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By Amy Woods

According to the National Retail Federation, the average family spent nearly $800 last year to prepare one child for school — an amount that is the highest in the history of the survey.

Back to School PBC is an annual event that helps pr

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9962504496?profile=RESIZE_710xAthena Zarcadoolas has worked with her family to help people in Costa Rica, where her mom was born. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

At 14, Athena Zarcadoolas has done more to make this world a better place than some others manage in a lifetime.

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7960853296?profile=originalDebra Ghostine of Hypoluxo Island takes on volunteer opportunities like athletic events. She pitched softball in her youth and plays tennis and golf. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Stephen Moore

Volunteering and athletics are big parts of Debra Gho

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