The new year is a time for fresh starts and new adventures. It’s a time for improving health, thinking about the future and contemplating new ways of doing things.
It’s with all these things in mind that we head into the new year, and our January issue.
Education is at the forefront of our minds. As we enter the approximate midway point of the school year, it’s a good time to explore the happenings in local education. To that end, we focus on some of the STEM superstars in public schools. While STEM is a big part of education these days, we are highlighting some of the biggest success stories in Orange County public school STEM programs. They are impressive and inspiring.
Our other large feature spotlights a unique and somewhat misunderstood facet of the educational system: boarding schools. Who goes to boarding schools and why? Check out the story for some enlightenment about this educational option.
On the inspirational side of things, our Local Hero this month is an eco-conscious teen and student at Oxford Academy who plans to use civics to help save the earth. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
Of course, the start of the year is a good time for planning. So, we interviewed an emergency management expert on the importance of preparation and planning for disasters, as well as on how to create an emergency kit for you and your family.
Foodie, Jr. this month shows us that eating healthy can also mean eating delicious food, with a roundup of some of the tastiest açaí bowl hotspots in the county.
While you’re running around planning your family’s year and trying to keep everyone healthy, don’t forget to stop for some mindful parenting advice. Our Mindfulness column this month explores what it means to be a super parent in 2020.
To help unplug from all the rush of new year activity, peruse The Pause Button for some tips on planting a native garden to not only benefit the environment but the entire family.
Speaking of ways to unwind, Pets in the Family reminds us about the benefits of animals for kids not only at home but in the classroom.
It’s an exciting time — full of opportunity and new beginnings. Have fun in the new year and don’t forget to be good to yourself.