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Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

Blueberry Picking in Forsyth County

Blueberry Picking in Forsyth County
It’s blueberry season!! 

And this year, those of us in Forsyth County have a new option – Blueberry Garden’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm & Nursery.

According to its website, Blueberry Gardens will be open for business & picking very soon!

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10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

75 Days of Summer

75 Days of Summer

Have you counted the days yet?  If you haven’t, we counted them for you.  Seventy-five.  That’s the number of days from the first day of Summer Break to the last day!  Overwhelmed with how you’ll keep everyone entertained & happy, but without breaking the bank?

We *hopefully* have you covered!

It’s a round-up of things to do, places to visit & things to try over the next 75 days.

Ready to get started?Click here to read more & download your FREE Guide.

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.”

Summer Family Cinema

Summer Family Cinema
Summer Family Cinema

The Forsyth County Public Library is bringing a Summer Family Cinema line-up to the Hampton Park Library.

If you haven’t ever attended these Family Cinema events in the past, they are usually pretty fun.   A meeting room is converted to a little movie room with a projector screen and seating.  It’s definitely not like being at the movies, but it’s a great low-key and FREE event event to take advantage of – especially on a hot summer afternoon.


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Down Under Fest at the Polo Fields

Down Under Fest at the Polo Fields
Spend your Memorial Weekend Down Under

It’s the Down Under Fest at the Polo Fields all weekend long.  Enjoy the spirit of Australia & New Zealand right here in Forsyth County.  With a market place, food, musical talents, activities for the kids and a special Down Under Fest Ale, it’s sure to be a great way to spend a long holiday weekend.


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