Published on 06/20/13

Back-to-School Packet to 2013 released July 5

By Merritt Melancon

It may feel like summer is just getting started, but students across Georgia will head back to school in a little more than a month.

Get ready for the back-to-school season with the help of the University of Georgia Extension Back-to-School News Packet. This year’s packet will be released July 5.

For the past several years, Extension experts from the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have weighed in on some of the most important issues facing parents and children today.

These stories are informative on their own or can be localized for your coverage area. High-resolution photos and back-to-school infographics will also be available for use.

This year’s news packet will include the following stories:

  • Nurturing a habit of saving: Financial lessons for children at every age
  • School lunch makeover: Less salt and more whole grains on tap this year
  • No drive-thru required: Ways to save money and eat better by packing on-the-go snacks and meals
  • Georgia-grown snacks: After-school snacks that help connect children to some the best produce Georgia has to offer
  • “Let’s Move” as a family: Strategies for keeping kids active despite hectic work and school schedules
  • Handwashing works: Tips on building strong hand washing habits in children
  • A lesson in aisle 5: The grocery store can be a great classroom for everything from nutrition to household economics.

For information about the back-to-school packet or how to use content from UGA Extension, call (706) 542-9724 or email

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension before joining Terry College.