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Cedar Rapids, Marion Schools Start This Week
Kids will soon be heading back to school, and you know what that means; early mornings, rushing to find shoes and books, and adjusting schedules to accommodate everyone in the family.
But while moms, dads, caregivers, and teachers have some adjusting to do after the long summer break, drivers will have some adjusting to do, as well.
School crossings are marked, but not all kids know the rules yet, so be careful as you pass close to the schools, and watch for any little bodies running out between cars.
Just a reminder: It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped with its lights flashing. It is also illegal to text and drive. Police officers can now stop any vehicle that is suspected to be texting while driving.
Using the cell phone to make a call is still legal, however, it's best just to not do anything that will cause a distraction while driving.
Both Cedar Rapids and Marion begin the 2017-2018 school year Wednesday, August 23.
On this Day
August 21, 1950
The modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows. The new flag became official July 4, 1960.
Facebook page, Kid-Powered Kindness, was launched when Heather Spangler's 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, made a simple, but powerful, observation when the wrapping paper settled on Christmas 2014.
"Mom, we have so many toys and there are kids who don't have enough."
According to Heather, Annabelle decided she wanted to have a party where all of her friends, most of whom also had "so many toys," would get together and each bring a toy they didn't play with any more. Then they'd distribute the toys to kids who would appreciate them.
"That January, we did just that. Our friends came together and absolutely stuffed our large vehicle with lots of fun things. The next day, Annabelle, dressed in her finest dress-up gown and tiara, delivered the collection to a grateful local nonprofit that helps young families."
"She was proud. I was proud. And it was all kid-powered. Kid-Powered Kindness was born."
Read about Annabelle's idea to ease food insecurity in our community.