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Mom to Mom

The Elusive Elsa —Paige Tucker


News & Notes


Eating Well With Kim


Through Attendance —Dr. Dana Harris

Editor’s Page

The Basics: Fruits & Veggies —Kim Beavers, MS, RD, LD, CDE

Doctor Dad Microbes “R” Us —J. Ron Eaker, M.D.


Smart Mom’s Guide

Helping with Homework —Cammie Jones


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Editor’s Notes


b y Renee Williams

PUBLISHER Ashlee Griggs Duren


My last child is off to high school...

Renee Williams



ADVERTISING SALES Doressa Hawes Maidi McMurtrie Thompson Mary Porter Vann


ack to school season is upon us and I’m bracing for impact. Our home is filled with excitement, anticipation and a wee

bit of nervousness. This year is bittersweet for me as my youngest son Dylan will begin his freshman year of high school. Wow! My last child is off to high school and I’m not really sure how that happened. Today, as I look at his 5’10” frame, I recall his


first day of school and how I watched him walk

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off and wondered if he would go willingly into his

John Harpring

class or glance back to see if I was still standing

CONTRIBUTORS Kim Beavers, MS, RD, CDE J. Ron Eaker, M.D. Meredith Flory Karen Gordon Cammie Jones Mary Ashton Mills Paige Tucker Naimah Shaw

there. Although I stood close by waiting to rescue him, he went very willingly into his classroom that day and he never even glanced back. That moment pulled at my heartstrings and although I had an overwhelming sense of pride in my son’s accomplishment and maturity, I also felt a sense of loss as I realized I had to let go. Like the first time he ever put on roller skates: he stood up, lost his balance, fell down extremely hard yet looked to me and said, “Where do I sign up for the races?” As I held back my nervous laughter and refrained from letting the words, “Absolutely not,” slip off my tongue, he skated off. He participated in the race (without injury, I must add) and he never even glanced back. Then came adolescence, that awkward time for growth spurts and puberty changes. The downy blond hair that once dusted his arms and legs became darker and his voice and body seem to change overnight. I blinked and he morphed into a teenager right in front of my eyes. During this time, on one unsuspecting afternoon, he gave off a distress call and as I raced down the hall to see what was going on, I found him star-

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ing into the bathroom mirror. I looked at him utterly confused and then he yelled out, “Mom, I think I’m turning into a ginger.” After we roared with laughter (no offense gingers), I reassured him he wasn’t “turning into a ginger” and that his hair was only getting darker. But before I could get too esoteric on him, he left the room and he never even glanced back. But I wanted to pull him tight and tell him other things too. I wanted to tell him the cool kids really aren’t that cool, mean girls suck and lots of high schoolers pretend to be someone they’re not just to fit in. I wanted to tell him the popular kids were usually superficial and encourage him to befriend a nerd because they are Ivy Leaque smart and always great for helping out with science homework. I wanted to tell him to be a floater, to be adaptable like a chameleon and hang with the band geeks one day and the jocks and cheerleaders the next, but I know I’ll drop him off and he will go very willingly and never even glance back. Letting go is tough but parenting is a balance of letting go and hanging on, one step at a time. Feel free to leave your favorite back to school comments and memories on Happy back to school season! Until September,

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Mom to Mom b y Pa i g e T u c ker


The Elusive Elsa

eeping track of all my stuff has always been a full-time job for me. I’m not the best at organization. At any given time, I’m likely missing at least three things. They usually turn up, but it sure is frustrating. Add my little Julia Reynolds to the mix, and I’m now responsible for keeping up with her (got that one down thank goodness!) and HER things. You know how that works. When they’re tiny, it’s about five million items out of necessity. And now at age three, it’s her treasures. To make life interesting, each new day brings a newly minted treasure. Often it’s something obvious, like a new toy or a gift from someone. But it could just as easily be something totally random she hasn’t seen in a while from the bottom of the toy box. An “Ulsa” (read: Queen Elsa from Frozen) purse is a prized possession right now. Her sweet friend Charlotte gave her the round, sparkly blue accessory after her princess birthday party and months after receiving the party favor, Julia Reynolds is still stuffing it to the gills and taking it everywhere she goes. Earlier this summer, Julia Reynolds and I were in Hilton Head with a childhood turned mom friend, Jennifer, and her two children. We arrived to dreary, wet weather and decided to forego the beach and have an early dinner in Harbour Town. We walked around in the drizzle for a while after dinner, trying to let our children burn off some energy before bedtime. We checked out the toy store, got an ice cream treat and even hopped on the resort trolley to fulfill their Daniel Tiger dreams. We headed home after a few loops, high-fiving about our successful first evening of a vacation where the kids outnumbered the adults. Just as we walked in the door, Julia Reynolds asked for her Elsa purse. A quick scan of the condo and a sweaty search of the car confirmed my fears it hadn’t made it home with us. Calls to the toy store and ice cream shop produced no solid information, so it was back in the car for me. I was counting my blessings we hadn’t lost something truly special like her baby pillow or doll Lilly but was admittedly still a little concerned. I saw one of the trolleys just as I pulled into the resort. I knew I’d left our dinner leftovers behind by mistake, so I thought maybe the purse was with that! I ran through the rain waving my arms like a crazy lady to flag down the trolley driver. To my surprise, I found the leftovers! Don’t worry; those went straight in the trash but no dice on the princess pouch. Thankfully, I found a super convenient parking space and continued the wild goose chase. Turning on my reporter skills, I checked my phone and scrolled through the pictures we’d taken throughout the night to see when my daughter last had the purse. Something told me to go in the first shop along the path. We hadn’t been inside that store, but Jennifer and I had snapped a picture of the children in a little wooden toy boat right out front. As I was waiting for the salesclerk to finish with a customer, I spotted it on the counter. Shining like a beacon in the night was Julia Reynolds’ beloved “Ulsa” purse! I couldn’t believe my luck! Someone had found it in the little boat and turned it in. (God bless them!) I thanked him for saving it for us, and then drove back to the condo, relieved and thankful for a toddler-friendly resolution. I kid you not; the very next night baby girl was leaving the purse here, there, and everywhere, blissfully unaware of her mommy’s sweat and angst the night before. You’d better believe I wasn’t letting it out of my sight this time around! As the school break winds down (let’s be honest, it’s still very much summer according to the calendar and the thermometer!), perhaps it’s a good time to minimize and organize to have a better chance of keeping up with ALL THE THINGS. I’ll get that on my To-Do list... as soon as I find it. Happy Back to School! After twelve years in local news, most recently as evening anchor of NBC 26, Paige Tucker is now a work-at-home mom and freelance journalist. She produces two series for NBC 26 TV, First Responders and 26 Women Today, and you can see those stories on Tuesday nights. Paige and her husband have one daughter, Julia Reynolds, who is three years old.

