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Free August 2018



Vol. 11 Issue 8

Focus on the Family

Back to School Health Tips

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Family Night Out

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After School Directory

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page 33

B ac k t o Schoo l : 1-2-3 - GO! After-School Programs Deliver Success p. 16

How to Get Where You Want to Go p. 10

Prepping for Back to School p. 30


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And I suppose that means that they should start turning off the TV and video games before midnight too!

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“Mommy’s girl.” So I think she is primarily just looking forward to the extra one-on-one time with me.

And that probably also means that Haylee needs to get the book report for her summer homework finished. She’s not as far behind this year as she usually is — she’s finished reading the book at least. But writing book reports is not really her strong suit! Thankfully, Hanna, who is going into high school this year, doesn’t have any summer homework. If she did, I’m sure that book would not even by started! With Hanna starting high school, Haylee is now the only child in our family who will be attending the K-8 charter school that she has been going to since first grade. And since Hanna will be going to the same high school as her brother, Daniel, and since I drive a car with only two seats, that means that for this school year, I will be the one taking Haylee to school each morning, so that my husband can take the two that will go to the same place in the minivan.

And that, my friends, is the single most exciting aspect of this upcoming school year! Haylee is excited about riding to school with me even though Daniel (who I took to school last year) and I have both reminded her that I do not stop at McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts for breakfast on the way like her dad does. In fact, the kids aren’t even allowed to eat in my car at all! And my car doesn’t have a DVD player either. But Haylee is quite the little “Mommy’s girl.” So I think she is primarily just looking forward to the extra one-on-one time with me. But I’m not quite sure if that one-on-one time is going to be able to compete with Dunkin Donuts for an entire school year! Until next time,


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myself to believe that I couldn’t do the job if I got the chance. I had to keep the negativity out of my thought process and leave it to God.

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You won’t always rise to the level of the expectations you have for yourself, but you will never be able to rise above the imaginary ceiling you construct in your mind. How high do you want to set those expectations? How high would you like to go?

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Christopher Robin—now a family man living in London— receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winniethe-Pooh. With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends—Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.

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in the kitchen

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bar recipe makes a nice afternoon treat, especially after a long day at school. We love it because it’s quick (bars are a great treat when you don’t have time to bake multiple sheets of cookies), calls for ingredients one almost always has in their pantry, and of course it’s delicious.

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As a working mom and the parent of four children I understand how tough it can be to put together school lunches that are nutritious and that your children will eat. Packing healthy lunches that your children will enjoy day in and day out certainly isn’t an easy task; however here are a few simple tips that will help you as you pack and plan your child’s school lunches this year. • Involve the Children – The more you involve your children in the food shopping and preparation of their lunch, the more likely they are to eat it. • Be Creative – Any sandwich cut with a large cookie cutter, like a star or heart shape will be more interesting for your children. • Freeze the Drinks – Freeze a juice pouch or box and then put it in your child’s lunch in the morning. It will help keep the drink cool and it will be thawed by lunch time. • Change the Bread – Bagels, tortillas, pita pockets, muffins, rolls and croissants all make for a nice change from the typical PB&J. • Make Minis – Kids love things that come in small packages, so try making bite-sized mini versions of regular foods like sandwiches and muffins. You may be surprised how quickly your children eat them up. • Fruit and Cheese Cubes – Cheese cubes, grapes, sliced apples and mixed fruit are all ideal for a nice school snack. • Little Dippers – Children love to dip, so try sending yogurt or dressing for your children to dip their fruit and vegetables into. • Pack a Note – Once a week try to pack something special in your child’s lunch like a personal note or a humorous cartoon. It will help to brighten your child’s day and put a smile on his or her face. An extra dollar of spending money is also a nice treat.

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After-School Programs Deliver Success By Justin and Heidi Bushko, Snapology of Clearwater There are many things your children can do after-school, but few offer the benefits of an after-school enrichment program. Statistically, after-school programs have been demonstrated to reduce juvenile crimes, drug use, school drop-out, and other unsavory behaviors. Some programs have been proven to increase test scores, improve behavior in the classroom, and offer various opportunities for social growth. After-school programs have even been found to account for over 60% of the achievement gap between lower and higher income bracket children.

Millions of children are unsupervised each afternoon. After-school programs can offer many benefits if available to those children. Reduction in behavioral problems and improved grades and test scores are only a few of the benefits. Every child is different, but the variety of options they have for learning is critical to their development. Selecting a program can be difficult due to the number of options, but there are numerous benefits that many after-school programs are able to offer.

Develop Social Skills & Foster Friendships After-school programs offer different environments for activities as opposed to the classroom. These different environments allow familiar children to interact in different ways, typically in small groups, which can offer many social interaction opportunities, aid in improving confidence, and increase selfesteem. Small groups offer the opportunity to develop small group speaking/presenting skills, and even leadership opportunities. Interacting in small groups enable the growth and development of cooperation. Children are also likely to be more relaxed and more

likely to take more social risks, engage and interact differently, allowing for social growth. Programs not directly affiliated with your child’s school can also offer new circles of friends, which offers opportunity to improve social interactions. After-school programs generally offer different types of activities than the classroom. Typical changes include no tests, group work, and an overall less stressful environment. Teachers are more likely to engage with children on a more individualized basis to permit better engagement. The limited stress in these environments truly offer new learning engagement. This engagement can improve confidence, which may result in improved classroom behavior.

