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Reading Matters
by Sarah Cousineau

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Each week, Central Bank staff use their lunch hour reading to 2nd graders at Phillips at Attucks Elementary School. Lead to Read is a local organization that started in area urban schools back in 2010. The program launched with a very few classrooms in 2010 and now has grown to 50 classrooms in KCPS, Center and charter schools with over 1000 volunteers. The program reaches kids early - in grades 1-3 - when they’re developing and mastering basic reading skills. The program pairs each student with an adult reader for 30 minutes of one-on-one time reading time.


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Free Tax Prep for Qualifying Taxpayers
VITA Sites listed
by Sarah Cousineau

It’s that time of year to start thinking about filing your taxes. If you or someone you know needs a little help, there are free tax preparation sites in the area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, elderly and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. See full article to find locations.
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Is It Still Important to Know How to Balance a Checkbook?
Even in the digital age, knowing how to balance your checkbook is still relevant

People used to learn to balance a checkbook with a registrar log of all their daily transactions to better keep track of their money. The digital age, and the immediate access we now have to our bank accounts online, has made this skill less necessary. Yet it’s still important for several reasons.
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Simple Ways to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day
How to ensure that you are meeting your fitness goals on a daily basis

Walking 10,000 steps every day might actually be simpler than it seems. It may merely take a steady and consistent approach, requisite motivation and a few simple tricks.
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7 Best “Best Picture” Winners from Oscars Past
These 7 Oscar-winning films are some of the best

To get you ready for the upcoming 89th Academy Awards ceremony, we’ve put together this list of some of the greatest Best Picture Oscar winners to ever exist.
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The Importance of Paying Your Bills on Time
The success of your business relies heavily on making on-time payments

Paying your business bills follows the same rule of thumb as your personal bills: Maintaining an on-time payment schedule for all of your bills will help keep your credit, and therefore your business, in good standing. Furthermore, not paying your bills on time causes a trickle-down effect that could negatively impact your business.
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