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news&notes August 2017

App-Tastic! RE-vibe

RE-vibe is a new vibration wristband created by a school psychologist to help anyone struggling with on-task behavior. It is designed to help people spend more time on-task and engaged in learning or work. RE-vibe’s proprietary algorithm sends silent vibrations at strategic intervals to remind the wearer to check if they are on task. Features:


On-board accelerometer turns RE-vibe on and

Designed to discreetly improve on-task behavior for

off automatically

all ages

Ultra-high capacity rechargeable battery stays

Stylish design blends-in seamlessly with modern

charged for seven or more days of use


Proprietary algorithm mitigates habituation (i.e.

Encourages users to think about their own behavior

the tendency to get used to it)

to improve engagement at school or work

Pre-programmed to accommodate the needs of

Designed to empower users and foster

various users (mildly off-task, moderately off-

independence by reducing reliance on others,

task and severely off-task)

such as teachers, parents, etc.

Pre-set “Homework/Study Mode” fosters independence when worn by students at home



RE-vibe wristband

Distraction-free design - no screens, buttons or

Charging cable

exposed lights to distract users

Micro-USB wall charger Programming tools Available at for $99.95.

“Back to School Wisdom No.1: You’re Off to Great Places. Today is Your Day! Your Mountain is Waiting So Get On Your Way” – Dr. Suess

mommy minute

The #1 job of parents is to meet their child’s need for love. A child with a full love tank = a healthy, emotionally stable child. So with the kids back in school, take the time to learn some new parenting tricks. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, there are five emotional love languages or five ways that people speak and understand emotional love. 1. Words of Affirmations or verbally affirming your child. If your child likes for others to tell them they did a good job then their love language may be words of affirmations. Mom Tip: Write notes on the mirror, compliment and speak positively about your child aloud and around others, write a letter to them, come up with a cheer or song with their name in it and be specific in your praise. 2. Quality Time or giving your child your undivided attention. If your child loves to do things with you or have you watch them while they are playing then their love language may be quality time. Mom Tip: Put down your cell phone and spend time together, go out to eat, run errands, play a game, plan special events and trips, read together or have a regular bedtime routine. 3. Receiving Gifts or surprising your child with special presents. If you child enjoys surprises that say, “Look! They were thinking of me,” then your child’s love language may be receiving gifts. The heart of love is the spirit of giving so. Mom Tip: Try having their favorite food made for them, keep a small stash of inexpensive gifts around, give them a flower or stone you find outside, leave gifts for them when you’re out of town, shop with them for a special gift or send them on a gift treasure hunt. 4. Acts of Service or doing things you know your child will like. If your child likes it when people do nice things for them then their love language may be acts of service. Mom Tip: Try helping them with chores, school projects, driving places, making meals and snacks. Anything that you can do in a positive spirit for your child is indeed an expression of love. 5. Physical touch or holding hands or giving big hugs are all acts of physical touch. Babies who are held, stroked and kissed develop a healthier emotional life and so do older kids. If your child likes to receive hugs, kisses, high fives, cuddles, asks to be carried or climbs in your lap often then their love language may be physical touch. Mom Tip: Hold hands, hug often, cuddle, give forehead and butterfly kisses, try reading stories together on the couch or on your lap. Augusta Family | August 2017 • 11

news&notes Are we there yet? HIGHLANDS, NORTH CAROLINA By Mary Ashton Mills


ust off those hiking boots, grab your portable hammock and don’t forget the picnic! Highlands offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and the cool mountain temperature provides a nice reprieve from Augusta’s thick, hot August air. Stop at Mountain Fresh Grocery for gourmet food, home-style breakfast food, picnic fare and more. Just a stone’s throw from there, walk over to the Highland Hiker to grab information on trails in the area, pick up the latest hiking gear or book a guided fishing trip. Next stop: Whiteside Mountain. Whiteside Mountain is over 400 million years old and more than 4,900 feet high. Considered by locals to be a landmark between Cashiers and Highlands, Whiteside Mountain is easily accessible off of Highway 64. The well-marked two-mile loop trail is family friendly and the views at the top are well worth the hike. Panoramic vistas of the Eastern Continental Divide really put things into perspective up here. If you are lucky you might spy a peregrine falcon soaring around. Honesty is the best policy at Whiteside Mountain with a payment box requesting a $2 parking fee as admission to the mountain. Next, take a dip in cool water at Cashiers Sliding Rock, located about nine miles from Highlands. Take Horse Cove Road about 4.5 miles to Whiteside Cove Road. Stay on Whiteside Cove Road a few miles until you see signs. Ice-cold water temperatures will be refreshing after breaking a sweat on Whiteside Mountain. What is a mountain trip without a visit to a waterfall? Bridal Veil Falls and Dry Falls are both great options for getting really close to the action, either by car or foot. Feel like

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Whiteside Mountain splurging? The Old Edwards Inn is the most luxurious place to rest your head, but book your stay well in advance and plan to shell out the big bucks. Enjoy blocks of art galleries, unique shops and restaurants in downtown Highlands. DISTANCE: 3 hours 39 minutes 157 miles BUDGET: Offering a variety of free outdoor activities like waterfalls, hiking, climbing and fishing, this trip can be affordable. Campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, hotels and rental homes offer options for all budgets. WHAT TO SEE: Whiteside Mountain, Sliding Rock, Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, Highland Hiker, Mountain Fresh Grocery, The Bascom Center For Visual Arts.. IF YOU GO: Catch Friday Night Live, a family friendly free music event, every Friday night in the newly renovated town square.



FAST FACTS According to the latest data from Safe Kids Worldwide, teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and have accounted for half of all child pedestrian injuries in the past five years. In addition, there has been a 13% in the pedestrian mortality rate for 12-19 year olds since 2013. Students were most often distracted while they were walking. They were reportedly texting or wearing headphones, which means that their eyes weren’t always focused on the intersection or they couldn’t hear vehicles that were approaching. Back-to-school for many teens means walking to school and more foot traffic around the busy campus. Be sure to school your teens on possible pedestrian dangers to help keep them safe. Safe Kids Greater Augusta, led by Children’s Hospital of Georgia, works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 1 to 19. Safe Kids Greater Augusta is a member of the Safe Kids USA network. To find out more about local Safe Kids programs, call 706-721-7606, or visit

Augusta Designed to support families with hospitalized children, the Happy Wheels Carts Program at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia strolls the hospital hallways and provide comfort as parents focus on their children. Stocked with items for children and their families, volunteers navigate the hospitality cart through the pediatric and neonatal units and distribute complimentary items. Besides the immediate needs these small tokens can meet, they provide simple reminders to the families that support them during a challenging time. Help support the Happy Wheels Cart Program by donating any of these items: Infant toys and items – rattles, pacifiers, teethers, stacking rings, blocks or other baby toys (no blankets or stuffed animals or any other fabric material items allowed), baby bottles, baby wipes, sipping cups and toiletries (shampoo, bath, lotion). Older kids/adult- crossword puzzle books, coloring books, board games, playing cards, Uno cards and DVD’s. For more info, please visit

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Eating well with Kim b y Ki m B e a ve rs , M S , R D, LD, C DE

The Basics: Fruits & Veggies

Summer iS almoSt over. Goodbye to that relaxed schedule that allows for random bursts of activity at a moment’s notice and hello to that school schedule that is unyielding and routine. Ah routine--boring, yet at the same time routines can be comforting and productive. School schedules allow for a bit more routine at home and that certainly includes meal planning. As a “seasoned” dietitian, I’ve seen lots of education materials over the years and as recently as two years ago, I came across one of my favorites thus far. It’s a basic list of fruits and vegetables with a check-off line in front of each (See list on the right side of the next page). This nutrition education tool is simple but promotes action and education, which is why I like it. I am providing you with a copy of this education tool-tweaked and modified a bit. Clip these out or simply use them here in this article and encourage the kids to pick some new fruits and veggies to add to the menu. This is a starter tool, which can then lead to trying fruits or vegetables for either the first time or a second time in a new way. For example, beans can be eaten as a side item, in a soup or, as is the case of this recipe, a dip---Enjoy!

