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School Notebook 5-19-11

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

Today

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School's Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will host a "King Karnival" on Thursday, May 19, from 4 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the school, at 5745 West Lee's Mill Road, in College Park. Call (770) 991-4651.

Friday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will hold a Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony and a fifth-grade awards ceremony on Friday, May 20, at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, at 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy., in Jonesboro. The promotion ceremony will be held from 5 p.m., to 6:30 p.m., and the fifth-grade awards ceremony will be held from 7 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. Call (770) 991-4651.

Clayton County Public Schools will observe the last day of school, for the 2010-2011 school year, on Friday, May 20.

Saturday

The Clayton County Library System will kick off its Summer Reading Program on Saturday, May 21, at all of its branch locations. Call (770) 473-3850. The themes for the program this year are "One World, Many Stories" (infants to age 11), "You Are Here" (ages 12-18), and "Novel Destinations" (adults, at the headquarters branch only). Youths who read at least 18 books, or read for a minimum of 9 hours, get to receive a free paperback book. Call (770) 210-5238, for information on the youth programs, and (770) 473-3850, ext. 237, for information about the adult program.

The Clayton County Friends of the Library group will hold a used-book sale on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System's Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-3850.

Monday

The Clayton County Library System's Jonesboro Branch will hold an international crafts event for area children on Monday, May 23, from 7 p.m., to 7:45 p.m., at the library, located at 124 Smith Street, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 478-7120.

Tuesday

The Clayton County Library System's Riverdale Branch will hold its "Clayton Scratch Art Program for All Ages" event on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 p.m., to 6:15 p.m., at the library, located at 420 Valley Hill Road, in Riverdale. Call (770) 472-8100.

The Clayton County Library System's Morrow Branch will hold a special presentation by Thurgood Marshall Elementary School educaor Assane Ben Sarr, a native of Senegal, as part of the library system's "One World, Many Stories" Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, May 24, from 7 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the library, at 6225 Maddox Road, in Morrow. Call (404) 366-7749.

Wednesday

The Clayton County Library System's Headquarters Branch will host its weekly "Imagi-Nature Storytime" on Wednesday, May 25, from 7 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the library, at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-3850.

May 31

The Clayton County Board of Education will hold its May work session on Tuesday, May 31, at 6 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Central Administration Complex, at 1058 Fifth Ave., in Jonesboro.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has announced it is extending its application deadline for Kids Outdoors Scholarships, to May 31. The scholarships will allow Clayton County students, currently enrolled in the seventh- and eighth-grades, to take a three-day trip, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, to Jekyll Island, from July 18, to July 20. During the trip, youths will visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Summer Waves Water Park, and take classes offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia 4-H program. Students must submit essays, along with their applications, that explain why they would want to participate in the Kids Outdoors Program. Applications can be found on www.kidsoutdoorsga.org, and people can call (770) 603-4005, for more information.

The White House Academy, Inc., located at 191 South Main Street, in Jonesboro, has announced it will hold a summer camp for area youths from May 23, through June 30. Each week, the camp will be held Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., and participating youngsters can enjoy activities that focus on science, computer programming, business and career development, culinary arts, music and entertainment, fashion and design, health and fitness, and juvenile law. The participants will also play sports and take field trips. The academy will also host academic support programs for children in the third- through tenth-grades. The summer camp and academic support programs are free, and open to students who attend low-achieving Title I schools in Clayton County, and who qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Free and Reduced Lunch program. E-mail thewhitehouseacademy@yahoo.com, or call (404)735-8939.

Clayton County Public Schools has announced it will offer free breakfasts and lunches, for children between the ages of 4 and 18, Monday through Friday, from June 6, to July 1, at Lake Ridge Elementary School, located at 7900 Lake Ridge Circle, in Riverdale. Meals will be offered to people over the age of 18, at a cost of $1.50 for breakfast, and $2.50 for lunch. The meals are being offered as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Seamless Summer Meals" program. The school system announced it will release specific hours for when breakfast and lunch will be served later this month. Call (678) 479-0171, for more information.

The Clayton County Public Library System offers many services to students, including tutoring programs for those who speak either English, or Spanish, and online practice tests and electronic test-preparation books for the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and TOEFFL exams. Visit the Clayton County Library web site, at www.claytonpl.org.

The Everett Music School is offering a Music After School Program for local children, at its new location at the Emmanuel Baptist Church Campus, at 230 Ga. Hwy. 138, Bldg. B, in Riverdale. Youths receive homework assistance, Criterion-Reference Competency Test (CRCT) preparation, math and reading enrichment, and lessons in piano, drums, singing and music theory. Transportation is also available. The cost of the camp is $65 per week. For more information, go online to www.eMusicSchool.org, or call (404) 969-KEYZ.

School Notebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Curt Yeomans. He can be reached via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.