Getting Everyone Ready for the Start of School


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As the new school year gets underway, most families have gathered up the necessary supplies, a backpack, lunchbox and maybe a few new clothes. However, there are also a few things they can do at home to make going back to school less stressful.

Kansas 4-H family and consumer sciences program liaison Andrea Feldkamp says students need a dedicated place to study.

While bedtime may have been more flexible during the summer, Feldkamp says one of the most important aspects of health and wellness is getting adequate amounts of sleep, which may require taking steps to make the room darker, especially early in the school year.

To make sure everyone is on the same page, Feldkamp recommends creating a household calendar.

Because young children often experience a “summer slide” – a slight loss of what they learned the previous year – Feldkamp says it’s a good idea to help them brush up on the reading, writing and math skills they were working on before the summer break began.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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