Kids Issue, Part 1: Time Travelers

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Cover Design Credit:

Scott Southwick

Cover Photography Credit:

Kaylee Alison, 10th grade, Charles D. Owen High School
For this year’s Kids Issue, Xpress asked local K-12 students to create art and writing around the theme “Time Travel: Where would you go and why?” They responded by taking us on a journey from the Big Bang to the distant future with colorful and thoughtful drawings, essays, poems and short fiction.




  • Mental health respite offers place to recharge

    -by Jessica Wakeman
    It provides a safe, homelike environment where individuals can slow down and recharge — ideally tempering their current mental health struggles into a more manageable state.


  • Kids stuff: The impact of social media on today’s youth

    -by Xpress Staff
    Jocelin Rosas, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County community school coordinator at Erwin Middle School, discusses student resiliency, social media and the importance of mentorships. 
  • Kids stuff: The perks of native wildlife education

    -by Xpress Staff
    Jordan Rutherford, the guest services coordinator at the WNC Nature Center, share his thoughts on the benefits of outdoor education and the center's most popular exhibits for kids. 
  • Kids stuff: Peer-to-peer mentoring

    -by Xpress Staff
    Jasmine Middleton, head of sustainability at OpenDoors Asheville, discusses the launch of AVL Rise, the compassion that tutors bring to their work and the importance of exposing young children to…
  • Kids stuff: Positive food experiences

    -by Xpress Staff
    Debbi Timson, Growing Minds Program Coordinator at ASAP, discusses healthy eating habits, local foods and the positive results that come when families cook together. 
  • Kids stuff: Mentorships make a difference

    -by Xpress Staff
    Paul Clark, communications coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, speaks to the importance of mentorships and the positive impact such relationships have on area youth. 
  • Kids stuff: Fostering curiosity

    -by Xpress Staff
    Millad Nooraei, YWCA Director of Early Childhood Education, discusses his organization's history, the challenges it faces and ways parents can be involved in their child's development. 
  • Kids stuff: Respect the youths

    -by Xpress Staff
    Ellen Bowditch, a retired elementary school teacher and volunteer tutor with Literacy Together, discusses her work with the local nonprofit, the importance of community involvement and the need to show care…
  • Q&A: Nesbitt Academy senior named county’s Distinguished Young Woman

    -by LA Bourgeois
    High school senior talks about dance, how she avoids burnout, and the experience of performing in the Distinguished Young Women program. (Public speaking is hard.)
  • Kids stuff: The benefits of gardening and cooking for young children

    -by Xpress Staff
    Jordan Diamond, Bountiful Cities' FEAST program and garden coordinator at Lucy S. Herring Elementary School, discusses cooking with kids, the benefits of gardening for young minds and the joys of…
  • Tips for cultivating early readers

    -by Xpress Contributor
    Reversing a decline in reading levels requires multi-pronged approach from parents, libraries and schools.
  • Kids stuff: Buy-in and trust

    -by Xpress Staff
    David Bird, a language arts and Spanish teacher at The Learning Community School, discusses the challenges middle school students face, the patience that goes into teaching and misconceptions teachers deal…
  • ‘Smart bus’ system coming to Buncombe County Schools

    -by Brooke Randle
    The new technology will include GPS tracking of school buses, onboard cameras and an accompanying parent app. 
  • Workers tell city leaders about fear and frustration over downtown crime, violence 

    -by Jessica Wakeman
    Violent and disturbing incidents downtown are leaving workers frustrated and frightened. One business owner at an Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce listening session asked the assembled crowd, “How many people…
  • Safety, transit concerns raised at first Asheville budget meeting

    -by Brooke Randle
    Tom Tesser was one of several commenters from the Asheville Coalition for Public Safety, a recently formed advocacy group that looks to build support for the APD. Five of the…