One of McDonough’s favorite charity initiatives is coming back in full-force on June 1, bringing cereal to children in need of a meal while they aren’t in school. The #cerealboxchallenge is back!

So what is this #cerealboxchallenge? About five years ago, Southern Charm owner Yasna Grainger asked friends and family to donate boxes of cereal to help kids in crisis situations.

“The intention was a personal one, basically to honor my late father, since his birthday and father’s day fell in June,” Grainger said.

So they collected more than 50 boxes and donated them to A Friend’s House, Inc.

A Friend’s House is a “home for children in crisis,” and it provides a refuge for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

“Since then, our mission has grown tremendously, and we have been able to donate boxes of cereal to all of the local food pantries in our area—and that’s the great part,” Grainger said.

“The bad part, is that there are more than 1,000 kids in Henry County who are considered homeless, and in the summertime, when school is out, some of these kids don’t get meals,” she said. “Our goal is to stock up the food pantries, so parents can seek a meal.”

According to Grainger, the testimonials from the food pantries have been heart-wrenching, and basically, a box of cereal helps a family eat at least ten meals—while living in a car.

In 2016, Brandie Corbin Craig, New Homes Consultant for Lennar Atlanta and President of the McDonough Junior Women’s Club, and Kim Mitchell with Team Perseverance joined forces with Grainger to join the #cerealboxchallenge team, in addition to their many other philanthropic efforts they were already doing for the McDonough community.

Grainger, Craig, and Mitchell

Last year, Grainger, the McDonough Junior Women’s Club, and Team Perseverance collected 3,048 boxes—and they are hoping to DOUBLE that amount this year.

Drop off locations this year include the following:

“We challenge all of you to start your own #cerealboxchallenge, take lots of pics, report your number of boxes collected to us to add to our total number, and then take them to your local food pantries,” Grainger said. “We would love to see the challenge popping up in all counties.”

What do you say, McDonough, are you up for the challenge?

It’s that time of year again, for the 40th annual Geranium Festival! The festival is hosted by the Lion’s Club, an organization that supports local and international charities through their services, and all proceeds from the festival goes toward their budget for the year.

“Almost all the funds we receive comes from this one day,” Lion’s Club member Rick Berry said.

All proceeds from the event go toward helping the 14 different local charities the Lion’s Club supports.

According to Berry, thousands of people come every year, but it’s difficult to count since it is a free event.

In fact, in 2015, an estimated 25,000 people were in attendance, and the festival had a similar turnout last year. We’re hoping to beat that number this year, especially since the event not only supports the Lion’s Club, but it’s great for the city of McDonough as well.

“Vendors and guests come and stay at the hotels and they spend their money at local business on the square,” Berry said.

“The city makes an estimated 2 million dollars in taxes during this event—so it’s really great for everyone involved.”

The Lion’s Club’s involvement goes back 39 years. The festival was originally founded by a group of ladies in McDonough and it was held in Alexander Park with about 17 vendors in the first year.

When the original ladies couldn’t be involved anymore, they went to the mayor—who was Billy Copeland at the time and the only surviving original charter member of the Lion’s Club. The ladies asked Copeland if the Lion’s Club could take it over. Copeland discussed it with City Councilman Mike Elrod, and they both agreed that they could get some great charity money through this event.

And what was once an event with only 17 vendors now has more than 400 vendors and thousands of people in attendance. The festival is primarily comprised of arts and crafts booths, and everything has to be made in the USA.

“Nothing can be manufactured outside of America, and the Lion’s Club vets every product,” Berry said.

“The vendors send the info in to show us how they make their product… it’s a long process that starts in October through May,” he said.

In addition to the local arts and crafts for sale, there will be delicious fair food, including funnel cake, and the Mcdonough Junior Women’s Club’s famous homemade tomato sandwiches! This will be their 25 year in attendance making these sandwiches, with their proceeds going toward helping the local charities they support every year.

Clear your calendar for Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. There is free parking at Henry County High School, free shuttle busses and free entry to the event. The proceeds come from the vendors paying a rental booth fee.

 

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we decided to do a special Mother’s Day edition of Meet Your Neighbors. Henry County is full of awesome mommas, and this is just a sampling of all the wonderful women and mothers who call Henry County home. All of these moms have different stories, from being students, to teachers, to owning businesses and being stay-at-home moms. Some have one child, some have many, and some have adopted children in order to save them from bad situations. And one mom is even a surrogate, so she can bring the gift of parenthood to those who couldn’t do so themselves. Check out their stories*, and don’t forget to celebrate on Sunday with your loved ones!

