More than 950 Arete Scholars return to school

Welcome back!

It is hard to believe that summer break is over for students, teachers and administrators throughout Georgia. We hope you all have enjoyed a time of rest and are gearing up for a great 2012-13.

Thanks to a wonderfully dedicated team of partners and supporters, more than 950 Arete Scholars are among the students returning to school this month. Scholars from all around our state - Atlanta to Albany, Clarkesville to Savannah - are enjoying educational opportunities at the school of their parents' choice.

Veteran educator and Arete Client Services Advocate James Greco shares his favorite back-to-school memories: "As a student, I always enjoyed this time of year. A new school year provided a fresh start and a new perspective on life. Strange as it sounds, I always liked the smell of freshly waxed floors and sharpened pencils. Now as an educator, I look forward to meeting new students, reconnecting with colleagues, and giving kids an opportunity to write a new chapter in their lives."

What is your favorite back-to-school memory? Send us a note and a first-day photo at and let us hear how students, parents and teachers are celebrating a new school year.