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Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's first public virtual charter school, has planned more information sessions across the state.

The tuition-free school, which recently earned accolades from the parents of current students, is expanding from K-8 to K-12 for the 2012-13 school year.

"Good things are happening in public education, and we're proud to be a leader in the future of great schooling in our state," GACA principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming more elementary, middle and now high schoolers next year."

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Information sessions in metro Atlanta include:

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

Kids in costume eat free at Willy's this weekend

Kids in costume eat free at Willy's this weekend

ATLANTA -- Celebrate Hallowen with your little pumpkin with a free Kid Combo from Metro Atlanta Willy's Mexicana Grill restaurants.

From Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31, children ages 12 and under who come to Willy's in costume will dine for free with the purchase of an adult meal.

Local Willy's locations include:

Athens
* 196 Alps Road

Atlanta
* 2280 Peachtree Road NW, Buckhead
* 4377 Roswell Road, Buckhead
* 575 Morosgo Drive, Buckhead
* 1228 West Paces Ferry Road, Chastain
* 200 Piedmont Avenue, Downtown
* 235 Peachtree Street NE, Downtown
* 1230 Caroline Street, Edgewood
* 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Midtown
* 725 West Peachtree Street, Midtown
* 1920 Howell Mill Road, West Side

Decatur
* 2074 North Decatur Road

East Cobb
* 4250 Roswell Road, Marietta