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500,000 Kids Could Lose Eligibility for Free School Lunch

More than 500,000 students in low-income families would lose automatic eligibility for free school lunches under the Trump administration's proposed changes to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Democrats say.

'This is not normal': Hundreds remember 11-year-old Karon Brown, urge end to gun violence

Outside Allen Chapel AME Church, schoolchildren mourning their friend lined up for cupcakes and goody bags filled with candy and decorated with photos of 11-year-old Karon Brown. Inside the sanctuary of the District church, light shone through the stained-glass windows, highlighting the display of green and blue balloons on the altar. Karon's name was spelled out on large blocks.

Michelle Obama and a NOVA Community College grad shared a stage and a message

A Northern Virginia Community College graduate sat in a cream-colored chair next to one of the nation's most accomplished women, former first lady Michelle Obama, and described his failures. But that's okay, Ariel Ventura-Lazo assured the 90 high school graduates who had come from New York, Philadelphia and the District to hear from adults who had been where they were heading. The students will soon become the first generation in their families to attend college.

Don't Have Lunch Money? A Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care

Dozens of families in Pennsylvania received an alarming letter from their public school district this month informing parents that if their kid's lunch debt was not settled, their child could be removed from their home and placed in foster care. Wyoming Valley West School District, one of the poorest districts in the state as measured by per-pupil spending, is located in a former coal mining community in Northeastern Pennsylvania, known affectionately by locals as "The Valley."

Highly Recommended: AT THE MOUNTAIN'S BASE by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre

In February, 2018, Penguin announced it was launching a new imprint, Kokila, that would center "stories from the margins with books that add nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it." On September 17 of this year (2019), Kokila will release At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell (she's a citizen of the Cherokee Nation) and illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre (she's Tongva/Scots-Gaelic). The book pays homage to the true history of female Native American U.S. service members like WWII pilot Ola Mildred "Millie" Rexroat.

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