Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Why are low-income students more likely to skip school?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/17/14, 01:13 pm

While the classic ’80s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off glamorized the act of truancy as an upper-class suburban prank, the hard truth is that it’s anything but fun and games for most students.

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Sis-boom-blah: More college students blowing off football games

Sports
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/15/14, 02:34 pm

The most enthusiastic fans at college football games are often the students themselves, sporting colorful team apparel, painted faces, and uninhibited school spirit.

At a recent University of Michigan game, though, the student section showed visible gaps. Even though Michigan consistently draws the most football fans of any other college in the nation, it is losing ground with the group that should be its most devoted attendees: its students.

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Study: Music really does make kids smarter

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/05/14, 09:00 am

Music makes you smarter. That’s the conclusion from a recent study of children who spent at least two years learning to play a musical instrument at The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods. 

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