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26 — Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, August 3, 2017 and its own fork and spoon. • Ditch the disposables: Other environmentally friendly options include Russbe's sturdy, gusseted reusable bags,which come in a bunch of designs and sizes. All have leak-resistant double- lock closures;they're alternatives to plastic bags. Cicero also likes Packit:The whole bag is lined with a gel mate- rial,so you can freeze it the night before and food stays chilled all day. There's a peppy buffalo check, and a tie-dye pattern in the collec- tion. "Our school has a zero-waste pol- icy,so we try to pack most food in a thermos or containers.Snap lids are easiest for the kids to open," says Toronto mom Amy Tse. Kristy Lucenti of Brooklin, Ontario,says her young son picked out a PBKids' car-themed lunchbox that matches his backpack. "I found a set of Rubbermaid containers that fit nicely in his lunch bag,"she says. "His school is strict on zero waste,so the containers are very convenient." • Trending topics: "What's new is that you'll see a lot of girls with traditional boy designs,"says Cicero. "Gender-neutral options include geometric patterns,stars and ani- mals." Unicorns are trending strongly with girls,she says.Zazzle.com has a nice variety;a lot feature rain- bows,too. Target has the Skip Hop Zoo uni- corn-shaped bag,and Gymboree offers a unicorn-printed box that clips to a matching backpack. Other popular patterns? Cute cats and fun food.Pottery Barn Kids has a lunch sack shaped like a kitten's face;it wouldn't look out of place on a 20-something's office desk. Photo-printed lunch boxes and bags stand out from the crowd; some are even 3-D. For younger kids,dinosaur, galaxy,mermaid and camouflage patterns in glow-in-the-dark inks are popular. Cicero also mentions quintessen- tial favorites like superheroes and sports themes.Nike has lunch-size versions of its classic duffel bag. Crocodile Creek has designs with jungle,robot and backyard animal themes. And Hanna Andersson offers soft lunchboxes in whimsical designs including a galaxy and spaceship, fluttery butterflies,race cars,and smiling suns with rainbows. For older boys,consider video- game references like Minecraft or Halo 5 lunchboxes. Licensed characters are perenni- al lunchbox favorites. This year,a Wonder Woman lunchbox picks up on the movie's popularity. And the front of a Star Wars Chewbacca lunchbox is covered in washable fake fur. • Fashion forward: Allison Spampanato,senior vice president for product development at Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen, is betting on a few stylish designs: "Our Emily & Meritt gear features neon pink and oversize florals, bringing two trends together,"she says. Other graphic standouts in that collection:a chic,black-zippered lunch sack with the word MEOW in white type,and a bold,black- and-white-banded sack. There's also a shibori motif. Larger-scale gingham and polka dots,and icons like sailboats,bows and hearts are a fresh take on preppy. Continued from 25 Lunch box Associated Press Preppy sailboats decorate the Mackenzie water bottle from Pottery Barn Kids. There's a lunch bag and backpack with the design, too. Associated Press Two student technology leaders create a tutorial about iPads at a GenYES workshop for Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, N.M. With more computers at school, some districts are training stu- dents to provide technical support to teachers and others. Tech trouble? Some schools are training student techs The Associated Press When Crane Middle School decid- ed to turn over minor IT repairs and troubleshooting duties to students, even the program coordinator was skeptical. Now,two years into the program, Nicole Rangel and her fellow teach- ers at the school in Yuma,Ariz., couldn't be more pleased."I have teachers begging me to send a kid down to help them,"she said. As more school districts move to one-to-one computing — meaning every student is assigned an elec- tronic device — many are looking to students to help keep the equipment up and running.Giving that respon- sibility to students makes sense since they often are quicker than adults to adopt and understand new technologies,said Dennis Villano, director of technology integration for the Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. The school district launched a tech training program at its high school in 2011 after buying 1,100 iPads for students and staff.At the time,the district's information tech- nology department consisted of two people."There was quite a bit of panic about how we would deploy and support the technology,"Villano recalled."Our one-to-one program has been successful in large part because of the help we got from stu- dents at the high school." Kid-led help desks are an econom- ic way for schools to advance their technology offerings,and provide career skills and workplace-type experiences for students,said Dennis Harper,CEO and founder of Generation Yes (GenYES),a Tumwater,Wash.,nonprofit created to help school districts develop stu- dent-led technology programs. Some schools offer the program as a class for credit;others create a club that students join on a volun- teer basis. In most schools,students are an underutilized resource with much to contribute,Harper said. "About 90 percent of the people in school are students,"he said."They have a lot of energy and they're pretty tech-savvy.So why not tap See STUDENT TECHS,Page 27

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