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DEAR HELOISE: I re­ally en­joy your col­umn and the “ Just for Kids” sec­tion. I have al­ways wanted to write in to you, so now I am.

— The big erasers in my pen­cil case have got­ten black from be­ing near the pen­cil lead. When I need to erase some­thing, the eraser just smudges the pa­per and makes it worse. So my mom used a ser­rated knife to cut off the top layer of my eraser. Now it’s clean and works again!

— At the end of each school year or the end of a class, like home eco­nomics, I put away all the sup­plies I used so that I can use them again the next year. I put them in a box and clearly la­bel it so I can find the con­tents when I need them.

— Some­times I have items that are crowd­ing my room, but I am still at­tached to them and would feel bad sell­ing them. I put ev­ery­thing in a box and date it. Then I set a goal, maybe un­til the next garage sale. If I have to open the box be­fore then to use some­thing in it, I keep that thing. If I don’t, then I sell ev­ery­thing. It’s a good way to test whether or not you re­ally use the items.

— A good way to dis­play col­lec­tions like mar­bles or shells is to put them in small glass jars and line them up on a shelf or on a win­dowsill. Then they look pretty, and ev­ery­one can en­joy them.

— Some­times fam­i­lies have ex­tra paint from build­ing projects ly­ing around in base­ments or garages. If it isn’t be­ing used, con­sider do­nat­ing it to schools for the art and wood- shop classes to use. Ex­tra ma­te­ri­als are usu­ally very wel­come, as they make more projects pos­si­ble.

M.M.R., Can­ton, Ill.

Thank you, M. M. R., for send­ing in your “ Just For Kids” hints.

This spe­cial fea­ture has been run­ning in my Sun­day col­umn for more than 26 years and is very pop­u­lar. It’s a space within the reg­u­lar col­umn where kids can share hints that ap­peal just to them and oth­ers of their age group.

Many grown- ups ( and oth­ers) may think some of the hints are a lit­tle silly or sim­ple, but this col­umn is meant to help ALL of my read­ers — young, old, male and fe­male — no mat­ter the sub­ject.


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