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End of summer tempts us all to play, work too hard

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2001

The fireweed is blooming. The silvers are running. The hours of daylight are waning.

Where did summer go?

With less than two weeks before the start of the school year for Kenai Peninsula Borough students, residents are going to be packing as much as possible into their 16 hours of daylight. There will be that push to get everything accomplished that didn't get done in May, June and July. Fun stuff. Work stuff. Getting ready for winter stuff.

For young people, the start of the school year signals a definite change in the cycle of their days. The nearer school gets, the potential for pushing the limits is greater.

Many will want to eke out as much fun and activity as possible before returning to an academic routine -- and why shouldn't they? The only thing shorter than summer is the time we have as kids.

So, here's our plea: Parents, know where your kids are; kids, be candid with your parents about your plans. Alaskans are well acquainted with tragedies that occur when parents think their kids are safe, but, alas, aren't.

The days of summer are fast coming to a close. Let's make sure they are memorable, fun and safe.



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