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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?

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

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 17.

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

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke 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

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now

Community Foods - $1.79/lb Chicken On Sale Now
Have you heard of Community Foods?

Last month I placed my first order through Community Foods.  It’s actually based in Cumming, GA but they offer deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta.  The overall concept is that they sell 3 products – Chicken (hormone free, no steroids, etc.), Ground Beef (all natural, no hormones, etc.) and Tilapia.  Now my ideal Tilapia would be wild-caught, this tilapia is farm-raised.  But it’s really “pretty” (ha!  that always sounds so funny to say about food).

Right, now chicken just became available for delivery.  Click here to learn more about Community Foods and their $1.79/lb chicken.

Save on "Street Games" Mobile Party

Save on "Street Games" Mobile Party
Save 50% on a Mobile Gaming Party

This is a new-to-me company but happy to say that they’re based right here in Cumming, GA.
With today’s Living Social Deal, snag a Two-Hour Rental of a Mobile Video Game Party for up to 20 people!

I am certain this would make a boy (of ANY age) very happy!!  And girls to for that matter – they even have “Girls Only Parties”!  And with the deal price, it’s a pretty cool offer for that many kids – so mom & dad can be happy too!

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MLK Day: Fun around town

MLK Day:  Fun around town

On Monday, Forsyth County Schools will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday.  There are many events taking place in & throughout Atlanta to celebrate the day.  If you’re looking for some of those events, be sure to check out our friends at Atlanta with Kid.  They have a great listing of MLK Day:  Kid-Friendly Events.

No specific MLK events around town, but if you’ll be staying in Cumming & Forsyth County & looking for something to do just to have fun with the kids on their day off, check out some of these opportunities:

2012-2013 Pre-School & MMO Registration

2012-2013 Pre-School & MMO Registration

January typically kicks off the Registration season for local Mother’s Morning Out and Pre-School programs. Daycare programs are typically easier to find, but some times church-based MMO & Pre-School Programs are a little harder.  

The Registration process will vary from program to program. So will the structure, days, times, and activities offered. Below is a listing of current programs offered throughout the city. 

Even if information for the 2012-2013 school year hasn’t been released, chances are if you call now you can at least get some updated information so you’ll be prepared.

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New Year's Eve in Cumming GA

New Year's Eve in Cumming GA

Celebrate New Year's Eve with these specials & events right here at home in Cumming, GA.  We've put together a roundup to help you find everything & we'll be adding to it as more come in.

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