By Kristie Hamon

School may have just started, but that doesn’t mean that summer is quite over with yet. Here are five things you should do before the summer ends.Go on a picnic: Pick a favorite park or find a nice spot in your back yard. It’s a great way to relax and soak up a little bit of sun before the cooler seasons arrive. Grab your friend and go all out with a picnic basket and a blanket or find a nice picnic table at your favorite park and eat your lunch.

Have a movie night: Invite a bunch of friends over who you might not get to see as often as you’d like and spend the night watching the latest movies and eating popcorn. It’s cheaper than going to the cinema and much more enjoyable in a comfortable pair of pajamas.

Host a bonfire: A bonfire is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors and spend time with friends. You can even buy marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate and make s’mores to complete the experience.

Send a care package to soldiers in Iraq through Operation Gratitude: By doing this you will help a soldier, and in turn, feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment. Care packages should be addressed to individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have been deployed. You can send letters, donations or specific items listed on the wish list. Visit for more information.

Clean out your closet and donate old clothes and items to charity: You will be surprised to find so many things that you haven’t worn or used in years. Plus, if you clean out your closet, you will make plenty of room for all the new items you accumulated from back-to-school shopping.

Don’t write your summer off yet. There’s still plenty of time to make the most of the warm season.