metrodcLife is anything but all business in our nation's capital. Inside the Beltway, global power brokers mingle among tourists at cosmopolitan restaurants, shops and some of the finest museums, galleries and historical sites in the world. Outside the Beltway, suburban communities have unique personalities of their own with neighborhood favorites serving up cuisine and couture. From beaches to the rolling mountains, extensive parkland and agricultural gems like the Virginia wineries beg even the most fervent city dwellers to take to the land.

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❑ Be enthusiastic about the upcoming change.

❑ Make a visit to the school and classroom and meet your new teacher in advance.

Screenings: Have your child's hearing and vision tested. If you suspect that your child may have a learning disability, be sure to talk with the school or a learning center to arrange for testing.

While the kids may dread returning to school, you may dread returning to the stores at the end of summer to buy school supplies for your children.  Use these easy tips to help maximize back to school savings and stretch your dollar.