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Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

Summer program to teach job skills to middle schoolers

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a special summer program for middle school students.

The Grayson High Technical Education program will give students the opportunity to explore a number of possible career paths, including culinary arts, robotics, photography, digital media design and video broadcast journalism.

The program will be held the week of June 10 at Grayson High School.

Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders are invited to sign for the program beginning on Monday, Apr. 1. Registration closes on May 15.

For more information, visit graysontech.org.

Grayson High School is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

ATLANTA -- Monday is the birthday of Monkey Joe, namesake of the popular indoor bounce house venues.

To celebrate, Monkey Joe's is offering plenty of family fun, including reduced admission prices, all day.

On Feb. 18, entry into every Monkey Joe's location is only $5. The first 100 children at each facility will be treated to a free pizza party, and the first 75 children will be given birthday party goodie bags.

"Monkey Joe's birthday party provides us an opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of Monkey Joe's locations across the country," Monkey Joe's brand manager Sonny Crumpton said in a statement. "As a way to honor the families that visit Monkey Joe's time and again, we wanted to show our appreciation with discounted admission and special treats and events, which we believe both children and their parents will enjoy."

Aurora Theatre hosts spring break camp

Aurora Theatre hosts spring break camp

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Can't make it to the beach for spring break?  Don't worry -- Aurora Theatre is bringing the beach to Lawrenceville.

The Aurora Theatre Academy will host a Drama Beach 2013 camp for students in grades 1-12.

Campers are invited to wear their favorite beach attire -- sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and so on -- as they participate in improv workshops and enjoy a cookout-style lunch.

Drama Beach 2013 will be held Wednesday, Apr. 10 for students in grades 1-5 and Thursday, Apr. 11 for grades 6-12. Both camps run from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each camp session costs $35.

Visit auroratheatre.com for more information or to sign up. The Aurora Theatre is located at 128 East Pike Street in downtown Lawrenceville.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

ATLANTA -- Gas South, along with some other community partners will take 425 kids with special needs and their families to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.

As reported by a spokeswoman for Gas South, the company is teaming with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to make the night of circus fun happen. The 425 children and families will get free admission to the circus, the DRAGONS and Magical Journey, as well as a private pre-show where the children can interact with the circus animals and performers on the arena floor. 

The shows are set for February 15 at Philips Arena and February 22 at the Gwinnett Center. There will be special access for wheelchairs, along with other mobility devices as needed. 

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."