Samantha Davis, Griffin, GA
Full-time student, applying for grad school for occupational therapy, professional photographer, also works part-time at a restaurant

To me, being a mom means putting all of your energy and love into raising a semi-decent human being. Not being too hard on yourself and remembering that someone is always watching and always looking up to you. It’s a learning experience and everyday there is something new!

My favorite “mommy moment” is when my son (3 years old) asks me to pick him up and hold him or to sing him his favorite lullaby. Three year olds are fiercely independent and most of the time I feel like I’m raising a teenager with his attitude but it’s little moments like asking for help that remind me that he still needs me.

My plans for Mother’s Day this year are picking up my own mother from the airport early Sunday morning and she will be staying with us for an entire week and I cannot be more excited! This is the first Mother’s Day we have spent together since I became a mother myself.

Ellen Marston, McDonough, GA
High school English teacher, Co-owner of Kismet Surrogacy, LLC

I am a mother to three amazing daughters, but as odd as it may sound, my favorite “mommy moment” is being able to help two other women celebrate Mother’s Day themselves.  I am a two-time surrogate, and having the honor and privilege of carrying babies for two other families is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. People often ask me why I choose to be a surrogate. For me, the answer is simple. I adore my girls with all my heart, and to know that there are countless women and families out there who struggle with infertility is truly heartbreaking.  I cannot imagine wanting something so desperately and not being able to have it.  That’s why I became a surrogate.

The births of my own children are three of the best days of my life, but being a part of seeing a mother look at and hold her baby for the first time, knowing you helped make that happen, is simply indescribable. As much as I love to spend Mother’s Day with my own children and mother, knowing there are two women out there who now get to celebrate Mother’s Day themselves just fills me with a sense of peace and joy.

Shannon Oberst, Locust Grove, GA
Stay at home Mom

To me being a Mommy means fishing things out of the toilet, hugs and kisses and “I love yous.” Oh, and did I mention fishing things out of the toilet?!

I will be spending my Mother’s Day teaching Sunday School and enjoying a cookout by the pool with my family!

On sending a family photo: Because let’s face it! It is hard enough to get a picture of the kiddos, throw in the fact that momma and daddy have to get in, and it’s all over for this stay at home Momma!!!

Kristy Lynn Dubuisson Henry County, GA
Stay-at-home Mom

As a mother to two sets of twins all under 3, being a mother means being tired and completely selfless. It also means being cranky and never by myself. I’m a nurse, a referee, a planner, a cook, a cleaner and the list goes on. Although this is true, it is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Becoming a mother is by far my greatest accomplishment. If you’re a mother, you are Super Woman because our work is never finished!

My favorite mommy moment has to be when my twin boys first started walking. I took them to the restroom, and it was a single restroom inside the waiting area at the doctor’s office. It had one of those long door handles that automatically unlock the door as you turn it. Well, while I was using the restroom one of my boys opened the door for the entire waiting room to see me handling my business. It was super embarrassing then, but now I always look back and laugh!

Amanda Blanton, Stockbridge, GA
Auto Administrative Associate

I’m a wife and mother to a beautiful 6-year-old daughter named Brynna. Brynna is my absolute world and my mini me in more ways than one. She makes me laugh all the time.

Being a mom means so much to me, more than I ever thought it could. In July 2015, when Brynna was 4, she was diagnosed with Autism. My husband and I had to do a lot of research since we were new to this and basically rethink our entire parenting plan because our parenting road just took a big left turn. I didn’t want to let this diagnosis define her, and I wanted her life to be as normal as possible—and so far I think we’re doing a pretty good job. We have our version of normal, and sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s ok. This journey has taught me so much and has made me see the world even better through my daughter’s eyes. Brynna has come so far in just under 2 years [since her diagnosis], and although I don’t know what the future holds, we take life one day at a time. We’re in it together, and I’ll always be there to hold her hand and support her. Being a mom means more than the world to me, it means so much that I can’t put it into the proper words.

