Top deals for back to school shoppers

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

            Seth Perlman

This year, the average American family will spend $688 on school supplies alone to get ready for school*.

Today,, the leading online source for coupons, deals and expert shopping advice, released the top Back to School deals to save shoppers up to 70% off on kids apparel, school supplies, and electronics.

Deals were handpicked by deal experts and ranked by factoring in overall brand appeal, historical deal strategies, and deepest discounts.

  1. Kmart: 10% Off All Purchases – A Exclusive!
  2. Sears: 50% Off Back To School Kids' & Young Men's Clothing
  3. Kohls: Up to 70% Off Select Kids Clothing + Free Shipping on Orders of $75+
  4. PUMA: 10% All Purchases + Free Shipping
  5. Delia’s: $20 Off Orders of $75+
  6. Alloy: 20% Off All Purchases
  7. Tilly's: 20% Off Any One Item – A Exclusive!
  8. Best Buy: 20% Off Select Laptops, Tablets & eReaders w/ Hotspot + Contract
  9. Discount School Supply: 10% Off All Purchases + Free Shipping on Orders of $79+
  10. BookRenter: 10% off on Four or More Textbook Rentals

Back to School shoppers on will have access to more than 20,000 coupons from leading stores, including Macys coupons, Kohls coupons, and Sears coupons.

*Source, National Retail Federation:

Dozens of seniors barred from graduation ceremonies after ‘dangerous’ prank

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

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Dozens of Middle Georgia high school seniors won’t be able to attend their graduation ceremonies, after they participated in a “dangerous and unsafe” prank, school officials said.  

The 35 Baldwin High School seniors met in the parking lot of the Milledgeville school before classes Thursday, wearing black clothes and white masks, the Macon Telegraph reported.  

The students sprayed water guns and threw water balloons in the cafeteria and nearby hallway, the newspaper reported.  

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Schools Superintendent Noris Price said in a statement the incident “created a very dangerous and unsafe situation.”  

Two other students suffered panic attacks, and paramedics had to be called to help one of them, school spokesman Byron Wellman said.  

The students will still receive their diplomas and any honors they’ve earned, officials said.


Harvard will hold black-only graduation ceremony

Published: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

Black Harvard University students raised money for a separate graduate ceremony in addition to the main ceremony. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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Black graduate students at Harvard University will soon be a part of a first-of-its-kind ceremony.

On May 23, the prestigious university will hold an individual ceremony for black graduate students, according to a report by The Root. The ceremony, which took a year to plan, celebrates “fellowship,” not “segregation,” Michael Huggins, a graduate student who will receive a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School this month, told The Root. 

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“This is an opportunity to celebrate Harvard’s black excellence and black brilliance,” Huggins told the online publication. “It’s an event where we can see each other and our parents and family can see us as a collective, whole group. A community.”

More than 120 students have registered to partake in the ceremony, which will be held at Holmes Field, near the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students raised more than $27,000 to pay for the ceremony and a reception that will follow. The student body hopes to organize a similar ceremony for black undergraduate students at Harvard next year, Huggins said.

The graduate students still plan to participate in the school’s main ceremony later this month. Last year, Harvard was named the No. 2 best college for African-Americans by Essence and Money magazines.

“This is not about segregation,” Huggins told The Root. “It’s about fellowship and building a community. This is a chance to reaffirm for each other that we enter the work world with a network of supporters standing with us. We are all partners.”

‘Choking game’ claims life of New Jersey student

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 3:19 AM

A New Jersey school superintendent said a child recently died from a “choking game,” where students seek euphoria by briefly stopping oxygen from reaching the brain, Fox News reported.

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The victim, whose name and age have not been released, was a student in the Bernards Township School District in central New Jersey. Superintendent Nick Markarian sent a letter to parents earlier this week, encouraging them to talk to their children about the game, Fox News reported.

The game is also known as space monkey, the fainting game, or flatliner. Markarian’s letter said the death was "one of the tragic losses of student life we have experienced this year."

"The early-adolescent brain does not process information in the same manner as an adult brain, and so children in this age group are not able to fully understand the serious consequences," he wrote.

Parents have been cooperative in the wake of the student's death, the district said. A spokeswoman declined to say when exactly the death occurred.

Current statistics on deaths caused by the choking game are unclear, WABC reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the game was responsible for 82 deaths between 1995 and 2007.

Mother upset over child's math homework involving hair extensions

Published: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

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The mother of a charter school student in the nation's capital is upset about a math homework question that she feels is inappropriate.

Sarah Jackson told WUSA9 that her 7-year-old daughter, Aria, a KIPP DC Quest Academy student, brought home math homework recently that asked students to count bundles of hair. The product, also known as a weave or hair extensions, is popular with African-American women, WUSA9 reported. 

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Jackson thought the question was inappropriate for first-graders and that it singled out a single group of people. When she posted her concerns about it on Facebook, some parents disagreed with Jackson, saying that the question was culturally inclusive, according to WUSA9.

The academy sent a letter to parents, apologizing for the question. Jackson wants to see the question pulled from all first-grade classes at KIPP charter schools.