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Don’t tell my daughter, but I think I love summer break as much as she does. I adore her school and I fully understand the importance of a good education, but I love the long, lazy homework-free evenings of summer, too. Trips to the park, bike rides, playing on the beach, a stroll through a downtown festival—these are just a few of the ways we like to spend our summer evenings. Of course, the days of summer need to be filled with good things, too, and that’s where summer camps come in. Summer camps offer kids the opportunity to keep their minds sharp and to try their hand at any number of new adventures. Pensacola schools and organizations offer a broad range of innovative, creative and educational camp opportunities and you’ll find the best of those options in this issue. Our annual Summer Camp Guide is a great tool for planning your child’s amazing summer.

Another thing I love to do with my daughter is cook. She loves to cut and mix and her specialties are strawberry pie and strawberry shortcake (can you see the trend?). Recently, a friend gave her a child’s knife for her birthday and it has been a great tool for her to build her knife skills. I love the time we spend together in the kitchen—it’s a learning experience and an opportunity to talk about our day or listen to music or just hang out together. This month, we asked local cooking school owner Jacki Selby of Pensacola Cooks to write an article outlining the value and benefits of cooking with kids. She did a great job and we hope it inspires you to bring the kids into the kitchen and get them involved in preparing the family meal.

We’ve also compiled a summer reading list for kids and young adults. Culled from recommendations from some of the best book reviewers and news organizations, this list contains unique books that offer highly imaginative stories and well constructed learning opportunities. Be sure to keep your kids engaged this summer with some of these great reads.

I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, let me know your thoughts!

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