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Eating well with Kim

Kim’s nutrition list



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4 tablespoons shredded Mexican cheese

__ Artichoke

__ Apple

Mix the beans and salsa in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover, vent-

___ Asparagus

___ Apricot

ing the lid, and cook on high until hot (about 1 minute), stirring a

___ Avocado

___ Banana

___ Beets

___ Blueberries

___ Bell Pepper

___ Blackberries

___ Broccoli

___ Cherries

___ Cabbage

___ Cranberries

___ Carrots

___ Cantaloupe

___ Cauliflower

___ Fig

___ Celery

___ Grapes (green, red, purple)

___ Corn

___ Grapefruit

___ Cucumber

___ Honeydew Melon

___ Dried Beans

___ Kiwi

___ Eggplant

___ Mango

___ Green Beans

___ Nectarine

___ Jicama

___ Orange (try different varieties)

___ Kale

___ Papaya

sprinkle evenly with the seasoning (one side only). Cut each

___ Mushrooms

___ Peach

tortilla into 6 wedges and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until

___ Okra

___ Pear

___ Radish

___ Pineapple

___ Spinach

___ Plum

___ Squash

___ Pomegranate

___ Sugar snap peas

___ Raspberries

___ Sweet potato

___ Star fruit

___ Tomato

___ Strawberries

___ Turnip

___ Watermelon

Bean and salsa Dip The salsa adds flavor to this dip. Serve with baked tortilla chips or raw veggies. Use a hot salsa for more kick. 1 (16 ounce) can fat-free refried beans 3/4 cup salsa, thick and chunky

couple times during cooking. Add the cheese at the end. Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 2 tablespoons) nutrition Breakdown: Calories 24, Fat 1g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium, 200mg, Carbohydrate 4g, Fiber 1g, Protein 1g. Recipe modified from: Quick & Healthy Volume II, 2nd Edition, © 2009 Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D. (, Kim’s note: If “extra” time allows homemade corn chips can be a special treat. They are definitely worth the time if you have it to spare. Garlic-Cumin Chips 6 corn tortillas ½ tsp. garlic powder ¼ tsp. pepper ¼ tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. salt Cooking spray Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine seasonings in a small bowl. Spray each side of the tortillas with cooking spray and

lightly browned (keep an eye on them as they burn quickly). serving size: 6 chips

Kim Beavers is a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for University Health Care System. She lives in North Augusta with her husband and two children and she is the co-host of the culinary nutrition segment Eating Well with Kim, which airs at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WRDW. To be notified of new recipes join Kim’s facebook fan page at eatingwellwithkim. To search for specific recipes go to www.universityhealth.

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Dr. Dad

b y J. Ro n E a ke r, M . D.

MICROBES “R” US MANY PARENTS JOKE THAT SENDING THEIR CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL is like thrusting them into a bacterial and viral caldron, and they may not be far from the truth. You are a walking zoo of microbial diversity! In other words, you are chock-full of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and various other little creatures in every crack and crevice of your body, inside and out. It is estimated that the average human contains somewhere in the realm of 30 trillion cells; however, many scientist project that we carry upwards of 39 trillion microbes. Think about that for a moment. There are more little creepy crawlies living on and inside you than the cells that make you up. That’s a mess of microbes! This gaggle of tiny creatures is collectively known as the human micro-biome, and it is shaping up to be a vital part of our health. This microbiome, in spite of its massive numbers and vast diversity, literally acts like a hidden organ and is as vital as an ear or a liver but made up of millions upon millions of swarming individual cells, rather than a singular tissue. And just as organs are vital and necessary for our survival, so the microbiome is proving to be a centerpiece for health. Granted, bacteria and viruses are associated with disease and illness, yet the vast majority of these microorganisms provide both assistance and facilitation of essential, life giving functions. For example, they help in digestion and releasing certain nutrients that would otherwise be inaccessible to us. They generate vitamins and minerals that we can’t generate ourselves. They destroy toxins and other poisons that would otherwise wreak havoc on our body systems. They protect us from disease by crowding out pathogenic bacteria and by killing certain bacteria and viruses with antibacterial chemicals they produce themselves. They act as instructors to our immune system, teaching our white blood cells to distinguish friend from foe. They even affect the development of our nervous system and eventually could influence our behavior. As Ed Long states in his book, I Contain Multitudes, “ The microbiome contributes to our lives in profound and wide-reaching ways; no corner of our biology is untouched. If we ignore them we are looking at our lives through a keyhole.” Scientists claim that the microbiome of an individual could replace fingerprints as a specific identifying tool. Each person’s microbial soup

is unique; a function of their individual health history, diet, and genetics among other things. There is some commonality with others, as the microbes in your mouth are similar, yet Sally’s mouth microbes are different enough from Sam’s to identify her in a lineup. This variation may explain some of the differences between folks in how they resist disease, process foods, and even their propensity to gain weight. Nowhere else is this symbiotic relationship more evident than in the realm of women’s health. Two areas, childbirth and vaginal infections, illustrate what exists in and on our bodies and how that can alter our health, and even the health of our children. It was once thought that babies were born from a sterile environment and had their first contact with the microbial hoards in the maternal birth canal. While it appears that the majority of the newborn’s newly acquired coat of many bacteria does arise from their short journey, a mom’s microbiome may play a role in influencing things during gestation. One cause of preterm birth is an ascending infection from the vaginal canal that weakens amniotic membranes resulting in premature rupture of the protective bag of amniotic fluid. The likelihood of this infection is determined by the balance struck by mom’s protective microbiome. Any alteration of this bacterial free-for-all can result in a preterm delivery which is still the most common cause of infant morbidity and mortality. In other words, a healthy microbiome can be an effective deterrent to pregnancy complications. There is even evidence that a pregnant woman’s gut microbiome can affect the developing baby. Normal intestinal bacteria supports nutrient absorption, so those much needed vitamins and calories sometimes have bacteria in the stomach as their gatekeepers. A lack of iron and folic acid in mom’s system can a have marked effect on junior’s development. There is even good evidence that breast fed babies suffer from fewer incidences of eczema, allergies, neonatal diarrhea, and type 2 diabetes largely due to the “good” bacteria they get from mom’s microbiome. Science has literally only scratched the surface in understanding the extent and significance of the microbiome, so don’t fear sending your kids back into the world of viruses, they may actually benefit in the long run.

