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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?

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

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on 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
Gwinnett County
Newton County

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

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

Chick-fil-A to host mother-son 'Date Knight'

ATLANTA -- All of the Chick-fil-A restaurants in metro Atlanta will host a special mother-son Date Knight on Saturday, Apr. 28.

The Date Knight format will be similar to that of the franchise's massively popular Daddy-Daughter Date Nights. It will give mothers and sons a special chance to enjoy some quality time together.

The event will have a medieval theme, hence the "Knight" part of its title.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with," Robin Lomax, Chick-fil-A area marketing director, said in a statement. "We understand the importance of mother-son relationships and want to encourage local moms to come to Chick-fil-A, enjoy their sons' company over a meal and have fun."

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

Need a vacation? Get 69 percent off a trip to Pigeon Forge

ATLANTA -- If the kids are getting restless and screaming for a family vacation, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal was made for you.

Through Sunday night, DealChicken members can pay $99 for a weekend getaway to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee's beautiful Great Smoky Mountains.

This exclusive offer, valued at $328, is good for two adults and up to three children, and includes one night at the James Manor hotel, in the heart of all the action; $100 worth of dining certificates; a gift basket upon arrival; and five passes to the Lazer Port Fun Center.

Elementary school students collecting donations for Goodwill

Elementary school students collecting donations for Goodwill

ROME, Ga. -- More than 1,300 elementary school students in Floyd County are doing some good for the community this holiday season.

East Central and West End elementary schools are collecting donations for Goodwill of North Georgia all week. Everybody is invited to stop by during school hours and give clothes and other items for people in need.

The donations will be tallied on Friday, and the school with the most items will receive $500.

"With this donation drive challenge, we have the ability to teach our next generation of donors about giving back, protecting the environment and being good citizens," said Elaine Armstrong, public relations director for Goodwill. "We want the students to not only feel a sense of pride because they've helped earn money for their school, but also to feel connected to our mission as we help people in Rome and Floyd County."

Give to 11Alive's Can-a-thon on Dec. 2

Give to 11Alive's Can-a-thon on Dec. 2

ATLANTA -- Friday, Dec. 2 will mark 11Alive's annual Can-a-thon food collection for families in need.

Bring a donation of canned goods to one of five locations throughout Metro Atlanta. While you're there, meet and mingle with your neighbors and your favorite 11Alive anchors and reporters.

Pop-top cans are preferable, as they are easier to open for people who don't own typical kitchen utensils. Canned meats, fruits and green vegetables will be warmly welcomed.

Those who bring a minimum of 111 cans of food can enter for a chance to win two round-trip tickets from AirTran Airways. More information and the opportunity to register will be available during the event. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate.

Can-a-thon locations include:

Turner Field
* Gold Lot, Hank Aaron Drive -- 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* The School Box-Town Center, 50 East Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw -- 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

ROME, Ga. -- More than 60 of Berry College's youngest students burned some serious rubber in the Child Development Center (CDC) Trike-a-Thon this year.

The kids, all between the ages of three and five, brought out their trikes and bikes to ride and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event raised $2,000, far exceeding CDC director Ann Tankersley's prediction of between $500 and $700.

"St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a worthwhile organization, and we felt it especially appropriate that they serve the needs of children," Tankersley said.

The money raised will go to a day's worth of chemotherapy, oxygen and medications for one child, according to St. Jude officials.

The Berry College CDC is a laboratory preschool and child care center serving kids in PreK3 and PreK4 classes.

For more information about how to help St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.