Chalkboard: The week in Omaha-area school news

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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 12:00 am

A list of Omaha-area school news:

Writing contest: Entries for the 12th annual “Why I Want to Go to College” writing contest for seventh- and eighth-graders are due Friday. The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska State Treasurer's Office and the Omaha Storm Chasers. Students are asked to reflect on the value of a college education and what they would like to achieve through higher education. Winners will receive contributions to Nebraska's state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, ranging from $2,000 to $500 each. Three winners will be chosen in each of Nebraska's three U.S. congressional districts, and three winners will be selected from outside Nebraska.

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