Life used to be a lot simpler. Kids played outside without encouragement, and “screen time” wasn’t even a phrase. But in the 21st century, raising, teaching or caring for kids is more complicated. It can be difficult to know what’s best for kids’...

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Volunteer for Graduation Walk

In one Saturday morning, you can help a young person make the most important decision of his or her life: to graduate from high school.

The eighth annual Graduation Walk is Saturday, August 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. United Way of Central Iowa, Des...

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Bridges to Success

More than 70 percent of people who begin the process of earning a high school equivalency diplomas (HSED) don’t end up getting one. For most, it’s not a matter of ability or motivation. Their lives are complicated, resources are scarce, and they...

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Pack a Protein Picnic

Kids may get a summer break, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation.

When school cafeterias are closed over the summer, children from low-income families lose a regular source of one or two meals a day. Families who rely on free and reduced lunch—75...

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Storybook Success

There is a myth about the United States that people all over the world believe. Many Americans believe it too. And so did Udoh Nkanta, when he first arrived from Nigeria 20 years ago.

“When I first came here, I used to think that everybody speaks...

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