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Information, Performances, Fashion Show, Prizes Don’t miss the fun on March 19 at the Mall at Stonecrest Lower Level, Noon to 5 p.m.

Summer Camp by the Numbers

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2011 Summer Camp Expo Program Highlights March 19, 2011 - Noon to 5 p.m. Main Stage in front of Sears Lower Level, The Mall at Stonecrest

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5 p.m. Grand Prize Drawing. Expo Ends!

Visit at least 15 of these exhibitors* at the Mall at Stonecrest, get their numbers on her entry form and enter to win a or a Fabulous Gift Basket from the Mall at Stonecrest or a $500 CrossRoadsNews Scholarship to camp at the expo

5 Back 2 Basics Home School 5 Beulah Community Family Life Center 5 Big Thinkers Science Exploration 5 Camp Catalyst (Faith Deliverance Temple) 5 Camp F.I.E.R.C.E 5 Career Technology at DeKalb Schools 5 Cheer Tyme Allstars 5 Conservatory of Dance & Fine Arts 5 Cornerstone Leadership Academy 5 CrossRoadsNews

5 Dance on the Move 5 DeKalb County Public Library 5 Destined For Success Educational Services 5 Excellent Montessori School 5 Firm Foundation Early Learning Academy 5 Generation Next Sports Performance Facility 5 Greenforest–McCalep Christian Academic Center 5 Head of the Class Academy 5 Jennifer’s Dance Company, Inc.

5 KIDDS Dance Project, Inc. 5 McClendon School of Dance 5 Miles of Learning Christian Academy 5 Reading Phonics Math & More 5 The Magic of Mr. Me 5 Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts 5 West End Medical Centers, Inc. 5 Wings of Knowledge 5 YMCA Academies of South DeKalb

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ City ______________________ ZIP code _______________ Email Address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Home phone __________________________________________ Cell phone _____________________________________ *Eligible door prize entries must have exhibitors’ number on them. Full name, address and telephone number(s) required to win. AN entry entitles you to receive regular news updates and other information from CrossRoadsNews. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Employees and immediate family members of CrossRoadsNews and the Mall at Stonecrest are excluded from winning. Grand prize winner will receive a check made payable to the eligible exhibitor. Must be present to win.

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During the expo, parents can chat with camp operators and find out about specials for early bird registrations.

Dozens of camp operators are ready to talk with parents When the last bell rings May 20 on the 2011 school year, savvy parents will have already picked out a summer camp for their kids. But to be that prepared, they need to be at the CrossRoadsNews March 19 Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest. This year, almost 28 camp operators will be at the expo with information about their camps. The offerings include specialty and all-around camps. On the specialty list are academic and enrichment camps, dance camps, music camps and science camps. The noon-to-5 p.m. expo,which is in its is in its eighth year, takes place on the Lithonia mall’s Lower Level. During the expo, parents can chat with camp operators and find out about specials for early bird registrations. Some operators are even offering discounts on weekly camp fees for families that sign up duringthe expo. Parents will have their pick of camps that start their day with devotionals and Scriptures to those that will challenge their kids academically, artistically and physically. There are also camps to seduce the couch potatoes and activity-packed camps that will help kids burn calories and become more healthy. The specialty camp offerings include Big Thinkers Science Exploration, Dance on the Move, Destined for Success, Conservatory of Dance, CAMP F.I.E.R.C.E., Cheery Time Allstars and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Cewnter for the Arts. For kids who want to shed a few pounds, the Lithonia-based Generation Next Sports Performance Facility will help them ease the pounds off a fun way. Because many of

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Parents discuss summer camps with camp operators at CrossRoadsNews Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest last year. On March 19, 28 camp operators will be at the mall to showcase their dance, academic, science, cheer and enrichment camps.

these camps have a limited number of spaces, smart parents know they must make their decision early to get their kids into the camp of their choice. In between visiting with camp operators at the expo, families will find plenty of entertainment. A number of the dance school s

will perform, and there will be fitness demonstrations to inspire kids to get moving. At 2:30 p.m. rising child star Cymia Telleria perform. Expo goers who visit 15 exhibitors at the expo and get their numbers on the Expo Entry Form on Page B2 can enter for a draw-

ing for fabulous gift basket from the Mall at Stonecrest or a $500 CrossRoadsNews Scholarship to attend one of the camps exhibiting at the expo. The Mall at Stonecrest is at I-20 and Turner Hill Road in Lithonia. For more information, call 404-284-1888.

