In The Bag July 2018

Learning That Doesn’t Feel Like School

Mentally Stimulating Activities for Summer

FOR TEENAGERS: FAMILY DINNER PARTY Cooking teaches so many important skills: math, science, nutrition, concentration, cultural understanding, following directions, creativity, time management, and more. Even better, it doesn’t feel like learning; it feels like fun. Encourage your older children to take the reins for preparing regular meals throughout the summer. You can pick guiding themes, like “a trip to Mexico” or “pasta party,” but let them choose the recipes and prep the meals on their own. Field trips always inspire excitement in students, and you’ll find the same goes for your family members. You can tailor your destination to the interests of your kids for maximum engagement. If you have a family of art lovers, head to a museum for some inspiration and discussion. Kids who prefer the outdoors will enjoy a nature walk or hike. You can bring along a field guide to identify flora and fauna. These trips may not pack the thrill of a water park, but they’re fun in an entirely different way. FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY: AN EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIP

Every summer, parents across the country have to deal with the same delicate problem. They want to make sure their kids continue to learn without feeling like they’re being assigned tasks. After all, summer homework is every child’s worst nightmare. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on math problems and book reports to keep your child’s development from taking a two-month vacation. Here are a few mentally stimulating activities that are as educational as they are fun. FOR LITTLE ONES: HOMEMADE BUBBLES Bubbles fascinate young children, so why not spend a day making your own solution and experimenting with different types of bubbles? The formula is simple: 1 part dish soap (Dawn or Joy work best) to 10 parts water. Optionally, you can also include 1/4 part glycerin. The process of making the solution will teach ratios, and finding creative ways to blow bubbles fosters problem-solving skills and creative thinking.

Tyson Celebrates 15 Years With Our Company The Gregarious Cinephi le Reflects on His Time at In the Bag Cleaners

As the store manager for one of our top three stores, Tyson is a dedicated team member and an integral part of our company’s success. Every day, he comes in to our East 21st and 127th store ready to greet most clients by name with a

his supervisor and our company’s founder, Dave Coyle. “He’s super down-to-earth, laid-back, and understanding; a very kind man. He’s really good at trusting us to do our jobs. It allows me to feel good about the work I’m doing,” says Tyson. In addition to the people, Tyson is grateful for the incredibly stable employment he’s found in his time here. Another bonus is that his fashion sense has gotten an unexpected boost. “It’s strange to say, but I’ll be somewhere with my friends, and they’ll ask, ‘How do you know all these brands of clothing?’ I stay up on the latest trends because of our fashionable clients.” After work, you’ll probably find Tyson catching the latest release at the theater. “I’m a big movie guy; I go to the theater 50–75 times a year,” says Tyson. The self-described cinephile says “Hostiles” is the best movie he’s seen this year; last year’s picks include Academy Award- winner “The Shape of Water” and “Wind River.” Tyson balances this more sedentary hobby with visits to the YMCA for daily workouts.

smile and an enthusiastic hello. His gregarious nature is complemented by his strong work ethic — Tyson goes above and beyond to ensure that his store is running smoothly. “I like to stay busy. I like to have plenty to do,” says Tyson. Tyson started with In the Bag Cleaners in 2003 and celebrates his 15th anniversary with our company this year. He says his team members and our clients are the reason he put down his roots here. “I love the interactions with clients. When they pull up to the store, it makes my day. It puts a smile on my face,” Tyson says. He also speaks highly of

Say hello to Tyson and ask him for a movie recommendation the next time you’re at our East 21st and 127th location!

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