Panther Press

a weekly publication of the Georgia Academy for the Blind

Mission Statement

The Georgia Academy for the Blind provides 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.

Check out the student produced video about our Mission Statement below:

Mark your Calendars!

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*March 9: Set your clocks forward one hour to begin daylight savings time.

Local fire departments remind us to change the batteries in you smoke detectors at this time too!

*Now through March 22: School Council Pet Food and Supplies Drive to benefit All About Animals Rescue.

March 22: 10 am Spring Music Program. Student Art Show and Family meetings prior to and after the program.

March 25-29: Spring Break

April 4: High School Prom

April 9: Special Olympics

April 11-14: SCASB, Alabama (Track & Field)

April 22: Easter Holiday

April 25-- 28: Senior Trip

May 17: Graduation

May 24: Last day of school

Let us hear from you!

This newsletter is published by our Parent Mentor, Sonya Milam. Please send your ideas, news, and resources in your community to her., 478-262-3303

Character Education

Fairness: Equal treatment of actions and viewpoints of others.

March Birthdays


Zy 03/01

Kameron 03/09

Jess 03/13

Harry 03/23

Angelica L 03/27

BJ 03/28

Sammy 03/19


Ms. Orr 3-1

Ms. Rushing 3-1

Ms. Applebee 3/5

Ms. Mosley 3/10

Ms. Brown 3/11

Ms. Edenfield 3/14

Mr. Caldwell 3/19

Ms. Walker 3/21

Mr. Hudgins 3/24

Ms. Ezell 3/25

Mr. Lumpkin 3/25

Last Week in Pictures

(Below) Last Thursday was the opening of the GAB Student Art Show at the Goodwill on Forsyth Road in Macon. On opening night, we even had some students’ pieces that were purchased by members of our supportive community. The show runs until March 28. Goodwill hours are 9-7 Monday-Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays.
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Act fast as spots are limited. Scholarships are available! Contact Sonya for details!, 478-262-3303

Georgia Lions Club Camp, Waycross, GA

Session 1 - June 9~14: Adults, age 31-plus

Session 2- June 16~21: Adults, age 31-plus
Session 3 - June 23~28: Family Camp, age 5-12
Session 4 - June 30~ July 5: Teens, age 13-17
Session 5 - July 7~14: Young Adults, age 18-30

Get your application by contacting Sonya Milam,, 478-262-3303 or get it from their website at link below. DEADLINE IS APRIL 15 – no late applications will be considered!

Camp Abilities Columbus, GA

May 24, 2019 - May 27, 2019 at Columbus State University

Camp Abilities Columbus, GA is a residential camp that will be open for a maximum of 16 campers, ages 9 to 18 years old who are blind or visually impaired. They will stay on Columbus State University's campus to engage in an array of sports and recreational activities in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment. Sports and recreational activities include: goalball, beep baseball, beep kickball, tandem biking, rock climbing, swimming, soccer, tennis, track & field and team building activities. Learn more from their website at link below.

Contact Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert at for information regarding camp registration

Camp Dreams, Warm Springs, Georgia

July 21st – July 24th (Sun. - Wed.)

July 25th – July 28th (Thur. - Sun.)

Only online applications are accepted. See the link below. Let Sonya know if you would like assistance in registering.

Blaze Adaptive Sports Camp, Camp Twin Lakes, Winder, GA

July 21-26 Ages 7-17 Only online applications are accepted. See the link below. Let Sonya know if you would like assistance in registering.

Just added! STARS Day Camp at the Center for the Visually Impaired, Atlanta

. Transportation from 7 points in Atlanta area provided. All grades for day camp 9 am-3pm. To register go to link below. Sonya has paper applications available as well. Deadline is May 3!

Week 1 - June 3 to 7 . . . . . STARS & the Arts

Week 2 - June 10 to 14 . . . STARS & the Arts

Week 3 - June 17 to 21 . . . Sports and Recreation

Week 4 - June 24 to 28 . . . ECC Week, with a focus on Activities of Daily Living, Transition, Social Skills & more!

FOURTH NOTICE! Middle Georgia Families: All GAB families living in middle Georgia are invited!

Please let Sonya Milam know if you plan to go!, 478-262-3303
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Middle Georgia families: The Annual Self-Determination Conference will be returning to the Goodwill Conference Center on Saturday, April 13 from 8 am – 1 pm. Save this date! High school students and families, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

THIRD NOTICE! North Metro Atlanta Families

Save the dates for these Transition Fairs. Details coming soon! Please let Sonya Milam know if you plan to go!, 478-262-3303

March 21 2:30-5:00 pm

Cherokee County Agency Fair and Parent University

7545 Main Street, Building 200

Woodstock , GA 30188

Join other families to learn of services and programs in your community which will be of service to your student after graduation. It is never too early to plan for this!

This Week in Pictures

(Below) On Wednesday middle and high school students were able to participate in the first event of the year for the “William Clisby Ford, III Fine Arts Series”. The students were selected based on good citizenship, behavior, and academics. These students included Judy, Quinton, Jess, Jayla and Ambria. The students dined at Macon’s Ingleside Village Pizza then attended a Black Violin concert at Macon’s Grand Opera House. Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida comprising two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester (violin) and Wilner Baptiste (viola), who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B (viola). They played a variety of music (relying heavily upon classical music), but are often categorized as hip hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. This mingling of hip hop and classical sensibilities is what is generally thought to give them their distinctive style.
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(Below) Students of all ages enjoying photo booth, Dr. Seuss books and special treats after lunch on Monday.

Ms. Bechtal’s students enjoying the “Foot Book” and exploring a pool full of a variety of shoes and making tactile blue water after reading “One Fish, Two, Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”.

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More Photos from Last Week

(Below) Economics student selling hot chocolate at recess.

Eight parents attended the focus group held by our AdvancED accreditation team. Pictured are 4 who stayed afterwards to see the interactive Black History Month exhibit and to have lunch with their children.

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