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With a $1,000 grant from DonorsChoose, a nonprofit organization designed to support public school classrooms, teachers Catherine Vadnais and Sarah Westmoreland assembled “Boredom Bags” for 55 students at the High School of Commerce. They filled the bags with geometry and math-based tools — from the classic Rubik’s Cube to Kanoodle learning puzzles — in an attempt to keep their students engaged as they wind down the academic year at home. “This would have never worked on short notice if we didn’t already have great relationships with these kids and their families,” Westmoreland said. Read more