Back to School: Tackling school jitters

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A Rockland County author is helping kids tackle their back-to-school jitters.

Author Sarah Weeks, of Nyack, creates colorful stories and characters to help your child get ready for the first day of school.

She has written 59 books for children, including her award-winning book "Save Me A Seat," about two middle-school boys who develop an unlikely friendship.
One boy is a recent immigrant from India, the other is a boy with a learning disorder.

Neither feels like he fits in at school and together, they take on the class bully. "When you read about a situation where a kid is being bullied or a kid is maybe left out, as the reader, your eyes can be opened. 'Oh I can be more empathic when I see someone being left out. Maybe I can invite that kid to sit at my table at lunch and it'll make a difference," says Weeks.

Weeks says important moments in the book take place in the school cafeteria which can be a place of relaxation but also anxiety for kids.

Her goal is to encourage children to welcome differences.

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