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Friday, December 20, 2019

Things changed in middle school. Stress, depression and substance abuse were becoming commonplace. Allison Tu saw it so clearly. Couldn’t the parents and teachers? Maybe they thought it was classic teenage angst, hormones or a flair for the dramatic. But mental health issues for youth throughout Kentucky were all too real. One student took their own life in sixth grade, then another freshman year.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The pain starts out dull, then becomes sharp and pulsing. Light and sound make it worse. The only option is retreat to bed, away from the world. Caleb Oh spent much of the last 10 years suffering from painful migraines. Though often missing school, he found much-needed solace in books – one in particular, the biography of Jane Goodall.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

“I loved my sister Lucy very much. She was the sweetest baby, even though she had a lot of medical issues that meant she would spend long periods of time in the hospital,” remembered Grace Beal.

Her family was turned upside down by the death of little Lucy. Grace felt alone. She was in second grade and didn’t know what to do with her grief. But she did know she wanted to keep the memory of Lucy alive.

Raising money and hope

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

When some kids take apart their parent’s things, they get put in timeout. When Aja Capel kept taking apart devices in her home, her parents enrolled the precocious four-year-old in a robotics course at Orpheum Children’s Science Museum.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Within the pages of books, Vance Tomasi finds adventure, knowledge and new worlds. As an avid reader and straight-A student, Vance couldn’t imagine his life without books. While volunteering at a book drive, he discovered there is a direct connection between owning books and performing better in school. And he was dismayed to learn that many children don’t have any books of their own.

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