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Benefits also include emotional and behavioral growth due to positive connections to other people. The relationships that are nurtured between staff and children in an after-school program help by focusing on good character traits. Your children will likely learn lessons like open-mindedness and respect due to the structure in the after-school environment. The programs typically encourage your children to explore and experiment outside their comfort zones. This enables them to be taught that sometimes failure provides the best learning opportunity of all.

Investigate the various options for your child’s enrichment programs, and find those that offer friendship, exploration, and structure that improves social engagement.

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Proposals for Settlement – When the Loser Pays for the Winner’s Attorney’s Fees 

Retaining an attorney for a divorce, a criminal law matter, or a business contract can prove extremely expensive in terms of the amount of attorney’s fees needed. Further, in many cases, the client owes these fees regardless of whether you win or lose. However, there are some areas of the law where the expense of hiring an attorney isn’t prohibitive. For example, personal injury attorney’s often take cases on contingency, which simply means that the attorney takes a percentage of whatever is recovered, but the attorney is owed nothing if nothing is recovered. Florida has another interesting component to attorney’s fees in certain situations: the proposal for settlement. Essentially, a proposal for settlement is a way for the winner of a lawsuit to get the loser to pay for the winner’s attorney’s fees. For example, an injured party in a lawsuit can make an official offer (a proposal for settlement) and file that offer with the court. The other party (defendant) then has 30 days to accept that offer to settle. If the other party (defendant) does not accept the offer to settle, and if the case then goes to a jury trial and the jury awards the person who proposed the settlement more than 125% of the amount that the injured person was willing to settle for, the court

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can then shift the attorney’s fees and make the defendant pay the attorney’s fees and costs for both parties. Of course, this also works for defendants. A defendant can propose a settlement to a plaintiff, and if the plaintiff does not accept it within 30 days and the jury awards 75% or less than the settlement amount proposed by the defendant, the plaintiff may have to pay for the attorney’s fees and costs for the defendant.

Chris Reynolds As a hypothetical example, consider a plaintiff who submits a proposal for settlement for $100,000.00, and a defendant files a proposal for settlement for $50,000.00. This usually happens months before the actual trial, and in this hypothetical, the plaintiff is willing to settle the case for $100,000 and the defendant is willing to settle for $50,000. Assume that neither party accepted the proposal for settlement and the case went to a jury trial. If the jury awards more than $125,000.00 (125% more than the $100,000 proposed by the plaintiff), then the defendant may have to pay for the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees. On the other hand, if the jury awards less than $37,500.00 (less than 75% of

It is important to note that the attorney’s fees and costs for either the plaintiff or defense attorney could be many tens of thousands of dollars, so this proposal for settlement statute is extremely significant.

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the amount proposed by the defendant), then the plaintiff may have to pay the attorney’s fees for the defendant. If a plaintiff loses, the plaintiff might end up owing money. In the above example, if the jury awarded $10,000, and the defense attorney fees and costs were $40,000, then the plaintiff would owe the defense attorney $30,000. On the other hand, if the jury awarded $160,000, and the plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and costs were $40,000, then the total verdict would increase by $40,000 to $200,000. As you can see, the amount to propose as a settlement can become very strategic because it creates the risk of having to pay for the other party’s attorney’s fees, which can be tens of thousands of dollars or more. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence of another, please contact an experienced trial attorney.

Mr. Reynolds hails from St. Petersburg, graduated from Northside Christian High School, Eckerd College, and Stetson University College of Law. He lives in Pinellas with his wife and three boys, all of whom attend Keswick Christian School. Mr. Reynolds also has parents living in Pinellas County and a sister who recently returned from overseas as a Christian missionary.


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Why Is It So Important to Wear Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment? by Dr. Nick Reynolds, Northeast Orthodontics

“Really? My kid has to wear the retainer every night for the rest of their life? When I had braces, my orthodontist told me to wear it for just a couple years and then stop.” This is a very common comment we hear from curious parents when discussing the importance of wearing retainers after orthodontic treatment is completed. Where the misconception came from, we really aren’t quite sure. The evidence has been in the literature for decades about treatment relapse being predictable in both amount and timing. Nonetheless, the same surprised expression on parents’ faces are seen weekly when we deliver the news that we recommend night time wear, or as we call it, “nighttime for a lifetime” of the retainers after braces come off.

For those of you wondering what exactly a retainer is and what it does, I will digress and fill you in! The point of braces is to take your teeth from the natural position your body wants them in, to a position of a perfect bite and a handsome or beautiful smile. Once braces come off, we like to describe the teeth as being in “wet cement”. The bone and gum tissue around each and every tooth is immature. If left alone, your body will immediately fight to put the teeth back into the “natural” position they were before you ever had braces. The reality is, you have natural orthodontic forces in your mouth twentyfour hours a day. Your teeth’s position are a result of cheek pressure, tongue pressure and chewing forces. Braces did a great job overpowering those forces and putting the teeth in their perfect po-

sition, and retainers are your insurance policy of keeping them there. The retainers themselves are typically made of plastic, or acrylic, and they fit over the teeth to keep them placed in the proper

position. Every patient has unique teeth, and unique treatment circumstances, so we prescribe and tailor make the retainers for each individual patient.

