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Good morning McKinney!

The Art of Living Beautifully would like to wish a spectacular year to all the kiddos heading back to McKinney Independent Schools today. Below you will find the official MISD 2017-2018 school calendar.


You will find individual school calendars by visiting this link on the MISD website.

(obligatory first day of school shot from the Palmer Family)

I also wanted to give everyone an opportunity to help our fellow Texans facing Hurricane Harvey.

Here are a couple of places you can donate:

The American Red Cross

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

The Salvation Army

As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need. Get updates on our relief efforts at, or follow The Salvation Army on Facebook or on Twitter.


The SPCA of Texas has received 123 “un owned” cats from Corpus Christie and is prepared to take up to an additional 300 animals, affected by Hurricane Harvey. The SPCA will evaluate capacity on a daily basis after that.  The supplies most needed are cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. Donations can be brought to the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, located at 8411 Stacy Rd, McKinney, TX 75070.
If you know of any other outlets in which to donate, please leave those for our fellow readers in the comments below.
Thank you for all your help in reaching out to our fellow Texans.

artwork by Heather Bloem of Design Roots

God bless those who are affected and feeling scared or lost.
God bless the first responders, who put their lives on the line to bring those affected to safety.
and God bless Texas!

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