Making the jump to presenting the news digitally as opposed to in Everett Cafe is no small feat, but it is a very worthwhile one. A morning staple, my preference is to browse papers for stories pertaining to education and libraries. I also enjoy stories about community building and workers, especially combined. Anyone who has worked with me can attest to the fact that I also can't resist a good animal picture. Today's news brings a combination of these trials and triumphs in communities throughout the US, and even a surge in wild animal rescues.
[image: 4 black and yellow school buses from Peakpx]
Deseret News, published in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
With school buses out of commission during Utah’s statewide school closures, Millard has outfitted eleven vehicles from its fleet of 36 with wireless internet routers. These buses are parked in high need areas for students to access their classes online. This is one step of many that the district recognizes must be taken to help students while they are at home.
[image: Benjamin Rosenthal Library by Rachel Altvater]
Napa Valley Register, published in Napa, California, USA
“Of course, charging a fine of 25 cents per day while people are under a shelter-at-home order wouldn’t be fair. County libraries are closed—at least physically, though not online- and aren’t accepting returned materials.” Napa County joins countless other libraries across the US in forgiving fines in the midst of the pandemic.
West Hawaii Today, published in Lihu’e, Hawaii, USA
Parents in Hawaii speak up on their struggle to be both parent and teacher during school closures. Homework, graduating seniors, disparity, and rumors of extending the school year are topics that come up in this article, which is the second in a series on distance learning in this particular paper.
Kennebec Journal, published in Augusta, Maine, USA
Postal workers in rural Maine are seen by many as heroes, bringing both mail and human connection to those who already lived isolated lives. This puts postal workers at unique risk for unwilling breaches of social distancing, as concerns about public health and the future of the USPS mount.
[image: Short-eared Owl by US Fish & Wildlife Service, courtesy of Public Domain Images]
Houston Chronicle, published in Houston, Texas, USA
Spring sees many creatures great and small partaking in endeavors such as migration and mating. This season, the Houston SPCA has admitted 700 more animals than last spring, ranging from birds to mammals to reptiles. The SPCA is considered an essential business and remains open, receiving sick, injured, or orphaned animals found by good Samaritans who might not have found them had they been at school or work.
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