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Our office has a protocol of requesting you wear your retainers full time (twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week) for the first month after the braces come off, and then we will taper the number of hours down to nighttime only wear (approximately eight to ten hours) by month three. We find that starting full time and tapering down the number of hours increases the chance of the patient’s compliance with following the protocol long term and minimizes the pressure and soreness of wearing the retainers much quicker. Additionally, we also offer a bonded wire retainer behind the lower front teeth, if requested. We are very proud of our treatments, and want you to maintain that healthy and wonderful smile forever. After all, our completed cases are our best advertisement. We want you to walk around town with a huge smile on your face, and tell everyone it was our office that made your smile perfect!

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Dr. Nick Reynolds “Since as long as I can remember, it’s been my goal to pursue a career in which I can work with my hands, help someone everyday, be artistic, strive for perfection, and provide for my community. Orthodontics is the perfect marriage of all those things. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else! My goal at Northeast Orthodontics is to provide the children and adults of St. Petersburg with handsome and beautiful smiles while providing first class service, state of the art care, and a friendly atmosphere.”

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SeaWorld Orlando Assists in Rescue of Melon-Headed Whale This past July members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium assisted in the rescue of an 290 pound adult melon-headed whale in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The teams were called to assist by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after getting a call about this animal being on the beach. Upon conferring with NOAA Fisheries after assessing the animal, the decision was made to transport the animal to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation. The whale was successfully transported to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility for further evaluation and rehabilitation. After an

initial veterinary exam and treatment, the whale was observed to have no visible external injuries and was able to swim unsupported at the park’s rescue facility. Treatment including antibiotics and fluids, along with blood work and other diagnostic tests are being performed

to determine the next steps in whale’s recovery plan. The first 24 to 96 hours at SeaWorld is the critical time for the whale in determining the long-term prognosis. SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and other members of stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs authorized to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 31,000 animals in need  —  ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned — for more than five decades.

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Working together as a couple to conquer back-to-school stress by Dr. Greg Smalley, Focus on the Family

Another challenge for couples is deciding how to divide responsibilities. Although one spouse may not have time to participate in all the back-to-school activities, it doesn’t mean that he or she cannot be a part of this changing season in family life. If all the preparation falls solely on one spouse’s shoulders, the other spouse can offer support in other practical ways.

You could hear crickets chirping. The awkwardness finally ended as Erin gave me that half-smile that meant I was in big trouble.

It’s best to discuss these responsibilities as teammates. Make a list of all the tasks needed to get your kids back in school. Then discuss how to divide them. If some of the chores start to create a tug-of-war, make it your goal to out-serve your spouse. I made the decision to get up an hour earlier so I can unload the dishwasher and cook breakfast for the kids. I may hate unloading the dishes, but I know that Erin likes to leave the house with a clean sink and an empty dishwasher. This is one way I can serve my wife.

The stress and anxiety of preparing kids to o back to school can create unique challenges for couples. Increased conflict is common during this time of transition. The best way to deescalate some of this tension is to recognize what is going on for you emotionally. Talk to your spouse and try putting into words how you’re feeling – “I’m overwhelmed trying to gather all of the back-to-school supplies,” or “I’m worried that our daughter won’t make any friends at her new school.” When you express how you’re feeling, it can calm you down.

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these tips from some amazing educators, doctors, and other parents!

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AUG 13 All schools open. All Pre-k and postsecondary schools’ classes begin.

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OCT 12 End of first quarter.

OCT 15 No school for students.

NOV 17 – 25 Thanksgiving holiday week –

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DEC 21 End of first semester.

DEC 22 – JAN 6 Winter holidays –

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JAN 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

FEB 18 No school for students.

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MAR 8 No school for students.

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Rising sophomore named Microsoft Word national champion Aydan Soto, a rising sophomore at Osceola Fundamental High, was named the United States National Champion in Microsoft Word. The competition was held June 13-15 in Atlanta, Ga. As a result, Aydan won $3,000, a medal, trophy and an allexpenses-paid trip to compete in the MOS World Championships which will be held July 29– Aug. 1 in Orlando. Last year, the competition attracted more than 560,000 candidates from

Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego was selected as the 2018 Florida Association for Career and Technical Education Superintendent of the Year. The

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The Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship was presented by Certiport, Inc. The competition tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel® and PowerPoint®. Top students throughout the country are invited to represent their respective states at the U.S. National Championship.

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10 Things Your Kids Need to Get Right in High School 1  Relationships: In 9th grade, it’s still tough to be an individual and get away with it. That’s why, even if your kids have solid values, it’s important that they surround themselves with the right friends. We’re not saying they should be cliquish, or reject “the wrong kind of people,” just that your kids need to reach out from a position of strength.

High school isn’t just about showing up. Attendance is critical, but it’s only the first step. High school has the potential to be an opportunity-laden springboard to the rest of your child’s life. Trade, college, career? No matter what the future holds, tomorrow can either be nurtured or sabotaged during those turbulent years known as “9th–12th grade.” So what can All Pro Dads do to keep the ball rolling? Well, awareness is an important first step. We can’t do it for them, but we can do a lot to help steer their way to success. Here are 10 things your kids need to get right in high school:

2  Study habits: This is high school; there are no “do-overs” any more. Help your child think of school as their “job.” Good study habits mean never having to play catch up. Never having to play catch up means more time for extra-curricular activities. Good study habits are win-win. 3  Ownership: By the time college comes around, responsibility for your child’s education has shifted to… your child. That’s how it should be, but it takes the full four years of high school to get ready. 4  Delayed gratification: We’re talking longterm vs. short-term gratification. This includes things like: • “Staying out late tonight vs. doing well on my exams.” • “A couple of beers before driving vs. my college scholarship.” • “Working too many hours at McDonalds to buy a car vs. getting into a good college when I graduate.” • “Making the wrong choice about sex vs. college, career and the rest of my life…” 5  Dating: There is tremendous pressure in high school to date, fool around, have sex and “play the field.” Making the wrong decisions about dating compromises relationships, causes longterm emotional damage, treats other people like objects, denies fundamental values, cheapens physical love, exposes teens to life-changing

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diseases and sets in motion patterns of male/ female interaction that they will still be dealing with decades into the future. 6  Curfew: Simple but far-reaching. Trust breeds trust, and mistrust breeds mistrust. Work hard with your teen to establish reasonable expectations, then quickly reinforce good choices with increased trust. The result will be self-policing that works far better than the draconian alternative. 7  Fun: Encourage your high-schooler to remember they’re still a kid at heart! Good, clean fun is often forgotten in the midst of posturing, adult role-playing, jobs, responsibilities and the shift in focus that’s necessary from grades 9-12. Church youth programs are often a great way to help with this. 8  Balance: Your child – and this is certainly related to #7 – must enter the adult world with a sense of balance. Serious and fun. Study and play. Work and recreation. Dating and hanging out with the crowd. Restrictions and liberty. 9  Civics: By the time your high-schooler turns 18 their senior year, they should be ready to participate in politics, elections etc. If there’s one thing this nation needs right now from its young people, it’s creative, enthusiastic participation in what it means to be a free American. Don’t tell your child what to think, just make sure that they do. 10  Further education: Like it or not, college, trade school, military service or technical training must be a part of the conversation from day one. No matter what they end up doing, it’s critical that your teen have choices. The more prepared they are by 12th grade, the more choices there are. No one wants their career chosen for them because they wasted four years of preparation. Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

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Back in grade school, the ride home at the end of the day would always be the same. As soon as I was buckled in, I launched into a detailed rehashing of the school day’s events. I would spend the whole ride home talking about my day, while my older brother would sit in silence, content to just listen.

Some kids are talkers, and some kids are listeners. The key is to know what kinds of questions give the quieter child a chance to speak up. As you enter this busy season of more limited family time, it’s even more important to make every conversation count. Not sure how to start? This Back to School Talk provides conversation starters that helps big talkers and great listeners each share and contribute. What are you most looking forward to on the first day of school?


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Preparing your child to head back to school is not simple. There are clothes to buy, supplies to stock and, of course, the annual health assessment that most schools require. This annual exam is important as it may be the only time your school-aged child will see a health care provider in the entire year. It is the time to look in the ears and check the heart, as well as an opportunity to assess your child’s immunization status (and get that flu vaccine), examine the spine for scoliosis, assess any behavioral problems, or check for the many issues that a child-maturing body and mind can experience. This exam is especially important for homeschooled students who may not be required to have a health assessment.

Most children use backpacks nowadays. Not only ensuring the proper size and fit, but also teaching your child the correct way to wear a backpack will prevent many back and shoulder strains. For example, if your child uses a lightweight, canvas backpack, he should never carry more than 20% of his body weight – and should always use two wide, padded shoulder straps and a waist belt to help distribute the weight more evenly across the body.

Chronic Conditions If your child has a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes, it is important to inform the teachers and school

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health officials of the condition, even if the illness is well controlled. Provide a list of any medications your child takes, even if they are taken only at home. Notify the school of any allergies or physical restrictions. Equally important is to understand what health services are available in the school. Is there a nurse or an advanced practice nurse at the school? What type of equipment is available to assess your child’s condition if he becomes ill? What tasks is the nurse or other staff allowed to perform, e.g. take vital signs or administer medications? Are you allowed to keep medication for your child in the health office? Knowing the roles and abilities of your child’s school health office will help you plan ahead if your child needs medical attention.

Staying Healthy It is not uncommon for ‘little’ epidemics of minor illness to sweep through schools. These may include conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep throat, stomach viruses, etc. While some of this is inevitable, the occurrences can be lessened in two ways. The first: if your child is obviously ill, do not send him to school as you will only help spread his illness to the other students. The second: it is the school’s responsibility to send home any sick child in order to limit the spread of the illness.

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When the kids are in school, health should be one of your top priorities. Of course, learning is important, but lots of children in one place mean lots of germs. Following these tips will help your kids stay healthy and will make school health a top priority for your family.

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Finally, get your child into a healthy routine of exercise and sleep. If the physical exercise at school is limited, your child will need play/exercise time after school. Sleep is vitally important; most children need 8 to 10 hours of sleep to function optimally. If they don’t get the required amount, they simply will not be alert in class, have difficulty paying attention, and perhaps experience more behavioral problems.

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by Dr. Kira Wilson

I love the start of a new school year. As an educator, August is the New Year that affords a fresh beginning. It is a time to reevaluate, try out new materials, read new books, meet new students and parents, and make improvements to ideas and plans that are mediocre or stale. Prior to school, I consider a theme for the year and revisit our mission and vision as a ministry. In addition to shopping for school supplies and clothing, the new school year is also a time for parents to consider what changes they want to make in the family routine and prioritizing of activities. While many welcome the structure and accountability after a long summer, some are not as eager for the added responsibilities. Before the onslaught of classes and meetings, step back and look at the big picture rather than the tasks that are soon to be imposed by a new schedule. Consider this checklist for preparing the family for the start of school.


