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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.

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.

Conference to address 21st century parenting challenges

Conference to address 21st century parenting challenges

ATLANTA -- Fulton County parents can take advantage of a Saturday, Nov. 9 conference designed to connect them with information and resources required for successful parenting in the 21st century.

The conference, entitled "Connecting 21st Century Parents to Information and Resources," begins with registration at 8 a.m. in the Georgia International Convention Center located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse. Conference sessions facilitated by the Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.  

Fulton County, community partners to host a 'Family and Teacher Resource Fair'

Fulton County, community partners to host a 'Family and Teacher Resource Fair'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Children and Youth, Metro Lanes and Games and MEG (Music Education Group), will host a “Family & Teacher Resource Fair,” Saturday, August 17, 2013.

The day is dedicated to offering community resources to parents and fun for youth between six and 18-years old. The Family & Teacher Resource Fair will include the participation of members of the Fulton County Youth Commission, an initiative promoted by Fulton County Commissioner Joan P. Garner and the Board of Commissioners.

Resource Fair registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the event beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until 2:00 p.m. Metro Lanes and Games is located at 1959 Metropolitan Parkway.

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Now casting for autism public service announcements

Now casting for autism public service announcements

ATLANTA -- Comedian Griff (BET’s Comic View, The Toni and Griff Show, Motivational Speaker) and Shannon Nash(Entertainment Attorney, Autism Advocate, Producer of Autism Documentary – Colored My Mind, Winner Best Film at the 2012 Bronze Lens Festival) are casting for PSAs on Autism in Atlanta.