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September 01, 2003


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Readin' and writin' and 'rithmetic again

By June Allen

Photo Description: Ketchikan, Alaska - between ca. 1900-1930. The hilltop Main School building built in 1904 is visible in this photograph. Forms part of: Frank and Frances Carpenter collection (Library of Congress). Gift; Mrs. W. Chapin Huntington; 1951. Courtesy Library of Congress

June Allen Column: ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR IS HERE; Readin' and writin' and 'rithmetic again - Why is it that kids who whoop and holler with joy at the end of the school year in June are so eager to go back again in September? Maybe it's the brand new tablets and computer paper, new text books, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils (yet to show bite marks), and the boxes of pristine crayons. Or is it all those summer-acquired skills plus good intentions about study and behavior and tests; maybe it's just judging new faces and high-fiving old ones. It may also be the squeak of corduroy trousers, the brand new shirts and shoes, backpacks, jackets with the sleeves a little too long and the fresh haircuts even if they're a little too short? - Read the rest of this story...
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Labor Day, a day to honor
our nation's workers
FEDEX Employee, Kenneth Williams
Photo by Gigi Pilcher

soundProfile America - Monday, September 1st. Today is Labor Day - a national holiday with more meaning that just the end of the summer season.

The first observance is thought to have been a parade in New York City, in 1882, organized by Peter McGuire of the Carpenters Union. The idea caught on, and by 1893, more than half the states were holding some sort of observance to honor the nation's workers. The first Monday in September became a national holiday in 1894.

Today, nearly 140-million men and women over 16 are in the labor force - about 64 percent of all adults. In terms of gender, 71 percent of men and 58 percent of women are among the nation's workers. About 7 percent of all workers are self-employed, and 6 percent have more than one job. [Source U.S. Census Bureau]...
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People of Ketchikan: Labor Day, a day to honor our nation's workers - Local Ketchikan resident Kenneth Williams is one of many Ketchikan workers keeping our community running smoothly. Williams is employed by FEDEX and has lived in Ketchikan for several years. - More...
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