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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

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."

John Isner Tennis Camp to return next summer

John Isner Tennis Camp to return next summer

ROME, Ga. -- Tennis professional and University of Georgia alum John Isner will host another summer camp in Rome in 2012.

Isner and UGA tennis coach Will Glenn will hold the tennis training camp for children ages 10-17 from Sunday, July 15 to Thursday, July 19 at Berry College.

MORE: The 2011 John Isner Tennis Camp

"John Isner and Will Glenn were pleased with their experience in the Rome community and feel that they can grow their camp with our superb tennis programs and the future of the Tennis Center of Georgia," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.