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President Barack Obama
Black History Hero | Barack Obama
02/17/2020
On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office. He was subsequently elected to a second term over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
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Black History Hero | State Supreme Court Justice Joseph W. Hatchett
02/16/2020
Joseph W. Hatchett, an award-winning Florida attorney, made history as the state’s first Black Supreme Court justice. Hatchett was also the first Black justice appointed to the federal court of appeals in the south as well. To this day, Hatchett still works to promote diversity in the legal profession.
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Swim team at Robinson Trueblood swimming pool in Tallahassee
Black History Heroes | The Swim Team at Robinson Trueblood Swimming Pool
02/15/2020
The first swim team included (standing, L-R) Roy Beard, Eddie Graham, Edward Holifield, Bishop Holifield, Charles Rambo, Manuel Rivas, Ulysees Pittman; and James Barnes. Kneeling are Ricky Eubanks, Eugene Cromer, Ellis Carr, Hansel Tookes, M. Raines, and Raymond Williams. Robinson Trueblood Swimming Pool on Dade Street was built by the city in response to wade-ins by blacks at all white pools. It was the only pool where blacks could swim and train as lifeguards.
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Cicely Tyson
Black History Hero | Cicely Tyson
02/14/2020
Critically acclaimed actor Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem New York City, New York on December 19, 1933. She is the daughter of William and Theodosia Tyson. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a domestic. Her parents were immigrants from Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.
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Black History Heroes | Tallahassee Student Sit-in
02/13/2020
Prior to the Tallahassee student sit-ins of 1960, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott took place in 1956, patterned after the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started with the refusal of Rosa Parks to surrender her bus seat to a white person. Tallahassee was sometimes called the “little Mississippi” where segregation was prominent.
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Economic Impact of the Census
02/12/2020
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
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Patricia Stephens
Black History Hero | Patricia Stephens Due
02/11/2020
On Jan. 23, 1963, Patricia Stephens Due was arrested in the segregated lobby of the Florida Theater in Tallahassee for entering the whites-only section. Although the city dropped the case, Stephens Due filed a suit against the city for their support of racial apartheid.
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Virgil Darnell Hawkins
Black History Heroes | Virgil Darnell Hawkins
02/10/2020
Virgil Darnell Hawkins graduated from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville in 1930. He served as a teacher and principal in Lake County before eventually becoming the public relations director for Bethune-Cookman College
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John Milledge
Black History Heroes | John Milledge
02/09/2020
John Milledge was one of the first black officers to serve in Dade County. Hired in 1944 by the City of Miami to patrol the “ Central Negro District,” he later became the first black officer in the history of Dade County to be killed in the line of duty.
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Zora Neale Hurston
Black History Heroes | Zora Neale Hurston
02/08/2020
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, is born in Notasulga, Alabama. Although at the time of her death in 1960, Hurston had published more books than any other black woman in America, she was unable to capture a mainstream audience in her lifetime, and she died poor and alone in a welfare hotel.
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The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry
Black History Heroes | The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry
02/07/2020
The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry was a volunteer Union regiment organized in the American Civil War. Its members became known for their bravery and fierce fighting against Confederate forces. It was the second all-black Union regiment to fight in the war, after the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
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Shape Your Future with the 2020 Census
02/07/2020
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count. This page contains some FAQ and general information about the Census.
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Eartha White and her mother Clara White
Black History Heroes | Eartha M.M. & Clara White
02/06/2020
Eartha M. M. White was a humanitarian, businesswoman and philanthropist from Jacksonville. She created educational opportunities and provided relief to African-Americans in northeastern Florida. White helped found several organizations and institutions, including the Clara White Mission, Mercy Hospital and the Boy's Improvement Club. She was designated as a Great Floridian by the Florida Department of State in the year 2000.
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Kobe Bryant
Black History Heroes | Kobe Bryant
02/05/2020
Professional basketball superstar Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles (California) Lakers since 1996 when he came to the team as an eighteen-year-old, the youngest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, until his retirement in 2016. Bryant was a long-time philanthropist, using his well-known name to raise funds for a number of causes.
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Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson, Citrus Grower
Black History Heroes | Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson
02/04/2020
Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson was a dedicated, compassionate and generous man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a successful citrus grove owner, entrepreneur, and served Indian River County and his community in various capacities.
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James Weldon Johnson Author of The African American National Anthem
Black History Heroes | James Weldon Johnson
02/03/2020
Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called “The Black National Anthem” – was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. It was first performed in public in the Johnsons’ hometown of Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 by a choir of 500 schoolchildren at the segregated Stanton School, where James Weldon Johnson was principal.