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“It teaches them about fashions and they gain confidence from being on stage. They have a good time.”

Regulars, newbies to strut Macy’s Kids Fashion Show runway

Doting grandparents, fussy aunties, proud papas, and everybody in between can come to the Macy’s Kids Fashion Show at the Mall at Stonecrest on March 19. The popular event is one of the high points of the annual CrossRoadsNews Summer Camp Expo that will be rolling into the mall from noon to 5 p.m. Along with visits to the 28 camp operators, expo goers can see precocious kids strut

their stuff on stage and peruse the latest summer and Easter fashions for kids. The fashion show starts at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage in front Macy’s on the mall’s lower level. The youngsters will model cute Easter outfits they can wear to church or to parties. They also will showcase the latest in summer fashions that make kids a standout at camp and on field trips.

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This year’s models include kids who have been on stage for every Summer Camp Expo Fashion Show since 2006. Regulars include twins Tahleebah and Askaree Martin of Decatur and Imani and Nai Goodridge of Lithonia. Kelli Ffrench Parker has modeled for every fashion show and in the process has transformed from a fourth-grader into a teenager. Sandra Martin says her kids look forward to the fashion show call every year. “They enjoy doing it,” she said. “They have a lot of fun.” Macy’s at Stonecrest has supported the show from the start. Each year it provides the outfits modeled by the children, and parents have the option of purchasing the clothes their kids modeled at the end of the show. Lanada Ballard, who is coordinating the fashion show for the second year, says she enjoys working with the kids and loves seeing how excited they get about the show. “It teaches them about fashions and they gain confidence from being on stage,” she said. “Those who are interested in modeling get to experience what it’s like. They have a good time.”

Together We Will Make a Difference

A free half-day Title I Annual Meeting Parental Involvement Conference Saturday, March 19, 2011 • 8am to 1pm Stone Mountain Middle School 4301 Sarr Parkway, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Light refreshments will be served at 8 a.m. The focus of the spring conference is Test-taking Strategies. A variety of workshops focusing on test-taking strategies in both Mathematics and Reading for all grade levels, Special Education, and Early Childhood will be offered. The general session will offer a panel discussion for parents. The theme for the panel discussion will be The Parents Role in Creating Successful Children. The parents in attendance will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions which pertain to their field of expertise. The panel will consist of a psychologist, a parent, a principal, an author, PTA President and other community leaders. There will be Gender-Based workshops for Middle and High School Students. Language translators will be available for some workshops.Childcare for school age children will be provided. We will also have exhibits featuring the DeKalb County School System, various community agencies, and educational companies. Door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the conference! For more information, call Jackie Marshall at 678-676-0376.

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Cymia appeared in 2006’s “Road House 2: Last Call,” “The Second Line” in 2007, and “Bolden,” slated to open this year.

Vivacious tween will bring big voice to mall’s Main Stage Cymia Telleria will perform at 2:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Mall at Stonecrest. Her first single, “Lucky Girl,” celebrates the inner star in all her peers.

