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This musical instrument repairman is scrambling to keep up with demand

Sep 19, 2022
After downsizing in 2019, Avery McDaniel of Beloit, Wisconsin, is having the "busiest rental season ever." What's up with the clarinets?
Avery McDaniel's shop in Beloit, Wisconsin, is running out of instruments to rent to schools.
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Inflation piles on back-to-school shopping season

Sep 6, 2022
Families are generally planning to spend almost $20 more per child on school supplies.
Backpacks and notebooks are expected to be the hotter back-to-school items than tech tools this shopping season.
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For this toy store, back-to-school shopping looks different this year

Sep 10, 2021
Millions of students are returning to in-person classes this school year. What does that mean for businesses that sell school supplies?
While consumers are spending more on technology and COVID-19 related products, spending fell for traditional school supplies, clothing and accessories, according to a report from Deloitte.
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Business is strong, mall manager says, but virus still stirs worries

Sep 1, 2021
Alana Ferko, who runs the Butte Plaza Mall in Montana, is trying to keep her workers and shoppers healthy.
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Why one high school teacher is becoming a student again

Aug 26, 2021
"The burnout factor is real," Catherine Fink of Longmont, Colorado, says of teaching. She's starting her first year of law school.
"If it was more financially rewarding, I might stay in it," Catherine Fink says of teaching.
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Teens filled the worker gap this summer, but what happens when back-to-school time arrives?

Aug 19, 2021
Employers' flexibility can be the best way to both recruit and retain young workers.
School binders are shown at a Walmart store on August 04, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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The back-to-school shopping season is critical for this small business

Nneka Brown of Innovative Supplies Worldwide says all-digital education deprives children of the opportunity to learn key skills.
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Libraries and social services go hand and hand, especially in the pandemic

Sep 16, 2020
We check in with a Tennessee librarian whose staff is helping patrons with computers and virtual schooling.
"I want to see the library lively. I want to see the programs back," says Jennifer Pearson, director of the Marshall County Memorial Library. Above, she stands in the middle of her staff.
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Not sure what to wear on your first day of school? YouTube influencers are happy to help.

Aug 16, 2019
Dozens of popular videos advise kids and teens who are eager to fit in. And those young influencers can make thousands of dollars.
First-day-of-school outfits can be a seriously big deal.
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Why do states hold back-to-school sales tax holidays?

Aug 7, 2019
Politicians and retailers say tax holidays are good for sales and they save people money. But it’s not that simple.
Shoppers peruse notebooks and other back-to-school items at a Walmart in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
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