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Black History Heros | Maya Angelou
02/02/2020
Maya Angelou was a poet, writer, performer, and teacher. In 2000, Angelou was honored with the Presidential Medal of the Arts; she received the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal in 2008. Click to read more about this extraordinary woman and her many contributions to our nation.
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Dr. Carter G Woodson
Black History Hero | Dr. Carter G. Woodson
02/01/2020
Born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, after W.E.B. Du Bois. Known as the "Father of Black History," Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution.
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Elks donate Stop the Bleed kit at School Board Meeting
'Stop the Bleed' Kits Donated to District
01/30/2020
Last year, the Vero Beach Elks Lodge and the Sebastian Elks Lodge donated 32 "Stop the Bleed" kits to the Indian River County School District. Stop the Bleed Kits are specifically designed to treat traumatic injuries, and we are thankful to have the ability to be prepared to treat an injury of this nature. Last year's donation placed 2 kits in each high school and 1 kit in each elementary and middle school. This year, the Elks were able to purchase 29 additional kits to provide to our district. Thank you, to the Elks, for your invaluable partnership!
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The SDIRC Positive Climate & Discipline Advisory Team is Forming Now!
01/22/2020
The School District of Indian River County invites stakeholders to join the Positive Climate and Discipline Advisory Team (PCDAT). The purpose of the PCDAT members will be to review and provide input for the revision of the Positive Climate and Discipline Code of Student Conduct for the 2020-2021 school year.
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Don't Miss the Piper Aircraft Apprentice Program Information Session on Jan. 15 at 6:00
01/10/2020
Piper Aircraft will be hosting an informational session for prospective apprentices (parents / guardians and significant others welcome) on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Piper Aircraft factory in Vero Beach. The session will include a brief presentation, the opportunity to meet with current apprentices as well as program coordinators. Additionally, guidance will be provided on the application process and timing. Please e-mail: apprentice@piper.com to reserve a spot for the information session or call: 772-299-2859.
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Judges Needed for Upcoming Science Fair
01/09/2020
The Indian River Regional Science Fair is looking for judges! The Regional Science Fair date is January 25th at Gifford Middle School.
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SDIRC November Veteran of the Month with Board Members
Veteran of the Month | Rodney McGriff
11/14/2019
Congratulations to Rodney McGriff, November's Veteran of the Month. Rodney joined the Navy in 1986. Rodney states that the Navy gave him the opportunity to learn valuable skills and various trades. During his time in the Navy, he had the chance to sail around the world 3 times- with over 1 year and 6 months of sea time.
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Veteran of Month and SDIRC Board Members
Veteran of the Month | Dillon Roberts
10/23/2019
Congratulations to our Veteran of the Month for October Dillion Roberts. Dillon is a longtime resident of Vero Beach, and comes from a long-line of service members in his family. He and his wife, Sara Beth, have two sons, and their passion is being outdoors and fishing. Dillon enlisted in the Army following 9/11, and went to basic training at Fort Benning, GA after finishing his MBA.
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Congratulations to Our 2019-2020 High Impact Grant Winners!
10/21/2019
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 High Impact Grant Winners! We are looking forward to seeing the outcomes of the projects and ideas that the High Impact Grants are enabling! Thank you to the Education Foundation of Indian River County for your continued support of our school district!
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Hurricane Make up Days Nov. 25 & 26
Hurricane Make-Up Days Announced
10/15/2019
Out of the three days that were missed due to Hurricane Dorian, the Governor waived one day, and, as pre-determined "emergency days" on our SDIRC instructional calendar, the Board voted to use November 25th and November 26th as Hurricane Dorian make-up days.
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State Student Ridership Survey Oct 7th-11th
10/04/2019
The State Student Ridership survey takes place next week Monday-Friday, Oct 7-11th. If you are registered to ride our District’s buses, please be sure to ride the school bus a minimum of one day next week in either the morning or afternoon. The ridership survey is a mandatory requirement to be eligible for state funding, and we want to be sure that all of our students registered for transportation services are accounted for!
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Instructional Calendar Committee Meeting Oct. 30 5-6 District Office
Join the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar Committee!
10/03/2019
Join us as we set a meeting timeline and assemble the 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar Committee. Your input is important!
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Veteran of the Month and Board Members
Veteran of the Month | Robert Gonzalez
09/17/2019
Robert was born in Vero Beach in 1984, and graduated from Vero Beach High School in 2002. He joined the United States Army, serving 3 combat tours in Iraq. Robert was awarded the Iraqi Campaign Medal with 5-Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Expert Rifle Badge, and Combat Action Badge.