Plan a Family Pow-Wow, Meeting of the Minds, Family Summit—whatever name you want to give it. Create excitement and anticipation for this special family meeting. Let everyone contribute. Gather your children together to discuss your goals and their goals for the year. What new challenges might they face? How will the added workload

and responsibilities at school effect new privileges? What do your children hope to get from the year? What do they hope to learn? How do they hope to grow spiritually? How will they choose their friends? How can they be a friend? What will help them become an excellent student? Pray for the school, the teachers, and students. Take notes and video your children reading the notes at the end of meeting so you can revisit your goals each quarter to assess progress. Then you can celebrate successes and provide encouragement where needed.

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Set expectations for academics and behavior (Col. 3:23). Instill confidence (Ps. 121:2). Encourage and guide your children toward making wise choices in their relationships (1 Cor. 15:33). Prepare a comfortable space with few distractions, where your children can do their school work. Maintain a regular bedtime routine, to include reading, prayer, and time for bed.

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Limit the use of television and electronic devices. Turn devices off an hour before the bedtime routine. Add a family reading time to your evening routine.

School begins in just a few weeks but there is plenty of time to prepare for a great school year. Use this checklist as a catalyst for setting goals for the coming year. Read more at Happy School Year! Dr. Kira Wilson is the Director of Covenant Academy in Pinellas County and the founder of Life and Learning (, an education blog for parents. With more than 30 years in Christian education, her passion is to encourage and equip teachers and parents to develop in children a love for learning and a genuine relationship with God. She cherishes family time with her husband, children, and two grandchildren.

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Back-to-School: Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers During back-to-school season, students are often on the hunt for what may be their first car. There are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate. “With hundreds of makes and models to choose from, young car buyers can find it challenging to select the best match for their new lifestyles,” says Brian Moody, executive editor at Autotrader. There may likely be conflicting priorities between the student who will be driving the car and the parents who may be funding the purchase. To help families select cars for young drivers, as well as prepare them for safe travels, the experts at Autotrader are sharing tips and insights. • Consider new vs. used vs. hand-me-down: New cars don’t typically require much maintenance, which can make them good choices for young people, who should

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be focused foremost on their driving. Plus, new cars have all the latest safety features. However, new cars can mean depreciation, as they lose value at a much faster rate than used cars. While a used car will likely be cheaper, it may come with more maintenance costs. Lastly, parents may consider simply giving their current vehicle to their child, assuming the car is in good driving condition. • Prioritize Safety: The latest safety features are particularly important for those with less experience behind the wheel. Before selecting a vehicle, consider reviewing crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at • Rethink Value: Value doesn’t necessarily mean buying the least expensive car. Remember to take into consideration fuel economy, resale value and practicality. Is this a vehicle that will spend more time in the shop than on the road? Also consider which services will come with

the purchase. Some new cars, for example, come with free scheduled maintenance for a specific number of miles. You can also narrow down your options based on which cars are most affordable to insure. • Technology: Young drivers today are likely going to be keen on selections with in-car technology. Voice-activated Bluetooth, hands-free calling and music streaming are just a few features that may appeal to your young driver.

Whatever way you acquire your vehicle, it’s important to remember that regular maintenance will extend the life of your car. Frequently wash your car to keep the paint and finish in good condition. Check tire pressure, inspect wiper blades, the engine, belts, hoses and coolant, and check alignment and suspension. While knowing how to perform these routine tasks is an invaluable skill, you may prefer taking your car to a professional. Find a trusted mechanic near your home or campus. That way, you’ll know who to call should you have an issue down the line. Use this back-to-school season as an opportunity to become a savvier car shopper, a safer driver and a more responsible car owner. © StatePoint.

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Q: Our 14-year-old son wants to start playing football. My husband is all-in, but I’m reluctant due to the injury risk. Do you have any advice?

Jim: I think a common misperception is that “manliness” equates to brute power and strength. But when it comes to being a good father and husband, I’d suggest something else. How about “sacrifice”?

Jim: I personally love football, but I also know firsthand how rough it can be — my playing days ended with a broken collarbone in high school. Football is a great sport that teaches kids many good qualities, including teamwork, and helps them get in shape. But parents and children need to be aware of the risks associated with such a rough contact sport. According to the journal Pediatrics, football accounts for about 22 percent of all concussions among 8- to 19-yearolds. In fact, the study’s researchers found that 27 percent of football players ages 12 through 17 have had a least one concussion. Other research has identified a serious condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.), which can develop after repeated concussions and trauma. On a broader scale that encompasses all sports, studies by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons show that young people are facing more serious injuries than ever before — torn ligaments, dislocated shoulders, neck and knee injuries and strained muscles and joints — all from high school athletics. I’m certainly not slamming youth sports. But as parents, we may need to help our kids find a balance between athletics and other less physically demanding activities. If your children are involved in high-impact sports yearround, you might encourage them to take a season off to pursue other interests and allow their bodies to heal. Even

though they’re young and energetic, teens need time to rest and recuperate, just like the rest of us. If and when our kids get hurt, we shouldn’t push them back out on the field too soon. Playing when you’re injured isn’t tough — it’s negligent. Along those lines, make sure that coaches and trainers are properly qualified to assess injuries (especially concussions), and are fully committed to placing player safety above any other outcome. If the coach’s perspective is “win at all costs,” your child will be better off playing elsewhere or trying a different activity.