Scientists claim that the microbiome of an individual could replace fingerprints as a specific identifying tool.

Dr. Eaker is an Augusta Ob/GYN and author. He and his wife, Susan, have two daughters in college.

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Smart Mom’s Guide b y C a m m i e Jo n es


To Help or noT To Help When it comes to homework at my house, it can set the tone (good or bad) for the afternoon during the school year. The kids come home after a long day at school, usually have a snack and then dive right in. I’ve always grappled with how much to help them. How much should I be helping (if at all) and at what point do I let them sink or swim?

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Smart Mom’s Guide

Give your child autonomy

help and allow them time to get used to your involvement. You can begin the afternoon with some sort of mantra, “Remember,

Erika A. Patell, assistant professor of educational psychology in

Johnny, I want you to take responsibility and do your homework

the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, says

by yourself but if you get stuck on something, I will try to help

parents should give kids autonomy when doing homework. “When

you figure out the best way to determine the answer but I won’t

kids struggle with homework, parents sometimes have an instinct

give you the answer.”

to take control by using commands, incentives, threats, surveillance, or just doing the work themselves. These tactics may work in

Be there for your child if any questions or problems arise, but keep

the short term, but won’t benefit kids in the long run,” she says.

your involvement to a minimum. Making sure your child knows this ahead of time will also limit the number of breakdowns that could

Brenda McCrary of Augusta, mom of two and a fifth grade

occur if you do not set down these expectations up front.

teacher, agrees and suggests parents may help and guide with the first problem to help the child recall what they learned in class.

Be encouraGinG

“After that, step back and say, ‘You did a great job on that. Now try the next one,” she says. She also suggests not hovering around

Just because you don’t automatically give your child the answer

your child as they do their work. “You want to build confidence

doesn’t mean that you cant be positive and encouraging. This

in your child but sitting beside them and helping with homework

is a crucial time to let your child make mistakes and learn on

can increase dependency and feelings of helplessness.”

their own. Remind them that the work they are doing is an extension of what they have learned in the classroom and to use

It is important at the very beginning of the school year to al-

this knowledge to complete the assignments. Ask them about

low children to do homework by themselves. Let them make

upcoming tests and quizzes so that you’re in the know and

mistakes and know that they will learn from them. Also, if they

make yourself available for any questions they may have.

do their work on their own, it will give them self-confidence. Always remind them that homework is practice and an exten-

McCrary suggests checking their work after a couple of prob-

sion of what they learn at school.

lems and look for features to praise. She uses this example: “You lined up your math problem neatly. This will help avoid errors.”

Set up a Homework-Friendly area & ScHedule

Anything positive you can find to praise and encourage your child to keep on working independently is always a plus.

Setting a routine as soon as your children begin having homework is extremely important. This includes setting a time that works

Get Help For your cHild

for your child and a specific place to do the work. “The sooner, the better after school,” advises McCrary. “Stick to a routine. Your

There are many resources that you can find online to help your

child will know what to expect and be organized.” She suggests

child. McCrary says that is a great source for

even setting a timer for 20 minutes and then take a break. Jump

younger children and for math help, (for

on the trampoline, go get the mail, walk around the block or do

younger students) and (4th grade and

some type of activity to refresh the mind. Then, get back to work.

up) are also helpful. In addition, your school and student support team should be able to guide you with additional help if

A quiet place to do homework is also crucial to their success.


It can be at their desk in their room, on the dining room table or another serene area that works for them. Make sure that

If your child continually struggles with school and homework,

everything your child will need is in a specific place nearby,

get the help he or she needs right away. Go to your child’s

such as a homework basket. This may include pencils, paper,

teacher and make a plan. “Working together as a team (as a

a calculator, crayons, colored pencils, glue and scissors. Also,

parent and teacher) will best benefit your growing learner,”

limit the amount of distractions so your child can concentrate.

adds McCrary. If need be, hire a tutor or have your child

Turn off the television and remove any electronics that might

tested for any learning issues that need to be addressed. Your

distract your child from the task at hand.

job as a parent is to help guide your child and any issues that hinder this shouldn’t be ignored. Be proactive and figure out

Set expectationS and ruleS

what you can do to help your child be the best student they can be!

This is a good time to start with the parameters around which you will help your child, letting them know the extent you will

Cammie Jones is an Augusta freelance writer and mother of three.

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Raising Readers by Mere d i th Fl o r y

Goals & assessments

Reading assessments and goals

What does it mean to be Reading at gRade level?

A child’s ability to master reading at their grade level can affect their performance throughout school

Dr. Karen Cliett, coordinator for English Language

as textbooks, test questions, and other reading mate-

Arts for the Richmond County School system explained

rials will increase in difficulty level in all subjects. Of-

that reading at grade levels means that a child has “mas-

ten I focus on building the pre-literacy skills neces-

tered age appropriate levels” for five skills necessary for

sary to prepare a child for learning in the classroom,

reading – phonological awareness (understanding and

however, many parents have expressed to me that

repeating the sounds that create language), phonics (re-

once their child was in school, knowing the terminol-

lationship between written and spoken sounds), fluency

ogy and assessments regarding their child’s reading

(accuracy and speed of reading), vocabulary and com-

level can be intimidating. The speed at which curricu-

prehension. She explained further that in Kindergarten

lum and assessments change can be daunting, even to

through third grade, instruction is focused on “being

a seasoned parent. I spoke with educators specializ-

taught to read,” but that in fourth grade and beyond

ing in curriculum development in both Richmond and

the child should be “reading to learn.” Leslie Dial, an in-

Columbia counties about what parents might expect

structional specialist in Columbia County, pointed out

to hear this school year regarding their child’s read-

that parents with young children do not need to worry

ing skills.

about specific skills and assessments but rather turn

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Raising Readers the focus toward their children recognizing the relationships

age a child is to make them “read longer” than their focus and

between sounds that they hear and words on a page, and this

interest lasts, and instead we should focus on goals such as one

can be accomplished through talking and reading with them.

chapter, one article, or one book rather than a set amount of time. Think about how we read as adults, either for our own en-

What standards Will my child be assessed on?

tertainment or to younger children, when setting expectations for our children. She also notes that as parents we can work to

Cliett addressed that each state has specific learning stan-

get to the root of why a child doesn’t enjoy reading – is it the dif-

dards that tie into instruction in the classroom. Parents can

ficulty, their interest level, or another problem that needs to be

always ask educators for assistance in understanding those

addressed, such as eyesight.

standards, or use their state’s Department of Education website

Dial ended our conversation with the idea that parents should

to find information. Both educators that I spoke to shared that

“look at where your child is and grow them from where they are”

each county uses a literacy screener of their choice that meets

and focus on individual growth rather than comparing to other chil-

state guidelines.

