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Parent says balloon launch event gives children a 'sense of belonging'

August 26, 2011 | 2:29 p.m. CDT
Columbia Independent School third-graders Jack Richards, Gabe Pfenenger, Kelly Barnes and Cohen Mason shield their eyes from the sun as they watch their balloons float away after Columbia Independent School's annual balloon launch on Friday. Julie Melnyk, a parent at the school, said the event gives the children a sense of belonging.

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