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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 25, 2011 / 23 Tamuz, 5771

Recruiting children to save a dying town

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Conservative educators believe that schools will improve if they have to compete for students. Maybe that concept might apply to small rural towns struggling to survive.

The Associated Press reports that when the Arkansas town of Arkadelphia, pop. 11,000. announced a program to help its students pay for colleges, nearby Sparkman, pop. 400, announced a scholarship program of its own, fearful of losing its brightest students to other town.

If Sparkman's school, the town's remaining source of social and communal glue, closed, the town pretty much would too. If Sparkman's past was prologue, the future was bleak. It has lost more than half its population since 1950 as the area's biggest industry, timber, began to consolidate.

With commendable spirit and optimism, that hopefully is not misplaced, Sparkman's parents and teachers launched a college scholarship program with several goals: giving their own kids a crack at higher education and a better life; drawing students from other town attracted by the program; and persuading families looking for a place to live that Sparkman might be an attractive space to settle.

As the practice has spread, the AP reports "communities practically competing with for each other's children and the state revenue that comes with them."

AP says the Sparkman program has collected $53,000, which would maybe buy a year at Harvard but in-state tuition and fees at Arkansas' most expensive state schools are just over $7,000 per year. And the graduation class last year at Sparkman H.S. had just 13 students, with only eight of them going on to college.

The parents hope their children go off to college and go on to do well and then maybe one day come back. One mother dreams that her daughters will become doctors, lawyers or politicians before coming back to Sparkman, a town, the AP notes, "without a hospital, courthouse or statehouse."

You never know. Maybe one day.

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Previously:

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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