McDONOUGH – Henry County Commissioner Vivian Thomas, in association with community activist Regina Lewis-Ward and a number of local organizations, is offering the National Summer Learning Week program.

The week-long program, happening this week, is being held in various locations throughout Henry County from July 8 to 13 and includes STEM, art activities, an ice cream social and story time, a future leader’s day and a fitness and nutrition event.

All activities and events are free for children, but registration is required through Eventbrite.

Thomas, a former educator, said in a release that she understands first-hand how learning and retention can be lost during the summer months when children go unchallenged. She said she wanted to partner with the National Summer Learning Week in the county to offer fun and unique opportunities to children in the community.

“Brilliant minds at work do amazing things,” Thomas said. “National Summer Learning Week is filled with free activities for students and is an excellent opportunity to keep brilliant minds at work.”

The first day, July 8, was Kickoff Day, where children are encouraged to post summer stories on social media using the hashtag #keepkidslearning, followed by five days of themes to keep kids learning.

July 9 is Discovery Day at the Cochran Public Library, located at 174 Burke St. in Stockbridge. The event runs from 1-2:30 p.m, and attendees can register at The event follows a STEM-based curriculum.

July 10 is Arts Masterpiece Day at the McDonough Public Library, located at 1001 Florence McGarity Blvd. in McDonough, and the event runs from 2-3:30 p.m. Children will craft art jewelry to emphasize creative expression and design at the Wednesday event. Those interested in the event can register at

July 11 is Future Leaders Day at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, located at 1041 Millers Mill Road in Stockbridge. The event runs from 6-7:30 p.m. At the event, which is appropriate for rising eighth-graders through the age of 18, community leaders and elected officials will be available to help students chart their course for success during and beyond high school. Those interested can register at

July 12 is Bookworm Day, an ice-cream social and story time about Internet safety from a local children’s book author. The event is for children ages 6 through 11. The event will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dairy Queen, located at 7404 Davidson Circle East in Stockbridge. Attendees can register at

July 13 is the 5th Annual Let’s Move Henry event, located at the Jimmie Lee Smith Community Center, located at 5883 Ga. Highway 155 North in Stockbridge. The event, a children’s nutrition education and physical activity expo, is free and open to the public, and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can register at

The week of events are presented in association with the Henry County Library System, Kim4Kids Inc., National Women in Agriculture Association, Henry County’s Parks and Recreation Department and Dairy Queen.

For more information on the event, contact Lewis-Ward at 770-884-1938.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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