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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?

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.

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

ATLANTA -- What better way to recognize National Cupcake Day than with a free ice cream cupcake?

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery will give away ice cream cupcakes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all Metro Atlanta locations.

RELATED: Marble Slab, MaggieMoo's merge

"This is the second year in a row Marble Slab and MaggieMoo's have celebrated National Cupcake Day with a giveaway of our ice cream cupcake," said David Kaiser, director of frozen goods for Norcross-based GFG Management, LLC, which owns both ice cream chains. "We love fun observances like National Cupcake Day and look forward to celebrating with our extremely valued customers by offering a free and very delicious ice cream treat."

Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Holiday Gifts that make mealtime more fun! $15 = $30 worth of personalized plates + placemats

Spruce up your child's meal with Customized Unbreakable Melamine Plates - Perfect for Gift Giving! Get a plate for every season and every occasion by CLICKING HERE TO PAY $15 and get $30 worth of personalized plates and placemats from Spiffy Kids.

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Great gift for families! $12 = "I Like Book" for kids SHIPPED ($24.95 Value)

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The holidays are here and so are long to-do lists, your brother and his 4 kids, plus cocktail parties all in a row.