When she was a tiny tot, rising child star Cymia Telleria and her sister loved to sing around their home. She sang background while her sister took the lead. Then one day, 4-year-old Cymia let loose, and her mom, Serena, knew instantly she had a star on her hand. “My mom was like, ‘Do that again. OK, we have to get you in the studio,’ ” Cymia said. On March 19, Cymia, now 12, will bring her big voice to the Mall at Stonecrest for the CrossRoadsNews 2011 Summer Camp Expo. She will be on the Main Stage in front of Macy’s on the mall’s lower level at 2:30 p.m. Now squarely a triple threat, Cymia sings, acts and dances. Her first movie role came when she was just 6 years old. She appeared in 2006’s “Road House 2: Last Call.” “I met a lot of celebrities,” she said. “It was so much fun. I loved it.” Since then, Cymia, who hails from New Orleans, has appeared in “The Second Line” in 2007 and “Bolden,” which is slated to open this year. These days she lives in Atlanta and has appeared in Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Cymia, which means “beautiful seashell” in Portuguese, is a vivacious, energetic performer. She loves pink, sparkly and pouf and says acting helps her explore other characters while singing lets her be herself. Cymia is signed with Cash Money Records and is label mates with the likes of rap superstars Drake, Nicki Minaj, Bow Wow and Lil’ Wayne. She met the label’s CEO, Ronald Williams, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Williams, known as “Uncle Slim” to Cymia, signed her to a record deal. The tween has many projects in the works. She is working on her debut album, which features “pop and positive” music that “a lot of people can dance to.” Her first single, “Lucky Girl,” celebrates the inner star in all her peers. “It’s about all the lucky girls all around the world and what they go through,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what you go through. You’re just a lucky girl.” She also has a line of brightly decorated sneakers called “glitter kicks.” Cymia, who is home schooled, is an author as well. “I Can’t Be Bullied” is a book inspired by her own experience with bullying. She also is working on a second book, “Cymia’s World.” In Atlanta, she has performed at Underground Atlanta and at a number of Boys & Girls Clubs and elementary schools. The Summer Camp Expo takes place noon to 5 p.m. The Mall at Stonecrest is at I-20 and Turner Hill Road in Lithonia. For more information on Cymia, visit her Web site, www.cymiasworld.com.

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“We wanted to create a camp where it will be fun but kids will still learn,” said Justina Jenkins of Back2Basics.

Sessions mix academics, fun

Children attending Big Thinkers Science Exploration summer camp get hands-on experience, including building gadgets and gizmos.

When school lets out for the summer on May 20, East Metro Atlanta kids will have their pick of summer enrichment camps to help prevent summer brain rot and give them a head start in the fall when the 2011-2012 school year kicks off on Aug. 8. During the CrossRoadsNews March 19 Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest, parents can check out eight camps that will be fun for kids and keep them focused on the three R’s – reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic. The camps offer tutoring in all school subjects and sessions for the SAT, ACT, CRCT and the High School Graduation Test. Kids will be fed and they also will get some fun time with field trips and recreational activities. The camps’ weekly fees range from $65 to $200.

Campers can get a jump on the next level of school work while having fun this summer. Some programs offer help with test-taking as well.

Back2Basics Students who need extra help in math, science and English can attend the Back2Basics summer camp. The Decatur-based academic program is hosting its first summer camp, which runs May 23 to July 1. The sixweek camp will tutor kids in math, science, and written and verbal language. Kids also will learn about money management and entrepreneurship and participate in community service. The 8 a.m.-to-6 p.m. camp also will feature field trips to the World of Coca-Cola, Stone Mountain Park and more. Back2Basics owner Justina Jenkins said she started the summer camp because she saw that camps in the area focus more on fun activities.

“We wanted to create a camp where it will be fun but kids will still learn,” she said. The camp will take in 75 kids, grades pre-K to ninth grade. Parents can pre-register by April 15 and get a $25 discount from the $75 registration fee. The weekly fee for the camp is $90. Back2Basics camp is located at 3692 Flat Shoals Road in Decatur. For more information, call 770-593-4549.