I have so many favorite mommy moments that I can’t narrow them down to just one. I always feel so proud whenever Brynna reaches a goal in life, because those are so important and it makes me feel proud to know that our hard work with her and everything we do for her is paying off. I feel proud when someone compliments her on something because it is truly a reflection of me and her dad. It makes me proud when people just love Brynna for Brynna, and see past the autism.

Mother’s Day this year will probably be cooking out on the grill and enjoying the outdoors [weather permitting]. We don’t really plan anything big we just like spending time together and doing our own thing.

Bonnie Hise, McDonough, GA
Works part time, and is a stay-at-home Mom


My son is nearly five months old, and being his mother has shown me a special kind of love that I couldn’t imagine. To me, being a mother is my biggest joy and accomplishment in life. I treasure every moment with him.

My favorite mommy moment so far has been hearing his first giggle. Seeing the way his whole face lights up and that big baby smile pulls at my heart every single time!

This year for Mother’s Day, I plan to take little Charlie to the park and then go celebrate my own mother by making her dinner. I hope to be a mother to my son as my mother was to my brother and I.

These five short months have been the best of my life and I simply can’t wait to experience all motherhood has in store for me!

Kristi Pass, McDonough, GA
Former performance musician and music educator, now stay-at-home Mom

I am 37 years old, and have lived in McDonough for 9 years, having moved from the Seattle area when I married my husband, who is currently a lieutenant for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s department. We have five beautiful children—four boys and one girl. The oldest is 8 years old, and the youngest is nearly 8 weeks old. I homeschool the school aged ones and, as you can imagine, life is pretty busy and sometimes crazy!

I am a musician by profession, but I recently retired from teaching and do very little performing due to the demands of family life. Sometimes I feel a twinge of sadness at the thought of what I *can’t* do right now, but when I refocus my attention to what I *can* do, I know it’s worth it. From that amazing moment of seeing my baby for the first time (I’ve had 4 totally natural deliveries following one c-section) to the first smile, the first steps, the wonder over a butterfly, the first time they say, “I love you,” the first soccer game, the first time they read a book themselves, lots of cuddles, dandelion gifts, the magic of Christmas, the faith expressed in prayer, and so much more — motherhood is an awesome gift and I am blessed to be a mom!

Jessica Adams (recommended by Amber Pace), Henry County, GA
Co-owner, Bad Wolf Trucking

I am not writing this for me to be featured in your mother’s day article, but for my friend.  Let me start by saying that I am not sure if she even knows how amazing she is, but she is truly amazing. Her name is Jessica Adams, and she has two handsome little boys and one beautiful little girl, whom she adopted.

She is so amazing because she was just living her life with her perfect family of four until one day she was faced with very sad news—she found out that a little girl was being raised in a home with a mother who was on drugs and [made other bad choices]. Well, Jessica decided she couldn’t let this little girl sit in that house for one more day, and she literally rescued this little girl from a not-so-great, and even dangerous, situation. With that being said, she is now a mother of three and has a full schedule with all three kids in sports, as well as helping her her husband running their own business.

I am so thankful that there are moms out in the world that have hearts like her, and she deserves the world for doing all that she does. So if you want an amazing mother with a tremendous heart to be featured in a mother’s day story…she would definitely be it for sure.

Stephanie Easterling, Hampton, GA
Seventh grade language arts and social studies teacher

Now that I am a mom it is everything to me. It’s who I am and what I do all the time. Even when I’m not with my children, I am always thinking of them. It’s the hardest thing I have ever done and the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. A smile, giggle, or hug from my children can change the worst of days into the best! Everything I do is a million times more worthwhile because of my children.

Everyone knows that when you become a mother your life will change but I don’t think anyone realizes what that really means until you actually are a mother. From the day you walk in through the door holding that baby, everything is different. You sleep different (less), you eat different (hiding so you don’t have to share), and most of all you love differently. I love my husband in a way that I can’t even begin to explain for what he has given me. This family he has helped me create and the home we’ve made together. I love my children with every ounce of my being. They are everything to me. I never considered myself a selfish person but my child have taught me what it means to be selfless and what love can really be.

