Newsletter Ideas for September

By Maria D. Laso
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Whether you've been assigned the first newsletter of the school year or are preparing for the ninth issue of a year-long project, you can find plenty of ways to make September stand out with content that draws on the change of seasons, including cozy food for cool nights, activities for auturmn weekends and fresh fall fun facts.

Tasty Tidbits

A recipe column or exchange gives recipients a reason to hold onto the newsletter after reading it, and providing a recipe for soup or chili might be a great encouragement to kick off cooler weather cooking. Score points with the gridiron gang by including ideas for game-night muchies or sideline snacks and offer creative lunchbox ideas to break up the week for kids' sandwich makers.

Labor Day and Play Days

An article about the origins and meaning of Labor Day will provide a topic for water-cooler chats; it's also a chance to call out volunteers or staff members among your readers and give thanks for their efforts. Pointing out other days of note for September can add a lighter touch to a newsletter. Honor the first female telephone operator in the U.S. on Emma M. Nutt Day (Sept. 1) or close out the month with a facial on National Mud Pack Day (Sept. 30).

Falling for Autumn

September is spring for half the planet, but in the U.S. it's autumn even before the air gets brisk. Colored leaves or leaf silhouettes illustrate newsletter segments on late-summer harvests, gardens and landscaping projects. Articles on preparing summer equipment for long-term storage can be illustrated with acorns, suggesting the coming of winter. Recipes for canning are well-timed. For the switch to sweater weather, write about the care of knits and wool, the shift to darker colors, and news--both fashion and maintenance--about shoes and boots. List activities and craft ideas with a fall theme, such as leaf tracing and print-making with fruits and vegetables.

Back to School

If the audience for your newsletter includes parents or kids, this is the issue you can use for a pop quiz that lets readers know if they're smarter than fifth-graders. Clip art such as apples, blackboards, pencils and notebooks works for younger references; a stack of books can represent high school and college. If appropriate, include information about local schools' fall sports schedules, so readers know when they can go support the teams.

About the Author

Maria D. Laso is a trilingual writer-editor with more than 25 years experience; she now freelances, teaches and coaches writers. She publishes two 'zines written by and for young women and has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University.