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Northlake Mall introduces Simon Kidgits Club to Atlanta's smallest shoppers

Northlake Mall introduces Simon Kidgits Club to Atlanta's smallest shoppers

ATLANTA -- Northlake Mall shoppers now have a great new way of connecting kids to their community in fun and educational ways with the launch of the property’s Simon Kidgits Club on July 28. Simon Kidgits Club is a membership club that opens up a world of fun and discovery for children ages 2-10.  Northlake Mall is now part of a network of more than 100 Simon malls nationwide that have launched the Simon Kidgits Club program as a way of creating fun and educational experiences at the mall that children and their parents can enjoy together.

To launch the new club and introduce the fun of Simon Kidgits to neighbors and their families, Northlake Mall is hosting a Kidgits Launch Party on July 28 from 2-4 p.m. in Center Court. Join for an afternoon of fun including face painting, cupcake decorating, crafts, game and lots of prizes!

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

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."

Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

Combining summer learning and fitness for kids

TUCKER, Ga. -- Summer can be crucial for keeping your kids sharp both mentally and physically.

The National Summer Learning Association has created a healthy summer campaign to encourage parents to take advantage of the summer to improve things for schools.

"When school doors close for the summer months, many children and families living in poverty face multiple, interrelated challenges. Learning loss, safety concerns, risk for obesity, and food insecurity all set children back developmentally and academically," according to the National Summer Learning Association.

There's a new workbook that can help parents in both those areas.

It's called "The Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away From School."

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags

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.