My twin girls Laura and Kathryn are about to start their first day of school on Monday. It is a very exciting time for us, I feel like they have grown up way too quickly and I'm wondering where all that time went. It seems like only yesterday that they were newborns relying on me for their every need, now they are ready to start going to school and learn with a class full of other students.

School SafetyIt prompted me to find out information about safety issues and preparing myself for this big step. I wanted to share with you a few good articles I found about school safety and also remind you that this weekend is the tax free holiday, from August 12th through the 14th.

Article form SafeKids.org "Protect Kids as They Head Back to School"

Here are some simple reminders for drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving

Reminder for your kids:

  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them

http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-spotlight/back-to-school-safety/ 

Then for the Tax-Free Holiday which usually spurs retailers to offer sales and incentives for shoppers to take advantage of the tax holiday and save money.


What the 2011 Florida Legislature passed is that: No sales tax shall be collected on the sale of clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags, having a sales price of $75 or less, or on sales of certain school supplies having a sales price of $15
or less for the period beginning 12:01 a.m. on August 12, 2011, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on August 14, 2011.


“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates), intended to be worn on
or about the human body. However, “clothing” does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.


“School supplies” means pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper,
markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses,
and calculators.

For the complete list on Tax free status on items during this tax free holiday visit: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/pdf/tip11a01-03_list.pdf 

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