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Raising Savvy Savers

By Mary Ashton Mills   If you have children, especially teenage children, you are most likely all too familiar with feeling like you are constantly shelling out dollar bills. Is your wallet routinely cleaned out? Have they given you that look as if to say, “Come on Mom or Dad, you have plenty of money. ” If only we all had a well-fertilized money tree! Teaching children the value of a dollar in today’s world is an important lesson. By educating children about the correlation between hard work and financial rewards, children can then learn the value of saving some...

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The Best School Year Ever

By Mary Ashton Mills   It’s hard to believe a new school year is already upon us. By the time you read this, school supplies will be purchased, backpacks ready to go, teachers will be prepping their classrooms and students will be savoring a few more nights with no bedtimes, days with no schedules and mornings without the beep of an alarm clock. Whether your child is entering the first year of elementary school or advancing to high school, everyone hopes for a great year. Education experts from the CSRA have weighed in to help come up with 10 ways...

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Technology Inspired Fun @ The

By Jennifer Miller   After Eric Parker graduated from Georgia Tech, he wound up in Silicon Valley, Calif., where innovation, creativity and collaboration made it the technology powerhouse it is today. He saw the quality of life it brought. So when Parker moved back home to Augusta, he decided to bring that innovation, creativity and collaboration with him. “We have all the ingredients to be Silicon Valley,” he says. By integrating technology and education and how to do business, the momentum builds for a better Augusta. So he started, a tech business incubator that helps entrepreneurs develop their ideas...

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Drama Zone

By Dustin Turner   Many of today’s adult actors, directors, board of director members and others got their start in the Aiken Community Playhouse’s Youth Wing, a free monthly gathering of children in grades 4-12 who meet for a couple of hours on a Saturday to learn the ins and outs of the theater world. According to Youth Wing Executive Director Nancy Hansen, The Youth Wing’s mission statement says a lot: To provide the broadest range of theatrical experience and education we can to the greatest number of young people we can while maintaining the highest level of quality we...

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Sign Language

By Dustin Turner   It has been said that if you have a job doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That is true for Lesley Klepec, of Aiken. Klepec is a nationally certified sign language interpreter. “I interpret all over South Carolina in many different situations. I’ve interpreted in court, theater, universities, doctors appointments, job orientations, job interviews and much more.” She became an interpreter after going to school for something completely different. “I started off at Wayne State University in Detroit for public relations and hated it. I didn’t know what I wanted to...

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