Teen would rather text than talk to crush at school

Austin American-Statesman - - MONEY & MARKETS - Jeanne Phillips Dear Abby

Dear Abby: There is a boy I like at school. He is a very well-known per­son around school. I’m not. I do have a wide va­ri­ety of friends, and I even talk to some of his.

My friends know I like him, and they would like for me to talk to him. I wouldn’t mind that, but what would I say? They want it to hap­pen in per­son, but I want to do it by text, where I feel more me. What should I do? — Ten­nessee Teen

Dear Teen: Lis­ten to your friends and ap­proach him in per­son. A smile and a hello should break the ice. Then fol­low it up with a ques­tion about some ac­tiv­ity that’s hap­pen­ing at school.

Dear Abby: Could you please ad­dress the eti­quette of tast­ing sam­ples at stores, events, food shows, etc.? Peo­ple walk up and try to grab a sam­ple with dirty, bleed­ing, scabby hands not re­al­iz­ing that other peo­ple will also be sam­pling that food.

Sam­ples are sup­posed to be GIVEN to each per­son. And when that hap­pens, the food han­dler should be wear­ing clean gloves and be the only per­son touch­ing the food.

Please let peo­ple know that once some­one with­out gloves touches this food, the demon­stra­tor must dis­card it for health rea­sons. Also, sam­ples can­not be given to chil­dren with­out their par­ents’ per­mis­sion, and any food al­ler­gies must be ad­dressed be­fore some­one asks for a sam­ple. — Mary in Florida

Dear Mary: Your sug­ges­tions are not only good man­ners, they also make com­mon sense. I hope that read­ers who don’t know bet­ter will learn from your let­ter for the sake of ev­ery­one’s health.

Dear Abby: “Enough to Share” (Dec. 5) was in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing her daugh­ter’s friends through the col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process. “Enough” could men­tion to the fam­ily that SAT and ACT fee waivers should be avail­able through the school coun­sel­ing depart­ment if the twins are con­sid­ered low-in­come.

Stu­dents should also know about gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance pro­grams, such as the Pell Grant, which can give ad­di­tional money to­ward tuition for any low-in­come stu­dent. They can get more in­for­ma­tion through their schools when they fill out their FAFSA forms. — Ti­tle I Teacher

Dear Teacher: Thank you for the per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion. Read on for some in­struc­tive in­put from an­other reader:

Dear Abby: Many schools have “Help­ing Hands” funds avail­able for this pur­pose and would al­low the fam­ily to do­nate to these spe­cific girls anony­mously, if need be. As an ed­u­ca­tor, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to reach out to a lo­cal school to of­fer help to strug­gling high school stu­dents. If they are in a po­si­tion to do so, they should ask if they can spon­sor a stu­dent in the col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process or sign up to men­tor. — A Lit­tle Goes a Long Way

To or­der “How to Write Letters for All Oc­ca­sions,” send your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Let­ter Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054-0447.

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