dren in order to measure incremental successes. Cliet shared that

Lexile scores are another term that parents may see in ed-

her county is “customer service” oriented, and that parents should

ucational materials. Lexile scores refer to an assessment that

always feel comfortable discussing questions regarding their child’s

measures word frequency and sentence structure in a text and

reading level with the classroom teacher or other educator.

measures the ability to comprehend those same aspects in a reader. Cliett pointed out that Lexile scores tend to be higher for informational text due to the technical vocabulary required to

online resources for parents:

understand the content. Dial also added that Lexile scores may shift up or down for a reader due to the complex way it measures reading and explains that scores are not exact, but rather a range. Cliett pointed out that several other educational and publishing companies, such as Fountas and Pennell’s leveled books or Atos readability scales from Renaissance Learning may also be used at different schools or for labeling children’s books, but that many of these scales measure similar aspects of reading. What can i do to help encourage my child to continue groWing as a reader? While assessments are an important tool as children move through their education, Cliett affirms that it is only one piece of information, and we “never want to use just one piece of information when helping our child with their education,” she says. Making sure to calm a child’s anxiety about testing and subject areas they have difficulty with is vital. However, that piece of information may help you find appropriate texts for your child to read. Cliett points out that Richmond County has suggested summer reading lists by grade level, Lexile score and teachers and librarians can also help you use this information to find books that are in your child’s suggested reading range throughout the year. However, she advises “sometimes it’s good to enjoy books that are at a lower level but peak the child’s interest.” Dial

South Carolina Standards of Learning: Georgia Standards of Learning: (Each subject area and grade level can be accessed through the menus on the main pages). Information on the Lexile framework for reading and resources for finding corresponding books. Scholastic’s resource for finding and purchasing books that correspond to a certain grade level. Resource for parents that has activities based on different reading concepts and skills. Parent Resource section includes practice standardized tests. The Smithsonian’s educational website with kid appropriate reading content in a variety of subject areas, complete with activities and quizzes.

adds that making sure content is appropriate is just as important as making sure it is readable. Since children are often interested in media, she shares that using a trusted website without links to inappropriate content, such as National Geographic for Kids or Highlights can be read in magazine form and supplemented online. These may be good ways to get children to focus on reading and research. Dial noted that one of the “worst things we can do to encour-

Meredith Flory is an Augusta-area freelance writer, military spouse and mother of two. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Kansas State University and has taught high school and college English.

Augusta Family | August 2017 • 23

Fall FASHION by Renee Williams • Photography by Carter Koenig Photography

Girls will be happy this fall in leggings and long tunics. Comfy and playful, you will see leggings in all kinds of patterns from collegiate to Christmas. The Southern tradition of monogramming will also be found on everything from hair bows to bags to t-shirts and pullovers this season. For boys, preppy, vntage and marvel is the rage. We will see boys sporting mesh back hats with hometown themes and vintage southern shirts from brands like Southern Tide, Southern Fried Cotton and Simply Southern.

Southern Fried Cotton Tee, Comic Book Bacpack-Marvel. -Addison DeMine wearing tunic and leggings, Vera Bradley Backback,Vera Bradley Lunch Box, Monogram Hairbow, White Corckcicle Thermos, McKay Howard wearing USC Vintage Baseball Tee, Groot Backpack-Marvel, and Black Corckcile.- Flip Hooks wearing Youth Golf Shirt, Southern Tide Hat, Southern Tide Backpack: Columbia Brand.

Left to Right: Zach Hooks wearing Hometown Mesh Hat, Communigraphis,

All clothing and accessories provided by CommuniGraphics. For more information visit

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Left to Right: Peyton Rabun wearing Christine Dress in Sea Salt and Sun with Mckim Sandal in Gold, Sarah Phoebe Cook wearing Mila Shift in Royal Lime with Mckim Sandal in Gold.

All clothing and accessories provided by Palm Village. For more information visit

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Left to Right: Tyler Wilson wearing The Normal Brand (Freeman Shirt), Southern Marsh Pants (Brazos Twill Pant) with The Normal Brand Backpack available at Low Country Clothier.--Jack Chandler wearing Mountain Khaki Spalding Gingham Short Sleeve Shirt, Kuhl Easy Rydr Pant, Filson Bridle Leather Belt and Smith Optic Sunglasses available at Rivers & Glen Trading Co., --Kate Spencer wearing Atina Cristina Dress and Top Moda Shoe available at Julep,-- James Ferris wearing Vineyard Vines Shirt (Hullman Plaid) and Tommy Bahama Jeans available at Low Country Clothier, Thomas Dozier wearing Simms BugStopper Shirt (Dark Slate), Mountain 26 • Augusta Family | August 2016

Khaki Teton Twill Pant (Retro Khaki) and Orvis Shot Shell Belt available at Rivers & Glen Trading Co. For more on Julep visit, Low Country Clothier visit and For more info on Rivers & Glen Tading Co. visit Clothing and accessories provided by Rivers & Glen Trading Co. (, Julep ( and Low Country Clothier (

Left to Right: Thomas Dozier wearing Patagonia Torrentshell (THR) Rain Jacket, Aftco Bull Red (Vintage Chambray) and Mountain Khaki Poplin Short (Stone) available at Rivers & Glen Trading Co. --Jack Chandler wearing Original Rivers and Glen T-shirt, Mountain Khaki Poplin Short (Retro Khaki) and Patagonia P-6 Lopro Hat availabe at Rivers & Glen Trading Co., --Kate Spencer wearing Buckley K Top, Principle Denim, Sheila Hoops, Susan Shaw Necklace and Mystique Shoes available at Julep, --James Ferris wearing Southern Tide (High Shoals Plaid), Vineyard Vines Breaker Short and a Hudson

and Sutler Backpack available at Low Country Clothier, Tyler Wilson wearing Vineyard Vines Polo (Kennedy Stripe) and Southern Tide Channel Marker Shorts available at Low Country Clothier. Clothing and accessories provided by Rivers & Glen Trading Co. (www., Julep ( and Low Country Clothier ( Augusta Family | August 2016 • 27

Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be painful (for you, or your wallet)! Shop Goodwill for all your back-to-school needs and take advantage of BIG savings. If you’ve shopped thrift before for fashion essentials, you might already be aware of the many benefits in store but if you’re considering it for the first time, here are a few reasons to go for it: You will save money, your kids can create their own style, you never know what you will find and you will be 28 • Augusta Family | August 2016

giving back to the community. Back Row: Michael Hughes, Garner Harrison, Ethan Tidwell, Front Row:Ki’yana Carter, Parker Hughes, Addison Hughes, & Amiyah Williams Clothing and accessories provided by Goodwill — For more information visit

Left to Right: Morgan Johnson, Sanilla Silk Top in Pink Fusion Bombshell Engineered and Kelly Skinny Pants in Resort White with Gold Mckim Sandal. Clothing and accessories provided by Palm Village. Leigh Blanchard, Marigold Skort-Pink Fusion Rock House Engineered and

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The research is in—and it’s very clear. When schools work

Succeeding in school requires developing good habits

together with families to support learning, children tend

and attendance is perhaps the single most important

to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life.

factor in a child achieving overall school success. Like bacteria in a hospital, chronic absenteeism can

According to the National Center for Student Engage-

wreak havoc long before it’s discovered.

ment, schools are most effective in achieving high attendance rates when parents, school leaders and com-

Nationwide, five to 7.5 million students are chronically

munity members work together to focus on reducing

absent each year, a problem that contributes to higher

absences, truancy and keeping kids in schools.

dropout rates and wider achievement gaps. We know

32 • Augusta Family | August 2017

that more than a million teenagers drop out of school each

parents or family members or ask the school principal for

year in the U.S. and millions more fail to develop the language

community programs or school initiatives that may help.

and learning skills needed to sustain themselves as adults, let alone live to their full potential.

