August is National Back to School Month! While the return to school is going to feel a little different this year, it doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate it. Normally, this month is filled with as many emotions as there are colors in a 64-pack of Crayola crayons. This year, as schools, teachers, students, parents, and families navigate an exodus back to the books in the midst of the pandemic, the uncertainty for students and emotions accompanying it are probably more comparable to the variety in the 200-count Ultimate Crayon Bucket. With so much to think about, it can be easy to feel unsure. We suggest making the best of it by finding positive ways to celebrate the end of the summer while preparing for learning this fall.
Take advantage of this quick checklist for the month ahead to properly prepare for a colorful future of learning:
- Parents, you’ve made it through over four months of the pandemic with kids. Congratulations! Celebrate your accomplishment—and your kids’ too—by having a family fun night to wrap up the summer and looking forward to what’s to come. Stop in for a slice of fun at Airway Fun Center followed by a slice of pizza at MOD Pizza or a slice of pie at Grand Traverse Pie Company.
- Whether you’re planning on in-person learning or not, we know that learning never has to stop! Find fun educational opportunities at the Air Zoo, Portage District Library, Clock N Lock Escape Rooms, and Gilmore Car Museum. If you’re not ready to pack up and go out, you can also check out this interactive construction site from CSM Group.
- There’s a chance those little ones have grown since last school year, which means getting the kids suited up for the fall will require some shopping. If you’re looking for affordable options, check out the gently used clothing at Once Upon a Child. For some gym shoes that will last, head to Gazelle Sports downtown. And if you’re really looking to go all out, head to the Crossroads Mall.
- One of the best parts of back to school shopping is the smell of fresh new pencils and finding the perfect matching set of folders, notebooks, and pens. Stock up on all the essentials at Target, Meijer, or Walmart and don’t forget to buy some extra reusable masks while you’re out.
- This year, you’ll want to make sure your internet connection is adequate for virtual learning. Locally, Comcast, CTS Telecom, and AT&T are ready to help you get connected.
- On another note, it’s a good call to get all of those doctor and dentist visits out of the way before things get busier! Drake Dental, Pearle Vision, Ascension Borgess, and Bronson are ready to take care of you.
- Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! This year is unlike any other, which is why you must make sure you’re saving memories and treating everyone with kindness and respect. We will get through this together!