Palmetto Parent 2010 August issue : Page 3

Publisher’s Note Back to class The lazy days of summer will soon be a memory I t is hard to believe that summer is almost over. I’m not looking forward to running into the school traffic on my way to work each day. It adds at least another 10 minutes to my drive each morning. My granddaughter, Skylar, started going to day care this past month for the first time and she has had a lot of adjust-ments to go through. The biggest one has been getting up in the morning to get ready for “school.”As we discovered, things are definitely easier if you can start making adjustments to your child’s schedule beforehand. In this issue we offer tips on how to prepare your child for the upcom-ing school days. Despite that looming on the horizon, hopefully you will be able to squeeze one more day of vacation in. n Congratulations to the 10 families who won the Palmetto Parent Fun Day giveaway. I hope you and your kids have an awesome time. We had some really great submissions this year and it was not an easy chore to select the winners. I really appreciate the kind words about our publication as well. We will have more giveaways throughout the year, so keep looking out for new promotions. n My youngest daughter,Rachel, was assigned to work with a special needs class as one of her electives in high school several years ago. She struggled with the choice that the school had given her and tried to rearrange her classes so she could choose a different class. She was unsuccessful. After several weeks of tutoring the kids, however,Rachel found that it ended up being her favorite class. She really looked forward to working with the students, and I think she learned a lot from them. In this issue on Page 12,we read about some of the things happening at the Epworth Early Intervention Center, which is a preschool for children ages 1 to 4. Most of the children who attend have special needs, though some are developing typically. It’s a special place that encourages children to excel every day. We also find out about a need for guardian ad litem volunteers. For many abused or neglected children, these people are a lifeline. Could you be a voice for children? See our story on Page 17. You may be the special voice these children need. —Lori Coon August 2010 www.palmettoparent.com The staff PUBLISHER Lori Coon E-mail loric@palmettoparent.com PAGE DESIGNER Robert L. Bradley SENIOR CONTRIBUTING WRITER/CALENDAR EDITOR Chris Worthy CONTRIBUTORS Robert L. Bradley Michael Burns McGeath Freeman Brian Kuhens Rhonda Matthews Nicky VanValkenburgh Julie Stensland ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Michelle Rainey ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVES Christy Frisby Mark Wagnon How to contact us EDITORIAL E-mail: editor@palmettoparent.com 6027 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209 ADVERTISING E-mail: christyf@palmettoparent.com markw@palmettoparent.com 6027 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209 803-647-1601 Fax 803-731-7739 Palmetto Parent is published monthly in Columbia, S.C., U.S.A. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of information, products or services. We reserve the right to reject any advertisement or listing which is not in keeping with the publication’s standards. Although every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy of published material, we cannot be held responsible for opinions expressed or facts supplied by authors. In no event shall unsolicited material subject this publication to any claim for holding fees or other charges. Palmetto Parent is copyright © 2009. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Palmetto Parent is a registered trademark. Find a virtual issue on the Web at www.palmettoparent.com MEMBER OF Palmetto Parent 3

publisher's note - Back to class

Lori Coon

<font size=2><b>The lazy days of summer will soon be a memory</font size=2></b><br /> <br /> <br /> It is hard to believe that summer is almost over. I’m not looking forward to running into the school traffic on my way to work each day. It adds at least another 10 minutes to my drive each morning. <br /> <br /> My granddaughter, Skylar, started going to day care this past month for the first time and she has had a lot of adjustments to go through. The biggest one has been getting up in the morning to get ready for “school.” As we discovered, things are definitely easier if you can start making adjustments to your child’s schedule beforehand. <br /> <br /> In this issue we offer tips on how to prepare your child for the upcoming school days. Despite that looming on the horizon, hopefully you will be able to squeeze one more day of vacation in.<br /> <br /> Congratulations to the 10 families who won the Palmetto Parent Fun Day giveaway. I hope you and your kids have an awesome time. We had some really great submissions this year and it was not an easy chore to select the winners. I really appreciate the kind words about our publication as well. We will have more giveaways throughout the year, so keep looking out for new promotions.<br /> <br /> My youngest daughter, Rachel, was assigned to work with a special needs class as one of her electives in high school several years ago. She struggled with the choice that the school had given her and tried to rearrange her classes so she could choose a different class. <br /> <br /> She was unsuccessful. <br /> <br /> After several weeks of tutoring the kids, however, Rachel found that it ended up being her favorite class. She really looked forward to working with the students, and I think she learned a lot from them. <br /> <br /> In this issue on Page 12, we read about some of the things happening at the Epworth Early Intervention Center, which is a preschool for children ages 1 to 4. Most of the children who attend have special needs, though some are developing typically. It’s a special place that encourages children to excel every day.<br /> <br /> We also find out about a need for guardian ad litem volunteers. For many abused or neglected children, these people are a lifeline. Could you be a voice for children? See our story on Page 17. You may be the special voice these children need.<br /> <br /> <br /> -Lori Coon

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