Destined for Success For 11 weeks this summer, students 5 to 13 years old can hone their CRCT test-taking skills and ace that test next school year. Destined for Success Summer Camp focuses on CRCT preparation, reading and math enrichment, character education, and

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Big Thinkers Science Exploration Rising kindergartners through fifth-graders who love science and like to build gadgets can sign up for the Big Thinkers Science Exploration summer camp. The eight-week camp that runs June 6 to July 29 features three different themes: Gadgets and Gizmos, Discover and Explore, and Rockets and Sprockets. Jason Raines, creative director at Big Thinkers, said the camp offers students hands-on experience. “It’s a way to get kids excited about science,” he said. Each camp runs for one week and costs $199 per week. Parents who register before March 30 will pay $179 per week. The 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. camps will be held in Buckhead, Decatur, Hapeville, Lawrenceville, Morrow and Roswell. The Decatur camps, which run July 11 to July 29, will be held at the Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. For more information, visit www.Big-Thinkers.com or call 678-392-1500. etiquette classes. It takes place May 23 to Aug. 5, and registration is open through May 14. But it’s not all work. Kids also will get in some fun time with basketball games, tennis, soccer, golf and more.

The camp is $75 a week. There are three opportunities to register – on April 16 and May 14 at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, 3430 Bouldercrest Road in Conley, and on April 30 at Rainbow Park Baptist Church, 2941 Columbia

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“Once we find out what those gaps are, we develop a program to fill in the gaps,” said Jill Jones of Reading Phonics Math & More.

Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academy Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academic Center’s 22nd annual Summer Enrichment Program kicks off May 31 for rising kindergartners through eighth grade. The nine-week camp, which has space for up to 300 campers, takes place May 31 to July 29. Classes include math, reading, language arts, African-American studies, and Junior Achievement. Registration is $185, which includes the first week’s payment and a camp T-shirt. The camp’s weekly fee is $85. Camp director Robert Jackson said there also will be arts and crafts, outside play – softball, soccer, and basketball – field trips, recreational swimming, and swimming lessons. “The camp is a place where the neighborhood kids can have fun and learn,” Jackson said. Sessions are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academic Center is at 3250 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. For more information, visit www.greenforest.org or call 404-486-6737.

Creative and recreational activities in addition to academics keep children engaged and focused during the long, hot summer.

Drive in Decatur. Parents who register their kids by April 16 pay only $35. After that the rate goes to $45. For more information, visit www.destined forsuccess.org.

Excellent Montessori Excellent Montessori, a private academic school in Lilburn, is in its 10th year hosting its summer camp that offers tutoring in all subjects and lots of fun field trips. The summer camp kicks off June 1 and operates two sessions through July 22. Enchante Sanders, the school’s founder, said the camp has many activities for kids to participate in. “The kids go fishing, camping, horseback riding, and they visit different museums,” she said. Sanders said the camp, held 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, is divided in two sessions and that campers can attend one or both. The first session will be June 1 to June 24. The second session takes place June 27 to July 22. Both sessions have room for 60 students. The weekly cost is $65. Excellent Montessori is at 4515 Stone Mountain Highway. For more information, visit www .excellentmontessori.com or call 770-738-8938.

camp will keep kids ahead of their academics. “We have certified teachers who will teach the kids the curriculum for their next grade level,” she said. The camp, which will take in 107 students, will run from May 23 to Aug. 5. Registration fee is $30 and the camp fee is $110. Miles of Learning is at 1125 S. Hairston Road in Stone Mountain. For more information, visit www.milesoflearningchristianacademy.com or call 678-472-4033 or 678-472-5017.

Miles of Learning Students who want to get a jump start on their next grade level curriculum can register for Reading Phonics Math & More the Miles of Learning Christian Academy SumStudents who want to hone their testmer Enrichment Camp.Enroll in Career and Technical taking skills for the SAT, ACT, CRCT and Education The 6 a.m.-to-6 p.m. camp features academic High School Graduation Test can tap into Pathways in DeKalb County School System classes, fitness, cultural arts activities and field the Reading Phonics Math & More program trips. Jana Miles, director of the camp, said the this summer.

Got Skills? Enroll in Career and Technical Education Pathways in DeKalb County School System Mission: Preparing students for college and careers by providing interest-based programs that meet industry standards. Purpose: Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and pathways allows students to receive industry credentials such as A+, AutoCAD, Micsoft Office Specialist, Serv Safe, Certified Nursing Assistant, Automotive Service Excellence, etc. Opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school is available to students throught Career and Technical Education pathways.