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Hurricane Dorian: Community Links and Resources
08/29/2019
We've gathered some links to local, state & national resources to help you as we all prepare for Hurrican Dorian.
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Veteran of Month with SDIRC Board Members
Veteran of the Month | Ben Humphries
08/14/2019
Mr. Ben Humphries, is our Veteran of the Month for the month of August. Ben served in the US Army as a Staff Sgt. from 1967-1971, and the U.S. Army Reserve from 1973-1975.
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SDIRC July Veteran of the Month
Veteran of the Month | Jim Burk
07/24/2019
We are proud to announce our Veteran of the Month for July, Jim Burk! Jim is a 30-year resident of Florida and a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard. Through his 20-year association with the American Legion and American Legion Riders, holding the offices of Post Commander, District Vice Commander, Eastern Area Commander and Department (State of Florida) Riders Director, Jim has been instrumental in encouraging the local Legion Posts to engage in feeding and clothing homeless Veterans with much needed help from the community.
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Mr. Tuttle Recognized at Commissioner's Business Recognition
Tuttle Law Recognized at the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards
06/25/2019
Tuttle Law recognized at the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards. Mr. Tuttle is a local attorney in Vero Beach, Florida. In the early 90’s, Mr. Tuttle worked in a law firm in Brevard county, and heard of the need for programs and contests specifically for students with disabilities. After running the holiday card contest for 6 years in Brevard county, he moved to Indian River County in 2002, opened his own firm, and carried on the contest, officially naming it the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest.” For the past 17 years, during the holiday season, hundreds of students have submitted their drawings to the “Tuttle Holiday Card Contest.” Read more on our website's Current News. www.indianriverschools.org
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SDIRC Veteran of the Month June
June Veteran of the Month | Nicole Haagenson
06/18/2019
Nicole Haagenson is an Air Force and Florida Air National Guard Veteran who served from 2001 to 2009. She is currently the Director of IT Enterprise Project Managment for Orchid Insurance, a small business headquartered in Vero Beach. Nicole has lived in Vero Beach since 2009 with her fiance Cari Haagenson, an Indian River County Firefighter, and their 5 children.
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Mobile Cafès are Back on the Road!
06/04/2019
For the fifth year in a row, the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) Mobile Cafés will be on the road serving children 18 years and younger with nutritionally balanced lunches at no charge. Visit our website for the schedule. www.indianriverschools.org
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SDIRC Science Fair Winners
SDIRC Students Win at International Science & Engineering Fair
05/24/2019
The Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Grand Awards of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair 2019 held during the week of May 12, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2019 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.
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2019-2020 Code of Conduct DRAFT
04/10/2019
Families, staff, and community are invited to review the proposed changes for the 2019-2020 Code of Student Conduct. The public hearing will be held during the District School Board business meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 6 p.m. at the J.A. Thompson Administrative Center, 6500 57th St., Vero Beach, Florida, in the Joe N. Idlette, Jr. Teacher Education Center. The last date for filing a written objection is April 30, 2019. A copy of the proposed changes is available for review in the office of the School Board Members, and on the website https://www.indianriverschools.org/news/what_s_new/2019-2020_code_of_student_conduct_draft
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IRCSD April Veteran of Month
April Veteran of the Month | Bruce Cady
04/10/2019
Congratulations to our April "Veteran of the Month," Bruce Cady, former Director of Operations for the Veterans Council of Indian River County, and founding member of the Next Generation Veterans organization. Bruce served in the USMC from 1992-2001. Thank you for your service, Mr. Cady!
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Summer School Programs
04/04/2019
Learn about the summer school programs in the District for students from Pre-K to 12th Grades.
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Moonshot Sports 6th Annual Read Across The Field
04/03/2019
Do not forget, THIS weekend, Saturday, April 6th, is the Moonshot Sports 6th Annual - Read Across the Field - to celebrate the Moonshot Moment! Line up on the SRHS field at 8 a.m. to participate in the aerial photo. The Bill Wilson Indian River County Elementary Track meet will take place at 9 a.m. All athletes in attendance are encouraged to wear their team uniform! Please consider bringing a gently used book to donate!
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The 2019 Parent Survey is Open!
04/03/2019
We want to hear from our parents! Each year the School District surveys our parents and uses the data to make improvements in our schools. The Parent Survey for this year opened on March 25th. Please visit us online to take the survey.
