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Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

Alpharetta family relocates to Africa to serve poor children, Heart for Africa

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Janine Maxwell brings hope to people.  That is what she has been doing for the past six years, and the objective of her nonprofit aid organization, Heart for Africa –to deliver hope to the poor and vulnerable.

But the marketing exec turned humanitarian, professes that she struggled with living in Alpharetta—the affluent and picturesque community, she, husband Ian and two children (daughter Chloe –now 16, son Spencer –now 18) relocated to from Canada, in order to raise awareness and support for the organization.    

 “Beautiful but very different,” she best summarizes it, Maxwell felt uprooted trading the securities of her CEO-standard, Canadian lifestyle –and free healthcare, for the South; however it was a move that was both necessary and favorable.

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?

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Fulton County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 18.

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

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

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.

19 Fulton schools offering Open Enrollment

19 Fulton schools offering Open Enrollment

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The deadline to apply for a transfer among Fulton County's 19 Open Enrollment schools is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

Open Enrollment is part of Georgia's Quality Basic Education Act, a 2009 referendum that allows the parents of K-12 students in Fulton County to enroll in another school within the district if space permits.

Parents will be notified if their children are selected for a transfer by Saturday, June 30. If chosen, parents must provide their own transporation to get their kids to the new schools.

Participating schools include:

Bethune ES, College Park
Birmingham Falls ES, Milton
Conley Hills ES, East Point
Findley Oaks ES, Johns Creek
Hapeville ES
Hamilton E. Holmes ES, East Point
Liberty Point ES, Union City
Medlock Bridge ES, Johns Creek
Oakley ES, Union City
Renaissance ES, Fairburn
Shakerag ES, Johns Creek

Bring the family to Milton's 3rd annual Christmas tree lighting

Bring the family to Milton's 3rd annual Christmas tree lighting

MILTON, Ga. -- Ring in the holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Milton's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The fun will begin at 7 p.m. at the Deerfield Place shopping center with a performance from the Milton High School Chorale.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive by fire truck at approximately 7:30 p.m. and will be available for pictures with children.

There will also be refreshments, crafts and holiday music the whole family can enjoy together.

Deerfield Place is located at the corner of Highway 9 and Webb Road. Its many stores -- including Super Target, Kohl's and Petco -- will be open during the ceremony so attendees can get some of their holiday shopping done at the same time.

Teen Advocacy Group to hold open house

Teen Advocacy Group to hold open house

MILTON, Ga. -- The city of Milton has partnered with the non-profit Teen Advocacy Group (TAG) to offer programs and activities to residents.

TAG is hosting an open house for children, ages six to 18, and their parents at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Bethwell Community Center.

During the meeting, TAG counselors will familiarize Milton residents with the program and answer questions on programs that affect children and how they approach life's challenges.

Classes to be offered include such topics as:

* Bullying
* Peer pressure
* Dating
* Body image
* Violence and abuse
* Substance abuse
* Pregnancy

TAG also offers a parent lecture series that features a psychiatrist, athletic recruiter, obesity physician and scholarship expert.