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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.”

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

Atlanta's ‘BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT’ Salutes Men on Father's Day

ATLANTA -- You have seen them on NBC television network reality series “America’s Got Talent” and if you are a reality-show junkie, you remember them sharing  their high-energy dance experience with singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss and Attorney Phaedra Parks in connection with their travels to South Africa on BRAVO cable network top-rated reality series “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.

Now, the 19-year Atlanta-based ensemble GIWAYEN MATA, is going  to bring their ‘contagious’ high energy drum and dance to the Southwest Arts Center for Father's Day. Between educating audiences about African traditions and breaking barriers as an all-sistah ensemble in a male dominated percussion industry, its no wonder Creative Loafing Magazine named them "Best Local World Music Act" three times!

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Atlanta students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Tuesday, May 22.

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

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
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

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County, East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) and Jewish Family and Career Services are collaborating to help caregivers with Crisis Support and care planning. During the workshop, caregivers will learn about available services, which include but are not limited to financial resources, in-home care solutions, mental health resources and case management.  Participants will be able to register for additional programs at this event.

The program takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA  30344.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Bridges at 404.762.2094.

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County Collaborates with Two Organizations to Provide Caregiver Support

Fulton County, East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) and Jewish Family and Career Services are collaborating to help caregivers with Crisis Support and care planning. During the workshop, caregivers will learn about available services, which include but are not limited to financial resources, in-home care solutions, mental health resources and case management.  Participants will be able to register for additional programs at this event.

The program takes place on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA  30344.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Bridges at 404.762.2094.