Keep a watchful eye on what’s happening with you child. Look for signs that they are bored, struggling with school-

To stay on track in school, students need to be present every

work or having trouble with friends. Seek out tutor-

day. According to, a national dropout pre-

ing, talk with teachers and nurture interest in school by

vention campaign, missing eighteen or more days of school

finding engaging afterschool programs and encouraging

in a year puts a child’s high school graduation at risk. A child

involvement in extracurricular activities.

that is absent for just two days can fall behind academically. •

Learn about the school’s policies. What incentives do

Parents play a key role in getting their children to school

teachers offer for good attendance? What counts as an

on time every day. Even with teenagers, parents should not

excused or unexcused absence? What are the penalties?

underestimate the impact they can have by monitoring at-

Find your own ways to reward good attendance. You

tendance and helping youth understand why monitoring and

know best what motivates your child.

why going to school matters. •

Promote good health. Make sure that you child eats a


balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and has


opportunities to exercise every day through a spots team or playtime outside.

Make school a priority. Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your child. What we say and do in

Create a restful environment. Make sure that your child

our daily lives can help and will enable children to build

can relax before bedtime by doing something calm like

confidence as learners. Showing our children that we

reading rather than doing something stimulating, like

value education provides them with powerful models and

watching television. Ensure that you child gets enough

contributes greatly to their success in school. In addition,

sleep. Ideal amounts range from 8 to twelve hours. Get-

by showing interest in your children’s education, parents

ting enough sleep will help your child to wake up on time.

and families can spark enthusiasm and lead children to a

Your child will feel refreshed in the morning and feel ready

very important understanding-that learning can be enjoy-

for a full day of learning ahead!

able, rewarding and is well worth the effort required. • •

Praise and Encouragement. You’ve probably heard the

Maintain ongoing communication with the teachers and

phrase, “Be your child’s biggest cheerleader.” There is great

school personnel. Know what’s going on in your child’s

value in this statement. For a child to do well at school,

school and classroom. Read the school documents that

he or she needs to have confidence that no matter what a

your child brings home and take note of important ap-

report card says that they are valuable loved and gifted. Re-

pointments and dates, such as back-to-school night or

iterate this message again and again. Look for those specific

parent-teacher conferences. Know your school’s atten-

areas that your child struggles with and take notice when

dance policies. If an absence or early dismissal is unavoid-

the smallest of accomplishment has taken place. And by all

able, contact your school. If your family’s religious obser-

means, let you child know how proud you are of them!

vances fall on school days, let teachers know early in the year which days you child will miss. Know your school’s

The most important thing for parents to remember is that you

calendar and arrange doctor and dentist appointments af-

are the most important teacher in your child’s life. You play a key

ter school, on weekends, or during holiday breaks. Resist

role in getting your child to school on time every day. Support

the urge to schedule vacations when students will miss

your child’s school success by setting a positive example. After

school as this gives students the impression that school is

all, when it comes to school attendance, every day counts!

not a priority. •

Make a plan. If your schedule or transportation situation makes getting your child to school a challenge, ask for assistance. Make a carpool or transportation plan with other

Dr. Dana Harris completed 37 years of dedicated service in the educational arena, 30 of which was with Richmond County Schools. She retired as an elementary school principal in 2016 and has been married 38 years. She has a daughter and two grandchildren.

Augusta Family | August 2017 • 33

Inspiration Station b y Ren ee Wi l l i ams

“Everyone has a friend during each stage of life, but only lucky ones have the same friend in all stages of life.” ~Anonymous

HigH ScHool FriendS to LifeLong friends These days, Thea Barry is a stay at home mom and married to her best friend, Jeramy. The couple has three children: Nola, Olive, Adah and are now in the process of adopting their fourth child. Barry graduated in 2010 from Augusta State University with degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Barry worked in the social work field and says, “She loved it!” Barry met her best friend, Rebekah Roberson, when the girls were just fourteen years old. Roberson has a B.A. from Augusta University where she concentrated on Theatre and Communications. Roberson has been married to her husband John for four and a half years and the couple lives in Edgefield, SC with their three dogs. Roberson serves on the Edgefield County Theatre Company Board as Children’s Program Director. She is also heavily involved in the Performing Arts, having performed with the Augusta Players, Aiken Community Playhouse, Le Chat Noir, Edgefield County Theatre Company and others.

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As people age, friends are increasingly important to health and happiness-even more so than family relationships. In their own words, Barry and Roberson tell of a story of friendship that has remained a constant through all the seasons of their lives— high school, college, breakups, weddings, babies, loss, and now Rebekah’s cancer diagnosis. Augusta Family: In your own words, can you tell me the story of your friendship with one another? Thea Barry: Rebekah and I met when we were in high school drama class. Our friendship was instant and we became inseparable. We spent as much time as we could together. When we graduated from high school, we both went to separate colleges for a few years but reunited when Rebekah transferred back to Augusta State University, where I was attending. It was just like the good old days. Rebekah is one of those people that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve gone without speaking, we can pick up from wherever

we left off in a moment. Our friendship has remained a constant through all the seasons of our lives— high school, college, breakups, weddings, babies, loss, and now Rebekah’s cancer diagnosis. She is truly one of my best friends. Rebekah Roberson: Thea and I met when we were fourteen years old and have stayed close since then. We were both involved in drama class and attended the same youth group, and we just clicked. We’ve gone different directions through the years, whether with work, family, or other things, but we’ve always been able to stay connected and support each other. She’s the type that if I just dropped by her house, she would take the time to talk and listen and love…our friendship is like that - it just works. Augusta Family: In life, sometimes extended family can often step up in times of trouble and have a great impact. What are your thoughts on the value of those we view as extended family? Thea Barry: I’ve often said that I am so grateful

