News Briefs

School supplies

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year as all of their school’s supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com.
With just one or two clicks, parents can find their child’s exact supply list and then click right over to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Amazon and more to purchase their list and have it shipped right to their home. Target, Walmart and Office Depot also offer in store pick-up. Super easy, super convenient.
The site already includes lists for:
n Dillman Elementary School, Muleshoe
“For decades, the supply list process has been a frustration for parents,”points out TeacherLists President, John Driscoll. “Where to find the lists? When are they available? Forgetting the list on the counter at home. Hunting the aisles for the specific items their teacher has requested. All of those issues are solved with TeacherLists.”
More than 50,000 schools now have lists posted on TeacherLists. Lists for more than 1 million classrooms are live on the site and include required and requested items as well as specific notes and clarifications from teachers and school staff.
Complete details and all the lists are available at www.teacherlists.com/parents

Health fair

Muleshoe Area Public Library presents its 2018 Back to School Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17.
“Each vendor will have school supplies to give away, plus information about their programs,” said Librarian Dyan Dunagan.
To learn more, call 806-272-4707.
The following vendors will be at the Health Fair:
South Plains community Action
First Care Health Plan
Muleshoe Police Department
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service
South Plains Head Start
Maximus Foundation
Catholic Charities
K&K Pharmacy

School loan forgiveness

The federal government may forgive all or part of teachers’ and nurses’ federal student loans if they meet certain requirements. The forgiveness options, according to KHEAA, include:
n Teacher loan forgiveness. To qualify, you must teach at least five full years in a low-income school in an eligible district. Depending on your field, you may have up to $17,500 in student loans forgiven. For complete details, visit www.ed.gov.
n Nursing loan forgiveness. You must be at least a registered nurse and agree to work full time for at least two years in a critical shortage facility. If you fulfill your agreement, 60 percent of your loan balance will be forgiven. Another 25 percent will be forgiven if you work a third year. Nurses teaching at an accredited school of nursing may also qualify. For complete details, visit https://bhw.hrsa.gov.
One thing to remember is that the Internal Revenue Service counts the amount forgiven as income. You should talk with a tax professional to understand the impact it may have on your taxes.
KHEAA is a public, non-profit agency established in 1966 to improve students’ access to college. It provides information about financial aid and financial literacy at no cost to students and parents.

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