It was a long winter in Asheville, but the transition to spring has been swift. The mountains surrounding our city have come alive with new growth even in the last few weeks. The weather has been mild and, for the most part, sunny, and it has been a beautiful transition.

The second semester of the school year can be especially busy for elementary and middle school students; however, it is important to make sure you get the kids outside the spring.

Although the last year has been unusual, one constant has been the continued rapid growth of western North Carolina. In fact, there are signs that even more residents moved to the area than in previous years. The surrounding mountains and beautiful scenery are only part of what has been attracting people here by the tens of thousands over the past two decades. 

For a relatively rural area, we have some of the highest quality schools in the state. Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools provide an excellent education for residents of our area. Still, many parents are seeking alternatives to public education. Emmanuel Lutheran School is entering enrollment season for all ages - Preschool through eighth grade. If you are exploring the possibility of enrolling your child in a private institution, here are eight key questions to ask. 

One of the wonderful things about living in Asheville and western North Carolina is the quality of education at every level. From institutes of higher learning such as Western Carolina University, UNC Asheville, and Mars Hill University to excellent public and private high schools and Moshe schools, parents know their children have every opportunity to have an excellent academic experience. For those who would consider an alternative to traditional public education, there are several factors that will go into your decision. When researching private schools, here are six key questions to ask.

If you step outside, there is no question it’s still winter. This has been one of the coldest and snowiest winters in several years. For those that are ready to think about sunshine and warmer weather, we have good news; spring break is right around the corner. If you have not finalized your plans, we have you covered. Here are eight ideas for day trips or short getaways that will ensure a fun and educational spring break with your family.

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