The Power of Paws: Therapy Dogs Proven to Boost Mental Health
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The Power of Paws: Therapy Dogs Proven to Boost Mental Health

The stress of college weighs heavily on the mental health of many students. Therapy dogs can provide the answer for stress relief and self-care at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Through the Paws Program, Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, a group that places well-trained therapy dog teams in programs around New England, visits the Student Union … Continue reading

Twin History Teachers Combat Under-Performance in Springfield School
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Twin History Teachers Combat Under-Performance in Springfield School

SPRINGFIELD, Mass–At Springfield’s High School of Commerce, two teachers are strikingly similar to one another. Both men are new hires teaching U.S. History in classrooms located along the same brightly lit hallway. Born in 1992, by 1999 the pair moved with their family from Chicago to Massachusetts. After graduating from Westfield State University they found … Continue reading

Sonia Ellis’ Young Adult Novels Inspire a Future of Women in STEM
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Sonia Ellis’ Young Adult Novels Inspire a Future of Women in STEM

From her laptop screen, author Sonia Ellis’ second novel TimeTilter gently illuminates her breezy pale green kitchen. Several years ago, the former chemical engineer made a radical career change to write young adult novels that aim to engage underrepresented youth with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. “It was a little easier to write … Continue reading

Five Seconds of Everything with Kimberly Cruz | Stories for Strangers
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Five Seconds of Everything with Kimberly Cruz | Stories for Strangers

I sat down to discuss the challenges of novel writing with high school of Commerce senior Kimberly Cruz. Cruz is the author of five novels on a story-sharing site called Wattpad where her most popular work, “Night and Day” garnered 2,600 reads. She is a prolific writer with a passion for storytelling. Her drafts are … Continue reading