Cheesy as it sounds, every moment with my children is cherished, even the ones I don’t recognize at the time. For example, when our family first moved to Georgia we were in a transition and didn’t want to settle in one place until we were certain about the move. For this reason, we chose a short lease in an apartment complex. It was small and we had no yard which was hard for my son to get used to. I’d take him outside to the grassy areas of the complex as often as I could but I could tell it wasn’t comparable to the large yard we had in South Carolina and it hurt my heart to see him so sad. One summer day it was raining, I mean pouring buckets, and my son was standing quietly on our covered patio watching it. I told him to come inside so we could get ready. Without another word we put on our shoes and ran outside. We played in the puddles and mud for over an hour. My husband came home and shook his head at the sight of us, all muddy and wet, but my son was in a state of complete bliss! I think for the first time since moving there he felt at home and you know what, so did I!

My husband makes me feel beautiful. My children make me feel beautiful. When I see myself through their eyes that is when I see myself at my best. I like that girl. She is lovely. I am lovely.

Amanda Siefken, McDonough, GA
Consumer Loan Processor, Atlanta Postal Credit Union

Being a mom means changing diapers, getting spit-up on, and loving another human being in a way you never thought was possible. My life has changed in obvious ways—I sleep less, I don’t get to eat or go to the bathroom when I want to, and leaving the house takes a near act of congress. My life has changed for the better though, too. I never knew that getting up in the middle of the night to a screaming baby would be so fulfilling. I never knew that I could love someone so much who is so demanding. It means getting snacks and drinks at a tiny human’s ever changing whim. It means figuring out which sippy cup is the correct sippy cup for that moment and knowing how to diffuse the situation if, God help you, you accidentally picked up the wrong one. It means getting all of the hugs and snuggles and answering all of the “what’s that?” questions. It means loving one person more than you ever thought your heart could love.

The best moment I’ve experienced so far was the moment they laid the baby on my chest, just seconds after he was born. He was laying there just screaming his head off until I said, “Hey baby, it’s okay,” and he paused. He stopped crying immediately and just stared at me. He knew who I was the second that I spoke to him. It was a wonderful moment—it was the moment I became a mom.

For Mother’s Day we are going to lunch at my husband’s grandmother’s house with all of his aunts, uncles, and cousins. Afterwards we’ll go to dinner with my mom. It’s a day filled with family celebrating all of the wonderful mothers in our families.

 

*Responses were edited for clarity.

“Meet Your Neighbors” is a new column that features someone noteworthy from the McDonough or Henry County community. If you know someone who you feel should be profiled, please email Abi at abi@ilovemcdonough.com.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and McDonough and other local Henry County cities have you covered. Even though yummy KirbyG.’s diner is celebrating the holiday a little differently (and very sweetly) by being closed so the staff can spend time with their own moms—which we totally understand and appreciate very much!— we are also very thankful to the businesses that are staying open on Sunday.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for mom or grandma, or you’re a mom or grandma yourself and want to treat yourself to something special, there’s a little something for everyone when you shop and eat local. Check out our list of Mother’s Day specials and deals around Henry County.

Georgian Gallery Custom Framing
10 Macon St., McDonough
678-583-1222
www.georgiangallerycustomframing.com

Through the end of May, Georgian Gallery Custom Framing is offering 15% off framing of images of what earned moms the title, including your kids, dogs, cats, turtles, or a combination of all.  Also, Moms, don’t forget their annual special price of framing upcoming graduate invites or diplomas with tassle…only $199.

Moye’s Pharmacy on the Square
62 Keys Ferry St., McDonough
770-957-1851
www.moyespharmacy.com

Moye’s Pharmacy will give a 25% discount on any item when you tell them it’s a Mother’s Day gift.  Moye’s already has all Tervis at 40% off and Corkcicle at 30% off, and, as always, free gift wrapping!

Hood Street Art Center
136 Hood Street, McDonough
678-846-5406
www.hoodstreetartcenter.com

Now through May 13, Hood Street Art Center is having a “Floral Sale,” where all floral art is 20% off in honor of Mother’s Day. An additional Mom celebration event includes a “Mom’s Night Out” on Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 p,m. The night out’s event will be a Music and Art Night featuring David Ellis and Melissa Callender, and Elliot Portillo. $5 cover.

Secret Garden
5 Keys Ferry St., McDonough
678-432-6888
www.secretgarden.com

Secret Garden is offering 15% off Charles River Rain Jackets, plus free monogramming, as well as a free bow tie soap and dish from Michel Design Works with a $50 gift card purchase. Additionally, through Saturday, May 13, Nora Fleming is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering a free limited edition pink butterfly mini with the purchase of $30 in Nora Fleming products.

