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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 5

48th – Average amount of student debt

42nd – Proportion of students with debt

43rd – Student debt as percentage of income

27th – Percentage of student loans past due or in default.

Congratulations: Isabella Yazzolino, a second grader at Presentation School, won the recent Chasing Grace T-shirt design art contest. Her winning design tee is entitled, “Cross of Joy.” The tee will be available for purchase at Half Pint children’s clothing store on the Plaza starting this week.

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Science fun: Save the date of Saturday, Oct. 28, for the North Bay Science Discovery Day at Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

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Art classes: Art Escape has announced its September art classes and they include free sessions for grade 1 to 6 on Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., as well as free ArtSprout classes for parents and children ages 1 to 5 in the mornings on Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Other classes available for small fee include introduction to face painting, encaustic open studio, gourd art, screenprinting and more. artescapesonoma.com.

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Scholarships: Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley is now accepting applications for its $2,500 Live Your Dream award program. The funds are available to a Sonoma Valley woman with primary financial responsibility for themselves and their dependents, who is attending an undergraduate degree program or vocational skills program. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, Nov. 15. Email Maddy Leader maddy@maddyleader.com for more information or visit liveyourdream.org.

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District openings: Sonoma Valley Unified School District is looking to hire several instructional assistants at Sonoma Valley High School for six hours a day, 196 days a year. The salary rate ranges from $11.97 to $13.22 per hour. With supervision, these staffers assist teachers in classroom and reinforce instruction of students individually and in small groups, and provide clerical support to classrooms and the resource room. Being bilingual is a plus. Call Kyra Sherman at 935-4251 or visitsvusdca.org for more information.

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Great sports for difficult kids: Brain Balance Achievement Centers specialize in a holistic, drug-free approach to addressing behavioral, social, or learning difficulties in kids. They recommend five alternative physical activities for children with difficulties:

1. Rock climbing

2. Disc golf

3. Irish dancing

4. Roller skating

5. Horseback riding.

Learn why at brainbalancecenters.com/blog/2017/02/sports-child-social-issues/.

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College fair: One of the area’s largest college fairs will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Windsor High School. More than 50 JC, public and private universities will be in attendance. Juniors, seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

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New daycare: Siena Logan is opening a new in-home daycare in Sonoma. The newly licensed facility will have limited spots available. Logan is hosting an open house on September 9, 10 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children are welcome to come along. Private walk-throughs are also available at 18054 Myrtle Ave., Sonoma.

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