Author: Nikki Klock

Rocksolid Community Teen Center Provides an Enriching After-school Environment for North County Teens

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The north Clark County community has consistently demonstrated its commitment to local area youth, and Rocksolid Community Teen Center in Brush Prairie is no exception. Founded in 2002 by a group of citizens who recognized the need for a safe, engaging, and welcoming place for middle and high school students to go after school, the… Read More

Vancouver Tennis Center Grand Re-opening

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Vancouver Tennis Center (VTC) has been a beloved facility for decades, and now it’s undergone an extreme makeover with new management. Situated on land owned by Vancouver Public Schools (and adjacent to Fort Vancouver High School), and leased to the City of Vancouver who has run the facility for years, the valuable indoor sports center… Read More

Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

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In my free time this summer, in between camping excursions, day trips, dropping my kids off at camps and tending my garden, I immersed myself in some controversial fiction. I wanted to experience the imaginary characters and settings and plots that throughout history have been considered dangerous enough to be legally or effectively banned or… Read More

Middle Schoolers Sound Off on Social Media

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The middle school years are notoriously difficult to navigate. For young teens, physical, emotional, and mental development often clash with new responsibilities and expectations. Likewise, navigating social media in today’s digital world inevitably exposes novice users to complicated situations for which there is no textbook or manual. Middle schoolers are often just beginning to use… Read More

What Adults Can Learn From Kids

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Editor’s Notes, July 2018 There is something mysterious, maddening and magical about middle school. A mysterious force transforms your child into a pseudo-adult, her judgment becomes maddening, and yet magical moments of clarity and wisdom (for her and for you) occur often enough to keep the whole family moving forward. In this way, middle school… Read More