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Some districts prepare for winter with ‘blizzard bags’

New legislation that takes effect this school year offers districts a “blizzard bag” if they exceed the maximum allowed five days. The bag permits students to do their school work at home.

However, some schools have decided they would rather make up days than use that option.

Former state Sen. Tim Grendell, R Chester Township, helped to modify the manner in which schools can make up excess calamity days through Senate Bill 18.

Districts were to submit an online assignments plan by this month that would be distributed after the school’s fifth calamity day.

In Ohio, 120 schools will participate in the program, including the Mentor, Perry, Kenston, and Berkshire school districts.

“For us, it a way for students to make up lessons and continue with instruction without having additional days off,” Kenston Schools Assistant Superintendent Nancy Santilli said. The Geauga County school district used five calamity days in the 2010 11 school year.

“It’s another option if need be,” she said. “We still have to use (all) calamity days before accessing this plan.”

Mentor Schools had seven calamity days in the last school year, and the district’s Garfield Eleme mulberry ntary School used 10 because of a fire that damaged the school building in 2010. Instead of making up those days as they had done in the past, district officials decided to apply for the “blizzard bag” option through th mulberry e Ohio Department of Education.

Mentor Schools Assistant Superintendent Bill Porter said students would be able to access their assignments, created by their classroom teachers, through the school’s website.

If students do not have the ability to retrieve work or have questions, they have tw mulberry o weeks to complete the assignments.

“When we talked about it in the district, it made a lot of sense,” Porter said. “The learning will continue even when the students are at home. We asked all grade levels to make age and len mulberry gth appropriate assignments. Some of the younger students have shorter assignments and the older students may have longer assignments.”

The work, which is aligned with the current academic standards, could range from answering questions relating to general subject content to practical hands on applications from home.

“One or two assignments are weather measurements,” Porter said. “The work is flexible in nature.

She said students or parents can log into the school district’s student portal called Blackboard to view the variety of assignments posted, which includes supportive learning opportunities for special needs students.

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Some Corsair Hydro Series H100 Coolers Affected with Fan Controller Issues

An increasing number of users of Corsair’s Hydro Series H100 CPU water cooler have mulberry been reporting issues with its fan controller on the company forums. Acknowledging this, Corsair issued a general warning to all owners of the H100 that it’s likely that some of the coolers might be part of a bad manufacturing batch. It looks like Corsair is taking steps towa mulberry rds a general recall (taking back batches of H100 mulberry coolers off the shelves, and asking users of affected batches to return their coolers for free replacement).

Affected Hydro Series H100 series units belong to batch 11359403 (the number under the first barcode in the serial number sticker on your H100 package). The issue itself is related to the button on the unit that changes fan profiles. On affected coolers, the button doesn’t change the fan profile, and the fan works on the default speeds. This doesn’t quite render the cooler dysfunctional, but the cooler doesn’t work as advertised, so it’s a severe enough quality issue. Corsair posted some clear directions on what owners of affected units should do next. The post by Corsair can be read here. CoolIT also has a (patented?) mounting system which makes mounting a sinch. While I’m not a fan of CoolIT (exploding Dominos, piss poor QC on the Ecos, and no mulberry w this), their mounting system really puts the cake in easy.

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Some consumers cash in on coupons for a cause

Amy Dunn writes every day about coupons, saving money and frugal living. Below are recent excerpts from her blog.

Shannon Eddleman daughter was 4 years old when she first noticed a homeless man on the side of the road. W mulberry hat does his sign say, the little girl asked her mother.

Already an avid coupon shopper, Eddleman decided to use the same skills she used to trim her own grocery bill to buy food for the hungry. Her first purchase: six pop top cans of chili for just 10 cents each after coupons.

In the four years since, Eddleman and her two children have made shopping for the less fortunate part of their regular supermarket routine. Their donations go to North Raleigh Ministries and the food bank at Asbury United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Oftentimes, the items are completel mulberry y free after store discounts and coupon savings are applied.

ta mulberry lk about how we wish everyone would clip five coupons and get five free things, Eddleman said. of all the people we could feed. a name for what Eddleman does. I like to call it couponing for a cause. She one of many in the Triangle and across the country who parlay coupon discounts into a regular stream of food and personal hygiene donations to charity with very little actual money changing hands.

Food banks and homeless shelters aren the only beneficiaries of the kindness of couponers. Many coupon clippers focus their efforts on buying food for cats and dogs at local animal shelters. troops overseas and filling shoeboxes with toys and treats for the Operation Christmas Child project run by Franklin Graham Samaritan Purse based in Boone. And at least two national coupon printing sites pledge corporate donations to charity when folks print and redeem their coupons.

The common thread among all the efforts: to muscle as much buying power as possible out of coupons.

Cindy Sink, spokeswoman for the Inter Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh, said her organization doesn have any way of tracking donations purchased with coupons.

But she said she welcomes folks to take up mulberry the challenge of coupon clipping for her organization Grocery Bags for Seniors program and the more well known BackPack Buddies program, which sends needy schoolchildren home with a backpack filled with a weekend worth of food.

Among the greatest needs are items on which coupons are often available: canned tuna and chicken, packaged noodles, instant oatmeal, cans of fruits and vegetables, boxes of 100 percent juice and shelf stable milk, and boxes and bags of individual healthy snacks such as granola bars, raisins and pretzels.

certainly would help if you have a BOGO. You keep one and you give one, Sink said.

Darci VanderSlik, spokeswoman for the SPCA of Wake County, said she doesn have solid numbers on the number of coupon clippers assisting the animal shelter. But based on the comments about sales and coupons regularly posted on the shelter Facebook page, she said she certain it a common practice.

The shelter also keeps a basket filled with coupons for cat and dog food and treats. are welcome to drop off coupons and take some if they need them, she said.

Barbara Corbin of Cary is another coupon clipper who scouts the deals for charity.

Corbin four children are grown and gone but she enjoys the thrill of the bargain hunt too much to give it up.

Instead of providing for her own children, the SAS employee now helps those less fortunate by donating to Catholic Parish Outreach and the Brown Bag Ministry.

She typically buys cereal, pasta, rice, microwave meals and fruit cups. try to focus on the healthy foods but not always because everyone likes a treat, she said. She also likes to donate personal hygiene items, which are often free with a coupon.

always done coupons because I always tended to be a thrifty person, Corbin said. was raised that way.