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Katie gives advice on making play dates

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Pinewood student Katie Noble eagerly awaits incoming letters.

Katie Noble, a fifth-grader at Pinewood School, writes for the student newspaper and recently placed second in the Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest. She wants to help her peers solve their problems.

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