Dr. Delmas L. Watkins Director of Career and Technical Education DeKalb County School System

GreenforestMcCalep’s program offers classes in math, reading, language arts, African-American studies, and Junior Achievement.

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The year-round program offers tutoring sessions in reading, math, comprehension, spelling, and Spanish for all grades. Jill Jones, the program’s president and CEO, says the program also helps students overcome low self-esteem, frustration, and failure by building solid basic skills. Before she begins working with kids, Jones says they are given an academic assessment to isolate academic gaps. “Once we find out what those gaps are, we develop a program to fill in the gaps,” she said. The program is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program accommodates 60 to 70 kids. Reading Phonics Math & More is at 737 Main St. in Stone Mountain. For more information, visit www.rpmandmore.com or

call 770-413-6868.

Wings of Knowledge Kids from first through 12th grade who need a little help to sharpen their academic skills can register for the Wings of Knowledge summer camp. The camp, which is in its 14th year, offers tutoring in essay writing, math for middle and high schoolers, reading comprehension, the High School Graduation Test – science test, SAT and ACT prep. Wings of Knowledge founder Trina Jones says the camp’s goal is to give kids the edge for the upcoming school year. “We want the students to get A’s when they go back to school,” she said. The camp has two three-week morning sessions – June 6-23 and June 27-July 19. Morning classes from 9:30 a.m. to noon take place Monday to Thursday. The camp also has an eight-week evening session from June 8 to July 29. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Individual tutoring takes place evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parents can pre-register by April 30 and get a $50 discount off the $99 registration fee. Camp fees are $13 to $17 per hour. Students who register during the March 19 CrossRoadsNews Summer Camp Expo will get a discount of $10 per hour. Wings of Knowledge is at 5036 Snapfinger Woods Drive, Suite 208 in Decatur. For more information, call 770-808-6501.

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During the March 19 Summer Camp Expo, parents can check out a number of campus that will be open to dances of all skill levels.

Dance camps offers kids lots of chances to get their groove on Kids who want to dance and perform can explore a range of moves and styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop and traditional African dance at their pick of dance and cheerleading camps this summer. During the CrossRoadsNews March 19 Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest, parents can check out a number of camps that will be open to dancers of all skill levels. The camps weekly fees range from $65 to $200 weekly.

Cheer Tyme All-Stars Boys and girls ages five through 16 can get their cheer and tumbling on at the Cheer Tyme All-Star summer camp. Kids can stay active at the 11-week camp, which runs May 23 to Aug. 5. The camp offers classes in cheerleading, tumbling and stunting. It also features basketball and swimming, with some academic time included. Free breakfast and lunch are available for campers. Registration is $40, which includes a Students from the Conservatory of Dance i demonstrates some of the moves they learn at the Lithonia dance school. The camp t-shirt. The camp’s weekly fee is $70. Conservatory will be among specialty dance camps at the CrossRoadsNews March 19 Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest. The 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. camp will be held at Rockdale Gymnastic, 11774 Old Kids will be fed breakfast, lunch and is at 2520 Park Central Boulevard in ing, drama classes, field trips and academic Covington Road in Conyers. snacks. Weekly fees are $75. For more inforenrichment classes. Decatur. For more information, call 770For more information, call 404-520The 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. camp cost $65 per mation, call 593-4600. 3425. Jennifer’s Dance Company is at 2618-E week. Camp F.I.E.R.C.E. is at 3226 Flat Shoals Max Cleland Boulevard in Lithonia. For Road in Decatur. Camp F.I.E.R.C.E. Conservatory of Dance & Fine Arts For more information, call 678-278- more information, call 404-294-1600. Kids can spend their summer learnKids can learn many dance genres from ing some of the hottest dances at Camp 8403. ballet to hip hop at the Conservatory of Tupac Amaru Shakur Center F.I.E.R.C.E. summer camp. Dance and Fine Arts summer camp. Jennifer’s Dance Company Kids can take classes in ballroom, ballet, Campers will be exposed to various The dance camp offers classes in ballet, Kid can learn dancing and boxing at jazz and hip-hop dance at the Tupac genres of dance including jazz, hip-hop tap, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, modern, lyrical. Jennifer’s Dance Company Summer Fitness Amaru Shakur Canter for the Arts and and modern. boys hip -hop and boys tap. Peace Garden. The seven-week camp that runs from camp. Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts The center also have workshops and The camp features a dance program and June 6 to July 29 also includes cheerleadboxing program. In the dance program kids classes in gardening, acting, visual arts and will learn ballet, jazz, hip-hop and African creative writing. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dance. The boxing section features boxing skills on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. Tupac Amaru and drills, fitness workouts, anger manage- Shakur Canter is at 5616 Memorial Drive in ment and behavioral de-escalation. The Stone Mountain. For more information, visit www.tasf.org. camp also includes tumbling, swimming, or call 404-298-4222. field trips and more.

