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The A+ Parents podcast, Hosted by “Mr. D Math Live” Founder Dennis DiNoia, speaks with parents, homeschool organizations, and homeschool influencers on how to help our students become self-directed learners.

Our programs encourage students to discover how to learn vs what to learn and how to teach others what they are learning along the way. Mr. D Math Live programs empower students to correct their work, discover their own ah-ha moments and develop lifelong self-mastery skills.

We share tips, tricks and stories from educators on how students can think for themselves by teaching them to operate with free will, accountability, honor, and respect.

Our unique approach awakens students to discover their own unique expression of how they view education. They communicate what they’ve discovered and apply their knowledge to “the world outside of a classroom.” We focus on multiple learning styles allowing students to discover their own strengths in how they learn.

After all, what does every parent truly want? We all want our children to have a great life beyond what their report card says. That is what it means to be an A+ Parent. Grades are important. But not as important as the lifetime of happiness through self-discovery and knowledge mastery.

Welcome to the A+ Parent podcast and thank you for listening.

To view our resources and online classes, please follow us online at mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive
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Noah Whitney is a 4.0 high school student from Alaska, with a mind for business and a love for applicable learning.     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Scarlett Acker is 13 and currently taking Algebra 1 with Mr. D. She has been homeschooled most of her life, but spent her kindergarten and 4th grade years in the public school system. Scarlett loves animals and hopes to be a veterinarian someday.     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Josiah Keup is a home-schooled 14 year old, who just finished geometry. He loves exercise, running events, reading books, and scuba diving. Josiah loves hanging out with his family. He has an older sister and a younger brother.     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Sarah Reid has been a homeschool mom and private educator for 19 years. She has a BA in Organizational Management and an MA in Writing, she is a lifelong learner, educator, author, and speaker.   https://innovativepress.org/     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Millie Florence’s earliest memories are of lying under the covers at night, whispering stories to herself long after her parents had told her to go to sleep. She self-published her first book, Honey Butter, at age 13 and hasn’t stopped since! She’s gone on to publish more whimsical fiction for kids, including The Balter of Ashton Harper with Bandersnatch Books, and Beyond Mulberry Glen, releasing with Waxwing Books on January 7th 2025.   Millie lives in a picturesque blue house in the woods of southern Illinois. She loves adventure, good food, and just about all things yellow.   Website: millieflorence.com       Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Nadine Lauffer, a 18-year-old homeschooled student, is passionate about encouraging and equipping teens and their parents to successfully homeschool through high school. In 2022, she started the podcast "How to Homeschool in High School" with the goal of connecting teens with current homeschoolers and curriculum developers and inspiring them to take ownership of their education. Through her podcast, Nadine was a speaker at the recent Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She hopes to continue to encourage the homeschooling community through her podcast after she graduates high school in May. Her current plans are to attend Grove City College in the fall as a Physics Major.   Podcast Website - https://hshighschoolpodcast.buzzsprout.com/         Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB
Judah Cushman is 14 and the oldest of four children. He lives in rural Washington with his cat, Lucy, and two dogs. He's been homeschooled for his entire life, and plays the violin in a local orchestra, and likes to read in his free time. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and kayaking. He is also a giant nerd about all things related to the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.       Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschool mom of six. She is the author of Grammar Galaxy elementary language arts curriculum and the host of The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast.   http://funtolearnbooks.com   Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Eva Eckhart is a fifth generation farm kid and a first generation homeschooler living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the oldest of four girls and loves reading and arts and crafts. She has been a student of Mr D math this school year and has really enjoyed how it has made math interesting to her!     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Lorraine P. Smith is an Educational Consultant who works primarily with home education families in Florida. She offers educational counseling, particularly for high school students, as there are many educational choices to consider for a high school student who is home educated. She provides transcript preparation, college scholarship guidance, NCAA help, and preparation of annual homeschool evaluations, testing, tutoring and life coaching. She also has had the privilege of teaching high school classes (Honors Marine Biology, Honors Biology, Personal Finance, American Humanities and a Health course) in a home school co-op. Lorraine received a BA from the University of Florida. Lorraine and her husband Kevin, who is an attorney, have been married since 1981. Living in Sarasota, Florida, they have four grown children and one grandson. They began homeschooling their children in 1991. Kevin was formerly the Chairman, Vice-chairman and District 5 Director of the Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA).       Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Ryan Holmes has worked as a teacher, director of STEAM curriculum and instruction at Boston Collegiate, and principal at Match Charter School. With 14 years of experience in the education space, Ryan has a demonstrated track record of developing programs that support students' academic achievement.  Ryan has always been passionate about supporting school choice and creating unique and alternative models that support students' passions and intrinsic interests.     In 2019, he launched a popular math tutoring service for homeschoolers called Elephants and Algebra. In 2021, Ryan joined KaiPod Learning as Chief Academic Officer.  He leads the team of Learning Coaches in creating KaiPods where students' ambitions are known and fed, their academic skills are developed, and where Learning Coaches can partner with families and communities to create learning experiences that fit the needs of each individual child.       Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Kara Peterson is fifteen years old and a sophomore in high school, she has been homeschooled her whole life. Kara is a missionaries kid who lives in Lesotho, Africa. Her family is originally from Kansas. Kara has five siblings and a dog named Duke. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring nature, and podcasts. Kara likes traveling and going to new places and her favorite food is thin crust pizza.     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Mia Holstien is 13 years old and in 8th grade. She has been homeschooled since she was in kindergarten.   Mia does horse eventing, which is like a triathlon for horses. Showing horses takes up most of her time and part of the reason why she is homeschooled. Mia travels a lot for her horse shows, so being homeschooled allows her flexibility.      Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Growing up in the middle of Minnesota's cornfields, Jenna Edwards had some big dreams. She wanted to make people laugh on TV, inspire change, and travel the world. Life wasn't easy, though. Born to teenage parents who split when she was three, Jenna faced poverty and abuse until her mom took a stand, and they escaped. In her early twenties, Jenna set off for Los Angeles, to make her dreams come true. She even landed a role on the legendary "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" show. Imagine inheriting Buffy's powers! But then, a terrible accident shook her world. She struggled with debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but learned that asking for help is a sign of strength, just like Buffy asking her friends for help. Now, she’s on a mission to empower others through writing and producing, inspiring them to face their own "big bads." Remember, you have a choice. Will you stand up? Jenna currently lives in Los Angeles with her loving and supportive husband, Craig. You can find out more at www.jennaedwards.com     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Dalia Monterroso is a chicken keeper and a popular teacher on the basics of backyard chicken keeping. She speaks and teaches classes on the joys of chicken keeping and is passionate about broadening the community of chicken keepers to be more diverse and inclusive.    She is the creator of the website and YouTube channel "Welcome to Chickenlandia,” podcast "Bawk Tawk", and an online course called "Chickenlandia's Backyard Chickens 101.” She also hosted a TEDx talk titled "I Dream of Chickens.”  She is also the author of the book, "Let's All Keep Chickens! The Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World,” a comprehensive guide for both beginners and experienced chicken keepers. The book has also gained popularity among homeschooling families, who appreciate its educational value as part of their learning curriculum.    Dalia lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her family, continuing her mission to share the joy and simplicity of chicken keeping to the world.       Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Dr. Celia Chomón Zamora, CAE currently serves as ACTFL’s Director of Professional Learning and Certification. Dr. Zamora has served the language education community since 2005, where she has worked as a K-12 language teacher and administrator in public and private school settings, a postsecondary language program instructor, assistant director, Quality Assurance Senior Manager, and researcher. The daughter of first-generation immigrants from Venezuela and Cuba, Dr. Zamora is a passionate advocate of heritage language learners. She currently serves as a scholar for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP), a Chairwoman for the Events and Relationship Committee of Association Latinos, a member of ASAE’s Research Foundation Committee and the Chairwoman of the CAE Registered Provider Committee and was recently recognized as one of the Top 30 Rising Latinos by Latino Professionals, as well as Association Forum’s 40 Under 40. Dr. Zamora completed her doctoral degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, where she was awarded the Harold N. Glassman Distinguished Dissertation Award in the social sciences. At ACTFL, she is currently focusing on providing a platform to amplify the voices of underrepresented language learning communities, developing resources and communities of support for less commonly taught and Indigenous languages, and continuing to advocate and support heritage language learners and teachers.   www.actfl.org https://www.languageconnectsfoundation.org/about-us     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Nellie Harden is a wife, mother to 4 teenage daughters and an author and speaker in the space of Family Life & Leadership. She focuses on helping parents love & lead their teen/tween daughters in a way that teaches them to love & lead themselves while building a strong foundation of worth, esteem & confidence all before they leave home! Her background is in biology and psychology, from humpbacks to humans, and she has invested decades of her life into personal, family, faith and leadership development. Most of all, she believes the best way to change the world is through one living room at a time!   https://www.nellieharden.com/     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Matthew Millison is a 12 year old entrepreneur. He lives in Oregon down the street from his game store. Matthew has 3 brothers and has been homeschooling for 4 years.   Website: MWGamesAndCards.com YouTube: YouTube.com/@mrmatt35     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Hartley Newman is a part-time dual enrollment student at South Eastern University, as well as a competing junior USA dressage rider. Hartley is also a brand ambassdor for Equiderma, a horse-based grooming product company and promotes them through Instagram. She is also the assistant manager at a private equine estate, as well as a barn hand at a competitive dressage stable.    Hartley is in the beginning stages of forming her own equine-related business related to the training and sales of high quality horses.    Hartley has been homeschooled since Pre-K and will graduate from homeschool in 2025. Hartley’s jobs and equine business are the biggest part of her education because it relates to her future. hartleysue.wixsite.com/newmandressage     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
Jami Newman is a native from central Florida and a long-time homeschool parent. Her and her husband have raised three children outside of the traditional school setting for the last 12 years and plan to graduate all of them from home. Jami’s children have been homeschooled all their lives.   Jami’s two sons both play travel baseball, and her daughter is a successful, small-business owner, dual enrollment student, and equestrian. Having begun as a more "traditional" homeschooler, Jami has grown to become more child directed as her kids have grown into their teens. During the covid year, her family took a plunge and purchased a piece of land in Florida outside of the city. They helped their daughter grow a small equine business at their home, which she runs almost completely by herself now.   Jami also directs a very small, nonprofit, homeschool cooperative group, which focuses on building close relationships and critical thinking skills through offering parent-lead courses with common annual themes. When Jami is not traveling for baseball, assisting her daughter in her equine business, homeschooling, or running her cooperative group, she enjoys gardening, exercise, and tending to her chickens on their micro farm.     Thank you for listening to the A+ Parents podcast. If you love the show, don’t forget to subscribe, share and leave us a review. Also, follow us online at www.aplusparents.com  www.mrdmath.com or on our social channels @MrDMathlive @aplusparentspodcast   Also, host Dennis DiNoia has a new book out NOW called “Teach: Becoming Independently Responsible Learners. Order your copy: https://aplusparents.com/teach   OR on Amazon   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X2B3MG8/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_i_DDH16A3BD5X79CSFSQXB   To learn more about Mr.D Math Live Homeschool classes, visit:   https://mrdmath.edu20.org/visitor_class_catalog?affiliate=10252228
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