Fredericksburg Families

Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.

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Monday reads

…a weekly compilation of family-related news from, The Free Lance-Star and beyond.

Back-to-school means shelling out for quite a load of fees at area high schools. Reporter Robyn Sidersky has the rundown on school fees here.

We ran a wire story this weekend in The Free Lance-Star about how more and more school districts are buying iPads to use in the classroom. On Sunday, The New York Times published a story with a pretty compelling premise: “schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning.” Read the iPad story here, and the Times story here.

Would you like to see better options in your child’s school cafeteria? Healthy Living columnist Jennifer Motl wrote this week about a book called “Lunch Wars.” She offers her own tips for improving school lunches here. If you’re looking for some inspiration as you start another year of packing school lunches, go here to read about The Happiest Mom’s “Lunchbox Challenge.”

A kids’ triathlon will be held on Saturday at the King George Family YMCA as a fundraiser for a local youth dealing with brain cancer. If your child likes to swim, bike or run, learn more here.

As Louisa County residents continue to recover from last month’s earthquake, the young men of the Louisa High School football team are doing a lot to bring the community’s spirits back. Read sports writer Adam Himmelsbach’s excellent report from Louisa ahead of last week’s opener here.

Book Corner: Find Rebecca Purdy’s latest recommendations–books to help early readers learn–here.

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