By Greg Johnson -
- Prologue -
A cloud of dust exploded from the stack of books as Kelvin set them down with a bit more force than necessary.
Kelvin Drake was a strong young man of average height with brown hair. Within the past year, he had finished his formal education, and it was time for him to learn the trade that would become his career.
Backing away, he coughed as the dust entered his lungs. “I can’t take this anymore,” he said under his breath. “I can’t stay here and work for my father.”
Kelvin’s father, Carl, presided over the ruling assembly in Triopolis, and Kelvin had been an apprentice under him for the last couple of months.
In the beginning, he was excited and thought he might be able to make a difference working in government, but it turned out his father only gave him meaningless jobs like this one. He was tasked to clean the archives in the basement of Town Hall. Kelvin often wondered if his father really wanted him working there or if he simply felt obligated to employ him because they were family.
- Category: Family Finance
- Published: 30 July 2015
- Written by Michelle Parker Sharrow, MBA
By Michelle P. Sharrow, MBA -
I n this month’s column, I am providing some tips to help you plan and save this back to school season.
College Bound Children
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 3.4 million high school students were projected to graduate in 2015.
A great portion of the graduating class is going to college, in fact, you may have a child who is headed to college or know someone who does. A growing trend for helping college freshmen acquire all of the items they need for campus living includes throwing Trunk Parties. The party provides an opportunity for guests to fill a trunk or two with items that a student can use when they move away from home. In addition to filing up the trunk, guests can also give gift cards so that students can select what they want. Lastly, trunk parties provide a final opportunity for family members and friends to congratulate the graduate and provide words of wisdom.
Back to School Fashion for Kids
Back-to-School Outfits -
For girls leggings, skirts, maxi dress, graphic tees and jeans rule. For boy jeans, sweats and graphic tees rule -
For fall comfortable sportswear, leggings with sweatshirts or big pull shirts rule. Also in style, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, ankle length pants, and bell bottoms are the popular pant style. Tees with sayings, shorts and tees and anything with stripes is perfect for 2015 Back to School. -
Dress styles are short with prints worn with boots, leggings or tights. Ruffle and pleated skirts are cute and trendy. Maxi skirts and dresses are also in style in the fall of 2015. -
Graphic tees, shorts, and slim or straight leg jeans rule. Denim is definately king.
Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to the lungs by heating a liquid solution that contains nicotine and other chemicals to produce an aerosol that the user inhales, a process often called “vaping.”
The study compared tobacco use initiation among 222 students who had used e-cigarettes, but not combustible tobacco products, and 2,308 who had neither used e-cigarettes or combustible tobacco products when initially surveyed at the start of ninth grade. During the first six months after being surveyed, 30.7 percent of those who had used e-cigarettes started using combustible tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs, compared to only 8.1 percent of those who had never used e-cigarettes. Over the following six months leading into the start of 10th grade, 25.2 percent of e-cigarette users had used combustible tobacco products, compared to just 9.3 percent of nonusers.