“Sacrifice” is considered a weakness by a lot of guys. That’s too bad, because when you look at healthy families you generally see a common trait: sacrificial men. These are the guys who go to their kids’ soccer games even if they’d rather stay home and watch football. They’re patient with their kids when a bike gets left in the rain for the umpteenth time. Men who sacrifice develop stronger, more loving family relationships. It’s a paradox, really. We’re at our strongest when we lay down our lives, even in small ways, for our wives and children. It can be hard to do, and we don’t always do it well. But that’s why it’s called “sacrifice.” As fathers, we have to challenge ourselves to sacrifice for our families. We should not only tell them we love them,

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but show them that they’re the most important people in the world to us. It could be leaving work early for a special dinner with our wives. Or maybe it’s staying patient and lovingly correcting your children when they’re careless and scratch your car. Sacrifice will lead you to make significant choices. But being a dad is a significant experience. For help with your fathering, visit

RAISING TWINS CAN BE A REAL ADVENTURE Q: Is there anything special we need to know about raising twins? We just became the proud parents of two precious children, and we’d like to get our family off to a good start. Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: Apart from the fact that it’s twice the work (and twice the fun!), raising twins doesn’t differ significantly from the rearing of other children. Generally speaking, it’s based on the same foundational principles of love, limits and close parental involvement. However, there are some special considerations to keep in mind, particularly if you’ve been blessed with identical twins (my father-in-law is an identical twin).

can also tend to obscure the individual identities of the children involved. There’s nothing wrong with highlighting the similarities between your twins — for example, by dressing them in identical clothes when they’re small. But you should also be looking for ways to appreciate and emphasize their differences. Make a point of allowing both kids to be themselves. As much as possible, love and discipline each one individually, according to his or her own temperament and personality. Dozens of detailed studies, involving over 14,000 pairs of twins, have emphasized that each child is unique and needs a different parenting response. As your kids grow older, check in with them from time to time to see how they’re doing. Ask questions like, “How does it feel to be a twin in this family? What can we do to strengthen our relationship?” In short, do everything you can to ensure that the uniqueness of each child isn’t overlooked.

In the meantime, don’t neglect your own needs as parents and as a couple. Invest time and effort in building and maintaining a strong support system. Don’t be afraid to request help from parents, relatives and friends. Plan regular date nights, and work to keep your marriage healthy and strong. Raising twins is a big job, and it can be exhausting at times — but completely worth it!

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR COMMUNITY Q: How can I get involved with the effort to protect and rescue the innocent victims of exploitation? Recently I heard about human trafficking and sexual slavery right here in our own community! Jim: It’s true that human trafficking, sexual slavery and various types of bondage are going on all around us. Most of us go about our business blissfully ignorant of the suffering and tragedy that could be taking place under our very noses. If you see someone you suspect might be a victim of trafficking, watch for evidence that he or she is being controlled. Signs include inability to move or leave a job, fear or depression, lack of identification or marks of physical abuse. If you have an opportunity to speak with such an

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with Jim Daly individual in a non-threatening situation, ask questions like, “Do you want to be doing this work?” “Are you being paid?” “Can you leave if you choose to do so?” and “Where do you live and what are your working conditions like?” Should you come across evidence of trafficking in your neighborhood, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. On the home front, the best way to fight trafficking is to build strong relationships with your own children. Home should be the place where they get their strokes and their positive self-image. You can protect them against negative outside influences by forging a bond of mutual trust. Acknowledge that there are dangerous people in society, then make it clear to your kids that they can always come to you with their needs, problems and concerns. Children who get that kind of affirmation at home generally don’t go looking for it somewhere else. If you’d like to discuss this issue at greater length, feel free to call Focus on the Family’s counseling department at 1-800-232-6459.

SINGLE ADULT CONSIDERS WHETHER TO ADOPT AN ORPHAN Q: I’m a single adult who is deeply concerned about the plight of orphans in this country and around the world, and I’d like to do my part by adopting a child who needs a home. What is your advice? Jim: I applaud your selfless attitude and your willingness to welcome a needy child into your home; the need for more adoptive parents is huge. That said, Focus on the Family remains committed to the ideal that the two-parent home — founded on a loving marriage relationship between one man and one woman — is the optimum environment for every child. This is our Creator’s design for the family, and we’re convinced that it’s the best arrangement for all concerned. Studies overwhelmingly demonstrate that children do best in all measurable ways when they’re in stable homes with a mother and a father. That’s why — and as most single moms and dads would be the first to confirm — single-parenting is a stiff challenge even under the most favorable circumstances. So I would counsel anyone who is considering this option to proceed with great care.

provide nurturing and emotional comfort that brings security. Both gender roles are of immeasurable significance, and an individual must consider how to address these concerns in a creative and intentional way as he or she evaluates whether to become a single parent. It’s also important to make a careful assessment of your resources. Are you financially capable of providing for a child’s material needs? Will you have the support of friends and extended family? Have you thought about education, values training and child care? Are your current living quarters large enough to accommodate another person? Our staff counselors would be happy to talk with you about these issues and any other concerns you may have. Please call them at 1-800-232-6459. I wish you the best.