Inspiration Station

that God builds families out of more than flesh and blood. I most certainly believe that friends are the family that we get to choose. Rebekah and her husband, John, are a part of our family. They have been a consistent source of encouragement and love to us. Whenever we’ve had a need, John and Rebekah have stepped up to the plate…When we’ve been sick, they’ve brought a meal. Rebekah loves on my babies as if they’re her own. When I lost my mom suddenly to cancer, Rebekah was the first one at my doorstep. Last week alone, just one day after her gamma knife radiation procedure, I came down with a pretty bad cold and Rebekah texted me to ask if she could do anything for me. For me! In the midst of her own recovery from an intense cancer treatment…Rebekah and her husband are truly our family… Rebekah Roberson: I definitely believe your family is what you make it. I’ve been very blessed to have a wonderfully close immediate family that I talk to almost daily, but what I find so extremely special is the relationships in the community that have become a type of family to us as well. I honestly do not know what my husband or I would have done during my journey with cancer if not for the dedicated friends and neighbors that surrounded us in our time of need. People from our church, our town, really all over the area reached out to us and enveloped us with love and support. Our family definitely grew by leaps and bounds during that time, and each person that took part in that is very dear to us. Augusta Family: It’s hard to comprehend and cope with a friend’s diagnosis of cancer. Thea, how have you managed to deal with the grief and uncertainty? Thea Barry: On January 19th, my dear and precious friend Rebekah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Though this diagnosis has come out of left-field, Rebekah (and all those who love her) is prepared to fight to become healthy and whole again…I found out about Rebekah’s first cancer diagnosis just three months after suddenly losing my mom to pancreatic cancer. To say I was devastated was an understatement. First my mom and now my best friend has stage four breast cancer at the age of 27. None of it made sense or seemed fair. For me, I’m a “fixer.” When I see a problem, my immediate response is to do the best I can to fix the issue. The problem with that is that I don’t know how to cure cancer. I felt helpless. I spent a lot of time in prayer. Even now, with Rebekah’s third diagnosis, I remind myself that God is the author of all miracles. I think this is the most important thing a friend can do when faced with receiving the diagnosis of a loved one; just be matter how messy or uncomfortable it gets, just show up... The day after her diagnosis, Rebekah posted this on her Facebook wall: “For whatever divine reason, God has chosen to put this in my life’s path. He has seen this since before the beginning of time, since my birth, and every day of my life. This is not a surprise to Him. I take great comfort in that...I can choose anger, resentment and rebellion, or I can choose to walk alongside Him in joy, peace, and fight for the chance to continue glorifying Him for the rest of my life. I am praying now for the strength to choose the latter every day. This cancer does not define me... Thea Barry: It is my hope that we, as a community, can come together to support Rebekah’s journey. Rebekah’s faith after such a devastating diagnosis is an encouragement to us all. Let’s give to be a blessing to Rebekah and her family during this time…Connect with Rebekah and Thea at Augusta Family | August 2016 • 35

Back to school


It’s time to head back to school. Here are the school start dates for county schools and a few CSRA private schools. Richmond County: Aug 7 Augusta Christian: Aug 9 Columbia County: Aug 7 Westminster schools: Aug 9 (half day) Aiken County: Aug 23 Augusta Prep: Aug 15 Middle and upper schools Aug 16 Lower school K-4 (half day) Aug 17 Preschool & Pre-K (half day)

We’d love to hear from you. If you have an event you’d like to add to our next issue, send an email to karin.calloway@


Special Events August 4. 8th Annual Back to

present; Beverly (706) 564-3387 or

and noon and then step into the lab

Shelia (706) 631-1502.

for a truly slimy experience. Channel your inner artist with painting and

School Bash at 2:00 p.m. Diamond Lakes Community Center. 105 Dia-

August 5. Columbia County Com-

tie dye and then relax by the stage

mond Lakes Way, Hephzibah. 800

munity Events and REC TEC Grills

for story time with Belle. Ball Pit,

bags of school supplies free while

present KidsFest from 9:00 a.m. un-

Balloon Field, Parachutes, Archery,

they last; door prizes; free hot dogs,

til 2:00 p.m. Interactive play for kids

Lego Wall, Princesses, and surprises

chips and drink; games; Blackwell’s

of ALL ages. Put your Explorer hat

around every turn. AND unveil-

karate demonstrations; child ID by

on as we dig for dinos and pan for

ing our plan for the ultimate CSRA

Richmond County Marshal’s Office;

gems. grab your lab coat for interac-

Christmas with Evans on Ice. This is

blood mobile; more; child must be

tive science performances at 10:30

an event like you’ve never seen and

36 • Augusta Family | August 2017

Photo by Jim Blaylock


Martinez Elementary

admission is FREE. Don’t miss the family event

This art class for ages 5-8 may include any-

CSRA as 5000+ rubber ducks are dropped

of the year. Evans Towne Center Park, Cost:

thing from painting a landscape, each other, a

into the canal in support of United Way of the

FREE event, no outside food or beverage and

one word painting which allows them to paint

CSRA. You can adopt a duck for the oppor-

no tents please VIP: check out our website –

whatever comes to mind with a given word,

tunity to win one of five grand prizes. Cheer for details on obtaining

making mini sculptures out of molding clay,

your duck on to the finish. All proceeds benefit

an Explorer’s Pass.

ornaments, Easter eggs, handy made items,

United Way of the CSRA. 3300 Evans to Lock

or just free flow from a few items to see what

Rd. Martinez.

August 5. Storyteller Tim Lowry at St. An-

they can come up with. You won’t be surprised

drew Presbyterian Church. 3:00 p.m. Listen

at how creative your child can be! This encour-

August 20. Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consign-

to a story or two with internationally known

ages children to continue to strive and allows

ment Fall Event at 10:00 am

storyteller Tim Lowry from Charleston, S.C.;

them to know they are never too young to do

The nation’s premiere children’s consignment

recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets

great things!

event is now in the CSRA! Come enjoy their

available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at the church office or www.standrewpc. August 12, Art Exploration. Kroc Center.

fall/winter event and save money on children’s August 26. Rubber Duck Derby at Savan-

clothes, toys, books, games, strollers, maternity

nah Rapids from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join

wear, maternity items, and so much more!

Columbia County and the United Way of the

Public Shopping Days: Sunday, August 20 Augusta Family | August 2017 • 37

Back To

Stephanie’s Dancers Making heads turn in Evans, GA!

38 • Augusta Family | August 2017


Kingdom Kids Preparatory School presents

ABeka Curriculum Spanish Classes and Financial Literacy Classes School starts August 10, 2017 Teachers have 25 years + experience.

Also sign up for Kingdom Kids KidsZone, K-5 through 8th grades before and after school care.

For more information contact Rev. Harvey Andrews 706-513-0211 Augusta Family | August 2017 • 39

Photo by Todd Bennett


AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS Augusta Green Jackets Home Game Schedule August 3-6 vs. Columbia August 7-9 vs. Rome August 15-17 vs. Columbia August 25-27 vs. Greenville September 1-4 vs Charleston

from 10AM-8PM Monday, August 21 from

from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October.

August 26. Comedy: Bobby Bones. Imperial

10AM-3PM 50% off Days: Tuesday, August

For more info, please visit: www. augustalo-

Theatre 7:00 p.m. Bobby Bones Funny & Alone

22 from 10AM-8PM, Wednesday, August

Stand Up Comedy tour with special guest Carly

23 from 10AM-2PM. www.martinez-evans.

