Excitement, anticipation, joy, and a few shaky nerves are some of the shared responses from students about heading back to school this August. Students seem most excited about the idea of seeing classmates and friends face-to-face in learning environments and extra-curricular activities. They are looking forward to a more normal school year. I imagine parents are excited about the same thing. 

August is the back-to-school month. Let that sink in as something to celebrate! School is where familiar faces and routines provide stability for families throughout the year, and Augusta Family magazine has crafted the August/September issue around interesting and fun topics related to the return to school.

In this issue, we feature a great new school in Harrisburg called Challenge Preparatory Academy. The article, “The New School with a Big Vision,” shares how the school’s curriculum includes some innovative ideas on learning and the important vision for revitalization in the community. In keeping with the academic theme, we highlight a burgeoning school program at North Augusta High School as the first Introduction to Aviation course in the area. Students in 9th and 10th grades have the first-time opportunity to learn about and get credit for coursework in aviation that could lead them to jobs as pilots, air traffic controllers or mechanics. And don’t miss the infographic tree in Tidbits that lists after-school sweets spots in Grovetown, Martinez, Evans, North Augusta, Augusta and Aiken.

Look for Family Fox Finn’s hints indicating kid’s favorite treat selections. And, in case you have yet to cross the gothic threshold of Vampire Penguin in its North Augusta or Aiken location, you can read why we think it is the snowiest treat in all the area (page 10). Seriously, it tastes like dessert snow from the heavens.

We wish all families in the Savannah River Region the best academic year for 2021-22. You know, it’s a good time to throw around some morning sunshine—and get ready for school!

Aimee Serafin