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As a special treat, New York-based jazz violinist and recording artist Gwen Laster has been invited to do workshops with the campers.

Musicians, dancers can hone skills at Still Waters Sinfo-Nia

Dancers will be exposed to ballet, modern, jazz, tap, pointe, African and hip-hop routines at the Still Waters Youth SinfoNiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd annual Summer Music Academy.

Campers will get two weeks of intense one-on-one and group coaching on strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments.

Young musicians can tap into their creative side this summer at the Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Niaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd annual Summer Music Academy. The June 13-24 academy offers string musicians and dancers the opportunity to totally immerse themselves into the music and hone their skills. The academy is open to musicians and dancers of every skill level, ages 7 to 18 years. Orchestra director David Robinson said campers will get to hone their skills and build on their talents. Campers will get two weeks of intense one-on-one and group coaching on strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments. Dancers will be exposed to ballet, modern, jazz, tap, pointe, African and hip-hop routines. The camp can accommodate up to 60 kids. Over its 22 years, Robinson said almost 1,500 students have attended the camp. This year, campers are in for a special treat. Rob-

inson said that New York-based jazz violinist and recording artist Gwen Laster has been invited to do jazz workshops with the campers. A hot lunch will be served daily and a trip to a national music conference in Philadelphia will take place shortly after the camp. Campers also will show off what their learned at an end-of-camp concert for their parents and supporters. Tuition is $350 for one child. Sibling discounts are available for families with multiple children in the academy. Parents who register by May 31 and pay the full tuition will get a discount of $50. Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia Orchestra is the only African-American youth orchestra in the Georgia. It meets at First Congregational Church located at 125 Ellis St. in Atlanta. For more information, e-mail still waters690@yahoo.com or call 404-328-0840.

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This year, parents can speak with 28 camp operators at the CrossRoadsNews expo at the Mall at Stonecrest.

Do your homework before picking program for your child Summer is a great time for kids to explore the world around them and discover new things. Because most parents work weekdays when school is out, they have to rely on structured programs to amuse, entertain and teach their kids. This year, they can speak with 28 camp operators at the 2011 CrossRoadsNews Summer Camp Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest. Here are some tips to help you with that conversation.

Talk with your child Maybe there’s something – drama, sports, dance, science, etc. – that your child has been yearning to try. Camp is a great place to take on new challenges. Most programs combine academic and indoor/outdoor activities; find one that suits both of you. Because the summer break is 11 weeks long, if you can’t find everything you want for your child in one camp, you may consider sending your child to more than one camp. For example, if your children want to dance and do sports, you might split time between a dance camp and a YMCA camp. Find out what’s available There are traditional camps that offer a variety of events and there are specialty camps that focus on a single activity or area of interest. Traditional summer camps are a great idea for children who are flexible but love fun. Campers get to explore a variety of events that will broaden their minds. Specialty camps are a great choice for children who are interested in specific skills and activities, such as dance, music, basketball, golf or mathematics. At specialty camps, children get to focus on a particular activity and learn all they can about it.