DuLac’s Bow Tie Chef Cafe’
32 Macon St., McDonough
678-846-5016
www.dulacsbowtiechefcafe.com

And we can’t forget everyone’s favorite modern southern food restaurant, Dulac’s, which is offering free dessert with the purchase of an entree, and half-priced bottles of house wine on Saturday (the day before Mother’s Day). Wine and free dessert to celebrate Mother’s Day? Yes, please!

Just because the kids are out of school for the summer, that definitely doesn’t mean that parents are off of work, too. Also, where is our summer vacation…am I right?  Instead of hiring a sitter to stay at home with your kids, why not sign them up for something active and fun? With summer just around the corner, it’s time to check out summer camps for your kids to participate in to make new friends, learn something new, or fine-tune their athletic skills. Check out these five summer camps in and around Henry County, with everything from vacation bible school, to martial arts, dance, and team sports. With your child participating in any of these camps this summer, there will be no time or need for them to complain, “I’m bored…”  

Healing Heart Ministries Summer Day Camp
May 30–July 28
7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Ages 5–13
$85 per week
Campers will have two to three field trips throughout the course of this camp, in addition to learning about music and art appreciation, health and nutrition, recreational activities, leadership skill development, and more. For an additional cost, the camp will offer morning and afternoon extended camp hours. To register, please call or text 404-748-2217, or email hhclm7@gmail.com.

Vacation Bible School
Jodeco Baptist Church
June 5–June 9
Mon.– Thurs 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Kindergarten–6th grade
Free
Not only will there be teachings about the bible and Christianity, but this FREE camp will also offer a lot of classes for your kids to participate in, including creative movement; drama; percussion; art classes that involve clay, beading, and photography; clowning class that teaches balloon creations; black light performance; woodworking; flag corp; and culinary. The camp will also include lunch, dinner, a t-shirt, program and class supplies, and recreation supplies. All the kids need to bring is a positive attitude, a bible, pencils and paper, and a change of clothes in a book bag. You can register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vbs-jams-tickets-33095551686. Additionally, their “Summer Fun Days” will also begin on Wednesday June 14, and continue on each Wednesday throughout summer break. Summer Fun Days will provide kickball, bowling, volleyball, golf and a fishing tournament.

Mega Sports Camp
First Baptist Church McDonough West
July 23–26
6 p.m.–8:30 p.m
All rising 1st–5th graders
$10
Being out of school for the summer means a lot of outside playtime and staying active. Does your kid dream about playing in the big leagues, being part of the NCAA Final Four, or winning a PGA tournament one day? Or do they just love to have fun and learn how to play on a team? At only $10, this Mega Sports Camp is quite the steal, and will include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer and golf classes.For more information or to sign up, visit  fbcmcdonough.com.

Awesome Kids Academy Summer Camp
Locust Grove Karate
May 30–July 28
7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. daily
5–12 years old
$137 per week
Locust Grove Karate not only offers amazing martial arts classes that teach discipline, resepct, self defense and confidence in yourself all year round, but they have an activity-packed summer camp every year. As for sports, not only will the kids learn martial arts, but also dance, cheerleading. tumbling basketball, football, soccer, kickball and dodgeball. Additionally, there will be arts, crafts and educational activities that include sight words and flashcards for younger kids, math worksheets, science projects and other educational games. Don’t worry, it’s not all work and no play, there are also video game systems, Lego building stations, Chess, Checkers and Mancala, Hot Wheels, and more! Early drop-off and late pick-up are also available at no extra cost. To learn more and to register your child, visit http://www.awesomekidsacademy.com/.

Vacation Bible School
Southern Crescent Baptist Church
June 11–14
6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Kindergarten–6th grade
Free
This year’s theme is “Maker Fun Factory–Created by God, Built for a Purpose.” There will be music, games, movie time, crafts and bible story time each evening, as well as snacks. Registration will open soon, so be sure to check back to their website at www.scbcga.org.   GymTech Summer Camp
GymTech
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Full Day, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Half Day (With early and late pick-up options)
$135 Full Day/Full Week, $85 Half Day/Full Week
Ages 3–12 years old
June 5–July 28

GymTech Sports offers gym sports for youth, which include fitness training and gym-based sports, e.g., gymnastics, tumbling, dance, “NinjaKour,” and more. This camp is focused on health and movement, featuring gymnastic and movement-based activities, as well as games and group activities. For more information, please visit their website, call 678-492-2268, or email info@gymtechgymsports.com.

