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Be the director of Tellus -- for one second

Be the director of Tellus -- for one second

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- If you've ever wanted to be the executive director of Tellus Science Museum, your chance has arrived -- but it will only last for one second.

On Saturday, June 30 there will be an extra "tick" in the clock -- in other words, one more second than usual. Tellus is celebrating this extra second by hosting a contest for some of its youngest patrons.

One lucky child will win the chance to temporarily take over for executive director Jose Santamaria, allowing him to have a one-second vacation.

The winner of the contest will begin his second-long duties at noon on Friday, June 29. The new executive director will be treated to free entry to the museum for the entire family, a planetarium show, a behind-the-scenes tour of Tellus and a special gift bag.

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."

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.

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?

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Bartow 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
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

'Jurassic Park' crew member to speak at Tellus

'Jurassic Park' crew member to speak at Tellus

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum will welcome a very special guest to its Jurassic Park celebration this weekend.

Wildlife artist Randal Dutra worked on the crew of the hit 1993 movie. The two-time Oscar nominee will give a talk on how he helped provide the dinosaur special effects for both Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Dutra's lecture will begin at 2 p.m. Afterward, Tellus will hold a screening of Jurassic Park in its theater, with overflow seating in the banquet rooms. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

Both the lecture and movie are free for Tellus members and included in the price of regular admission for non-members.

For more information, visit www.tellusmuseum.org. Tellus Science Museum is located just off of Interstate 75 (Exit 293) in Cartersville.

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."