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Parents urged to provide homework support

Parents urged to provide homework support

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As the school year moves into high gear, the Fulton County Office of Children and Youth urges parents to help children to transition successfully into their new school year by playing an active role in their children’s education.  The U.S. Department of Education reports that homework helps children to gain an edge by providing extra time for research, development of study skills and time management skills.

“Homework helps children to remember and master material that has already been presented in the classroom and assists them with preparation for future classroom activities,” said Melinda Pruitt, Division Manager for the Office of Children and Youth. Homework allows children to achieve the following skills:

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

IHOP offering free Scary Face pancakes on Halloween

(WXIA) -- The arrival of autumn means different things to different people. For IHOP's youngest customers, it signifies something delicious: a Scary Face pancake.

Scary Face pancakes are available for the entire month of October and are free on Halloween.

"We're excited to bring back one of our most requested holiday promotions, the Scary Face pancake," IHOP vice president of marketing Natalia Franco said in a statement.

The restaurant chain's popular Halloween dish includes one buttermilk pancake, a mouth made from whipped topping, a glazed strawberry nose, mini Oreo cookies for eyes and eight pieces of candy corn to be used as teeth.

Adults don't have to be left out of the Halloween fun; IHOP's famous pumpkin pancakes will also return to the menu in October.

Find your nearest IHOP location at ihop.com.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Healthy School Lunches 101

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Healthy School Lunches 101

ATLANTA -- On Tuesday, July 30 the Strong4Life team met with several Mom-to-Mom Bloggers for a lunch-and-learn, and discuss ways to provide kids with a healthy lunch.

Wendy Palmer, a dietician at CHOA, showcased samples of lunches from local school cafeterias as well as examples of healthy bagged meals from home. Children invited helped identify healthy vs. non-healthy foods ... because there are a couple of items that might surprise you! 

For example drinking one can of regular soda every day for one year equals more than 70 cups of sugar, while one 20 ounce bottle of regular soda contains as much sugar as 18 cookies.

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy will open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year on Mar. 4.

The fully accredited virtual school will also host several information sessions across Georgia to give potential students and parents a taste of what it offers.

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"The good news is that we have 1,000 additional student slots, scattered across all grades, which will be open for the coming academic year," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "Nevertheless, due to the fact we have a waiting list as we open enrollment, we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Information sessions will take place:

Monday, Mar. 4
Douglasville Conference Center
6701 Church Street
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.