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Pre-K, kindergarten registration opens Feb. 25

Pre-K, kindergarten registration opens Feb. 25

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- Pre-K and kindergarten registration for Bartow County residents will be held the week of Feb. 25.

All schools that offer Pre-K programs will be open for registration every day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To qualify, a child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents must bring several documents to registration, including the child's birth certificate, Social Security card and current immunization record, proof of the family's residency, proof of any government assistance like Medicaid and food stamps, and the child's eye, ear and dental screenings.

A lottery drawing for Pre-K spots will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Mar. 28. It will be at the Bartow County Board of Education and is free and open to the public.

The same documents that are needed for Pre-K registration are also required for kindergarten registration, which will be held on the same dates and times as Pre-K sign-up.

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

Hometown Christmas brings holiday spirit to Bartow

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A Hometown Christmas celebration will be held in downtown Cartersville this weekend.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and includes choral performances, arts and crafts, refreshments and pictures with Santa.

Hometown Christmas also sponsors holiday-themed coloring and essay contests for Bartow County students. Kids in grades K-5 may enter the coloring contest, while middle school students are eligible to participate in the essay contest.

Learn more about the requirements for the respective contests in Adairsville, Bartow County and Cartersville.

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

Belk santafest to spread holiday cheer

ATLANTA -- Belk department stores will host their first-ever santafest holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

All santafests will be held from noon to 3 p.m.

Highlights include crafts, family-friend activities, Christmas treats and, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus. Participants can enter a drawing to win a $50 kids wardrobe; three winners will be chosen from each Belk store.

Visit belk.com for more information and to find your nearest store.

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