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Need a hug? Don’t we all? Person-toperson contact is how humans express affection, comfort, and connect with each other. Touch releases oxytocin and sometimes dopamine, two of the “happy hormones” that regulate positive moods. Touch also signals a sense of belonging, safety, and trust. Living in isolation during the pandemic has resulted in touch deprivation. People working from home are deprived of daily touching such as handshakes and pats on the back. The over-60 crowd who have to observe strict social distancing miss hugs and kisses from children and grandchildren. A lack of touch can trigger anxiety and, in the extreme, loneliness and depression.
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Canadian High School Homecoming Court to be center stage during Friday night halftime festivities

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In a nod to the coronavirus pandemic, a scaled-down Canadian High School homecoming week will culminate Friday night in the halftime presentation of the 2020 Homecoming Queen and her court. While some of this year’s traditional events—including the popular pre-game parking lot tailgate party hosted by the Canadian Education Foundation—have been placed on temporary hiatus, the Wildcat spirit will be on full display for Friday night’s annual showdown between Canadian and the rival Perryton Rangers.
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The Roaring ‘20s are back! 2020 is party time! Instead of speakeasies selling illegal liquor, COVID parties are all the rage. The crime is not drinking. The crime is refusing to social distance or wear a mask. In states with strict regulations such as California, New York, and New Jersey, hosts of parties are arrested and fined. The greatest challenge, however, is college students. Colleges want to resume classes in a safe environment. The off-campus parties may undermine their best efforts to keep students COVID-free. If parties drive the COVID rate up, students will have to switch to online learning.
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Enrollment open for Texas Tuition Promise Fund

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Open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college-tuition program, began Sept. 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2021. The Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents and loved ones the chance to prepay a child’s future higher education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices, excluding medical and dental institutions.
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Teachers union goes online to track COVID-19 in Texas schools

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The Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will hold a Zoom news conference at 10 am this morning (Thursday) showing the features of a new website that allows teachers, school employees, and community members to report COVID-19 cases, deaths, and unsafe working conditions. The Texas AFT tracker will let users search by district and campus, and view pinned reports on a map of Texas. The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of State Health Services have announced that districts will be required to report cases weekly starting today. However, it is unclear how the data will be presented to the public, and plans have been to display only district data—not cases by campus. To attend this Zoom meeting, please register in advance online at: https:// zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcuqqDMrG9DAQG6hpUhk3okQ7Iv2LQHu.
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CHS alumna honored for philanthropy at Women for OSU Symposium this week

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On Sept. 2, the Women for OSU Virtual Symposium offered inspiration drawn from the impact and philanthropy of the Women for OSU community. The event honored OSU’s 2020 Philanthropist of the Year, Helen Hodges, and 12 outstanding student scholars. CHS alumna Emily Alexander (CHS Class of 2018) was among the scholars honored for their outstanding philanthropic contributions.