Our network

Moms

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.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

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

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Wednesday, May 23.

Buford City Schools, meanwhile, will end the school year two days later -- Friday, May 25.

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
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Newton County

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

Remembering Many on Mother's Day

Remembering Many on Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. Thank you for the sacrifices you make. For staying up all night with a sick child, for helping with homework, running the family taxi to endless ball games, and for all the things you do to keep the household running smoothly. May your day be blessed with flowers, breakfast in bed, extra chores from the kids, handmade crafts, and time to yourself.

Disney Stores to offer great Black Friday deals

Disney Stores to offer great Black Friday deals

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta Disney Stores are celebrating Black Friday (or "Magical Friday," as it's called in the Most Magical Place on Earth) with incredible deals on the season's hottest products.

Stores will open at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25, which is when all items, even previously discounted ones, will be 20 percent off. Certain toys, gifts and stocking stuffers will fall under $10, $15 and $20 price points.

RELATED: Great Black Friday deals from Atlanta-area Ann Taylor stores

Some of the $10 steals include action figures from Cars 2 and Disney figurines. A mere $15 can score parents Disney sleep sets for their children, while $20 buys Cars 2 remote control cars and talking Toy Story action figures.

Black Friday sales and specials at Discover Mills

Black Friday sales and specials at Discover Mills

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Discover Mills is getting a jump start on the competition by opening its doors at midnight on Friday, Nov. 25 -- Black Friday.

"We are very focused on giving shoppers exactly what they want, which we see as the 'more factor' approach to shopping -- more time to shop, more great brands for less and more immediate notification of special offers," said Teresa Holloway, director of marketing and business development for Discover Mills.

RELATED: Black Friday coverage, deals and more

Several stores at Discover Mills will lure customers with Super Sales, or doorbuster incentives for early holiday shoppers. Participating shops include Nike Factory Store, Gymboree Outlet, Disney Store Outlet, Sakes Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and more.

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

Santa Arrives in Atlanta - Area Malls Announce Holiday Event Schedules

ATLANTA – Atlanta-area Simon malls will deck the halls this season with plenty of holiday cheer and entertainment. Gwinnett Place, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb are offering a variety of special holiday events for the whole family:

Gwinnett Place (2100 Pleasant Hill Rd. / 770-813-6840 / Facebook / Twitter)

·         Santa’s Arrival: November 19 at noon.  Visit Santa's Winter Wonderland at Gwinnett Place’s Center Court and have your holiday photo taken with St. Nick!