One local group wanted to celebrate education and the return to school in the form of a parade and use the proceeds to purchase school supplies for those who need them on August 21 from 3 PM to 6PM. Participants have the opportunity to sponsor a child’s backpack for $15 or become a partner and help distribute school supplies.
For more details visit: www.backtoschoolparade.org Several other local chapters of organizations have stepped up to ensure that Austin students from specific schools have the supplies they need.
The Austin Chapter of National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals has selected the Consuelo Mendez Middle School. On August 18th from 4 to 7 PM these professionals will be collecting basic school supplies at Serranos in SouthPark Meadows 9500 South IH-35.
Items on the list include: 3 Ring Binder with Zipper Pencil pouches, pens, colored pencils, and yellow highlighters. For more information on this contact Jason Garza at 964.4929 or Jason@bandgsurvey.com Thinking Caps Tutoring, author of Sat and ACT: Demystified (McGraw-Hill 2011) and Tutor in a Book (Adams Media, 2010), helps parents with easy-to-use strategies to start off the year with great study habits and better grades. The study experts at Thinking Caps Tutoring have advice on what is involved in kicking off the school year on the right foot.
• The right materials: have sharpened pencils, scratch paper, erasers and highlighters ready for action. Getting up to sharpen a pencil can lead to a big distraction so it is best to avoid getting up other than breaks.
• A functional study space: is there room to work? If your child piles folded laundry on her desk that doesn’t leave much space to spread out books. Studying can happen just about anywhere, as long as the location is consistent and your child can concentrate.
• A plan of action: help your child create a study routine. Help her learn to make a to-do list and check off assignments and tasks as they get accomplished. Break down assignments into time frames and make sure to encourage short breaks for a battery recharge.
By Monica Pena