Most kids feel some anxiety as summer winds down and a new school year approaches, but child development experts say personalized back-to-school projects can provide a fun way to ease the transition from summer to fall routines, refine classroom skills and get them off to a good start.  Michaels, one of North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, has dozens of back-to-school project ideas for personalizing notebooks, lunch boxes, backpacks, lockers and more through The Knack, Michaels’ resource for moms and teachers that helps enrich kids’ lives through creativity. Project ideas are available online at www.michaels.com/theknack. Michaels will also host a free back-to-school event at all U.S. and Canada stores on Saturday, August 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where kids can personalize pencil boxes.  “The Knack provides developmentally appropriate, fun projects that will help kids of various ages prepare for the new school year and beyond,” said John Rowe, Michaels vice president of marketing. “Michaels is a year round destination for teachers, parents and students for everything from classroom decor and school project supplies to school spirit items and party decorations.”

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