Panther Press

a weekly publication of the Georgia Academy for the Blind

Mission Statement

The Georgia Academy for the Blind will provide quality education services to Georgia’s students with visual impairments and/or visual impairments in conjunction with other disabilities to prepare them to achieve their highest level of independence in transition to college and career readiness.

Success! Nothing Less!

Mark your calendars!

  • September 28: EECC Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • September 30: High School Space Campers return
  • October 6-8: APH's National Insights Art Contest participants trip to American Printing House for the Blind's awards ceremony
  • October 10-14: Fall Break for students
  • October 17-21: Bus Drivers Appreciation Week
  • October 24-28 National Red Ribbon Week
  • October 25: Help a Child Smile Dental Clinic
  • November 3-6 USABA High School Goalball Championship

  • November 10: Senior Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction, 5-9 p.m.

  • November 21-25: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 28: Return from Thanksgiving
  • December 16: Holloway's Happy Holidays Concert and Applebee's Art Student's Show...then Holiday Break begins!
  • January 9, 2017: School starts!
  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Character Education

Word of the month: RESPONSIBILITY Taking care of self and others; to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly.

Word for the week: HONOR Doing what is right, just, and true.

Georgia Academy for the Blind

Celebrated Constitution Day on Friday, September 16, 2016

This event was a great opportunity for students in elementary school, middle school, and high school to learn from each other by participating in four arenas: (1) registering to vote for our schoolwide mock presidential election, (2) reciting the Preamble to the Constitution, (3) a Jeopardy game about the Amendments to the Constitution, and (4) listening to the reading of the Constitution by a braille student. The event ended with a Student Council officer asking students to share one new thing that they learned from the event that was held in the Media Center. The response was amazing to learn what was gained about the document that was signed on September 17, 1787.

Thanks to Dr.Gibson and all the staff members who helped to make this event possible for our students! ~Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Touchston

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PROGRESS! a note from our Superintendent, Dr. Cindy Gibson

Beginning this Friday and continuing until October 14, there will be no parking in the small administration lot as there will be huge vats for debris and equipment in the parking places as our roofing project continues. We have plenty of parking spaces, but it may not be your favorite place. Students will load and unload from busses in the usual place and manner. Car riders will continue to be dropped off in the big parking lot only. Parents and other visitors will need to park in the big lot in front of the gym. Thank you for your continuous patience and support!

Student Council News

GAB’s Student Council is sponsoring its first service project for the year. They are working to collect money to help a local animal shelter. Please help the Student Council with their fundraiser by donating change. If you have questions, please see Student Council sponsors Ms. R. Knight, Ms. Eckman, or Ms. Touchton. Thank you in advance from the members of Student Council for your participation and generosity. Together, we can save local animals and give them a second chance.


In the spirit of Jeff Brown's book, Flat Stanley, we have two classes sending out characters around the globe! Each character will be reporting back to the students about the lands and the people they visited. Not only will they help enhance our learning in core content areas, they will also help those they meet gain knowledge about the world of visual impairments and give them facts over myth information.

Mrs. Mullis' class has made Flat Louie B who has been to Malawi and South Africa with Mrs. Mullis' father, Mr. Charles.

Mrs. Thompson's class has created Flat Stevie Wonder who will be wandering the globe. He is currently at Disneyland in California.

Stay tuned for these adventures!

Give us your feedback!

This newsletter is published by Sonya Milam, Parent Mentor. For comments and suggestions, please contact her at 478-262-3303 or

Student Editor is Caleb Burdette.