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As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

ATHENS, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Clarke County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Wednesday, May 16.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 25
Buford City Schools
Cherokee County
Coweta County
Douglas County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Henry County
Marietta City Schools
Paulding County

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

UGA gets $1.23 million grant for early education

UGA gets $1.23 million grant for early education

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has received a $1.23 million grant to help grow its program for teachers wanting to go into early education.

The grant will expand the Birth through Five undergraduate program established by professor Cynthia Vail in 2008. The program focuses on preparing quality teachers to work with infants, toddlers and young children.

The grant will help beef up the number of students focusing on young special education students. Over five years, the program will help support 47 students who commit to working two to four years in programs for high-needs children in Clarke and Madison county schools.

Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights

Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights

Athens - Athens' annual Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights ushers in the holiday season. Over 60 floats, bands and other groups parade through downtown streets awash in twinkling lights. The parade begins on the corner of Dougherty and Pulaski Streets ending in front of City Hall for the traditional tree lighting ceremony, hosted by none other than Santa and Mrs. Claus. Come early for the Downtown Open House, with great deals and extended hours by great downtown retailers!

  • December 01, 2011 - December 01, 2011
  • Location: Downtown Athens
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: No admission charge
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Toys for Tots Drive Planned for UGA/Kentucky


MEDIA RELEASE                           
For Immediate Release 
November 17, 2011

Contact: Mike Pilcher, VP of Communications 
North Georgia Jaycees 
706-614-0843, pilcher07@yahoo.com