As we roll into August, we feel the tremors of the end of the Summer here in Marshall, Illinois. Yes, it’s still hot, the town pool is still open, and we are still boating and swimming in the lakes of our beautiful parks, but we know Summer will soon be over. It’s time to enjoy those last days before school starts again and go on those last summer vacations and little weekend get-aways. Let’s help our kiddos enjoy those last days of total freedom.
School starts in mid-August for every level, with our teachers returning to set up their classrooms as we speak. On August 15, our teaching staff will gather and get ready for the first day of school (the very next day) – August 16. This will be an early dismissal day for everyone, though, with K through 6th released at 11:15 am and 7th – 12th grades released at 11:30 am. After that, school will be in full swing.
Don’t forget!… Marshall Night On The National Road is this Friday, August 5th. Join us for all sorts of fun on the downtown square from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Fun for the entire family!
Getting Ready For The New School Year:
Ensure you have all the supplies you need for your students returning to school, from backpacks to pencils. There are lists for each grade level on the Marshall School website, so you don’t have to worry about what they need. It’s all right there for you to create your checklist.
There are great bargains to be had online at Amazon and lots of sales with everything delivered right to your door. Of course, good old Walmart is having lots of back-to-school sales on everything from clothes to backpacks, notebooks, binders, and writing tools. Check your downtown stores for some of the things you need too. Marshall has lots of shops, so maybe a cool new lunchbox or some article of clothing that makes your student feel special.
Reduced Sales Tax – Thanks, Illinois!
In an effort to make shopping a little less expensive, the state of Illinois is offering a sales tax discount on school supplies again this year. Sales taxes for qualified clothing and school-related items will be reduced from 6.25% to 1.25% from August 5 to 14. For those ten days, you will be able to get a break on items that qualify for the reduced tax, including clothing and footwear, with a retail price of under $125 per item.
But not every family has the funds to get everything each child needs. Some families may need a little help. Find out where you can donate some extra school supplies in town and share what you can. Times are tough for many people these days, so do what you can to help those less fortunate than yourself and your family. Giving feels good, and it’s the Marshall thing to do.
Enjoying the Last Days and Nights of Summer in Marshall:
No matter what, get out and enjoy the long days, the warm evenings, and those lovely sunsets. Use this time to fire up the grill and eat dinner outside. There is nothing like the smell of steak cooking in the open air. Try new recipes. Have you ever done a coffee rub on a steak or pork chop? It may blow your mind even if you aren’t a coffee drinker. It’s an easy rub to make if you have some ground coffee, mustard, olive oil, and garlic, and add some seasonings you like, of course, salt and pepper. There are many recipes for great ways to season meat and create unique rubs for chops, ribs, and steaks. Think healthy! Grill up some veggies or fruits. Pineapple grilled and topping a thick burger with pepper jack cheese will have the neighbors drooling. Summer squash and eggplants, green, yellow, and red peppers, potatoes, and onions are all delicious when grilled, and don’t forget to include some of the last of the summer sweet corn.
The last nights of Summer are the best. Maybe it’s knowing that those days are coming to a close. We know that it will be September in the blink of an eye, so we have to enjoy these summer nights while we still can.
Every season has its particular charm. Fall will be here soon with the changing of the leaves and cooler air. Winter will chase the fall away, but today it is still August, with its hot, sticky days and long velvety nights. Please don’t waste the last of it. Make the most of every moment. Make memories with your kiddos, camp in the backyard, make the s’mores over an open fire, and roast hot dogs on sticks.
No matter how many summers we get to enjoy, this one Summer will never come again. Enjoy it, Marshall!