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Waiting for a Mentor: Help Backus boy fish, build, explore

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The hallways in our local schools are quiet now. Vacation is here and many kids look forward to days filled with summer programs, family trips and hanging out with friends.

But for ninth-grader Thomas of rural Backus, this time of year means separation from classmates, his school and activities to fill his hours of free time. Thomas and his family live many miles from town and with mom's work schedule, he will spend most days at home plugged into video games.

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