And how times change! When I was a kid in the 60's and early 70's, our back yard, the lake cabin, and nearby fields and woods were the "world" and held untold mystery and discovery. Nowadays the kids are buried in their smartphones and Pokemon Go is the discovery outdoors.
And how things have changed through the decades. One way we see this is in a cut from the movie "Dirty Dancing" (1987, Patrick Swaye, Jennifer Gray, Jerry Orbach...) where Jack Weston's character "Max Kellerman" (the guy who orchestrates things for the resort) is talking about how things are changing and says (this may not be an exact quote, but very close) at the final presentation, song and dance: "..through the war years when we didn't have any meat and the depression when we didn't have anything...it's not the changes so much it's that things seem to be ending. You'd think kids would want to come here with their parents and take foxtrot lessons...it feels like it's all slipping away."
One thing that hasn't changed is that summer seems to fly by too fast! (For most people.) One of the telltale signs are the variety of stores that shortly after summer break starts, already have "back to school" sections pop up. I was thinking of posting this at least a few weeks ago and now we are at the end of July and depending on where you are we are just about only a month from school start again. Back to school items have been out for at least a few weeks in many places so it seems we can't get too far into summer break and the reminders and resources for "back to school" remind us it is just "around the corner" again!
There is an interesting website on "back to school" at URL: http://www.verybestquotes.com/50-back-to-school-quotes/ and one quote is: "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." - Albert Einstein There are many interesting thoughts and perspectives on this site.
Summer vacation has always held a dear spot in my heart and memories from the old kids telling us there were "dinosaur bones" at the nearby field (which we searched in vain for weeks...) to going to relatives out of state and scouring fields for what they swore were gold deposits (only to find it was pyrite "fools gold"...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrite). Even the movie "Stand By Me" (1986) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092005/?ref_=nv_sr_1 has strong remnants of the type of childhood I had and it just is not going to be that way ever again (for most kids). In those days, summer vacation itself was the most educational "field trip" (if I may)!
We truly hope you enjoy the rest of your summer vacation. How it is spent by most people while different from years and decades past, remains an important part of our culture and provides opportunities and experiences for most that cannot be replaced by just "book learning", even if the summer pursuits are different from years and decades past.
Pretty soon the frenzy of preparations for and the start of the new school year 2016/17 begins. Would it not be terrific if your fundraising plans were set so you so you wouldn't have to worry about that and can concentrate on getting the academic year underway without distraction? We stand ready to be at your service!