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Back to school

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 4:07 PM

Even though it doesn't feel like summer is leaving anytime soon, summer break will soon be over and school bells will be ringing.

Students are counting down the days and the first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 20. Students have about three weeks of freedom left. Teachers have to return a week or so earlier than students so they have even less time to finish what they had planned to get done during their summer break from school. I know they have to spend a lot of time in workshops and don't have all of their summer break free.

Hopefully everyone will be able to write a great "what I did on my summer break" essay. I wonder if children still do that as a writing assignment. It has been so long since I've been to school I don't even remember if I really had to do it.

It seems we have had an extremely hot, dry summer. I haven't seen a lot of kids out and about. I have seen even less of us older people. I think most everyone is looking forward to fall this year. Fall has always been my favorite time of the year.

It is time to get those school supplies ready. Lists for individual classrooms at different schools are in most stores. Paper, pencils, glue sticks and other school supplies are on sale. Now is the time to buy for the year.

We are having a tax free weekend coming up and it will help. Any little bit of help will be beneficial to parents trying to get supplies and school clothes for their children. It really takes a lot to get them ready.

I know a lot of people do not agree with me, but I have always thought school uniforms (polo shirts and khaki pants or skirts) in the school colors might be a good way to go. It certainly would make clothes shopping for school a lot easier.

I can see the pros and cons of uniforms, so it might or might not be a good idea. I am sure I would have hated it when I as in school. When I was in elementary school we had to wear dresses and it did not make me happy. I couldn't wait to get home and get my play clothes on. I had Sunday dresses, school dresses and play clothes. We did not mix and match the three.

Really, everyone does not like the same style clothes so uniforms would take away from personal taste. I guess I am getting old because I have forgotten the days when fashion was more important than comfort.

As the new school year begins it will take a few days for kids to get into the routine of going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, getting their homework done in a timely manner, and not having lazy days to enjoy.

For some it will be their first year in school, for others it will be their last, and then there is all the in-between but I hope everyone has a great school year filled potential good memories.

Believe me, once our children start to school, the years pass fast. Enjoy each day.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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