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Dressed as a Star Wars X-wing pilot, Mr. Doug Wilkinson used a creative no-contact method of candy delivery.

Teachers Tackle Halloween During a Pandemic

October 27, 2020

Dunbar art teacher Mrs. Jamie Preptit has a 4-year-old and a six-year-old. In order to make Halloween fun while being safe, she said she tried to come up with a creative idea: she is turning the inside of their home into a haunted house. In a Halloween-Easter mash-up, she plans on hiding 100 white skull eggs filled with tiny glow sticks and Halloween candy. When it gets dark on Halloween night,...

Shopping online has become a go to option for people to get the products they need,

The Environmental Impacts of Online Shopping

October 22, 2020

Amidst the global pandemic, online shopping has become a go-to for buying the products we need with a simple click, and most importantly, safely without worry of exposure to the novel coronavirus. In the United States, it’s cheap and efficient, yet the immense environmental impacts of our online shopping sprees could hurt us more than we believe. Huge corporations, like Amazon, Target, and Best Buy have recent...

Paying It Forward: A Cup of Commonwealth Offers Coffee and Community During Pandemic

October 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have had to get creative with how they handle customers and in-person business interactions. In a city with over 500 restaurants and a state with the most fast-food restaurants per capita, many companies struggled to stay open after Gov. Andy Beshear closed bars and restaurants in March. But despite the challenges, many Lexington restaurants have responded by not only following new hygiene protocols, but also ...

Teens Still Working During COVID-19

October 8, 2020

Especially during the summer, many teens tend to get jobs. But with the pandemic causing the economy to suffer and businesses to close, some students wonder whether they would be able to find employment. And for those that did find jobs, their working circumstances have changed significantly.  Senior Taylor Smith got a job as a hostess at Ramsey's. "Working while we have so much time on our hands i...

Virtual learning and Zoom classes are in full swing. Check out our tips on the topic!

A Virtual Learning Handbook

September 27, 2020

All students are facing obstacles with the start of this new academic year. Learning virtually is new for everyone and  teachers and staff are always happy to help students in this new stage, but there are several things students themselves can do from home to get the most out of their virtual classes. Wake up early It may be tempting to wake up when class starts and join Zoom calls while you are still ha...

Freshman taking notes on a zoom call for math class.

Class of 2024 Begins High School Virtually

September 19, 2020

Starting high school virtually is just one task freshmen around the nation have proven to be just another bump in the road. High school can be a time full of fear and worry, and for the class of 2024, this next step in their life has come with both pros and cons. One of the many things students worry about when switching to a new school is finding their way around. Dunbar is a much larger buildi...

Teachers' First Day on NTI

Teachers’ First Day on NTI

September 10, 2020

Dunbar teachers are making online learning work despite unprecedented challenges.

Virtual Learning Creates New Challenges for Teachers

August 10, 2020

When the FCPS School Board announced plans to start the school year virtually, many Dunbar teachers said that they were already expecting the announcement.  “Since the numbers were going up so dramatically over the last month,” drama teacher Mrs. Alicia Henning said, “I was hoping that we would start the school year virtually in order to keep everyone safe.” Still, the decision to return...

Many links for students and families can be found on the PLD website.

It Just Won’t Be The Same

August 8, 2020

For many students, school is not just a place. School means safety, opportunity, food, friendship, and connection. It is not simply a building full of classrooms. Instead, it’s an atmosphere that encourages growth, not only in learning but in overall well-being.  On July 23, the Fayette County Public Schools board voted to start the 2020-21 school year with Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI), ...

Activists advocating for women's rights marched from Civic Center Plaza to the Embarcadero on January 18, 2020.

Sexist Slang: A Trend That Needs To Go

June 12, 2020

“Go back to the kitchen.” “Make me a sandwich.” “Stop acting like a girl.” Women are often subject to these comments, which imply that they are not good for anything except housekeeping. This has been a common trend for centuries, but a why hasn’t it ended? With more women in the workplace, especially in what were previously male-dominated fields, many people assume that ...

Many teens have become frontline essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic.

Teens Become Essential Workers

May 27, 2020

While millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, some have been shoved onto America’s front lines. This time, the front lines don’t indicate an armed conflict, but a war against this deadly virus. In this fight, 17-year-olds like us have become unlikely frontiersmen of the battle along with doctors, delivery drivers, and grocery store clerks. Two months ago, we were just teenagers...

How to turn quarantine time into quality time.

Making the Most of the Quarantine

May 27, 2020

There are things that really stink about the stay at home measures, but there are also things to try that might just help you make the most of the situation.