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Kids Connect gets youth voices in Moonshine Ink. We want them to share their personal trials and/or triumphs, keeping in mind tie-ins to the community and encouraging journalistic aspects like research and interviews. The other goal is to share a parent/family perspective, relating to raising children, family life, family-friendly resources, and more.

Straws Suck

America uses 500 million straws per day, which is enough to fill 125 school buses. Such an extreme amount of trash takes a massive environmental toll, and though the outlook may seem bleak, youths around the nation are taking action.

Connecting to Cambodia

Truckee High student Fiona McMains was touched by her time spent in Cambodia this summer.

Keeping it Fun — Adventures with Captain Nordic

Mark Nadell, who is known by his athletes as Captain Nordic, has been the Alder Creek Middle School Nordic coach for 15 years. Here Frances Hamilton asked him to share why he thinks his coaching style connects so well us with middle schoolers.

It’s Complicated

Elenore Hamilton asked local women and girls: What was/is the hardest thing about being 15?

On Surviving

Building a fire is hard, but for Frances bringing home her wilderness values is harder

Another Day to Give

Fifth graders at Truckee Elementary pledge to give away their birthdays to a worthy cause this year.

Following the Music

FRANCES JOY Violinist Mirna Mejia, 18, from Truckee, sometimes falls asleep to the swirling sensation of 19th century Czech composer Friedrich Smetana’s classical piece “The...

Imperfection is Perfection

Sage Chador suffered from anorexia for a year. Now she shares her story in the hopes of helping other girls in one of our most powerful Kids Connect columns yet.

Read, Write, Honor

Xander Guldman, 14, is a Truckee kid who’s known for his skiing. Now he will be known for his writing.

Remembering First Love

Five adult writers wax poetic about first love.

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