Letter from the Editor: Ready or not … | August 2008

My son’s preschool class at Westbrook Park Nursery School watched last spring as caterpillars made the transformation to butterflies. Each day the students tracked the progress of the caterpillars and anticipated the day when they would see a beautiful butterfly spread his wings.

My son’s preschool class at Westbrook Park Nursery School watched last spring as caterpillars made the transformation to butterflies. Each day the students tracked the progress of the caterpillars and anticipated the day when they would see a beautiful butterfly spread his wings.

I can’t help but think I’m doing the same thing as I send my oldest son, Alex, off to kindergarten this year. I’ve spent the last six years tightly wrapping his cocoon, carefully teaching him the right things, hoping it’s enough to cushion him from the giant new world he’s about to enter.

I know he’s ready. Alex is very excited for all of the big-kid stuff that awaits him.

Me? I get sappy just looking at his list of school supplies. Entering kindergarten is such a milestone — for children and parents — and I can’t wait to see how much Alex will grow and mature this year.

It’s true, I like the comfort of the cocoon he’s been in, but I can’t wait to see him spread his wings.

This month, About showcases some phenomenal Stark County students in our back-to-school style section. With help from Dillard’s and Kohl’s, the students selected and modeled their favorite looks for back-to-school.

Canton Country Day School, a private school for children in preschool through grade 8, served as a perfect backdrop for all of the photos. Also in that section, look for trendy new school supplies and tips from moms on getting out the door on busy school days.

We’re online!

Our Web site is up and running. It’s a beautiful and easy-to-navigate site. Look to www.aboutstark.com to find your favorite About stories and see even more social photos. I hope you will use the site to send us your photos, comment on stories and keep up with all of the best things going on in Stark County.

And don’t forget to enter the About Magazine Signature Drink Competition while you’re at the Web site. Let me know what you think about it. I’d love to hear your comments.

Warmly,
Darla A. Brown

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass