School’s out and summer’s in

Slowly but surely, area school districts are letting out for the summer. Reed City Area Public Schools let out last Friday, Evart Public Schools finishes today, Big Rapids Public Schools and Crossroads Charter Academy are done Thursday, Chippewa Hills Public Schools finish on Friday and finally, Morley-Stanwood Community Schools lets out Monday.

Phew.

Parents, before those kids skipping away from school head directly to the comfort of an air-conditioned basement, remember, not all their time has to be spent indoors. Here at the Pioneer, we endorse people getting out with their kids. If anything, do it for us office-dwellers who rarely make it out for more than an hour each day to enjoy the sunshine.

We believe summer is one of the best excuses for families to come together. Between Independence Day and Labor Day, the summer holidays offer more than enough reasons to reconnect with long-lost relatives.

We also support the idea of a physically-fit summer.

Now is the time to chart out a trip on the Rails for Trails. It’s the perfect opportunity for your elementary school-age kids to try out their two-wheel bicycles for the first time. The time to instill a love for physical fitness is when kids are young, be it a game of Frisbee at the park or kayaking down the Hersey River.

Take a day trip and head to the beaches along the west coast of Michigan. Check out what’s going on in Grand Rapids. The coming summer is awash with festivals worth paying a visit to, like the National Cherry Festival, which takes place over the Fourth of July weekend in Traverse City

We also encourage an educational summer. All this free time is a great way to encourage your kids to explore their mind’s potential.

Enroll in a summer reading program in the area. Sign your kids up for a workshop at Artworks. Every Friday, check out a free concert at Pocket Park.

When it comes to summer, the kids are at home and parents can catch up on some much-needed family time. It’s time to seize the moment and enjoy the time you have while inspiring good life habits of being active, both mentally and physically.

Have a great summer. Hopefully it’ll be one you and your kids remember for years to come.

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