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The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Kindergarten registration open through Apr. 30

Kindergarten registration open through Apr. 30

CONYERS, Ga. -- Rockdale County Public Schools is now registering children for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.

Registration will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Tuesday, Apr. 30. Parents can sign their children up for kindergarten at the Support Services Building at 1143 West Avenue in Conyers.

To be eligible for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2013.

Parents must bring several documents to kindergarten registration, including the child's birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization and eye/ear/dental records; a proof of residence (property tax receipts or lease agreements will fulfill this requirement); and the parent's photo ID.

Visit rockdale.k12.ga.us for more information about kindergarten registration.

Be the Change 5K to benefit pregnancy center

Be the Change 5K to benefit pregnancy center

CONYERS, Ga. -- Run a 5K this weekend to benefit a good cause in Rockdale County.

The Be the Change 5K raises money for the Refuge Pregnancy Center in Conyers.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Olde Town Conyers Welcome Center on Railroad Street.

Registration is $25 through Dec. 4 and $30 after. Finishers will receive a T-shirt and plenty of refreshments at the finish line.

For more information or to register for the Be the Change 5K, visit active.com or btcfit.com.

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?

CONYERS, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Rockdale County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 24.

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
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County

$30 = 3 Pre or Post Natal Pilates Classes at CORE Atlanta ($75 value)

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