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Building character by playing character at Fairyland (Community Voices)

Not every kid who graduates from Fairyland’s renowned Children’s Theatre program goes on to become a cheerleader, the captain of the tennis team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Not everyone...
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Councilmember Cinderella (Community Voices)

History will be made on January third when the first former Fairyland Personality will be sworn in as Oakland’s newest city council member, representing Montclair.  It was bound to happen, because...
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The new social network: momentum towards a world without slavery

The profit off depriving humans of their fundamental right to freedom has not been ridden from our economic and social stratosphere. In fact, slavery is more prevalent now than ever before. Its face has...
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Fairyland’s “Storytime” helps develop young minds (Community Voices)

“Read at whim! Read at whim!” I’ve borrowed my headline this week from the poet Randall Jarrell; it’s one of many quotes about the joys of reading that adorn a framed poster in my office. I’ve...
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Toys will be toys (Community Voices)

This year, twelve toys were finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY. Five thousand suggestions had been submitted. The three winners were announced in early...
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Shooing The Flu: Oakland’s newest flu vaccination campaign

This flu season, Oakland Unified School District’s preschool and elementary school students can now receive the annual influenza vaccine at no cost. Shoo The Flu, a partnership campaign between OUSD and...
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Video: Soccer creates leaders of Oakland’s immigrant students

They are refugees from countries where repressive governments or gangs frightened them to keep quiet. But here, the teenagers at Oakland International High School used their voices - and their new English...
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Sharing: another way of giving thanks (Community Voices)

As we enter the holiday craze, driven by our increasing need to consume, I am committed to remaining focused on the season's intended spirit of love. The Grand Jury decision to take no action against Ferguson...
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The new social network: local organizations diminishing modern slavery

Almost 150 years after the thirteenth amendment legally abolished slavery, we’re still fighting for freedom. In my previous article, modern day slavery was explored through the complex, multi-layered...
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OUSD gets schooled on sex (Community Voices)

This is a story about how an unlikely group of people — students and teachers, health professionals and community organizers — worked together to identify a problem, compile data, navigate multiple...