It’s early August, but signs of changing season are everywhere

Though the calendar says it’s early August, unmistakable signs of fall are in the air as we prepare for yet another school year.
School bells will start ringing this week, and it seems at least to me that date arrives sooner ever year. Summer vacations are now a memory, many of them scheduled into a tighter window of opportunity.
Aurora students begin this year’s learning journey Thursday, with High Plains starting Aug. 14, Hampton Aug. 15 and Giltner Aug. 16. We wish all area students, their families and teachers a wonderful, memorable year ahead in 2018-19.
The first week of school brings a familiar look and feel that reminds us another year of change, learning and opportunity has arrived. Whether your family is embarking on that first magical day of kindergarten, the jump into high school, that quantum leap into college life, or into unfamiliar “empty nest territory,” it’s yet another reminder that the only thing constant in this life is change.
Another reminder is timely on the safety front, as local streets and farm intersections will be busier than they have been, often with young walkers and drivers who deserve all of our attention. One Aurora parent called to ask that we remind folks that there is not a four-way stop at 6th and K streets, for example, suggesting there have been numerous near-misses in recent years. That’s a helpful hint that drivers of all ages should be extra cautious on or around school properties, especially during the first few weeks as we all get readjusted to the busy fall routines.
It’s also starting to look a bit like fall on the rural landscape. Corn and soybean crops appear full and lush, reaping the benefits of some timely rains. That means visibility is limited at many rural intersections, demanding more caution for drivers.
Education at its core is about individual learning, but it is also a community experience, as well as a family-building bond. Aurorans share that spirit and are ready to don their school colors, as are folks in Hampton, Giltner and High Plains. On that note, area teams begin practice this week with a clean slate, a perfect season, knowing there are a whole lot of lifetime memories waiting to unfold.
Add to that mix an added air of anticipation with Husker football, and though it’s only August you definitely sense that an early Frost is in the air!
Bring on the fall.
Kurt Johnson

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