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Photo Cred: Idaho Air National Guard Public Affairs
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Boise Elementary Students Get a Boost with New Science Program

A new program is coming to Boise to help inspire elementary kids to soak up as much as they can in science-related fields, and it will give them a chance to learn hands-on at an Air National Guard base. One grade level will get the opportunity, and they hope to have 1500 kids involved at the peak.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Sending the Youngest to Kindergarten is Not a Sad Thing

We're two weeks into the school year and it's been nothing but high fives and happy thoughts around my house, about sending the youngest to kindergarten.

And I've got three reasons why all moms should be celebrating with me!

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Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
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Boise Youth Baseball is Back – How Sports are for Jeff’s Family

It felt familiar yesterday, sitting behind the fence and watching my kiddo take the field for little league. Spring season last year was his first, and he liked it enough to come back for more.

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Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
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Back to School Means I Have a 4th Grader, and Also Proves I’ve Been Learning

I'm not quite sure how it happens. Well, actually I understand that part, I guess it's just a little hard to accept how fast time flies and embrace that I now have a 4th Grader.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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First Day of School is a Social Media Triumph

There's only one thing that can top eclipse pictures on social media in terms of the number of posts about the same subject, and that's the first day of school. And its not annoying!

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Is There a “Right” Age to Start Leaving Kids Home Alone?

It's hard to believe, but I'm the father of a nine year-old.  He just had his birthday last week, and we've been introducing more responsibility.  But, when is it ok for him to stay home alone?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Fourth Graders + Family Members Can Visit National Parks for FREE

The school year hasn't even started yet, and so far it's awesome to be a 4th grader.

And parents, if you're lucky enough to have a 4th grader in the family like me, that's worth a free ticket to places like the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The whole family gets in free! Here's how it works.

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Father’s Day Ended With a Big Moment for My Son

Father's Day was this weekend, and my son and I made a surprise trip (for 26 hours) to spend it with my Dad in Seattle.  On the trip back, my son was given an amazing gift too.

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Schools Triple Recess Time to Help Kids Concentrate

To perform better in school, maybe kids need less time in the classroom.

Some Texas schools are gaining attention for tripling the recess time for students, and we're waiting to see if this growing trend catches on in Idaho.

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Idaho’s Latest Trend: Fidget Spinners

Most kids have these things and they're supposed to reduce stress and help with concentration, but do they work?  

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