Hello Sandy Springs and Dunwoody,

Starting school in August cheats summer.

Growing up in the Midwest, we started back after Labor Day, which signaled the end of fun and the beginning of something less fun.

The pool club closed, white pants were packed away and stiff new school shoes came out of the box. For our kids here in Georgia, the early start means an early finish in spring (or that’s what this always-positive mom preaches to my kids). Still, it’s never a good time to abandon laid back days, late nights on the front porch or that feeling of freedom from the demands of the calendar.

In our house, we squeeze in trips to the pool after school, eat dinner on the back patio and keep our summer playlist looping in the car. It’s all about maintaining the state-of-mind. Right…?

We ARE happy to talk about the some of the schools in our community that are making philanthropy an important part of their curriculum. And, while we couldn’t cover all the schools in the community in this story, we encourage you to send the news from your school throughout the year. Will you be my roving reporter?

One such reporter sent us the details on the 44th Dunwoody Home Tour that is set for October 5, a fundraiser to cover college scholarships to high school seniors and women returning to college later in their lives; furnishings and supplies for the Interfaith Outreach House for families in crisis; and more than 30 other initiatives including Dunwoody Nature Center, Spruill Center for the Arts, Stage Door Players and Tallullah Falls School in North Georgia. We’re excited to get a peek inside some of the area’s most beautiful homes. Get the event on your calendar!

Sorry to talk about calendars and scheduling, but do check our calendar for fun activities to keep you smiling throughout August.

I hope yours is pleasant and full of that summer feeling.

Cheers,

P.S. That’s our fabulous publisher, Jim Newman at home this summer!