McDonough Martial Arts Summer Camp
ATA McDonough Black Belt Academy
9 a.m.–3 p.m., M-F
Early drop off and late pick up available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$150 per week

Not only does this beginner-level martial arts camp teach kids how to punch, kick, and defend themselves—should a situation arise—but most importantly, it teaches how to talk things out before a situation escalates and becomes a fight. The best type of karate to be used is no karate at all, and they’ll learn how to not be bullied without ever throwing a punch. In addition to bully prevention, kids will learn self discipline, respect,  and self confidence—and they’ll even receive stranger danger training. Every week there will be additional special activities, including swimming every Friday, a field trip every Wednesday, movies, crafts and more. To sign up, visit their website.

Trolls Dance Camp
The Dance Academy of McDonough

June 26–29
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Ages 5–9
$100
In addition to “Poppy & Branch” dance moves, there will be storytelling, dress-up, crazy hair, and much more. Space is limited. Register today at 770-288-2828.

Cheerleading, Tumble & Gymnastics Camp
Legion of Allstars
May 30–August 4
Ages 5–18
Full Day 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Half Day 1–5 p.m.
$130 Full Day/Full Week
$65 Half Day/Full Week

Legion of Allstars offers training for cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics for all levels, but will prepare your child for professional competition. They offer beginner camps for ages 4 and up, choreography camp, stunting and tumbling camp, spirit camps, and skill camp. Prices and ages for each camp vary. For more information on all the camps they have to offer, and to sign-up, visit their website.

HYPE
The Henry Players Youth Performance Ensemble Summer Intensive
Hood Street Art Center
May 6–7 Rising 6th graders through 12th grade
June 6–7 for 6–10 year olds
$300

Have a 6-10 year old with a flair for the dramatic? June 5–9, The Henry Players and their youth program, HYPE, will be hosting their first “Wild Ones Camp.” The camp will include classes on musical theatre, drama, improv, Hip Hop, arts and crafts, and many more, and on June 9, the students will get to showcase everything they have worked on and learned.
Fill out and return the registration form to sign up: https://docs.google.com/…/1cgZp_M-UtzBvdteXyXC5HuqPzMo…/edit

There is an additional camp this summer for rising 6th graders through 12th grade. This Summer Stock program designed for students to further their education in performing arts through workshops and hands-on experience working on full-length productions, including The Midsummer Cabaret and The Addams Family. The shows will begin rehearsals on June 26, with performances June 30, July 20–22 and July 27–29.

Rehearsals will be held from 9 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Auditions will be held Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, from 12–6 p.m.

All those interested in scheduling an audition appointment should contact HYPE/The Henry Players at thphype@gmail.com.

Summer Princess Class
ImPassioned Dance Centre
June 5–July 10
5 p.m.–6 p.m. Every Monday
Ages 3–6 years old
$100

Little dancers will get to dance with a different Disney princess, including Elsa, Anna, Tiana, Jasmine and Ariel, while learning interactive dances that teach coordination, balance, control and movement. Dance helps teach young children gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and balance. There will be a crowning ceremony with the princesses and an official princess certificate that will be given in week five.  For more information, visit their event page, or call 678-825-5440.

Henry Arts Alliance: Exploring the Arts Summer Camp
McDonough Presbyterian Church M–T
Henry County Performing Arts Center Friday
Completed Kindergarten through 8th grade
June 19–23
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
$100

In this Exploring the Arts Summer Camp,  your child will experience a variety of artistic interests, including  attend sessions in art, drama, literature, dance and music—every day. The Arts Camp finale will host a variety of performances that campers have practiced throughout the week.
They will have 3 camps to choose from, for completed Kindergarten through 8th grade students.
It will be held at McDonough Presbyterian Church Monday through Thursday, and on Friday, everyone will meet at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, where there will be a finale performance that evening. Register on their website, and check it out for more information at www.henryartsalliance.org.

Camp Kidspot
Turning Point Church
June 12–July 28
Ages 5–10 years old

For the first time this summer Turning Point Church will be offering a Christian camp called Camp Kidspot. Camp Kidspot is based on their ministry KidsPoint, which trains children in the teaching of God’s word through praise, worship, games and exciting lessons. Register here.