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BC-NE--Nebraska Weekend Exchange Digest, NE

August 21, 2018

Below are the Nebraska member exchange stories for the weekend of August 25 and August 26. The stories have moved in advance and will move again on the appropriate days. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact News Editor Scott McFetridge at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-LEARNING JAPANESE

LINCOLN, Neb. —For the next two years, a small-town Nebraskan and big-city Tokyo native will offer the Japanese language students at Southwest High School a rare opportunity. Students will get to learn the language not only from Tammy Cunningham, the teacher who began the program at Southwest, but from Yu Hiraoka, who taught in her native Japan, as well as Africa and France, before landing in the middle of America. By Margaret Reist, Lincoln Journal Star. SENT IN ADVANCE: 826 words.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL SAFETY

OMAHA, Neb. —The shooting range and security firm in Sarpy County, 88 Tactical, started offering “School Safe” classes in March, after the school shooting that killed 17 students and staff members in Parkland, Florida. The core message of the training is if an attack happens at school, you can run, hide or fight back. The message is appealing to a segment of parents, teachers and kids who feel some school responses are too passive. The 2.5-hour classes cost $65 and are open to kids ages 10 and up. By Erin Duffy, Omaha World-Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1710 words.

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For use Sunday or thereafter:

EXCHANGE-FLOWER POWER

CREIGHTON, Neb. — The Flower Power/Bunk Project encourages businesses and individuals to “look up and look out” for the small things that make the Creighton community more beautiful and tourist friendly. The project also has been providing a basis for community members to work together. Keep Creighton Beautiful was organized in 1980 and was instrumental in beginning the first recycling program to Creighton. Since then, it has followed through with many individual projects. By Bev Schwindt, Norfolk Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 377 words.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG BLOOD DONORS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. —ROTC members and other high school drives are helping fulfill a “huge need” for the Red Cross. According to a press release from the organization, blood donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much 20 percent of donations during the school year. In getting high school donors, Red Cross officials say they’re gaining lifelong blood donors. By Austin Koeller, Grand Island Independent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 797 words.

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