Know what fees apply There are usually registration fees and supplemental fees for field trips, camp T-shirts, food and extended services. It’s important to find out what’s included in camp fees so there are no surprises later. Once you have chosen a camp, make an appointment to meet the camp director and arrange for a tour. If the staff seems hesitant to talk to you, this is often a sign that the camp is not very organized and perhaps you should move on to your next choice. When you meet with the director, have a list of questions you need answered in order to properly evaluate the camp. Pin down additional costs for field trips or other activities. Will you be expected to provide meals, snacks or supplies for your child? Find out if they offer any needbased scholarships and what is the refund policy if your child gets sick or has an emergency and is no longer able to attend.

ties in which your children will be involved. You also will get a feel for the people who will be spending the summer with your kids and the environment in which they will spend their time.

Learn counselor policies Some camps may use teen counselors who may be unaccustomed to dealing with large groups. Make sure the counselor/ child ratio suits your child’s needs. The American Camping Association recommends a 1-to-6 staff to children ratio. What is the return rate for the counselors and campers? How old are the counselors? What sort of experience and education are required? What is the process for screening when hiring staff? Do they do background checks to screen out child predators? Is the staff certified in CPR and first aid?

Overnight camps When kids go away to 4-H, Girl Scouts, YMCA and other overnight Ask about safety camps, it offers the opportunity Make sure the camp you choose to expand their horizons beyond has staff trained in safety procetheir neighborhood or school and dures, supervision, conflict resolets parents and children practice lution and other issues that may “letting go.” be specific to working with young Decisions about camp should children. Find out what procedures be a joint venture, depending on the camp follows in case of an In metro Atlanta, the temperature soars in the summers. If kids are spending a lot of time outdoors, find out how the camp will your child’s maturity. If a child feels emergency. keep them hydrated and cool. his opinions are being respected, Find out the camp’s procedures the chances of having a positive for tracking kids during field trips and how it deals with roadside emergencies diabetes or asthma, make sure that there is experience will improve. trained staff on-site and emergency procewhen the kids go on field trips. Talk about concerns For children with medical issues, such as dures in place at all times. As the first day of camp approaches, some In Atlanta, the temperature soars in the summers. If kids are spending a lot of time children experience uneasiness about going outdoors, find out how the camp will keep to a new or unfamiliar place. Discuss these feelings. them hydrated and cool. Let your child know that you believe in Talk with the camp staff about your child’s medical needs and what medical his or her ability to deal with new situations facility your child would be transported to but maintain realistic expectations. Encourshould the need arise. Finally, learn what the age your child to write letters home and be discipline procedure is and decide if you’re sure you know how to reach them in case of emergencies. comfortable with that approach. Encourage children to have a reasonable and realistic view of camp. Camp, like the Go to open houses Some camps have open houses to intro- rest of life, has highs and lows. Every moment duce parents and children to their programs. is not filled with wonder and excitement. But remember, if you make the right This is a great way for you to meet camp counselors and/or teachers ahead of time choice, fond memories of your child’s camp and learn about the program and activi- experience can last a lifetime.

C L A P Summer Camp

Cornerstone Leadership Academy Programs

Registration $50 Weekly Rate $85 2nd child 15% discount

May 31st – July 22nd Monday-Friday • 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. • • • • •

Experience the language and culture of China, Italy, Chile, and Mali Big Miller Grove Baptist Church Participate in a creative writing program 3800 Big Miller Grove Way Enjoy two field trips each week Lithonia, GA 30038 Be part of our Spanish Immersion program (770) 987-4400 • www.clapsummer.org Eat fresh natural and organic foods served daily

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The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

Roshon Fegan, who plays Ty Blue on the hit Disney Channel original series “Shake It Up,” will perform at the Mall at Stonecrest on April 2.

