Rochelle Stidham

It is hard to believe that school is just about to start again. You can tell the community is gearing up to get back to business. Between sports physicals, the dentist, and buying the right pair of cool shoes or getting the right haircut, things can become a little hectic; its almost as bad as the holidays. For some students, it will be the first day of school as a 1st grader, 3rd grader, 5th grader, 7th grader or a freshman at the high school campus. Parents are taking first time college kids to their next destination in life.

When kids get to a certain age, they have to have specific school supplies like mechanical pencils and multi-colored highlighters instead of just a yellow one. The clothes have to match with the shoes everything is based on achieving a certain look. One that says, Im cool and can afford the latest name brands.

Parents know what Im talking about, and Ill admit to perpetuating the cycle in my own home. As part of life, parents are expected to teach their children right from wrong, and how to respect others as much as to learn to respect themselves. Just like Christmas, parents can go overboard with getting back to school and spend lots of money and time. Its not about how kids look in school, but about what they learn from teachers and from other kids. Kids can get so caught up in the social life, that that they forget what they are really in school - to achieve an education.

Mark Twain has a famous quote that reads, I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

School starts Monday, Aug. 27. Take advantage of the No Sales Tax weekend Aug. 17, 18 and 19. This particular weekend, parents can save about $8 for every $100 they spend. This can mean big savings, so take time to shop with our local merchants.

Join the Stephenville Athletic Booster Club. Go to the Empire-Tribune Web site and click to get the information for Business or Family members. If you have any questions, contact by e-mail

Just a reminder that Thursday, Aug. 16, is the United Way Fish Fry. Come and join us and have some great fried fish with all the trimmings. Eat well as it goes for a good cause. Tickets are available, adults are $8 and children ages 5- 10 is $4.

Rochelle Stidham can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 225.

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