Pearce. www.augustaentertainmentcomplex. August 25. Brian Regan at the Bell. Come-


dian Brian Regan performs live in over 100 August 22. Veggie Park Farmers Market at

cities a year, with unique material relatable

September 2. Slide the City. 11:00 a.m. at 212

Mill Village Trailhead. Come experience the

to generations of fans and revered by co-

Partnership Dr., Grovetown. We are bring-

most “feel-good” farmers market in Augusta!

medians. For more information and tickets,

ing a record breaking water slide to brighten

This modest market features some of the

visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.

your city streets. Join for a family friendly slip

most highly regarded farmers in the CSRA


and slide, water party event. There will be live

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Photo by Todd Bennett


KROC CENTER OF AUGUSTA There’s something for everyone at the Kroc Center of Augusta, 1st Friday’s-Kid’s Night Out, Last Friday’s-Family Movie Night, Every Wednesday-Creative Arts & Kroc Kids & Fellowship fun 365 days a year. www.

music, food, drinks & of course the biggest slip

musicians and performing arts groups to the

August 11 & 12. Ed Turner and Number 9

and slide to ever hit asphalt. Sliders must be


Rock and Soul Revue at 7:30 p.m. Presented

five years and older and 46 inches tall. www.


by Junior League of Augusta; classic rock hits; August 5. Garden City Jazz: Swing @ The

tickets on sale at the box office, www. imperi-

Swamp (Laiken Love + GMT:RealX) Garden or (706) 722-8341.

City Jazz presents several programs annually in the Greater Augusta Area, providing perfor-

August 11. Keith Sweat with Special

August 5. Saturday Morning Market Swing:

mance opportunities for area jazz musicians

Guest. Showtime: 8:00 p.m. Singer song-

Music at The Augusta Market. 8:00 a.m. A

and music students, while promoting aware-

writer, record producer, actor and radio

partnership with The Augusta Market since

ness of the historical and cultural significance

personality, Keith Sweat will be making a

2010, Saturday Morning Swing brings local jazz

of jazz music.

musical stop in Augusta. For tickets and

Augusta Family | August 2017 • 41

calendar more information visit www.augustaenter-

performances, ranging from Latin jazz to vocal

and his work, August 4th. Westobou selects Jay


Jacobs for his excellent work, dedication to his craft and commitment to our creative commu-

August 12. Corey Smith The Great Wide Un-

August 19. Candlelight Wine&Dine Concert

nity. In collaboration with Augusta University’s

derground Tour at Bell Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Series. Columbia County Amphitheater -

Pamplin College, Westobou seeks to support

Back by popular demand, Corey Smith returns

Candlelight Wine & Dine, a new addition to the

the work of local artists as a means of promot-

to The Bell Auditorium for one unforgettable

Augusta River Region, is a celebration of music

ing Augusta’s growing cultural community.

night. For tickets and more information visit

and community.

Exhibit opens at 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-

Friday through Sept. 20. August 20. Music at the Morris: Rob Foster

August 17. Third Thursday at The Village.

Jazz Quartet. Eclectic selections covering Dix-

August 21. The Augusta Museum of History

Aiken. Join for Third Thursdays in the Village

ieland jazz and swing bebop and bossa nova.

is offering Monday at the Museum for young

Shoppes Common - live entertainment, local

For tickets and more information visit www.

children, between two-6 years old, with a dif-

artisans and farmers - a different theme each

ferent theme each month. Register by calling



706-722-8454. For August’s Monday at the Museum children will visit our Medical exhibit, then create their own stethoscope! www.

August 18. 4 Seasons Chamber Jazz, 7:30

August 7. Symbols and Allegories: Artwork by

p.m. 4 Seasons Chamber Jazz is a four-event

Jay Jacobs Westobou Gallery. Please join on

concert series, with each concert featuring two

First Friday for a reception to celebrate the artist September 14. Opening Reception, Art Exhi-

Augusta Family | August 2017 • 43

calendar bition Randy Akers from 5:00 p.m. to

Water Swim Race benefiting Savannah

7:00 p.m. Randy Akers is a visual artist


working on Skidaway Island, Georgia. He has shown at the Los Angeles Insti-

August 12. Swamp Bike Saturday.

tute of Contemporary Art, University

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. 9:30

of New Mexico’s Harwood Foundation,

a.m. Enjoy a guided, gentle bike ride

the Philadelphia Art Museum among

through approximately 7 miles of wet-

others. Exhibit through Ocotber 27.

lands trails.

RUBBER DUCK DERBY August 26. Rubber Duck Derby at Savannah Rapids from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join Columbia County and the United Way of the CSRA as 5000+ rubber ducks are dropped into the canal in support of United


August 19. 4H Family Yoga in the Park. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. 9:00 a.m. 4H is offering a program for youth and

Augusta Green Jackets Home Game

their parents.


Way of the CSRA. August 3-6 vs. Colum-

August 28. Red Shoe Golf Classic

You can adopt a duck for the opportunity to win one

bia August 7-9 vs. Rome August 15-17

benefiting Ronald McDonald House

of five grand prizes. Cheer your duck on to the finish.

vs. Columbia August 25-27 vs. Green-

Charities of Augusta. West Lake

All proceeds benefit United Way of the CSRA. 3300

ville September 1-4 vs Charleston

Country Club. Lunch at 12:00 p.m.

Evans to Lock Rd. Martinez.

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Shotgun at 1:00 p.m. www.rmhcauAugust 5. Gatorfest Augusta Open

Back To School

Girl Go


b y Ren ee William s

Tiffany Hunt TIFFANY HUNT, 29, of Grovetown, is a stay at home mom and entrepreneur. She and her husband, Leighton, have one son Tucker who is six months old and two dogs, Kira who is a Pit Bull and Baxley who is an Australian Shepherd-Boxer. Tiffany says she would describe herself in one word as: Creative. She is the former owner of Tibby’s Bakery and has plans to continue her career in culinary arts. If she could have any job, she would choose to be a personal chef. It depends on who you ask but her favorite signature dish is pulled BBQ, mac n cheese and collards. What quality do you admire the most? Humility

Favorite indulence? Pastries.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A nurse but blood makes me faint so I’m not sure why I thought that would work out!

Whom do you admire the most? My husband Leighton. He is the most non-judgmental, compassionate, caring, level-headed human being I know.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Time manipulation. Who wouldn’t want to relive a certain moment in their life and be able to say I love you one last time, do things differently, relive an amazing moment or skip through a rough patch? Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? Yes, the grass is greener where you water it!

Are you a planner, a dreamer or a doer? I’m a planner. I’m a list girl: grocery list, to do list, goal list, financial list. I love lists! If I make the effort to plan then I will make the effort to follow the plan through. I was always told a goal without a plan is just a wish. Favorite subject in school? Chemistry.

Best thing about being a mom? Being able to watch my child experience the world for the first time.

Greatest hope: To be 80 and still be in love with my husband like both of our parents are. That’s a huge accomplishment today.

Hardest part about being a mom? The hardest part for me is watching how fast it all goes by.

What inspires you? Other moms and a really good recipe.

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Song playing in your head: I Love You by Barney.

Augusta Family Magazine August 2017  

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