours at school. So, does your child’s school support or sabotage health and...

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Education
The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

The Many Advantages of Dual Language Programs

This year for the first time, our school district offered a dual language program, and my husband and I strongly considered enrolling our twins. We ultimately decided against it for several reasons, including that it required a change of campus and our children being...

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Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

Why Technology in the Classroom Deserves a Closer Look

I’m revealing my age by saying that I can remember getting our first black and white home computer, which took pride of place in the dining room for the whole family to use. My first cell phone didn’t come until college, when social media was non-existent.   Our...

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529 College Savings Plans, Explained

529 College Savings Plans, Explained

Saving for college can be overwhelming - the savings options alone can make your head spin! The 529 plan is arguably the most well-known college savings vehicle. This overview will give you a better understanding of the popular plan and can help you make the best...

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How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

How I Learned to Love Collaborative Classrooms

It's hard to believe summer is almost over and our kiddos will soon be heading back to school! I still remember those final summer days when I nervously waited to learn which teacher would be mine and which friends would be in my class. Now that I'm a parent, the...

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Family Matters
What If I Don’t Want Another Baby?

What If I Don’t Want Another Baby?

Q.Our son is 3 years old and an only child. Lately, my husband has been talking a lot about having another baby. I know he gets pressure from his parents, because our son is their only grandchild. My mother-in-law has made it clear she’d love to buy cute little girl...

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Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Even Young Kids Can Be Affected by Domestic Abuse

Q.  I’m in a bad situation. My husband yells at me in front of our children (2 and 7 years old). He says I’m fat and lazy. He says he hates me. Once in a while, he hits me, but not where anyone could see. I’m staying with him for now because I have nowhere to go and...

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Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Not Perfect, But Good Enough

Q.  We were eating in a restaurant when my 16-year-old son blurted out “You’re bad parents!” This presumably because we took away his cell phone during the meal. He said he was expecting an important text from his girlfriend. He and his sister left and started walking...

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11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

11 Things to Try When Your Child Refuses to Go to School

Q. My son is 14 and often refuses to go to school. Sometimes, I can convince him to get in the car, but then he’ll refuse to go inside. If I walk him into the school, later he’ll have a physical complaint such as a stomachache or headache, and I’ll get a call from the...

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Family Connections
What Will My DNA Test Reveal?

What Will My DNA Test Reveal?

In 1962, James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins received the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.   Just 28 years later, in 1990, the Human Genome Project launched. Its daunting goal: to map the human genome.   Fast forward...

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Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Shield Your College Student from Identity Theft

Back to school. Every year is more surreal as our kids seem to age at warp speed.   This is especially true for parents faced with tearfully remembering the first day of kindergarten as they drive away from newly furnished dorm rooms with college-level well-wishes...

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3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

3 Apps (and More) for Learning to Read

This is the first sentence of this article, and the fact that you can read it isn’t to be taken for granted.   According to research noted by ourworldindata.org, only 12 percent of the world population was literate in 1800. 12 percent! How mind-blowing is that?  ...

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