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What to Sweat: Teaching Core Values and Good Character. Whether it’s tracking chores to teach the value of hard work or taking the kids to church to help them understand their relationship to God, core values are worth the effort. Academic Success. Making sure that your children are on-track academically and learning how to seek extra resources when necessary is vitally important to their future. But remember, learning all the spelling words for the test and making the “world’s biggest baking soda volcano” for the science fair are two different things. The spelling words are non-negotiable. The volcano, you could probably dial down a notch or two.

Fitness and Nutrition. These are two areas that deserve your attention and consistency where the kids are concerned. But even knowing that, don’t be too hard on yourself if junk food levels rise on vacation, or you have a couch potato week during bad weather. Think big picture and your kids will benefit in the long run. Personal Responsibility. Remember, the idea is for them to be able to take care of themselves one day. Go to the trouble to train them to do more for themselves as they grow and one day you’ll thank yourself.

What to Forget: Appearances. Yes, you want your child to learn to be groomed and neat, but don’t forget that they are children. Some moms are burning up too much energy (and money) trying to make their children appear as if they just walked out of a catalog shoot for a kids’ boutique. Chill out. Let them get dirty occasionally or wear a play outfit that you don’t worry about stains on. Ditto for the decor in your kids’ bedrooms and/or playroom. The whole world doesn’t have to look like the Pottery Barn Kids catalog to be great. Hyped-Up Holidays. In the world where I grew up, Christmas was a biggie but all other holidays would likely garner little more than a themed coloring sheet at school. Now we’re making elaborate

costumes for trick-or-treating, spending a full month moving a mythical elf around the house before Christmas, and baking intricate cookies shaped like a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. Our point? Buying the box of pre-made valentines from the drug store instead of making the crafty ones from Pinterest does not make you a bad mom. It makes you a mom who knows her limits. (Exception: if you are a mom who derives deep personal pleasure from creating crafty and culinary treats, press on with our blessings. Just make some extra for our kids.) School Project Overkill. Grammar school teachers could write volumes about simple project assignments (meant to be completed by, ahem, children) that turned into elaborate “mompetitions.” Book report costumes that were Broadway stage-worthy. Science projects that would intimidate NASA engineers. Posters that belong in The Louvre. Chill out, Mom. Your kids will learn just as much (and probably more) from the process if they do it themselves…no matter how messed-up it looks to you. If after reading this, you’re still sweating it when it comes to the duties of mommyhood, keep calm and visit our website at and read a few mom confessions from tried and some of our true mothers on staff.

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August 2018 Events August 1-31 THE NEW TOY STORY LAND AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS Guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet and guests can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a guest-favorite attraction at the park. August 1-31 SEAWORLD’S ELECTRIC OCEAN Charge up your summer nights at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. Explore exotic worlds of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, DJ entertainment, and a spectacular display of fireworks. Electric Ocean takes place on select dates throughout the summer. August 1-31 CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM’S SUMMER SUNDOWN SPECIAL Bring the family after a day at Clearwater Beach, and visit Winter and all the rescued animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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August 1-2, 3-5, 7-9, 20-23, & 24-26 RAYS GAMES AT THE TROP Baseball season is in full swing and here is your chance to cheer on your hometown Tampa Bay Rays! Dig out your baseball gloves and those cowbells and come out to the Trop this August and come cheer your new and exciting Rays as they take on the Angels, the White Sox, the Orioles, the Royals and the Red Sox. August 5 August 1-5 SUMMER NIGHTS AT BUSCH GARDENS As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours to 10 p.m. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Plus, indulge in delicious food like steak chimichurri, chicken waffle sandwich, mini donuts, funnel cakes and more, with Busch Garden’s special summer menus.

August 3-5 TAMPA BAY COMIC CON Tampa Bay Comic Con is Tampa’s largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdomrelated celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. As admission is kept reasonable for adults and FREE for children, the Tampa Bay Comic Con is a family-friendly convention.

August 4 BACK TO SCHOOL EXPO AT THE HIGHLAND RECREATION CENTER Bring the whole family to explore Highland Recreation Center’s back to school expo and open house. Free back to school give-aways and back to school health screenings will be on site. For more information on attending visit or call (727) 518-3016.

August 3 PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS SHOWSTOPPERS: BROADWAY This professionally produced showcase features favorite moments from Broadway performed by many of the finest students of musical theater in the area. Performed in the Straz Center’s TECO Theater, this culmination of fourteen intensive days of dance, music and acting training highlights the impressive talents of these Broadway

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August 3-12 NEW TAMPA PLAYERS PRESENT ANNIE New Tampa Players presents the beloved musical that includes favorites “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Easy Street”, plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”. Through Aug. 12.

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Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup… Tracker!

August 4, 7, 11, 14 & 22 BUCCANEERS TRAINING CAMP OPEN PRACTICES The Bucs are doing things a little different this year—for the first time ever, Buccaneers Training Camp will be held both on the practice fields of One Buc AND inside the brand new indoor practice facility! Because of the limited capacity, tickets will need to be reserved prior to arriving. Tickets and parking are completely FREE. To reserve your tickets visit the team’s website. August 4-5 PAW PATROL LIVE! THE GREAT PIRATE ADVENTURE X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway’s celebration before

August 4, 11, 18 & 25 DILLYDALLY WITH DALI Children can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles and arts + crafts activities which educate and encourage family interaction. Dillydally with Dali takes place under the direction of the museum’s Family Programs Coordinator in the 1st floor Education Classroom. August 4 & 18 MFA MAKE & TAKE SATURDAYS Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the collection and special exhibitions. Supplies are included. FREE with Museum admission. No registration necessary. Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate.

