Author: Michael Rushbrook

Kindergarten, Here We Come!

Do you sleep at college?” The question came out of the blue while Julia Reynolds and I were at the pool. It’s as if she knew I’d been working on this column that very afternoon about her growing up so fast and getting ready to go to kindergarten. I wasn’t sure I’d heard her correctly. “Sleep at college or in college?,” I asked. She said at college. “Yes, you do. You move to college and sleep there,” I replied with the slightest lump in my throat. “Nooooo! I don’t want to go to college. I will miss you!” Her...

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College Dorm Room Essentials

By Cammie Jones   My oldest is going to college this month. As I write this, we are finishing up with her high school graduation festivities and easing into summer. Before we know it, we will be packing up  and heading to Athens to begin which is sure to be some of the best years of her life.  We have a long list of things to do. One of the most crucial is getting everything needed for dorm life. Here’s a list of the many things needed to start off on the right foot. 1. Bedding – Even though...

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Facing School Transitions Through Reading

by Meredith Flory   I love the start of the school year. The cooling temperatures, the promise of new beginnings, and a fresh start to learning is exciting for many students, educators, and parents. However, the start of a school year can also bring anxiety and stress to students who are facing a major transition, such as a new school. I collected suggestions from experts, educators, and other parents on books that can help children deal with the anxieties of a school transition, and open up the door to conversations about their emotions at home.  New At School Georgia-based...

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After-School Arts Program

“I am a SuperHero Too!” Art is not fading away, in fact it is blossoming right here in the CSRA. Area middle school students have an opportunity to learn a form of art through a new program, After-School Arts Program or ASAP. Students will have an opportunity to learn comic book and character development as well as storytelling 101 and the art business. Students also have an opportunity to learn using a wide variety of mediums. If you are interested in learning more about our program, check out our different packages for more information and registration at www.arttheartist.biz/asap What...

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Beauty of Nature

After more than a decade of planning and nearly two years after breaking ground, the Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia in Athens opened last month. The two-and-a half-acre site is designed to be the ideal spot for children to play and foster a love of nature in a fun yet educational space. Named in memory of Alice H. Richards, a charter member of the State Botanical Garden’s Board of Advisors, Richards wanted a place for children to experience the beauty of nature first hand. Ground broke on...

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