The six-day program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in business, engineering, art, computers, science and other disciplines. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Summer camp for deaf seeking applicants

Disney star to visit Stonecrest Disney star Roshon Fegan will sing, rap, dance and sign autographs at the Mall at Stonecrest on April 2. Roshon, who plays Ty Blue on the hit Disney Channel original series “Shake It Up,” is also known for his role as Sander Loyer in “Camp Rock.” As Ty Blue, he plays the talented and

popular older brother of Rocky Blue. “Shake It Up” follows the adventures of CeCe Jones and Rocky, background dancers on “Shake It Up Chicago.” It also chronicles their misadventures on- and off-set and their troubles and rising social status at school. For more information, visit www.mall atstonecrest.com.

Give Your Child an Awesome Educational Experience ! Dates: May 23 – July 1 Time: 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

• Academic Enrichment • Educational Learning Experiences • Theme-Related Field Trips

Preregister by April 15, 2011 to Get $25 Off the First Week

Fees: Registration .....$25.00 Weekly ...............$90.00 * Includes Breakfast and Hot Lunch * Does Not Include Activity Fees

Ages K -9th Grade

Academic Enrichment

Test Taking & Study Skills Money Management Entrepreneurship Community Service & More

Summer Internships World of Coca Cola Stone Mountain Park Federal Reserve

Petting Zoo Bowling Swimming Skating

770-593-4549 Activities Cooking • Arts & Crafts WII Fit/Nintendo Games • Movies/T.V. Come to Life (Who Wants to be a Star?) Computer Activities/Web Design/Power Point

Deaf and hard-of-hearing collegebound high school sophomores and juniors have until April 30 to apply for the Explore Your Future program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The six-day summer career exploration program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in engineering, art, business, computers, science and more. Participants can pick one of two EYF

sessions, July 16-21 or July 23-28. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Today, 1,521 students attend NTID; more than 1,300 of them are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students can apply at www.rit.edu /NTID/EYFNR. For more information, email EYFinfo@rit.edu or call 585-475-6700.

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Fun Summer Fitness Camp 2011 • Field trips every Friday • Baseball • Kickball • Dance / Boxing • Computer lab • Voice • Tumbling • Cheer Motions • Football • Karate • Swimming • Fitness training • and more!!! • Arts and crafts • Basketball "Where Champions and Stars are Born"

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June 13-24 (two weeks): 8:30 am to 5:00 pm @ First Congregational Church 125 Ellis St. • Atlanta, GA 30303

Breakfast • Lunch Snack Provided 6:30am- 6:30pm

Instruments:• Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass • Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, and Saxophone • Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Euphonium, and Tuba • Percussion: Snare, Bass, Mallets, Auxiliary, Trap Set, Timpani, African, etc. • Repertoire: Classical, Jazz, Negro Spirituals, Gospel, Reggae, Calypso, Country, Ragtime, Motion Picture Themes, Top-40: Rock, R&b, Hip-hop, Classic Oldies, etc. • Dance: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, African, And Hip-hop (advanced level – by audition) Our Camp will end with a concert on Friday, June 24th. A national music conference trip to Philadelphia, PA will take place shortly after the camp (not included). School-Year Session 2011-12 begins Saturday, August 13, 2011 (two days a week). The 2010-11 is currently in session and still accepting new students. A trip to South Africa is being planned in the future.

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David E. Robinson, III, Founder & Artistic Director • Alycia W. Robinson, Dance Director & Operations Manager

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Exhibitors: Back 2 Basics Home School Beulah Community Family Life Center Big Thinkers Science Exploration Camp Catalyst (Faith Deliverance Temple) Camp F.I.E.R.C.E Career Technology at DeKalb Schools Cheer Tyme Allstars Chick-fil-A (Inside the Mall of Stonecrest) Conservatory of Dance & Fine Arts Cornerstone Leadership Academy Dance on the Move DeKalb County Public Library Destined For Success Educational Services Excellent Montessori School Firm Foundation Early Learning Academy Generation Next Sports Performance Facility Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academic Center Head of the Class Academy Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance Company, Inc. KIDDS Dance Project, Inc. McClendon School of Dance Miles of Learning Christian Academy Reading Phonics Math & More The Magic of Mr. Me Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts West End Medical Centers, Inc. Wings of Knowledge YMCA Academies of South DeKalb


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