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.

See how area schools fared on last year’s SAT tests in this story from Jeff Branscome. All but two area public high schools had scores below the state average, but scores are down statewide as more students take the test.

Middle school isn’t easy, but our children’s book columnist, Rebecca Purdy, has some selections that can help kids understand and even laugh at the trials of growing up. Read her selections here, and find a wider list at the teens section of the library’s website here.

High school leaders in King George County will soon get a chance to sit in as non-voting student representatives on the county’s Board of Supervisors and School Board. Cathy Dyson has more information on how this student-driven program got started here.

If you need a reminder to stop stressing over those little everyday problems and give thanks for those who care about you, read Adam Himmelsbach’s story from last week about James Dobson, a 12-year-old with terminal brain cancer whose birthday wish was simply to know that people cared. He received more than 2,600 birthday wishes from all over the world. You can learn about James and learn how to send him your own birthday greeting here.

The University of Mary Washington‘s undergraduate program was ranked sixth among public southern institutions in the “Top Public Regional Universities – South” category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Read more here.

Need some coaching for packing those school lunches? Read this post from “Doctor Yum,” (local pediatrician Nimali Fernando), which offers ten tips for a pediatrician-approved bag lunch.

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