We’ve rounded the summer corner and it’s back to school season once again. For many families, and certainly teachers, this time is bittersweet. No more late-night movie. No more sleeping in. It means getting back into a regular routine, reengaging students for a day of learning, packing lunches and getting uniforms together. Homework negotiations and after school activities become part of the regular workday for some parents. Columnist Eve Crawford Peyton takes a look at the “Back to School Blues,” with her unique take on kids, parenting and the post-COVID education world.

Kids can’t have all the fun, so we’ve put together your date night planner, chock full of places to go and things to do whether it’s your first date, 50th or 500th date. From dinner, desserts, dancing and drinks to activities on the move (ever tried zip-lining?), we’ve got you covered. Plus, we have insider information and secret tips from the pros in the know.

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For all the hassle of summer’s end, it is a great time of learning new things, making new friends and reconnecting, either with old acquaintances, enjoying new date night experiences or rekindling a spark now that the kids are back on school track. Pro-tip: take advantage of back-to-school shopping sales and grab some extra supplies to bring to your school. You can also donate money to support local classrooms and teachers through DonorsChoose.org. It’s a great way to invest in future generations while also helping educators make the most of their valuable dollars. Plus, you can always buy yourself a new pack of pens or a fancy new notebook while you’re at it.

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Ashley McLellan, Editor