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SDIRC Mobile App
The SDIRC Mobile App is Live!
03/27/2019
We are excited to announce the launch of our official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, students, and the community to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities that are underway within our school district.
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Inaugural Kids Tag Art Program is a Big Success!
03/25/2019
The Indian River County Tax Collector’s Inaugural Kids Tag Art Program provided our 5th grade students with an opportunity to create their own specialty license plates.
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March Veteran of the Month Reverend Sylvester McIntosh
March Veteran of the Month | Reverend Sylvester McIntosh
03/15/2019
Reverend McIntosh is wonderful member of our veterans community and is a leader throughout the state of Florida. Rev. McIntosh is a member of American Legion Post 181 in Gifford, and was appointed by the City of Vero Beach City Council to serve on the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary Committee.
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The Elks "Americanism" Essay Contest Winners
The Elks "Americanism" Essay Contest Winners
03/06/2019
The Elks "Americanism" Essay Contest Winners were recognized in a ceremony last night at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774. Congratulations to these students, and good luck to those who moved on to the state competition!Thank you to the Elks Lodge #1774 for your support of our students in Indian River County!
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FortifyFL App is Live
03/01/2019
We are pleased to announce that the FortifyFL app is LIVE. Now, any student, educator, parent, or member of the public can report school safety concerns directly to law enforcement and school administrators anonymously and easily through the FortifyFL app or www.getfortifyfl.com.
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February Veteran of the Month
February Veteran of the Month | Jason M Patzer
02/13/2019
Our February Veteran of the Month is Jason M Patzer, who served 4.5 years active duty with USMC as an E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer and was honorably discharged. He is one of the founding members of the Next Generation Veterans, Inc. Jason is the Wolf Den leader for the Cub Scout pack 530, organizer of a youth to veteran pen-pal program, and a member and volunteer of the Vero Beach Veterans Social Club. Jason is currently the owner of a multi-inspection home company, “First and Goal Home Inspections,” that has been proudly serving IRC for over 5 years. Jason is married to Marcie Patzer, and has 2 sons, Nathan, who graduated from VBHS and is a Marine Corps “Poolie,” and Hunter, who attends Citrus Elementary, and is a student in the Autism Spectrum Program.
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Positive Climate & Discipline Advisory Team
01/30/2019
The School District of Indian River County invites stakeholders to join the Positive Climate and Discipline Advisory Team (PCDAT). The purpose of the PCDAT members will be to review, and provide input for the revision of the Positive Climate and Discipline Code of Student Conduct for the 2019-2020 school year.
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Welcome to our New Website!
01/22/2019
The School District of Indian River County is excited to announce the launch of our new website. The new site has a clean modern design, improved functionality, and enhanced content focused on providing visitors quick and easy access to the information they need.
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Teacher and Employee of the Year
Congratulations to our Teacher and Employee of the Year!
01/17/2019
Congratulations to our new SDIRC Teacher of the Year, Dr. Nikki Mosblech and SDIRC Employee of the Year, Daisy Rios.
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School District of Indian River Achieves 92% Graduation Rate
12/19/2018
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released student graduation rates for the 2017-18 school year. Indian River County improved its graduation rate by almost 5 points; increasing from 87.1% in 2016-2017 to 92% in 2017-2018. This exceeds the State of Florida’s graduation rate by almost 6 percentage points.
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Lagoon Days Bring Lots of Hands-On-Learning
Lagoon Days Bring Lots of Hands-On-Learning
10/08/2018
Thanks to our partnership with US Fish and Wildlife, and S.E.A a Difference Environmental Services, our elementary, middle, and high school students experienced "Lagoon Days" in different locations on the Indian River Lagoon.
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VBE Class awarded winners of Tuttle Holiday Card Contest
Vero Beach Elementary ESE-Pre-K Class Wins Award for Tuttle Holiday Card Contest
Mr. Douglas Tuttle, from Tuttle Law in Vero Beach, along with Mary-Therese VanHollenbeck, coordinator for Arts 4 All, presented Ms. Colleen Mulchay-Ladyzhinsky, ESE Pre-K teacher at Vero Beach Elementary, with an award for her class who won the Tuttle Holiday Card contest. Mr. Tuttle’s law firm has hosted this contest for several years, providing our students an exciting opportunity to design holiday cards for Tuttle Law. This was the first year an entire class was awarded for their collaborative effort in designing a card. Mr. Tuttle provided gift cards to the Book Center for each student in Ms. Colleen’s class.
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