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@eastsider99: Are you sure that the board office chose the kids? I am on the Family Engagement Committee at my children's school and we were a part of the process of deciding which children from our school were going shopping. We took into account financial need, school performance, attendance, and behavior. We made sure that the most deserving were chosen. And those kids we chose were on the bus that Saturday. Or maybe central office just took our recommendation and went with it...either way, the kids we chose from our school and on that bus deserved it!

posted @ Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 14:04

We too had very good results from Tamiflu. My son had the flu last year and was put on Tamiflu. The rest of us were on it too. He recovered within three days and none of us got sick. Without insurance, it would have been very, very expensive. Thankfully, we have insurance.

posted @ Friday, October 26, 2012 - 08:46

Parapros (ones in the classroom not the media center ones) are very important in the way classrooms operate. They are underpaid and under-appreciated. When there is a problem child, the parapro usually handles that child as the teacher continues to teach the rest. When a homeroom teacher is absent, the parapros keep the children in line and on task for substitute and sometimes (from my children's classroom experience) continue to teach. Again from my own children's experience, the parapro takes care of the sick children when there is not a school nurse on duty.

These parapros who work in my children's school are very hard working people who deserve more than dismissive attitude about their responsibilities. I am a frequent volunteer at my children's school and I have yet to see any of the district administrators work with children or even visit the school. If they are in meetings talking about children than actually spend time with them, they need to go!

posted @ Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 22:57

My husband lived downtown while we were in college and currently works there too. I lived in Steeplechase (across the proposed development) in college. When we both lived downtown, not having a Wal Mart or grocery store close didn't matter to us. We just got into our cars and went to the store when we needed and didn't complain that it was inconvenient because that's what you get when you live downtown. All that mattered to me was it was walking distance to campus so I didn't have to deal with UGA parking for classes and games.

Our biggest concern about this development is the traffic! That particular area of downtown is terrible on a regular day. I remember when Armstrong & Dobbs was opened and how bad the traffic was waiting for a flat bed truck to turn into and out of that facility. How will Selig address that? Will they widen the road to make it a five lane road with a turn lanes? Probably not considering UGA property is directly across the street. Wal Mart, Publix, Kroger, Whole Foods - it doesn't matter unless Selig figues out a traffic solution for that area.

We're not "hippie liberals" by any sense, but we are practical citizens who are all about opportunity for our community but we are against aggravating an already bad problem.

posted @ Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 00:52

My children have asthma. A simple cold (even with a controller medicine and rescue inhalers) take a toll on them. We don't want to take chances. Yes, we are somewhat worried of side effects but the odds of them being hospitalized and maybe worse are greater. Vaccinations are not for everyone and one has to do their homework on what will be best for themselves and family.

posted @ Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 23:03

I voted for this measure for the health factor alone. Children should not be exposed to leaking ceilings, bathrooms that have major plumbing problems, HVAC irregularities, and carpet that is hiding some questionable things. This is our experience at my children's school and they go one of those schools that is not even considered the worst.

posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 22:25

Children don't need the distraction of their school building falling apart, they need to concentrate on their lessons. I went to a Clarke County school in the 90's that needed repairs. It was distracting to sit in a classroom where trash cans caught rain coming from the ceilings and freezing or sweating because the the proper air temperatures were not pumping through. That school has been rebuilt through ESPLOST. Now my children go to a CCSD school that is on the list for major repairs. The school needs new plumbing and possibly a new HVAC. And my children's school is not even considered the worst of the bunch. Spend one day at one of these schools on the list and you will see that repair is much needed. This is good for the children and the community.

posted @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 13:37

Whit Davis Elementary on the eastside is having their Fall Festival on Saturday 10 am - 2 pm. Something for everyone in the family!

posted @ Friday, October 14, 2011 - 08:09

[quote][b]mzunderstood[/b] - @swhitney: If a child is pre-k to kindergarten age a parent or other authorized person of age must be present at the stop in order for the child to be let off the bus. Even if the child is riding the bus with an older sibling someone must still be available or the smaller child will be taken back to the school.

They also include kindergarten students too. My boys' school definately makes it clear that they must be met by an adult.

Glad that a responsible adult called on behalf of those children.

posted @ Friday, October 7, 2011 - 08:44

I was on Gaines School Road and passed the scene. There were about five police cars around but no ambulance. The officer was lying on his stomach but talking to another officer. It wasn't until a few minutes later when I arrived at Publix that I heard ambulance sirens. It didn't seem like a chaotic scene except for the fact that there were five police cars with lights in this one little area. It looked like a SUV may have struck the officer as they were both turning into the McDonalds. Hoping the best for him.

posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 15:20

My boys will be going to Whit Davis next school year. My husband and I were delighted to hear that they are requiring them to wear uniforms. It's cost effective for our family. I can see that it can definately help in the clothing negotiation process that does happen with other children (my boys don't care what they wear).

I went to a private school where we had to wear uniforms - never once was I ever preoccupied with the whole "I don't have those jeans that she is wearing" because we were not allowed to wear them. I was more focused on doing my work instead of what I was going to wear the next day.

If my boys want to wear their Spider Man or Batman shirts and jeans they have ample time to wear it after school and weekends. I always had "school clothes" and "after-school/play clothes" and my children will have the same.

posted @ Friday, May 6, 2011 - 14:28

Great to hear that Officer Howard is now home! Hoping for a quick recovery. Officer Howard, thank you for your service in our community.

I once worked with one of Officer Howard's brother. When my husband and I asked if there was a fund we can contribute to his brother, he said that Officer Howard wanted people to donate to Officer Christian's fund because that was the greatest need. Another example of what a true hero is...

posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 11:39

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