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Dear Reader: Happy September!

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

As September rolls around, we are settling back into the routine of in-person school, sports, piano lessons, and everything - a complete 180 from this time last year. I am SO happy to be back in the Liberty High School (LHS) football stadium cheering for my Sophomore son, who plays on their JV team. In fact, I even took him to the new SoFi stadium to cheer for his favorite team, the Los Angeles Chargers.

It’s funny how life comes full circle, because the reason my son is a Chargers fan is thanks to his LHS running back and linebacker coach’s wife, who was his preschool teacher, and will now be his high school history teacher (confused yet?) When he went to preschool in their home, they were such big Chargers fans that even their adorably sweet golden retriever was named Charger. The die was cast, and at that young of age of four years old, my son became hooked on the Chargers and has stayed loyal to this day. His favorite players have changed from Phillip Rivers, now retired, to Keenan Allen, to rookie QB Justin Herbert, but the franchise remains his unwavering number one. And, thanks to his passion for the team, I have a Chargers bolt on my car, so I guess I’m a fan, too!

In order to support your child’s teachers, you don’t have to become super fans of their favorite teams, but you can help them in a lot of other ways. In the article, 11 Ways to Support Your Faculty and Staff This School Year, Callie Collins gives many examples to help the school year be more successful. She suggests everything from speaking a kind word to donating school supplies. To find out the other ways you can help, please turn to page 14.

Special thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County for this month’s amazing cover photo. To read more about their upcoming fundraiser, Farm to Table(aux), check out the article, Care and Consistency: The Vital Work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, on page 10. This premier event, featuring living art (tableaux vivants) inspired by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, is one that you will not want to miss, so make sure to mark your calendar for Friday, October 8, at 6 p.m.

This month’s Hello Happy Mama, April Verhoef on Health, Faith, and Love, starting on page 16, features a local music teacher and market manager for F Street Farmers Market. She is happy to share her love of music and helps to educate people on locally sourced farm-fresh nutrition with support from vendors and agrarians.

For your monthly dose of humor, check out the Humor at Home’s article, Mommy, Tell Me a Story: Lessons for Mother and Child, on page 20. Julie Willis writes about how her fantastical dragon story became a little too much of a real-life scenario for her daughter. Her daughter even used her own tactics against her. It’s a hoot!

Life is crazy and moves so fast, but it’s so important to thank your children’s mentors! You never know who or what is going to make an influential impact on them that sticks. I never dreamed that my son’s lifelong passion for a football team would have started in preschool, but it really has given him a lot of memories and fun experiences. I am thankful for the people who are good influences and have enriched his life: From preschool to high school, they are still the ones who show up all the time, and they deserve a big, giant thank you! As John F. Kennedy once said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” For all teachers, coaches, volunteers, and parents, a kind word really does go a long way!

Happy back-to-an-in-person-routine way of life!

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