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Monday, April 3, 2017

Send Us Your Spring Break Pictures!

Fort Thomas Matters writer Jessie Duke and family are spending their spring break exploring Quebec, Canada.

This week students who attend Fort Thomas Independent Schools (FTIS) are on spring break. And for many families, that means vacation—whether it's a week away from home, day trips or a staycation.

Jessie and Kevin Duke along with their children in snowy Quebec, Canada. 

For years Panama City has been dubbed "Fort Thomas South." And these days many residents find themselves vacationing with neighbors in Siesta Key, Fla.

"My family and I look forward to spring break every year because it is our one big vacation of the year," says Barbara Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central. "I secretly look forward to the drive to and form, so that that our family can catch up, even if it is driving in a minivan busting at the seams. Schedules are hectic these days, and I'll take any time I can get where we can all be in the same place at the same time."

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For Thomas and her family, that's Siesta Key. "Going to the same destination as many other families from Fort Thomas may seem odd to some folks," she says. "However, to our family, it's just being part of the Fort Thomas community only in Siesta Key. You can take the family out of Fort Thomas but you can't take Fort Thomas out of the family."

Two Moyer Elementary kindergarten teachers, Cora Kendall and Julie Steppe, enjoying the sun this week in Siesta Key, Fla. Their children include Cole, a junior at Highlands High School, and Tommy, a senior, Sophie, a junior, and Josie a 7th-grader at Highlands Middle School.

Sally Race, Fort Thomas Education Foundation's foundation coordinator, also vacations in Siesta Key with her family. She says with so many Fort Thomas friends there as well, the moms can enjoy their time while the kids play with their friends.

"I lucked out that my Boston grandparents picked Siesta Key as their winter home back in the 1960s and passed their house down to my dad and uncle," Race says. "I've been coming here since in utero. My high school friends (Sycamore) also came here so while I don't really try to vacation with my neighbors it's a great option for my high school kids—especially my son who is a senior.

So we want to know: Where did you go? What did you do at home? Send us your pictures along with captions, and first and last names to by Monday evening, April 10. We'll publish a pictorial essay next week.

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