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5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79 million students will be heading back to school this fall. With the relaxing, and often even boring, summer break officially coming to a close, it will mean a drastic change for most families. The school year goes hand in hand with a busy family schedule – one that leaves many families unsure how to slow things down and make it a little less hectic.

“Families across the nation experience a major time crunch once the school bell rings,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “We only have so many hours in a day, and we have many things we need to fit into them. It’s crucial that we take the time to find ways to slow the pace, if only for our peace of mind.”

Here are 5 back-to-school time-saving tips that families can use to help slow the pace and help make life a little less hectic:

BACK-to-SCHOOL ‘HEALTHY’ BACKPACK TIPS for KIDS

BACK-to-SCHOOL ‘HEALTHY’ BACKPACK TIPS for KIDS

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC of Gainesville and Manassas Va. offers safety tips for kids’ carrying school backpacks to avoid strains and injury. For more information, go contact 703-753-1005 or visit www.aptronline.com.

“Many students and parents are inclined to overload their backpacks with books, lunches and jackets,” said Lisa Kerrigan, physical therapist and president of Advantage Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Manassas, Va. “Over time, children who carry excessive heavy loads can experience issues with back strain, posture and injury,” said Aram.

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC suggests top 10 tips when choosing a student’s backpack:

WHS Alumni Update: August 3, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: August 3, 2012

Check out a few happy alumni below. You can help us complete more families this weekend by sharing our Name Your Own Fee cat adoption promotion – adopt a fabulous feline age 6 months or older for the fee of your choosing! We hope to see you at our adoption centers.

Wadel
“Just a note to let you know Wadel the guinea pig is doing well and is quite the charmer. She always enjoys the view from the top. She has a rabbit-size pigloo now so she can stretch out up there.”
 -Cecile & Jennifer and Wadel & Feather

Chanty
Adopter Chris Johnson shares with us a photo of Chanty with his new big brother. Aww!

Brody
“I am submitting a picture of my ‘forever friend,’ Brody.  I adopted him from the New York Ave adoption center in December 2009.  Brody gives a whole new meaning to ‘road dog.’  Life was good before...now life is great!
-Dinahsta Thomas

JCPenney's Offers Free Haircuts To Kids In August

JCPenney's Offers Free Haircuts To Kids In August

To help kids get ready for the back to school grind, JCPenney’s is offering free haircuts for students in grades kindergarten to sixth grade the whole month of August.

Customers can call 855-JCP-KIDS or stop by a local salon to schedule a free August appointment while they last.

Today, if you schedule a haircut, JCPenney’s will donate $1 for every free cut to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.

To find JCPenney’s stores in your area, visit www.jcp.com, and click on “find a store” for locations.

Foster Monday: Sasha

Foster Monday: Sasha

This week we get to know Sasha! Her foster caregiver Megan Troy shares Sasha’s story with us below. Let’s work together to find her a great home this week!

I’m not sure there could be a dog sweeter than this little girl.  Sasha is such a cutie!  She’s been through quite a lot in her short life, but you’d never know it.  Sasha was found as a stray and it was immediately noticed that she was missing an eye.  Not to worry, though – this little darling isn’t letting it hold her back one bit.  Sasha loves to run and play with all types of dogs, and gets along great with cats and kittens.  She absolutely adores making new friends and is such a hit at the dog park.  When she’s not having fun, she is eager to please and loves to snuggle up next you and chill.  This adorable pup is going to make some lucky person very, very happy.  If you are interested in adopting Sasha, please contact mtroy@troylawgroup.com. 
 
 

WHS Alumni Update: July 20, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: July 20, 2012

Remember Pagent, our Foster Monday feature, and Rita, our pet of the week? We are thrilled to report they have each been adopted! Pagent is especially pleased to be paired with an active jogger and hiker to suit her energetic lifestyle. Check out some other happy graduates below – then help us make more alumni by adopting or fostering from WHS, and spreading the word!

Tommy and Penny
“When we went to adopt our cats at the New York Avenue adoption center we agreed on two. Penny picked out my boyfriend Mark, and Mark picked out Tommy. If it were my choice, we would have taken home all the cats in Kitty City! Here is my favorite photo of Tommy and Penny playing with a toy.”
-Alicia Fremling

CITY OF MANASSAS OPERATION ROUND UP HELPS THOSE IN NEED

With searing heat and higher utility bills, the City of Manassas’ Operation Round Up is in full force, where customers that authorize the City of Manassas to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. If the bill is $73.80, it is rounded up to $74 and the extra 20 cents is contributed to the Operation Round Up® fund.  Single donations from customers are also accepted, simply by adding the additional dollars to their payment with a notice that the overpayment is for Operation Round Up. Funds are transferred to Department of Family Services for distribution. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8266.