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Summer to-do's for parents

Parents' summer to-do list

• Beat the rush and get those required immunizations taken care of early on, either at your child's doctor or the Pasco County Health Department. The same goes for school and sports physicals.

Summer reading lists are out. Get to the library or bookstore or order books online ASAP.

• If your kids have summer work to do, help them pace it out so they are not cramming it all in the week before school starts.

• Keep an eye out for sales on school supplies. Stock up on things you know your child will need. For example, science fair season is over, so you can often pick those essential backboards up at a nice discount.

Take an inventory. Check out your child's school clothes, backpacks, three-ring binders, pencils, pens, rulers and any other items that can be reused during the next school year or passed on to someone else.

• Keep collecting those Box Tops for Education. With budget cuts, many schools will depend on those funds to buy educational materials.

Start a collection area in your home for items that schools recycle for extra funds, such as cell phones, batteries and ink jet cartridges.

Schedule visits to the park, the library, museums — and if your child is a college-bound sophomore or junior, to local universities or colleges they might be interested in attending.

• Check out and sign your high school-age student up for volunteer opportunities.

• Look and take advantage of those teachable moments.

Parents' summer to-do list 06/03/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:12am]
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