August 5, 12, 19 & 26 TAMPA THEATRE’S 27TH ANNUAL SUMMER CLASSIC SERIES The city’s majestic movie palace is the place for true film fans to watch the classics . Fresh popcorn, an ice cold drink, the big screen, along with your friends is the way the classics were meant to be enjoyed. This August, spend your Sunday’s enjoying some great movie classics like Rope, The Manchurian Canidate, Blazing Saddles and The Wizard of Oz. August 7 CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH FREE TUESDAY AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The Children’s Board of Hillsborough proudly presents a Free Admission Tuesday program held on the first Tuesday of every month, between 12-7pm. Join us for free, family fun at the GCM. August 8, 11 & 25 TAMPA BAY ROWDIES HOME GAMES Rowdies fans here’s your chance to cheer on your home town team and enjoy a fun filled evening at Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete as the Tampa Bay Rowdies host the Charleston Battery, the North Carolina FC and FC Cincinnati. August 11 WALK TAMPA - THE YBOR CITY STORY Join the History Center for a guided tour of historic Ybor City. This 90-minute outdoor walking tour is led by a History Centertrained docent and focuses on the founding and development of Ybor City in the late 19th century early 20th century. Tour the streets of Tampa’s only National Historic

Landmark District and learn about the people, social life and work culture of early Ybor. August 11 CELEBRATING BROADWAY MUSICAL MOVIES: THE LION KING

One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. August 12 GREAT CONNECTIONS AT GREAT EXPLORATIONS Connect your family with other families and with resources in the community. For this event, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will open early for children with special needs and their families to enjoy Great Connections, a sensory-friendly event. Great Explorations will close to the public, offer discounted admission and provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break. August 14 TODDLER TUESDAYS AT ZOOTAMPA Tuesdays are for the toddlers! Once a month, Zoo Members can bring their little ones to the Zoo and enjoy story time,

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arts & crafts, and an animal mingle! This special Toddler Tuesday is all about black bears! Your little one will love story time about the adventures of the cute and furry animals. Bring your own bear plush to enjoy story time too! August 16 MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM AT THE HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM On the third Thursday of each month visit the Museum at 11 AM to hear a live classical music performance. Live concerts were the most popular daily entertainment at the Tampa Bay hotel, and Music in the Museum restores this authentic tradition. Enjoy the sounds of the harp, guitar, or violin as you explore the Museum. This program is included with admission to the Museum. August 17, 24, 28, 31 MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY Join Mickey and his friends at the Magic Kingdom for 34 nights of “not so scary” fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a kid-friendly “Spooky” Party. New spooky experiences have been added to several attractions around the park for 2018! There will also be Halloween fireworks and a specially themed parade starring your favorite Disney characters all decked out in their Halloween costumes!

August 18 FAMILY DAY AT ST. PETE’S IMAGINE MUSEUM Come celebrate inspiration & imagination with a variety of family-friendly activities for everyone! Experience three handson art projects in the main hall of the museum with our education team to get your creativity flowing. Enjoy musical entertainment with light bites. While you’re here, IMAGINE seeing our worldclass collection of contemporary studio glass. Tickets will be discounted for all participants! All ages welcome. August 18 THE INCREDIBLE DUCK RACE

members-only program that offers a unique bonding experience for children aged 1-3 and their caregivers! Explore art, music and language with your little one in this fun and safe environment. In the beginning of each class we’ll join in sing-a-longs that encourage movement and parent involvement. August 23 THE 27TH ANNUAL GOURMET FEASTIVAL This fabulous food fest draws more than 1,000 hungry people each year who enjoy signature dishes from Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants and beverage purveyors. Yes, it’s a foodie heaven, with fabulous entertainment, and an impressive silent auction filled with unique items. Now in its 27th year, the Feastival has become part of the social season for restaurant-lovers, and chef groupies across Tampa Bay. August 30–November 12 2018 EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL It’s almost time to figure out your MustEats for the 2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, which will run from August 30-November 12, 2018! Your EPCOT

The Kiwanis Club of Tampa will be racing 10,000+ rubber ducks in the Hillsborough River on August 18th. The rubber ducks will race down the river in front of Curtis Hixon Park and the first 3 ducks to cross the finish line will win their adoptive parents cash prizes! This free event will feature family friendly games, food, and entertainment leading up to the big race. August 22, 24, 29 & 31 TERRIFIC TOTS AT GREAT EX Join the Great Ex S.T.E.A.M. Team at 9:30am at Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg to participate in this iconic Great Ex program. Terrific Tots is a FREE

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Keswick is a school where children can grow, develop, and excel. Keswick Christian School students are prepared with the faith and strength of character that inspires them to lead and impact the world for Christ. From the basics, all the way to advanced college preparatory courses, a Keswick education puts your child on a solid academic footing. In the Upper school, a broad college preparatory curriculum assures academic excellence with AP classes and the KCS Scholars program that enriches their regular classwork.

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Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

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Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...